|Nickname||Thrylos (The Legend)
Erythrolefkoi (The Red-Whites)
Kokkinoi (The Reds)
Dafnostefanomenos (The laurel-crowned)
|Founded||1925 (Basketball Club: 1931)|
|History||Olympiacos Piraeus B.C.
|Arena||Peace and Friendship Stadium|
|Team colors||Red and White
|Head coach||Giannis Sfairopoulos|
|Championships||3 Euroleague Championships
1 Triple Crown
1 Intercontinental Cup
11 Greek Championships
9 Greek Cups
|Active departments of Olympiacos|
|Volleyball (Women's)||Water Polo (Men's)||Water Polo (Women's)|
Olympiacos Piraeus B.C. (Greek: ΚΑΕ Ολυμπιακός), also known simply as Olympiacos, 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, eleven Greek Championships and nine Greek Cups. They are a traditional powerhouse of the Euroleague and besides their three European Championship titles, 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 is an all-time record in European basketball history (shared with FC Barcelona). 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.
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, achieving the greatest comeback in European basketball finals history, and one of the greatest ever seen in 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, Theodoros Papaloukas, Alphonso Ford, Tyus Edney, Arvydas Macijauskas, Miloš Teodosić, Nikola Vujčić, Josh Childress, Linas Kleiza, Rašo Nesterović, Vassilis Spanoulis, Giorgos Printezis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Stratos Perperoglou, Kyle Hines and Acie Law. 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
- 1.4 2000s
- 1.5 2010s
- 2 Sponsors and Manufacturers
- 3 Arena
- 4 Players
- 5 Honours
- 6 Performance in European & Worldwide competitions
- 7 Matches against NBA teams
- 8 Seasons
- 9 A1 Basket Regular seasons (Wins – Losses)
- 10 Notable players
- 11 Notable coaches
- 12 Sponsorships
- 13 References
- 14 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, which allowed the Reds for the first time to qualify for the European Champions Cup (1960–61 season). It was their first ever participation at the European level as well.
It wasn't until 1976 that coach Fedon Mattheou 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.
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 1991–1992 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. They finished second in the Greek League behind PAOK.
5 Greek Championships in a row, twice Euroleague Runners-up
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, as Peace and Friendship Stadium was full in most of their matches, making Olympiacos invincible in it, but in Europe as well. 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 Team of Europe in the decade of the 1990s.
In the 1992–1993 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, SEF, as they were eliminated by Limoges in the quarter-finals. However, despite finishing 4th in the Greek A1 regular season, they won their first Greek championship since 1978, defeating PAOK in the semi-finals and Panathinaikos in the finals, even though both of Olympiacos' opponents had the home court advantage.
The following year, Olympiacos finally reached, for the first time, the Final Four in Tel Aviv. They faced their arch-rivals Panathinaikos in the semi-final, beating them 77–72 and becoming the first Greek team to play in the Euroleague final. The Reds, despite being favorites to win the European crown, lost 57–59 to 7 Up Joventut in the final. Finally, they managed to win a domestic double against PAOK and Iraklis in the Greek League and Greek Cup finals respectively.
In the 1994–1995 season they 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 and reached the final for the second consecutive year. There they played against another Spanish team, Real Madrid, which were playing on their home soil and managed to defeat Olympiacos 61–73. In the Greek League they managed to win the championship in the best-of-five finals, with a thrilling 45–44 home win over Panathinaikos in the fifth and last match.
In the next season, 1995–1996, Olympiacos didn't make the Final Four, but 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 shocking 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.
European Champions, Triple Crown Glory
In the 1996–1997 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, breaking twice their opponents home court advantage. Their first victim was Partizan. In a strange best of three series, Olympiacos won the first match in Belgrade, lost the second at Peace and Friendship Stadium, which disappointed their fans, and finally won the third game in Belgrade, 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 revenge them for the last year's opprobrious defeat in the Greek finals. In the first game of the series at Panathinaikos' home, the Athens Olympic Indoor Hall, Olympiacos once again stunned the Greens, beating them 69–49 in front of their own fans. In the second match, at Peace and Friendship Stadium, in front of 17,000 Reds fans, Olympiacos beat Panathinaikos by a score of 65–57 and advanced to the Final Four in Rome.
Olympiacos were the unquestionable favorites to win the championship. Finally, they made it, by beating Smelt Olimpija 74–65 in the semi-final and FC Barcelona 73–58 in the final. Olympiacos fans were quick to sing that, "in Rome, in the final, we lifted the European trophy." This remains one of the club's most popular chants today. Olympiacos then easily achieved the coveted triple crown: they won the Greek League title (against the season's surprise team AEK), the Greek Cup (against Apollon Patras), and finally the Euroleague. Olympiacos was the first Greek team to have won the Triple Crown and remained the only 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, but, out of respect for the Bulls, Olympiacos never used a zone defense. Olympiacos was defeated 78–104 by one of the greatest basketball players ever, Michael Jordan.
In the 1997–1998 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 1998–1999 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 2000–2001 season, Olympiacos played in the first Euroleague competition organized by Euroleague Basketball (company), 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 2001–2002 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 2002–2003 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 are able to beat any team at any time.
The 2003–2004 and 2004–2005 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 its fans with uncertainty.
