|Nickname||Thrylos (The Legend)
Erythrolefkoi (The Red-Whites)
Dafnostefanomenos (The laurel-crowned)
|Founded||1925 (Basketball Club: 1931)|
|History||Olympiacos Piraeus B.C.
|Arena||Peace and Friendship Stadium|
|Capacity||11,600 (permanent seating)
12,000 (with temporary seating)
|Team colors||Red and White
|Head coach||Giannis Sfairopoulos|
|Championships||3 EuroLeague Championships
1 Triple Crown
1 Intercontinental Cup
12 Greek Championships
9 Greek Cups
|Active departments of Olympiacos|
Olympiacos Piraeus B.C. (Greek: ΚΑΕ Ολυμπιακός Σ.Φ.Π.), also known simply as Olympiacos, or with its full name Olympiacos SFP Basketball S.A., is a Greek professional basketball club, part of the major multi-sport club Olympiacos CFP, based in Piraeus. The basketball club, founded in 1931, is one of the most successful clubs in European basketball, having won three EuroLeague Championships, one Triple Crown, one Intercontinental Cup, twelve Greek Championships and nine Greek Cups. They are a traditional powerhouse of the EuroLeague and besides their three European Championship titles (1997, 2012, 2013), they have also been four times EuroLeague runners-up (1994, 1995, 2010, 2015) and have participated, altogether, in nine EuroLeague Final Fours (1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015). From 2006 to 2015, Olympiacos qualified 10 times in a row for at least the quarter-finals of the EuroLeague, which was an all-time record in European basketball history –shared with FC Barcelona–, until it was eventually surpassed by the Catalan club in 2016. They play their home matches at Peace and Friendship Stadium.
The first major achievement of Olympiacos in European competitions was their presence in the European Champions Cup semifinal group stage in 1979, but it was in the 1990s that Olympiacos made their biggest mark. They reached the EuroLeague Final in two consecutive seasons, 1994 and 1995, being the first Greek club that ever played in a EuroLeague Final, and they won their first EuroLeague title in 1997 after a convincing 73–58 win against FC Barcelona in the final, thus 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. They also dominated Greek basketball during the decade of the 90s, when the Greek Basket League was considered Europe's best professional league. Based on all those achievements, FIBA declared Olympiacos as the Best European Team of the 1990s.
Olympiacos returned to the very top of European basketball in 2010, when they reached the final against FC Barcelona in Paris, but mostly in 2012, when 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 (a Georgios Printezis basket, off an assist from Vassilis Spanoulis), achieving the greatest comeback in European basketball finals history, and one of the greatest ever seen in European continental basketball. 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, after beating Real Madrid 100–88 in the final of the 2012–13 Euroleague Final Four in London.
Some of the greatest players in European basketball have played for Olympiacos over the years including: Charlie Yelverton, Carey Scurry, Žarko Paspalj, Dragan Tarlać, Walter Berry, Panagiotis Fasoulas, Roy Tarpley, Eddie Johnson, Alexander Volkov, David Rivers, Christian Welp, Artūras Karnišovas, Arijan Komazec, Dino Rađa, Theo Papaloukas, Alphonso Ford, Tyus Edney, Arvydas Macijauskas, Ioannis Bourousis, Miloš Teodosić, Nikola Vujčić, Josh Childress, Linas Kleiza, Rašo Nesterović, Vassilis Spanoulis, Georgios Printezis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Kyle Hines, Joey Dorsey, Stratos Perperoglou, Acie Law, and Matt Lojeski. Under the ownership of billionaire Greek brothers Panagiotis Angelopoulos and Giorgos Angelopoulos, Olympiacos made a record transfer in 2008, by signing NBA player Josh Childress, whose US$20 million net income contract for three years made him the highest-paid basketball player in the world outside the NBA.
- 1 History
- 1.1 1930s–1960s
- 1.2 1970s–1980s
- 1.3 1990s: FIBA's Best European Team of the 90s
- 1.4 2000s
- 1.5 2010s
- 2 Kit manufacturers and Shirt sponsors
- 3 Arena
- 4 Players
- 5 Honours
- 6 Performance in European & Worldwide competitions
- 7 Matches against NBA teams
- 8 Seasons
- 9 Statistics
- 10 Individual awards
- 11 Notable players
- 12 Notable coaches
- 13 Presidential history
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Beginning in the 1930s, Olympiacos was the first Greek team to familiarize itself with American style basketball as Alekos Spanoudakis learned to imitate the American jump shot and his brother Giannis Spanoudakis (who was both player and coach of the team) met basketball legend Bob Cousy and practiced many of his secrets on the court. The Spanoudakis brothers led the club to its first Greek Championship in 1949. The second title didn't come until 11 years later, in 1960, and allowed the Reds for the first time to qualify for the European Champions Cup (1960–61 season), which was their first ever participation at European level.
It wasn't until 1976 that coach Faidon Matthaiou managed to create a strong team based on the stars Steve Giatzoglou, Giorgos Kastrinakis, Giorgos Barlas and on strong team players like Paul Melini and Pavlos Diakoulas. Olympiacos would win another Greek title and it did so in unprecedented fashion, running off 22 victories in 22 games. Reds completed the first double in their history, winning the Greek Cup, while they did very well in the Cup Winner's Cup as well, reaching the last 8. The next year Kostas Mourouzis was appointed as head coach and the team won the Greek cup, after eliminating Panathinaikos with a record-setting 110–68 away win (42 points difference, the highest ever in the games between the two teams). Melini led Olympiacos with 24 points, while Kastrinakis scored 22. In 1978 the team did their second double in 3 years, winning both the Greek championship (losing only 1 game) and their third Greek cup in a row, beating AEK 103–88 in the final.
