|Full name||ΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων Πειραιώς
(Olympiacos Club of Sportsmen of Piraeus)
|Founded||10 March 1925|
Piraeus, Athens, Greece
|Chairman||Socratis S. Kokkalis|
|2014–15||Superleague Greece, 1st (Champions)|
|Website||Club home page|
|Active departments of Olympiacos|
|Volleyball (Women's)||Water Polo (Men's)||Water Polo (Women's)|
Olympiacos F.C. (Greek: ΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός), also known simply as Olympiacos, Olympiacos Piraeus or with its full name as Olympiacos C.F.P. (Greek: Oλυμπιακός Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων Πειραιώς, transliterated "Olympiakós Sýndesmos Filáthlo̱n Peiraió̱s"), Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, are a Greek professional football club, part of the major multi-sport club Olympiacos CFP, based in Piraeus.
Olympiacos are the most successful club in Greek football history, with 41 Greek League titles, 26 Greek Cups, 16 Doubles and 4 Greek Super Cups, with a total of 71 national titles, all records. Olympiacos' dominating success can be further evidenced by the fact that all the other Greek clubs have won a combined total of 37 League titles. Olympiacos also holds the record for the most consecutive Greek League titles, as they are the only team to have won 7 consecutive championships (1997–2003), having broken their own previous record of 6 (1954–1959). In addition, it is one of three clubs to have never been relegated from the top flight of Greek football; in European competitions, they have reached the quarter-finals twice, in the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League and the 1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup. Olympiacos is also one of the founding members of the European Club Association.
Olympiacos' home ground is the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. The club is the most popular Greek club with around two and a half million fans inside Greece and millions of others in the Greek communities all over the world. Olympiacos was placed ninth on the 2006 list of clubs with the largest number of paying members, with 83,000 registered members as of April 2006. In 2014, that figure increased and the team boasts 98,000 registered members. They share a great and long-standing rivalry with Panathinaikos, with whom they contest the derby of the eternal enemies.
- 1 History
- 2 Crest and colours
- 3 Sponsors and Manufacturers
- 4 Stadium
- 5 The Gate 7 Tragedy
- 6 Supporters
- 7 Rivalries
- 8 Statistics
- 9 Honours
- 10 Players
- 11 Personnel
- 12 Managerial history
- 13 Olympiacos F.C. presidents
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Early years and domestic success
Olympiacos was founded on 10 March 1925, in the port of Piraeus, when the members of "Piraikos Podosfairikos Omilos FC" (Sport and Football Club of Piraeus) and the "Piraeus Fans Club FC" decided, during a historical assembly, to dissolve the two clubs in order to establish a new unified one, with an emblem depicting the profile of an Olympic winner. Notis Kamperos proposed the name Olympiacos and Michalis Manouskos expanded it to its current name, Olympiacos Syndesmos Filathlon Pireos. However, it was the Andrianopoulos brothers, who significantly raised the reputation of the club and brought it to its current glory Members of a prosperous family, they made the name of Olympiacos known over Greece. Yiannis, Dinos, Giorgos and Vassilis were the first to play. The youngest of five, Leonidas Andrianopoulos made his appearance later on and played for a long time (1927–1935). The club's offensive line, made up of the five brothers, soon became legendary. Olympiacos immediately caught the attention of locals. Back then, their fan base consisted mainly of the working class, with the team's home ground at Neo Phaliron Velodrome, before moving to its current Karaiskakis Stadium. They became Piraeus' champions in the seasons 1925, 1926, 1927.
In 1926, the Hellenic Football Federation was founded and organized the Panhellenic Championship in the 1927–1928 season. This was the first national championship, where the regional champions from EPSA league (Athens), EPSP league (Piraeus) and EPSM league (Thessaloniki) competed for the national title during play-offs, with Aris becoming the first champion. The Panhellenic Championship was organized in this manner up until 1958–59. However, in the second season (1928–29) a dispute arose between Olympiacos and the Hellenic Football Federation and did not participate in the championship with Panathinaikos and AEK Athens deciding to follow Olympiacos. During that season they played friendly games with each other and formed a group called P.O.K.. The fourth Panhellenic Championship took place in 1930–31 and found Olympiacos winning the Greek national league title for the first time in the history of the club. This was the starting point of a very successful era of Olympiacos.
