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Πέμπτη, 02 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 17:00

Training - Thursday 2nd December

Our team trained together again today continuing the preparation of this Sundays game against AO Kavala (19:30 - Anthi Karagianni stadium - Matchday 13). In the session, we saw Giannis Fetfatzidis playing on the left and teaming up with Jose Holebas, maybe as an expectation of the positions going to be used in the game.
For the players and the injury problems that we are facing, we have the following news :-
  • Olof Mellberg and Vasillis Torosidis trained fully with the regular team. They should now be ready for the game on Sunday.
  • Raul Bravo continued with the programme of re-establishment into the team and followed a personal training programme.
  • Albert Riera and Giorgos Galitsios underwent a personal program including treatment for the injuries that they have suffered along with some personal training and exercises in the swimming pool.
Our training will continue tomorrow at 10:30 and we have a final session on the day after (Saturday).
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Τετάρτη, 01 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 21:37

Olympiakos 8-9 Mladost

Despite the support of 200 of our fans, we lost to Mladost by just a single point (8-9). We were winning the game by a single point until the end of the 3rd period and then collapsed to a 1-3 score in the 4th period.

Olympiakos 8-9 Mladost

1st Oktalepta : Olympiakos 2-1 Mladost
2nd Oktalepta : Olympiakos 3-3 Mladost
3rd Oktalepta : Olympiakos 3-3 Mladost
4th Oktalepta : Olympiakos 1-3 Mladost

Olympiakos : Mylonakis 1, Blanis 2, Kolobos 2, Doskas 2, Blondakis 1.
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Τετάρτη, 01 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 15:11

Training - Wednesday 1st December

Our footballers continued with the training sessions for this week in preparation for the game on Sunday (5th December - 19:30) against Kavala. For the players, we have the following news :-
  • Olof Mellberg and Vasilis Torosidis followed the first half of the training session and followed on with personal training rather than continuing with the team training for the second half.
  • Raul Bravo followed individual training for the entire session with some work in the gym and the athletic grounds.
  • Giorgos Galitsios followed a programme of treatment today and is not expected to be ready for a number of weeks.
  • Marko Pantelic suffered from a pain in the stomach during the training session and immediately stopped for a further session on personal training but should be ok for tomorrow.
The remainder of the team will continue with the training sessions with the next one timed for tomorrow at 10:30 in the morning.
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Δευτέρα, 29 Νοεμβρίου 2010 17:04

Training - Monday 29th November

Following on from todays training session, this is the latest information coming out from Rentis :-

  • Albert Riera was submitted to the hospital for a magnetic scan on his right leg. Unfortunately the scan revealed that he has suffered a tear in the leg and will now be absent from playing duties for the next 3 to 4 weeks. Long enough to see his injury carry him out until the new year.
  • Torosidis will be scanned tomorrow to view his recovery from injury and I hope to have more information available then. He is currently following a course of personal training including some running.
  • Olof Mellberg followed his own personal program of training including some gym and athletic work. His re-establishment into the team will be monitored daily.
  • Raul Bravo likewise followed his own personal training and will be checked on a daily basis as to his progress.
  • Giorgos Galitsios is on the injury list still for a further four weeks or so and only received treatment for his injury today.

The remainder of the team will begin training for matchday 13 (AO Kavala) starting at 10:30 tomorrow.
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Κυριακή, 28 Νοεμβρίου 2010 21:45

Panellenios 65-92 Olympiakos

Olympiakos easily gained a 65-92 victory in Lamia today when playing against Panellenios. We entered the match totally prepared and showed ourselves superior all across the court in the game. Both Mavrokefalidis and Nesterovic played well in the attack whilst Papanikolaou was exceptional in defence. We easily fought ourselves to a 11-20 advantage in the first seven minutes of the game and took this even further to obtain a fifteen point advantage by the end of the first quarter (17-32).
The second period saw us increase our advantage to 20 points for a time (21-41) just four minutes before the break however a brief fightback from Panellenios reduced the advantage to 15 points again when the break was signalled.
The second half was just as one sided with the points advantage even getting as high as 22 points at one point (58-80) with Kostas Papanikolaou earning the plaudits in this half. The game was finished off with Dusan Ivkovic trying several formations of players in the final ten minutes increasing the score to a +27 point advantage and romping home to a 65-92 victory. The game made for a good training before the more important Euroleague game on Thursday in SEF.

