Olympiacos F.C.

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Full nameΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων Πειραιώς
(Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus)
  • Τhrylos (Legend)
  • Erythrolefkoi (The Red-Whites)
  • Kokkinoi (The Reds)
  • Dafnostefanomenos (The laurel-crowned)
Founded10 March 1925; 89 years ago (1925-03-10)
GroundKaraiskakis Stadium
Piraeus, Athens, Greece
Ground Capacity32,115[1]
OwnerEvangelos Marinakis
ChairmanEvangelos Marinakis
LeagueSuperleague Greece
2013–14Superleague Greece, 1st
WebsiteClub home page
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For the parent multi-sport club, see Olympiacos CFP.
Olympiacos FC logo.svg
Full nameΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων Πειραιώς
(Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus)
  • Τhrylos (Legend)
  • Erythrolefkoi (The Red-Whites)
  • Kokkinoi (The Reds)
  • Dafnostefanomenos (The laurel-crowned)
Founded10 March 1925; 89 years ago (1925-03-10)
GroundKaraiskakis Stadium
Piraeus, Athens, Greece
Ground Capacity32,115[1]
OwnerEvangelos Marinakis
ChairmanEvangelos Marinakis
LeagueSuperleague Greece
2013–14Superleague Greece, 1st
WebsiteClub home page
Current season
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Olympiacos F.C. (Greek: ΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός), also known simply as Olympiacos, Olympiacos Piraeus or with its full name Olympiacos C.F.P. (Greek: Oλυμπιακός Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων Πειραιώς, transliterated "Olympiakós Sýndesmos Filáthlo̱n Peiraió̱s"), Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, is a Greek professional football club, part of the major multi-sport club Olympiacos CFP, based in Piraeus.

Olympiacos is the most successful club in Greek football history,[2] having won 41 Greek League titles,[3] 26 Greek Cups,[4] 16 Doubles[5] and 4 Greek Super Cups, with a total of 71 national titles. Olympiacos' dominating success can be further evidenced by the fact that all the other Greek clubs have won a combined total of 37 League titles.[6] Olympiacos also holds the record for the most consecutive Greek League titles, as they are the only team to have won 7 consecutive championships (19972003), having broken their own previous record of 6 (19541959).[7] In addition, it is one of three clubs to have never been relegated from the top flight of Greek football; in European competitions, they have reached the quarter-finals twice, in the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League[8] and the 1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup.[9] Olympiacos is also one of the founding members of the European Club Association.[10]

Olympiacos' home ground is the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus.[11] The club is the most popular Greek club[12][13][14][15][16] with around two and a half million fans inside Greece and millions of others in the Greek communities all over the world.[17][18][19][20][21][22] Olympiacos was placed ninth on the 2006 list of clubs with the largest number of paying members, with 83,000 registered members as of April 2006.[23] In 2014, that figure increased and the team boasts 98,000 registered members.[24] They share a great and long-standing rivalry with Panathinaikos, with whom they contest the derby of the eternal enemies.


Early years and domestic success

The founders of Olympiacos (1925)
Notis Kamperos inspired the name and emblem of the team

Olympiacos was founded on 10 March 1925, in the port of Piraeus, when the members of "Piraikos Podosfairikos Omilos FC" (Sport and Football Club of Piraeus) and the "Piraeus Fans Club FC" decided, during a historical assembly,[25] to dissolve the two clubs in order to establish a new unified one, with an emblem depicting the profile of an Olympic winner. Notis Kamperos proposed the name Olympiacos and Michalis Manouskos expanded it to its current name, Olympiacos Syndesmos Filathlon Pireos. However, it was the Andrianopoulos brothers, who significantly raised the reputation of the club and brought it to its current glory[26] Members of a prosperous family, they made the name of Olympiacos known over Greece. Yiannis, Dinos, Giorgos and Vassilis were the first to play. The youngest of five, Leonidas Andrianopoulos made his appearance later on and played for a long time (1927–1935). The club's offensive line, made up of the five brothers, soon became legendary. Olympiacos immediately caught the attention of locals. Back then, their fan base consisted mainly of the working class, with the team's home ground at Neo Phaliron Velodrome, before moving to its current Karaiskakis Stadium. They became Piraeus' champions in the seasons 1925, 1926, 1927.[27]

Andreas Mouratis, the legendary defender of Olympiacos has played in 295 games (official and friendly) for the club, from 21 June 1945 up to 8 May 1955

In 1926, the Hellenic Football Federation was founded and organized the Panhellenic Championship in the 1927–1928 season. This was the first national championship, where the regional champions from EPSA league (Athens), EPSP league (Piraeus) and EPSM league (Thessaloniki) competed for the national title during play-offs, with Aris becoming the first champion. The Panhellenic Championship was organized in this manner up until 1958–59. However, in the second season (1928–29) a dispute arose between Olympiacos and the Hellenic Football Federation and did not participate in the championship with Panathinaikos and AEK Athens deciding to follow Olympiacos. During that season they played friendly games with each other and formed a group called P.O.K.. The fourth Panhellenic Championship took place in 1930–31 and found Olympiacos winning the Greek national league title for the first time in the history of the club. This was the starting point of a very successful era of Olympiacos.

