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 By Tom Marshall

Mexico international Alan Pulido rescued and safe after kidnap

Alan Pulido joined Olympiakos from Levadiakos in 2015.

Mexico and Olympiakos striker Alan Pulido is safe and healthy, almost 24 hours after he was kidnapped while returning from a party in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.

Pulido, 25, appeared outside a hospital in Ciudad Victoria, with the state governor Egidio Torre alongside him.

"I'm very well,...

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Mexico international Alan Pulido kidnapped in homeland

Leon Lecanda reports on the mystery surrounding the kidnapping of Mexican international Alan Pulido.

Mexico international Alan Pulido has been kidnapped, his brother has confirmed to Mediotempo.com.

Armando Pulido said his brother, who plays for Greek club Olympiakos, disappeared Saturday in the northern border state of Tamaulipas in his homeland.

"Yes, it's true, the kidnapping of Alan," he said. "He disappeared since early morning and we have the full support of the governor."

People close to the player also confirmed to ESPN Digital that he was deprived of his liberty in the early...

AEK Athens defeat Olympiakos in Greek Cup final

AEK Athens won the Greek Cup in front of an empty stadium on Tuesday.

Midfielder Ronald Vargas set up a goal in each half for AEK Athens to beat Olympiakos 2-1 and win the Greek Cup on Tuesday, ending a tournament marred by violence and administrative disputes.

The final was played without fans at Athens' Olympic Stadium, and followed repeated match date delays.

AEK kept the Greek league champions in check, and Vargas picked out Pantalos Mantalos for a header in the 39th minute. Six minutes into the second half, he led a counter-attack that saw Rafik Djebour fire...

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Government delays Greek Cup final again amid security concerns

Risking sanctions from FIFA, Greece's government has postponed Saturday's Greek Cup final, citing security concerns.

Stavros Kontonis, a deputy minister for sport, announced the decision Friday, noting that the final between champions Olympiakos and AEK Athens would be delayed for "at least 10 days."

Fans had already been banned from the game at the 69,000-seat Olympic Stadium.

Kontonis cancelled the cup competition in March after fan violence at a semifinal match, but later reversed the decision in...

Greece to restart Cup after fan violence to avoid FIFA ban

Greece will lift a suspension of the country's cup competition, under the threat of an international ban by FIFA.

ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's government says it will lift a suspension of the country's cup competition, under the threat of an international ban by FIFA.

Deputy minister for sport Stavros Kontonis called off the Greek Cup last month following violence at a semifinal between PAOK and league champion Olympiakos.

But he was given until Friday by FIFA to reverse the decision or face a competition ban.

Kontonis said on Wednesday the government would lift suspension on Friday after receiving assurances...