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Olympiakos Nicosia

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About Olympiakos Nicosia

Olympiakos Nicosia (, Olympiakos Lefkosias) is a football club in the Cyprus Capital cities of Nicosia. The club was founded in 1931. It is a founding member of the Cyprus Football Association. The club colors are black and green. Olympiakos's home ground is the Neo GSP Stadium of 23,400 seat capacity. The team's main nickname is "mavroprasini" -the green blacks, the club's other nickname is Taktakalas from the area in Nicosia where the club hails.

Olympiakos Nicosia has won three Cypriot First Division Championships one Cypriot Cup and one Cyprus Super Cup.

In the past the club also had track and field, basketball, volleyball, cycling, table tennis and futsal teams. It also in the past had an orchestra, choir and camping divisions, the latter explains why the club's badge has a tent on it.

The Golden Decade

The 1962–1972 decade is known as the "Golden decade" of Olympiakos as the club was champion of the Cypriot First Division three times, another three times it was runner-up, while it became the only Cyprus football club that participated three times in the Greek National 1st Division Championship.

It all started in the 1961–62 season, when Olympiakos reached the cup final for the first time in the club's history. Despite this, the team did not manage to win the cup trophy, as it lost from Anorthosis Famagusta FC with a score of 5–2.

The foundations had been laid however, in the 1964–65 season, Giorgos Paletsios an old Olympiakos football player for 18 years, who had also served as team captain, agreed to manage the team, without being paid a salary for his services. Paletsios proceeded to restructure the team's squad promoting to the first team young and talented players including: Kettenis, Limbouris, Argyrou. Bolstered with young enthusiasm, the team finished in second place in the championship, while in the same year the top scorer of the championship was Olympiakos player Costakis Pieridis, scoring 21 goals.

In the 1965–66 season Olympiakos was once again runner-up, with 49 points, one point less than the then champion Omonoia. Top scorer of the championship was again an Olympiakos player, Panikos Efthymiades scoring 23 goals.

In the 1966–67 season Olympiakos dominated the Cypriot Championship, with Pambos Avraamidis as their manager, the team finished in first place and won the championship with 55 points as many as APOEL FC, who in the last game of the season beat Aris Limassol with the huge score of 17–1. The title was judged on goal difference and despite APOEL FC's huge score in the last game of the season, Olympiakos still had a superior goal difference so that the club was crowned champion.

In 1967, the champion Olympiakos played against the Cup-winner Apollon Limassol, winning 1–0 therefore gaining the Pakkos Shield (as the Super Cup/Shield was then known.)

In the 1968–69 season, Olympiakos with Englishman Eric Brookes as manager won the championship for a second time, collecting 52 points the same number as AC Omonoia. Olympiakos was champion however because of the better goal difference. Top scorer of the championship was once again Panikos Efthymiades scoring 17 goals.

The third Olympiakos championship came in the 1970–71 season with Englishman Rod Bradley as the manager, the team finished in first place with 31 points compared to 27 of runner up Digenis Morfou. The title of top scorer was shared by 3 footballers who all scored 11 goals amongst them once again Panikos Efthymiades.

In the 1972–73 season Olympiakos finished runner-up, while in the 1974–75 season the team finished third.

In 1971 Olympiakos won the Paligenesias cup that was organised by the Cyprus Football Association(KOP), defeating Nea Salamis Famagusta. In this golden period, Olympiakos' managers were: Pambos Avraamidis, Giorgos Paletsios, Takis Papaxeniou, Eric Brookes and Rod Bradley.

Andreas Filotas, Varnavas Christofi, Nikos Theocharidis, Demos Flourentzou, Giorgos Hadjikonstantis, Dimitrakis Argyrou, Yiannis Xipolitas, Savvakis Constantinou, Michalakis Argyrou, Sotirakis Georgiou, Lakis Avraamidis, Markos Markou, Andreas Nicolaou (Lympoyris), Vasilis Fragkiskou (Katsis), Dimitriadis, Tasos Louka, Andreas Assiotis, Giorgos Kettenis, Panikos Efthymiades, Costakis Pieridis, Charalambos Partasidis, Giannos Pavlou, Takis Papettas, Kokos Michael, Nikos Mailos, Michalis Stavrou, Giorgos Aristeidou, Koullis Iliadis, Lakis Mitsidis, Panagiotis Prodromou, Giannis Serafeim were the footballers of the great successes of this period.

