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Olympiacos CFP
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Full name Olympiacos Sindesmos Filathlon Pireos
(Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus)
Nicknames Thrylos (The Legend)
Erythrolefkoi (The Red-Whites)
Kokkinoi (The Reds)
Dafnostefanomenos (The laurel-crowned)
Founded 10 March 1925; 90 years ago (1925-03-10)
Colours           Red, White
Anthem Thryle ton Gipedon (Legend of Stadiums)
Chairman Michalis Kountouris
Titles European Titles: (11)
Intercontinental Titles: (1)
Website Club home page
Active departments of Olympiacos
Football pictogram.svg Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball pictogram.svg
Football Basketball (Men's) Basketball (Women's)
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Athletics pictogram.svg
Volleyball (Men's) Volleyball (Women's) Athletics
Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo pictogram.svg Swimming pictogram.svg
Water Polo (Men's) Water Polo (Women's) Swimming
Sailing pictogram.svg Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Rowing pictogram.svg
Sailing Canoeing Rowing
Table tennis pictogram.svg Fencing pictogram.svg Shooting pictogram.svg
Table tennis Fencing Shooting
Boxing pictogram.svg Kickboxing pictogram.svg Taekwondo pictogram.svg
Boxing Kickboxing Taekwondo

Olympiacos Sindesmos Filathlon Pireos (Greek: Ολυμπιακός Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων Πειραιώς, Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus) is a major multi-sport club based in Piraeus, Greece.

Olympiacos is parent to a number of different competitive departments including Football (Olympiacos F.C.), Basketball (Olympiacos B.C.), Volleyball (Olympiacos S.C., Olympiacos Women's Volleyball), Water Polo (Olympiacos Water Polo Club, Olympiacos Women's Water Polo Team), Athletics (Olympiacos Athletics), Swimming (Olympiacos Swimming, Sailing (Olympiacos Sailing), Table Tennis (Olympiacos Table Tennis) and Wrestling amongst others, which have won numerous domestic and European titles over the club's history.[1][2][3][4][5]

Olympiacos CFP is one of the most successful multi-sport clubs in Europe, being the only Greek club, as well as one of the few European multi-sport clubs to have won as much as 13 International titles, including 11 major European titles and 1 Intercontinental title in four different sports (Basketball, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling)[6] (no other Greek club have won more than six European titles), being at the same time the only Greek multi-sport club to have won European titles in different team sports, as no other club in Greece has more than one European title-winning sports department.[7]

Specifically, Olympiacos Basketball Team have won 3 Euroleagues (1997, 2012, 2013), 1 Intercontinental Cup (2013)[8] and the Triple Crown (1997),[9][10] Olympiacos Men's Volleyball Team have won 2 CEV Cup Winners' Cup (1996, 2005), Olympiacos Men's Water Polo Team have won the LEN Champions League (2002),[11] the LEN European Super Cup (2002) and the Triple Crown (2002), Olympiacos Women's Water Polo Team have won the LEN Euroleague (2015), the LEN Super Cup (2015) and the LEN Trophy (LEN Cup Winners' Cup) (2014),[12] Olympiacos Wrestling Team has won the European Cela Cup (2006) and Olympiacos Football Team has won the Balkans Cup (1963). Οverall, Olympiacos' departments (Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling) have reached 27 times the final (13 times winners, 14 times runners-up) of the most prestigious and important European and Worldwide competitions, which is an all-time record for a Greek multi-sport club.

The club have managed to win the Triple Crown (Treble) in both Basketball (1997) and Water polo (2002), with Olympiacos Men's Water Polo Team becoming the first club ever in Water polo history (since the establishment of the modern Champions League format in 1996) to win four out of four competitions in a single year, thus completing the quadruple, comprising the aforementioned Triple Crown (LEN Champions League, Greek Championship, Greek Cup) and the LEN Super Cup. After the 2015 LEN Euroleague win of Olympiacos Women's Water Polo Team, Olympiacos CFP became the only multi-sport club in European Water Polo history after Pro Recco to have been crowned European Champions in both Men's and Women's departments,[13] and the only one with both its departments currently active (Pro Recco Women's department has been dissolved since 2012).[14]

