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Τετάρτη, 22 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 22:07

Asteras Tripolis 0-1 Olympiakos (Cup)

Olympiakos gained a win over Asteras Tripolis in todays game with a 1-0 scoreline and therefore passes through to round 6 of the Greek Cup. Despite being reduced to 10 players by the dismissal of Olof Mellberg, Olympiakos gained the victory and showed a measure of the skill and composure required to go far in the competition. It was a good game for us which unfortunately is not reflected in the scoreline, we had a lot of chances in the game and we tended to dominate possession and performed most of the attacking.

We started off in the usual 4-4-1-1 formation although with a very makeshift lineup (see below for list of players). Despite the lineup, we imposed ourselves well on our opponents and unfortunately we lost a number of chances to put ourselves forward in the match early on. In the first ten minutes, we saw good chances for goals from both Riera and Mirallas along with Pantelic just five minutes later. Unfortunately for us, the Tripolis keeper Degra had an impressive game and seemed to cope with our strikers and the shots we were creating.
As we got further into the half we saw chances from Ibagaza and Modesto, both of whom missed the goal. In fact, Modesto in particular missed a golden opportunity from only a couple of metres out. We also saw more chances from Ibagaza and Mirallas but despite all of our efforts, we could not manage to beat Degra in the Tripolis goals.

With regard to the second half, Olympiakos once again started the half well and created chances on the Asteras goals, the best of these coming in the 60th, 64th and 68th minutes from Riera, Mirallas and Pantelic respectively. However in the 78th minute, Mellberg received a second yellow card for a fairly innocuous looking challenge and was expelled from the pitch reducing us to 10 men for the final 12 minutes of normal time. Fortunately though, our domination of the game could not be halted and we finally managed to get the game winning goal.
The goal was created by the skill of Jaouod Zairi (a substitution for Galitsios) who made a great run from the right wing before making a low pass in the box itself to Ibagaza. Ibagaza took a first time shot and finally beat the keeper (86').
This was basically it for the match although we almost got a second goal through Mirallas but Degre's skill and good luck managed to deny us a second goal for the umpteenth time. The full time whistle sounded soon afterwards and so we won (quite convincingly) with just 10 men.

Olympiakos : Pardo, Modesto, A.Papadopoulos, Mellberg (Off 78'), Holebas, Galitsios (69' Zairi), Ibagaza, Hurtado, Riera (83' Potouridis), Pantelic (75' Fuster), Mirallas
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Τετάρτη, 22 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 10:53

Expected lineup for Asteras Tripolis (Cup)

Gavros newspaper has published its best prediction of todays lineup for the 5th round cup match taking place against Asteras Tripolis. As with all predictions, this is not a final lineup and is merely Gavros' newspapers best guess. However, they are usually pretty spot on with their guesses :-

Pardo is found in goals as our first choice keeper these days and in front of him, running from right to left, we have Modesto, A.Papadopoulos, Mellberg and Raul Bravo. The centre of midfield is being controlled by Ibagaza and Hurtado whilst in front of them are the usual three attacking midfielders. Zairi on the right wing, Fuster down the centre of the pitch and Riera on the left. Finally, we see Mirallas in the usual lone striker role.

We hope to see that this lineup is strong enough to beat Tripolis today and from there we can move onto our next matches after the christmas break.
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Τρίτη, 21 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 23:14

Polo : Vazeloi 5-9 Olympiakos

Our best clients were more than accomodating again as we thrashed them, this time in Waterpolo by a 5-9 scoreline.
Despite our recent loss and out-of-pool problems, we settled down in the game against the rabbits and won the game easily enough.