By 1940, Olympiacos had already won six championships in eleven seasons[26] and by 1960 they had won fifteen championships in twenty-three seasons, as well as nine Greek Cups. The legendary Olympiacos team of the 1950s, with key performers such as Andreas Mouratis, Ilias Rossidis, Kostas Polychroniou, Thanasis Bebis, Ilias Yfantis, Babis Kotridis, Giorgos Darivas, Babis Drosos and Savvas Theodoridis, won the title six consecutive times, from 1954 to 1959, as well as the cup in 1957, 1958 and 1959, an unmatched achievement in Greek football history. Hence, after the 1950s, which saw Olympiacos winning numerous titles, the club gained the nickname of Thrylos, meaning "Legend".[26][28]

Sporadic success and Goulandris era

The iconic Andrianopoulos brothers: (from left) Yiannis, Dinos, Giorgos, Vassilis and Leonidas Andrianopoulos
Olympiacos team line up somewhere between 1927 and 1929

The first championship as a Top National League, called Alpha Ethniki, was held for the first time in the 1959–60 season, however the 60s and the early 70s were not as fruitful for Olympiacos, having won only two championships and six cups. Another chapter began in 1972, after Nikos Goulandris became president. He appointed Lakis Petropoulos as coach and signed top-class players such as Giorgos Delikaris, Yves Triantafyllos, Julio Losada, Milton Viera, Michalis Kritikopoulos, Romain Argyroudis, Maik Galakos, Lakis Glezos, Kostas Davourlis, Giannis Kyrastas and Dimitris Persidis. Under Goulandris' presidency, Olympiacos won the title three times in a row from 1973 to 1975, combining it with the cup in 1973 and 1975.[26] The team's best year was the 1973–74 season, when Olympiacos won the league with record points (59) and goals (102). Following Goulandris resignation from the presidency in 1975, the team went through a relative dry spell in the second half of the 1970s. However in the early 80s, when the championship turned professional, Olympiacos emerged again as the dominant force in the Greek football, winning the title four times in a row (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983). Key players during this period included forward Nikos Anastopoulos, midfielder Tasos Mitropoulos and goalkeeper Nikos Sarganis. Alketas Panagoulias, who had also been manager of the Greek national football team and the United States national soccer team, coached the team between 1981 and 1983 and again in the 1986–87 season, earning the championship title in 1982, 1983 and 1987.[26]

Olympiacos experienced its darkest days from the late-1980s until the mid-90s. In the mid-80s Olympiacos came into the hands of Greek businessman George Koskotas who was soon accused of and convicted for embezzlement, leaving Olympiacos deep in debt. On the pitch, the team, without a serious management, spent nine seasons without a league title, 1988 to 1996. This period is so called as Olympiacos' stone years [29] and the 1987–88 season was the worst ever for Olympiacos, as the club finished 8th in the league.

Era of success

Predrag Đorđević The legendary iconic Serbian footballer is one of the best players ever in history of Olympiacos and the most prolific foreign goalscorer with 126 goals in 344 league matches, the only player in Greek football with 12 championship trophies

Olympiacos' era of success began with attracting players of international magnitude like Zlatko Zahovič, Giovanni, and World Champions Rivaldo and Christian Karembeu. Olympiacos won seven consecutive championships, beating their own past record of six, with their best season being 1998–99, when under the guidance of coach Dušan Bajević, they celebrated the Double and the qualification to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, their best-ever European campaign. Bajević was sacked in 1999 and in the period that followed (1999–2004) Olympiacos employed no less than eight coaches. The best-known are Ioannis Matzourakis, Takis Lemonis, Trond Sollied, Oleg Protasov and Siniša Gogić.

Despite constant management changes and lack of managerial stability, Olympiacos kept on winning championships, except for the season 2003–04, when they finished second after switching three coaches in a year. In 2004, Olympiacos rehired Dušan Bajević and signed 1999 World Footballer of the Year Rivaldo. The end of the season found Olympiacos with both domestic trophies but without Bajević, who resigned; in his place, Norwegian coach Trond Sollied was hired.[30] They also signed Cypriot striker Michalis Konstantinou from arch-rivals Panathinaikos. During the season 2005–06, Olympiacos won all the four derbies against their major rivals, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens, something only achieved once more, during the season 1972–73. The combined goal total in these four matches was 11–3 in favour of Olympiacos. They also beat AEK Athens 3–0 in the Greek Cup Final to clinch their second straight double and managed to win 16 consecutive matches in the championship, breaking their own record.