Panellenios 65-92 Olympiakos BC
1st Quarter : Panellenios 17-32 Olympiakos
2nd Quarter : Panellenios 41-56 Olympiakos
3rd Quarter : Panellenios 53-75 Olympiakos
4th Quarter : Panellenios 65-92 Olympiakos

Olympiakos (Ivkovic): Papaloukas 2, Nesterovic 10, Gordon 2, Spanoulis 12, Bourousis 10, Keselj 3, Mavrokefalidis 18, Halperin 2, Nielsen 9, Papanikolaou 15, Teodosic 9, Katsivelis.
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Σάββατο, 27 Νοεμβρίου 2010 22:33

Markopoulo 2-3 Olympiakos

We made some hard work of our victory over Markopoulo today and even though we started the game with two sets easily enough, we ended up having to secure the match in the fifth set.

Markopoulo 2-3 Olympiakos

1st Set : Markopoulo 21-25 Olympiakos
2nd Set : Markopoulo 21-25 Olympiakos
3rd Set : Markopoulo 28-26 Olympiakos
4th Set : Markopoulo 25-19 Olympiakos
5th Set : Markopoulo 12-15 Olympiakos

Olympiakos : Kyriakidou 16, Tserdsebic 11, Ogknienovic 8, Hadava 14, Koleba 29, Nikouli, Magginas l, Kabatha 8, Mouratidi, Djuric.
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Σάββατο, 27 Νοεμβρίου 2010 22:22

Olympiakos SC 3-0 Apollon Kalamaria

We didn't see any real problems during todays victory over Apollon Kalamaria. The game itself was played behind closed doors but we easily romped to a 3-0 victory in todays Matchday 6 game. Despite the fatigue being carried over from Wednesdays game against Jiastrzebski and Despein's injury, our players played with some real concentration from the first klaxon to the end of the match.

Olympiakos SC 3-0 Apollon Kalamaria

1st Set : Olympiakos SC 25-16 Apollon Kalamaria
2nd Set : Olympiakos SC 25-13 Apollon Kalamaria
3rd Set : Olympiakos SC 25-19 Apollon Kalamaria

Olympiakos SC: Jiablonski 6, Zekov 1, Kral 4, Andreadis 10, Djuric 21, Fragkos 12, Kouzounis 1, Kokkinakis.
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Σάββατο, 27 Νοεμβρίου 2010 22:03

AEK 1-0 Olympiakos

Our second away derby of the season and we kicked off the game in the hope of a victory and the 3 points. AEK were the team to have the earliest chance in the game though with our defence being caught napping although the play was immediately called back for offside. After this opening move though, we took control of the ball in midfield and started to make moves on the AEK goalmouth. A quick counterattack down our right by Scocco showed that we should not be too complacent but we were holding our own in these early exchanges.
After the opening five minutes had passed, we were taking control of the ball more and passing with a lot more certainty. AEK were still having some control of the ball but were not looking assured on their control, shooting too long and generally being closed down by our defence. Scocco on the AEK left was proving to be a handful and Jahic on the right also took a long range effort on our goal but found PArdo easily capable of saving the shot. In all across the opening 15 minutes, the game was very open and chances for both teams were pretty much equal.

We had a half chance on goal in the 20th minute with a soft shot from Kevin Mirallas but their keeper was able to get both hands on the ball and stop anything from happening. We also found that as Riera had been injured in a clumsy tackle from an AEK player earlier, he neeed to be replaced in the 22nd minute of the game by Ariel Ibagaza. After this replacement had been made, we went forward once again and started to pressurise on the AEK goalmouth albeit without any significant success. AEK still continued to test our defence on occassion but again Pardo was found waiting for any of their chances and again nothing was forthcoming for their team when faced with our defence.

A dumb handball from Hurtado gave AEK a chance on our goal from just outside of the box but as their players blazed the ball into the wall, it gave us the chance to test their defences further down the pitch. In reply we managed to counter attack all the way down the pitch but then Mirallas fluffed his shot when in the 1-on-1 situation and his attempted lob over the keeper was easily caught. A second free kick for AEK from just 18 metres out was similarly hacked straight at our defensive wall and after a couple of negligable corners, the threat was removed. AEK made a couple more chances at coming forward with our defence having to work hard on occasion to avoid any goals but by and large, we were playing quite well defensively and AEK were unable to make any headway against us. The half ended after two minutes of additional time with AEK missing a golden chance on our goal from a header, and as we went back into the dressing room we could think ourselves to be fortunate not to be behind. Unfortunately AEK have been the better side so far in my opinion, we are looking quiet disjointed out there.

