2008–09 Superleague Greece

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Superleague Greece
Season 2008–09
Champions Olympiacos
37th Greek title
Relegated OFI
Panserraikos
Thrasyvoulos
UEFA Champions League Olympiacos
Panathinaikos
UEFA Europa League AEK Athens (via domestic cup)
P.A.O.K.
Larissa
Matches played 252
Goals scored 519 (2.06 per match)
Average goals/game 2.16
Top goalscorer Ismael Blanco (14)
Luciano Galletti (14)
Biggest home win Olympiacos 5–0 Iraklis
Biggest away win Panserraikos 1–5 AEK Athens
Highest scoring Larissa 4–3 OFI
OFI 4–3 Panthrakikos
Asteras 3–4 Panionios
Ergotelis 2–5 Panionios

The 2008–09 Superleague Greece season was the third since its establishment. It began on 31 August 2008 and ended on 26 April 2009. The league consisted of 16 teams. Participants were the 13 best teams from the 2007–08 season and three teams who have been promoted from Beta Ethniki. Olympiacos successfully defended their title after claiming their 37th title overall with three rounds remaining.

Team changes from 2007–08[edit]

Teams promoted from 2007–08 Beta Ethniki:

Teams relegated to 2008–09 Beta Ethniki:

Overview[edit]

Club Manager Stadium Capacity
AEK Athens Serbia Dušan Bajević Athens Olympic Stadium 71,030
Aris Brazil Mazinho Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium 19,300
Asteras Tripoli Greece Nikos Kostenoglou Asteras Tripolis Stadium 4,200
Ergotelis Greece Nikos Karageorgiou Pankritio Stadium 26,400
Iraklis Ukraine Oleh Protasov Kaftanzoglio Stadium 28,028
Larissa Greece Marinos Ouzounidis Alcazar Stadium 13,108
Levadiakos Serbia Momčilo Vukotić Levadia Municipal Stadium 8,000
OFI Greece Ioannis Matzourakis Pankritio Stadium 26,400
Olympiacos Spain Ernesto Valverde Karaiskakis Stadium 33,334
Panathinaikos Netherlands Henk ten Cate Athens Olympic Stadium 71,030
Panionios Greece Giotis Stamatopoulos Nea Smyrni Stadium 11,700
Panserraikos Belgium Hugo Broos Serres Municipal Stadium 8,500
Panthrakikos Belgium Emilio Ferrera Komotini Municipal Stadium 4,500
P.A.O.K. Portugal Fernando Santos Toumba Stadium 28,850
Thrasyvoulos Greece Sakis Tsiolis Fyli Municipal Stadium 3,142
Xanthi Greece Georgios Paraschos Skoda Xanthi Arena 7,422

League table (regular season)[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Olympiacos (C) 30 22 5 3 50 14 +36 71 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 P.A.O.K. 30 18 9 3 39 16 +23 63 Super League Greece 2008–09 Playoffs
3 Panathinaikos 30 17 10 3 51 18 +33 61
4 AEK Athens 30 14 13 3 40 24 +16 55
5 Larissa 30 12 13 5 36 26 +10 49
6 Aris 30 13 8 9 30 31 −1 47
7 Skoda Xanthi 30 9 11 10 25 21 +4 38
8 Panionios 30 10 7 13 40 40 0 37
9 Ergotelis 30 9 9 12 31 39 −8 36
10 Iraklis Thessaloniki 30 8 9 13 22 38 −16 33 IRA: 7 pts, 4–3
PTH: 6 pts, 1–0
AST: 2 pts, 2–4
11 Panthrakikos 30 9 6 15 23 37 −14 33
12 Asteras Tripoli 30 7 12 11 33 31 +2 33
13 Levadiakos 30 9 5 16 28 36 −8 32
14 OFI (R) 30 5 9 16 30 50 −20 24 Relegation to Beta Ethniki OFI 0–0 PSE
PSE 1–2 OFI
15 Panserraikos (R) 30 5 9 16 19 45 −26 24
16 Thrasyvoulos (R) 30 3 5 22 22 53 −31 14