After a record-breaking season, in the 2006 summer transfers, Trond Sollied signed seven players. However, Sollied did not live up to expectations in the UEFA Champions League 2006–07 and was replaced by Takis Lemonis at the end of 2006. Lemonis transferred the young star Vasilis Torosidis, and though Lemonis won the third consecutive championship for Olympiacos, he failed to win the Greek Cup after a surprise elimination by PAS Giannina.

In the summer of 2007, Olympiacos made very expensive transfers like Darko Kovačević and Luciano Galletti and realized the most lucrative transfer in Greek football history, by selling striker-midfielder Nery Castillo to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk for the record sum of €20 million ($27.5 million).[31] Because of a clause in Castillo's contract, Olympiacos received €15 million and the remaining €5 million were given directly to the player.[32] Furthermore, a controversy started between the team and Rivaldo, as Olympiacos did not wish to renew the player's contract, despite the fact that Rivaldo had featured heavily in the club's successful campaigns, both in Greece and abroad. Former player Ilija Ivic was selected for the role of the team's football director. The team didn't start well in the Greek championship, but it achieved a stunning performance in the Champions League, qualifying for the last 16 as they finished second in their group, level on eleven points with group-winners Real Madrid.[33] However, the team's less than satisfactory performance in the league, coupled with the defeat from Chelsea in Stamford Bridge, prompted club owner Sokratis Kokkalis to sack coach Takis Lemonis. The team's assistant manager, Jose Segura, coached the team for the remainder of the season. Although Olympiacos managed to win both the Greek Cup and Championship, Segura returned to his previous position.

In the summer of 2008, Olympiacos made prominent transfers, signing Diogo Luis Santo, Avraam Papadopoulos and Dudu Cearense, and appointed Ernesto Valverde as the new coach with a three-year contract worth approximately €6 million.[34] The 2008–09 season started badly for Olympiacos, with the team losing their first few official matches, against Anorthosis Famagusta for the Champions League third qualifying round, and was eliminated from the tournament, which resulted to a seat in the UEFA Cup first round, where Olympiacos beat Nordsjælland to qualify for the group stage. The team also started good in the Super League Greece 2008–09, winning every match at home, but facing difficulties away. After an impressive UEFA Cup run at home, the team managed to get through to the round of 32, facing French side Saint-Étienne.

In the summer of 2009, Olympiacos signed major players, such as Olof Mellberg from Juventus for €2.5 million,[35] English striker Matt Derbyshire from Blackburn Rovers, midfielder Jaouad Zairi from Asteras Tripolis, and Enzo Maresca from Sevilla. Many other players returned from loan spells, such as former Real Madrid defender Raúl Bravo, Georgios Katsikogiannis and Argentine midfielder Cristian Raul Ledesma. Olympiacos appointed former Brazil legend Zico as their coach and started the 2009–2010 season with great success, as they qualified for the Champions League final 16, finishing 2nd in Group H only 3 points behind Arsenal,[36] despite the absence of numerous first-team players due to injuries. They are up to face Bordeaux in the final 16. Domestically, Olympiacos secured a 2–0 derby win over arch-rivals Panathinaikos, with striker Kostas Mitroglou scoring twice.[37]

Evangelos Marinakis era

Evangelos Marinakis, a succesful shipping magnate, bought the team in 2010 and is the current owner.[38] Under his leadership, the team has won the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Olympiacos has been the subject of much controversy since its alleged involvement in the Koriopolis match-fixing scandal of 2011, which saw over 80 suspects accused of rigging games,[39][40] instigating violence and appointing referees in Greek football.[41] Olympiacos' President Evangelos Marinakis is accused of using his relationship with Georgios Sarris, the President of the Hellenic Football Federation, to appoint favorable referees to matches,[42] but has not yet been charged with any crimes despite the existence of telephone recordings implicating him in the scandal.[43]

In another case in July 2011, Olympiacos fans were accused of instigating and facilitating acts of violence after the alleged orders of Marinakis,[44] Giorgos Tsakogiannis, President of Ilioupoli and others, who cooperated to ensure that supporters of Olympiacos would provoke riots at a third divison game on March 13, 2011 to secure a penalty. The report by the prosecutor states that "Tsakogiannis informed Ioannis Papadopoulos that he had made arrangements and Evangelos Marinakis was aware of the plan for Olympiacos fans to cause riots".[44]

In May 2013, Olympiacos was accused of getting favorable treatment from referees.[45] Referee Thanasis Yiachos, who oversaw the cup final between Asteras Tripoli and Olympiacos, accused club President Evangelos Marinakis of entering his locker room at half time,[46] against the regulations of the Hellenic Football Federation. After a 1-1 tie at halftime, Olympiacos won the match with 3-1. In a statement released afterwards, Marinakis claimed he went to the locker room to wish match officials "good luck".[46] No actions were brought against him and charges were dropped.