Greek Experience

Olympiakos became the first Cypriot football team that participated in the Pan-Hellenic
Championship, in the 1967–68 season, something which recurred twice more, in 1969-70 in Greek football, and in 1971–72, rendering the club the only Cypriot team that participated three times in the Greek National 1st Division Championship. Olympiakos has also taken part in all three European competitions.

European Experience

In the UEFA Champions League in European Cup 1966-67 the club faced FK Sarajevo SFR Yugoslavia. In the first game the teams drew 2–2, while in second game Olympiakos lost with 3–1.

Also in the European Champions Cup, Olympiakos Nicosia played against Real Madrid in European Cup 1969-70, losing both matches with 8–0 and 6–1.
Olympiakos later played in the same competition in European Cup 1971-72 and met Feyenoord of the Netherlands and lost 8–0 and 9–0.

In the Cup Winners' Cup, Olympiakos took part once in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1977-78 playing against FC Universitatea Craiova Romania while in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1973-74 Olympiakos played against the German team VfB Stuttgart for the UEFA Cup.

In all these European games Olympiakos was forced to play both games away from home as at the time the Cypriot football stadia did not meet the European regulations.

Cup glory

In 1977, Olympiakos Nicosia beat Alki Larnaca 2–0 to win the Cypriot Cup. In 1991, Olympiakos Nicosia lost the Cypriot Cup in the finals losing 1–0 to AC Omonia. That was their last appearance in the Cypriot Cup finals.

Glory days revisited

Olympiakos Nicosia also played in the UEFA Cup (after finishing runner up in the Cypriot championship) in the 2001–02 season against the Hungary team Dunaferr FC (drawing 2–2 in Nicosia and scoring a 2–4 away win, the first for the club in Europe) and proceeded to the next round of the Uefa Cup to play against Club Brugge of Belgium and was eventually eliminated.

Recent decline

After a disastrous 2007–2008 season, where economic problems hindered the building of a strong squad, Olympiakos Nicosia finished bottom of the Cypriot First Division (the first time the club finished bottom). The club was relegated for the third time in its history. In both the 1983–84 and 1997–98 seasons the club had spent just one season in the second tier of Cypriot football, only to win the Cypriot Second Division title each time and return to the Cypriot First Division.

The club tryed to re-organise itself and to return to the top flight as quickly as possible. In the Cypriot Second Division 2008–09 the club finished fourth and missed the promotion to the Cypriot First Division on the last day of the season by one point.

In the Cypriot Second Division 2009–10, an old goalkeeper of Olympiakos Petros Savva, was appointed as the new chairman. Savva initially re-appointed Andros Kouloumbris, an old player of Olympiakos, as manager. After the end of the first round, however, Kouloumbris was sacked due to the bad defensive record of the team, despite the team being in 3rd place.

The next coach for 7 games was Saša Jovanović who only managed two wins, with the team languishing in 5th place after some bad appearances, Saša Jovanović was removed to make way for old Olympiakos player and ex-manager Nikodimos Papavasiliou.

With Papavasiliou at the helm the team improved and entered the play-offs for promotion to the Cypriot First Division after finishing third at the end of the regular season. The club finished third at the end of the play-offs and therefore gained promotion, despite helping the team with winning promotion Nikodimos Papavasiliou's contract was not renewed at the end of the season.