Vazeloi 5-9 Olympiakos
1st Period (Oktalepta) : Vazeloi 1-4 Olympiakos
2nd Period (Oktalepta) : Vazeloi 2-2 Olympiakos
3rd Period (Oktalepta) : Vazeloi 0-3 Olympiakos
4th Period (Oktalepta) : Vazeloi 2-0 Olympiakos
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Τρίτη, 21 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 22:48

Team announced for Asteras Tripolis (Cup)

Our footballers completed todays training session in preparation for tomorrows Cup game against Asteras Tripolis. The news as regards the individual players is as follows :-
  • Kristian Nemeth and Dennis Rommedahl didn't recover in time for the game and both players followed individual training in the gym instead.
  • Antonis Nikopolidis didn't take part in todays training as he was suffering from a stomach complaint and also missed out on tomorrows game.
  • Vasilis Torosidis followed part of the training and after he withdrew, continued with an individual training program. This is because he had suffered a knock in the left knee and also misses out on tomorrows game for purely preventative reasons.
  • Dudu Cearense is still in Brazil as he recovers from his recent surgery.
After the end of training, the team of 18 was announced by Ernesto Valverde :-
  • Goalkeepers (2) : Megyeri, Pardo
  • Defenders (7) : Mellberg, A.Papadopoulos, Modesto, Bravo, Holebas, Potouridis, Galitsios
  • Midfielders (7) : Hurtado, G.Papadopoulos, Fetfatzidis, Ibagaza, Zairi, Riera, Fuster
  • Attackers (2) : Pantelic, Mirallas
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Δευτέρα, 20 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 23:42

Training - Monday 20th December

Training started again for the majority if our football team as we get ready for Wednesday's cup match against Asteras Tripolis (22/12/10 - 17:30). This is of course the 5th round match held in Tripolis, Arkadia. All the players who played in yesterdays match followed a program of full recovery whilst the remainder of the team trained regularly (two exceptions) :-
  • Both Dennis Rommedahl and Kristian Nemeth followed an individual training program which included both treatment and some light gym work.
Tomorrow we will complete the training for the cup match with a new session starting at 17:00 and after this the team will leave for Tripolis.
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Κυριακή, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 22:48

Larisa 0-1 Olympiakos

We did start the game with a slightly unexpected lineup :-

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pardo

Torosidis _ _ _ _ _ A.Papadopoulos _ _ _ _ _ Mellberg _ _ _ _ _ Bravo

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Hurtado _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Ibagaza

Zairi _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Fuster _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Riera

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Mirallas

...unexpected in that Fetfatzidis has been dropped for the starting lineup and Riera has been deemed fit to play in the match (It also seems a while since we've seen both Avraam and Mellberg on the pitch at the same time). However we started off the game well enough despite having to wait for smoke and various flares to be cleared off from the field. When we did get going though, it was at a high pace and as expected we were doing all of the attacking early on in the game. By the 7th minute of the game, the ball is very much in the Larisa half as we probe their defences and Larisa are vainly trying to counter attack (Larisa do manage to win the first corner of the game from a counter attack but largely the game is all ours at the minute).

As the game continues at the same frenetic pace, we see several half chances for us on their goal but find that the Larisa defenders are marking Mirallas too tightly for him to break free although we do manage to win a second corner of the game from a deflected Mirallas shot which Zairi then blazes straight at the keeper (corner subsequently cleared). We continue to keep the ball at or around the Larisa box but we are having some trouble in penetrating their defence effectively. Larisa are similarly having trouble with even getting through our midfield and more often than not, we are getting the ball from them around the centreline and going back to attack their goal.

Unfortunately for us, we are unable to get into the box to even make any shots on goal as yet. As soon as we start to make progress up the pitch, Larisa start to flood the box with players and double team any player who has possession. It is looking like we may have to sacrifice one of our midfielders for another forward at this rate. We do have a great effort on goal in the 30th minute when Mellberg has a direct header on goal from a corner but the keeper manages to get his body in the way, as Mellberg goes for the follow up he is dragged to the ground but amazingly no penalty!
This is followed by a long range shot by Raul Bravo which the keeper has trouble in keeping out of the net. So at least we have started making some chances on goal now.

