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Πέμπτη, 27 Ιανουαρίου 2011 15:28

Training - Thursday 27th January

Our footballing team continued with the training regime that they have been following today. The news for injuries is :-
  • Dudu Cearense and Olof Mellberg followed the larger part of training and immediately afterwards continued with individual training.
  • Moises Hurtado and Nikos Papadopoulos continued with their recovery programs whilst Balasz Megyeri followed an individual program including swimming exercises.
The real reason for reporting this however is due to Charalambos Zelenitsas and Dimitris Terezopoulos (U-21 and U-17 team managers respectively) both watching the training session. From now on, it has been decided that all football teams (senior and youth) will follow the same system and formation. This will allow the progression of our youth players to fit into the senior team without much problem. Obviously we need some continuity of team management to effect this properly but that is another question entirely.
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Πέμπτη, 27 Ιανουαρίου 2011 11:27

Zalgiris 64-71 Olympiakos

Olympiakos was truly magnificent in the first half of last nights game and showed that it would take an easy victory. However mistakes and poor play in the second half meant that the victory was a little tighter than first anticipated.
We started the game with a simple enough plan, Olympiakos would get the ball up to the area near to the hoop with either Bourousis or Mavrokefalidis performing the strike. Unfortunately for us though, we neglected to stiffen up our defence early on and the outcome was that it was the Lithuanians who first led the game 16-11, four minutes before the end of the first quarter. Dusan Ivkovic saw the problems however and threw on Spanoulis, Nesterovic and Papaloukas to change the style of play. Our defence now overwhelmed the Lithuanians who didn't score again until the next period but also allowed us to make a twelve point break and finish the quarter 16-23 in front.

We continued with the same players during the second quarter and for the first six minutes of the period, we didn't allow Zalgiris anywhere near our basket. We made a further four point break through the hard work of Nesterovic and Spanoulis and reached an eleven point difference (16-27). Olympiakos continued playing with an emphasis on defence and with Spanoulis leading the offensive line as well, we ended up only taking six points from the Lithuanians whilst scoring seventeen during the quarter to finish the half 22-40 in front.

The second half of the game saw the points difference reach +20 for the first time (24-47) as we continued with our fine play. For our players, Milos Teodosic and Giannis Bourousis were exceptional and so we looked set on course for a fine victory. Unfortunately our performance now fell back dramatically and we allowed Zalgiris to bring the score to 36-52 some three minutes before the end of the quarter. The Lithuanians found some self-confidence and decreased our advantage to +11 points by the end of the period with a 43-54 scoreline.

The lack of concentration and mistakes which had dogged our third quarter performance now came out again in the last period. Zalgiris made a five point break and brought the points difference to just eight points (48-56) before continuing further and bringing the points difference to only three points (61-64) just some 90 seconds before the end of the match. However, Vasilis Spanoulis then managed to score a three point shot to take the score to 61-67. Zalgiris came back again but two final shots by Milos Teodosic and the important defensive play of Gordon finished the game off in our favour 64-71.

Zalgiris 64-71 Olympiakos
1st Quarter : Zalgiris 16-23 Olympiakos
2nd Quarter : Zalgiris 22-40 Olympiakos
3rd Quarter : Zalgiris 43-56 Olympiakos
4th Quarter : Zalgiris 64-71 Olympiakos

Olympiakos (Ivkovic) : Papaloukas, Nesterovic 9, Spanoulis 17, Bourousis 11, Keselj 3, Mavrokefalidis 4, Erceg 4, Teodosic 13, Halperin 3, Gordon 7
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Τετάρτη, 26 Ιανουαρίου 2011 16:24

6,000 tickets for Olympiakos Volos

More than 6,000 fans of Olympiakos are expected to be supporting our club in the Panthessaliko stadium this Sunday when we play Olympiakos Volos. We have taken just over 6,000 tickets (6,200 in all accuracy) and we will be selling these for twenty euros each until Friday evening at 5.00pm.
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Τετάρτη, 26 Ιανουαρίου 2011 16:23