Return to the top flight

After 2 seasons Olympiakos returned to the top flight in the 2010–2011 season and Pambos Christodoulou an old Olympiakos player and ex-manager of Doxa Katokopias was appointed as manager. Olympiakos showed good attacking football in the 2010–2011 season, easily avoiding relegation and having qualified for the Cup quarterfinals. The club played fluid attacking football having the third best attacking record after leaders APOEL and 3rd placed Anorthosis, playing with a 4–4–2 formation with pressing from within the opponent's half, but the Achilles heel of the team was the bad defensive record with goals conceded in most games and the third worst record in this area. Christodoulou decided to leave the club in 2011 to join AEL Limassol, one year before his contract expired. The club has decided to pursue this breach in court (in an out of court settlement AEL Limassol paid an undisclosed sum of money to Olympiakos to avoid sanctions against them and Pambos) and Christodoulou has angered both the club president and the supporters as well as the Cypriot football fans in general with his unprofessional conduct.

In the 2011–2012 season there were a few changes in Olympiakos, the new Greek manager was ex Xanthi FC Nicos Papadopoulos who has mainly brought in defensive players playing in the Greek league to strengthen this area of weakness. Few additions were made to the attacking mechanism of the team and some early warnings in the pre season friendlies indicated that after the departure of last season's top scorer, the team would be less productive in scoring than last season, which was in fact the case. Papadopoulos was released by mutual consent at the end of February 2012 with the club in the cup quarterfinals but fourth from bottom in the league, although defensively the club was marginally better it lost its attacking flair and pressing style with majority ball possession and suffered from conceding goals right after scoring.

Nikodimos Papavasiliou was again appointed as manager.

Stadium


Since 1999, with the exception of one season, the club has played at the 22,859-seat GSP Stadium, the largest in Cyprus, which they share with local rivals APOEL F.C. and Omonia Nicosia.

Previously Olympiakos had played at the GSP Stadium (1902) (1934–1998) and the Makario Stadium (1998–1999) (2008–2009). Both stadiums were also shared with APOEL and Omonoia but Olympiakos was the only club playing at the old GSP Stadium between 1978 and 1998 as Apoel and Omonoia had both moved to Makario.

Supporters

Olympiakos supporters since 2002 are organised under the Panhellenic Fans Association "Taktakalas 1931" which takes its name from the area of old Nicosia where the clubhouse and the original training ground and now football academy "Promahonas"(near the old Venetian Walls of Nicosia) are located. 1931 refers to the date of foundation of the football club.

Traditionally Olympiakos was supported by residents of the inner old part of Nicosia within the Venetian Walls, the attendance at home games peaked in the late 1960s and early 1970s when fans from all over Cyprus would attend Olympiakos home games at the old GSP stadium filling it to its 12,000 capacity, especially when the club participated three times in the Greek First Division. After 1977 when the club won its last major title, the fanbase started to shrink. From a position where it could rival the other two Nicosia clubs, the fanbase dwindled for two reasons. Firstly outward migration from the Nicosia city centre to the suburbs after 1974 meant that the neighbourhoods of traditional Olympiakos supporters were becoming less populated, despite this trend the club made a conscious decision to leave the new clubhouse on the "green line" dividing Nicosia. Also the Turkish invasion spelt economic problems for the club and the fact that it was located in an inner city area next to the green line only made things harder. Up until the late 1990s many traditional Olympiakos supporters out of frustration for the lack of titles either stopped going to games and others switched allegiances to other Nicosia clubs that were richer and could still afford to win titles such as APOEL. It could be said that the club did not transition well from the era of amateur to semi-professional football in Cyprus beginning in the early 1980s mainly for the reasons mentioned above. Also the younger generation of Cypriots did not grow up with Olympiakos as a major power in the Cyprus league and despite their parents supporting Olympiakos they would often choose to support another side that won titles in the 1980 to 2000 years.

Despite all these factors that contributed to the dwindling of the fanbase Olympiakos supporters are still regularly polled as the 6th most populous in the Cypriot First Division behind Omonia, Apoel, Anorthosis, Apollon and AEL. In general Olympiakos supporters tend to be of an older age and very rarely engage in trouble with other fans unless severely provoked. They also tend to be right wing politically, although not officially affiliated to any political party, and speak fondly of the time when Olympiakos played with other Greek teams in the Greek First Division.

