Olympiacos celebrate winning their 44th title (Photo: Olympiacos FC) by Manos Staramopoulos, AIPS Football Commission
ATHENS, May 8, 2017 - For the seventh consecutive season and 44th in its history, Olympiacos was crowned champion of Greece. At a spectacular event held on Sunday at the "George Karaiskakis" stadium, the Greek champion celebrated its success, which was completed with the trophy award. The Super League president, Giorgos Stratos, presented the trophy to its proud owner and Olympiacos chairman Vangelis Marinakis, who emphasized a little later
"The deal with Nottingham is over, Marinakis said, referring to reports that the Greek businessman was holding talks of a takeover of English club Nottingham Forest. “Olympiacos is above all... he added, preferring to concentrate on Olympiacos’ championship celebration.
"It is a great celebration, we enjoyed it very much, we celebrated the 44th championship, the 7th consecutive, all together as a family.”
All the players of Olympiacos’ youth academies, holding Greek flags as well as Olympiacos flags, were present at the stadium. Also at the celebration was the president of the Olympiacos veterans, legendary club midfielder, Giorgos Darivas. Messages of congratulation were sent by former coaches who had worked with the team, including those from Spain’s Valverde and his compatriot, Michel, Portuguese coaches Vitor Pereira, Leonardo Jardim and Markos Silva.
The ‘Reds’ as Olympiacos are popularly known as within the country, took their 7th consecutive championship and the 19th in the last 21 years. Of course, compared to last season, this year’s final win was delayed as their opponents in the Greek league looked stronger.
"It was a strange time, but we are the champions, and that's important," the Olympiacos coach, Takis Lemonis said after the 5-0 win over Ioannina, which had mathematically meant the team had secured the title. This is Olympiacos’ fifth in three seasons. The 57-year-old former Olympiacos took over for a short-term contract until the end of the season after the departure of te Portuguese coach Paulo Bento.
Now the goal of the Reds is to move as quickly as possible to the planning for the new season, as Olympiacos wants nothing more than to pass to the Champions League beyond the qualifiers. Vangelis Marinakis, chairman of the club, recently said that the administration has decided to spend an amount of € 15 million for the team to acquire the right footballers for making it to Europe.
Soon the name of the new coach is set to be announced, as Takis Lemonis is not expected to remain in the technical leadership that indeed proved to be the right solution for a short period of time.
Olympiacos will try to acquire at least one quality left back. Two midfielder, one striker and maybe one winger. So far agreements have been made with both Manolis Siopis and Risvanis, and it is likely that international striker Apostolos Vellios, will return from Nottingham Forest.
PAOK, Panathinaikos, AEK and Panionios placed 2-5 will face playoffs for second place in the Champions League qualifiers.
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