Source: superleaguegreece.net (Greek)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th decision match
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

According to the official Superleague playoff regulation, the position after the playoffs replaces the regular season position.[1]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AEK ARI AST ERG IRT AEL LEV OFI OLY PAT PIO PSE PTH TSP XAN THR
AEK Athens 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0
Aris 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 4–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–2 0–0 0–1 2–1
Asteras Tripoli 0–1 4–0 3–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 3–4 3–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 3–0
Ergotelis 1–1 3–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–0 2–5 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2
Iraklis Thessaloniki 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1
Larissa 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–1 4–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 3–0
Levadiakos 0–0 2–0 1–0 4–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–3 0–0 1–0
OFI 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 1–2 0–2 0–0 0–3 2–0 0–0 4–3 0–2 0–2 1–3
Olympiacos 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 5–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–1
Panathinaikos 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–3 2–2 3–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 3–0
Panionios 2–2 2–1 3–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–3 1–2 2–0 3–0 1–2 0–1 4–1
Panserraikos 1–5 1–2 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–3 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–0
Panthrakikos 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0
P.A.O.K. 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 1–0 2–1
Skoda Xanthi 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 4–1 1–1 4–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0
Thrasyvoulos 3–3 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–3 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–1

Source: galanissportsdata.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs[edit]

The play-offs for an additional Champions League spot were conducted in a home and away round robin format. Its participants have entered the mini-league with a number of bonus points based on their regular season record. Every team had the number of points earned by the fifth-placed team subtracted from its own amount of points. The result was then divided through five and rounded to the nearest whole number to determine the amount of bonus points.

The teams started the play-offs with the following number of points:

  • P.A.O.K. – 3 points ((63–49) / 5 = 2.8, rounded up to 3)
  • Panathinaikos – 2 points ((61–49) / 5 = 2.4, rounded down to 2)
  • AEK Athens – 1 point ((55–49) / 5 = 1.2, rounded down to 1)
  • Larissa – 0 points ((49 –49) / 5 = 0)

The play-off winners entered the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. Since AEK Athens have lost the final of the Greek Cup 2008–09 to Champions League-bound Olympiacos, all three Greek Europa League spots (two via league, one via domestic cup) were allotted according to the position of the respective teams in the play-off.

Play-off table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
2 Panathinaikos 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 18 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 AEK Athens 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 12 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
4 P.A.O.K. 6 2 0 4 5 9 −4 9 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
5 Larissa 6 0 1 5 3 10 −7 1 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round

Source: superleaguegreece.net (Greek)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AEK AEL PAT TSP
AEK Athens 3–2 0–2 3–1
Larissa 0–0 0–1 0–2
Panathinaikos 1–1 3–1 4–1
P.A.O.K. 0–1 1–0 0–1

Source: superleaguegreece.net (Greek)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Statistics[edit]

Most valuable players (excluding goalkeepers)[edit]

Position Player Club Index
1 Argentina Luciano Galletti Olympiacos 0.250
2 Brazil Dudu Cearense Olympiacos 0.242
3 Argentina Fernando Belluschi Olympiacos 0.217
4 Uruguay Fabián Estoyanoff Panionios 0.215
5 Serbia Vladimir Ivić P.A.O.K. 0.201
6 Argentina Diego Romano Ergotelis 0.197
7 Greece Dimitris Salpingidis Panathinaikos 0.196
8 Brazil Leonardo Levadiakos 0.192
9 Ivory Coast Serge Dié Iraklis 0.188
10 Senegal Dame N'Doye OFI 0.183

Source: galanissportsdata.com

Transfers[edit]

Teams by region[edit]

Region Number of teams Teams
Attica 5 AEK Athens, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Panionios and Thrasyvoulos
Macedonia 4 Aris, Iraklis, Panserraikos and P.A.O.K.
Crete 2 Ergotelis and OFI
Thrace 2 Panthrakikos and Skoda Xanthi
Peloponnese 1 Asteras Tripoli
Central Greece 1 Levadiakos
Thessaly 1 Larissa

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Playoff regulation (pdf, greek)