2007–08 Olympiacos F.C. season

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Olympiacos
2007–08 season
Chairman Socratis Kokkalis
Manager José Segura
Super League Greece Winners
Greek Cup Winners
Greek Super Cup Winners
UEFA Champions League First knockout round
Top goalscorer League:
Darko Kovačević (17)

All:
Darko Kovačević (24)
Highest home attendance 33,500 vs Real Madrid (6 November 2007)
Lowest home attendance 14,544 vs Ergotelis (16 February 2008)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2007–08 season is Olympiacos 49th consecutive season in the Superleague Greece and their 11th consecutive season in the UEFA Champions League. Manager Takis Lemonis left the club by mutual consent on 11 March 2008 due to the club's lower-than-expected performance of the team in the Superleague, and was replaced by his assistant, José Segura.[1]

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Greece GK Leonidas Panagopoulos
2 Greece DF Christos Patsatzoglou
3 France DF Didier Domi
4 Brazil DF Leonardo
5 Brazil DF Júlio César
6 Greece MF Ieroklis Stoltidis (vice-captain)
7 Argentina MF Luciano Galletti
9 Serbia FW Darko Kovačević
10 Argentina FW Leonel Núñez
11 Serbia MF Predrag Đorđević (captain)
14 Poland DF Michał Żewłakow
15 Spain DF Raúl Bravo
18 Greece DF Paraskevas Antzas
19 Greece MF Konstantinos Mendrinos
21 Greece MF Andreas Vasilogiannis
No. Position Player
22 Greece FW Kostantinos Mitroglou
23 Cyprus FW Michalis Konstantinou
24 Greece MF Georgios Katsikogiannis
25 Argentina MF Fernando Belluschi
27 Greece DF Konstantinos Lambropoulos
28 Argentina MF Cristian Ledesma
30 Greece DF Anastasios Pantos
31 Greece MF Aristides Soiledis
32 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Lomana LuaLua
35 Greece DF Vasilis Torosidis
71 Greece GK Antonis Nikopolidis (vice-captain)
74 Croatia GK Tomislav Butina
77 Slovenia MF Mirnes Šišić
87 Greece GK Michalis Sifakis
92 Greece DF Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Winter squad changes[edit]

In Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
77 Slovenia MF Mirnes Šišić from Levadiakos
25 Argentina MF Fernando Belluschi from River Plate
4 Brazil DF Leonardo from Portuguesa

Total spending: Decrease €10,400,000

Out Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
8 Argentina MF Rodrigo Archubi to River Plate
16 Ivory Coast MF Marco Né Released by Club
18 Ecuador FW Félix Borja to Mainz 05
36 Greece MF Giannoulis Fakinos Released by Club

Total income: Increase €1,450,000

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Republic of Macedonia DF Vanče Šikov to Apollon Kalamarias
7 Greece DF Georgios Galitsios to AEL 1964
13 Hungary MF Zsolt Laczkó to Leicester City
20 Greece FW Lefteris Matsoukas to Egaleo
77 Brazil MF Leozinho to OFI Crete
88 Albania MF Jahmir Hyka to KF Tirana

Current national players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Greece DF Christos Patsatzoglou 26 (1)
14 Poland DF Michał Żewłakow 74 (2)
18 Greece DF Paraskevas Antzas 21 (0)
23 Cyprus FW Michalis Konstantinou 45 (20)
25 Argentina MF Fernando Belluschi 2 (0)
28 Argentina MF Cristian 3 (0)
32 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Lomana LuaLua 30 (13)
35 Greece DF Vasilis Torosidis 10 (0)
71 Greece GK Antonis Nikopolidis 84 (0)
  • Appearances (Goals)

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Spain José Segura
Assistant manager Serbia Božidar Badović
Club doctor Greece Giannis Anagnostopoulos
Chief scout Greece Antreas Niniadis

Last updated: 12 Mar 2008
Source: Olympiacos FC

Other information[edit]

Chairman Greece Socratis Kokkalis
Vice-Chairman/Managing Director Greece Petros Kokkalis
Technical manager Serbia Ilija Ivić
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Karaiskakis Stadium (33,334 / 120x80 m)

Source: Olympiacos FC article about Socratis Kokkalis and Olympiacos FC article about Karaiskákis Stadium

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Greek Super Cup Winner 31 October 2007
Super League Greece Winner 2 September 2007 20 April 2008
UEFA Champions League Group Stage Round of 16 18 September 2007 5 March 2008
Greek Cup 4th Round Winner 5 December 2007 17 May 2008

