Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Dirty Tackle

Greek Super League team travels 17 hours by bus for match

Dirty Tackle

A Veria FC player just happy to not be on a bus. (veriafc.gr)

While Greece's cash-strapped amateur clubs take on brothels as shirt sponsors, the country's top-flight clubs, also cash-strapped, are taking far more tedious measures to balance the books. Veria FC, currently seventh in the Greek Super League, made the 497-mile trip to fourth-place Asteras Tripolis by bus instead of plane as one of two harsh measures to save money on the day.

From the AFP:

The northern Greek team traveled by bus to southern Tripolis on Sunday to play league rivals Asteras and they also avoided staying at a hotel overnight by returning straight after the match.

That meant leaving early in the morning for the eight-and-a-half hour drive to reach Tripolis, losing the match to Asteras 3-0 and then getting back on the bus for the return trip, a total of 17 hours in transit.

The team arrived back at their home base at 5am on Monday morning.

If you're going to re-evaluate your career as a top-flight footballer, I would imagine that a 17-hour bus trip sandwiching a 3-0 loss would be the time to do it.

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
NBA $11K Tournament [$1K to 1st] 863/2500 $5 $11000 Thursday 7:00 PM Enter
NBA $8K Tournament [$1K to 1st] 112/364 $25 $8000 Thursday 7:00 PM Enter
NBA $3K Tournament [Single Entry] 116/341 $10 $3000 Thursday 7:00 PM Enter
View Comments (4)