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  • Olympic Games - Origin

    by janbeeu Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    The origin of the Olympic Games is linked with many myths referred to in ancient sources but in the historic years their founder is said to be Oxylos whose descendant Ifitos later rejuvenated the games.

    According to tradition, the Olympic Games began in 776 BC when Ifitos made a treaty with Lycourgos the king and famous legislator of Sparta and Cleisthenes the king of Pissa. The text of the treaty was written on a disc kept in the Heraion. In this treaty that was the decisive event for the development of the sanctuary as a Panhellenic centre, the "sacred truce" was agreed, the ceasing of fighting in all of the Greek world for as long as the Olympic Games were on.

    As a reward for the victors the cotinus, which was a wreath made from a branch of wild olive tree that was growing next to the opisthodomus of the temple of Zeus in the sacred Altis, was established after an order of the Delphic oracle.

    Olympic wreath
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  • AEK Athens

    by nizakafe Written Jul 11, 2005

    Football team AEK Athens have Olympic Stadium for their home so it is a good oppurtinity to see both the great stadium and a nice football match. Fantastic atmosphere, high class football. A must see!

    Equipment: Tickets from 15 euro

    aek fc

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    Visit AEK!!!

    by Pieter11 Written May 27, 2005

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    Pretty strange after five days of visiting Athens. I´ve seen so many beautiful things: monuments that are thousands of years old, statues, gorgeous landscapes, and so on. But the thing I will definitely will never forget is the football match of AEK Athens.

    Andreas (AndyRG) was so kind to take me with him to a match against PAOK Saloniki. I´ve never before in my whole life experienced such an amazing match. Fireworks, thousands of enthusiastic supporter shouting, screaming, dancing and clapping, together with a beautiful stadium and an exciting match, made me have the time of my life.

    If you are a football fan and you are in Athens during the football season, you should definitely arrange some tickets. The atmosphere is that wonderful that the result don´t even count.

    PAOK supporters: the opponent Partying at AEK AndyRG at AEK AEK's leading! At AEK

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    AEK

    by Lilasel Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    During my first week in Athens Andreas - fan of AEK - took me with him on the stadium to support one of the leading football teams in Greece.
    Greeks love football and they prooved it in 2003 in Portugal!

    AEK is playing...

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  • Olympiakos

    by grkboiler Written Dec 12, 2004

    Olympiakos is by far Greece's most successful football club, one of the best-supported and also THE most hated. They are based near Athens in Piraeus and owned by Socrates Kokkalis. He bought the club in 1992.

    OSFP, or Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Piraeus (Olympic Association of Sportsmen of Piraeus) was formed on 10 March, 1925 after the merger of Piraeus Football Club and Piraeus Fans Club. The name was inspired by aviator Notis Kamperos. The club has had its down years but has pretty much dominated ever since it was formed. It has more titles than archrivals Panathinaikos and AEK combined! Olympiakos is nicknamed "Thrylos", meaning "legend".

    After 10 straight years without a title, the worst stretch in their history, Olympiakos won an unprecedented 7 league championships in a row between 1997 and 2003. In 2004, they were finally knocked off by Panathinaikos.

    Unfortunately, Olympiakos has failed to register in European competitions, always finding a dramatic way to lose.

    Equipment: Olympiakos' colors are red and white. They play at Karaiskaki (Built 2004, Capacity 33,334) located at Faliro.

    Olympiakos have won 32 Championships:
    1931, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1966,1967, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

    20 Cups:
    1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959,1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1990, 1992, 1999

    2 Super Cups:
    1987, 1992

    10 Doubles:
    1947, 1951, 1954, 1957,1958, 1959, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1999

    1 Balkan Cup:
    1963

    Olympiakos

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  • AEK

    by grkboiler Written Dec 12, 2004

    AEK is a major football club in Athens with a great history and a large base of supporters. It has a very proud beginning and has been successful in the domestic league and competitive abroad.