By 1940, Olympiacos had already won six championships in eleven seasons and by 1960 they had won fifteen championships in twenty-three seasons, as well as nine Greek Cups. The legendary Olympiacos team of the 1950s, with key performers such as Andreas Mouratis, Ilias Rossidis, Kostas Polychroniou, Thanasis Bebis, Ilias Yfantis, Babis Kotridis, Giorgos Darivas, Babis Drosos and Savvas Theodoridis, won the title six consecutive times, from 1954 to 1959, as well as the cup in 1957, 1958 and 1959, an unmatched achievement in Greek football history. Hence, after the 1950s, which saw Olympiacos winning numerous titles, the club gained the nickname of Thrylos, meaning "Legend".
Sporadic success and Goulandris era
The first championship as a Top National League, called Alpha Ethniki, was held for the first time in the 1959–60 season, however the 60s and the early 70s were not as fruitful for Olympiacos, having won only two championships and six cups. Another chapter began in 1972, after Nikos Goulandris became president. He appointed Lakis Petropoulos as coach and signed top-class players such as Giorgos Delikaris, Yves Triantafyllos, Julio Losada, Milton Viera, Michalis Kritikopoulos, Romain Argyroudis, Maik Galakos, Lakis Glezos, Kostas Davourlis, Giannis Kyrastas and Dimitris Persidis. Under Goulandris' presidency, Olympiacos won the title three times in a row from 1973 to 1975, combining it with the cup in 1973 and 1975. The team's best year was the 1973–74 season, when Olympiacos won the league with record points (59) and goals (102). Following Goulandris resignation from the presidency in 1975, the team went through a relative dry spell in the second half of the 1970s. However in the early 80s, when the championship turned professional, Olympiacos emerged again as the dominant force in the Greek football, winning the title four times in a row (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983). Key players during this period included forward Nikos Anastopoulos, midfielder Tasos Mitropoulos and goalkeeper Nikos Sarganis. Alketas Panagoulias, who had also been manager of the Greek national football team and the United States national soccer team, coached the team between 1981 and 1983 and again in the 1986–87 season, earning the championship title in 1982, 1983 and 1987.
Olympiacos experienced its darkest days from the late-1980s until the mid-90s. In the mid-80s Olympiacos came into the hands of Greek businessman George Koskotas who was soon accused of and convicted for embezzlement, leaving Olympiacos deep in debt. On the pitch, the team, without a serious management, spent nine seasons without a league title, 1988 to 1996. This period is so called as Olympiacos' stone years  and the 1987–88 season was the worst ever for Olympiacos, as the club finished 8th in the league.
Era of success (1996–2010)
Olympiacos' era of success began with attracting players of international magnitude like Zlatko Zahovič, Giovanni, and the World Champions Rivaldo and Christian Karembeu. Olympiacos won seven consecutive championships, beating their own past record of six, with their best season being 1998–99, when under the guidance of coach Dušan Bajević, they celebrated the Double and the qualification to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, their best-ever European campaign. Bajević was sacked in 1999 and in the period that followed (1999–2004) Olympiacos employed eight coaches. The best-known are Ioannis Matzourakis, Takis Lemonis, Trond Sollied, Oleg Protasov and Siniša Gogić.
Despite constant management changes and lack of managerial stability, Olympiacos kept on winning championships, except for the season 2003–04, when they finished second after switching three coaches in a year. In 2004, Olympiacos rehired Dušan Bajević and signed 1999 World Footballer of the Year Rivaldo. The end of the season found Olympiacos with both domestic trophies but without Bajević, who resigned; in his place, Norwegian coach Trond Sollied was hired. They also signed Cypriot striker Michalis Konstantinou from arch-rivals Panathinaikos. During the season 2005–06, Olympiacos won all the four derbies against their major rivals, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens, something only achieved once more, during the season 1972–73. The combined goal total in these four matches was 11–3 in favour of Olympiacos. They also beat AEK Athens 3–0 in the Greek Cup Final to clinch their second straight double and managed to win 16 consecutive matches in the championship, breaking their own record.
After a record-breaking season, in the 2006 summer transfers, Trond Sollied signed seven players. However, Sollied did not live up to expectations in the UEFA Champions League 2006–07 and was replaced by Takis Lemonis at the end of 2006. Lemonis transferred the young star Vasilis Torosidis, and though Lemonis won the third consecutive championship for Olympiacos, he failed to win the Greek Cup after a surprise elimination by PAS Giannina.
