2011–12 Superleague Greece

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Superleague Greece
Season2011-12
ChampionsOlympiacos
39th title
RelegatedErgotelis
Panetolikos
Doxa Drama
Champions LeagueOlympiacos
Panathinaikos
Europa LeagueAtromitos
PAOK
Asteras Tripoli
Matches played238
Goals scored527 (2.21 per match)
Top goalscorerKevin Mirallas
(20 goals)
Biggest home winOlympiacos 6–0 Doxa Drama
Biggest away winKerkyra 0–4 Olympiacos
Levadiakos 0–4 Olympiacos
Kerkyra 0–4 PAOK
PAS Giannina 0–4 Olympiacos
Highest scoringOlympiacos 7–2 Asteras Tripolis

The 2011–12 Superleague Greece was the 53rd season of the highest football league of Greece and the sixth under the name Superleague. The season began in late August or early September 2011 and ended in May 2012 with the last matches of the European playoff round.[citation needed] Olympiacos are the defending champions, having won their 38th Greek championship in the 2010–11 season.

The league comprised 13 teams from the 2010–11 season and three promoted teams from the 2010–11 Football League.

Teams[edit]

Larissa, Panserraikos, Iraklis, Olympiacos Volou and Kavala were relegated at the end of the 2010–11 season. Larissa and Panserraikos were relegated on virtue of their league position at the end of the season; Larissa had to return to the Football League, formerly known as Beta Ethniki, after six seasons, while Panserraikos were relegated after just one season. Olympiacos Volou and Kavala were initially relegated to the Delta Ethniki due to the ongoing match-fixing scandal,[1] but after an appeal, both teams demanded to have their cases rechecked.[2] The Professional Sports Committee refused, however, and the original penalty stood.[3] On 22 October 2011, almost two months after the league had started, they were replaced by Doxa Drama and Levadiakos.[4]

Iraklis were denied a licence for the 2011–12 season over unpaid debts[5] and put into last place of the league table.[6] The club was thus demoted to the 2011–12 Football League, concluding a twenty-nine-year run in the highest football league of Greece. The demotion of Iraklis eventually spared Asteras Tripolis from relegation.[6]

The three relegated teams have been replaced by 2010–11 Football League champions Panetolikos, runners-up PAS Giannina and OFI via a play-off round. Panetolikos returned to the Greek top football level after 34 seasons, while PAS Giannina made their immediate comeback to the Superleague.

The promotion play-off round, originally scheduled to take place in late May 2011, was postponed to late July 2011 after qualified teams OFI and Trikala were denied a licence for the 2011–12 season.[7] The decision against OFI has since been reverted after the club successfully took the case to a civil court,[8] enabling the side to compete in the play-offs along Levadiakos, Doxa Drama and Diagoras. OFI were eventually promoted as play-off winners after they were granted a walkover in their second-to-last match as their opponents Doxa Drama were not able to field a full side.[8] The Heraklion club thus returned to the Superleague after two seasons.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Club Location Venue Capacity Av. attendance[9]
AEK Athens Athens Athens Olympic Stadium "Spyridon Louis" 69,618[10] 7,396
Aris Thessaloniki Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium 22,800 8,126
Asteras Tripoli Tripoli Asteras Tripolis Stadium 6,430 1,919
Atromitos Athens Peristeri Stadium 8,939 1,721
Doxa Drama Thessaloniki[note 1] Kaftanzoglio Stadium[note 1] 27,770 970
Ergotelis Heraklion Pankritio Stadium 26,240 1,172
Kerkyra Corfu Kerkyra Stadium 2,685 979
Levadiakos Levadia Levadia Municipal Stadium 6,500[11] 1,143
OFI Heraklion Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium 9,088[12] 3,289
Olympiacos Piraeus Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium 32,115[13] 21,750
Panathinaikos Athens Athens Olympic Stadium "Spyridon Louis" 69,618 14,331
Panetolikos Agrinio Panetolikos Stadium 5,500 4,961
Panionios Athens Nea Smyrni Stadium 11,700[14] 2,302
PAOK Thessaloniki Toumba Stadium 28,703[15] 12,297
PAS Giannina Ioannina Zosimades Stadium 7,652[16] 2,948
Skoda Xanthi Xanthi Skoda Xanthi Arena 7,361[17] 1,636

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Temporary home stadium, until their own Doxa Drama Stadium in Drama gets a new pitch and floodlights installed. [1] (in Greek)