International Friendlies

A number of our players have been called up for international friendly matches. For these players, we have the following schedules :-
  • Marko Pantelic will play in the Israel-Serbia friendly
  • Kevin Mirallas has been selected for the Belgium-Finland friendly match
  • Rafik Djebbour has been officially called up for the Algeria-Tunisia game
  • Olof Mellberg has been selected to represent Sweden in the upcoming game against Cyprus.
These games are all due to take place on either the 8th or the 9th of February.
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Τετάρτη, 26 Ιανουαρίου 2011 11:26

News summary

Unfortunately I have been ill over the last two days which is why there has been no reports. Anyway, to catch up on the news, this is what has been happening :- 
  • Dudu Cearense has teken part in the team training for the first time since December. He may be ready to play in the return cup match against PAOK in a weeks time.
  • Mellberg, Pardo, Bravo, Hurtado and N.Papadopoulos all followed individual training sessions for one reason or another in yesterdays training.
  • Alexios Alexandris has left his post of youth team coach by mutual consent after this years poor performances.
  • Darko Kovacevic has taken over as chief of scouting, along with his other role of technical director of the youth teams at the club.
For rumours, it is widely expected that Kristian Nemeth will leave the club to go on loan for the remainder of the season.
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Κυριακή, 23 Ιανουαρίου 2011 22:12

Olympiakos 97-70 Aris

Following a superb 3rd quarter, Olympiakos ended up winning the game against aris quite comfortable and achieving 14 victories in 14 games of the A1 league.

We had been surprised at the start of the match by Aris who quickly ran to a 0-4 lead however thanks to a seven point break, we soon settled the score at 7-4. A short while later with thanks to Bourousis and Teodosic we had double their points as we reached 12-6. However, Aris showed themselves to be a highly aggressive team and decreased our advantage to only two points by the end of the quarter, performing admirably to push the score to a 17-15 advantage.

In the second quarter, Aris overtook us for the second time in the game (23-25) and it was probably this action which sounded the alarm bells in our players heads as from this point onwards, we played as if we were one individual player. We went onto score 13 points to Aris' 2 and went ahead for the first time in the match with a double digit advantage (36-25). Mavrokefalidis and Teodosic were exceptional in this quarter and with their help, Olympiakos finished the helf 44-33 points ahead.

After the restart, Aris fought back once again and managed to pin the score back to 51-43 (+8). This however seemed to rouse our players once again and we now went onto a rampage, increasing the score to +14 (59-45) before increasing the score advantage to twenty one points through the hard work of Vasilopoulos (66-45) two minutes before the end of the third quarter. Aris couldn't hold our team back any further and we went onto scoring a massive 31 points in this quarter to Aris' fourteen to finish the period 75-47 up.

We didn't lapse in the final quarter and we went onto reach a thirty point different (88-58) before a final rally by Aris closed the score to 97-70 at the end of the game. The victory leaves us invincible at the top of the rankings and we can move on from here to the Euroleague game on Wednesday in Kaunas.

Olympiakos 97-70 Aris
1st Quarter : Olympiakos 17-15 Aris
2nd Quarter : Olympiakos 44-33 Aris
3rd Quarter : Olympiakos 75-47 Aris
4th Quarter : Olympiakos 97-70 Aris

Olympiakos (Ivkovic): Papaloukas 5, Nesterovic 7, Spanoulis 9, Vasilopoulos 11, Bourousis 16, Keselj 5, Mavrokefalidis 13, Halperin 2, Nielsen 7, Papanikolaou 14, Teodosic 13, Katsivelis.
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Κυριακή, 23 Ιανουαρίου 2011 21:59

Asteras Tripolis 0-1 Olympiakos

We play away from home in todays Superleague match against Asteras Tripolis in some pouring weather. Our fans are packed into the away stand all wearing waterproof clothing and looking pretty much soaked and sodden as the game kicks off. We need a victory here to remain five points clear at the top of the league and we hope to see some decent attacking football to achieve this aim.

