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17 January 2012


Chris Georgallis

Hi Stavro,
i would like to thank you so very much for your wonderful site! It has inspired me so much and helped re ignite my passion for my race and the nations of Greece and Cyprus. I am of Greek Cypriot origin, my mother from Nicosia and Father from Rizokarpaso. I was born and raised in London England and now live in Capetown Soth Africa, Its a long story but a good one! I am married to a wonderful Greek Cypriot girl of South African origins, who is a paediatrician and we have a 2year old son called Alexi. We are true children of the Diaspora. I own my own food and coffee brand in Capetown, but i have a real love of history and theology and these two are my passions. I am so very inspired by your writings and articles and your deep and sincere faith! My father(now gone on) was a soldier in the 2nd World War.He was a prisoner of war when Greece fell to the Germans and escaped from Italy to Switzerland. He has told me some awesome stories. I love your passion for our history as i too enjoy such tales. Hope to hear from you, and i am not quite sure how to communicate other than through this comment bar? Anyway thank you and God bless you.
Chris Georgallis.


The story of Lefteris Antoniadis really shows how sports can bridge over cultural and national barriers and both Greeks and Turks can share their love with the same sports legend (rare thing…). Sports and national pride do go well together. This season we have the honor of having two of Greece’ contemporary basketball legends (Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Theodoros Papaloukas)‏ playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv. This fills both my son and my hearts with great Greek pride!



I am really glad that you have found something worthwhile here. Our race is much maligned these days yet those of us who know it from a personal vantage point have always known that its individual stories bear witness to much that is admirable.

Greeks on the periphery especially share a love of our culture, history and people that is tempered by our own trials and tribulations far from our imagined Ithaka.

I am heartened by your success and even more so by your own passion for your roots. Share our values with your children and make them proud of who they are and who they will become.

O Theos mazi sas pantote.


I will always remember Sofoklis for the beating that he and his Greek teammates administered to our American team at the 2006 World Basketball Championships. Of course you are absolutely right about sport and the common ground that it provides for all the citizens of our troublesome world. If only we could settle all our differences on the playing field then go home and drink beer when it is over. Sound eminently sensible to me.


I was deeply saddened when Lefteri passed away. He makes me proud to be Greek even though he represented Turkey, but that's alright. He made me think of my roots as a pontio Greek since his last name was Antoniadis, also a pontio. I don't know what it is, but I feel as though I lost someone close to me. It's a weird but beautiful feeling. I just wish peace between Greeks and Turks.


What an amazing career and life he had.
For me he's the one who helped to defeat our Golden Team with Puskas in '56. Rumor says,
had he played 2 years earlier against the hungarians in the World Cup he could have "saved" our team from the most devastating defeat in our sport history.
May his name be remembered for many generations.



I too wish to see Greeks and Turks live in peace, I believe that there are many Turks who share our feelings. Unfortunately, Turkey is controlled by people who harbor dangerous ideas of a renewed Ottoman Empire. Let's hope they do not succeed.


Puskás coached Panathinaikos to the Eurpean Cup Final in 71. A feat that has yet to be repeated. I am not particularly impressed by our current crop of sports celebrities but these two guys deserve admiration and respect.

Good to hear from you both.


Turkey and Greece will soon realize that they share so much and they need each other.. We will enjoy prosperity and the happiness this beatiful geography brings us.


Perhaps, however right now Turkey is anything but a good neighbor.

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