In the summer of 2007, Olympiacos made very expensive transfers like Darko Kovačević and Luciano Galletti and realized the most lucrative transfer in Greek football history, by selling striker-midfielder Nery Castillo to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk for the record sum of €20 million ($27.5 million). Because of a clause in Castillo's contract, Olympiacos received €15 million and the remaining €5 million were given directly to the player. Furthermore, a controversy started between the team and Rivaldo, as Olympiacos did not wish to renew the player's contract, despite the fact that Rivaldo had featured heavily in the club's successful campaigns, both in Greece and abroad. Former player Ilija Ivic was selected for the role of the team's football director. The team didn't start well in the Greek championship, but it achieved a stunning performance in the Champions League, qualifying for the last 16 as they finished second in their group, level on eleven points with group-winners Real Madrid. However, the team's less than satisfactory performance in the league, coupled with the defeat from Chelsea in Stamford Bridge, prompted club owner Sokratis Kokkalis to sack coach Takis Lemonis. The team's assistant manager, Jose Segura, coached the team for the remainder of the season. Although Olympiacos managed to win both the Greek Cup and Championship, Segura returned to his previous position.
In the summer of 2008, Olympiacos made prominent transfers, signing Diogo Luis Santo, Avraam Papadopoulos and Dudu Cearense, and appointed Ernesto Valverde as the new coach with a three-year contract worth approximately €6 million. The 2008–09 season started badly for Olympiacos, with the team losing their first few official matches, against Anorthosis Famagusta for the Champions League third qualifying round, and was eliminated from the tournament, which resulted to a seat in the UEFA Cup first round, where Olympiacos beat Nordsjælland to qualify for the group stage. The team also started good in the Super League Greece 2008–09, winning every match at home, but facing difficulties away. After an impressive UEFA Cup run at home, the team managed to get through to the round of 32, facing French side Saint-Étienne.
In the summer of 2009, Olympiacos signed major players, such as Olof Mellberg from Juventus for €2.5 million, English striker Matt Derbyshire from Blackburn Rovers, midfielder Jaouad Zairi from Asteras Tripolis, and Enzo Maresca from Sevilla. Many other players returned from loan spells, such as former Real Madrid defender Raúl Bravo, Georgios Katsikogiannis and Argentine midfielder Cristian Raul Ledesma. Olympiacos appointed former Brazil legend Zico as their coach and started the 2009–2010 season with great success, as they qualified for the Champions League final 16, finishing 2nd in Group H only 3 points behind Arsenal, despite the absence of numerous first-team players due to injuries. They faced Bordeaux in the final 16 and lost the first match at home (0–1). In the second match, despite Bordeaux's early lead, Olympiacos leveled the match and missed some great chances to score a second goal, before eventually losing in the duying moments of the match (1–2). Domestically, Olympiacos secured a 2–0 derby win over arch-rivals Panathinaikos, with striker Kostas Mitroglou scoring twice.
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In 2010 Evangelos Marinakis, a successful shipping magnate, bought the team from Sokratis Kokkalis. During the first year of his presidency, Marinakis appointed fans' favourite Ernesto Valverde as coach (who came back for a second –equally successful– tenure in the club) and signed players with international magnitude such as Albert Riera, Ariel Ibagaza, Kevin Mirallas, Marko Pantelić and François Modesto. As a result, Olympiacos won the Greek title for the 38th time in its history, 13 points ahead of the second Panathinaikos.
In 2011–12 season, the team's roster was strengthened with players like Jean Makoun, Pablo Orbaiz, Ivan Marcano, Rafik Djebbour and Djamel Abdoun and with Ernesto Valverde as their coach for the second straight season, Olympiacos had a very successful campaign both domestically and internationally. They won both the Greek league and the Greek Cup to complete the 15th domestic Double in the club's history. In European competitions, Olympiacos had a solid Champions League campaign, having been drawn in Group F against Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille. Despite delivering 9 points in the group, with two emphatic wins against Arsenal and Dortmund at home (both with a 3–1 scoreline) and an away win against Marseille (0–1), they lost the qualification to the knock-out stage after Marseille's controversial 2–3 away win in Dortmund in game 6, with Marseille scoring 2 goals in the last 5 minutes of the match to come back from an early 2–0 Dortmund lead. Olympiacos continued in Europa League where he was drawn to play against Rubin Kazan. The Greek champions eliminated the Russian side with two wins (1–0 in both Kazan and Piraeus) and were up to play against Metalist Kharkiv in the Last 16 of the competition. They won the first match in Ukraine with David Fuster scoring the winning goal (0–1) but in the second match, despite their early lead and the plethora of missed chances (they hit the woodwork twice in the first half), they conceded two goals in the last nine minutes of the game and lost the qualification to the quarter-finals.
