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Σάββατο, 28 Ιανουαρίου 2012 13:44

Potential Lineup For Ergotelis

Apologies, I hadn't done a preview for a while but I really should shake myself into action.
Anyway, our team for todays match has been announced as :-

Goalkeepers (2) : Daskalakis, Megyeri
Defenders (7) : Modesto, Mellberg, Papazoglou, Papadopoulos, Marcano. Potouridis, Maniatis
Midfielders (6) : Ibagasa, Makoun, Monje, Fetfatzidis, Orbaiz, Abdoun
Attackers (3) : Mirallas, Pantelic, Diogo

For the actual game, Gavros is thinking that we will line up with Megyeri in goals and a back four of Modesto, Mellberg, Papadopoulos and Marcano - so no surprises there.
In the centre of midfield will be Orbaiz and Maniatis whilst the three attacking midfielders will be Fetfatzidis, Ibagasa and Abdoun. The final piece of the lineup will probably be Pantelic being the lone striker.

Obviously we will only see confirmation of the lineup when the game is about to start but there is no reason why we couldn't win with these players.
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Παρασκευή, 27 Ιανουαρίου 2012 10:41

Franco Costanzo leaves the club

Franco Costanzo has been released from his contract following Roy Carroll's arrival at the club. The short statement on the official website simply read :-

"Olympiakos FC announces the resolution of the contract with footballer Franco Costanzo".

Costanzo had never provided a decent performance during his time with our club and this move is a good step for all involved.
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Κυριακή, 22 Ιανουαρίου 2012 19:11

Skoda Xanthi 1-0 Olympiakos

Our game today saw us play Xanthi at the Pigadia stadium in the early evening sunset. Our team had been suffering from a number of players missing the match through injury and so the lineup we used was very much makeshift and certainly not the first XI players. Still we hoped that we should be able to grab a victory here with the players available.

First Half
We didn't make a particularly good opening to the match but not bad either, just indifferent I guess. We got forward on enough occasions but didn't make any chances which could have even threatened the keeper. Xanthi made one attack during the opening phase through Markovski but it was fair to say that the opening action was lacklustre to say the least. This was possibly because he hadn't found our feet in the match so far.

Our team continued to attack the Xanthi end but without any great success, our players in the final third were being closed down too quickly and when we did get chances off on goal, they were being easily collected. At least we were having the majority of ball possession and were limiting Xanthi's chances to the occasional threatening counter attack. Our gameplay especially in front of goal needed improvement if we were going to score and win the game.

The final 15 minutes of the first half saw a lot more of the same from us, some good ball possession but limited creativity and a total inability to break down the Xanthi defence. The Thracian team were still having trouble in getting the ball down the field to even threaten us and so we were left firmly in control of the ball even if not the game. We weren't looking even close to scoring and would really need to improve our game in the second half to get the goal.

Second Half
Initially, it looked like we had improved in the match but the same problems in the final third of the match were evident soon enough. In addition to this, Xanthi managed to open the scoring in the 51st minute after Vlachodimos broke past Marcano on the left and fired his shot past Megyeri. We were now a goal beind in a game which we were not performing well in and would have to really improve in order to win the game. Fetfatzidis had one of our better shots of the game soon afterwards but unfortunately he fired directly at the keeper.

The game continued onwards with still no signs of us creating anything worthwhile in the Xanthi area. We did make a positive change in swapping Torosidis for Marcano and then bringing on a second attacker with Diogo for Orbaiz though. Unfortunately, even after this change our chances were not having any real potency to them and Diogo was not having as great an impact as was needed. At the other end, Xanthi were continuing to counter attack though and make life difficult for us on occasion, luckily not increasing their lead.

In the final fifteen minutes of the game, we continued to press forward in search of a goal whilst Xanthi were by now defending in depth. Diogo perhaps had the chance of the game to score from a 1-on-1 in the 79th minute but found his shot stopped by the keeper. Apart from this lone opportunity, it was a case of same old, same old and we just seemed to lack any spirit in the game. We had more close range chances to tie the scoring but our shooting was poor and even simple tap-ins were knocked wide. It was an extremely frustrating performance to see.

The game eventually finished after 3 minutes of extra time and so we lost our second game of the season. We never looked like winning the game or even scoring so the scoreline was just in this instance. The team simply wasn't strong enough and the squad quality was simply absent.