    When Athens was flooded with Greek refugees from Turkey in the 1920s, many famous athletes from Constantinople were among them, especially from the clubs Pera Klub and Enosi Tatavlon. They quickly joined other clubs in Athens, but they felt the need to have a club with their own identity.

    In 1924, AEK, or Athlitiki Enosi Konstantinoupoleos (Athletic Union of Constantinople), was formed by these refugees. Its symbol of a black double-headed eagle of Byzantium on a yellow background was chosen.

    Equipment: AEK's colors are yellow and black. Their historic home stadium is Nikos Goumas in Nea Filadelfia (Built 1930, Capacity 22,600). It was demolished in 2003 in order to build a new stadium. Matches have been played at Spyros Louis and Rizoupoli.

    AEK has won 11 Championships:
    1939, 1940, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994

    13 Cups:
    1932, 1939, 1949, 1950, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002

    1 Super Cup:
    1989

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  • Panathinaikos

    by grkboiler Written Dec 12, 2004

    Panathinaikos (pa-na-thi-na-ee-KOS) is the biggest football club in Athens and very well supported throughout Greece. They have been successful domestically and competitive internationally.

    POA, or Podosfairikos Omilos Athinon (Football Club of Athens), was founded in 1908 by an 18 year old Giorgios Kalafatis. In 1918, the team's colors, green and white, were chosen, along with the symbol of a 3-leafed clover, or trifili. In 1924, the club changed its named to the present name, PAO, or Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (Panathinaikos Athletic Club).

    PAO is responsible for the greatest accomplishment of a Greek team at the club level. They reached the final of the Champions Cup in 1971, but lost to Ajax 2-0 at Wembley Stadium in London. Along with that run, they have been the most competitive Greek team in international matches.

    Equipment: Colors are green and white. Home games are played at Apostolos Nikolaidis at Leoforos Alexandras (Built 1922, Capacity 16,620). A new stadium is being discussed.

    The team has won 19 Championships:
    1930, 1949, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004

    16 Cups:
    1940, 1948, 1955, 1967, 1969, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2004

    3 Super Cups:
    1988, 1993, 1994

    And completed the double 6 times:
    1969, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1991, 1995, 2004

    Panathinaikos

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  • Basketball

    by grkboiler Written Dec 12, 2004

    Basketball is very popular in Athens and Greece. Athens has some well-supported teams, including AEK, Panathinaikos, Panionios, Maroussi, and smaller clubs. Olympiakos is nearby in Piraeus. The national team has also had competitive teams.

    Equipment: This website gives you information about teams in English:
    http://www.eurobasket.com/gre/gre.asp

    It has standings, players, team contact info, etc.

    The website below is the official website in Greek.

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  • Sikose to!

    by grkboiler Written Dec 12, 2004

    On 4 July, 2004, hundreds of thousands of Athenians poured into the streets of Athens with tears of joy in their eyes to celebrate Greece's victory at Euro 2004 over Portugal. It was quite a scene watching everything unfold on TV. This was the biggest success Greek football has ever witnessed and will forever be in the hearts of Greeks.

    100 to 1 underdogs at the start of the tournament, the team used defensive tactics and opportunistic offense to defeat the competition, only losing once to Russia, 2-1. Highlights included beating Portugal twice (in the opening match of the tournament and in the Final with only 1 shot on target - a corner by Angelos Basinas headed in by Angelos Charisteas), absolute domination of the French team, and the last-second silver goal by Traianos Dellas against the Czech team in the semi-final.

    The mere mention of the victory will bring a smile to the face of any Greek around the world. Personally, it is the most joy I have ever felt in my life.

    Equipment: The team was coached by Otto Rehhagel of Germany. The leading goalscorer was Angelos Charisteas with 3. Captain Theodoros Zagorakis won Player of the Tournament.