At the end of the season Ernesto Valverde announced his decision to return to Spain, thus ending his second successful spell at Olympiacos. The club announced the Portuguese Leonardo Jardim as their new head coach. The team performed very well in the Greek league and had a decent Champions league campaign, gathering 9 points in Group B, after wins against Arsenal (2–1 at home) and Montpellier (1–2 in Montpellier, 3–1 in Piraeus). Despite the relatively good results, Leonardo Jardim was replaced by the Spanish coach and Real Madrid legend Míchel. The team went on to celebrate the 16th Double in their history, by winning their 40th Greek Championship, 15 points ahead the second PAOK, as well as their 26th Greek Cup after a 3–1 win against Asteras Tripolis in the final. The 40th Greek Championship title gave Olympiacos the 4th star on top of the club's emblem, which was a major goal for the club and especially for the fans.
The expectations for the 2013–14 season were very high, especially after the signing of players like the Argentine world-class striker Javier Saviola, Joel Campbell, Roberto, Alejandro Domínguez, Vladimir Weiss, Delvin N'Dinga and Leandro Salino. Olympiacos had a great season both domestically and internationally; in Europe, they were drawn in Group C of the 2013–14 Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica and Anderlecht. After a great performance in the group, Olympiacos finished second with 10 points and qualified for the Last 16 at the expense of Benfica (1–0 win in Piraeus, 1–1 draw in Lisbon) and Anderlecht (0–3 win in Brussels, 3–1 win in Piraeus). In the Last 16, they were drawn to play against Manchester United. Olympiacos, after a solid display, won the first leg with a comfortable 2–0 (Dominguez 38', Campbell 55), in a match where they dominated totally and missed chances to even extend the lead. Despite the two-goal advantage which put them within touching distance of a quarter-final place for the first time since 1999, Olympiacos lost 3–0 in the second leg in Old Trafford, having missed an outstanding double chance to equalize the score in minute 40'. The Greek champions pushed on in the last 10 minutes to find the crucial away goal, but to no avail. Although the ticket to the quarter-finals slipped out of the club's hands, Olympiacos' overall performance and the fact that the club managed to qualify to the knockout phase (Last 16) of the Champions League for the third time in six years (2007–08, 2009–10, 2013–14), marked a very successful European campaign. Domestically, Olympiacos won their history's 41st Greek Championship very convincingly, 17 points ahead of the second PAOK.
Crest and colours
When, in 1925, the merger of the two clubs of Piraeus, Athlitikos Podosfairikos Syllogos Pireos and Omilos Filathlon Pireos, gave birth to the new football club, the latter was unanimously baptized Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, a name inspired from the Ancient Olympic Games, the morality, the vying and the splendor that they represented in Ancient Greece. Consequently, the club adopted the laureate teen as their emblem, which symbolizes the Olympic Games winner, a crest that underwent minor changes through the ages. Red and white were chosen as the colours of the crest; red for the passion and white for the virtue.
The typical kit of the team is that of a shirt with red and white vertical stripes, and red or white shorts and socks. The shirt has taken different forms during the history of the club, for example with thin or wider stripes. The second most common kit is the all-red one and next the all-white one. Olympiacos has used several other colours during its history as an away or third kit, with the most notable of them being the monotint black or silver one. The most common kits of Olympiacos during their history are these below (the year of each one is indicant):
Sponsors and Manufacturers
Since 1979 when football became professional in Greece Olympiacos had a specific kit manufacturer and since 1982 have had a kit sponsor. The following tables detail the shirt sponsors and kit suppliers of Olympiacos by year:
|1989||Bank of Crete|
The Karaiskakis Stadium (Greek: Γήπεδο Γεώργιος Καραϊσκάκης), situated at the Faliro area of Piraeus, Greece, is the traditional and current home ground of Olympiacos. Named after Georgios Karaiskakis, national hero of the Greek War of Independence, it hosts Olympiacos home matches for the most of the club's history.
It was built in 1895 as a velodrome, to host the cycling events for the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. Its official name was Neo Phaliron Velodrome (Greek: Ποδηλατοδρόμιο Νέου Φαλήρου) and the pitch was covered with curm. Olympiacos started using it since its foundation in 1925. In 1964, the stadium was renovated, taking its current name and the shape it had until 2003, with an athletics track around the pitch. Being one of the most important sport venues in Greece, it hosted the 1969 European Athletics Championships and the 1971 European Cup Winners' Cup Final between Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Olympiacos left the Karaiskakis Stadium temporarily, to play home games at the newly built Athens Olympic Stadium, in 1984. After a five-year use of the biggest stadium in Greece, the team returned to their traditional home, where they played until 1997. It was then that Olympiacos got back to the Athens Olympic Stadium, where they stayed for another period of five years. In 2002, the Olympic Stadium was closed for renovation works due to the 2004 Summer Olympics and Olympiacos moved to the Georgios Kamaras Stadium in Rizoupoli, home of Apollon Smyrnis, for the following two seasons.