In the early 2000s, with the shift from semi-professional to professional status in Cyprus football and with a wealthy President at the helm, a brief revival of the club fortunes with an UEFA cup participation, as the club finished second, after 25 years, increased the fans at the New GSP to around 5000 in the two home European games.
Olympiakos fans although now less than those of the other Nicosia, Limassol teams and Anorthosis are nevertheless fiercely loyal to their team. Even when the club fell to the Second Division between 2008 to 2010 due to economic problems, 300 supporters would follow the club to even the most remote village of Cyprus, with home attendance varying between 500 and 750. At home games now in the First Division around 1000 to 2000 Olympiakos supporters will cheer the team on and are quite demanding for their team due to its past glories, one could say as demanding as other teams that have recently won silverware.

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Olympiakos Nicosia Possible Lineup.


Last Update: 24 February 2012





On loan

Out

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers winter 2011–12.

Coaching staff



(2010)
- Isli Hidi (2011)

Algeria
- / Ahmed Aït Ouarab (2008–09)

Angola
- Aderito Waldemar Alves Carvalho (2010–11)
- Eldon Maquemba (2008)

Argentina
- Mariano Corsico (2008)
- Agustín De La Canal (2007)
- Gonzalo Martín De Porras (2007)
- Silvio Augusto González (2007)
- Emerson Panigutti (2006–08)
- Lucas Omar Rodríguez Pagano (2007–08)

Armenia
- Romik Khachatryan (2000–02), (2003–04)

Australia
- Adam Foti (2008)

Bosnia
- Adnan Guso (2008)
- / Esad Razic (2009)

Brazil
- / Alexandré Pölking (2006–07)
- Cristiano Pereira de Souza (2010)
- Fernando de Abreu Ferreira (2010)
- Leonardo Pereira de Oliveira (2007–08)
- Rodrigo Rodrigues Ribeiro (2010–11)

Bulgaria
- Kostadin Bashov (2009)
- Georgi Kakalov (footballer) (2010)
- Yordan Linkov (2008–09)
- Kiril Mihaylov (2008)

Democratic Republic of the Congo
- / Fabrice Lokembo-Lokaso (2007)
- Jeff Tutuana (2009–10)

Cameroon
- Serge Honi (1999–00)

Cyprus
- Andreas Alcibiades (2007–11)
- Aristos Aristokleous (2000–02)
- Demetris Assiotis (1987–92), (1998–03)
- Marios Charalambous (2000–02)
- Costas Costa (2000–02)
- Demetris Daskalakis (2009–10)
- Christos Efthymiou (2006–10)
- Costas Elia (2003)
- Filippos Filippou (2002–06)
- Evagoras Hadjifrangiskou (2009–10)
- Demetris Ioannou (2001)
- Georgios Kolokoudias (2009–10)
- Stelios Longras (2009–10)
- Costas Malekkos (2005–07)
- Andreas Melanarkitis (2002–04)
- Andreas Mavris (2006)
- Marios Neophytou (2009)
- Giorgos Nicolaou (2006–07)
- Marios Nicolaou (footballer born 1981) (2007)
- Nikolas Nicolaou (2001–08)
- Nikos Nicolaou (footballer born 1978) (2005–08)
- Stelios Okkarides (2009–10)
- Antonis Panagi (2008–09)
- Feidias Panayiotou (2006–08)
- Panayiotis Panayiotou (2010–11)
- Makis Papaioannou (2006–08)
- Nicos Papavasiliou (2002)
- Giorgos Pelagias (2000–06)
- Alexis Pittas (2005–08)
- Panayiotis Spyrou (2002–05)
- Demetris Stylianou (2004), (2006–08)
- Loukas Stylianou (2003–06)
- Marios Themistokleous (1995–97), (1999–04), (2005–07), (2009–10)
- Simos Tsiakkas (2007–09)
- Yiannis Xipolitas

Czech Republic
- Pavel Veleba (2008)

England
- Greg Moffatt (1983–??)

