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Τρίτη, 18 Ιανουαρίου 2011 21:18

Team announced for PAOK (Cup)

Training continued today for our football players. There is very little news to tell you of :-
  • Dudu continues with the individual training as he recovers from surgery.
  • David Fuster followed a program of treatment as did Moises Hurtado who had started to feel some pain again. Hurtado misses the game tomorrow due to this relapse.
The squad was announced after the training session finished and these are the 18 players who made it :-
  • Goalkeepers (2) : Nikopolidis, Pardo
  • Defenders (8) : Torosidis, A.Papadopoulos, Mellberg, R.Bravo, Potouridis, Maniatis, Modesto, Holebas
  • Midfielders (6) : G.Papadopoulos, Fetfatzidis, Rommedahl, Zairi, Riera, Ibagaza
  • Attackers (2) : Pantelic, Mirallas
The remainder of the team continues training tomorrow at 10.30am
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Δευτέρα, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2011 15:59

Training - Monday 17th January and more


The weeks training started for our team at 10:30 this morning as we get ready for Wednesdays Cup Game against PAOK. The news from training is :-
  • David Fuster didn't take part in todays training, instead he was taken to the Metropolitan hospital for a scan. The result of this is that he has suffered a minor knock and will be absent from the team for roughly a week. So Fuster definitely misses the cup game against PAOK and potentially the game against Asteras Tripolis as well.
  • Kevin Mirallas and Jose Holebas both trained regularly with the team after recovering from the effects of last weeks viral outbreak.
  • Kristian Nemeth however is still laid low through exhaustion and followed a regime of personal training instead.
  • Dudu Caerense continues to recover from his surgery and has made improvement over the last week or so. He continues to run through personal training in the gym and the grounds.
Olympiakos continue with training tomorrow at 19:00 after which the 18 players for the team will be announced.
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Δευτέρα, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2011 15:38

Weekend Summary

This weekend saw several games for Olympiakos in a variety of sports including the football team as reported earlier. Firstly our female Waterpolo team beat Olympic Nice by a very respectable 13-4 scoreline on Friday before playing again on the Saturday against ASC Schturm Chekov and winning in that game too by 12-11. The victories put the team into the final 4 of the LEN european competition and they have since returned home from Nice for a league game tonight.

Similarly, our mens Polo team thrashed Palio Faliro away from home by a 7-14 scoreline.

In basketball, we had a 88-58 walkover of Iraklis. This was an absolute spanking of the Salonika team from the very first minute of the opening quarter and the victory sees us alone at the top of the table and preparing for this weeks game against Fenerbahce Ulker.

Finally to round off the weekend, we had a victory against our best clients, the rabbits of Panathinaikos in Mens Volleyball. We lost the first and fourth sets but our customers couldn't hold us back and we ended up putting them away in the 5th set.
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Σάββατο, 15 Ιανουαρίου 2011 21:13

Olympiakos 4-2 Panserraikos

Todays game comes from a virtually full Karaiskaki Stadium where we face Panserraikos. We have some problems with our midfield with all 3 main central midfielders being missing due to injury or suspension so we have a makeshift lineup in the centre of the pitch. Galitsios also fills in for the suspended Torosidis at right back whilst we also see Fetfatzidis make a start on the right wing.

As for the game itself, we start off brightly and have our first chance on goal in only the second minute with a header at goal just going over the net. Apart from this early chance, we continue with the attacking play and Panserraikos seem unable to make any answers to our dominance in possession and attacking play. Panserraikos do have a lone chance in the 9th minute of play when a miskicked clearance from Pardo goes straight to the opposition but this chance is unique and it is very rare to even see Panserraikos cross the centreline with the ball. Almost immediately at the other end Riera gets lucky with breaking the defensive line but cannot manage to get the ball around the keeper to knock it into the empty net.

After the first fifteen minutes of the game, Panserraikos start to make their own chances and start to come forward although this does now stop us from surging forward whenever we get the chance. Fetfatzidis and Riera both have half-chances to get shots away on goal but unfortunately both fail do so and we have to be content to continue pressuring the Serres defence. At the other end, Panserraikos have a chance to score when Georgiadis receives the ball following Pardo, Mellberg, Bravo and Potourdis all being committed to closing down Serres player Dale. Luckily he misses but it was a close call and we will need to be more aware of chances like this occurring.
We make our first substitution of the game in the 24 minute, with Kevin Mirallas coming off due to a knock which he has picked up and his replacement is Jaouod Zairi.
Although we are attacking in our plays, we are also rushing the ball somewhat and not passing particularly well either. We will need to improve if we are to win today. As if to emphasise my last point, we manage to break into the box with 3 or 4 players then see the ball passed straight to the opposition. Annoying, very annoying.

