Unfortunately we had a small crowd yesterday due to the early kick off. The crowd saw the game kick off and go behind very early on after Henri Camara broke the defensive line and scored quickly.
To our credit though, we played hard and got a good equaliser from a goalmouth scramble. We attacked throughout the match and the opposition rarely threatened after the opener.
A stupid handball in the area led to a penalty for us in the second half. Campbell converted and scored what was to be the winning goal.
Ok, it wasn't an amazing performance but we played well enough to win and it was good to see Valdez.
We played the first leg of our latest cup tie last night, this time against Atromitos. Unfortunately for us, we ended up getting a 0-0 draw and now have to make sure that we at least achieve a score draw in the return leg.
This isn't the worst result in the world. We came close on quite a few occasions but Atromitos defended in depth (something they won't be able to do if they want to win) and had luck on their side. We should have perhaps grabbed at least one goal in the dying stages of the match but I guess it was not to be.
I can't complain too hard, we played decently enough. Atromitos were playing defensively and how the hell some of our shots on goal stayed out, I'll never know.
We have the return leg in the next few weeks (date to be determined) and we'll get the win if we play at the same level as we did last night.
In the last couple of days we saw the largest Greek transfer to date when Kostas Mitroglou was sold to Fulham for €15m. The offer was too large to turn down to be honest and we've got €14.85m profit from him. Very nice and I wish him all the best in Fulham.
Obviously we need to replace him and his replacement comes in the shape of Paraguayan international Nelson Valdez. Valdez has played for Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia and has a decent enough European pedigree. We're going to be supposedly loaning him for 6 months whilst also retaining an option to buy outright.
We are also looking at replacements for Vladimir Weiss and these will be one of either :-
Oscar Trejo, 25 - an Argentine with Italian Passport who is currently signed to Toulouse and rated at €2m.
Hernan Perez, 24 - a Paraguayan with Italian Passport who is currently signed to Villareal and rated at €1.6m.
Trejo seems to have the edge at the minute and we're looking to complete both signings before midnight tomorrow.
Following on from UEFA's corrupt decision to partially close the stadium FOR NO FUCKING REASON AT ALL, the club has decided that the best way to do this is to full close gates 3 and 4 of Karaiskaki.
That way the UEFA observers will be happy, the supporters can be in Gates 5-7 of the end and the anti-racism group safely tucked away in London, nowhere near the stadium, can report their shambolic crap as normal.
We beat Xanthi by two goals to nil earlier tonight. The win was kind of overshadowed by the news about Weiss leaving but we put on a good display.
Olaitan got the opener after a mad scramble in the box saw the ball land at his feet and Ibagaza got the second with a cross which beat the defence and the goalkeeper. He literally walked the ball into the net to get the second goal.
Olaitan really should have scored at least one more goal but he was unlucky with being beaten to the ball on a couple of occasions.
The game was a decent win for us and we move onto the next matchday with another three points.
Xanthi 0-2 Olympiakos
24' Olaitan, 89' Ibagaza
Olympiakos : Roberto, Salino, Manolas, Papadopoulos, Holebas, Samaris, Maniatis, Campbell (77' Bong), Dominguez (68' Ibagaza), Fuster (68' N'Dinga), Olaitan.
Red Card :- 73' Holebas
We had some shock news this afternoon, Vladimir Weiss announced his transfer to some club in Qatar.
This news came out of the blue with no rumours at all in the press but the reports say that we took a transfer fee of €4m for him. I can live with that on the provision that we get some cover for his position. Unfortunately this doesn't look like it will happen though and the latest rumours are that Holebas will be filling in on the left wing. Maybe we'll get someone in before the end of the transfer window but there's only five days remaining.
Can it be done? Watch this space.
We announced the loan of Ivan Marcano last night on a 6 month loan from Rubin Kazan. The loan had been rumoured to cost us €1.5m + wages but will be worth it. Marcano is a player well known to us and has previously been loaned to us for a season a couple of years back. it seems a good move and gives us cover both at the centre back and left back positions.
Going in the opposite direction is mercenary prick Rafik Djebbour. He's going on loan to Nottingham Forest where he will try to beat his record of 2 goals so far this season. I doubt he will do it but good riddance. Fuck off mercenary.