Η Θύρα 7 διοργανώνει εκδρομή για το παιχνίδι του Θρύλου στο Μονπελιέ για το Champions League.
Πιο αναλυτικά οι τιμές και τα πακέτα τις εκδρομής έχουν ως εξής:
Οδική: 22/10 - 28/10, τιμή χωρίς καμπίνα 145 ευρώ + όσο κοστίσει το εισιτήριο του αγώνα. Τιμή με καμπίνα 190 ευρώ + το ειστήριο του αγώνα.
Μονοήμερη: 245 ευρώ + εισιτήριο του αγώνα
Διήμερη: 345 ευρώ + εισιτήριο του αγώνα
Όσοι πιστοί και τυχεροί λοιπόν... ΠΑΝΤΟΥ ΠΟΥΤΑΝΑ ΟΛΑ...
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.
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.
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) :-
Defenders (5) :-
Siovas, Holebas, Manolas, Lykogiannis, Contreras
Midfielders (9) :-
Greco, Ibagasa, Fuster, Modesto, Maniatis, Fetfatzidis, Abdoun, Machado, Diakite
Attackers (3) :-
Diogo, Mitroglou, Pantelic
Matchday 1 of our champions league campaign saw us face Schalke in the Karaiskaki stadium. The atmosphere was electric as we faced off against the Germans and when the teams came onto the pitch the coreos were displayed over both ends and we got ready to meet our destiny in the group.
After a nervy few minutes we made our first chances on goal with a chipped shot from Machado, cleared from the line and a follow up into the side of the net. After these opening shots we slipped back and kept the ball in possession. Schalke came forward on a couple of occasions but without any real success and we closed them down easily enough.
Further attempts on goal included a free kick from Holebas and a header from Djebbour which went the wrong side of goal. The Germans had their own chances with the ball but apart from possessing the ball, there was little in the way of chances from them. When it came to the defence we were still holding our own and restricting the Schalke chances on goal.
The very cagey style of play continued from both sides as the game progressed towards the halftime break with both sides struggling to get chances on goal. Schalke did manage to get the ball into the net but only by infringing Megyeri and their effort was instantly ruled out by the referees. Unfortunately it was the Germans who managed to score first when Howedes headed into the net following a corner and so we ended the half trailing in the scoreline.
Following the restart we had real trouble getting the ball out of our half and almost conceded again in the 52nd minute when Megyeri spilled a shot on the line. Luckily the Schalke player going for the follow up scooped the ball over, sparing our blushes. We eventually got ourselves sorted and get forward before finally Abdoun had his chance scraped off the line. Abdoun was not to be denied however and managed to get the ball into the net a minute later to equalise the scoreline.
Immediately after the game was restarted Schalke scored again after our defence was found lacking and straight afterwards they were gifted a penalty when Manolas tripped one of their players in the box. Luckily they shot the penalty against the post and we escaped for the minute. It wasn't all one way traffic and we got forward again allowing Ibagasa to make a shot on goal.
Our final two changes of the match gave us more of an attacking flair but although we were getting further up the pitch we were having trouble in creating chances on goal. We were also suffering from some of the challenges coming our way and Holebas in particular had to leave the field for a while to recover from some of the tackles.
As the game came to a close we couldn't manage to make any effective headway up the pitch and were being forced onto the defensive too often to make any decent chances on goal. Djebbour did have a final solo run on goal from the corner flag but this was the final act of the game. We ended up losing the match and the crowd sounded its annoyance as the game ended.
Olympiakos 1-2 Schalke
Olympiakos : Megyeri, Torosidis, Contreras, Manolas, Holebas, Maniatis, Modesto (68' Greco), Machado, Abdoun (68' Mitroglou), Fuster (56' Ibagasa), Djebbour
Our team has been announced for the game against Schalke tomorrow. Most of the players who were held over from the weekend have been included in the squad and only Papazoglou and Diakite are absentees. The team announced is :-
Siovas, Holebas, Manolas, Torosidis, Contreras
Greco, Ibagasa, Fuster, Modesto, Maniatis, Fetfatzidis, Fejsa, Abdoun, Machado
Diogo, Mitroglou, Pantelic, Djebbour
Two players will obviously be cut from the list of 20 in advance of the game tomorrow.
Next week we begin our campaign in the most overrated competition ever, the Champions League. I know that many will not agree with me but I find this the most rigged, biased and boring competition ever. Let me explain....
Firstly it is rigged especially with the initial draw - country protection, byes and team seeding ensure that the four teams from England, Spain and Italy will make up the majority of the top two places in each group draw. The system is set up so that the numbers of teams from smaller countries are slashed in half before the group stage itself when the teams from the big 5 countries even enter.