Olympiacos Basketball Team won their third Euroleague title in 2013 and became the first and only Greek club, and only the third club in European basketball history, to become back-to-back European champions in the modern Final Four era of the Euroleague, after beating Real Madrid 100–88 in the final of the 2012–13 Euroleague Final Four in London.[9]

Olympiacos CFP has nurtured some of the greatest Greek athletes. Olympiacos' athletes have become Olympic medal winners, as well as World and European Champions, while they are constantly chosen to be part of the Greek national teams. The club maintains Academies with state of the art training facilities, where thousands of children have the opportunity to practice and learn the secrets of sports. Overall, Olympiacos CFP have granted Greek sports and the club itself numerous Olympic, Worldwide and European honours.

Olympiacos is the most popular Greek club[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22] with around three million fans inside Greece and millions of others in the Greek communities all over the world.[23][24][25][26][27][28][29] As of April 2006, Olympiacos has 83,000 registered members and it's 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.[30][31] In 2014, that figure increased and the team boasts 98,000 registered members.[32] Olympiacos CFP was the first Greek club that made it possible for its fans to become members, and granted them the right of voting for the board of directors.


The founders of Olympiacos (1925)

Olympiacos CFP was founded on March 10, 1925 in Piraeus, as a football club initially, and the club’s aim, as stated in the statutes, is the systematic cultivation and development of its athletes’ possibilities for participation in athletic competitions, the spreading of the Olympic athletic ideal and the promotion of sportsmanship and fanship among the youth according to egalitarian principles, by stressing a healthy, ethical and social basis as its foundation. Members of "Piraikos Podosfairikos Omilos FC" (Sport and Football Club of Piraeus) and "Piraeus Fans Club FC" decided, during a historical assembly,[33] to dissolve the two clubs in order to establish a new unified one, which would bring this new vision and dynamic to the community. Notis Kamperos, a senior officer of the Hellenic Navy, proposed the name Olympiacos and the profile of a laurel-crowned Olympic winner as the emblem of the new club. Michalis Manouskos, a prominent Piraeus industrialist, expanded the name to its complete and current status, Olympiacos Syndesmos Filathlon Pireos, a name that symbolizes and encompasses the morality, the honour, the vying, the splendor, the sportsmanship and the fair play value of the Olympic ideal of Ancient Greece, which was totally consistent with the club's emblem.[34] Besides Kamperos and Manouskos, among the most notable founding members were Stavros Maragoudakis, the Post Office director, Nikos Andronikos, a merchant, Dimitrios Sklias, a Hellenic Army officer, Nikolaos Zacharias, an attorney, Athanasios Mermigas, a notary public, Kostas Klidouchakis, who became the first goalkeeper in the club's history, Ioannis Kekkes, a stockbroker, and above all, the Andrianopoulos family. Andrianopoulos, a family of well-established Piraeus merchants, played a pivotal role in the founding of Olympiacos. The five brothers, Yiannis, Giorgos, Dinos, Vassilis and Leonidas Andrianopoulos raised the reputation of the club and brought it to its current glory.[35] Yiannis, Giorgos, Dinos and Vassilis were the first to play, while Leonidas, the youngest of the five, made his debut later on and played for the club for eight years (1927–1935). The club's offensive line, made up of the five brothers, became legendary, rising to a mythical status and soon Olympiacos gained enormous popularity and became the most successful and well-supported club in Greece. Olympiacos is also known as Thrylos (The Legend),[36] after the legendary, classic side of the 1950s which won a hatful of titles.

