2011–12 Superleague Greece
|Goals scored||527 (2.21 per match)|
Kevin Mirallas |
|Biggest home win||Olympiacos 6–0 Doxa Drama|
|Biggest away win||
Kerkyra 0–4 Olympiacos|
Levadiakos 0–4 Olympiacos
Kerkyra 0–4 PAOK
PAS Giannina 0–4 Olympiacos
|Highest scoring||Olympiacos 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. 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.
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, but after an appeal, both teams demanded to have their cases rechecked. The Professional Sports Committee refused, however, and the original penalty stood. On 22 October 2011, almost two months after the league had started, they were replaced by Doxa Drama and Levadiakos.
Iraklis were denied a licence for the 2011–12 season over unpaid debts and put into last place of the league table. 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.
The three relegated teams have been replaced by 2010–11 Football League champions Panetolikos, runners-up PAS Giannina and OFI via a play-off round.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. The decision against OFI has since been reverted after the club successfully took the case to a civil court, 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. The Heraklion club thus returned to the Superleague after two seasons.
Stadiums and locations
|AEK Athens||Athens||Athens Olympic Stadium "Spyridon Louis"||69,618||7,396|
|Aris||Thessaloniki||Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium||22,800||8,126|
|Asteras Tripoli||Tripoli||Asteras Tripolis Stadium||6,430||1,919|
|Doxa Drama||Thessaloniki[note 1]||Kaftanzoglio Stadium[note 1]||27,770||970|
|Levadiakos||Levadia||Levadia Municipal Stadium||6,500||1,143|
|OFI||Heraklion||Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium||9,088||3,289|
|Olympiacos||Piraeus||Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium||32,115||21,750|
|Panathinaikos||Athens||Athens Olympic Stadium "Spyridon Louis"||69,618||14,331|
|Panionios||Athens||Nea Smyrni Stadium||11,700||2,302|
|PAS Giannina||Ioannina||Zosimades Stadium||7,652||2,948|
|Skoda Xanthi||Xanthi||Skoda Xanthi Arena||7,361||1,636|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Asteras Tripoli||Óscar Fernández||Sacked||19 September 2011||10th||Horácio Gonçalves||n/a (Caretaker)|
|AEK Athens||Manolo Jiménez||Mutual consent||5 October 2011||3rd||Nikos Kostenoglou||6 October 2011|
|Aris||Sakis Tsiolis||Mutual consent||31 October 2011||12th||Michał Probierz||4 November 2011|
|Asteras Tripolis||Horácio Gonçalves||Sacked||1 November 2011||13th||Sakis Tsiolis||9 November 2011|
|Kerkyra||Božidar Bandović||Resigned||9 November 2011||14th||Javi Gracia||13 November 2011|
|Panionios||Takis Lemonis||Mutual consent||22 November 2011||9th||Apostolos Mantzios||24 November 2011|
|PAS Giannina||Stéphane Demol||Sacked||23 November 2011||10th||Angelos Anastasiadis||4 December 2011|
|Doxa Drama||Apostolos Charalambidis||Resigned||8 December 2011||16th||Makis Katsavakis||8 December 2011|
|Aris||Michał Probierz||Mutual consent||5 January 2012||11th||Manuel Machado||16 January 2012|
|Panetolikos||Babis Tennes||Mutual consent||9 February 2012||12th||Takis Lemonis||9 February 2012|
|Kerkyra||Javi Gracia||Sacked||28 March 2012||15th||Timos Kavakas||28 March 2012|
|Panetolikos||Takis Lemonis||Mutual consent||11 April 2012||15th||Giannis Ntalakouras||11 April 2012|
||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||661||Qualification for Greek Superleague Play-offs|
|3||PAOK (A)||30||14||8||8||45||27||+18||50||PAOK: 4 pt|
ATR: 1 pt
|5||AEK Athens (A)||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 3|
|9||Aris||30||10||10||10||29||33||−4||372||ARIS: 6 pts|
OFI: 0 pts
|14||Ergotelis (R)||30||7||8||15||27||44||−17||29||Relegation to 2012–13 Football League|
|16||Doxa Drama (R)||30||4||5||21||11||42||−31||17|
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.
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. In any other case, the final standings of tied teams are determined with a public draw
1Panathinaikos was docked three points following severe crowd violence during a match against Olympiacos and lost the game 0–3.
2Aris was docked three points following an object thrown into the field during a match against Asteras Tripolis and lost the game 0–3.
3AEK 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).
(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.
|Home \ Away||AEK||ARI||AST||ATR||DDR||ERG||KER||LEV||OFI||OLY||PAT||PNT||PIO||PAOK||PAS||XAN|
Updated to games played on 9 April 2012.
Source: Super League Greece (in Greek)
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match between Aris and Asteras Tripolis was awarded to Asteras Tripolis after being suspended at 42nd minute (score: 0–1).
3 The match between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos was awarded to Olympiacos after being suspended at 0–1 and 81 minutes due to severe crowd violence.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
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).
||Qualification or relegation|
|2||Panathinaikos||6||3||1||2||5||4||+1||14||2012–13 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|3||AEK Athens||6||3||0||3||7||5||+2||9||Ineligible for 2012–13 European competitions 2|
|4||Atromitos||6||2||2||2||6||6||0||8||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1, 2|
|5||PAOK||6||2||1||3||3||6||−3||7||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1, 2|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) classification of regular season.
1. 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.
2. 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.
|Home \ Away||AEK||ATR||PAT||PAOK|
Updated to games played on 22 April 2012.
Updated to games played on 22 April 2012.
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