In an amazing swipe at the state of the elite game in this country, the Greece defender reckons our stadiums are quiet places, full of families.
Indeed, compared to the feverish, explosive Greek fans – and those in Germany and Italy where he has also played – Holebas claims the noise English crowds generate is non-existent.
The contentious comments come ahead of Watford’s FA Cup semi-final against Wolves this afternoon.
Asked how the world’s most famous domestic knockout competition rates alongside Greece’s equivalent, the former-Olympiakos left-back delivered a typically frank, albeit unexpected answer.
Never one to hold back – on or off a pitch – Holebas depicted football on these shores as lifeless and soulless by comparison.
The Hornets star, 34, who won the Greek Cup in 2012 and 2013, said: “In Greece, they live football in a different way than England. I see sometimes the stadiums here are really very quiet, to be honest.
“But in Greece it’s different. In some stadiums, especially at the big clubs, you cannot even hear your own voice, it’s so loud. Football is life.”
Holebas argues the build-up to the Wembley showdown involving the Premier League’s best-of-the-rest duo proves his point.
Wander Watford’s streets last week and you might have struggled to know Javi Gracia’s troops, sitting eighth in the league, are just one step from only their second FA Cup final appearance – and first since 1984.
Safe to assume this would not be the case if Olympiakos had a semi-final looming so large. Yeah right!
“The city would be on fire – literally. Before, during and after…because of the atmosphere,” declared Holebas, booked 13 times this season.
Part of the issue here, according to the ex-Roma and Munich 1860 dead-ball specialist, stems from English clubs being so family orientated.
Whether a good or bad thing, this means they tend not to have the hardcore ‘ultra’ fans found in Europe – and which guarantee ear-splitting, flare-filled matchdays.
Holebas went on: “You don’t have the same sort of fans because in England it’s father and son going to the stadiums.
“In Germany, you have Dortmund’s yellow wall. You don’t have anything like that. Also in Italy, too, the fans are very different.”
Not that Holebas is belittling the 35,000-strong Watford army making the ten-mile trip to the national stadium.
Neither is he underestimating the fact the Hertfordshire outfit are closing in on a first- ever piece of silverware. Far from it.
The retired-Greece international, capped 38 times, said: “Wembley is a big stadium, so let’s see how many people come. I hope there will be a big noise on Sunday.
“If people criticise the Cup, that’s their opinion. Every cup in every country means a lot to all teams. Only one guy can win the league, only one guy can win the cup. We are hungry to win it.”