Olympiacos departments – History and honours[edit]

Olympiacos Football[edit]

Main article: Olympiacos F.C.
The legendary Andrianopoulos brothers: (from left) Yiannis, Dinos, Giorgos, Vassilis and Leonidas Andrianopoulos

Olympiacos football team is the most successful club in Greek football history,[37] with 42 Greek League titles,[1] 27 Greek Cups,[38] 17 Doubles,[39] 4 Greek Super Cups and 3 Greater Greece Cups, with a total of 76 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.[40]

Olympiacos also holds the record for the most consecutive Greek League titles, as they are the only team to have won seven consecutive League titles (19972003), having broken their own previous record of six consecutive from the club's trophy-laden era of the 50s (19541959), when Olympiacos gained unequivocally the nickname of Thrylos (The Legend).[41]

In 2014–15 season, Olympiacos won their fifth consecutive Greek Championship and reached a historic milestone, as they became the only football club in the world to have won a series of five or more consecutive championships for five times in their history, a world record that was praised by FIFA in its congratulatory letter to the club.[42][43] Olympiacos holds even more records in Greek football history; they are the only club to have won five consecutive Greek Cups from 1957 to 1961 and the only club to have won six Greek League titles undefeated (19371938, 1948, 1951, 19541955).[44][45][46] They are also one of only three clubs to have never been relegated from the top flight of Greek football. As a result of the team's 40th League title in the 2012–13 season, Olympiacos earned the 4th star above their crest, each star representing 10 League titles of the record 42 they have currently amassed.[47]

In European competitions, they have reached the quarter-finals of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League[48] —losing the semi-final spot in the last minutes of their second match against Juventus— and the quarter-finals of the 1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup.[49] Olympiacos are the highest ranked Greek team in the UEFA rankings, occupying the 21st place in Europe with 70.820 points, standing one place above Shakhtar Donetsk and two places above A.C. Milan.[50] They have also won the Balkans Cup in 1963, becoming the first ever Greek club to win an international, non-domestic competition. Olympiacos is one of the founding members of the European Club Association in 2008.[51]

(Honours: 77 titles)

  • Double
    • Winners (17) (record): 1947, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015

Olympiacos Basketball[edit]

Main article: Olympiacos B.C.
Olympiacos European banners in SEF—3 Euroleague Championships, 7 Euroleague Finals, 9 Euroleague Final Fours

Olympiacos basketball team is one of the most successful clubs in European basketball and a traditional powerhouse of the Euroleague. They have won 3 Euroleague Championships, 1 Triple Crown and 1 Intercontinental Cup. Besides their 3 European Championship titles, they have also been four times Euroleague runners-up (1994, 1995, 2010, 2015) and have participated, altogether, in 9 Euroleague Final Fours (1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015). From 2006 to 2015, Olympiacos qualified 10 straight times for at least the quarter-finals of the Euroleague, which is an all-time record in European basketball history (shared with FC Barcelona).[52] They play their home matches at Peace and Friendship Stadium.

They are the first Greek club that ever played in a Euroleague Final (1994), and they won their first Euroleague title in 1997,[53] achieving the first Triple Crown ever for a Greek team. As European champions, Olympiacos played in the 1997 McDonald's Championship and reached the final of the tournament, where they met Michael Jordan's NBA champions, the Chicago Bulls.[54] Based on all their achievements in this decade, FIBA declared Olympiacos as the Best European Team of the 1990s.[55][56]

In 2012, they won their second Euroleague title in Istanbul by rallying from 19 points down in the championship game to beat CSKA Moscow 62–61 on the last shot of the game, achieving the greatest comeback in European basketball finals history, and one of the greatest ever seen in continental basketball.[57] In 2013, Olympiacos won their third Euroleague title and became the first and only Greek club, and only the third club in European basketball history, to become back-to-back European champions in the modern Final Four era of the Euroleague.[9]

Domestically, Olympiacos have won 11 Greek League titles, 9 Greek Cups and 4 Doubles. They dominated Greek basketball during the decade of the 90s, when Greek Basket League was considered Europe's best professional league.

(Honours: 24 titles)

Olympiacos Men's Volleyball[edit]

Main article: Olympiacos S.C.
Olympiacos S.C. first team, 1926

Olympiacos volleyball team is the most successful Greek team both internationally and domestically, the only European title-winning team in Greece and a traditional powerhouse of European volleyball, ranked among the top European volleyball clubs; from the early 1990s to the mid 2000s they played in no less than 11 European Final Fours and reached 6 European Finals, winning 2 CEV Cup Winners' Cup / CEV Cups (1996, 2005), being twice Runners-up of the CEV Champions League (1992, 2002) and twice Runners-up of the CEV Cup Winners' Cup / CEV Cup (1997, 1998) as well. In 1992 they reached the third place in the world in the FIVB Club World Championship, after a 3–0 win against Il Messaggero Ravenna.

