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Greek Super League: Marko Marin Dives After Being ‘Pushed’ By Referee In Amazing Attempt To Get Referee Booked (Video)

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Olympiakos saw their faint hopes of gaining any ground on the Greek Super League summit well and truly shellacked on Sunday when they succumbed to a 0-1 away defeat to lowly Apollon Smirnis.

Indeed, Apollon scored in the very first minute of the match and proceeded to hold on for the subsequent 90+5 as the visitors singularly failed to break down their defences.

Olympiakos Owner Evangelos Marinakis Fines Players €400k And Orders Them To ‘Go On Holiday’ For Rest Of Season After Slipping Out Of Greek Title Race

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After seeing his side slip to third in the table, Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis has thrown a wobbly and ordered the majority of his senior players to "go on holiday" for the rest of the season.

Following a 20-day Super League hiatus brought on by PAOK's gun-toting club president, Olympiakos could only muster a 1-1 draw against mid-table Levadiakos on Saturday a result that leaves them six points behind AEK Athens at the summit with four matches remaining.

All Hellas Breaks Loose: Government Intervene And Suspend Greek Superleague Indefinitely After Chaotic Fortnight Of Nonsense

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With things taking a swift and sudden turn for the farcical recently, the Greek Superleague has reportedly been suspended indefinitely while the government decides to do with everybody.

As you may have seen, Sunday's top-of-the-table derby between PAOK and AEK Athens degenerated into chaos when a late disallowed goal saw PAOK president Ivan Savvidis take to the pitch with a gun tucked into his belt.

Greece: PAOK Derby Clash With Olympiakos Abandoned After Coach Oscar Garcia Hit In Face By Flying Paper Roll (Photos & Video)

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As you can see, excess littering was a bit of a problem during the Greek derby clash between PAOK and Olympiakos this weekend.

Indeed, the game was abandoned before kick-off after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was struck by an errant roll of paper thrown from the crowd and had to be taken to hospital.

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Olympiakos players fined, sent on holiday over poor results

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Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) – Olympiakos president Evangelos Marinakis fined the team 400,000 euros ($490,000) on Monday and ordered the club’s under-performing players to go on holiday until the end of the season.

Marinakis, who also owns English second-division side Nottingham Forest, was angry at Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Levadiakos that left the defending Greek league champions in third place.

Olympiakos and Notts Forest owner charged with drug smuggling

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Athens (AFP) – The owner of reigning Greek champions Olympiakos and English Championship club Nottingham Forest has been charged with drug trafficking.

Evangelos Marinakis is being prosecuted for “possession and trafficking of drugs” and for “associating with criminals”, a source in the judiciary said on Friday.

PAOK fans hold protest rally against points deduction

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Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) – Around 4,000 PAOK supporters on Thursday held a peaceful protest rally in the centre of Thessaloniki a day before a Greek sports court decides the outcome of an appeal by the team to reduce their punishment by the Super League.

On Friday the court has said it will announce its decision on the appeal by PAOK, who were docked three points over last month’s clash with Olympiakos which was postponed when visiting coach Oscar Garcia was hit by an object thrown from the stands.

PAOK fans hold protest rally against points deduction

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Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) – Around 4,000 PAOK supporters on Thursday held a peaceful protest rally in the centre of Thessaloniki a day before a Greek sports court decides the outcome of an appeal by the team to reduce their punishment by the Super League.

On Friday the court has said it will announce its decision on the appeal by PAOK, who were docked three points over last month’s clash with Olympiakos which was postponed when visiting coach Oscar Garcia was hit by an object thrown from the stands.

Greek match-fixing scandal leads to 58 jail sentences

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Athens (AFP) – Fifty-eight people were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 30 months to 10 years on Wednesday for their involvement in the 2011 match-fixing scandal which rocked Greek football.

Several of the sentences were suspended for three years, while a number of other individuals can avoid jail by paying five euros per day for the duration of their prison term.

Greek match-fixing scandal leads to 58 jail sentences

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Athens (AFP) – Fifty-eight people were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 30 months to 10 years on Wednesday for their involvement in the 2011 match-fixing scandal which rocked Greek football.