Last updated: 18 May 2008
Source: Competitions

Superleague Greece[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Olympiacos (C) 30 21 7 2 58 23 +35 70 UEFA Champions League 2008-09
Third Qualifying Round
2 AEK Athens 30 22 2 6 65 17 +48 68 UEFA Champions League 2008-09
Second Qualifying Round
3 Panathinaikos 30 20 6 4 44 18 +26 66 UEFA Cup 2008–09
Second qualifying round

Updated to games played on April 21, 2008.
Source: Super League Greece 2007-08
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 summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
30 21 7 2 58 23  +35 70 13 2 0 32 9  +23 8 5 2 26 14  +12

Last updated: April 21, 2008.
Source: Super League Greece

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground A H A H H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H
Result D W D W W D W L W W W W D W W D W W W W W D D W W W L W W W

Last updated: April 21, 2008.
Source: Olympiacos FC
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Real Madrid 6 3 2 1 13 9 +4 11
Greece Olympiacos 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
Germany Werder Bremen 6 2 0 4 8 13 -5 6
Italy Lazio 6 1 2 3 8 11 -3 5

Last updated: December 11, 2007
Source: UEFA

Matches[edit]

All times for domestic competitions at Eastern European Time

Super League Greece[edit]


2007-09-23
19:00
Olympiacos 6 – 2 OFI
Júlio César Goal 7'
LuaLua Goal 20'39'
Kovačević Goal 25'43'
Đorđević Goal 74'
(Report) Sfakianakis Goal 13'
Torosidis Goal 88' (o.g.)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 25,054

2007-09-29
16:45
Aris 1 – 1 Olympiacos
Marco Aurélio Goal 90+3' (Report) Galletti Goal 39'


2007-10-20
19:00
Olympiacos 4 – 1 Panionios
LuaLua Goal 6'
Kovačević Goal 64'
Stoltidis Goal 74'
Galletti Goal 81' (pen.)
(Report) Djebbour Goal 54' (pen.)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 20,104

2007-10-28
16:45
Ergotelis 3 – 3 Olympiacos
Júnior Goal 21' (pen.)88'
Theodoridis Goal 23'
(Report) Júlio César Goal 38'
Kovačević Goal 43'
Đorđević Goal 59' (pen.)
Pankritio Stadium, Heraklion
Attendance: 8,807

2007-11-03
19:00
Olympiacos 2 – 1 PAOK
Torosidis Goal 52'
Kovačević Goal 67'
(Report) Konstantinidis Goal 42'
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 28,077


2007-11-24
19:00
Olympiacos 1 – 0 Veria
Kovačević Goal 36' (Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 18,070

2007-12-02
19:00
Atromitos 1 – 3 Olympiacos
Korakakis Goal 90+3' (Report) Stoltidis Goal 11'
LuaLua Goal 30'
Kovačević Goal 71'
Peristeri Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 5,969

2007-12-08
19:00
Olympiacos 4 – 0 Levadiakos
Stoltidis Goal 23'
Kovačević Goal 35'
Đorđević Goal 52' (pen.)
Mitroglou Goal 63'
(Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 17,096

2007-12-16
19:00
Olympiacos 1 – 0 AEK Athens
Kovačević Goal 83' (Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 30,229

2007-12-23
19:00
Larissa 0 – 0 Olympiacos
(Report)
Alkazar, Larissa
Attendance: 6,910

2007-12-29
19:00
Olympiacos 2 – 1 Skoda Xanthi
LuaLua Goal 20'
Kovačević Goal 59'
(Report) Radzinski Goal 26'
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 23,164

2008-01-05
16:45
Iraklis 1 – 2 Olympiacos
Katsabis Goal 59' (Report) Kovačević Goal 70'72'

2008-01-13
19:00
Olympiacos 1 – 1 Panathinaikos
Antzas Goal 45+1' (Report) N'Doye Goal 14'
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 31,310

2008-01-20
16:45
OFI 0 – 1 Olympiacos
(Report) Núñez Goal 16'
Pankritio Stadium, Heraklion
Attendance: 8,497

2008-01-27
19:00
Olympiacos 1 – 0 Aris
Đorđević Goal 80' (pen.) (Report)
Karaiskákis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 30,014


2008-02-10
19:00
Panionios 0 – 4 Olympiacos
(Report) Kovačević Goal 5'53'
Đorđević Goal 27' (pen.)
Núñez Goal 81'
Nea Smyrni Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 3,376

2008-02-16
19:00
Olympiacos 1 – 0 Ergotelis
Đorđević Goal 28' (Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 14,544

2008-02-23
19:00
PAOK 1 – 1 Olympiacos
González Goal 2' (Report) Kovačević Goal 22'
Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki
Attendance: 22,000


2008-03-09
16:45
Veria 0 – 1 Olympiacos
(Report) Patsatzoglou Goal 7'
Veria Stadium, Veria
Attendance: 3,001

