2010–11 Superleague Greece

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Superleague Greece
Season 2010–11
Champions Olympiacos
38th title
Relegated Olympiakos Volou
Kavala
Larissa
Panserraikos
Iraklis
Champions League Olympiacos
Panathinaikos
Europa League P.A.O.K.
AEK
Olympiakos Volou
Matches played 240
Goals scored 528 (2.2 per match)
Top goalscorer Djibril Cissé (20)
Biggest home win Olympiacos 6–0 AEK
Olympiacos 6–0 AEL
Biggest away win Aris 0–4 AEK
AEK 0–4 Olymp. Volou
Highest scoring Kerkyra 3–4 Aris

The 2010–11 Superleague Greece was the 52nd season of the highest football league of Greece and the fifth under the name Superleague. The league consisted of 16 teams, the 13 best teams of the 2009–10 season and three teams that had been promoted from the 2009–10 Beta Ethniki.

The season began on 27 August 2010 with the first matches of the regular season[1] and ended on 25 May 2011 with the last matches of the European playoff round.[2] Panathinaikos were the defending champions, having won their 20th Greek championship in the 2009–10 season.

The season was marred by Koriopolis, a match-fixing scandal which involved several teams from the top three leagues of Greek football.

Season summary[edit]

Title race[edit]

The league was won by Olympiacos Piraeus, who earned their 38th Greek league title. They finished with a 13-point lead over runners-up Panathinaikos, who had to compete in a play-off round which determined the exact allocation of spots for both European competitions.

However in the title- decider game the referee's favor to Olympiacos led the result of the game.A perfectly legitimate goal of Panathinaikos was cancelled and two clear penalty decisions were not given in favour of the Greens. The second goal of Olympiacos was scored by an offside position, too. Olympiakos Piraeus president Vangelis Marinakis has been named as a suspect in the match-fixing scandal[3] The list of suspect games has grown to 54, with season's decider between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, the two most famous teams in Greece, being one of the additions.

The Athens side were joined in the play-offs by third-placed club and city rivals AEK Athens, fourth-placed PAOK from Thessaloniki and fifth-placed Olympiakos Volou. Panathinaikos eventually won the play-off group and thus earned the second Greek spot in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League. Since AEK had already won the 2010–11 Greek Cup competition a few weeks earlier and thus were already qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, both PAOK and Olympiakos Volos were guaranteed a spot in that competition as well.

Relegation[edit]

See also: Koriopolis

After thirty matches, the relegation spots were occupied by 14th-placed Asteras Tripolis, 15th-placed Larissa and last-placed Panserraikos. However, all three clubs eventually stayed in the league after Iraklis, Kavala and Olympiakos Volou were demoted by separate sports court decisions.

On 19 May 2011, Iraklis were denied a licence for the 2011–12 season over unpaid debts[4] and thus demoted to the second-level Football League. Soon afterwards, the Thessaloniki club was found guilty of having forged documents during the winter transfer window and put at the end of the standings.[5]

A few days after the Iraklis verdict, it became evident that several clubs and officials throughout the top leagues of Greek football were involved in a match-fixing scandal. Investigations in the matter were taken all summer. On 28 July 2011, Kavala and Olympiakos Volou were found guilty of having taken part in illegal actions and were therefore demoted to the Football League.[6] However, both clubs appealed to the decision and they stayed at the Superleague Greece, though they were deducted 8 and 10 points respectively.[6] On 11 August 2011, UEFA disqualified Olympiakos Volou from further participation in the UEFA Europa League.[7] Finally on 23 August 2011, the Professional Sports Committee stripped Kavala and Olympiakos Volou of their professional licence, due to their chairmen's involvement in the scandal.[8]

Teams[edit]

Levadiakos, PAS Giannina and Panthrakikos had been relegated at the end of the 2009–10 season after finishing in the bottom three places of the league table. Levadiakos concluded a four-year run in the highest football league of Greece. Panthrakikos finished a two-year tenure with the league, while PAS Giannina had to return to the Football League, formerly known as Beta Ethniki, after just one season.

The three relegated teams were replaced by 2009–10 Beta Ethniki champions Olympiakos Volos, runners-up Kerkyra and promotion playoff winners Panserraikos. Olympiakos Volos returned to the Greek top football level after 20 seasons. Kerkyra ended a three-year absence from the Superleague, while Panserraikos immediately returned to the league.

Club Location Venue Capacity
AEK Athens Athens Athens Olympic Stadium "Spyridon Louis" 69,618
Aris Thessaloniki Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium 22,800
Asteras Tripoli Tripoli Asteras Tripolis Stadium 6,430
Atromitos Athens Peristeri Stadium 8,939
Ergotelis Heraklion Pankritio Stadium 26,240
Iraklis Thessaloniki Lysandros Kaftanzoglou Stadium 27,770
Kavala Kavala Anthi Karagianni Stadium 12,500
Kerkyra Kerkyra Kerkyra Stadium 2,685
Larissa Larissa AEL FC Arena1 16,500
Olympiacos Piraeus Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium 33,334
Olympiakos Volou Volos Panthessaliko Stadium 22,700
Panathinaikos Athens Athens Olympic Stadium "Spyridon Louis" 69,618
Panionios Athens Nea Smyrni Stadium 11,700
Panserraikos Serres Serres Municipal Stadium 10,000
P.A.O.K. Thessaloniki Toumba Stadium 28,701
Skoda Xanthi Xanthi Skoda Xanthi Arena 7,361