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Asteras Tripoli Spain Óscar Fernández Sacked[18] 19 September 2011 10th Portugal Horácio Gonçalves n/a (Caretaker)[19]
AEK Athens Spain Manolo Jiménez Mutual consent[20] 5 October 2011 3rd Greece Nikos Kostenoglou 6 October 2011[21]
Aris Greece Sakis Tsiolis Mutual consent[22] 31 October 2011 12th Poland Michał Probierz 4 November 2011[23]
Asteras Tripolis Portugal Horácio Gonçalves Sacked[24] 1 November 2011 13th Greece Sakis Tsiolis 9 November 2011[25]
Kerkyra Serbia Božidar Bandović Resigned[26][27] 9 November 2011 14th Spain Javi Gracia 13 November 2011[28]
Panionios Greece Takis Lemonis Mutual consent[29] 22 November 2011 9th Greece Apostolos Mantzios 24 November 2011[30]
PAS Giannina Belgium Stéphane Demol Sacked[31] 23 November 2011 10th Greece Angelos Anastasiadis 4 December 2011[32]
Doxa Drama Greece Apostolos Charalambidis Resigned[33] 8 December 2011 16th Greece Makis Katsavakis 8 December 2011[33]
Aris Poland Michał Probierz Mutual consent[34] 5 January 2012 11th Portugal Manuel Machado 16 January 2012[35]
Panetolikos Greece Babis Tennes Mutual consent[36] 9 February 2012 12th Greece Takis Lemonis 9 February 2012[37]
Kerkyra Spain Javi Gracia Sacked[38] 28 March 2012 15th Greece Timos Kavakas 28 March 2012[39]
Panetolikos Greece Takis Lemonis Mutual consent[40] 11 April 2012 15th Greece Giannis Ntalakouras 11 April 2012[40]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Olympiacos (C) 30 23 4 3 68 17 +51 73 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Panathinaikos[a] 30 22 3 5 54 23 +31 66 Qualification for Greek Superleague Play-offs
3 PAOK 30 14 8 8 45 27 +18 50[b]
4 Atromitos 30 13 11 6 32 26 +6 50[b]
5 AEK Athens 30 13 9 8 36 30 +6 48
6 Asteras Tripoli 30 13 6 11 30 34 −4 45 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[c]
7 Levadiakos 30 11 6 13 33 42 −9 39
8 PAS Giannina 30 10 8 12 30 35 −5 38
9 Aris[d] 30 10 10 10 29 33 −4 37[e]
10 OFI 30 10 7 13 27 32 −5 37[e]
11 Skoda Xanthi 30 10 6 14 31 35 −4 36
12 Panionios 30 9 6 15 26 34 −8 33
13 Kerkyra 30 8 8 14 31 44 −13 32
14 Ergotelis (R) 30 7 8 15 27 44 −17 29 Relegation to 2012–13 Football League
15 Panetolikos (R) 30 7 7 16 23 37 −14 28
16 Doxa Drama (R) 30 4 5 21 11 42 −31 17
Source: Super League Greece
Rules for classification: 1) points, 2) head-to-head points,[43] 3) head-to-head goal difference.[44]

If in current league table there are tied teams after applying criteria 1 to 3, they are considered to share places and listed in Greek language alphabetic order.[45]

If in final league table there are still tied teams after applying criteria 1 to 3, a decision match (or matches if they are more than two) are to be played but only in three cases: to determine the champion, to fill spots in the play-off or to determine the teams to be relegated.[46] In any other case, the final standings of tied teams are determined with a public draw[47]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Panathinaikos was docked three points following severe crowd violence during a match against Olympiacos and lost the game 0–3.[41]
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head record: PAOK–Atromitos 3–1, Atromitos–PAOK 0–0.
  3. ^ AEK Athens was not licensed to play in the Europa League 2012–2013 and therefore will be replaced by the 6th placed team in the league table, which is Asteras Tripoli (which will play in the second qualifying round).
  4. ^ Aris was docked three points following an object thrown into the field during a match against Asteras Tripolis and lost the game 0–3.[42]
  5. ^ a b Head-to-head record: OFI–Aris 0–1, Aris–OFI 1–0.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AEK ARI AST ATR DDR ERG KER LEV OFI OLY PAT PNT PIO PAOK PAS XAN
AEK Athens 3–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–1
Aris 1–0 0–3[a] 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–3 3–1 0–0 4–2 1–1 1–0 0–0
Asteras Tripoli 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1
Atromitos 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0
Doxa Drama 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 0–2
Ergotelis 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–3 0–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2
Kerkyra 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 3–2 4–1 0–4 0–2 2–3 0–3 0–4 1–2 2–0
Levadiakos 0–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 4–3 0–2 0–4 1–0 2–0 0–0 4–3 1–1 2–0
OFI 3–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–0
Olympiacos 2–0 3–0 7–2 1–0 6–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 2–1
Panathinaikos 3–2 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 1–0 3–0 3–1 0–3[b] 4–0 3–0 0–2 3–1 3–0
Panetolikos 0–2 5–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–0
Panionios 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–3 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–1
PAOK 3–0 0–0 2–3 3–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–2 1–3 3–0 1–0 1–2 1–0
PAS Giannina 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–4 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–2
Skoda Xanthi 3–4 0–2 0–1 3–0 1–0 4–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–3 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–2
Source: Super League Greece (in Greek)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ The match between Aris and Asteras Tripolis was awarded to Asteras Tripolis after being suspended at 42nd minute (score: 0–1).
  2. ^ The match between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos was awarded to Olympiacos[41] after being suspended at 0–1 and 81 minutes due to severe crowd violence.[48]

Playoffs[edit]

In the play-off for Champions League, the four qualified 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.

Before the last round of matches, fifth-placed club AEK Athens earned 48 points during the regular season. Based on this number and the calculations above, Panathinaikos as runners-up began the playoffs with four points ((66–48)/5 = 3.6, rounded to 4) while P.A.O.K. and Atromitos started with zero points each ((50–48)/5 = 0.4, rounded to 0).

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PAT AEK ATR PAOK
2 Panathinaikos 6 3 1 2 5 4 +1 14 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round 1–0 1–1 2–0
3 AEK Athens 6 3 0 3 7 5 +2 9 Ineligible for 2012–13 European competitions.[a] 2–0 3–2 2–0
4 Atromitos 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 8 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[a][b] 0–1 1–0 1–1
5 PAOK 6 2 1 3 3 6 −3 7 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round[a][b] 1–0 1–0 0–1
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) classification of regular season.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c AEK Athens was not licensed to play in the Europa League 2012–2013 and therefore was replaced by the 6th placed team in the league table, Asteras Tripoli, qualified for the second qualifying round. This means that P.A.O.K. F.C. qualified for the third qualifying round of the Europa League and Atromitos FC to the Europa League play-offs.
  2. ^ a b Atromitos lost the final of the 2011–12 Greek Cup against Champions League-qualified team Olympiacos. As a consequence, the three Europa League spots were distributed by the final standings of this group.

Season statistics[edit]

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