In 1979 the club also had their first significant success in Europe, reaching the final round (Final-6) of the European Championship. The final round of that year was one of the toughest ever in the competition. Olympiacos finished 6th, winning only one game, the 79–77 home victory against Maccabi Elite. In general, Olympiacos was a tough home team and although they lost all the rest of their home matches, the scores were really close: 84–95 to Joventut Freixenet (77–91 away), 68–72 to Emerson Varèse (67–92 away), 97–101 to Real Madrid (72–113 away), 83–88 to Bosna (72–89 away). Olympiacos won another Greek Cup title in 1980 which was the last of the successful Giatzoglou–Kastrinakis era. In 1979, 1980 and 1981 Olympiacos finished at the second place of the Greek championship.
Although the 1970s was the most successful decade for the team up to that time, the 1980s marked a low period for the Reds, who didn't manage to play a major domestic role, being outshined by the up-and-coming superpowers from Thessaloniki, Aris and PAOK. The team was led by Greek players such as Dimitris Maniatis and Argiris Kambouris, the hero of EuroBasket 1987, but their strong effort wasn't enough to bring any significant results. Well-known players such as Carey Scurry and Todd Mitchell couldn't lead the club to success.
1990s: FIBA's Best European Team of the 90s
It was in the 1990s that the Reds made their biggest mark. The middle of that decade belonged to Olympiacos, not only in Greece, but also in Europe. In the 1991–92 season, record holding Greek basketball coach Giannis Ioannidis left Aris to manage Olympiacos, the torpid giant, and created a tough, team-oriented, offensive basketball team. In addition to this, Olympiacos left the old Papastrateio Indoor Hall, to move into Peace and Friendship Stadium (commonly called SEF), an indoor arena at that time of 17,000 seats and the biggest in Greece until the Olympic Indoor Hall was inaugurated in 1995. By that year the club had fully rebounded, climbing all the way back to rule Greece.
Five consecutive Greek Championships from 1993 to 1997 and two Greek Cups in 1994 and 1997, made the team the indubitable dominant club in Greece. During this period, Olympiacos was the best supported basketball team, not only in Greece but in Europe as well, as Peace and Friendship Stadium was full in most of their matches, making Olympiacos invincible in it. In addition to their domestic success, Olympiacos became the most successful team in the EuroLeague of that period, leading FIBA to select them as the Best European Team in the decade of the 1990s.
5 Greek Championships in a row, twice EuroLeague runners-up
In the 1992–93 season, in their first year in the EuroLeague, they didn't manage to qualify for the Athens Final Four which was held at their home court, Peace and Friendship Stadium, as they were eliminated by Limoges in the quarter-finals with 2–1 wins, after a breathtaking third game in France (58–60), which was decided in the last seconds. Domestically, despite finishing 4th in the Greek A1 regular season, Olympiacos won their first Greek Championship since 1978, defeating PAOK in the semi-finals with 3–1 wins and Panathinaikos in the finals with 3–1 wins as well, even though both of Olympiacos' opponents had the home-court advantage.
The following year, Olympiacos had a top-class roster with players like Roy Tarpley, Žarko Paspalj, Dragan Tarlać, Panagiotis Fassoulas, Giorgos Sigalas, Milan Tomić and Franco Nakić, and reached the EuroLeague Final Four in Tel Aviv for the first time in their history. After an impressive run in the Regular season, they qualified, as group winners, for the quarter-final playoffs where they faced the Italian champions Buckler Bologna, eliminating them with 2–1 wins. In the Tel Aviv Final Four, they faced their arch-rivals Panathinaikos in the semi-final, beating them 77–72 and becoming the first Greek team to ever play in the Euroleague Final. Paspalj scored 22 points and Tarpley recorded a double-double against Panathinaikos, scoring 21 points and grabbing no less than 16 rebounds for Olympiacos. The Reds, despite being strong favourites to win the European crown, lost 57–59 to 7up Joventut in the final after a dramatic ending. Domestically, they had a very successful season, as they managed to celebrate the Double, winning the Greek Championship with 3–2 wins against PAOK and the Greek Cup as well, beating Iraklis 63–51 in the final in SEF.
In the 1994–95 season, Olympiacos eliminated CSKA Moscow with 2–1 wins in the quarter-final playoffs and reached their second EuroLeague Final Four in Zaragoza, facing again their eternal enemies Panathinaikos in the semi-final. They defeated them one more time 58–52, with 27 points and 10 rebounds from club legend Eddie Johnson, including four decisive 3-pointers in the final minutes of the game, thus advancing to the EuroLeague Final for the second consecutive year. There, they played against another Spanish team, Real Madrid, who were playing on their home soil and managed to defeat Olympiacos 61–73. Domestically, the Reds managed to win their third consecutive Greek Championship with 3–2 wins in the best-of-five finals against Panathinaikos, after a thrilling 45–44 home win against their arch-rivals in the decisive fifth and last match.
