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Frankfurt’s Greek God: Theofanis Gekas

Gekas Is King At Frankfurt.

Before the season started, I did an article predicting how the current Bundesliga season might unfold. I predicted Thomas Mueller to have a stellar year in front of goal, I envisioned Bayern Munich running away with the league, and I thought Frankfurt and Theofanis Gekas, of all players, would have very little impact at all on the league. Well, if we didn’t already know how surprising the Bundesliga can be, we know now. It’s certainly shown itself to be completely unpredictable thus far, and there’s no better example of that than the incredible form and goalscoring prowess of Theofanis Gekas.

When the young Leonidas ascended up that colossal mountain in Sparta, searching for the recognition of his peers and the glory of his first kill, he knew little of the challenge that awaited him. A monstrous wolf, hungry and enraged, with eyes like gleaming drops of blood howled at the young Spartan, anticipating it’s next meal. It’s black coat contrasted the white snow on that mountain peak, and it’s sheer size was enough to rival the whole of Sparta itself. Leonidas steadied himself though, he remained composed, and he defeated the beast with a single blow to win his manhood. When Leonidas returned home, he was crowned king of Sparta, and swore himself to a glorious death on the battlefield in defense of his country and his kinsmen.

Generations later, Alexander the Great would conquer the known world, Spartacus would show the endless Roman empire that one man can make a difference, and now, finally, another Greek hero has emerged from the shadow of a legendary civilization. They call him Gekas!

The hard-nosed, bull-headed Theofanis Gekas may not have the looks or the personality of Achilles or Odysseus, but he certainly does possess that natural determination and never-say-die attitude that makes him as feared and as respected as any hero of ancient times. That’s not all it takes to be crowned on Olympus, though. Even a mere human could fight in the face of adversity and stand up against a tyrant. Gekas has one trait that takes him above the rest, that elevates him to the lofty level of the greats of old: his clinical touch in front of goal.

The Greek has been on patchy form in recent years, with dodgy spells at Portsmouth and Hertha Berlin. It looked like his eye for goal had gone; like he had left it at Bochum and had never looked back. By myth or magic, though, that killer instinct has returned. Gekas has bagged eleven goals in eleven Bundesliga fixtures already this season, and has carried his side up the Bundesliga table to fourth place. He’s scored goals with his head and with both feet, and he’s an inspirational presence to his side when he’s on the pitch. His work-rate and his determination, his aerial ability and his bravery, his eye for goal and his influence make him as feared by defenders as he is respected by his peers. Like Leonidas, Gekas has slain that mythical black wolf and has been crowned hero of the people.

If the big Greek can keep it up, it won’t be long until he is given that chance to make that big move to one of the bigger clubs in Europe. Will he take the chance, or will he remain at Frankfurt and go down in history as one of the club’s most dedicated goalscorers? Time will tell in this Greek tale. Let’s just hope the Fates keep Gekas on top of his form and out of the Underworld!

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  1. Gabriela

    November 10, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I, for one, am enjoying every minute of it — along with this article. Thank God someone is finally giving them some well deserved attention.

  2. David H

    November 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Actually it’s happening only on the website, NOT the RSS feed. At least for me. I use Google Reader, & your posts look just fine there. But here, not so much.

    It appears to be a wider, “www.***” issue, as has the same problem today (then again, EPLtalk does not.)

    Not a big deal, but over time it could be. Thanks for responding.

    • Dylan Thomas

      November 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      That’s very strange! I’ll see what I can do.

      • The Gaffer

        November 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

        Hi guys, I think I fixed it. But if it’s still not working properly, please e-mail me at thegaffer[at]epltalk[dot]com

        The Gaffer

  3. David H

    November 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Love the site, but you really gotta do something about the dashes breaking up the words. I realize it’s probably not something you’re in charge of, but still, it’s hurting my old eyes!

    Gekas, well, he’s obviously playing out of his skin now, and I hate to be a wet blanket, but he is 30-years-old and has never scored more than 20 goals in a season. While I’d love to see him keep up his amazing start, there’s nothing in his career that suggests he will. Enjoy it while it lasts, Frankfurters.

    • Dylan Thomas

      November 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      Yeah, someone else complained about this dash problem too. It’s only happening in the RSS feed right?

    • Adam Wilson

      November 9, 2010 at 1:11 am

      The problem with less acclaimed players is that once they run out of form, second chances are not given so easily. I am a liverpool fun and i can say that if Gekas was in Torres’s position, the club would be looking for a buyer to get rid of him long ago.It is simply much more difficult for players like Gekas to be trusted in. Fame always comes with a degree of tolerance…

    • Michael Samuelle

      November 24, 2010 at 8:40 pm

      Uhhh yeah but he was the Bundesliga’s leading scorer that year, and those 20 goals were scored with service from a Bochum midfield… he’s always been an underrated player unfortunately

  4. Anarchy Ant

    November 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Dylan- Something tells me you had more fun writing this article than most. What a good read!

    • Dylan Thomas

      November 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      Haha, thanks man!

  5. Adam Wilson

    November 8, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Reminds me of our Soto Kyrgiakos..on the other side of the pitch!!:)

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