The competition is boring, far more boring than the previous European cup. Does anyone truly doubt that the last 16 teams in the competition will be the 3-4 teams from England, 3-4 from Spain, 3-4 from Italy, 2-3 from Germany and 1-2 from France with only 1 or 2 places being made for the teams from the rest of Europe (ourselves included). Its the same every year and has been the same for the past 15 years at least.
It's no surprise that the majority of the money goes to teams in the last 16 stages and onwards. The money goes to the richest clubs and everyone else has to make do with the scraps. The big teams can then buy their way into the competition next year and repeat ad infinitum.
The only way that this competition could improve would be to set all countries to have the same amount of teams with no seeding, byes or country protection. However both UEFA and the big teams (which basically run the organisation) would ever want such a level playing field (ignore the pun) and so the biased and rigged system remains.
Even when a team plays well, the larger teams are pushed by the organisation. All too often I have seen our goals be ruled offside and perhaps too often to be ignored. I don't think I need to remind the readers of Okkas in Monaco, Derbyshire against Bordeaux, both games against Lazio where their offside goals remained on the scoresheet but our legimate goals were disallowed. Probably the most blatant push by the referees was the home game against Newcastle which has to go down in history for the worst corruption ever seen by the officials in one of our matches.
However even if the system was altered, the problem would still remain as the competition would still be one-sided simply through the money which has been accumulated for the big clubs over 10 or 20 years (or where some rich Arab/Russian has simply bought a team and bought all the best players). All of the best players are in just 5 leagues now - about 20 years ago were spread throughout Europe at different clubs so this allowed the likes of Zvezda to win the competition back in the early nineties. This would never happen nowadays.
Even the most ardent supporter of the Champions League would agree that the current format wasn't brought in to improve competition. It was introduced as :-
However these changes only benefitted the greedy few who were lucky enough to be successful in either Spain, Italy or England. The rules were altered in their favour to keep them at the top of the competitions
Wow, now thats a rant and a rambling one too. Anyway to sum up, the Champions League can go kiss my backside and I'd much rather watch the Superleague any day of the week. I'll support our team in Europe of course but I'd be happier with the domestic titles instead.
Fuck Modern Football.
Olympiakos Programme - September/October
Wednesday 12th September
Sassari - Olympiakos
Basketball Friendly Match
Friday 14th September to Saturday 15th September
Saturday 15th September (7.30pm)
PAS Giannena - Olympiakos
Tuesday 18th September (9.45pm)
Olympiakos - Schalke
Friday 21st September to Sunday 23rd September
Sunday 23rd September
Olympiakos - Panthrakikos
Saturday 29th September
Olympiakos - Lokomotiv Moscow
Alexander Gomelski Tournament (Basketball)
Sunday 30th September
Olympiakos - CSKA Moscow OR Olympiakos - Zalgiris
Alexander Gomelski Tournament (Basketball)
Wednesday 3rd October (9.45pm)
Arsenal - Olympiakos
Sunday 7th October
Olympiakos - AEK
Super Cup (Womens Volleyball)
Thursday 11th October (9.00pm)
Olympiakos - Caja Laboral
Friday 19th October (8.00pm)
Efes Pilsen - Olympiakos
Wednesday 24th October (9.45pm)
Montpellier - Olympiakos
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.
We have just over one month to go until the draw of the Champions League proper and we will be entering the group phase of the Champions League directly as a result of winning the league last year. Of the potential teams that we could be playing, a lot of the opponents have already been worked out although there is still some room for alterations.
There will still be some additions and changes to be made due to the champions and non-champions routes into the group stages but this is what one site has come up with as the potential pots for the draw :-
FC Barcelona (Esp)
Manchester United (Eng)
Bayern München (Ger)
Real Madrid (Esp)
FC Porto (Por)
AC Milan (Ita)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr)
Zenit St. Petersburg (Rus)
Schalke 04 (Ger)
Manchester City (Eng)
Sporting Braga (Por)
Dinamo Kiev (Ukr)
Olympiakos Piraeus (Gre)
FC Basel (Sui)
Poutanas Gios (Gre)
FC København (Den)
Spartak Moscow (Rus)
Paris Saint-Germain (Fra)
Borussia Dortmund (Ger)
BATE Borisov (Bls)
FC Salzburg (Aut)
FC Nordsjælland (Den)
ps. There is no way that Poutanas Gios will qualify for the Champions League so as I mentioned before, there will be some changes to this list over the next month.