Skoda Xanthi 1-0 Olympiakos
51' Vlachodimos

Olympiakos : Megyeri, Modesto (62' Torosidis), Mellberg, Papadopoulos, Marcano, Fetfatzidis, Orbaiz (68' Diogo), Maniatis, Abdoun, Ibagasa, Pantelic
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Τρίτη, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2012 20:30

Fran Yeste leaves the club

Fran Yeste has been released from Olympiakos after a meeting with the footballer and his agent today. The statement on the official site simply reads "Olympiakos FC announces the dissolution of the contract with Fran Yeste".
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Σάββατο, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2012 21:44

Olympiakos 3-1 Levadiakos

In tonights game, we faced Levadiakos for the second time in 3 days after beating them 3-0 on Wednesday evening. We have a number of ongoing injuries in the team at the minute so we employed a very makeshift lineup. Nevertheless we could look forward to obtaining an easy victory in the match. This game also marked the first appearance of Diogo for 18 months after returning from his loans in Brazil. 

Equal Start 
The opening minutes of the match were very evenly matched. Both ourselves and Levadiakos seemed to have equal possession of the ball and in similar areas of the pitch. The best opportunities in this phase were headers on goal from Diogo and Mellberg (following a corner) whilst Levadiakos made a very smart counter attack which required Megyeri to intercept the ball to stop a goalscoring chance from occurring and another chance from a piss-poor backpass courtesy of Marcano.

Complacency Creeps In
Slowly but surely though, we started to take control of the game and get the ball into the Levadiakos half more often. Despite the advantage we were suffering from the usual problem of not being able to create too much with the ball and the defenders simply using the 'park-the-bus' tactic to crowd out our attackers. We didn't make things easy for ourselves though and our passing was too poor allowing the ball to be intercepted too often.

The Goals Finally Arrive
During the last fifteen minutes of the half, the quality of our play dropped again and became complacent. This allowed Levadiakos to create chances of their own and get more time on the ball whilst the crowd rightly signalled their discontent. We created several corners in the half (eight at least) but created hardly any chances from any of them. Our break however came from a free kick which was deflected off the head of Levadiakos player Bourbos and looped into the net to give us the lead, albeit from an own goal.
The second goal and a more deserved goal came from a Mirallas shot in the 44th minute where he time his run well and shot into the net (although his shot deflected from a Levadia defender). So we ended the half 2-0 up and managed to save ourselves some halftime blushes.

Resurgent In The Second Half
After the second half had begun, we looked a lot brighter and more active than we had in the first half. We were making a lot of runs and more frequent chances on the Levadiakos goal. We made several chances on their goal during the first ten minutes of the second half whilst Levadiakos had a lot of trouble even clearing the ball from their area. Tey did have one good counter attack in that time dragging the ball down to our area and winning their first corner of the game but we managed to remove the threat eventually.

Two More Goals
After the opening stage of the second half, Levadiakos made a few chances for themselves around our net, winning themselves a couple of corners and having some shots on our goal - one of which eventually went into the net. Levadiakos managed to break our defence using a fast 1-2 pass whilst our defence tried to catch up. Megyeri couldn't manage to intercept the ball and it was tapped home by Napoleoni. The Levadia fightback did not last long however and we managed to grab a third goal (Mirallas) after a cross was headed into the net from close range.

The Game Finishes
The last fifteen minutes of the game saw our third legitimate penalty claim denied by the referee as we continued to pressue the Levadiakos defence. We made a number of chances on goal but failed to get any on target and so saw opportunities fade away. Levadiakos made a couple of attacks during this time but luckily didn't score any goals. Some of our defending during this time was poor and allowed Levadia's Popovic at least one open shot on goal. The game finished after two minutes of additional time (and a denied penalty from a handball in the box) and we can look forward to our next matches. The referee was truly abysmal in this game!

Incidentally, today is the fourteenth of January, roughly about halfway through the transfer window - Are we getting any players at all?