Notes

  1. Larissa moved to AEL FC Arena upon its completion in December 2010. Previous matches were hosted at Alcazar Stadium.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Olympiacos (C) 30 24 1 5 65 18 +47 73 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Panathinaikos 30 18 6 6 47 26 +21 60 Qualification to European Playoffs
3 AEK Athens 30 15 5 10 46 37 +9 50
4 PAOK 30 14 6 10 32 29 +3 48
5 Olympiakos Volou (DQ) 30 12 11 7 40 28 +12 47 Qualification to the European Playoffs
Relegation to the 2011–12 Delta Ethniki 1
6 Aris 30 13 6 11 29 29 0 45
7 Kavala (DQ) 30 10 10 10 29 27 +2 40 Relegation to 2011–12 Delta Ethniki 1
8 Ergotelis 30 11 6 13 32 38 −6 39
9 Skoda Xanthi 30 9 9 12 29 35 −6 36
10 Panionios 30 8 11 11 25 35 −10 35
11 Atromitos 30 7 13 10 30 34 −4 34
12 Kerkyra 30 9 6 15 30 40 −10 33
13 Asteras Tripoli 30 7 10 13 21 29 −8 31
14 Larissa (R) 30 5 10 15 29 47 −18 25 Relegation to 2011–12 Football League
15 Panserraikos (R) 30 6 6 18 22 48 −26 24
16 Iraklis Thessaloniki (R) 30 7 14 9 22 28 −6 35 Relegation to 2011–12 Football League 2 2

Source: Super League Greece
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th decision match
1 On 28 July 2011, the Disciplinary Committee of the competition found Olympiakos Volou and Kavala guilty of match-fixing. Therefore the clubs were automatically put at the end of the league table and demoted to the Football League. The decision, however, was lifted on 10 August 2011 after both appealled. Instead of that Olympiakos Volou had 10 points deducted and Kavala 8 for the 2011-2012 season. On 23 August 2011, the Professional Sports Committee stripped Kavala and Olympiakos Volou of their professional licence, due to their chairmen's involvement in the match fixing scandal. [8]
2 On 19 May 2011, the Disciplinary Committee of the competition found Iraklis guilty of forgery during the winter transfer window. Therefore the club was automatically put at the end of the league table and demoted to the Football League. [5]
(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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AEK ARI AST ATR ERG IRT KAV KER AEL OLY OVL PAT PIO PSE TSP XAN
AEK Athens 1–2 2–2 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 0–4 1–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–0
Aris 0–4 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–2 3–1 0–0 0–2
Asteras Tripoli 0–3 1–2 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–2 0–0 1–2
Atromitos 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 4–2 3–0 3–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 1–1
Ergotelis 2–3 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–22 0–0 1–4 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–0
Iraklis Thessaloniki 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1
Kavala 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–1
Kerkyra 2–1 3–4 1–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–2 3–0 2–1 1–1
Larissa 2–3 2–2 0–2 1–0 3–3 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 3–0
Olympiacos 6–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 6–0 3–1 2–1 5–0 4–2 3–0 1–0
Olympiakos Volou 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–2 0–0 3–0 0–3 3–0
Panathinaikos 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 4–2 4–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
Panionios 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–3 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2
Panserraikos 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–4 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1
PAOK 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 3–2 2–1
Skoda Xanthi 0–2 1–2 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–3 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–0

Updated to games played on 17 April 2011.
Source: Super League Greece
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2 The match, originally scheduled on 13 November 2010, was suspended at half time due to heavy rain. The remaining minutes were completed on 24 November 2010.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Playoffs[edit]

In the play-off for Champions League, the four teams play each other in a home and away round robin. However, they do not all start with 0 points. Instead, a weighting system applies to the teams' standing at the start of the play-off mini-league. The team finishing fifth in the Super League will start the play-off with 0 points. The fifth placed team's end of season tally of points is subtracted from the sum of the points that other teams have. This number is then divided by five and rounded to the nearest whole number of points, if necessary, to give the other teams the points with which they start the mini-league.

Fifth-placed club Olympiakos Volou earned 47 points during the regular season. Based on this number and the calculations above, Panathinaikos as runners-up will begin the playoff with three points ((60–47)/5 = 2.6, rounded up to 3), while AEK Athens will start with one point ((50–47)/5 = 0.6, rounded up to 1) and P.A.O.K. with no points ((48–47)/5 = 0.2, rounded down to 0).

Playoff table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
2 Panathinaikos 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4 13 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 PAOK 6 4 0 2 11 8 +3 12 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
4 AEK Athens 6 2 1 3 6 6 0 8 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
5 Olympiakos Volou 6 2 0 4 5 12 −7 6 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round

Source: http://www.superleaguegreece.net/standings/#playoff
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
1AEK Athens have won the 2010–11 Greek Cup and are therefore qualified for the playoff round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. As a consequence, the fourth-placed team of this group also entered the Europa League.
(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 OVL PAT TSP
AEK Athens 1–0 0–2 3–0
Olympiakos Volou 1–0 2–1 1–2
Panathinaikos 1–1 3–0 1–0
PAOK 2–1 5–1 2–1

Source: http://www.superleaguegreece.net/schedule
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]