Πέμπτη, 13 Δεκεμβρίου 2012 12:33

Olympiakos reach last 16 of the NextGen

Our team managed to top the group and qualify for the round of 16 teams in the NextGen competition after a win over Atletic Bilbao. The win meant that Olympiakos finished ahead of Arsenal, Bilbao and Marseille in the standings.

I don't think this should be brushed over, we have proved that our team is capable of standing toe-to-toe with teams with very advanced youth facilities and beat them. Arsenal is famed for their youth policy and their ability to grow their stars from their academy and Marseille's is similarly very well regarded and known for their results in grooming future players.
We've done very well to top the group in the face of such prestigious teams and academies.

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Πέμπτη, 04 Οκτωβρίου 2012 14:20

Back from Arsenal

Well I'm back after a long day away in London. We had a good game as I'm sure that most of you would know by now. The scoreline really flattered Arsenal though and a 2-2 draw would have been on the cards if we were a little luckier. The Arsenal fans were non existant, it's amazing that for a stadium of more than 80,000 that they made hardly any noise. The only time we heard from them was when they scored or when they got close.


The police were also behaving like twats when we met up in London during the afternoon. They split us up and marched one group around the local park for some reason or other. Still, we expect the usual heavy handed stupidity and arrogant twattishness from Plod these days.


All in all, it was a good evening and we played very well. Maybe a few too many casual fans for my liking attended, you know the ones who don't shout, don't chant, don't enjoy themselves but all in all it was a decent time and we only lost with some bad luck.

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Τετάρτη, 03 Οκτωβρίου 2012 10:06

Off To Arsenal

I've already set off for my trip to London to watch us play (and hopefully beat) Arsenal tonight. So for this reason I can't write a report on the match itself.

As for our chances... well, it doesn't look good on paper. We have numerous injuries and what can best be described as an incomplete squad. However as the cliche goers, games are not played on paper and I hope that we can emerge with a positive result from the evening.

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Δευτέρα, 01 Οκτωβρίου 2012 20:37

Team announced for Arsenal

I've returned from my holidays now and ready to go to the Emirates stadium for our Champions League game against Arsenal. Our team has been announced as being :-

Goalkeepers (2) :-
Carroll, Megyeri

Defenders (5) :-
Siovas, Holebas, Manolas, Lykogiannis, Contreras

Midfielders (9) :-
Greco, Ibagasa, Fuster, Modesto, Maniatis, Fetfatzidis, Abdoun, Machado, Diakite

Attackers (3) :-
Diogo, Mitroglou, Pantelic

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Πέμπτη, 20 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012 15:54

On Holiday

Unfortunately I will be away in Greece for the next week and a bit, so there will be no reports for the Panthrax and Atromitos games.

I will however try to write some small updates on our facebook page and should be back in England before the game against Arsenal.

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Πέμπτη, 30 Αυγούστου 2012 22:17

Champions League Draw

As you may already know, we have been drawn in the Champions League group stages with Arsenal, Schalke and Montpellier. This perhaps is not the worst draw that we could have had but all of the opponents will be a tough test for us. Arsenal are weaker than they were last year but still have a very formidable team and will be able to put a squad onto the pitch worth over €100 million easily. Players like Podolsky may cause us a problem but we came close to getting 4 points against them last season and 3 back in 2009 when we played them before. We should aim for 4 points from this team but perhaps 3 is more likely.

Schalke were very up and down last year but managed to qualify for the Champions League by scraping third in the Bundesliga. We have done well against German opposition in the past, thrashing Werder Bremen, Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund in recent years and I'm pretty hopeful about this tie. They do have a powerful squad but I think we should be able to get two good results against this team.

Our final opponent, Montpellier are very much an unknown quantity for me. I haven't seen them in action too often although I know that they did win Ligue 1 with Oliver Giroud being their top scorer (and subsequently sold to Arsenal). Our record against French teams is not very good unfortunately and they play at an even faster rate than the English league. We may have some trouble with Montpellier but nothing is for certain until we play them I guess.

In all, I'm very confident that we will at least finish in third place. Whether we can finish in second place will be dependant on our ability to eke out points away from home.