In the next season, 1995–96, Olympiacos didn't manage to make the Final Four for a third season in a row, as they were eliminated by Real Madrid in the quarter-finals with 2–1 wins (68–49 win in Piraeus, 77–80 and 65–80 losses in Madrid). However, the season ended in an extremely memorable way, because in the last game of the best-of-five series of the Greek League Finals, Olympiacos smashed arch-rivals Panathinaikos with a thrashing 73–38 victory, an all-time record victory margin (35 points) for the Greek League Finals and the second largest winning margin in an Olympiacos–Panathinaikos game after Olympiacos' 110–68 (42-point margin) record away win against Panathinaikos in the Greek Cup in 1977. Five players scored in double digits (Rivers 16 points, Tarlać 14, Nakić 12, Berry and Sigalas 10 each) and led Olympiacos to their fourth consecutive Greek Championship in front of their ecstatic fans, who celebrated the title and the historic win in a euphoric frenzy at Peace and Friendship Stadium.
European Champions and Triple Crown Glory
In the 1996–97 season, with a new coach, Dušan Ivković at the bench, the Reds and their fans had more hope than ever for the European title. In the regular season of the EuroLeague Olympiacos' performance was not as good as it was in the previous years, but in the play-offs they were impressive, twice breaking their opponents home court advantage. Their first victim was Partizan. In a strange best of three series, Olympiacos won the first match with 81–71 in Belgrade, lost the second at Peace and Friendship Stadium (61–60), which disappointed their fans, and finally won the third game in Belgrade with 74–69, which advanced them to the quarter-finals where the defending champions Panathinaikos were waiting for them with a home court advantage. Panathinaikos was ready to stop their rivals and take the revenge for the last year's smashing 73–38 defeat in the Greek finals. In the first game of the series at Panathinaikos' home, the Athens Olympic Indoor Hall, Olympiacos once again thrashed the Greens, beating them 69–49 in front of their own fans. After the 20-point difference triumph in their rivals' court, they were only one win away from the Final Four. In the second match, at Peace and Friendship Stadium, in front of 17,000 ecstatic Reds fans, Olympiacos beat Panathinaikos once more by a score of 65–57 and advanced to the Final Four in Rome.
Olympiacos were the unquestionable favorites to win the EuroLeague championship and they made it, after two dominating performances in the Final Four. They faced Smelt Olimpija in the semi-final and beat them 74–65, with David Rivers scoring 28 points. In the final, they played against FC Barcelona, and after an impressive display, they won by a score of 73–58, and became European Champions for the first time in their history. Rivers led Olympiacos, scoring an average of 27 points in the two games, and was eventually voted Final Four MVP. The thousands of Olympiacos fans who filled Palaeur arena, were quick to sing that, "in Rome, in the final, we lifted the European title" (Greek: Στη Ρώμη και στον τελικό, σηκώσαμε Ευρωπαϊκό). This remains one of the club's most popular chants to this day. Olympiacos went on to complete the coveted Triple Crown in convincing fashion: they won the Greek League title (with 3−1 wins against the season's surprise team AEK) and the Greek Cup (beating Apollon Patras 80–78 in the final, in Olympic Indoor Hall), to mark the most successful season in the club's long history. Olympiacos became the first Greek team to ever win the Triple Crown, and remained the only to do so one up until 2007.
McDonald's Championship finalists against the Chicago Bulls
In October of the same year, the club played in the 1997 McDonald's Championship, in Paris. Having defeated Atenas in the semifinal by 89–86, Olympiacos played against the NBA champions Chicago Bulls in the final. The game was played under zone-friendly European rules (the games between NBA and FIBA teams were played under a mixture of NBA and FIBA rules at that time), but, out of respect for the Bulls, Olympiacos never used a zone defense. Olympiacos was defeated 78–104, by the Bulls, and one of the greatest basketball players ever, Michael Jordan.
In the 1997–98 season, Olympiacos were once again the favorites in all the competitions they were taking part. They started the season with an impressive record of consecutive wins in Greece and Europe. But in the second half of the season, things went wrong for the team. Olympiacos played in the round of 16 of the EuroLeague, with a home court advantage against Partizan in a three-game series, but they lost both matches in Athens and Belgrade and the European Champions suffered an early and disappointing elimination. In the Greek Cup's Final Four, they faced Panathinaikos for the 3rd place and they won easily.
In the Greek League, Olympiacos finished the regular season in second place, behind Panathinaikos. In the semi-finals, Olympiacos faced PAOK, having a home court advantage in a best of three series. In the first match in Athens, Olympiacos took a tight 66–65 win and held the advantage. They lost the second match in Thessaloniki, and the last game was held again in Athens. Olympiacos lost 58–55 in Neo Faliro, marking the first ever defeat for the team in Peace and Friendship Stadium during the Greek playoffs. The Reds didn't have the chance to defend their crown and they ended up in third place, with a 3–1 series win over AEK Athens.
The 1998–99 season didn't begin well, because in the season's opening match of the Greek Cup, Olympiacos was eliminated by PAOK. The Reds played once again in the EuroLeague Final Four, and although they were considered the favorites to win the title, they lost 71–87 in the semi-final to the eventual winners Žalgiris. They finished third, defeating Teamsystem Bologna 74–63 in the 3rd place game. In the Greek League they were the favorites to win the championship, but despite having the home advantage in the finals against Panathinaikos, they were defeated in the last game of the series at home and lost the title. That was the first time Olympiacos lost a playoff game to Panathinaikos in SEF after 10 consecutive wins.
In the 1999–2000 season, Olympiacos didn't make the EuroLeague playoffs, as they were eliminated in the round of 16 by Union Olimpija. On the contrary, they finished first in the regular season of the Greek League and entered the playoffs having home court advantage. But in the semi-finals they played against fourth-placed PAOK and they were eliminated, losing the first game at home and the second one in Thessaloníki. Olympiacos faced AEK for the third place and won.