We are now in the last 15 minutes of the first half and although we are still attacking, Panserraikos have picked themselves up and are now pressing us all over their half. They seem content to soak up the pressure and counter attack when they are able to. This is working fine for us at the minute as we are managing to retain the ball when each attack breaks down. We are still having a lot of trouble in breaking through their defence though and so as we get closer to halftime, the score remains at 0-0. We do have a chance to open the scoring right on the stroke of 45 minutes when Fetfatzidis has a snapshot at the goal with the goalie being caught off the line but shoots it over the net instead. The half finishes almost straight after with only a single minute of added time.

We start the second half off reasonably well making an effort on their goal from a Modesto header almost as soon as the whistle has been blown. We are also denied a penalty when Fetfatzidis is brought down in the box but we are now looking brighter than we did in the first half with four direct shots on goal in three minutes. We do get the goal though with a great individual effort from Marko Pantelic who spins with the ball, losing three(!) defenders attempting to close him down and smacks the ball low into the net to open the scoring. This is followed later by further chances from Fetfatzidis and Riera who both put the ball past the goalmouth. The difference between the end of the first half and the start of the second has been remarkable, we look like totally different sides.

Panserraikos are given a penalty after their player Dale is handled in the box by Potouridis and dragged off the ball. This is converted by Georgiadis (65') and so our earlier work is undone and we find ourselves again having to fight for victory. However, we manage to really blow our chances now with our weak defending and allow the same player Georgiadis to score again after he beats Potouridis and Raul Bravo off the ball in the 67th minute. We make our second substitution of Avraam for Potouridis almost straight away.
We then manage to get the ball into the net from Fetfatzidis after the restart only to have the goal brought back and a penalty handed to Riera for an earlier infringement. In a bizarre twist, Riera does manage to score the goal but I'm not sure if I can truly describe what the hell just happened.
We continue with the attacking play after the various restarts and come close to scoring again through Riera and then through Mellberg before a foul is called in the box giving Panserraikos a breathing space.

As the last fifteen minutes of the game start, we are found en-masse in the Serres box making chances after chance and seeing Panserraikos make some desperate clearances. We get a good chance from Mellberg (header from a corner) before we manage to score what could prove to be the winning goal. Rommedahl (a substitute for Galitsios) breaks into the box from the right and gets to the byeline  before making a low pass across the goalmouth in front of their goalkeeper. Pantelic is found waiting at the far end of the goal in order to tap the ball in and scores the days fifth goal. We haven't done as yet though and have a further chance after a foul on Fetfatzidis outside the box. Riera who takes the shot, smacks it into the top of the net, over the flailing goalkeeper and we are now 4-2 up in the 90th minute of the game. The game finishes after three minutes of extra time (and two more chances from us) and we can be happy to see a decent victory today.

The game itself was as the cliche goes, a game of two halves - quite literally. The first half was appalling to watch and yet the second half saw a sublime performance and possibly saw us make about 15 chances on goal in the half alone. Potouridis had a poor game and was responsible for both Serres goals but hopefully he can move on from here.


Olympiakos 4-2 Panserraikos
52' Pantelic
65' Georgiadis (P)
67' Georgiadis
70' Riera (P)
86' Pantelic
90' Riera

Olympiakos : Pardo, Galitsios (71' Rommedahl), Mellberg, Potouridis (68' A.Papadopoulos), Bravo, Fuster, Modesto, Fetfatzidis, Mirallas (24' Zairi), Riera, Pantelic
Panserraikos :  Radman, Galanopoulos, Kastro, Triandafyllos, Georgiadis, Tadic (82΄Voskopoulos), Dale, Mabene, Anakoglou (89' Anakogloy), Alvarez, Kerla.
Yellow Cards : 40' Modesto, 53' Pantelic
Referee : Charalabidis (Kavala) - Tryfon (Drama), Georgarakos (Athens), Abarkiolis (Macedonia)

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Παρασκευή, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2011 21:59

