With thanks to Gregory Ioannidis, who can be found on twitter @LawTop20 proof that the “through the looking glass” reality in which Rangers FC is fighting with other European teams to sign Dean Shiels, extends further than the Evening Times.
According to various Greek publications in the last hour, Rangers FC has signed Pantelis Kafes. Perhaps in Greece they serve succulent souvlaki?
According to wikipedia (yes, I know) he is:-
“a Greek footballer playing as a deep-lying playmaker or defensive midfielder. He is known for being one of very few outfield players to have worn the number 1 jersey and has won acclaim for his creative abilities and passing skills.”
Most recently he has played for AEK Athens.
As wikipedia says:-
Soon after signing for AEK and continuing his tradition of wearing the number 1, Kafes broke into the first team and was a mainstay in AEK’s fight for the championship, but they had to settle for second. The following season on 12 January 2008 Kafes scored his first goal for AEK against Veria. On February 30[dubious – discuss] of the same year, Kafes scored against his former club Olympiacos and put AEK 4 – 0 in front. AEK initially finished in first place in the Greek League, but after the court case between Apollon Kalamaria and Olympiacos for the illegal usage of a player (Roman Wallner) in the 1–0 Apollon Kalamaria win earlier in the season, Olympiacos were awarded the 3 points in a court hearing, thus finishing 2 points ahead of AEK Olympiacos. In his third season with the “Dikefalos-Aetos”, AEK did not live up to their expectations and finished third, Kafes was a key figure in there revival inwich he captained the side on a few occasions. On 12 June 2009, Kafes signed a new 3 year deal which will keep him at AEK until 2012. He agreed to reduce his wages to help the clubs financial difficulties. On 11 July 2009, Kafes was given the captains armband and will be the new captain for the upcoming season. On 13 September 2009, Kafes scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season versus Iraklis. Kafes also scored 2 goals against PAS Giannina. He has made great appearances throughout the 2009–10 season, with much silent work as a defensive midfielder and some great assists to his teammates. In the summer 2010, Kafes found his ex-teammate Traianos Dellas that he joy to AEK Athens and also they won EURO 2004 with the Greek national Team. On 30/4/11, Kafes won the Greek Cup scoring AEK’s 3rd goal in a 0-3 win against Atromitos. Kafes scored his first goal in the 2011/12 season against Panionios in a 1 -0 home win on the 5/2/12. The 2011-12 season was his last with AEK.
Kafes made his debut in the national team against Croatia in April 2001 and scored his first goal against Austria in Vienna in March 2003. Kafes made two appearances in UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying, and was in the finals squad and he won Euro 2004 with Greece. Kafes participated in 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. Kafes has been re-called into the team from the new coach Fernando Santos during the qualification for Euro 2012. On 8 October 2010 Kafes came on as a substitute against Latvia replacing Giorgos Karagounis. This was Kafes’ first competitive match under new coach Fernando Santos. On 17 November 2010, Kafes played also the second half of the friendly match against Austria, giving a big contribution, where Greece beat Austria.”
He has 40 full caps for Greece.
According to Google Translate, the story on Sportena reads as follows:-
“The Rangers will continue his career Pantelis Coffee.The former AEK midfielder has agreed for the next two years with Team Scotland will play in the fourth category.
The experienced midfielder, who remained free from AEK will get bonuses with close to 500,000 euros a year by the Scottish team, which is beset by serious economic problems. That is why, moreover, led to the demotion.”
500,000 Euros = £390,486.
If this is true, why would an SFL3 team sign a 33 year old international on an £8,000 per week contract for two years?
Can someone explain this to me, as I am baffled.
It is also ironic, is it not, to see a Greek publication refer to Rangers as “beset by serious economic problems.”
Posted by a mystified Paul McConville