2008-03-15
19:00
Olympiacos 2 – 0 Atromitos
Šišić Goal 49'
Júlio César Goal 85'
(Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 20,343

2008-03-23
16:45
Levadiakos 1 – 3 Olympiacos
Dimbala Goal 7' (Report) Galletti Goal 19'
Belluschi Goal 32'
Kovačević Goal 35'

2008-03-30
19:00
AEK Athens 4 – 0 Olympiacos
Blanco Goal 10'
Edinho Goal 12'
Lyberopoulos Goal 32'
Kafes Goal 60'
(Report)
Olympic Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 40,955

2008-04-06
19:00
Olympiacos 2 – 1 Larissa
Šišić Goal 50'
Mitroglou Goal 90'
(Report) Metin Goal 41'
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 24,318

2008-04-13
19:00
Skoda Xanthi 1 – 4 Olympiacos
Labriakos Goal 53' (Report) Żewłakow Goal 31'
Đorđević Goal 38'49'52'
Skoda Xanthi Arena, Xanthi
Attendance: 4,957

2008-04-20
19:00
Olympiacos 3 – 1 Iraklis
Mitroglou Goal 26'39'
Đorđević Goal 50'
(Report) Malagueño Goal 61'
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 29,084

Greek Cup[edit]

In the fourth round (round of "32") of the Greek Cup, Olympiacos faced Diagoras from Rhodes, who played in the Third Division. The latter were close to shock the champions who made it to the fifth round with a goal scored in the last minutes of the match. The next opponents were rivals Panathinaikos, who were crushed 4–0 by Olympiacos in an at-capacity Karaiskakis Stadium. In the quarter-finals, Olympiacos eliminated Iraklis 2–0 in the first leg and earning a 2–2 draw in the second. For the semi-finals, Olympiacos faced Thrasyvoulos, winning 2–3 away and 3–1 at home. Olympiacos then faced Aris in the final at the Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki, where they won the Greek Cup after a 2–0 win.

Fourth Round[edit]

2007-12-05
17:45
Diagoras 1 – 2 Olympiacos
Triantafyllou Goal 59' (pen.) (Report) Mitroglou Goal 66'89'
Diagoras Stadium, Rhodes
Attendance: 6,000

Fifth Round[edit]

2008-01-16
21:30
Olympiacos 4 – 0 Panathinaikos
LuaLua Goal 6'
Torosidis Goal 63'
Kovačević Goal 65'
Núñez Goal 79'
(Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 31,255

Quarter-finals[edit]

2008-02-27
20:00
Olympiacos 2 – 0 Iraklis
Mendrinos Goal 5'9' (Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 22,547

2008-03-19
20:00
Iraklis 2 – 2 Olympiacos
Aarón Goal 42'
Ribeiro Goal 88'
(Report) Bantis Goal 10' (o.g.)
Mitroglou Goal 23'

Semi-finals[edit]

2008-04-02
16:45
Thrasyvoulos 2 – 3 Olympiacos
Anastasakos Goal 29'
Bris Goal 35'
(Report) Mendrinos Goal 16'
Núñez Goal 28'
Kovačević Goal 89'
Fyli Stadium, Fyli
Attendance: 3,524

2008-04-16
21:00
Olympiacos 3 – 1 Thrasyvoulos
Kovačević Goal 14'
Konstantinou Goal 15'
Núñez Goal 21'
(Report) Manikas Goal 33'
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 15,347

Final[edit]

2008-05-17
19:00
Olympiacos 2 – 0 Aris
Kovačević Goal 33'
Żewłakow Goal 53'
(Report)

Greek Super Cup[edit]

Olympiacos added one more trophy to their long list. The 2006-07 Super League Greece Champions beat the 2006-2007 Greek FA Cup holders, Larissa, 1-0 at the Karaiskakis stadium on October 31, and won the Super Cup for the third time in their history. Kostas Mitroglou scored the winner on 39 minutes after a cross by Soiledis (coach Takis Lemonis decided to give more playing time to the younger players on the team) while Galletti missed out on an opportunity when his shot hit the bar on 81 minutes. The final attracted only 7,141 fans at Olympiacos' home, from which 7,030 were the supporters of the hosts.