Crest and colours

Olympiacos retro shirt

When, in 1925, the merger of the two clubs of Piraeus, Athlitikos Podosfairikos Syllogos Pireos and Omilos Filathlon Pireos, gave birth to the new football club, the latter was unanimously baptized Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, a name inspired from the Ancient Olympic Games, the morality, the vying and the splendor that they represented in ancient Greece. Consequently, the club adopted the laureate teen as their emblem, which symbolizes the Olympic Games winner, a crest that underwent minor changes through the ages. Red and white were chosen as the colours of the crest; red for the passion and white for the virtue.[47][48]

The typical kit of the team is that of a shirt with red and white vertical stripes, and red or white shorts and socks. The shirt has taken different forms during the history of the club, for example with thin or wider stripes. The second most common kit is the all-red one and next the all-white one. Olympiacos has used several other colours during its history as an away or third kit, with the most notable of them being the monotint black or silver one. The most common kits of Olympiacos during their history are these below (the year of each one is indicant):

Sponsors and Manufacturers

Since 1979 when football became professional in Greece Olympiacos had a specific kit manufacturer and since 1982 have had a kit sponsor. The following tables detail the shirt sponsors and kit suppliers of Olympiacos by year:


Main article: Karaiskakis Stadium
Karaiskakis Stadium before Olympiacos–Arsenal FC match (1–0) during 2009–10 UEFA Champions League

The Karaiskakis Stadium (Greek: Γήπεδο Γεώργιος Καραϊσκάκης), situated at the Faliro area of Piraeus, Greece, is the traditional and current home ground of Olympiacos. Named after Georgios Karaiskakis, national hero of the Greek War of Independence, it hosts Olympiacos home matches for the most of the club's history.[49]

It was built in 1895 as a velodrome, to host the cycling events for the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. Its official name was Neo Phaliron Velodrome (Greek: Ποδηλατοδρόμιο Νέου Φαλήρου) and the pitch was covered with curm. Olympiacos started using it since its foundation in 1925. In 1964, the stadium was renovated, taking its current name and the shape it had until 2003, with an athletics track around the pitch.[50] Being one of the most important sport venues in Greece, it hosted the 1969 European Athletics Championships and the 1971 European Cup Winners' Cup Final between Chelsea and Real Madrid.[51]

Olympiacos left the Karaiskakis Stadium temporarily, to play home games at the newly built Athens Olympic Stadium, in 1984. After a five-year use of the biggest stadium in Greece, the team returned to their traditional home, where they played until 1997. It was then that Olympiacos got back to the Athens Olympic Stadium, where they stayed for another period of five years. In 2002, the Olympic Stadium was closed for renovation works due to the 2004 Summer Olympics and Olympiacos moved to the Georgios Kamaras Stadium in Rizoupoli, home of Apollon Smyrnis, for the following two seasons.

The Karaiskakis Stadium had fallen in disrepair and its use was passed to Olympiacos in April 2003; the club took the responsibility to build a new football-only ground in its place, to be used for the football tournament of the 2004 Olympics.[52] In return, Olympiacos got exclusive use of the stadium until 2052, covering all maintenance costs and also paying 15% of revenue to the State. The old stadium was demolished in the spring of 2003 and the whole project was constructed in the record period of 14 months. It was completed on 30 June 2004 at a total cost of 60 million.[53] Nowadays, the Karaiskakis Stadium is one of the most modern football grounds in Europe, also hosting the museum of Olympiacos[54] and several facilities around.

The Gate 7 Tragedy

The history of the Karaiskakis Stadium and Olympiacos was marked by the worst tragedy that ever hit Greek sports, known as the Karaiskakis Stadium disaster. On 8 February 1981, Olympiacos hosted AEK Athens for a League match, which ended 6–0, in an unprecedented triumph for the host team of Piraeus. During the last minutes of the game, thousands of Olympiacos fans at the Gate 7 rushed to the exit, to get to the stadium's main entrance and celebrate with the players, but the doors were almost closed and the turnstiles still in place, making the exit almost impossible.[55] As people continued to come down from the stands, unable to see what happened, the stairs of Gate 7 became a death trap; people were crushed, tens of fans were seriously injured and twenty-one young people died, most of them by suffocation.[56]


Further information: Popularity of Greek teams
Olympiacos fans provide their support with extreme passion at home, as well as away matches. Here at the Karaiskakis Stadium against Chelsea for the knockout stage of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League.
Mural at the Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, featuring the brotherhood between the fans of Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade.