In the 2000–01 season, Olympiacos played in the first EuroLeague competition that was organized by EuroLeague Basketball, but despite having home court advantage in the playoffs they were eliminated by TAU Cerámica. In the Greek League Finals, they finished second.
In the 2001–02 season, the club managed to win the Greek Cup, their first trophy since 1997, in a Final Four tournament that was held at Peace and Friendship Stadium. They beat Panathinaikos 83–75 in the semi-final and Maroussi 74–66 in the final. Then they came within one victory of the EuroLeague Final Four. They played in the Top 16 in a group against Panathinaikos, AEK Athens and Union Olimpija, with only the first placed team advancing to the Final Four. After Olympiacos completed an easy 92–75 win over Panathinaikos with Alphonso Ford scoring 21 points in the opening home match, another home win against AEK, and an away win against Olimpija, they played an away game against Panathinaikos and lost 78–88. The score of that game gave the Reds the aggregate advantage in case they finished on the top of the group along with their rivals, a scenario that looked highly probable. However, in the fifth group game, the weakest team of the group, Union Olimpija, stunned Olympiacos in Athens by winning their single game in the group. This put Olympiacos in second place and despite their away win against AEK in the last game of the group, their unexpected loss against Olimpija kept them out of the Final Four in Bologna. In the Greek League the Reds eliminated Peristeri in the quarter-finals and managed to break the home court advantage of Panathinaikos in the first game of the playoffs semi-final with a well-deserved 80–89 win in OAKA and after a thrilling second win at home with 80–76, they eliminated them and made it to the finals. In the finals, they managed to break AEK's home court advantage in the first game of the series (82–74) and after a second comfortable win at SEF in Game 2 (75–70) they were very close to the title. Despite starting the finals with those two comfortable wins, their 2–0 lead didn't prove enough as they lost three games in a row and let the title slip away.
Olympiacos was one of the EuroLeague's most dangerous teams in 2002–03 as well. They had a decent regular season, finishing third in a tough group of eight teams and qualified to the next phase at the expense of teams like Real Madrid and Partizan. The club came closer than any team to knocking off the eventual champions FC Barcelona in two heartbreaking games in the EuroLeague Top 16 groups (55–58, 77–80) and proved, despite the fact that they were not at their best during the early 2000s, that they were able to beat any team at any time.
The 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons were the worst in the modern history of Olympiacos. In both seasons, the team was eliminated in the Greek Cup and finished in the 8th place of the Greek League. Especially in the latter season, Olympiacos had a dismaying performance in the EuroLeague, which filled many of the club's fans with uncertainty.
The 2005–06 season saw the return of the Red giants, which overcame the previous down years with a nice combination of young talent and experienced veterans which paid off for the club. Players added to the club like Renaldas Seibutis, Quincy Lewis, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Georgios Printezis and, above all, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, were viewed by some to be a possible solid core of players for the team for many years to come. That season seemed to be very promising for the Red giants. However, the promising Reds were eliminated from the Greek Cup in their first knock-out match of the competition. Olympiacos survived a difficult EuroLeague regular season and shined in the Top 16, advancing to the quarterfinal playoffs. The Reds were just a win away from making it to the Final Four for the first time since 1999. Maccabi Tel Aviv won the best-of-three playoff series 2–1, but game 3 went down to the wire. Experience proved to be a decisive factor in the final 2 minutes of the game, when the hosts managed to seal a 77–73 win and advanced to the Final Four in Prague. Tyus Edney earned EuroLeague February MVP honors, as well as ranking third in assists at the end of the regular season and second in the Top 16. Olympiacos also shined in its domestic competition, as the Reds made it to the Greek League finals for the first time in five years by surviving a thrilling five-game series against Maroussi. Despite their losing in the final playoff series, it was clear that the Reds were back where they used to be, becoming a team able to challenge for every title.
In the 2006–07 season, with the signings of head coach Pini Gershon and Arvydas Macijauskas, the Reds were one of the favorites to claim the EuroLeague crown, but they didn't manage to qualify to the Athens Final Four. They were eliminated from the Greek Cup as well. In the Greek League playoffs, they made it to the finals after winning 3–2 a best of five semifinal against Aris. Although Olympiacos had to overcome their home court disadvantage, they won the last match in Thessaloniki and made it to the best of five finals, having again a home court disadvantage, this time against Panathinaikos. The club had to beat their arch-rivals in order to win their first Greek Championship since 1997. But they finished second in one of the best final series ever played in the Greek League. At the opening game of the series in Panathinaikos' home, the Reds lost 72–79, but they won the second game in Peace and Friendship Stadium 76–72. In the third match, Olympiacos lost 86–85 in overtime, with the Reds complaining furiously against the referees, who didn't call a clear foul against Scoonie Penn with only 3 seconds left in the game. Olympiacos won the next game easily, 78–68 in Piraeus, but in the last away game, the Reds lost 76–89.