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Τετάρτη, 07 Δεκεμβρίου 2011 12:55

Περήφανοι, δηλαδή Ολυμπιακοί

Μόνο περήφανοι μπορούμε να νοιώθουμε σαν Ολυμπιακοί. 

Η ομάδα μας έπαιξε με τον αέρα μεγάλης ομάδας. Μπήκε στο γήπεδο ξέροντας τι θέλει και στην κυριολεξία "έπνιξε" την άρσεναλ.

Έκανε το χρέος της και με το παραπάνω. Έδειξε τι "καρύδια" έχει σαν ομάδα και που πραγματικά θα έπρεπε να παίζει, άσχετα που η uefa του Πλατινί και η dortmund που άνοιξε διάπλατα τα πόδια της, είχαν άλλα σχέδια.

Αλήθεια, ο Πλατινί θα έχει την τσίπα να εξετάσει και να τιμωρήσει τους υπεύθυνους για την καθυστέρηση κατα 5 λεπτά στην έναρξη του Ά ημιχρόνου στον αγώνα της dortmund με την marseille? Πέντε λεπτά στην έναρξη του αγώνα και άλλα 3 στην έναρξη του 'Β ημιχρόνου. Αυτό το παιχνίδι και η ανατροπή με τον τρόπο που ήρθε, θα κριθεί "ύποπτη" και προς εξέταση? Η θα το κάνει γαργάρα μιας και πρόκειται για ομάδα απο την πατρίδα του? Καλές οι γαλλογερμανικές σχέσεις στα πολιτικά δρώμενα, ευκαιρία και για τα ποδοσφαιρικά; Ίσως έτσι εξηγούνται και τα χαμόγελα του Γίργκεν Κλοπ, του τεχνικού της Ντόρτμουντ λίγα δευτερόλεπτα μετά την ανατροπή.

Δεν περιμένουμε καμία απάντηση και ούτε θα κάτσουμε να κλαψουρίσουμε αλλά μη μας περνάτε για μαλάκες...

Όσον αφορά τους υπόλοιπους έλληνες πουθενάδες, procto-synalar για τις αιμοροίδες και καλό καναπέ.
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Τρίτη, 06 Δεκεμβρίου 2011 23:58

Olympiakos 3-1 Arsenal

Preview
Our last game of the Champions League group stage saw us in the Karaiskaki against Arsenal. The gunners had already qualified from this group and will finish in first place no matter what happened, therefore they brought a very youthful squad to Athens for the match tonight.

We, however, needed to win to ensure that we would continue in Europe. A draw may also have been sufficient but qualification would then depend on results elsewhere in the group. We had some injury problems ahead of the game and so the lineup used was not as we would have liked but we had to make the best out of what we had available. We ended up starting off in a 4-3-3 formation with Mirallas, Holebas and Djebbour as the basis of the attack.

Djebbour...
As for the game itself, we had our first chance of the match just two minutes after the start and kept pressure on the Arsenal line throughout the opening minutes. Arsenal also attacked though during the opening phase forcing to save an Arshavin shot and coping with the following corner. During the first ten minutes of the match though, we had been making the lions share of all the attacking and despite two surges forward during this period, Arsenal had been on the defensive.

Arsenal were starting to find their feet in the match and made a couple of attacks coming dangerously close to our goal whilst we subsequently attacked and came close to scoring ourselves from a close range Djebbour shot. Moments later, Djebbour opened the scoring when placed through on goal by a pass by Fuster which split the defence. Djebbour rounded the keeper and struck it low into the back of the net to open the scoring.

Attacks, Fuster and the second goal
Mirallas came next with a chance for goal with a shot catching Fabianski off his line but just missing the goal. Djebbour similarly came close to grabbing a second goal just moments later but failing to connect with a low cross into the box. Arsenal were forced to substitute their keeper following the last attack after he suffered an injury and after the game restarted, we started on the attack again only to see the game halted after an injury to Coquelin.

A second goal is scored for Olympiakos, this time by Fuster after a mistake by Mannone. We had made some pressure on the goalkeeper and he had come too far out of the box allowing Fuster to make a cheap shot on goal which he failed to save and watched helplessly and the ball crept over the line. We made further attacks on the Arsenal goalmouth during the half, coming close to scoring on a number of chances. Arsenal came forward in a final flourish to the half, winning a corner but failing to do anything else before the half ended (after 5 minutes of stoppage time).