Olympiacos' traditional fanbase comes from the city of Piraeus, where the club is based, as well as a good part of the rest of the Athens area. The club's popularity increased during the 1950s after winning consecutive titles and setting several records, and they became the best-supported football club in the country. Traditionally, Olympiacos used to represent the working class, but the club has always attracted fans from all the social classes and their fanbase is not associated with any specific social group anymore.[57][58]

Olympiacos is the most popular of the Greek clubs according to UEFA[12] and numerous polls and researches.[59][60] Several newspapers and magazines' polls rank Olympiacos as the most popular club in Greece with a percentage varying between 29–37% among the fans and 20.3–29.3% in total population, which corresponds to around two and a half millions of supporters in Greece.[14][61] The club is overwhelmingly popular in Piraeus, where almost half of its population supports Olympiacos,[62] while their support in the whole of Athens reaches 45.1% of the fans, making them the most popular club in the Greek capital.[63] They are also the most popular club in the working class with a percentage of 37% and in all age groups,[62] as well as among both male and female fans;[64] the vast majority of their fans comes from the centre-left and centre-right of the political spectrum.[62] Outside of Athens, Olympiacos is the most popular club in Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Thessaly, the Aegean and the Ionian Islands.[65] Additionally, they have the highest average all-time attendance in Greek football, having topped the attendance tables in most of the seasons in Super League Greece history.[66]

In 2006, Olympiacos was placed in the top ten of the clubs with the most paying members in the world, holding the ninth place just ahead of Real Madrid.[67] As of April 2006, the club had some 83,000 registered members.[68] Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade fans have developed a deep friendship, calling themselves the Orthodox Brothers. Usually, Olympiacos supporters from several fan-clubs attend Red Star's matches, especially against their old rival Partizan, and vice-versa. More recently, the Orthodox Brothers have started to include fans of Spartak Moscow in their club.

Olympiacos fans are renowned for their passionate and fervent support to their team, with the atmosphere at home matches regarded as intimidating. When they played Newcastle United at home in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, the match was televised in the United Kingdom on Channel 5 and the guest commentator was former England international Tony Cottee, who was constantly mentioning how great the atmosphere was. During the game he was asked whether it was the most atmospheric stadium he had been to and replied: "I'd have to say it probably is. You hear a lot about various places and the atmosphere there but when you go you realise it's not all that... But this place is the real deal."[69] The experienced Czech international winger Jaroslav Plašil paid further testament to the hostile atmosphere created by Olympiacos fans at home before his team Bordeaux visit Karaiskakis Stadium, where he had played during his time at AS Monaco and stated: "It was one of the most intense atmospheres I've ever experienced in a stadium, so I expect it will be a bit like hell for us. Their supporters really can help their team."[70] Paris Saint-Germain superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimović spoke of his admiration for Olympiacos supporters after an Olympiacos–Paris Saint-Germain match on September 17, 2013: "They played in front of their fantastic public. Olympiacos supporters were amazing. My friend Olof Mellberg played here and he talked to me about the supporters. I never saw it live, but now I understand. It's amazing. It's a big advantage for Olympiacos."[71][72] PSG billionaire owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi stated: "I have big respect for the fans here. I've never seen fans like Olympiacos' fans in my life."[73]

Affiliated clubs

Serbia Red Star Belgrade[74][75]

Russia FC Spartak Moscow


Olympiacos fans inside the Karaiskakis Stadium during a derby against rivals Panathinaikos.

Traditionally, Olympiacos' main rival is Panathinaikos and their so-called derby of the eternal enemies is the classic rivalry in the Athens area and Greek football in general.[76] The two teams are the most successful and most popular Greek football clubs, and the rivalry is also indicative of social, cultural and regional differences; Olympiacos is traditionally seen as the classic representative of the working class of the port city of Piraeus, while Panathinaikos is considered the club of the Athenian higher-class society, although nowadays this differentiation has weakened and the two clubs have similar fanbases.[57][58] The two teals are the most successful in Greece and together have won 61 titles, therefore their rivalries come as no surprise.[77] The hatred is so intense that many violent incidents have taken place in several regions of Athens, especially before or after a derby. On 29 March 2007, a 22 year old Panathinaikos fan, was stabbed to death at Paiania, a town close to Athens where a women's volleyball game between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos was scheduled to take place that day, during a pre-arranged clash between hooligans of the two clubs. That incident caused major upset in Greece and sparked a large police investigation into the organized supporters scene, while all team sport events in Greece were suspended for two weeks.[78][79][80] The derby in 2012 was abandoned as petrol bombs, flares and missles were thrown at fans and police at the Olympic Stadium, causing parts of it to be set on fire. The meeting in March 2014 between the two teams saw fires started by passionate fans on both sides and the Panathinaikos coach Yannis Anastasiou was left lying on the sidelines after being hit by an object from the stands. In the aftermath of the 2014 derby, during which Olympiacos secured a 1-0 vivtory, Patanthinakos owner Yannis Alafouzos made controversial comments that the referees had skewed results in favor of Olympiacos.[81]