The half does kick off with ourselves showing some aggressive moves in front of goal although it is actually Tripolis who manage to get the first shot on goal from a long range effort which is easily saved. We do look pretty bright in this opening quarter hour though and we press to get the ball forward quite convincingly. We have an early chance of our own in the game with Torosidis having a close range header on goal and again with Mirallas taking a shot on goal but we find the Tripolis goalkeeper justabout able to save both efforts.

We maintain the attacking play as we get further into the half, whilst Tripolis are having to make their first substitution in the 19th minute due to injury (Poulido for Argyropoulos). Tripolis however are pressing more into our half when they have control of the ball although there is nothing dangerous about the plays that they are making so far. As for our own chances, Pantelic is doing most of the running although Fuster has also had some chances on goal of his own. In the event, we actually open the score with a penalty gifted to us after a piss-poor challenge made on Fuster within the box. Fuster converts this easily enough to make the score 1-0.

After the goal, Tripolis start to fight more for the ball in the middle of the pitch although this doesn't seem to halt our attacking play at all and we still press forward, controlling the ball and play and threatening to score a second goal in the game. We don't seem to be able to create much at the minute as the ball is getting bogged down in midfield too often. This, and the state of the ground after so much rain is hampering our attacking play and so although we can get the ball forward quite easily, we are having trouble in creating the final pass through to our forwards. Tripolis do have a great chance on goal from a long range free kick but luckily their shot skims past the post and out for a goal kick. The first half ends after a minute of extra time and we carry the lead into the break.

The second half opens with Tripolis making more effort to get the ball forward and put their stamp onto the game. This of course is leading to us having some chances through breaks and counter attacks, one of which are particularly impressive though. Tripolis are however getting more chances on our goal though and we will need to keep a good performance at the back in order to avoid conceding a goal. Tripolis continue to come forward and make chances on our goal, the best coming from a free kick, but luckily we either manage to clean up their attacks or their own shooting is not on target and we escape without conceding.

We have a good chance to increase the scoreline in the 60th minute with a free kick delivered from the right from Riera, unfortunately although the delivery is ok, the shot on goal is soft and the keeper is able to gather it up without problem. We make more efforts to go forward but we seem to be getting caught offside more often than not. When we do manage to both hold onto the ball and break forward through their lines, we end up shooting well over the net and wasting our chances. We manage to knock the ball into the box again but suffer the same thing happening, our shots are either off target or are deflected off from one of the numerous Tripolis bodies in the box. To be fair, we are getting closer and closer to scoring a second goal but we just need to improve our game in front of goal.

We are now in the last fifteen minutes of the game and continuing with the attacking play which has seen us getting closer and closer to the Tripolis goal as the half has continued. We also make our first substitution of the game with Zairi replacing Mirallas on the right wing. This alteration is quickly followed with the replacement of Fuster with Maniatis whilst Asteras Tripolis attempt to attack our defence on the left hand side before running the ball out of play. (This substitution sees Maniatis' debut for the team).
We let another golden chance on scoring get away from us when Maniatis has a superb header on goal following a free kick delivered by Torosidis, Pantelic tries to shoot home the follow up only to shoot into the side netting. Tripolis manage to then attack with the ball all the way down the pitch and grab a free kick on the edge of the area which they blast directly into the wall to our relief.
We make our third and final subsitution (Riera replaced by Holebas) deep into extra time as a purely timewasting change and the game finishes after 3 minutes of additional time.

We can be grateful for the win but our performance has been largely indifferent.