Training - Friday 14th January and more

Our footballers completed the weeks training with a final session held today at 7pm. The news from this is :-
  • Firstly Ariel Ibagaza trained with the full team but was deemed unfit to play in tomorrows match.
  • Dudu and Moises Hurtado continued with their individual training programmes and followed up with some gym work.
  • Kristian Nemeth is still recovering from the virus that has laid him low during the week. He didn't make training today and was advised to stay at his house for the moment.
  • Jose Holebas is also suffering from the same viral infection and although he attended the training session, he was given anti-biotics and also won't make the game tomorrow.
  • Avraam Papadopoulos followed an individual training program for purely preventative reasons but was named in the squad for tomorrow.
After training, Ernesto Valverde announced the names of 17 players who have been selected to take part in tomorrows game :-
  • Goalkeepers (2) :- Nikopolidis, Pardo
  • Defenders (7) :- Galitsios, A.Papadopoulos, Mellberg, R.Bravo, Potouridis, Leandro, Modesto
  • Midfielders (6) :- G.Papadopoulos, Fetfatzidis, Rommedhal, Zairi, Riera, Fuster
  • Attackers (2) :- Pantelic, Mirallas
All other footballers will train tomorrow at 10.30am.

As for the latest transfer news, there was a story doing the rounds yesterday that Marinakis had agreed with Valverde that no further transfers are required and that the team is strong enough at the present. This story hasn't stopped the rumour mills from continuing though and the latest news items are that OFI's left back Moniakis is close to signing with the team and will then leave straight away to join Panserraikos or Kerkyra on loan. Another piece of transfer news is that Giorgos Galitsios is close to joining Panionios on loan and joining Mitroglou for the next six months.
A final story is that Diogo is going to be joining the Brazilian club Santos on loan. This final story is very likely to proceed in my opinion and we won't be seeing Diogo at any time soon.
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Παρασκευή, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2011 14:36

POA Rabbits 61-65 Olympiakos

Whilst I was away on business, we played and beat the green rabbits of Panathinaikos in their own hutch. We managed to win the away game by a 61-65 scoreline and after the match approximately 600 of our fans went to the SEF stadium to welcome our players back after the game.
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Τετάρτη, 12 Ιανουαρίου 2011 15:33

Training - Wednesday 12th January and more

Training continued today for our players :-
  • Moises Hurtado missed out and followed his individual training in the gym instead.
  • Dudu started his individual training as he recovered from his recent surgery.
  • Giorgos Galitsios is suffering from a virus and like the other didn't follow the main training.
  • Kristian Nemeth is even worse, he is suffering from a virus and didn't even get to the training grounds. The doctor has assessed him though and provided a course of antibiotics.
The next training session is at tomorrow 10.30am.

We obviously have a big match against POA in OAKA tonight. My immediate thoughts are on the basketball and I hope for victory tonight. Nothing else, just victory. I will be away until Friday on business so there will be nothing written tomorrow by me.
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Τετάρτη, 12 Ιανουαρίου 2011 11:01

Mitroglou leaves for Panionios on loan

Konstantinos Mitroglou has completed his move on loan from our team to Panionios for the next 6 months. This was confirmed by the club website last night.

It seems a bit of a shame that Mitroglou is one of the players to leave albeit temporarily. I have no doubts that he has disruptive influences to his game but he is also capable of putting the ball into the net and he has been unfairly sidelined for the first half of the season. I'm not saying that he should have been a regular starter for the team but certainly he should have seen some time on the pitch though.
Anyway, he has gone to Panionios now and we await his return in the summer.
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Κυριακή, 09 Ιανουαρίου 2011 22:19

AO Kerkyra 0-2 Olympiakos

Todays game comes direct from Corfu where we play AO Kerkyra in matchday 17 of the league. We will be playing away from home and need a win to maintain the five point advantage at the top of the league.

As for the game itself, we started off at a low tempo, slowly probing the Kerkyra defence whilst the Kerkyra side were more rushed in testing our defences. In fact after a couple of minutes, it was clear that Kerkyra were doing a lot of the pressing and attacking whilst we seemed content to be sitting back and soaking up the pressure for some reason. We were performing some attacking when the occasion asked but we were not making our presence felt on the field as yet.

After the first fifteen minutes, we were seemingly no closer to a goal than we had been at the start of the match. We were making more effort to get the ball forward and playing a little bit more settled though. Kerkyra are still looking dangerous although we are doing a little more attacking and trying to get the ball forward. It was the 26th minute before we managed to get four corners in a row against Kerkyra, all of which were unsuccessful unfortunately whilst Pantelic had also a couple of half chances on goal but has been closed down too much so far.

We are continuing with the attacking play and we seem to have taken over in this respect. Kerkyra are doing very little attacking of their own whilst we are controlling a lot of the play and getting the ball forward on almost every chance. We are shooting too long though and not creating any close range chances but at least we are creating chances now. The best of the half so far coming from Mirallas who did manage to break into the box but then shot directly at the keeper. Another chance comes right on the 45' mark when Pantelic is fouled from behind on the edge of the box but the subsequent free kick was wasted by shooting against the wall. The half finished at 0-0 after 2 minutes of extra time and we look frustrated with our chances as we go to the dressing rooms.