Another major rival of Olympiacos is AEK Athens, due to their proximity and strong on-pitch rivalry.[82] The rivalry between Olympiacos and PAOK dates back to the 1960s, when Olympiacos negotiated to acquire the player-symbol of PAOK, Giorgos Koudas. The rivalry also stems from the competition between Athens and Thessaloniki, the two biggest cities in Greece.[83] Another rival of Olympiacos used to be Ethnikos Piraeus, the second-most successful club of Piraeus, but the rivalry was dissolved when Ethnikos Piraeus was relegated from the top tier of Greek football.


European performance

Olympiacos players arrayed in Stamford Bridge, in the second match for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League first knockout round against Chelsea.

Olympiacos has a long presence in UEFA competitions, debuting on 13 September 1959, against Milan for the 1959–60 European Cup, being the first Greek team in a European competition. However, they were to play against Beşiktaş for the preliminary round of the 1958–59 European Cup, but withdrew.[84] They celebrated their 200th European game on 23 February 2010, against Bordeaux in the first knockout round of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League. Olympiacos was also the first Greek team to advance to the next round of any European competition, eliminating Zagłębie Sosnowiec for the 1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup. Their best European results were reaching the quarter-finals of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League, where they were eliminated by Juventus, and the quarter-finals of the 1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup, before losing to Atlético Madrid.

At the European level, Olympiacos have a strong record in home games. This has been proved by some long-standing unbeaten sequences, especially in the UEFA Champions League, where Manchester United was the first team to beat Olympiacos at home, in the latter's fifth consecutive participation in the tournament with its new format. In addition, Olympiacos gained impressive wins at home, like the stunning 6–2 victory over the then Champions League runners-up Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League, and three consecutive large wins in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, 5–0 against Nordsjælland, 5–1 against Benfica and 4–0 against Hertha Berlin.

Best campaigns

European Cup / UEFA Champions League
1974–75Last 16eliminated by Anderlecht 1–5 in Brussels, 3–0 in Athens
1982–83Last 16eliminated by Hamburg 0–1 in Hamburg, 0–4 in Athens
1983–84Last 16eliminated by Benfica 1–0 in Athens, 0–3 in Lisbon
1998–99Quarter-finalseliminated by Juventus 1–2 in Turin, 1–1 in Athens
2007–08Last 16eliminated by Chelsea 0–0 in Athens, 0–3 in London
2009–10Last 16eliminated by Bordeaux 0–1 in Athens, 1–2 in Bordeaux
2013–14Last 16eliminated by Manchester United 2–0 in Athens, 0–3 in Manchester
European Cup Winners' Cup
1963–64Last 16eliminated by Lyon 1–4 in Lyon, 2–1 in Athens
1965–66Last 16eliminated by West Ham United 0–4 in London, 2–2 in Athens
1968–69Last 16eliminated by Dunfermline Athletic 0–4 in Dunfermline, 3–0 in Athens
1986–87Last 16eliminated by Ajax 0–4 in Amsterdam, 1–1 in Athens
1990–91Last 16eliminated by Sampdoria 0–1 in Athens, 1–3 in Genoa
1992–93Quarter-finalseliminated by Atlético Madrid 1–1 in Athens, 1–3 in Madrid
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
1989–90Last 16eliminated by Auxerre 1–1 in Athens, 0–0 in Auxerre
2004–05Last 16eliminated by Newcastle United 1–3 in Athens, 0–4 in Newcastle
2011–12Last 16eliminated by Metalist Kharkiv 1–0 in Kharkiv, 1–2 in Piraeus

Notable wins

European Cup / UEFA Champions League
2000–01OlympiacosValencia [a]1–0 [a]
2002–03OlympiacosBayer Leverkusen [b]6–2 [b]
2004–05OlympiacosLiverpool [c]1–0 [c]
2004–05OlympiacosAS Monaco [d]1–0 [d]
2004–05OlympiacosDeportivo La Coruña1–0
2005–06OlympiacosReal Madrid2–1
2007–08Werder BremenOlympiacos1–3
2007–08OlympiacosWerder Bremen3–0
2011–12OlympiacosBorussia Dortmund3–1
2013–14OlympiacosBenfica [e]1–0 [e]
2013–14OlympiacosManchester United2–0
European Cup Winners' Cup / UEFA Cup
1971–72Dynamo MoscowOlympiacos1–2
1972–73OlympiacosTottenham Hotspur [f]1–0 [f]
1992–93AS MonacoOlympiacos0–1
2008–09OlympiacosHertha Berlin4–0
UEFA Europa League
2011–12Rubin KazanOlympiacos0–1
2011–12Metalist KharkivOlympiacos0–1