Final[edit]

2007-10-31
20:00
Olympiacos 1 – 0 Larissa
Mitroglou Goal 39' (Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 7,141

UEFA Champions League[edit]

All times at CET

Group stage[edit]

Olympiacos, in their 11th consecutive presence in the competition, were drawn into Group C with Real Madrid, Werder Bremen and Lazio. The Reds started their campaign with a 1–1 draw behind closed doors at the Karaiskákis Stadium against Lazio, but on the second day, Olympiacos made their first ever away win in the Champions League and stopped their run of 31 matches without a success on their travels with a 3–1 win over Werder Bremen at Weserstadion, turning the game around from 0–1. After, they travelled to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium as leaders of Group C, where they were defeated 2–4 to Real Madrid after a heart-breaking match in which the Greek team was playing with ten men from the 13th minute and was leading the score to the 68th with 2–1, turning it around from 0–1. Real Madrid scored their third goal in the 83rd, but Olympiacos came close to score many times during the last minutes of the match and leave Madrid with the draw, when Real secured the win with a last-minute goal.

In the return legs of the group stage, Olympiacos produced a determined display to earn a point against Real Madrid, in the goalless draw at the Karaiskakis Stadium, keeping alive the record of being undefeated by Real in Athens in four matches. The Reds moved a step closer to qualifying for the last 16 after coming from behind to defeat Lazio 2–1 in Rome's Stadio Olimpico, while on the last day, Olympiacos smashed Werder Bremen 3–0 in Athens, which ensured their place in the knockout stage of the tournament.

2007-09-18
20:45
Olympiacos Greece 1 – 1 Italy Lazio
Galletti Goal 55' (Report) Zauri Goal 77'

2007-10-03
20:45
Werder Bremen Germany 1 – 3 Greece Olympiacos
Almeida Goal 32' (Report) Stoltidis Goal 72'
Patsatzoglou Goal 82'
Kovačević Goal 87'
Weserstadion, Bremen
Attendance: 37,500
Referee: Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)

2007-10-24
20:45
Real Madrid Spain 4 – 2 Greece Olympiacos
Raúl Goal 2'
Robinho Goal 68'83'
Balboa Goal 90'
(Report) Galletti Goal 8'
Júlio César Goal 47'

2007-11-06
20:45
Olympiacos Greece 0 – 0 Spain Real Madrid
(Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 33,500
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)

2007-11-28
20:45
Lazio Italy 1 – 2 Greece Olympiacos
Pandev Goal 30' (Report) Galletti Goal 35'
Kovačević Goal 64'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 39,996
Referee: Howard Webb (England)

2007-12-11
20:45
Olympiacos Greece 3 – 0 Germany Werder Bremen
Stoltidis Goal 12'74'
Kovačević Goal 70'
(Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 30,297
Referee: Laurent Duhamel (France)
Standings[edit]
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Real Madrid 6 3 2 1 13 9 +4 11
Greece Olympiacos 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
Germany Werder Bremen 6 2 0 4 8 13 -5 6
Italy Lazio 6 1 2 3 8 11 -3 5

Knockout stage[edit]

Chelsea vs Olympiacos

The draw for the first knockout round took place on 21 December, and paired Olympiacos with Chelsea. The two clubs had never met in the past. In the first leg in Athens, Olympiacos held Chelsea to 0–0, a score which left both teams content, Olympiacos because they did not concede a goal in their home and Chelsea because they kept a clean sheet to occupy the driving seat going into the return leg in London. Olympiacos, backed by deafening and frenzied support, refused to be overawed by their English opponents, enjoying the lion's share of possession and chances in a closely contested encounter. The Londoners failed to create one real clear-cut chance against their opponents and their manager Avram Grant said, "The performance could have been better. It's not a bad result. We didn't create a lot of chances, it's disappointing. But its hard to play here. They have good supporters and a well organized team."[4]

In the second leg in London, Chelsea won 3–0. The Blues surprised the Reds and scored very early with their first chance. Olympiacos balanced the game, but the English scored again before the end of the first-half. At the start of the second-half, Chelsea scored for the final time after another error from the Olympiacos defence.

2008-02-19
20:45
Olympiacos Greece 0 – 0 England Chelsea
(Report)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 31,302
Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria)

2008-03-05
20:45
Chelsea England 3 – 0 Greece Olympiacos
Ballack Goal 5'
Lampard Goal 25'
Kalou Goal 48'
(Report)
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 37,721
Referee: Manuel Mejuto González (Spain)

Chelsea won 3–0 on aggregate.

Team kit[edit]

Supplier: Puma
Sponsor(s): Vodafone

Home
Away
Third
Fourth

Source: Olympiacos FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lemonis leaves Olympiacos post". UEFA.com. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  2. ^ The match was played on 3 February 2008 and Apollon Kalamarias won 1–0, but due to the illegal appearance of Roman Wallner (Apollon), the result was invalid. It was decided that Olympiacos would be awarded a 3–0 win while Apollon would be punished with one point deducted.
  3. ^ Olympiacos ordered to play match behind closed doors after crowd trouble against Shakhtar Donetsk in the previous Champions League campaign on the 5 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Olympiacos holds Chelsea to 0-0 draw". FOX Sports on MSN. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 

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