In the 2007–08 season, Olympiacos was once again considered amongst the favorites to reach the Final Four of the EuroLeague. It was also considered one of the two favorites, along with Panathinaikos, to win the Greek championship. In the Greek League regular season the team had a record of 22 wins and 4 defeats, and had the second most prolific offensive team in the league. In the quarter-finals of the playoffs, Olympiacos swept AEK Athens in a best-of-three series and in the semi-finals they beat Maroussi in a best-of-five series, 3–2. They finally finished second, losing in the finals of the Greek League. They also reached the final of the Greek Cup after 4 years, but they didn't manage to take the title. In the EuroLeague, the team qualified for the third phase of the competition (quarter-finals). They played against the eventual winners CSKA Moscow and despite grabbing a thrilling away win in the first match of the series in CSKA Universal Sports Hall in Moscow (76–74 with Qyntel Woods scoring 20 points and Lynn Greer sinking a spectacular game-winning buzzer beater which ended CSKA's 27-game winning streak at home), they lost the second game in Piraeus and were eventually eliminated by 2–1 wins after the third game in Moscow.
2008–2009 Season: Return to Euroleague Final Four
The 2008–09 season began with high expectations due to a big budget and a great roster with players like Josh Childress, Theo Papaloukas, Miloš Teodosić, Nikola Vujčić, Ioannis Bourousis, Lynn Greer, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Georgios Printezis. The club's season was only moderately successful however, as they reached the finals of both the Greek Cup and the Greek Championship. In the Greek Championship regular season, the team set a record with 25 wins against only 1 defeat, but in the finals of the Greek League playoffs, they lost the series 3–1, despite having the home court advantage. In the EuroLeague, they reached the Final Four for the first time in 10 years, eliminating Real Madrid with 3–1 wins. Having secured the home advantage, they won the first two games in Piraeus (88–79 and 79–73) and managed to secure an away win (75-78) in Madrid in Game 4 of the series, thus advancing to the EuroLeague Final Four after 1999. In the Final Four in Berlin, they faced arch-rivals Panathinaikos in a close, heartbreaking thriller: Olympiacos trailed by two points and had the ball for the last possession. The ball went to Bourousis but his close shot bounced out, with Childress being unable to score with a last-second tip as well. Despite the loss in a match that could have easily gone either way, the team's great effort and the club's return to the elite of European basketball were clear signs of their future success.
2009–2010 Season: EuroLeague runners-up
The 2009–10 season was the best in a long time for Olympiacos. The management wanted to bring another big player to the team, after Josh Childress. And they did, agreeing with the Lithuanian NBA player of the Denver Nuggets, Linas Kleiza. With the help of these two and under the guidance of coach Panagiotis Giannakis the club managed to take the Greek Cup defeating their arch-rivals Panathinaikos 68–64 in the final. In the EuroLeague, the Reds had an impressive run in the regular season and the Top 16, finishing as group winners in both phases. In the quarter-final playoffs, the faced the Polish champions Asseco Prokom and eliminated them with 3–1 wins, reaching for the second consecutive season the EuroLeague Final Four which was held in Paris. In the semi-final the team managed to defeat Partizan 83–80 in overtime in a thrilling match, with Kleiza scoring 19 points. Olympiacos returned to the EuroLeague Final after 1997, facing FC Barcelona, the very team they had beaten in the 1997 Final. History didn't repeat itself, as Olympiacos lost 68–86 to FC Barcelona in the final. In the Greek Championship finals, the club lost 3–1 wins to Panathinaikos after an intense third game that would have put them ahead 1–2, with the Reds having again huge complaints over the referees' performance. The fourth game of the series was disrupted several times and the arena was cleared of all fans in order to complete the remaining few minutes.
In July 2010, Olympiacos offered a three-year contract worth €13,200,000 euros gross income to the famous Greek guard Vassilis Spanoulis, and came to an agreement with the player. The great Serbian coach Dušan Ivković agreed with the club, and with a roster of players such as Miloš Teodosić, Vassilis Spanoulis, Theo Papaloukas, Loukas Mavrokefalidis, Jamon Gordon, Rasho Nesterović, and Ioannis Bourousis, Olympiacos became a favorite to win the 2010-11 Euroleague. In the opening game of the Top 16, Olympiacos got a 70–84 defeat in Athens, against Fenerbahçe Ülker, but one month later, Olympiacos defeated the Turkish champions with a 65–80 win in Istanbul, and took the first place of the Top 16 Group H. In the quarter-finals, Olympiacos faced Montepaschi Siena. In the first game of a best-of-five series, the Reds achieved a great performance, defeating Montepaschi with an 89–41 score, at the Peace and Friendship stadium, in Athens, but the Italian club managed to win the second game (65–82), breaking the home advantage of the Reds. Olympiacos didn't manage to win any of the next two away games, and got eliminated from the 2010–11 Euroleague Final Four. On May 15, 2011, Olympiacos defeated arch-rivals Panathinaikos, 74–68, in the Greek Cup Final, and won the ninth Greek Cup in the club’s history. In the Greek League, Olympiacos took the first place in the regular season, but despite earning home-court advantage for the finals, they lost the first game at home, and suffered a 3–1 defeat in a best-of-five series, as they let a chance at the championship slip away.