Biggest wins

European Cup / UEFA Champions League
1997–98OlympiacosSlavia-Mozyr [g]5–0 [g]
2002–03OlympiacosBayer Leverkusen6–2
2007–08Werder BremenOlympiacos1–3
2007–08OlympiacosWerder Bremen3–0
2011–12OlympiacosBorussia Dortmund3–1
European Cup Winners' Cup
1968–69OlympiacosDunfermline Athletic3–0
1986–87OlympiacosUnion Luxembourg3–0
1986–87Union LuxembourgOlympiacos0–3
1992–93Chornomorets OdesaOlympiacos0–3
UEFA Cup / Europa League
1993–94OlympiacosBotev Plovdiv5–1
2008–09OlympiacosHertha Berlin4–0
2010–11Besa KavajëOlympiacos0–5
2010–11OlympiacosBesa Kavajë6–1


a. ^ Valencia were the eventual runners-up.
b. ^ Bayer Leverkusen were the runners-up of the previous season.
c. ^ Liverpool were the eventual winners.
d. ^ AS Monaco were the runners-up of the previous season.
e. ^ Benfica were the runners-up of 2012–13 Europa League.
f. ^ Tottenham Hotspur were the defending winners.
g. ^ In the second qualifying round.

National league records

Record win11–0 (vs Fostiras, 1973–74)
Most wins in a season30 (1999–00)
Most goals scored in a season102 (1973–74)
Fewest goals conceded in a season13 (1972–73)
Longest sequence of wins16 (8th day of 2005–06 – 23rd day of 2005–06)
Longest sequence of unbeaten matches58 (3rd day of 1972–73 – 27th day of 1973–74)


Domestic competitions

European competitions

International competitions


Current squad

As of 8 September 2014[85][86]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

2GreeceMFGiannis Maniatis (captain)
3SpainDFAlberto Botía
5SerbiaMFLuka Milivojević
6NetherlandsMFIbrahim Afellay
7GreeceFWKonstantinos Mitroglou (on loan from Fulham)
8Republic of the CongoMFDelvin N'Dinga (on loan from Monaco)
9SwedenMFJimmy Durmaz
10ArgentinaMFAlejandro Domínguez
11SwitzerlandMFPajtim Kasami
14NorwayDFOmar Elabdellaoui
16SpainGKRoberto (3rd captain)
17GreeceFWDimitris Diamantakos
18GreeceMFAndreas Bouchalakis
19SpainMFDavid Fuster (2nd captain)
20GreeceDFKostas Giannoulis
22FranceDFÉric Abidal
23GreeceDFDimitris Siovas
24GreeceDFTasos Avlonitis
25GreeceMFKostas Fortounis
26FranceDFArthur Masuaku
27ParaguayFWJorge Benítez
28GreeceFWNikos Vergos
30BrazilDFLeandro Salino
33GreeceGKEleftherios Choutesiotis
42HungaryGKBalázs Megyeri
55ArmeniaMFGevorg Ghazaryan
77TogoMFMathieu Dossevi
99NigeriaFWMichael Olaitan

For recent transfers, see List of Greek football transfers summer 2014

Out of team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

CameroonDFGaëtan Bong
NorwayMFAbdisalam Ibrahim

Out on loan

As of 8 September 2014[87]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

GreeceGKAndreas Gianniotis (to Greece PAS Giannina)
GreeceDFVasilios Karagounis (to Italy Reggina)
GreeceDFKonstantinos Rougalas (to Spain Atlético Madrid B)
GreeceDFManolis Tzanakakis (to Greece Ergotelis)
GreeceDFCharalambos Lykogiannis (to Greece Ergotelis)
GreeceDFKonstantinos Vlachos (to Greece Fostiras)
BrazilDFLeandro (to Greece Lamia)
MaliMFSambou Yatabaré (to France Guingamp)
SerbiaMFAleksandar Katai (to Serbia Crvena Zvezda)
SerbiaMFSaša Zdjelar (to Serbia OFK Beograd)
MontenegroMFMarko Janković (to Serbia OFK Beograd)
GreeceMFDimitris Kolovos (to Greece Panionios)
GreeceMFPanagiotis Vlachodimos (to Greece Ergotelis)
GreeceMFNikos Katharios (to Greece Panthrakikos)
GreeceMFKonstantinos Plegas (to Greece Panachaiki)
GreeceMFDimitris Siopis (to Greece Fostiras)
GreeceMFNikos-Aggelos Psychogios (to Greece Fostiras)
GreeceFWNikolaos Ioannidis (to Netherlands Zwolle)
GreeceFWAnastasios Karamanos (to Greece Atromitos)
BelgiumFWDavid Henen (to England Everton B)
SerbiaFWMarko Scepovic (to Spain Mallorca)
GreeceFWThanasis Papazoglou (to Greece Atromitos)[87]