Asteras Tripolis 0-1 Olympiakos
30' Fuster

Asteras Tripolis : Degra, Fytanidis, Ouribari, Poulido (20' Argyropopoulos), Orothko, Bastia, Ladakis, Karera, Roubil (72' Arsenievic), Martins (65' Fortounis), Frankou
Olympiakos : Pardo, Torosidis, A.Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Bravo, Mirallas (81' Zairi), Ibagaza, Modesto, Riera (91' Holebas), Fuster (85' Maniatis), Pantelic

Referee : Koukoulakis (Irakleio); Fantopoulos (Piraeus); Alexias (Messenias); Kyrkos (Epirus)
Yellow Cards : 31' Bastia, 45' Martins, 86' Orothko  -  36' Mirallas, 82' Ibagaza
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Παρασκευή, 21 Ιανουαρίου 2011 21:46

Rafik Djebbour joins Olympiakos

In another surprising move, Olympiakos has completed the transfer of AEK's Algerian international forward Rafik Djebbour. The player who was out of contract has signed a 6 month deal with an option of a further two years as an option.
I say surprising move as we have already let a better striker in Mitroglou move away from the club and we already have better options in Kristian Nemeth who will probably get pushed further back down the line by this move. The statement from the club reads "Olympiakos FC announces the acquisition of Rafik Djebbour. The footballer signed contract to the end of the current season, with an option for renewal for two years."
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Παρασκευή, 21 Ιανουαρίου 2011 11:56

Olympiakos 70-84 Fenerbahce Ulker

Despite an overwhelming support provided by the fans of the team, Olympiakos fell to a defeat to Turkish side Fenerbahce Ulker in the Euroleague game played last night. Our fans however provided an undying support for the team and showed that we have the best supporters of any team in Europe.

Another Olympiakos team seemed to be playing in the Peace and Friendship stadium (SEF) last night and not the one which we all know and love, this Olympiakos made a lot of errors and mistakes before losing the match with a 70-84 scoreline.
Olympiakos did not start the game particularly well and the players also seemed to be showing a lot of nerves. We started off well enough initially, getting to a 5-2 score but then allowed the Turks to get a 10 point break in two minutes and fell back 5-12. The entrance of Papaloukas seemed to help us out along with some inspired leadership from Duda, we managed to stabilise the score before if got out of hand.
With our defence now playing with a marked continuity and improvement, we managed to get in front at the end of the first period with an 18-16 scoreline. We improved this to a 6 point difference (22-16) during the second quarter before Fenerbahce broke back and leapt in front with a 27-33 score. Vasilis Spanoulis now showed his own ability and Olympiakos managed to get a 6 point break to tie the score at 33-33 as we went into halftime.

The Turkish side imposed themselves on us in the third quarter and initially led with 39-42 before we fought back to 43-42 some six minutes before the end of the third quarter. Fenerbahce again came at us gaining a minor points advantage (50-51) by the 28 minute mark. We did however manage to score two decent baskets from Halperin and Spanoulis with grab 5 points just a minute before the hooter which marked the end of the third quarter and us winning slightly at 58-55. The game was then set up for a dynamic last period...

The last quarter started off with a point-point scoring before the Turks started to get themselves together some five minutes before the end of the match (65-69). Olympiakos now showed their nerves and started to make mistake after mistake in the arena allowing Fenerbahce to get 8 points in front (65-73). We then totally collapsed and looked tragic in the remainder of the period, the Turks went ten points in front (68-78) before winning the match eventually 70-84.

Olympiakos 70-84 Fenerbahce Ulker
1st Quarter : Olympiakos 18-16 Fenerbahce
2nd Quarter : Olympiakos 33-33 Fenerbahce
3rd Quarter : Olympiakos 58-55 Fenerbahce
4th Quarter : Olympiakos 70-84 Fenerbahce

Olympiakos (Ivkovic): Papaloukas 15, Nesterovic 2, Spanoulis 14, Bourousis 7, Keselj, Pelikanos, Mavrokefalidis 4, Nielsen 2, Papanikolaou 4, Erceg 10, Teodosic 7, Halperin 5
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Τετάρτη, 19 Ιανουαρίου 2011 21:18

Olympiakos 1-1 PAOK - 6th Cup Round 1st Leg

Todays match comes from the Karaiskaki stadium where we play PAOK in the 6th round of the cup. We play a two legged round this time and so a good result here will allow us to go to Toumba with an advantage. For this match, we see Nikopolidis back in goals for the first time in a couple of months.

