Olympiakos will present our four recent acquisitions to the media this afternoon. Nelson Valdez, Hernan Perez, Ivan Marcano and Pele will talk about their move and answer a quesiton and answer session.
Some comments so far :-
Marcano: I'd like to thank the club and the fans. I want this season to be even better than previous. Thank you again everyone.
Perez: I'm very pleased that I came to Olympiakos. I hope to do the best I can. Thank you for the confidence you have shown me.
Marcano: I have been on loan for six months, but I have expectations to do perform well and remain in Olympiakos.
Valdez: It is an opportunity to play again in the Champions League, which is the dream of every player. I have many expectations and look forward to play against Manchester United.
Perez: I have taken part in the Champions League with Villareal. I am already looking forward to the matches with Manchester United.
The club also announced the signing of Roberto on a 4 year deal. The transfer is worth €6m but it is a very good price for a top class goalkeeper.
We won our match earlier today thanks to two goals from Scepovic and Samaris which put Panionios to the sword. We had an early evening kickoff which meant that I saw the game delayed. The early evening kickoff in the middle of the week didn't help the crowd achieve any sort of decent numbers either but this was to be expected.
It was kind of a shame that there were so few there as we played very well, certainly at the start of the game and Samaris' free kick which he scored from was a superb effort. Scepovic doubled the advantage a few minutes later and Samaris came close again (but wide) all in the first quarter of the match.
The remainder of the half didn't see any let up in our attacking. Scepovic rounded the keeper at one stage only to have the ball grabbed from his feet at the last moment and generally we looked very bright.
The second half saw more attacking play with the ball being cleared off the Panionios goalline at one stage. It was definitely good to see a decent display after the turgid affair on Sunday.
Perez was introduced in the 52nd minute to make his introduction to the team whilst Dominguez replaced Scepovic in the 59th. Scepovic put in a good display today and was unlucky not to have scored more than one goal.
In all, it was a good performance and a decent enough result. I believe that we have Veroia next (Saturday) and we should be really looking for another 3 points then.
Olympiakos 2-0 Panionios
Olympiakos : Roberto, Salino, Papadopoulos, Marcano, Holebas, Samaris (69' Pele), N'Dinga, Campbell(52' Perez), Saviola, Olaitan, Scepovic (59' Dominguez)
The team of 18 players for tonights game against Panionios was announced yesterday. There's no real surprises - Nelson Valdez is injured (already!), Perez makes his debut and Bong is dropped because he's shit.
Heres the full team for the match (starts 17.15) :-
Olympiakos : Roberto, Megyeri, Campbell, Dominguez, Holebas, Ibagaza, Machado, Pele, Papazoglou, Marcano, N'Dinga, Olaitan, Papadopoulos, Salino, Samaras, Saviola, Scepovic and Perez.
We played the first leg of our latest cup tie last night, this time against Atromitos. Unfortunately for us, we ended up getting a 0-0 draw and now have to make sure that we at least achieve a score draw in the return leg.
This isn't the worst result in the world. We came close on quite a few occasions but Atromitos defended in depth (something they won't be able to do if they want to win) and had luck on their side. We should have perhaps grabbed at least one goal in the dying stages of the match but I guess it was not to be.
I can't complain too hard, we played decently enough. Atromitos were playing defensively and how the hell some of our shots on goal stayed out, I'll never know.
We have the return leg in the next few weeks (date to be determined) and we'll get the win if we play at the same level as we did last night.
In the last couple of days we saw the largest Greek transfer to date when Kostas Mitroglou was sold to Fulham for €15m. The offer was too large to turn down to be honest and we've got €14.85m profit from him. Very nice and I wish him all the best in Fulham.
Obviously we need to replace him and his replacement comes in the shape of Paraguayan international Nelson Valdez. Valdez has played for Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia and has a decent enough European pedigree. We're going to be supposedly loaning him for 6 months whilst also retaining an option to buy outright.
We are also looking at replacements for Vladimir Weiss and these will be one of either :-
Oscar Trejo, 25 - an Argentine with Italian Passport who is currently signed to Toulouse and rated at €2m.