Olympiacos U20 squad

Olympiacos U20 is the youth team of Olympiacos. They participate in the Superleague U20 championship[88] and in UEFA Youth League competition. They play their home games at the 3,000-seater Renti Training Centre in Renti, Piraeus.[89]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

GreeceGKAris Vlachos
GreeceGKMichalis Iliadis
GreeceGKGiorgos Strezos
GreeceDFAnastasis Bougioukos
GreeceDFDimitris Gkoutsios
GreeceDFGiorgos Makrostergios
GreeceDFGiannis Sotirakos
GreeceDFArgyris Toufas
GreeceDFAntonis Vatousiadis
GreeceDFPraxitelis Vouros
GreeceDFPanagiotis Volonakis
GreeceMFGiorgos Lyras
GreeceMFIoannis Paidakis
GreeceMFDimitrios Voutsiotis
GreeceMFGiorgos Kanavetas
GreeceMFGiannis Laci
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMFBoban Lazić
GreeceMFAlexandros Margaritis
GreeceMFAchilleas Nasiakopoulos
GreeceMFAntonis Papasavvas
GreeceMFChristoforos Pasalidis
GreeceMFCharalambos Rentzis
GreeceMFManolis Saliakas
GreeceFWKostas Garefalakis
GreeceFWIlias Ignatidis
GreeceFWNikos Vergos

Former players

Further information: List of Olympiacos F.C. players



Olympiacos former midfield boss and club's current Strategic Advisor, Christian Karembeu
President [90]Greece Evangelos Marinakis
Chief DirectorGreece Giannis Vrentzos
Chief ExecutiveGreece Dimitris Agrafiotis
1st Vice-PresidentGreece Savvas Theodoridis
2nd Vice-PresidentGreece Sokratis S. Kokkalis
3rd Vice-PresidentGreece George Louvaris
4th Vice-PresidentGreece Giannis Moralis
Technical ConsultantSpain Juan Jose Lorenzo
Strategic AdvisorFrance Christian Karembeu
Sports DirectorSouth Africa Pierre Issa
Team managerGreece Kyriakos Dourekas

Technical and medical staff

Current head coach: Michel
Technical staff [91]
Head coach [92]Spain Míchel
Assistant coachSpain Rafael Alkorta
Greece Antonis Nikopolidis
AnalystGreece Giorgos Martakos
Greece Antonis Lemonakis
Goalkeeping coachGreece Alekos Rantos
Fitness coachSpain Jose Vallejo
Fitness trainerGreece Christos Mourikis
Youth team coachGreece Vasilis Vouzas
Youth goalkeeping coachGreece Vasilis Alexoudis
Scouting staff [93]
Head of Scouting DepartmentSpain Juan Jose Lorenzo
ScoutGreece Nikos Vamvakoulas
Greece Georgios Amanatidis
Greece Dimitrios Barbalias
Greece Giorgos Kokolakis
Brazil Giovanni
Argentina Luciano Galletti
Medical staff [94]
Head doctorGreece Christos Theos
PhysioGreece Nikos Lykouresis
Greece Alexis Kapetanakis
Greece Nikolaos Koulopoulos
Nutritionist – PhysiologistGreece Maria Lykomitrou

Managerial history

Olympiacos F.C. presidents

Michalis ManouskosGreece1925–1928, 1937–1939, 1945–1950
Thanasis MermigasGreece1929–1931, 1953–1954
Takis ZakkasGreece1931, 1936
Yiannis AndrianopoulosGreece1932, 1933–1935
Giannis BarbaressosGreece1946
Giorgos AndrianopoulosGreece1954–1967
Kostas BouzakisGreece1967–1969
Tasos OikonomouGreece1969–1970
Eutixios GoumasGreece1970–1971
Aristides SkylitsisGreece1971
Dimitris VadanisGreece1971–1972
Nikos GoulandrisGreece1972–1975
Kostas ThanopoulosGreece1975, 1976–1978
Periklis LanarasGreece1975
Iraklis TsitsalisGreece1978–1979
Stauros DaifasGreece1979–1985, 1986, 1992–1994
Nikos EuthimiouGreece1986
Giorgos KoskotasGreece1987–1988
Argyris SaliarelisGreece1988–1992
Giorgos BanasakisGreece1992–1993
Sokratis KokkalisGreece1993–2011
Evangelos MarinakisGreece2011–
Founder and first president of Olympiacos, Michalis Manouskos
Legendary player, founding member and president (1954–1967) of Olympiacos, Giorgos Andrianopoulos
Nikos Goulandris, president of Olympiacos (1972–1975)


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