The game starts off, although the game is delayed for a minute or so to clear the flares from the field. When the game does start we start off with the attacking play and seem to do well in this, getting close to scoring in the 5th minute. The game is then stopped again for a couple of minutes when Torosidis takes a knock in our own box. When the game is restarted again, we move the ball forward but as yet, we cannot get any opportunities on their goal. We have had a couple of corners in this opening fifteen minutes but nothing of any note.

After the opening 15 minutes of the game, we haven't settled as yet and we haven't stamped our authority on this game as yet. We have another stoppage after the whinging PAOK staff moan at the referee. PAOK have their first chance on goal in the 25th minute with a corner which threatened to go into the net, Nikopolidis having to save the ball from going into the net from the corner shot. The referee then decides to stop play for another time and we have another delay to the game.

We come close to scoring again in the 31st minute from a free kick which was subsequently shot against the post by Modesto and then cleared. Apart from this though, we are having some trouble in getting the ball forward and through to our attackers. PAOK are doing a job in closing down our midfielders and they are unfortunately intercepting a lot of our balls and then counter attacking. We do get another chance from a free kick knocked into the box, but Chalkias manages to get to the ball and claim it first.
We do however get the lead in the first of three minutes of extra time, a free kick was conceded to the extreme left hand side of the field. Ibagaza crossed the ball into the far end of the box where Modesto was waiting and smacked it into the goal with a cracking header to gain the lead. The game then breaks after 3 minutes of extra time given for the multiple stops the referee has subjected us to.

PAOK have the first chance of the second half with a free kick on goal which has to be turned behind for a corner. In reply, we do more attacking play but similar to the first half, we have trouble in threading the ball through the midfield. PAOK do have two more corners and a free kick early on in the half before we manage to clear the ball from our area. We then manage to grab a couple of corners of our own causing PAOK some serious trouble in their defence. Mirallas has a superb opportunity to get a second goal but his crack at the net was saved by Chalkias.

We seem to be firmly in control of the game now, PAOK are surrendering control of the possession and we are taking advantage and getting forward whenever possible. We make our first substitution in the 63rd minute with Jose Holebas replacing Albert Riera. We still have some trouble in breaking through their defence from open play but we are running riot in set-plays. Pantelic has an effort on goal knocked against the crossbar and we go close to getting the second goal again. We are doing the majority of our attacks through the wings and to help freshen up the tempo, we replace Dennis Rommedahl with Giannis Fetfatzidis in the 72nd minute. We have another attempt on goal through a Torosidis header but his attempt is found off target and harmlessly passes the goalmouth.

The game is now in the final 15 minutes of the match and we continue with the attacking play although PAOK have now also decided to come out of their shell for the last quarter hour of normal time. We have more chances on their goal but then we have as goal by Vierinha which screws up our chances in the tie. The goal was an over-the-top pass sent across past Avraam Papadopoulos who seemed unable to recover and effectively defend the pass. The goal was completely against the run of play but leaves us with a real problem now. We make our third and final chance with Raul Bravo being replaced with Jaouod Zairi.
We still manage to miss more chances with Torosidis missing an open goal and hitting the post from half a metre out. What's more annoying is that Zairi hit the post first when making the initial shot. This is the fourth time we've hit the posts or crossbar today. The game finishes after 3 minutes of extra time and we've really missed out on a chance to gain an advantage today.

Olympiakos 1-1 PAOK
45' Modesto
83' Vierinha

Olympiakos : Nikopolidis, Torosidis, A.Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Bravo (83' Zairi), Rommedahl (72' Fetfatzidis), Ibagaza, Modesto, Riera (63' Holebas), Mirallas, Pantelic.
PAOK : Chalkias, Contreras, Cirillo, Linen (82' Koytsianikoulis), Snauczner, Tsoukalas, Garcia, Fotakis, Ivic (75' Muslimovic), Vieirinha, Salpingidis (86 ' Balafas).
Referee : Tritsonis (Athens), Tryfonas (Corfu), Tsiniaris (Athens)
Yellow cards: 52' Torosidis - 31' Fotakis, 45' Chalkias, 73' Contreras, 75' Vieirinha
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