2011–2012 Season: European and Greek Champions
In the summer of 2011, Olympiacos saw many experienced players leave the team, after a reduction of the team's budget by over 50%. The youthful team under coach Dušan Ivković initially heavily depended on team leader Vassilis Spanoulis, losing games regularly when he wasn't playing. The team that the press thought might not even qualify for the Top 16, improved dramatically over the course of the season, and under the great performances of Vassilis Spanoulis, Georgios Printezis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Kyle Hines, Joey Dorsey, Pero Antić, Acie Law, Kostas Sloukas, and Vangelis Mantzaris, Olympiacos managed to reach the 2011–12 Final Four in Istanbul, after breaking the home-advantage of the Italian champions, Montepaschi Siena, winning with a 75–82 score in the first game of a best-of-five series in Italy, in a reversal of the previous season's quarter-finals. Going to Istanbul as an outsider, Olympiacos upset the odds, and beat the two favourites, FC Barcelona in the semifinal, with a score 68–64, and CSKA Moscow in the final, with a 62–61 score, coming back after trailing by 19 points in the most dramatic final in the history of EuroLeague. Printezis scored a game-winner, off an assist from Spanoulis, with a few tenths of a second left, to complete the epic comeback, and give Olympiacos the win, and the second EuroLeague Championship in their history. Vassilis Spanoulis, the man who provided the assist for Printezis' buzzer-beating hook-shot, was voted Final Four MVP. The most successful season of the Reds since 1997, was completed by seizing the Greek Championship as well. They eliminated PAOK in the quarter-finals, and Panionios in the semi-finals, securing their spot in the Greek Finals undefeated. They entered the Greek Finals having the home-court advantage, after their first place in the regular season, and their impressive 23–1 record. There, Olympiacos faced their arch-rivals Panathinaikos, and won the best-of-five series 3–2 (84–78, 84–72, 82–76), celebrating the tenth Greek Championship in their history, and their first since 1997.
2012–2013 Season: Back-to-back European Champions
After the end of a dreamy season, both domestically and internationally, legendary coach Dušan Ivković decided to leave the club, leaving the club's owners, the Angelopoulos brothers, with a hard decision regarding his replacement. The club's owners decided to hire the highly promising Greek coach Georgios Bartzokas (who had very successful tenures in Marousi and Panionios) as the new head coach of the European Champions. Stratos Perperoglou, Giorgi Shermadini and the two-time NBA Champion Josh Powell joined the team to replace Marko Kešelj, Joey Dorsey, and Lazaros Papadopoulos. In May 2013, Olympiacos, under the guidance of coach Bartzokas, became Euroleague Champion for the second year in a row, becoming the first and only Greek club, and the only club since Maccabi Tel Aviv in European-wide basketball, to become back-to-back EuroLeague Champions, in the Euroleague Basketball Company era (Euroleague 2000–01 season to present), and only the third club in history since the establishment of the modern era Final Four format in 1987–88 season, to achieve that honour. After a solid display in both the regular season and the Top 16, they qualified for the quarter-finals, having earned the home advantage. They faced Anadolu Efes, and managed to eliminate the Turkish side, by winning the best-of-five series 3–2, after a thrilling Game 5 in SEF. Olympiacos managed to rally from a 15-point second-quarter deficit to win the game, with an 82–72 scoreline, thus securing the chance to defend their European crown in the Final Four. In the Final Four, Olympiacos managed to put forth two outstanding basketball displays. After rolling past CSKA Moscow with a smashing 69–52 win in the semifinal, they managed to beat Real Madrid 100–88 in the final at London's The O2 Arena, roaring back from a 17-point deficit in the first quarter, and scoring 90 points in the remaining three quarters. EuroLeague MVP Vassilis Spanoulis led the charge with 22 points (all in the second half), and was eventually voted Final Four MVP for the second consecutive season, and third overall in his career. Thus joining Toni Kukoč, as the only two players in history to achieve that distinction on three occasions. Acie Law scored 20 points with 5 assists, and Kyle Hines added 12 points with 3 blocks, one of which being a spectacular chase-down block on a fast break layup attempt by Nikola Mirotić.
2013–2014 Season: FIBA Intercontinental Champions
After winning the EuroLeague championship for the second straight season, Olympiacos qualified to play at the 2013 edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, against the 2013 FIBA Americas League champions, Pinheiros Sky, for the official Club World Cup title. The two game aggregate score series was hosted in Ginásio José Corrêa Arena, in Barueri, São Paulo, and Olympiacos dominated the series. They won both games quite convincingly (2–0), winning the first game of the series by a score of 81 to 70, and the second game by a score of 86 to 69. Team captain Vassilis Spanoulis was named the 2013 FIBA Intercontinental Cup MVP. Olympiacos lifted the trophy in front of their ecstatic fans from the Greek community of Brazil, and celebrated their third international title in less than 2 years. In the EuroLeague, they reached the quarter-finals, where they played against Real Madrid, the very team they had beaten in the previous year's final. Real Madrid entered the series with home-court advantage, and Olympiacos couldn't overturn the situation, losing the series 3–2 to the Spanish champions, after five intense games, and missing the chance to defend their back-to-back European crown.
2014–2015 Season: Euroleague runners-up, Greek Champions
In the 2014–15 season, Olympiacos had another great season, reaching the EuroLeague Final, and seizing the Greek Championship in a convincing way. In EuroLeague, after an impressive run in the regular season and the Top 16, they qualified for the quarter-finals for the tenth consecutive season (2006–2015), which was an all-time record in European basketball history, shared with FC Barcelona, the very club they were drawn to play against for a Final Four spot. FC Barcelona entered the series with the home-court advantage, and won the first game at home. Olympiacos bounced back from the loss, and managed to put on a top-class display in Game 2, beating FC Barcelona 63–76, at Palau Blaugrana. With the home-advantage in their hands, the Reds beat FC Barcelona twice at Peace and Friendship Stadium, winning the playoff series 3–1. Game 4 of the series was nothing less than a dramatic thriller. The game was tied at 68–68, with only 5.2 seconds remaining on game the clock. Olympiacos had possession of the ball, and just a small amount of time for a last play. The ball went to Georgios Printezis (hero of the 2012 Euroleague Final), who hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to secure the Final Four spot for his team (71–68), with Olympiacos fans erupting in frenetic celebrations. In the Final Four in Madrid, Olympiacos beat CSKA Moscow, 70–68, in the semifinal, coming back from a 9-point deficit in the last four minutes of the game. Captain Vassilis Spanoulis led Olympiacos to the final, by scoring 11 points in the last minutes of the 4th quarter, by hitting some really tough shots in the game's last crucial minutes. In the EuroLeague Final, Olympiacos didn't manage to win their third EuroLeague title in four years, as they lost to rivals Real Madrid, who played the final at their home court. Despite the title loss, Olympiacos proved yet again their dominating presence in European basketball, as they had become the most successful club in European basketball since 2008, with two EuroLeague Championships (2012, 2013), two other EuroLeague Finals appearances (2010, 2015), and five EuroLeague Final Four appearances in seven years (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015).