The Karaiskakis Stadium had fallen in disrepair and its use was passed to Olympiacos in April 2003; the club took the responsibility to build a new football-only ground in its place, to be used for the football tournament of the 2004 Olympics. In return, Olympiacos got exclusive use of the stadium until 2052, covering all maintenance costs and also paying 15% of revenue to the State. The old stadium was demolished in the spring of 2003 and the whole project was constructed in the record period of 14 months. It was completed on 30 June 2004 at a total cost of €60 million. Nowadays, the Karaiskakis Stadium is one of the most modern football grounds in Europe, also hosting the museum of Olympiacos and several facilities around.
The Gate 7 Tragedy
The history of the Karaiskakis Stadium and Olympiacos was marked by the worst tragedy that ever hit Greek sports, known as the Karaiskakis Stadium disaster. On 8 February 1981, Olympiacos hosted AEK Athens for a League match, which ended 6–0, in an unprecedented triumph for the host team of Piraeus. During the last minutes of the game, thousands of Olympiacos fans at the Gate 7 rushed to the exit, to get to the stadium's main entrance and celebrate with the players, but the doors were almost closed and the turnstiles still in place, making the exit almost impossible. As people continued to come down from the stands, unable to see what happened, the stairs of Gate 7 became a death trap; people were crushed, tens of fans were seriously injured and twenty-one young people died, most of them by suffocation.
Olympiacos' traditional fanbase comes from the city of Piraeus, where the club is based, as well as a good part of the rest of the Athens area. The club's popularity increased during the 1950s after winning consecutive titles and setting several records, and they became the best-supported football club in the country. Traditionally, Olympiacos used to represent the working class, but the club has always attracted fans from all the social classes and their fanbase is not associated with any specific social group anymore.
Olympiacos is the most popular of the Greek clubs according to UEFA and numerous polls and researches. Several newspapers and magazines' polls rank Olympiacos as the most popular club in Greece with a percentage varying between 29–37% among the fans and 20.3–29.3% in total population, which corresponds to around two and a half millions of supporters in Greece. The club is overwhelmingly popular in Piraeus, where almost half of its population supports Olympiacos, while their support in the whole of Athens reaches 45.1% of the fans, making them the most popular club in the Greek capital. They are also the most popular club in the working class with a percentage of 37% and in all age groups, as well as among both male and female fans; the vast majority of their fans comes from the centre-left and centre-right of the political spectrum. Outside of Athens, Olympiacos is the most popular club in Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Thessaly, the Aegean and the Ionian Islands. Additionally, they have the highest average all-time attendance in Greek football, having topped the attendance tables in most of the seasons in Super League Greece history.
In 2006, Olympiacos was placed in the top ten of the clubs with the most paying members in the world, holding the ninth place just ahead of Real Madrid. As of April 2006, the club had some 83,000 registered members. Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade fans have developed a deep friendship, calling themselves the Orthodox Brothers. Usually, Olympiacos supporters from several fan-clubs attend Red Star's matches, especially against their old rival Partizan, and vice versa. More recently, the Orthodox Brothers have started to include fans of Spartak Moscow in their club.
Olympiacos fans are renowned for their passionate and fervent support to their team, with the atmosphere at home matches regarded as intimidating. When they played Newcastle United at home in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, the match was televised in the United Kingdom on Channel 5 and the guest commentator was former England international Tony Cottee, who was constantly mentioning how great the atmosphere was. During the game he was asked whether it was the most atmospheric stadium he had been to and replied: "I'd have to say it probably is. You hear a lot about various places and the atmosphere there but when you go you realise it's not all that... But this place is the real deal." The experienced Czech international winger Jaroslav Plašil paid further testament to the hostile atmosphere created by Olympiacos fans at home before his team Bordeaux visit Karaiskakis Stadium, where he had played during his time at AS Monaco and stated: "It was one of the most intense atmospheres I've ever experienced in a stadium, so I expect it will be a bit like hell for us. Their supporters really can help their team." Paris Saint-Germain superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimović spoke of his admiration for Olympiacos supporters after an Olympiacos–Paris Saint-Germain match on September 17, 2013: "They played in front of their fantastic public. Olympiacos supporters were amazing. My friend Olof Mellberg played here and he talked to me about the supporters. I never saw it live, but now I understand. It's amazing. It's a big advantage for Olympiacos." PSG billionaire owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi stated: "I have big respect for the fans here. I've never seen fans like Olympiacos' fans in my life."