    12/6/04 Greece 2, Portugal 1
    16/6/04 Greece 1, Spain 1
    20/6/04 Russia 2, Greece 1
    25/6/04 Greece 1, France 0
    01/7/04 Greece 1, Czech Rep. 0 (Silver Goal)
    04/7/04 Greece 1, Portugal 0

    Squad members: * indicates Euro All-Star
    1 Antonis Nikopolidis*
    2 Giourkas Seitaridis*
    3 Stelios Venetidis
    4 Nikos Dabizas
    5 Traianos Dellas*
    6 Angelos Basinas
    7 Theodoros Zagorakis*
    8 Stelios Giannakopoulos
    9 Angelos Charisteas*
    10 Vassilis Tsiartas
    11 Demis Nikolaidis
    12 Kostas Chalkias
    13 Fanis Katergiannakis
    14 Panagiotis Fyssas
    15 Zisis Vryzas
    16 Pantelis Kafes
    17 Giorgios Giorgiadis
    18 Yannis Goumas
    19 Mihalis Kapsis
    20 Giorgios Karagounis
    21 Konstantinos Katsouranis
    22 Dimitris Papadopoulos
    23 Vassilis Lakis

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    The Flame that unite us all ...

    by everdawn57 Written Aug 24, 2004

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    I decided to publish this picture depicting the olympic flame born in ancient olympia that unites the people and calls out the goverments of the so called powerful nations to work in peace............

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    Olympic Games... Welcome Home!

    by everdawn57 Written Aug 24, 2004

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    In case you visit don't delay to pay a visit to the new olympic complex which during the olympic games lives at the pulse of the thousands visitors and even more greeks who filled every single stadium enjoying the beautiful atmosphere.........

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    Win celebrations

    by Crift Written Jul 5, 2004

    The tourists who were in Athens during the Euro 2004 semi-finals and finals witnessed the greatest celebration ever! Giant screens were put outdoor in the squares and the open air cafes and people cheered like crazy when Greece scored a goal. But the real feast was right after the game.
    Last night, after we won Portugal and Greece became champion of the Euro 2004 tournament I had to go downtown to Omonoia. Nothing I can say can describe what happened there... That was the biggest, noisiest and most passionate street party EVER! A friend from Australia who is visiting Athens for the summer was in awe and so excited that lost her voice after 15 minutes of cheering!

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    The Athens Marathon

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Dec 28, 2003

    The Athens Marathon is like no other on Earth. According to legend, it covers the same ground that the Athenian messenger Phiedippides ran when he brought news of victory ("Niki!") from the battlefield of Marathon almost 2,500 years ago (in 490 BC). When you run the Athens Marathon, you run in the very footsteps of the ancient gods and heros that gave birth to western civilization. The finish line is in Athens' magnificent Olympic Stadium, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Those who run the Athens Marathon say it is an experience they'll never forget.

    Route :
    The Athens Marathon 26.2 miles is run entirely on asphalt. The first twelve kilometers are level. The middle nineteen kilometers are gentle long hills. The final eleven kilometers are downhill. The finish line is in Athens' magnificent Olympic Stadium.

    Didn't do it but I watch the finish at the end of the Panathenaic Stadium.

    Equipment: 2004 marathon will be held on Nov. 7th prepare your shoes and your heart!!!

    Map of the marathon

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    want to fly?

    by secondlight Written Jun 11, 2003

    A Fun, Affordable, Convenient, Sociable, Competitive and Safe Experience

    Equipment: Whether you dream of flying or are already a pilot, IKARUS AEROSPORTING CLUB will supply what you need to enjoy the thrill of unpowered or powered flight!

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    Kayaking, mountain climbing, even parachuting thro

    by secondlight Updated Jun 11, 2003

    Kayaking, mountain climbing, even parachuting through Aegean skies, all available for the extreme athlete here. From Diving Holidays in Greece.

    A Fun, Affordable, Convenient, Sociable, Competitive and Safe Experience

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