At halftime, we make our second change of the game with Marko Pantelic replacing David Fuster. Mirallas moved to the left wing and Pantelic became the new lone striker. The second half also saw us play with a little more urgency and this was shown early on in the half when we had some chances starting to be made on the AEK goalmouth. Nothing significant though, just some glimpses of chances which could have been more decisive for us. Whilst Pantelic broke into the box through in one of our attacks, he was forced down with a push from behind for a penalty. Dudu took the penalty shot and unfortunately shot the ball into the crossbar and over the net. A terrible piece of luck for us as we really should have been ahead now.

After the penalty shot, AEK take some of the pressure off their defence by launching some attacks of their own on our goal. Luckily they make no headway with any of these but at times our defence is stretched quite badly and it takes us some minutes to recover. When we do recover though, we take the ball all the way up the pitch to the edge of the AEK box and force their entire team to sit back in their box. Our improved attacking play in the second half though is not making too much inroads on the AEK defence and we are still having trouble with getting the ball into a decent position in the box. Part of this is due to our own play whilst AEK are also defending in depth a lot more as the clock ticks onwards.

Now in the last 15 minutes of the game, it seems that anyone is still capable of winning this game. We are having the better of the attcking play but AEK are countering with their own attacks and manage to grab some free kicks from the most advantageous positions (although they manage to blow it time and time again). For our side though, we have a good shot on goal courtesy of Holebas which the keeper spills but nothing of much note apart from this.
We make our final substitution in the 85th minute with Fetfatzidis replacing Rommedahl and again, make some attempts at getting the ball forward. Fetfatzidis didn't have to wait long for his first chance with the ball, making a run from the right wing all the way to the left edge of the box. Unfortunately due to the amount of bodies that AEK placed into the box) we couldn't manage to get the last pass in. In reply AEK manage to finally grab the goal with a run from the left, a low pass through several defenders legs and a simple tap in from Blanco at the far side of the box when no-one had picked him up.
A terrible time to concede (90') and some dreadful marking to gift the goal to AEK. We had looked better in the second half but this is football and unfortunately these things happen from time to time.
The game finished after 6(!) minutes of extra time and we have now lost both of our away derbies that we have played so far.

Olympiakos : Pardo, Modesto, Holebas, A.Papadopoulos, Potoouridis, Dudu, Hurtado, Fuster (46' Pantelic), Riera (22' Ibagaza), Rommedahl (86' Fetfatzidis), Mirallas.
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Σάββατο, 27 Νοεμβρίου 2010 13:02

Expected lineup for AEK

Gavros newspaper have printed the expected lineup for today and they expect the standard 4-4-1-1 formation to be utilised.

At the back, we see Pardo in goals and as we have some serious defensive shortfalls, we have a back four of Modesto, A.Papadopoulos, Potouridis and Holebas.
In the midfield, we have a more traditional lineup of Rommedahl, Dudu, Hurtado and Riera. The front duo are unchanged with Fuster acting as the centre forward and Mirallas once again in the lone striker role.
So we have as good a lineup as could be expected and we hope that we will be strong enough to grab the victory.
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Σάββατο, 27 Νοεμβρίου 2010 00:35

Team announced for AEK

The team of 18 players has been announced in advance of the game tomorrow. This is the list of players :-

Goalkeepers : Nikopolidis, Pardo
Defenders : Potouridis, A.Papadopoulos, Modesto, Holebas
Midfielders : Ibagaza, G.Papadopoulos, Hurtado, Dudu, Rommedahl, Fetfatzidis, Riera, Fuster
Attackers : Pentelic, Mirallas, Mitroglou, Nemeth

The officials for the game were named earlier in the week but these were :-

Referee : Tasos Sidiropoulos (Dodecanese Islands)
1st Assistant : Damianos Efthymiadis (Piraeus)
2nd Assistant : Dimitris Tatsis (Epirus)
4th Official : Andreas Pappas (Athens)
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