Olympiacos Water Polo Club

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For the parent multi-sport club, see Olympiacos CFP.
Olympiacos
Olympiacos S.F.P.png
Nickname Thrylos (The Legend)
Erythrolefkoi (The Red-Whites)
Kokkinoi (The Reds)
Founded 1925
League A1 Ethniki Water Polo
LEN Champions League
Based in Piraeus, Greece
Arena Papastrateio Hall Piraeus
(Capacity: 1000)
Colors           Red, White
President Michalis Kountouris
Head coach Thodoris Vlachos
Championships 1 LEN Champions League
1 LEN Super Cup
1 Triple Crown
30 Greek Championships
18 Greek Cups
2 Greek Super Cups
Website osfp.gr

Olympiacos Water Polo Club is the men's water polo team of the major Greek multi-sport club Olympiacos CFP, based in Piraeus. It was founded in 1925 and was among the founding members of the Hellenic Swimming Federation.

Olympiacos is one of the most successful teams in Europe, having won the LEN Champions League,[1] the LEN Super Cup and the Triple Crown in 2002[2] 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.[3][4] The only European clubs, besides Olympiacos, that have achieved such a rare feat after 2002 are Jug Dubrovnik, Pro Recco, Partizan and Crvena Zvezda. Besides their 2002 triumph, Olympiacos have also been twice runners-up of the LEN Champions League, reaching the final of the 2001 LEN Champions League in Dubrovnik and the final of the 2016 LEN Champions League in Budapest and twice runners-up of the LEN Cup Winners' Cup in 1998 and 1999.

Olympiacos is by far the most successful Greek water polo club in European competitions, being the only Greek club to have won the LEN Champions League, the LEN European Super Cup, as well as the Triple Crown and the only Greek club to have reached a total of 6 European finals. 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.[5][6][7]

Domestically, Olympiacos has won 30 Greek Championships,[8] a record 18 Greek Cups,[9][10] a record 15 Doubles and a record 2 Greek Super Cups. From 2006–07 through 2015–16 season, Olympiacos won 9 Doubles (Greek Championship and Greek Cup) in 10 years, five of them straight (2006–2011), and five more undefeated and having won every game (without even a single draw) in both the Greek League and the Greek Cup (2008–09, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16). The club also holds many more unique records in the domestic competitions. They have achieved a record of 101 straight wins and a 126 consecutive matches unbeaten record in the regular season of the Greek League (both ended on 5 February 2011), as well as an ongoing record of 104 straight wins in both the Greek League (including the play-offs) and the Greek Cup (last defeat on 8 May 2013).[11][12] Additionally, Olympiacos holds the record for the fewest losses (overall), the most goals scored in a season (444 goals in season 2015–16, beating their previous record of 443 goals in season 2014–15), and the fewest goals conceded in a season (100 goals in season 2015–16).

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 its 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]

Some of the best players in European water polo have played for Olympiacos over the years including: Thodoris Chatzitheodorou, Petar Trbojević, Josip Pavić, Andro Bušlje, Slobodan Nikić, Teo Đogaš, Mlađan Janović, Nikola Rađen, Albert Español, Antonis Vlontakis, Makis Voltirakis, Nikos Deligiannis, Giorgos Afroudakis, Christos Afroudakis, Thodoris Kalakonas, Themis Chatzis, Giannis Thomakos, Tasos Schizas, Giorgos Psychos, Sakis Platanitis, Dimitris Kravaritis, Giorgos Ntoskas, Kyriakos Giannopoulos, Nikos Venetopoulos, Vangelis Delakas, Manolis Mylonakis, Tamás Dala, Chris Humbert, Gavin Arroyo, Jesse Smith, Andrija Komadina, Tihomil Vranješ, Thomas Schertwitis, Blai Mallarach, Giannis Fountoulis, Konstantinos Mourikis, Christodoulos Kolomvos, Angelos Vlachopoulos and Dimitris Mazis.

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Olympiacos Water Polo team in 1927. This roster won the first Greek League title in Olympiacos' long history.
  • Greek League
    • Winners (30): 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, 2016
  • Greek Cup
    • Winners (18) (record): 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Greek Super Cup
    • Winners (2) (record): 1997, 1998
  • Double
    • Winners (15) (record): 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

European competitions[edit]

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
LEN Champions League
2000–01 Final won 7–6 against Posillipo in the semi-final, lost 7–8 to Jug in the final
2001–02 European
Champions
won 8–5 against Jug in the semi-final and 9–7 against Honvéd in the final
2006–07 Final Four 4th place. Defeated 9–10 by Pro Recco in the semi-final and 13–15 by Partizan in the 3rd place game
2015–16 Final won 8–7 against Szolnoki in the semi-final, lost 4–6 to Jug in the final
LEN Cup Winners' Cup
1997–98 Final defeated by Ferencváros, won 7–6 in Athens, lost 6–8 in Budapest
1998–99 Final defeated by Mladost, lost 4–13 in Zagreb, won 10–6 in Athens
LEN Super Cup
2002 Supercup
Champions
won 6–5 against Vasas in Budapest

The road to the 2001–02 LEN Champions League victory[edit]

Round Team Home  Away 
Group Stage
(Group 5)
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 12–5
Russia Dynamo Moscow 4–5
Spain Atlètic-Barceloneta 6–5
Quarterfinals
(Blue Group)
Germany Spandau 04 14–4 8–6
France Olympic Nice 7–7 8–7
Italy Posillipo 11–7 7–9
Semifinal Croatia Jug 8–5
Final Hungary Honvéd 9–7

Current Roster[edit]

2016–17

Number Nationality Player Height Date of Birth
Goalkeepers (2)
1 Croatia Josip Pavić 1.95 1982-01-15
13 Greece Stefanos Galanopoulos 1.97 1993-02-22
Defense (3)
3 Greece Vangelis Delakas 1.89 1985-02-08
6 Croatia Andro Bušlje 2.00 1986-01-04
7 Greece Kyriakos Pontikeas 1.90 1991-05-09
Offense (2)
9 Greece Konstantinos Mourikis 1.97 1988-07-11
10 Greece Christodoulos Kolomvos 1.86 1988-10-26
Midfield (8)
2 Greece Manolis Mylonakis 1.85 1985-04-09
4 Greece Konstantinos Genidounias 1.82 1993-05-03
5 Greece Giannis Fountoulis 1.86 1988-05-25
8 Greece Giorgos Ntoskas 1.85 1984-11-11
11 Montenegro Mlađan Janović 1.90 1984-06-12
12 Spain Albert Español 1.88 1985-10-29
14 Greece Stelios Argyropoulos 1.90 1996-08-02
15 Greece Manolis Prekas 1.86 1996-02-28
Coach
Greece Thodoris Vlachos

Notable players[edit]

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.

Notable coaches[edit]

Hall of Fame coach Ivo Trumbić, under whose guidance Olympiacos won the title in 1971.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Τα σερί είναι για να "σπάνε", αλλά όχι έτσι (in Greek). sport-fm.gr. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
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  14. ^ "Imperia ladies take European Super Cup". waterpoloworld.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
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  22. ^ "1979: The team of Olympiacos Piraeus". waterpololegends.com. 
  23. ^ "Ivo Trumbic inducted into Swimming Hall of Fame". waterpoloworld.com. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 

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