Traditionally, Olympiacos' main rival is Panathinaikos and their so-called derby of the eternal enemies is the classic rivalry in the Athens area and Greek football in general. The two teams are the most successful and most popular Greek football clubs, and the rivalry is also indicative of social, cultural and regional differences; Olympiacos is traditionally seen as the classic representative of the working class of the port city of Piraeus, while Panathinaikos is considered the club of the Athenian higher-class society, although nowadays this differentiation has weakened and the two clubs have similar fanbases. The two teams are the most successful in Greece and together have won 61 titles, therefore their rivalries come as no surprise. The hatred is so intense that many violent incidents have taken place in several regions of Athens, especially before or after a derby. On 29 March 2007, a 22 year old Panathinaikos fan, was stabbed to death at Paiania, a town close to Athens where a women's volleyball game between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos was scheduled to take place that day, during a pre-arranged clash between hooligans of the two clubs. That incident caused major upset in Greece and sparked a large police investigation into the organized supporters scene, while all team sport events in Greece were suspended for two weeks. The derby in 2012 was abandoned as petrol bombs, flares and missiles were thrown at fans and police at the Olympic Stadium, causing parts of it to be set on fire.
Another major rival of Olympiacos is AEK Athens, due to their proximity and strong on-pitch rivalry. The rivalry between Olympiacos and PAOK dates back to the 1960s, when Olympiacos negotiated to acquire the player-symbol of PAOK, Giorgos Koudas. The rivalry also stems from the competition between Athens and Thessaloniki, the two biggest cities in Greece. Another rival of Olympiacos used to be Ethnikos Piraeus, the second-most successful club of Piraeus, but the rivalry was dissolved when Ethnikos Piraeus was relegated from the top tier of Greek football.
Olympiacos has a long presence in UEFA competitions, debuting on 13 September 1959, against Milan for the 1959–60 European Cup, being the first Greek team in a European competition. However, they were to play against Beşiktaş for the preliminary round of the 1958–59 European Cup, but withdrew. They celebrated their 200th European game on 23 February 2010, against Bordeaux in the first knockout round of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League. Olympiacos was also the first Greek team to advance to the next round of any European competition, eliminating Zagłębie Sosnowiec for the 1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup. Their best European results were reaching the quarter-finals of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League, where they were eliminated by Juventus, and the quarter-finals of the 1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup, before losing to Atlético Madrid.
At the European level, Olympiacos have a strong record in home games. This has been proved by some long-standing unbeaten sequences, especially in the UEFA Champions League, where Manchester United was the first team to beat Olympiacos at home, in the latter's fifth consecutive participation in the tournament with its new format. In addition, Olympiacos gained impressive wins at home, like the stunning 6–2 victory over the then Champions League runners-up Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League, and three consecutive large wins in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, 5–0 against Nordsjælland, 5–1 against Benfica and 4–0 against Hertha Berlin.
|European Cup / UEFA Champions League|
|1974–75||Last 16||eliminated by Anderlecht 1–5 in Brussels, 3–0 in Athens|
|1982–83||Last 16||eliminated by Hamburg 0–1 in Hamburg, 0–4 in Athens|
|1983–84||Last 16||eliminated by Benfica 1–0 in Athens, 0–3 in Lisbon|
|1998–99||Quarter-finals||eliminated by Juventus 1–2 in Turin, 1–1 in Athens|
|2007–08||Last 16||eliminated by Chelsea 0–0 in Athens, 0–3 in London|
|2009–10||Last 16||eliminated by Bordeaux 0–1 in Athens, 1–2 in Bordeaux|
|2013–14||Last 16||eliminated by Manchester United 2–0 in Athens, 0–3 in Manchester|
|European Cup Winners' Cup|
|1963–64||Last 16||eliminated by Lyon 1–4 in Lyon, 2–1 in Athens|
|1965–66||Last 16||eliminated by West Ham United 0–4 in London, 2–2 in Athens|
|1968–69||Last 16||eliminated by Dunfermline Athletic 0–4 in Dunfermline, 3–0 in Athens|
|1986–87||Last 16||eliminated by Ajax 0–4 in Amsterdam, 1–1 in Athens|
|1990–91||Last 16||eliminated by Sampdoria 0–1 in Athens, 1–3 in Genoa|
|1992–93||Quarter-finals||eliminated by Atlético Madrid 1–1 in Athens, 1–3 in Madrid|
|UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League|
|1989–90||Last 16||eliminated by Auxerre 1–1 in Athens, 0–0 in Auxerre|
|2004–05||Last 16||eliminated by Newcastle United 1–3 in Athens, 0–4 in Newcastle|
|2011–12||Last 16||eliminated by Metalist Kharkiv 1–0 in Kharkiv, 1–2 in Piraeus|
- a. ^ Valencia were the eventual runners-up.
