Olympiacos Water Polo Club
|Olympiacos Water Polo Club|
Erythrolefkoi (The Red-Whites)
Kokkinoi (The Reds)
|League|| A1 Ethniki Water Polo
|Based in||Piraeus, Greece|
|Arena||Papastrateio Hall Pireaus|
|Head coach||Thodoris Vlachos|
|Championships||1 Champions League
1 European Super Cup
1 Triple Crown
28 Greek Championships
16 Greek Cups
2 Greek Super Cups
Olympiacos Water Polo Club is the water polo team of the major Greek multi-sport club Olympiacos. It was founded in 1925 and was among the founding members of the Hellenic Federation of Swimming Fans (renamed now to Hellenic Federation of Swimming).
Olympiacos is one of the most successful teams in Europe, having won the Champions League, the European Super Cup and the Triple Crown in 2002 and being the first club in Water polo history (since the establishment of the modern Champions League format in 1996) to win every title in which it has competed within a single year (National championship, National cup, Champions League and European Super Cup in 2002). The only European clubs, besides Olympiacos, that have achieved such a rare feat after 2002 are Jug Dubrovnik, Pro Recco, Partizan and Crvena Zvezda.
Olympiacos is by far the most successful Greek water polo club in European Competitions, being the only Greek club to have won the Champions League, the European Super Cup, as well as the Triple Crown. In 2002 they won both the Champions League and the European Super Cup in Budapest, beating home teams Honvéd and Vasas respectively. They were also runners-up of the 2001 Champions League, and two times runners-up of the Cup Winners' Cup (1998, 1999)
Domestically, Olympiacos has won 28 Greek Championships, a record 16 Greek Cups, a record 13 Doubles and a record 2 Greek Super Cups. From 2006–07 through 2013–14 season, Olympiacos won 7 Doubles in 8 years, five of them straight (2006–2011), and three of them undefeated and having won every game (without even a single draw) in both the Greek League and the Greek Cup (2008–09, 2009–10, 2013–14). The club also holds many more unique records in the domestic competitions. They have achieved a record of 101 straight wins and a 126 consecutive matches unbeaten record in the regular season of the Greek League (both ended in 5 February 2011), as well as a record of 65 straight wins in the league including the play-offs. Additionally, Olympiacos holds the record for the fewest losses (overall), the most goals scored in a season (430 goals in season 2013–14, beating their previous record of 413 goals in season 2012–13), and the fewest goals conceded in a season (116 goals in season 2013–14).
Some of the best players in European water polo have played for Olympiacos over the years including: Thodoris Chatzitheodorou, Petar Trbojević, Nikola Rađen, Slobodan Nikić, Teo Đogaš, Antonis Vlontakis, Makis Voltirakis, Nikos Deligiannis, Giorgos Afroudakis, Christos Afroudakis, Thodoris Kalakonas, Themis Chatzis, Giannis Thomakos, Tasos Schizas, Giorgos Psychos, Sakis Platanitis, Dimitris Kravaritis, Kyriakos Giannopoulos, Giorgos Ntoskas, Chris Humbert, Gavin Arroyo, Andrija Komadina, Blai Mallarach and Dimitris Mazis.
- Greek League
- Winners (28): 1927, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1969, 1971, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
- Greek Cup
- Winners (16) (record): 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
- Greek Super Cup
- Winners (2) (record): 1997, 1998
- Winners (13) (record): 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
- LEN Champions League
- Winners (1): 2002
- Runners-up (1): 2001
- LEN Super Cup
- Winners (1): 2002
- LEN Cup Winners' Cup
- Runners-up (2): 1998, 1999
- Triple Crown
- Winners (1): 2002
|LEN Champions League|
|2000–01||Final||won 7–6 against Posillipo in the semi-final, lost 7–8 to Jug in the final|
|won 8–5 against Jug in the semi-final and 9–7 against Honvéd in the final|
|2006–07||Final Four||4th place. Defeated 9–10 by Pro Recco in the semi-final and 13–15 by Partizan in the 3rd place game|
|Cup Winners' Cup|
|1997–98||Final||defeated by Ferencváros, won 7–6 in Athens, lost 6–8 in Budapest|
|1998–99||Final||defeated by Mladost, lost 4–13 in Zagreb, won 10–6 in Athens|
|European Super Cup|
|won 6–5 against Vasas in Budapest|
The road to the 2002 Champions League victory
|Number||Nationality||Player||Height||Date of Birth|
|1||Nikos Deligiannis (C)||1.91||03/09/1976|
- Christos Svolopoulos
- Makis Charitos
- Ivo Trumbić
- Nikos Loukatos
- Boris Popov
- Mile Nakić
- Nikola Stamenić
- Dragan Matutinović
- Zoltán Kásás
- Veselin Đuho
- Vangelis Pateros
- Thodoris Vlachos
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