Altogether, they have participated in 7 CEV Champions League Final Fours (1982, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002), reaching the final twice (1992, 2002), in 4 CEV Cup / CEV Cup Winners' Cup Final Fours (1996, 1997, 1998, 2005), winning 2 titles (1996, 2005) and reaching the final in two other cases (1997, 1998), as well as in 1 European Super Cup Final Four (1996). Along with Pallavolo Modena, they hold the record for most consecutive European Final Four participations with 7, four in the CEV Champions League (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995) and three in the CEV Cup (1996, 1997, 1998).

Domestically, they are the dominants of Greek volleyball, having won a record 27 Greek Championships,[58] a record 15 Greek Cups, a record 14 Doubles, a record 2 Greek League Cups and 2 Greek Super Cups. They also hold the record for the most consecutive Greek Championships, as they are the only team to have won eight consecutive League titles (1987–1994). Furthermore, Olympiacos is the only Greek club to have played in the FIVB Club World Championship and the European Super Cup as well, having represented Greece successfully in all major European and Worldwide competitions.

(Honours: 48 titles)

  • European Cup
    • Winners (2) (Greek record): 1996, 2005
  • Greek Championship
    • Winners (27) (record): 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Greek Cup
    • Winners (14) (record): 1981, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Double
    • Winners (14) (record): 1981, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Greek League Cup
    • Winners (2) (record): 2013, 2015
  • Greek Super Cup
    • Winners (2): 2000, 2010
  • Greek Cup A1 Ethniki
    • Winners (1) (record): 1994

Olympiacos Men's Water Polo[edit]

Olympiacos water polo team is one of the most successful and traditional teams in Europe, having won the LEN Champions League,[59] the LEN Super Cup and the Triple Crown in 2002[60] and becoming the first club ever in Water polo history (since the establishment of the modern Champions League format in 1996) to win four out of four competitions in a single year, thus completing the quadruple, comprising the aforementioned Triple Crown (LEN Champions League, Greek Championship, Greek Cup) and the LEN Super Cup.[61][62] 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 2002 LEN Champions League and the 2002 LEN Super Cup in Budapest, beating home teams Honvéd and Vasas respectively.[3][4][11] They were also runners-up of the 2001 LEN Champions League, and two times runners-up of the LEN Cup Winners' Cup (1998, 1999). Domestically, Olympiacos has won 29 Greek Championships,[5] a record 17 Greek Cups,[63][64] a record 14 Doubles and a record 2 Greek Super Cups.

(Honours: 50 titles)

  • European Championship
    • Winners (1) (Greek record): 2002
  • European Super Cup
    • Winners (1) (Greek record): 2002
  • Triple Crown
    • Winners (1) (Greek record): 2002
  • Greek Championship
    • Winners (29): 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, 2015
  • Greek Cup
    • Winners (17) (record): 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Double
    • Winners (14) (record): 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Greek Super Cup
    • Winners (2) (record): 1997, 1998

Olympiacos Women's Water Polo[edit]

Alexandra Asimaki (left) and Alkisti Avramidou (right), key players of the Olympiacos squad that won the 2015 LEN Euroleague and the 2015 LEN Super Cup

Olympiacos women's water polo team is one of the most successful clubs in European Water Polo, having won the LEN Euroleague in 2015,[65] the LEN Super Cup also in 2015 and the LEN Trophy in 2014[66] and having, overall, a commanding presence in European competitions. Besides their LEN Euroleague, LEN Super Cup and LEN Trophy titles, they were runners-up of the LEN Super Cup in 2014 and runners-up of the LEN Trophy in 2008[67] and they have participated, altogether, in 4 Champions' Cup / Euroleague Final Fours (1996, 2010, 2011, 2015),[68] as well as in 4 LEN Trophy Final Fours (2001, 2007, 2008, 2014), being semi-finalists of the same competition in 2009 and 2012.[69][70] Domestically, Olympiacos have won 6 Greek Championships.