In Greece, Olympiacos had a great regular season, ending up with an impressive record of 25 wins and only 1 defeat. In the playoffs, they reached the finals, after eliminating Aris in the semi-finals (3–1 series win). In the finals, they totally dominated the series, and swept their arch-rivals Panathinaikos, with a 3–0 series win (76–70, 69–76, 93–74). Winning the 2015 Greek Championship in convincing fashion. Team head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos' guidance, as well as the team's solid performance, both defensively and offensively, paved the way for the historic 3–0 series sweep in the Greek League Finals, which was met with big celebrations from Olympiacos fans, at the title ceremony in SEF.
Kit manufacturers and Shirt sponsors
Since 1985, Olympiacos had a specific kit manufacturer and a shirt sponsor. The following table shows in detail the shirt sponsors and kit manufacturers of Olympiacos by year:
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|1995–1996||Red Club MasterCard|
Olympiacos' long-time home court the Peace and Friendship Stadium (Greek: Στάδιο Ειρήνης και Φιλίας or ΣΕΦ – SEF), which is an indoor arena located in Faliro, Piraeus, on the Athens coastland, exactly opposite of Olympiacos FC football department's ground, Karaiskakis Stadium. The arena opened in 1985 and Olympiacos has been using it since 1991. It was one of the biggest European arenas with a capacity of 17,000 seats, however, it was reduced to 12,171 seats for the 2004 Olympics.
Currently, it can seat up to 14,950 with lower additional tiers of seats added to it. 12,000 (11,600 permanent seats, and 400 temporary seats) is the current capacity of the arena for Olympiacos home games. SEF hosted the indoor volleyball tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics, and it was also the hosting venue of the EuroBasket 1987 and the 1998 FIBA World Championship. The stadium was renovated for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Olympiacos B.C. roster
Squad Changes for the 2016–2017 Season
- Greek Basket League
- Greek Basketball Cup
- Winners (9): 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1993–94, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Winners (4): 1975–76, 1977–78, 1993–94, 1996–97
- Triple Crown
- Winners (1): 1996–97
Performance in European & Worldwide competitions
|1978–79||Semi-final group stage||6th place in a group with Emerson Varèse, Bosna, Maccabi Elite, Real Madrid and Joventut Freixenet|
|1992–93||Quarter-finals||eliminated 2–1 by Limoges, 70–67 (W) in Patras, 53–59 (L) and 58–60 (L) in Limoges|
|1993–94||Final||defeated Panathinaikos 77–72 in the semi-final, lost to 7Up Joventut 57–59 in the final (Tel Aviv)|
|1994–95||Final||defeated Panathinaikos 58–52 in the semi-final, lost to Real Madrid 61–73 in the final (Zaragoza)|
|1995–96||Quarter-finals||eliminated 2–1 by Real Madrid, 68–49 (W) in Piraeus, 77–80 (L) and 65–80 (L) in Madrid|
|1996–97||European Champions||defeated Smelt Olimpija 74–65 in the semi-final, defeated FC Barcelona 73–58 in the final of the Final Four in Rome|
|1998–99||Final Four||3rd place in Munich, lost to Žalgiris 71–87 in the semi-final, defeated Teamsystem Bologna 74–63 in the 3rd place game|
|2000–01||Quarter-finals||eliminated 2–0 by Tau Cerámica, 72–78 (L) in Piraeus, 76–98 (L) in Vitoria-Gasteiz|
|2001–02||Last 8||2nd place in a group with Panathinaikos, AEK and Union Olimpija|
|2002–03||Last 8||2nd place in a group with FC Barcelona, Union Olimpija and ASVEL|
|2005–06||Quarter-finals||eliminated 2–1 by Maccabi Elite, 78–87 (L) in Tel Aviv, 76–70 (W) in Piraeus, 73–77 (L) in Tel Aviv|
|2006–07||Quarter-finals||eliminated 2–0 by Tau Cerámica, 59–84 (L) in Vitoria-Gasteiz, 89–95 (L) in Piraeus|
|2007–08||Quarter-finals||eliminated 2–1 by CSKA Moscow, 76–74 (W) in Moscow, 73–83 (L) in Piraeus, 56–81 (L) in Moscow|
|2008–09||Final Four||4th place in Berlin, lost to Panathinaikos 82–84 in the semi-final, lost to FC Barcelona 79–95 in the 3rd place game|
|2009–10||Final||defeated Partizan 83–80 in the semi-final, lost to FC Barcelona 68–86 in the final (Paris)|
|2010–11||Quarter-finals||eliminated 3–1 by Montepaschi Siena, 89–41 (W) & 65–82 (L) in Piraeus, 72–81 (L) and 76–88 (L) in Siena|
|2011–12||European Champions||defeated FC Barcelona 68–64 in the semi-final, defeated CSKA Moscow 62–61 in the final of the Final Four in Istanbul|
|2012–13||European Champions||defeated CSKA Moscow 69–52 in the semi-final, defeated Real Madrid 100–88 in the final of the Final Four in London|