Kerkyra have a couple of chances early on in the second half but luckily failed to score from either of them. In reply we continue with our attacking play, winning a corner (which we didn't convert) and harrying the Kerkyra defence whenever the opportunity presented itself. We did eventually get the goal in the 54th minute from a free kick delivered from the left hand side which Pantelic headed into the net to open the scoring. The scoreline was almost doubled just a minute later by our team but the desperate defending of Kerkyra stopped us from scoring again.

As the game continued onwards, our attacking play remained at a quite high level and we found chances being created by both Riera and Pantelic (Riera's shot in particular testing the keeper). Kerkyra by comparison were still not creating anything of any worth and so we were able to slow down the pace somewhat and still remain quite safe. When we next attacked through Pantelic and Mirallas, we were able to double the scoreline. In this attack Pantelic broke away from the defence on the right and thundered into the box. As the keeper came to intercept, Pantelic calmly passed left to the unmarked Mirallas who smacked it into the net (perhaps with a little too much force).
Just two minutes later, we tried the same trick again only with the roles reversed (Mirallas starting with the ball), this time however their keeper managed to intercept the ball during the pass.

We are now in the last fifteen minutes of the match and make our first substitution of the game with Mirallas being replaced with Fetfatzidis whilst Holebas is also being readied. Fetfatzidis makes his presence felt almost immediately with a superb shot on goal which only just goes over the net. Our second substitution (Riera off for Holebas) is now made, Riera has not had a great game unfortunately and Holebas likewise makes his announcement as soon as he is on the pitch with a shot on goal (a pretty awful shot mind) (Marko Pantelic off for Kristian Nemeth is our last substitution made).
We haven't finished with the attacking as yet with Fetfatzidis making a good dribbling run into the box before being dispossesed and a later goalmouth fight as we try to get the ball across the line but this would be as close as it got in the remainder of the game. The match finished after 3 minutes of extra time and we could be happy with the win at least.

AO Kerkyra 0-2 Olympiakos
56' Pantelic
70' Mirallas

Olympiakos: Pardo, Modesto, Mellberg, Ibagaza, Pantelic (85' Nemeth), Mirallas (78' Fetfatzidis), Bravo, Fuster, Papadopoulos A., Torosidis, Riera (79' Holebas)
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Κυριακή, 09 Ιανουαρίου 2011 00:14

Olympiakos 81-60 Kavala

With the help of Yiannis Bourousis (who scored 19 points), Olympiakos beat Kavala by an 81-60 scoreline in our (empty) SEF stadium making 11 wins from 11 matches. Henceforth we go to OAKA on Wednesday in order to conquer our rivals!

As for the game itself, we started off well and never seemed to look beack. Kavala didn't seem to have any response to our superiority and seemed content to merely keep the score looking respectable. With Halperin playing well, we reached a ten point advantage by six minutes into the game (16-6) increasing this to 14 points (22-8) by the 9th minute. The finishing scoreline of 24-10 by the end of the first period was a taster of more to come.
Olympiakos continued playing with the same high tempto in the second quarter and increased the advantage to 20 points by the 17th minute (36-16) thanks to Bourousis. Kavala then had a mini-break of 6 points before we again took over in the match and finished the first half with a 43-24 scoreline.

The third quarter began well for us and we soon reached a +25 scoreline (56-31) however we then seemed to relax and allowed Kavala to get somewhat back into the game. The ending quarter score of 60-44 reflected this somewhat although we were still set advantageously for the last quarter.
Within the last period of the game we player well if not brilliantly. Perhaps methodical would be a better description of the play although Vasilopoulos did manage to distinguish himself. The game finished with a 21 point advantage with scoreline held at 81-60, a good win even if not especially outstanding.

Olympiakos 81-60 Kavala
1st Quarter : Olympiakos 24-10 Kavala
2nd Quarter : Olympiakos 43-24 Kavala
3rd Quarter : Olympiakos 60-44 Kavala
4th Quarter : Olympiakos 81-60 Kavala

Olympiakos : Papaloukas 9, Nesterovic 6, Gordon 7, Spanoulis 3, Vasilopoulos 4, Bourousis 19, Keselj 3, Mavrokefalidis 7, Halperin 8, Papanikolaou 5, Erceg 7, Teodosic 3
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