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Philipakos joins Red Bulls February 13, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Basketball.

After an odyssey that included playing for four different Greek teams since 2004 and nearly being killed by his own fans, Peter Philipakos is finally back, in training camp with the Red Bulls.

Philipakos dropped a lawsuit against his now former club, Ethnikos, in exchange for his release. The 24-year-old winger is with the Red Bulls in Florida and could play in today’s preseason scrimmage against Kansas City.

He played alongside FIFA Player of the Year Rivaldo in winning the Greek League and Cup with Olympiakos, even starting a UEFA Cup match at Newcastle. But after a falling out with new coach Trond Sollied, he signed with Aris Thessaloniki.

That’s where his story truly got weird. After a 0-0 tie last April, ironically against Ethnikos, he ripped off his jersey in anger. The Aris fans became enraged, barricading in the players who retreated into the locker room. Then the fans tried to set the locker rooms on fire. Not shockingly, he asked for his release.

Philipakos latched on with Ethnikos, but after months of unpaid wages, he eventually sued the club. Now he’s with the Red Bulls and coach Bruce Arena, a fellow Long Islander.

The Red Bulls also have taken a low-risk, high-reward flier on New Hyde Park’s Craig Capano, a 21-year-old midfielder who missed 2005 with a torn ACL and spent last year on injured reserve.

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