The goal when it finally comes, does come from Mellberg (well kind of)! After a corner, the ball is passed out of the box by the Larisa defence as far as Raul Bravo who heads it straight back into Mellberg. Mellberg tries a low, flat but fast pass across the front of goal and it hits Katsiaros who kicks it into his own net rather than clearing the ball. So 1-0 up and after the restart, it appears that we are continuing with trying to grab another goal rather than sit back and defend the lead.
The goal has however made Larisa come forward and out of their own area, which can only be a good thing. We are still more than capable of coping with the Larisa attacks but at least our own attacks are no longer breaking on a sea of maroon shirts.
Larisa do have a great chance of their own to equalise when their number 9 breaks through our defence and into the box but in a direct one-on-one situation Pardo manages to deflect the ball away from goal and our own defence then manage to clean up.

The half finishes after 2 minutes of extra time and most importantly, we have the lead to take into the break with us.


The second half starts at the same fast pace that marked the first half out and again much like the first half, it is us doing the lions share of the attacking although Larisa do threaten our goal from time to time. We have a small chance on goal courtesy of a Torosidis cross but we find that too much weight has been placed on the ball and it drifts harmlessly out of play despite Mirallas breaking the defensive trap perfectly. Larisa for their part get a shout for a penalty when one of their players in barged in the back in the box but to our relief (or at least mine), nothing is given by the ref.
Larisa are now moving forward a lot more with the ball and we are lucky not to get a foul called against us again when Avraam appears to barge one of their players off the ball. All in all though, Larisa also got away with some terrible tackles during the first half so all is cancelled out now.

On the 60th minute, we make our first substitution with Jose Holebas replacing the recovering Albert Riera. Riera has played well enough for us today so I can only surmise that his substitution is fitness related as he was expected to initially not make the starting lineup. Larisa are now really coming at us and it is now us running the counter attacks. They come close to breaking our defence again but luckily both Pardo and Avraam come to the rescue and manage to intercept the ball as it is knocked away from the forwards legs. Again, Larisa try threading the ball through the defence before we are able to clean up the play and gather the ball.
In the 67th minute, Torosidis was hit by what looked like a balloon of clear liquid whilst trying to take a throw in, which led to the game being halted for a few minutes whilst the riot police entered and the Larisa fans finished throwing their missiles. When the game restarted Larisa again continued with the attacking play whilst we attempted to counter attack whenever the situation occurred.

As we headed into the last 15 minutes of normal time, we started to get the ball forward and controlling the possession in the centre of midfield. Larisa were still trying to attack but at least now we were controlling the centre of midfield a little more than we had been just ten minutes earlier. We had a great chance to grab a second goal when a long pass into the box came off a defenders legs and into the path of Fuster. Fuster tried to control the ball but then shot the ball over the net from inside the box. This was countered however by a clear header on our goal by Daniel Cousin which passed outside the post but left Pardo diving theatrically.

Our second substitution is made in the 84th minute with Ariel Ibagaza being replaced with Francois Modesto as we now try to keep the lead intact. Larisa come forward again and we are now having to clear the ball from inside of our box on a lot more occasions now. This said though, we are still coping well with the Larisa attacks as they try to throw everything at us. We make our final substitution of David Fuster for Giannis Papadopoulos in the 89th minute of normal time and almost straight after have another great chance on goal. This time Holebas is left unmarked at the far end of the post and receives the ball from a floating cross courtesy of Torosidis. Unfortunately his shot is not on target and the ball goes out.

With normal time over, we enter the first of five minutes of extra time. Larisa still come forward although we also have our own chances in and around their box. Probably the best of these being a free kick from an advantageous position on the left being struck into the box but almost instantly cleared by their defence. At our end, they have almost a mirror of the same event but we likewise manage to clear the ball. The game finishes after the five minutes and we win the game and now move five points clear at the top of the league.