The 2005–2006 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 eliniminated 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 2006–2007 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 inaugural game 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 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, Theodoros Papaloukas, Miloš Teodosić, Nikola Vujčić, Giannis Bourousis, Lynn Greer, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Giorgos 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 after a long time for Olympiakos. The management wanted to bring another big player to the team, after Josh Childress. And they did, agreeing with the Lithuanian NBA player of 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 offers a three-year contract of €13,200,000 gross income to the famous Greek guard Vassilis Spanoulis and comes to an agreement with the player. The great Serbian coach Dušan Ivković agrees with the club and with a roster of players such as Miloš Teodosić, Vassilis Spanoulis, Theo Papaloukas, Loukas Mavrokefalidis, Jamon Gordon, Radoslav Nesterović and Ioannis Bourousis, Olympiacos becomes a favourite to win the 2010-11 Euroleague. In the opening game of the Top 16 Olympiacos gets an 70–84 defeat in Athens from 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. In May 15, 2011 Olympiacos defeated arch-rivals Panathinaikos 74–68 in the Greek cup final and won the ninth cup in the club’s history. In the Greek League Olympiacos takes the first place in the regular season and despite earning home-court advantage for the finals, they lose the first game at home and with a 3–1 defeat in a best-of-five series they let the championship slip away.
2011–2012 Season: European Champions, Greek Champions
In the summer of 2011 Olympiacos saw many experienced players leave after a reduction of the team's budget by over 50%. The youthful team under coach Dušan Ivković depended initially on 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, Giorgos 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 in the first game of a best-of-five series in Italy, in a reversal of last 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 Basketball. Printezis scored a game winner 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 finals undefeated. They entered the 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 after 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 Angelopoulos brothers with a hard decision regarding his replacement. Club owners decided to hire the highly promising Greek coach Giorgos 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 times 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 after Maccabi Tel Aviv in European 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 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 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. 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 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 fastbreak layup by Nikola Mirotić.
2013–2014 Season: 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 club World Cup title. The two game aggregate score series were 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. 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 last 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 2014–15 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 is 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 a 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 in Palau Blaugrana. With the home-advantage in their hands, the Reds beat FC Barcelona twice in Peace and Friendship Stadium, winning the playoff series 3–1. The Game 4 of the series was nothing less than a dramatic thriller. The game was tied at 68–68 with only 5,2 seconds on the clock. Olympiacos had ball possesion and just a small amount of time for a last play. The ball went to Giorgos 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, scoring 11 points with 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 at their home court. Despite the title loss, Olympiacos proved yet again their dominating presence in European basketball, as they are the most successful club in European basketball since 2008, with two Euroleague Championships (2012, 2013), two Euroleague Finals (2010, 2015) and five Euroleague Final Four participations 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 wins). In the finals, they totally dominated the series and swept their arch-rivals Panathinaikos with 3–0 wins (76–70, 69–76, 93–74), winning the 2015 Greek Championship in convincing fashion. Coach Giannis Sfairopoulos' guidance, as well as the team's solid performance both defensively and offensively, paved the way for the historic 3–0 sweep, which was met with big celebrations from Olympiacos fans in the title ceremony in SEF.
Sponsors and Manufacturers
Since 1985 Olympiacos had a specific kit manufacturer and a kit sponsor. The following tables detail the shirt sponsors and kit suppliers of Olympiacos by year:
|Period||Kit supplier||Shirt sponsor|
|1991–1992||Robe Di Kappa||Nissan|
|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 seats 14,950. SEF hosted the indoor volleyball tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics, while it was the hosting venue of the EuroBasket 1987 and 1998 FIBA World Championship. The stadium was renovated for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
Olympiacos B.C. roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Othello Hunter||Vasileios Kavvadas|
|PF||Giorgos Printezis||Brent Petway||Dimitrios Agravanis||Michalis Tsairelis|
|SF||Matt Lojeski||Ioannis Papapetrou|
|SG||Vassilis Spanoulis||Antreas Christodoulou|
|PG||Vangelis Mantzaris||D. J. Strawberry||Vasileios Mouratos|
Squad Changes for the 2015–2016 Season
- Greek League
- Greek Cup
- Winners (9): 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1993–94, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Double (unofficial)
- Winners (4): 1975–76, 1977–78, 1993–94, 1996–97
- Triple Crown (unofficial)
- 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 Badalona|
|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 Joventut Badalona 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 Athens 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 Badalona 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 Chicago Bulls in the final of the 1997 McDonald's Championship in Paris. The game was played under zone-friendly European rules, 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 October 2009, Olympiacos visited the United States on his 2009 NBA tour and played against the San Antonio Spurs in AT&T Center and against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 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
A1 Basket Regular seasons (Wins – Losses)
- 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)
- Fedon Mattheou (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)
- Giorgos Bartzokas (2012–14)
- Giannis Sfairopoulos (2014–)
- Official Shirt Sponsor – OPAP
- Official Shirt Sponsor – PSA Peugeot Citroën
- Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer – Nike, Inc.
- Official Health Care Service Provider – Athens Medical Group
- Official Broadcaster – New Hellenic Television
- Official Sponsor – OTE
- Official Sponsor – Total
- Official Pharmaceutical Sponsor – Tzelalis Sport Medicine
- Official Sport Drink – Gatorade
- Official Sport Drink – Pepsi Max
- Official Travel Provider – Esser Travel
- Official Sponsor – Pizza Fun
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- FIBA Europe.com Game Card
- International Herald Tribune, European Basketball: Passionate Greek Drama by Ian Thomsen, 3 April 1997
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- FoxSports.com O Herói e o Vilão de Olympiacos 86 x 69 Pinheiros, pelo Mundial de Clubes (Portuguese).
- Gazetaesportiva.net Olympiacos bate Pinheiros e vence Copa Intercontinental (Portuguese).
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