Second Half
The second half started off with an attack for us and a strike on goal by Modesto which was saved and pushed wide for a corner. Mirallas was next with a chance on goal seeing his effort pushed out wide by the keeper. A series of corners for us followed which were ultimately fruitless but we continued to attack and force a number of chances from the Arsenal defence. It was Arsenal who scored next though with a strike from Benayoun which left Megyeri little chance to save the ball. To make matters worse at this point, Modesto missed a superb chance to score with a header after the keeper was firmly beaten to the ball.

Arsenal's goal seemed to give them more spark and they started to come back into the game more and bring the ball into our half. We started to change our tactics to suit, pulling players back into the defence and counter attacking to relieve the pressure. This tactic looked to be working as we won a number of chances near to their area when attacking to relieve the pressure. Eventually Arsenal had another chance on our goal with Rosicky however Megyeri managed to save his effort and we avoided conceding for the moment.

3-1 - Game Over
We were now in the final ten minutes of the game and if lucky, on course to qualify from the group. We continued to counter attack coming very close to scoring for the umpteenth time from a Mirallas shot. The game by now was becoming very end to end with Arsenal creating as much pressure as we were. We next attacked through Abdoun and got even closer to the goal than ever (with a suspected Arsenal handball) but again failed to put our chances away. With the game at its climax, we had a final goal to seal the win. A free kick near the corner flag was shot into the box where Mellberg got a header on the ball. The Arsenal keeper managed to save the ball but then spilt the ball to Modesto who poked it home.
The game finished after 3 minutes of extra time but although we won, we drop into the Europa League having gained 9 points in total. Nevertheless, we can be proud of our team tonight for the performance they gave and the support by our fans. Our European adventure continues in the Europa League this season.


Olympiakos 3-1 Arsenal
16' Djebbour
36' Fuster
57' Benayoun
89' Modesto

Olympiakos : Megyeri, Torosidis, Mellberg, Papadopoulos, Marcano, Maniatis, Fuster (64' Abdoun), Modesto, Mirallas, Holebas (37' Orbaiz), Djebbour (92' Papazoglou)
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Τρίτη, 06 Δεκεμβρίου 2011 14:09

Κάντο όπως το 2009!!!!!

Ο σημερινός αγώνας με την Άρσεναλ έχει πολλές ομοιότητες με τον αγώνα της περιόδου 2009-10. 

Ξανά ο τελευταίος αγώνας των ομίλων, ξανά η πρόκριση(είτε στους 16 του champions league, είτε στους 32 του europa league) είναι στο χέρι μας. 

Εμείς σαν οπαδοί θα κάνουμε το χρέος μας. 

Και το coreo μας θα έχουμε, και όλοι στις "επάλξεις" θα είμαστε όπως πάντα, και τα λαρύγγια μας θα ματώσουμε για να σπρώξουμε την ομάδα στη νίκη.

9ο΄λεπτά ΦΩΝΑΖΟΥΜΕ ΚΑΙ ΣΤΗΡΙΖΟΥΜΕ ΤΗΝ ΟΜΑΔΑ.ΧΡΕΙΑΖΕΤΑΙ ΥΠΟΜΟΝΗ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ΓΝΩΡΙΖΟΥΜΕ ΟΛΟΙ

Ας κάνει και η ομάδα το χρέος της και φύγαμε για τον επόμενο γύρο. Όπου και να είναι αυτός...

ΕΜΕΙΣ ΤΟ ΧΡΕΟΣ ΜΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΥΤΟΙ ΤΟ ΔΙΚΟ ΤΟΥΣ...
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Δευτέρα, 26 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011 22:17

Team Announced For Arsenal

The team for London has been announced on the official site. The players chosen are :- 

Goalkeepers (2) : Costanzo, Megyeri
Defenders (8) : Torosidis, Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Marcano, Holebas, Papazoglou, Potouridis, Modesto
Midfielders (5) : Orbaiz, Ibagasa, Fejsa, Abdoun, Makoun
Attackers (4) : Fuster, Djebbour, Pantelic, Mirallas

So Yeste didn't make it unfortunately.
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