Russian proverbs are very similar to the Greek ones. Usually the translation is the same in other words. The Historic relations between both helped. In Russia they say that a man is judged by his actions, not his words. Another, in a similar sense, urges to have your ears permanently open and mouth thoroughly closed. For a long time, Ivan Savvides chose to keep it religiously and be ... muted. Sometimes at a personal cost. He preferred to act and not to speak. to acknowledge the ground and learn the "new world" in which he came that to just mumble
all that Ivan Savvidis relies uppon, almost as desperate cry -through the unique interview in SDNA- would sound Chinese. a corrupt (sports) society. accustomed to the dirt, the illegitimacy, the impunity, the (Machiavellian) win at all costs, with the ... 'magkia' (guts).
The thunderous interview for SDNA launches a new era inGreece for the owner of PAOK FC. He Defines its presence in the world of Greek football, As for the first time he proclaims his personal and ideological manifesto."Naked" for the first time before the eyes of PAOK fans and beyond. For the first time allowed, revealed, wears his earthy characteristics and descends from his throne in the suite of "Tuba" to guarantee that he is HERE. The silence was not ignorance. The silence was not weakness. The silence was the product of a strategic choice . Conditions are more mature than ever for him to lead.
Russians use to say that "when money talks, the truth is silent." PAOK benefited from the generosity but Ivan Savvidis failed to become the spiritual leader of his people. On the broad mass of the fan core, Ivan was until recently someone who had his money spent for no reason. An inaccessible ruler, surrounded by evil courtiers, who (intentionally or not) lure him into mistakes. A good little man, embracing those who stab him in the back fighting chimeras. For a club that for decades whole had never a President who eould splash his cash on football tastes, money thrown by Ivan, covering well these innermost thoughts.
For the first time Ivan Savvidis decides to lead the sports ideological revolution envisioned as a true strategist. Another Russian proverb says: "When we meet a man we judge him by his clothes. When we leave, we judge him for his mind. "After Ivan won the popular favor despite his (eliminating for example unaffordable debts of PAE PAOK), now it's time to penetrate driven by the power of his idea.
Ivan has a complex and multi-layered way of thinking, which is difficult to understand by the common sensed mind. The chess strategy logic always makes him think many moves ahead and not just for today. He enjoys looking at the ...result and then the part of it. First envisions the place PAOK can reach and then build the path towards it. And if there is no road, he seems determined to create it, as another Hannibal. The targets he sets (the Top-20 of clubs of Europe) makes him sound arrogant, irrational, a dreamer. Never, ever though, underestimate the Pontiac tenacity and resourcefulness of someone who started with a small Lada without money for gas and today ... I he does not know what he owns.
In a country that worships the cult personality in a politician (Andreas, Tsipras) or sporting level (Kokkalis, Vardinogiannis, Melissanidis, Giannakopoulos) in a country desperate lookingfor someoneto ... lead the Savvidis spoke directly to the soul of the average fan and It seems infinitely greater than one transfer as Berbatov. It is easy to seduce the mind PAOK supporters, but hard to win ... his inner soul. And Ivan targeted there. Right where the heart is.
He was straight forward, speaking with words and tone known to be another era. Touched the ideological core of PAOK, talking about Istanbul and promised that as long as he is healthy and rich, he will be here, guarantor of stability and the values that brought PAOK here. He renounced the false victories, "bought" joys, the dodgy alliances -Historical PAOK never had such need. PAOK was everything from hand - to mouth, Pride, Resistance, Dream and conquest. Feeling deep, with even deeper roots. For the PAOK supporters honesty is more important than one cup ... and Ivan guarantees that. This is not something you buy.
Savvidis is not Abramovich, nor Rimpolovlef and has no relation to various Russian oligarchs / comets realising that team sports are a fillet and jumped in furiously to buy Clubs across Europe. He feels and understands what PAOK stands for. Gradually he began to shed the bad habits of the past, learned from his mistakes and megalomaniac who hounded the presidential term in Rostov and this year shows that he is present.
he gave the wheel to Angelidis, took out of his mind any unnecessary worries for Arnesen and PAOKgot into tracks faster, without atherosclerotic obstructions requiring connection to Skype and his approval even to purchase toilet paper! Off the hook Savvides focusc is high. This is the big change in the modus operandi of the Greek football. As a strategist aswell as the first soldier in battle. As he says "as the leader of the family"
Ivan was not a person of football. He became And he knows more. He knows about the defeat of Manchester United from Arsenal 3-0, the crisis of Chelsea. He knows to remember the strawl of Vítor Pereira in front of Gate 13 the interview Schildenfeld gave, the tactics of Nova on the controversial parts of a game. his views sound radical (foreign referees in derby) or even extreme ones like the withdrawal of Greek teams from European competitions or secession and the creation of a new league.He is his own though. Detailed product and personal engagement. PAOK is not just his hobby. Ivan shows that he is very serious about all that. Very serious. Perhaps personally. Otherwise it will be for PAOK wasting the most valuable thing of his life..
It's easy to come out with cheap opposition accusations. The suing style always sell to the Greeks. But Ivan hopes that his "neighbor wont die", but invited him in order together to build one modern unit ... goats that will raise the value of the product. Ivan is not politicking . Even when he does, he won the right to do so. You talk about a new "Tuba", he managed to groom it (anyone who has seen the inside Toumba knows) He talks about a new Berbatov, having already brought one. It promises the best football facilities in the Balkans, having shed plenty mo money for infrastructure. He is talking about the future, he managed to clear the sinful past, paying the most expensive tea in his ... life worth EUR 11 million.
In a football world full of slaps and "beeee" in a society that glorifies those who decorate the opponent with characterizations like "hen", "customer", "group scam," in a world secretely smiles about the... house visits and "1 half time / 2in the end", the words, the philosophy and practice of Ivan Savvidis sounds as a cultural oasis. The owner of FC PAOK needs no hagiography, nor ... shawls. For PAOK, this was like a God machine appearing out of thin air. Not only because he saved the club from dangerous paths, but because as head of the family (as often defines itself) growing a generation of fans with the same ideals that grew their fathers. For the Greek ecosystem, its presence is a great opportunity (maybe the last) briefly normal football. If we manage to turn him to someone like us..no hope then...