Retired Greek football legend Mimis Domazos, who is considered by many to be one of the best players that Greece has ever produced has opened the first free soccer academy in Greece, which will also support stray animals in Athens.
According to the announcement made by the Academy of Greek Football, the 77-year-old nicknamed “The General” is inviting children between the ages of 4 and 16 to enroll and train for free throughout the season, while also supporting stray dogs and other animals in the Greek capital.
The only catch is he requests that those who are in a position to do so, provide dry food, canned food and anything else they wish to donate towards stray animals in Athens.
“My father, Mimis Domazos, will teach his secrets of the soccer ball to the kids of the Academy and we decided that it would be a great idea to combine this by supporting strays,” Poppy Domazos, daughter of the great footballer, told Radio 104.9 FM.
“From a young age, I was taught to be with pets at home. We love animals and we love humans,” added Poppy.
Mimis was famed for his very good dribbling ability, his creative passes, especially long passes of pinpoint accuracy, and his leadership. He was Panathinaikos FC team captain for over 15 years and when he retired from playing, in 1980, Domazos was declared the longest-active footballer in the history of Greek football, having played for more than 21 years.
Those interested in joining the Mimis Domazos Football Academy and offering support to strays can find more information by calling +6947596617 or + 6944942678 or check out the Facebook page here.