- b. ^ Bayer Leverkusen were the runners-up of the previous season.
- c. ^ Liverpool were the eventual winners.
- d. ^ AS Monaco were the runners-up of the previous season.
- e. ^ Benfica were the runners-up of 2012–13 Europa League.
- f. ^ Atlético Madrid were the runners-up of the previous season.
- g. ^ Tottenham Hotspur were the defending winners.
- h. ^ In the second qualifying round.
National league records
|Record win||11–0 (vs Fostiras, 1973–74)|
|Most wins in a season||30 (1999–00)|
|Most goals scored in a season||102 (1973–74)|
|Fewest goals conceded in a season||13 (1972–73)|
|Longest sequence of wins||16 (8th day of 2005–06 – 23rd day of 2005–06)|
|Longest sequence of unbeaten matches||58 (3rd day of 1972–73 – 27th day of 1973–74)|
- Greek Championship
- Greek Cup
- Winners (16) (record): 1947, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013
- As of 28 January 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
- As of 8 September 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see List of Greek football transfers summer 2014
Olympiacos U20 squad
Olympiacos U20 is the youth team of Olympiacos. They participate in the Superleague U20 championship and in UEFA Youth League competition. They play their home games at the 3,000-seater Renti Training Centre in Renti, Piraeus.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|President ||Sokratis S. Kokkalis|
|Chief Director||Giannis Vrentzos|
|Chief Executive||Dimitris Agrafiotis|
|1st Vice–President||Savvas Theodoridis|
|2rd Vice–President||George Louvaris|
|3rd Vice–President||Giannis Moralis|
|Technical Consultant||Juan Jose Lorenzo|
|Strategic Advisor||Christian Karembeu|
|Sports Director||Pierre Issa|
|Team manager||Kyriakos Dourekas|
Technical and medical staff
|Head coach||Vítor Pereira|
|Assistant coach||Filipe Almeida|
|Luis Da Silva|
|Goalkeeping coach||Alekos Rantos|
|Fitness trainer||Christos Mourikis|
|Youth team coach||Vasilis Vouzas|
|Youth goalkeeping coach||Vasilis Alexoudis|
|Head of Scouting Department||Juan Jose Lorenzo|
|Medical staff |
|Head doctor||Christos Theos|
|Nutritionist – Physiologist||Maria Lykomitrou|
Olympiacos F.C. presidents
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- "1998–99 Champions League quarter-finals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
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- "New era in European game". UEFA.com. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
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- "Concentration of people supporting the most popular club (page 41), Greece: Olympiacos 26%" (PDF). UEFA sixth club licensing benchmarking report on European club football. UEFA. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-04-20.
- ΒΑΜΜΕΝΑ ΚΟΚΚΙΝΑ...ΜΥΑΛΑ - ΑΠΙΣΤΕΥΤΗ Η ΥΠΟΣΤΗΡΙΞΗ ΤΟΥ ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΟΥ ΕΝΤΟΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΩΝ ΣΥΝΟΡΩΝ, ΚΑΘΩΣ ΟΙ "ΕΡΥΘΡΟΛΕΥΚΟΙ" ΒΡΙΣΚΟΝΤΑΙ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΝΤΕΚΑΤΗ ΘΕΣΗ ΣΕ ΟΛΟΚΛΗΡΗ ΤΗΝ ΕΥΡΩΠΗ ΑΠΟ ΠΛΕΥΡΑΣ ΔΗΜΟΦΙΛΙΑΣ ΕΝΟΣ ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΥ ΣΤΗ ΧΩΡΑ ΤΟΥ (in Greek). "GOAL" newspaper. 2014-04-19.