Hernan Perez, 24 - a Paraguayan with Italian Passport who is currently signed to Villareal and rated at €1.6m.
Trejo seems to have the edge at the minute and we're looking to complete both signings before midnight tomorrow.
Following on from UEFA's corrupt decision to partially close the stadium FOR NO FUCKING REASON AT ALL, the club has decided that the best way to do this is to full close gates 3 and 4 of Karaiskaki.
That way the UEFA observers will be happy, the supporters can be in Gates 5-7 of the end and the anti-racism group safely tucked away in London, nowhere near the stadium, can report their shambolic crap as normal.
We beat Xanthi by two goals to nil earlier tonight. The win was kind of overshadowed by the news about Weiss leaving but we put on a good display.
Olaitan got the opener after a mad scramble in the box saw the ball land at his feet and Ibagaza got the second with a cross which beat the defence and the goalkeeper. He literally walked the ball into the net to get the second goal.
Olaitan really should have scored at least one more goal but he was unlucky with being beaten to the ball on a couple of occasions.
The game was a decent win for us and we move onto the next matchday with another three points.
Xanthi 0-2 Olympiakos
24' Olaitan, 89' Ibagaza
Olympiakos : Roberto, Salino, Manolas, Papadopoulos, Holebas, Samaris, Maniatis, Campbell (77' Bong), Dominguez (68' Ibagaza), Fuster (68' N'Dinga), Olaitan.
Red Card :- 73' Holebas
Marko Scepovic scored the only goal in our second leg of the greek cup. The win makes it 5-0 on aggregate and see us advance to the next stage. The game itself was a bit crappy and very low key from us.
I guess we'd already won the tie and barring some sort of catastrophic breakdown we were always going to get through. Megyeri played well out of the team but there is precious little else to say.
Still we won and I guess thats all that needs saying. Theres a few pictures underneath this text from the match.
Asteras Tripolis 0-1 Olympiacos
Olympiacos : Megyeri, Salino, Papadopoulos, Papazoglou, Bong, N'Dinga, Pele, Machado (65' Weiss), Fuster, Dominguez (57' Ibagaza), Mitroglou (76 'Scepovic).
In the last day or so, the Turks kicked out Rafik Djebbour and so he has returned to the club. Djebbour is probably oblivious to what he has done when he says that he wouldn't mind playing for us again. Oh, thats very fucking nice of you Rafik!. Tell you what, how about NO - FUCK OFF YOU MERCENARY BASTARD!!
Djebbour did his damndest to leave the club in the summer, publically courted Poutanas tis Vorra and then claimed he was out of contract and could move anywhere he liked. Now his season is down the shitter and he couldn't score three goals in the Turkish league he wants to come back. No thanks, send the prick off to Ukbekistan or somewhere. See how he likes it then - the ungrateful opportunistic little shite.
Late last night we confirmed the signing of Abdisalam Ibrahim from Manchester City.
Ibrahim is a young Norwegian (born Somalia) midfielder who has signed a contract for the next three and a half years.
He has been on loan at various clubs (most recently at Stromsgodset in Norway) and will now go on loan to Ergotelis until the end of the season.
As the cliche goes, the game today really was a game of two halves. The first half was pretty poor by any standards for us. Despite opening up with a full strength team, we really struggled to control possession and got very chances on the Levadiakos goalmouth. It was Levadiakos who were pressuring during the half and the half really couldn't be over soon enough for me.
The second half was much better, Olaitan scored the opening goal after putting the final touch on a ball pinging around the Levadia 6 yard box. The goal seemed to change the game around and from this point onwards we were pushing the ball well into their area. The second goal came from a tight shot to the left of goal courtesy of Jose Holebas and it sealed the win for us.
Not the worst game in the world but due to the first half, it was hardly the best either. Overall we were far from convincing and it looked like Mitroglou wasn't match ready.
Olympiacos 2-0 Levadiakos
Olympiacos : Roberto, Papazoglou, Papadopoulos, Manolas, Holebas, Maniatis, Samaris, Campbell, Saviola (73' Dominguez), Weiss (46' Fuster), Mitroglou (46' Olaitan)