Olympiakos is like religion in Piraeus but also popular all over Greece with more than 2,500,000 fans. The Olympiakos Football Club was founded in 1925 and is by far the most successful club having won 39 league titles and 25 greek cups but not any in European leages. The home ground of Olympiakos FC is Karaiskakis Stadium (pic 1), which I have visited hundreds of times the last 40 years. It was named after the greek hero Georgios Karaiskakis that was murdered here during the Greek Revolution against the Ottomans. Originally built for the first modern Olympic games (1896) but was renovated in the 60s and was rebuilt in 2004 including stores, café etc
Olympiakos has many other clubs in basketball, volleyball, water polo, sailing, swimming etc most of them very successful not only in Greece but also in Europe.
The Basketball team uses SEF (stadium of peace and friendship), an indoor sports arena (pic 2) which is located opposite Karaiskakis stadium at the other side of the subway line (Faliro stop), you can visit both stadiums by taking either the green line on metro or the tram to SEF from Syntagma.
I have also visit both stadiums for some rock concerts (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Scorpions etc)
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
1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959,1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1990, 1992, 1999
2 Super Cups:
1947, 1951, 1954, 1957,1958, 1959, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1999
1 Balkan Cup:
Thyra 7 (Gate 7) is forever etched in history as the worst tragedy in Olympiakos history and will never be forgotten.
On 2 February, 1981, Olympiakos played AEK and crushed them 6-0. Fans wanted to spill out of the old Karaiskaki onto the streets to celebrate this huge victory, but at Gate 7, someone forgot to unlock the gate. A man rushing to get out fell, and this caused a chain reaction of others falling. 21 people were crushed to death.
21 seats with the victims names are dedicated in the new Karaiskaki and will remain forever empty.
Dimitris Adamopoulos (aged 40)
Gerasimos Amitsis (aged 18)
Spyros Andriotis (aged 24)
Kostas Billas (aged 28)
Christos Chadjigeorgiou (aged 34)
Zografoula Chairatidou (aged 23)
Yannis Dialinas (aged 20)
Nikos Filos (aged 19)
Yannis Kanellopoulos (aged 18)
Kostas Karanikolas (aged 26)
Michalis Kostopoulos (aged 21)
Antonis Kouroupakis (aged 34)
Spyros Leonidakis (aged 18)
Efstratios Loupos (aged 20)
Michalis Markou (aged 27)
Vassilis Machas (aged 20)
Ilias Panagoulis (aged 17)
Anastasios Pitsolis (aged 30)
Kostas Sklavounis (aged 16)
Yannis Spiliopoulos (aged 19)
Panagiotis Toumanidis (aged 14)
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