In 2014 Olympiacos won the LEN Trophy in the Final Four in Florence, beating home team Firenze 10–9 in the final. One year later, Olympiacos were crowned European Champions,[71] winning the LEN Euroleague in the 2015 Final Four in Piraeus, after a thrilling, hard-fought 10–9 win in the final against the then-reigning champions Sabadell, who were undefeated for more than 3 years with 115 consecutive wins in all competitions.[72] Olympiacos lifted the LEN Euroleague title undefeated and having won 8 straight matches without even a single draw. As European Champions, Olympiacos participated in the final of the 2015 LEN Super Cup and won the title after a 10–6 win against Plebiscito Padova.

After the 2015 LEN Euroleague win of Olympiacos Women's Water Polo team, Olympiacos CFP became the only multi-sport club in European Water Polo history after Pro Recco to have been crowned European Champions with both the Men's and the Women's departemts,[13] and the only club with both its departments currently active (Pro Recco Women's department has been dissolved since 2012).[14]

(Honours: 9 titles)

Olympiacos Women's Volleyball[edit]

Olympiacos women's volleyball is one of the most successful volleyball clubs in Greece, having won 3 Greek Championships, a record 5 Greek Cups and 3 Doubles.

Olympiacos holds the all-time record for winning five consecutive Greek Cups –in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015–, holding also the record for winning three straight Doubles –in 2013, 2014 and 2015– (shared).[73][74][75] In European competitions, the department reached the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup in season 2007–08.[76]

(Honours: 8 titles)

European and Worldwide Honours[edit]

International record[edit]

Season Football Basketball Men's Volleyball Men's Water Polo Women's Water Polo Wrestling
1962–63 Balkans Cup
1978–79 FIBA European Champions Cup
1981–82 CEV Champions League
4th place
1991–92 CEV Champions League
1992–93 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
CEV Champions League
FIVB Club World Championship
1993–94 FIBA Euroleague
CEV Champions League
4th place
1994–95 FIBA Euroleague
CEV Champions League
1995–96 CEV Cup Winners' Cup
LEN Women's Champions' Cup
4th place
1996–97 FIBA Euroleague
CEV Cup Winners' Cup
European Super Cup
4th place
1997–98 McDonald's Championship
CEV Cup Winners' Cup
LEN Cup Winners' Cup
1998–99 UEFA Champions League
FIBA Euroleague
LEN Cup Winners' Cup
2000–01 CEV Champions League
4th place
LEN Champions League
Women's LEN Trophy
4th place
2001–02 CEV Champions League
LEN Champions League
2002–03 LEN Super Cup
2004–05 CEV Top Teams Cup
2005–06 European CELA Cup
2006–07 LEN Champions League
4th place
Women's LEN Trophy
4th place
2007–08 Women's LEN Trophy
2008–09 Euroleague
4th place
Women's LEN Trophy
2009–10 Euroleague
LEN Women's Champions' Cup
4th place
2010–11 LEN Women's Champions' Cup
2011–12 Euroleague
Women's LEN Trophy
2012–13 Euroleague
2013–14 Intercontinental Cup
Women's LEN Trophy
2014–15 Euroleague
LEN Women's Euroleague
LEN Women's Super Cup
2015–16 LEN Women's Super Cup

The Gate 7 Tragedy[edit]

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.[77] 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.[78]

In memory of this event, every year on February 8, there is a memorial service at the stadium in honor of the supporters that died in that incident. The service is attended by thousands of fans every year, who are rhythmically shouting the phrase "Αδέρφια, ζείτε, εσείς μας οδηγείτε." (Adhélfia, zíte, esís mas odhiyíte, "Brothers, you live, you are the ones who guide us."). At the tribune part of the stadium where Gate 7 is now, some seats are colored black instead of red, shaping the number "7", whereas there is also a monument on the eastern side of the stadium, bearing the names of all 21 supporters killed on that day in the stadium.[79]

Even though this incident affected almost solely the fanbase of Olympiacos, other teams occasionally pay their respects to the people killed as well, as they consider the incident to be a tragedy not only for one team, but for the whole country. In the past, even foreign teams, such as Liverpool F.C. and Red Star Belgrade have honored the incident's victims.[80]



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