Olympiakos 3-1 Levadiakos
40' Korbos (own goal)
44' Mirallas
65' Napoleoni
67' Mirallas

Olympiakos : Megyeri, Maniatis, Mellberg, Marcano, Holebas, Modesto, Makoun (64' Orbaiz), Mirallas, Ibagasa (84' Yeste), Fuster, Diogo (70' Abdoun)
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Κυριακή, 08 Ιανουαρίου 2012 21:57

Doxa Dramas 0-0 Olympiakos

Tonights game against Doxa Dramas came from the Kaftanzogleio stadium in Salonika. This has been designated the home stadium for Doxa Dramas this season even though the Drama fans had trouble in filling two banks of seats. We had not asked for any tickets to this match and so the stadium was largely empty for tonight.
Doxa Dramas were in no real shape to face us and couldn't even manage to name 7 substitutes for the game.  Incidentally it was interesting to see two former OSFP players on the wings for Dramas - Soiledis and Katsikogiannis. Surely a whitewash was on the cards?

First Half
The game was only 28 seconds old when we had our first proper chance of the game - Mirallas poking the ball past Dino Seremec in the Doxa goals but seeing his shot wide. This initial move aside, Dramas quickly recovered and fought for the ball across the midfield ('fought' being the operative word when considering some of the tackling). After 10-12 minutes, we were still playing for the ball and had made a couple of chances but not scored as yet.

Despite the promising opening then, we didn't manage to score in the early part of the match and Doxa were dealing with our attacks although with some desperation. For ourselves, we weren't playing poorly and a lucky break would have eaasily have given us the opening goal and the lead. As it was though, Doxa were clinging onto the clean sheet more by luck and desperation. As time wore on, we still had trouble in opening the scoring although it must also be admitted that we were looking more indifferent as the half wore on.

We continued to attack in the game, again and again but we didn't look like a team which had gelled properly in the first half. Some of the moves, passes and runs were at odds with each other and Dramas were managing to intercept them and break up our attacks. This was leading to frustration amongst our players and some even poorer play. We needed the halftime break to regroup and sort ourselves out for the second half. So as halftime arrived, it was a very frustrating 0-0 scoreline that we faced.

Attacking changes
Prior to the second half, we made two changes to freshen up the team and the result was some better play in the early part of the half. Doxa were still fighting for the ball over the pitch but at least we were looking a little better when on the attack. Unfortunately we were still having trouble in creating proper chances on goal with perhaps our best attempts coming in the 60th minute from a corner with a header deflected against the upright and Djebbour offside for the follow up. We had a few corners at that particular moment but failed to capitise on any of them.

With our attacks making no headway and Dramas still defending well, we started to push harder on the Doxa goalmouth and started to shoot from longer range without any great success. We also brought Monche on to provide even more firepower up front to help break through the mass of Doxa players. Despite this, we continued to have trouble and Dramas were simply 'parking the bus' by this point with only one player upfield when we attacked.

Nothing To Show
In the last fifteen minutes of the game, our quality of play had reduced down to first half levels and the opposition, perhaps sensing this, made a couple of counter attacks which briefly threatened but were soon dealt with. It wasn't the Doxa chances which we needed to be bothered with though. The team looked to have lost its shape and the passing and shooting had become ineffective. By this time, it would have taken either a lucky break or a piece of individual skill to break the deadlock. In the event we had neither, the game finishing after 3 minutes of extra time.

This was a very disappointing result for us and it seemed to me to be largely due to the passing which was woeful and the teamplay which was poor throughout. We could have perhaps scored on another day but we just couldn't manage it today. 1 point!!!!

Doxa Dramas 0-0 Olympiakos

Olympiakos : Megyeri, Torosidis, Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Marcano, Maniatis, Makoun (71' Monche), Fuster (46' Yeste), Fetfatzidis, Mirallas, Pantelic (46' Djebbour)
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Παρασκευή, 06 Ιανουαρίου 2012 13:56

Zaradoukas on loan to PAS Giannena

Giannis Zaradoukas has been the third member of our team to have been loaned out this week. He has joined PAS Giannena for the next six months on loan and will return in the summertime.
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Τετάρτη, 04 Ιανουαρίου 2012 22:11

Olympiakos 1-0 Atromitos

Tonight was our first match of 2012 and the last match of the opening round of matches. A good win here would have allowed us to keep the pressure on the Vazeloi at the top of the league which had not seen any action for two and a half weeks. This was our last midweek match for a while and we revert to weekend matches after this game.