|2013–14||Quarter-finals||eliminated 3–2 by Real Madrid, 71–88 (L), 77–82 (L) in Madrid, 78–76 (W), 71–62 (W) in Piraeus and 69–83 (L) in Madrid|
|2014–15||Final||defeated CSKA Moscow 70–68 in the semi-final, lost to Real Madrid 59–78 in the final (Madrid)|
|1975–76||Quarter-finals||4th place in a group with Rabotnički, Tours and CSKA Sofia|
|1979–80||Last 8||2nd place in a group with Arrigoni Rieti, Joventut Freixenet and Tofaş|
|2013||Intercontinental Champions||defeated Pinheiros, 81–70 (W) and 86–69 (W) in the double final of Intercontinental Cup in São Paulo|
|1997||Final||defeated Atenas 89–86 in the semi-final, lost to Chicago Bulls 78–104 in the final (Paris)|
The road to the 1997 EuroLeague victory
The road to the 2012 Euroleague victory
The road to the 2013 Euroleague victory
The biggest wins in FIBA Champions Cup and EuroLeague
The biggest wins in FIBA Saporta Cup
The biggest wins in FIBA Korać Cup
Matches against NBA teams
On October 18, 1997, Olympiacos became the first Greek team to play against an NBA team. As European Champions, they played against the back-to-back NBA champions, the Chicago Bulls, in the final of the 1997 McDonald's Championship in Paris. The game was played under zone-friendly European rules (the games between NBA and FIBA teams were played under a mixture of NBA and FIBA rules at that time), but, out of respect for the Bulls, Olympiacos never used a zone defense. Olympiacos lost 78–104, with the legendary Michael Jordan scoring 27 points in the game. In October 2009, Olympiacos visited the United States on their 2009 NBA tour, and played against the San Antonio Spurs, at the AT&T Center, and against the Cleveland Cavaliers, at Quicken Loans Arena.
18 October 1997
|Scoring by quarter: 30–20, 24–23, 21–17, 29–18|
|Pts: Jordan 27
Rebs: Wennington 9
|Pts: Karnišovas 19
Rebs: Tarlać 11
9 October 2009
|San Antonio Spurs||107–89||Olympiacos|
|Scoring by quarter: 39–21, 27–25, 17–20, 24–23|
|Pts: Hill 17
Rebs: Duncan 5
Asts: Ginóbili 5
|Pts: Schortsanitis 16
Rebs: Childress 9
Asts: Papaloukas 4
12 October 2009
|Scoring by quarter: 31–25, 29–19, 30–21, 21–29|
|Pts: Gibson 15
Rebs: Varejão 8
Asts: James 7
|Pts: Childress, Kleiza 16
Rebs: Papaloukas 6
Asts: Papaloukas 7
Greek League records
|Biggest win in A1 Finals (since 1992)||73–38 (35 points) against Panathinaikos (1995–96, Game 5, SEF)|
|Best regular season record in A1 GBL||26–0 (2010–11)|
|Best regular season & playoffs record in A1 GBL||33–2 (2014–15, 2015–16)|
A1 Regular seasons (Wins–Losses)
- Vassilis Spanoulis (2012, 2013)
- Miloš Teodosić (2010)
- Vassilis Spanoulis (2013)
- Ioannis Bourousis (2008–09)
- Linas Kleiza (2009–10)
- Miloš Teodosić (2009–10)
- Vassilis Spanoulis (2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15)
- Alphonso Ford (2001–02)
- Theodoros Papaloukas (2008–09)
- Josh Childress (2009–10)
- Vassilis Spanoulis (2010–11, 2013–14)
- David Rivers (1996–97)
- Kostas Papanikolaou (2011–12)
- Vassilis Spanoulis (2012–13)
- Matt Lojeski (2014–15)
- Giorgos Sigalas (1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97)
- Vassilis Spanoulis (2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16)
- Sofoklis Schortsanitis (2005–06)
- Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (2006–07)
- Ioannis Bourousis (2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11)
- Josh Childress (2009–10)
- Vassilis Spanoulis (2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16)
- Giorgos Printezis (2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16)
- Kostas Papanikolaou (2011–12, 2012–13)
- Kostas Sloukas (2014–15)
- Dino Radja (2000–01)
- To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Played at least one season for the club.
- Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
- Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
- To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career.
- Giannis Spanoudakis (1948–63 & 1964–1967)
- Faidon Matthaiou (1967–76)
- Kostas Mourouzis (1976–79)
- Giannis Ioannidis (1991–96 & 1999–00)
- Dušan Ivković (1996–99 & 2010–12)
- Jonas Kazlauskas (2004–06)
- Pini Gershon (2006–08)
- Panagiotis Giannakis (2008–10)
- Georgios Bartzokas (2012–14)
- Giannis Sfairopoulos (2014–)
Below is the official presidential history of Olympiacos B.C.. Before 1991, Olympiacos CFP president was responsible for the management of the basketball team. In 1991, the department became professional and Sokratis Kokkalis took over as owner and president.
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- FIBA Europe.com Game Card
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