France
- Youness Bengelloun (2008–09)
- Guillaume Beuzelin (2010)
- Boris Deugoué (2007–08)
- Kevin Hatchi (2010)
- Alioune Touré (2009)

Finland
- Iiro Aalto (2007–08)

Georgia
- Soso Chedia (1993–96)
- Kakhaber Kacharava (1992–94)

Germany
- Heiner Backhaus (2009–10)
- Ronny Kockel (2005–06)
- / Paulo Rink (2003–06)

Greece
- Angelos Digozis (2002–03)
- Dimitris Rizos (2010)
- Stelios Sfakianakis (2004–05)

Guinea-Bissau
- Braíma Injai (2007–08)

Hungary
- Barnabás Sztipánovics (2003–04)

Iran
- / Ferydoon Zandi (2008)

Latvia
- Andrejs Pavlovs (2011-2012)

Republic of Macedonia
- Ǵorǵi Hristov (2007)

Mali
- Mamadi Berthe (2008)

Montenegro
- Miloš Radanović (2006–07)

Mozambique
- Carlos Fumo Gonçalves (2009–10)

Peru
- Francisco De Paula Bazán (2007)

Poland
- Zbigniew Grzybowski (2007–08)

Portugal
- David Caiado (2010-2012)
- Hugo Nunes Coelho (2007–08)
- Hugo Machado (2006–08)
- Ivo Afonso (2006–07), (2008)
- Ivo Damas (2008)
- João Paulo Pinto Ribeiro (2010–11)
- José Manuel Chevela de Souza (2008)
- Hélder Bruno Macedo Sousa (2010-2012)
- José Carlos Leite de Sousa (2008)
- / Rui Paulo Silva Júnior (2010–11)
- Laurindo António Leal Tavares (2008–09)
- Sergio Andre Oliveira da Silva (2009–10)
- Ricardo Nunes (2010)
- Tiago Viera Pinto Carneiro (2007), (2008)
- Vítor Pereira (footballer born 1978) (2008–09)

Romania
- Aurel Ţicleanu (1989–90)

Russia
- Gennady Korkin (1993–94)

Senegal
- Salif Keita (Senegalese footballer) (2008)

Serbia
- Slaviša Čula (2000–01)
- Milenko Đedović (2001–03)
- Petar Đenić (2006–08)
- Siniša Gogić (2001)
- Vesko Mihajlović (1996)
- Nenad Mirosavljević (2011-2012)
- Nenad Stavric

Slovakia
- Jozef Kožlej (2001–03), (2009)

Slovenia
- Saša Gajser (2002–03)
- Stanislav Kuzma (2009)
- Miran Pavlin (2003–04)
- Marko Simeunovič (2002–05)

Spain
- Pablo Amo (2011)

Uruguay
- Edgardo Adinolfi (2006–07)

Venezuela
- Fernando de Ornelas (2004–05)
- Cesar Alberto Castro (2011)

Zambia
- January Zyambo (2004–05)

Selected former managers


- Eli Fuchs (late 1960s)
- Constantin Cernăianu (1983–85)
- David Kipiani (1992–93)
- Ronnie Whelan (2000–02)
- Mpampis Tennes (2002)
- Giorgos Foiros (2003?)
- Nikolay Kostov (2004–05)
- Rainer Rauffmann (2005)
- Diethelm Ferner (2005–06)
- Nikolay Kostov (2006–07)
- Juan Ramón Rocha (2007–08)
- Jorge Barrios (footballer) (2008)
- Nicos Papavasiliou (2008–09), (2010)
- / Saša Jovanović (2010)
- Pambos Christodoulou (2010–11)
- Nicos Papadopoulos(2011-12)

Honours

Football

- Cypriot First Division: 3
- Cypriot Cup: 1
- LTV Super Cup: 1

Volleyball

- Cyprus Volleyball Division 1: 2




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