First Half
The game started at a quick and aggressive pace allowing us to surge forward early on and make attacks on the Atromitos goal. However we were having trouble making headway on their defence as Atromitos were falling back when required and packing their defence with so many bodies it was making it hard for us to break through. The only exception to this was a smart attack in the 12th minute which caught them on the hop and allowed Djebbour to make a good header on goal (unfortunately wide).

Controlling The Game
We continued to attack when possible and managed to keep the ball upfield during the first half. Unfortunately our finishing was somewhat inefficient and Djebbour had another chance given to him to open the scoring during this period but fired his shot disappointingly wide. Atromitos started to drag the ball further up the pitch during general play yet fall back when defending and this was proving to frustrate our forwards. Atromitos were also improving as the half went on although we coped with their attacks easily enough.

Further Chances
Once Atromitos had made their few attacks of the half, we took over control of the ball again and attempted to go for goal. Despite our team throwing everything they had at the chances and the sheer amount of chances, we just couldn't manage to get the ball into the net. The first half ended at 0-0, we had a huge amount of possession and attacks on goal but we just couldn't manage to cut through their defence effectively and score the goal.

Marcano Scores
Eventually in the 53rd minute of the game we got the break we were after. After a largely indifferent opening to the second half (and the first Atromitos chance on goal), we managed to grab the ball, get up the field and win a corner. From the corner, Fetfatzidis drifted the ball in and Marcano was found on the end to head the ball home and open the scoring. With the game now going against them, Atromitos looked broken and allowed our team to get forward a little easier and fire shots on goal (Fuster blazing a shot wide).

Atromitos Recover
After their initial shock at conceding the goal, Atromitos got their act together and came forward again. On the first time, they made a headed chance on goal which Megyeri had to save, whilst their second was easily dealt with. Atromitos were however showing a new intent to equalise and Megyeri was soon called upon to intercept another chance for them following a corner. Atromitos continued to attack whilst we now changed to a counter attacking style to confound them and hopefully grab a second. Defensively we weren't under too much pressure even with the additional Atromitos attacks.

We kill off the game
As the game moved towards the finish, Atromitos made their final substitutions and attempted to get the equalising goal. We continued to counter attack whilst we also shored up our defence by swapping Mirallas for Mellberg. The Peristeri team made a number of more attempts to come forward whilst the game moved into two minutes of extra time. A final chance from a free kick was punched clear by Megyeri and it was all over. We perhaps should have won by a greater scoreline but we had at least won and picked up the three points. Onto matchday 16!

Olympiakos 1-0 Atromitos
53' Marcano

Olympiakos : Megyeri, Torosidis, Papadopoulos, Marcano, Holebas, Maniatis (46' Makoun), Modesto, Fetfatzidis, Mirallas (83' Mellberg), Fuster (64' Yeste), Djebbour

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Τρίτη, 03 Ιανουαρίου 2012 22:15

Squad Announced For Atromitos

The 18 players for the match tomorrow have been announced. Theres no real surprises to the squad - Fejsa is still injured and Diogo isn't match ready as yet. The team in full is listed as :-

Goalkeepers (2) :-
Megyeri, Costanzo 

Defenders (7) :-
Torosidis, Mellberg, Papadopoulos, Holebas, Marcano, Modesto, Maniatis 

Midfielders (6) :-
Makoun, Fetfatzidis, Fuster, Yeste, Monje, Abdoun 

Attackers (3) :-
Mirallas, Djebbour, Pantelic  

I'll update this topic tomorrow for the proposed lineup.
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Τρίτη, 20 Δεκεμβρίου 2011 13:32

Mid-Season Review - Olympiakos Attack

Following on from my earlier articles...

The forwards of our team have been superb this year and Djebbour in particular has turned into one of my favourite Olympiakos players in the short 12 months he has been with us. Pantelic also has been in great form when he has played although it must be admitted that he is slowing down as he gets older. Mirallas also has been a mainstay of the team and although not as prolific as last year, he has been very good for us and turned in some good performances through the season so far.

So our attack has been good, there is no downside to be seen although I do worry at times about the last of any backup players if one of them receives a long term injury. Maybe we should have looked at getting a young player as a backup but maybe with the addition of a good winger in the January transfer window, we can avoid any potential problems.
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