- , Περισσότερους οπαδούς ο Ολυμπιακός. Σε πρόσφατη έρευνα σχετικά με τους περισσότερους οπαδούς, ο ΟΣΦΠ είναι 1ος, 30/06/2009 SPORT24, 15ετής έρευνα του Παντελή Κυπριανού (in Greek)
- , το 36% (2.016.000) δηλώνουν Ολυμπιακοί, το 30% (1.680.000) Παναθηναϊκοί, Έρευνα της Focus, Οκτώβριος 2005 –Φεβρουάριος 2006, SPORT24, επίσημο blog του sport24 και του αθλητικού συντάκτη Στέλιου Μαρκάκη (in Greek)
- , H πιο πρόσφατη... «απογραφή»: 36% Oλυμπιακοί (1,677 εκατομμύρια), 30,2% Παναθηναϊκοί, Sentragoal, Βαγγέλης Μπραουδάκης (in Greek)
- "Red and White" Olympiacos moments in New York, Greek Reporter USA (usa.greekreporter.com), 04/06/2011
- Greek diaspora supports Olympiacos CFP, redplanet.gr (in Greek)
- Greek side Olympiakos looking forward to playing Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium in May. There are thousands of Olympiakos fans in Australia waiting to see our team in action., foxsports.com, 21/03/2012
- "Our Greek fans in Brazil were amazing". Olympiacos won the Intercontinental Cup in Brazil with Spanoulis, Printezis and Mantzaris praising Olympiacos fans from the Greek community in Brazil and thanking them for their support, gazzetta.gr, 08/10/2013 (in Greek)
- Olympiacos supporters of the Greek community in Sao Paulo, provided passionate support to Olympiacos basketball team, as they won the Intercontinental Cup, onsports.gr, 05/10/2013 (in Greek)
- Olympiacos Club of New York and Greek diaspora honours Olympiacos President Evangelos Marinakis, The National Herald (thenationalherald.com) (in Greek)
- , Αυτοί είναι οι οπαδοί στην Ελλάδα – Ο Ολυμπιακός έχει τους περισσότερους φιλάθλους στην Ελλάδα, 26/06/2012 Gazzetta (in Greek)
- "History of Olympiacos". Retrieved November 21, 2014.
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- Graham Wood (8 January 2011). "End of an era as Kokkalis retires". Athens News. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Greek champions Olympiacos name Sollied as coach". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "Big spending Shakhtar eager to make splash in Europe". reuters.com. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- "El mexicano Nery Castillo, del Olympiakos, al Shakhtar Donetsk" (in Spanish). Soccerway.com. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Real Madrid finish top of Champions League Group C, Olympiacos also go through after cruising past Werder Bremen 3–0". CNN.com. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Lemonis leaves Olympiacos post". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
- "Mellberg joins Olympiakos from Juventus". goal.com. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
- "Olympiacos–Arsenal 1–0". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "Olympiacos–Panathinaikos 2–0: Mitroglou Double Takes Thrylos Top". goal.com. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
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- "Find out more about Olympiacos". arsenal.com. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
- "G.Karaiskakis Stadium – History". olympiacos.org. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Karaiskaki Stadium & Velodrome (1895–1964–2003)". stadia.gr. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "1970/71: Replay joy for Chelsea". UEFA.com. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
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- "The museum of Olympiacos". Olympiacos.org. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "Gate 7". Olympiacos.org. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
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- "Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Panathinaikos". Footballderbies.com. Retrieved 2009-11-19.
- , Έλαβον: ΟΣΦΠ 39%, ΠΑΟ 30%, ΑΕΚ 15%, ΠΑΟΚ 11%, Άρης 5%. Ύστερα από 15ετή έρευνα δύο πανεπιστημιακοί στο βιβλίο τους καταγράφουν την ιστορία και γεωγραφία του ελληνικού ποδοσφαίρου, 30/06/2009, ΤΑ ΝΕΑ – tanea.gr (in Greek)
- , Πιο πολλοί είναι οι Ολυμπιακοί!, 26/06/2012 sportdog από έρευνα του ΣΚΑΙ (in Greek)
- , Περισσότερους φιλάθλους η Μπαρτσελόνα, πρώτη ελληνική ομάδα ο Ολυμπιακός (in Greek)
- Γήπεδο είσαι κοινωνία και σου μοιάζω (in Greek). Eleftherotypia. 23 May 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- "H πιο πρόσφατη... "απογραφή"!" (in Greek). Goalday. 31 May 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
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- Tony Cottee. "Channel 5 broadcast of the UEFA Cup match Olympiacos vs Newcastle – Live". 10 March 2005
- "Away Game Against Olympiacos Will Be A Bit Like Hell – Bordeaux Midfielder Jaroslav Plasil". www.goal.com. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
- Ιμπραΐμοβιτς: "Δεν αρκούσε ο κόσμος του Ολυμπιακού" (in Greek). onsports.gr. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- Ibrahimovic statements after Olympiacos–PSG match, Novasports TV network, 17 September 2013
- Nasser Al-Khelaifi's comments after Olympiacos–PSG match, Greek public TV network, 17 September 2013
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- Barney Spender (13 January 2006). "It's Derby Day". Athens News. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "As Panathinaikos meet Olympiacos in Europe's fiercest derby on El Clasico weekend, expect a battle of epic proportions". October 25, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
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They were drawn to play against Beşiktaş JK in the preliminary round of the 1958/59 European Champion Clubs' Cup, but withdrew from the competition.
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