We have a couple of changes to the roster which have happened over the christmas break. Portuguese midfielder Pele signed for us on a 3.5 year deal and has joined the club in training during the last two days. Leaving the club is Carl Medjani who was on loan from Monaco.
Medjani wasn't good enough for the team, surprising when you consider a player joining a Champions League level club from second division France (at the time).
There may be a few more players leaving during the month - rumours point to Yatabare and N'Dinga being cast off, Scepovic being pushed out on loan and Mitroglou being hunted by most clubs in Europe.
Perhaps a little more surprising is that the club has already said that there will be no more signings this month. So we have another transfer window where none of the money from Europe has been invested into the club.
We've announced the signing of Pele, a 26 year old Portuguese midfielder from Ergotelis. He signed a 3.5 year contract with total earnings exceeding €1m. He will start training at Rentis on the 30th December.
Strongly rumoured to be going in the other direction is Scepovic - on loan to Ergotelis for the remainder of the season.
Seems like our French contingent is on their way out. Both Yatabare and N'Dinga have failed to impress Michel and it seems likely that both will be leaving. It's uncertain what will be happening to Bong, he is starting matches but looks to be just a poor player and not at a level we require.
In any case, regardless of whether we lose both or perhaps all three players, we need to get replacements for them. I'm less than convinced that this will happen apart from perhaps Pele coming in from Ergotelis.
This was our last game before the winter break and we'd already been crowned the winter champions as the Voulgaroi wouldn't be able to catch up with us. I think it was also the first time we'd been back in Rizoupoli since the absolute fucking hammering we'd given Poutanas Gios ten years ago.
As for the game itself, we opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a hit from Fuster at close range following a corner. Manolas scored the second goal a few minutes later with another shot following on from a dead ball situation and it looked like victory was secured.
Samaris scored the third before the break.
The second half was a little more sedate from us although we kept up the pressure and Saviola scored the fourth and fifth goals to put the seal on the win. It was a fairly low key match from us despite the scoreline, Apollon simply were unable to cope with our play or our players. The results was a good fucking over of the highest order.
We break for Christmas and the new year and start again in 2014. Thank god, I've fucking hated this year!
Apollon Smyrnis 0-5 Olympiacos
26' Fuster, 31' Manolas, 41' Samaris, 63' Saviola, 80' Saviola
Olympiacos (Michel) : Roberto, Torres, Manolas, Siovas, Bong, Machado (65' Ibagaza), Samaris (58' Maniatis), Campbell, Fuster, Dominguez (46' Saviola), Olaitan
We made it 10/10 in our latest Euroleague Basketball match beating Zielona Gora away by an 80-91 scoreline. This also makes it 23/23 so far this season with the green rabbits our next targets!
1st Quarter : 18-22
2nd Quarter : 34-43
3rd Quarter : 62-72
4th Quarter : 80-91
Olympiacos (Bartzokas): Petway 2, Dunston 12, Spanoulis 17, Perperoglou 23, Papapetrou 3, Sloukas 2, Simmons 8, Agravanis, Mantzaris 2, Katsivelis 4, Lojeski 18.
It was announced yesterday evening that Kostas Mitroglou had extended his contract until Summer 2017. One of the main points was that the minimum release clause (previously €7.5m) had been removed meaning that any club wanting the striker had to negotiate for a transfer.
It may not change the fact that a club from Germany (most probably) or perhaps England will be after our player and may even get to transfer him but it won't be for the pittance that was possible previously.
We played PAS Giannena in a home game yesterday and managed to win thanks to a shot from Saviola and two penalties. However it wasn't a convincing match and we conceded twice, the second goal coming from a ten man PAS three minutes from the end of the game and leading to a hectic final few minutes.
However close the match actually proved to be, it shouldn't have been the case. We missed dozens of chances to score and frustratingly it seemed that we were trying to dance the ball into the goal rather than simply shoot. The two penalties were probably justified but we went over far too easy in the box so it left a sour taste for me.
Still we won and remain undefeated in the league so perhaps I should simply be happy with the score. I try, but there's always a thought that we can be doing even better.
Olympiacos 3-2 PAS Giannena
21' Saviola, 51' Machado (p), 70' Campbell (p) - 11' Ilic, 87' Kritikos
Olympiacos (Michel): Roberto, Machado, Papazoglou, Saviola (74' Scepovic), Samaras, Manolas, Salino, Dominguez (46' Campbell), Weiss (70' Fuster), Bong, Olaitan.