Larisa 0-1 Olympiakos
35' Katsiaros (Own Goal)
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Κυριακή, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 15:53

Olympiakos 101-64 Peristeri

We played this game behind closed doors but managed to easily win the game with our first '100' of the season by a 101-64 scoreline.
From the first minute of play we showed ourselves to be the more motivated and professional team. With Gordon and Halperin in the starting five, we easily reached a 13-5 lead early on and from there went onto win the first quarter 24-13.
The second quarter was even better from our view with our team demonstrating a good defence and some good running and as a result we took our advantage to +17 points (32-15) by the 13th minute. Despite our continuous changes, the teams chemistry did not drop with Gordon, Mavrokefalidis and Nesterovic playing particularly well. We had managed to get ourselves a +28 point advantage just a minute before half time but had to settle for a 49-26 scoreline as the halftime klaxon sounded.
In the third quarter, we didn't let our advantage in play drop and with the help of Papaloukas and Bourousis, we took the score onwards to 57-28. This was before building on the score to achieve 65-33 in the 26th minute with no real difficulty at all. For the end of the quarter, Halperin stood in as the point guard and working with Papaloukas helped achieve a 74-41 scoreline by the end of the period.
The last ten minutes saw us maintain our play and skill advantages whilst we held our points differential at +30 points at all times (92-54 (+38) at one point in time). Coach Duda used all of the players available to him with the exception of Keselj who had been suffering from flu recently.

Olympiakos 101-64 Peristeri
1st Quarter : Olympiakos 24-13 Peristeri
2nd Quarter : Olympiakos 49-26 Peristeri
3rd Quarter : Olympiakos 74-41 Peristeri
4th Quarter : Olympiakos 101-64 Peristeri

Olympiakos : Papaloukas 11, Nesterovic 8, Loukas 14, Spanoulis 2, Bourousis 13, Pelikanos 5, Mavrokefalidis 21, Halperin 14, Glyniadakis 2, Erceg 8, Teodosic 3.
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Κυριακή, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 15:51

Olympiakos 3-0 Aris

We had a relaxing afternoon yesterday in the Rentis stadium where we beat Aris volleyball team quite easily with a 3-0 scoreline.
In fact it was only in the first set where Aris put up a semblance of a fight however the second and third sets were easily won and so we move on from there.

Olympiakos 3-0 Aris
1st Set : Olympiakos 25-22 Aris
2nd Set : Olympiakos 25-18 Aris
3rd Set : Olympiakos 25-12 Aris

Olympiakos : Despein 17, Jiablonski 9, Zekov 2, Kral 6, Andreadis 1, Djuric 19, Kouzounis.
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Κυριακή, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 15:49

Olympiakos 7-9 Partizan

Although the mens polo team tried, they failed to avoid defeat from Partizan for the 3rd match of the Euroleague. The Serbians managed to enter the game harder and it was simply this which led to their victory.
The poor performance in the first two 'oktalepta' led directly to our loss - scoring only one goal and losing 5 instead. However we managed to wake up in the second half of the game and impressed in the 3rd and 4th periods. Unfortunately it was simply too late to win the game.

Olympiakos 7-9 Partizan Belgrade
1st Oktalepta : Olympiakos 1-3 Partizan
2nd Oktalepta : Olympiakos 0-2 Partizan
3rd Oktalepta : Olympiakos 4-3 Partizan
4th Oktalepta : Olympiakos 2-1 Partizan

Olympiakos: Foudoulis 3, Theodoropoulos 1, Afroudakis 1, Komantina 1, Blondakis 1.
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Κυριακή, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 15:48

Olympiakos 11-3 Ethnikos Piraeus

Our womens polo team easily beat Ethnikos Piraeus on Friday night to make it 5 victories out of 5 in the A1 polo league. The game itself was an absolute walkover for our team who easily imposed themselves all over the game itself. Ethnikos could not react against our dominating play and so they were easily beaten 11-3 at the end of play.

Olympiakos 11-3 Ethnikos Piraeus
1st Oktalepta : Olympiakos 3-1 Ethnikos
2nd Oktalepta : Olympiakos 2-1 Ethnikos
3rd Oktalepta : Olympiakos 2-1 Ethnikos
4th Oktalepta : Olympiakos 4-0 Ethnikos

Olympiakos : Belkoum 3, Avramidou 2, Psouni 2, Mavrelou 2, Antonakos, Kougioumtzi
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