Several of the sentences were suspended for three years, while a number of other individuals can avoid jail by paying five euros per day for the duration of their prison term.

Minister brands arrested PAOK fan ‘idiot’ over thrown paper roll

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Athens (AFP) – Greek Deputy Minister for Sports and Culture Giorgos Vasiliadis on Monday branded a PAOK fan who was arrested after throwing an object in the face of a rival team’s coach “an idiot”.

But Vasiliadis’s ire seemed more related to the possible sporting sanctions PAOK will face than the potential injury suffered by Olympiakos boss Oscar Garcia.

Police guard for coach injured by toilet roll at Greek game

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Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) – Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia will spend the night at a heavily-guarded Thessaloniki hospital following the postponement of the derby between PAOK and Olympiakos on Sunday.

Garcia was struck in the face by a toilet roll thrown by a spectator minutes before kick-off.

Police guard for coach injured by toilet roll at Greek game

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Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) – Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia will spend the night at a heavily-guarded Thessaloniki hospital following the postponement of the derby between PAOK and Olympiakos on Sunday.

Garcia was struck in the face by a toilet roll thrown by a spectator minutes before kick-off.

Greek match postponed after coach injured by toilet roll

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Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) – Sunday’s Greek Super League derby between PAOK Thessaloniki and Olympiakos was called off after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was struck in the face by a toilet roll thrown by a spectator minutes before kick-off.

Garcia left Toumba Stadium for a local hospital to seek treatment for a bloodied lip.

Too soon to judge Man United’s Champions League chances, says Mourinho

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Manchester United make their return to the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday with Jose Mourinho, himself back on familiar ground, saying it is too early to judge their chances of going all the way in the competition.

The last-16 tie against Sevilla marks the Old Trafford club’s first appearance beyond the group stage since 2014, when they beat Olympiakos before losing to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

Olympiakos release coach Lemonis after fourth spell

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Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) – Greek champions Olympiakos released interim coach Takis Lemonis on Thursday with media reports expected to announce the hiring of Spanish coach Oscar Garcia.

“Takis Lemonis took over the team in special circumstances and we thank him for his services,” said Olympiakos who added that he will be offered another post at the club.

Iran defender Hajsafi signs for Greece’s Olympiakos

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Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) – Iran defender Ehsan Hajsafi, who helped his country reach this year’s World Cup finals, formally signed for Greek champions Olympiakos on Tuesday.

Hajsafi, 27, has made 89 appearances for Iran and scored six goals for his country.

At club level he played the first half of the current season with another Greek side, Panionios, and has previously played for Iranian clubs Sepahan and Tractor Sazi as well as German lower-leaue club FSV Frankfurt.

Iran defender Hajsafi signs for Greece’s Olympiakos

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Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) – Iran defender Ehsan Hajsafi, who helped his country reach this year’s World Cup finals, formally signed for Greek champions Olympiakos on Tuesday.

Hajsafi, 27, has made 89 appearances for Iran and scored six goals for his country.

At club level he played the first half of the current season with another Greek side, Panionios, and has previously played for Iranian clubs Sepahan and Tractor Sazi as well as German lower-leaue club FSV Frankfurt.

Olympiakos owner to stand trial for corruption: reports

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Athens (AFP) – Greek media reported Tuesday that Olympiakos owner Vangelis Marinakis is among 28 people who are to be brought to trial for corruption in Greek football.

The Athens News Agency, quoting reliable sources, said the Athens Court of Appeals will officially announce a referral order on Wednesday, ending an ongoing investigation into match-fixing in top Greek leagues.

Juventus battle past Sporting in Champions League

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus rallied from a bizarre Alex Sandro own goal to battle past Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on Wednesday and move second behind Barcelona in Champions League Group D.

The Portuguese visitors surged ahead after 12 minutes in the Allianz Stadium when the ball accidentally bounced off the Brazilian left-back and into his own net after Gianluigi Buffon had saved from Gelson Martins.

Juventus battle past Sporting in Champions League

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus rallied from a bizarre Alex Sandro own goal to battle past Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on Wednesday and move second behind Barcelona in Champions League Group D.

The Portuguese visitors surged ahead after 12 minutes in the Allianz Stadium when the ball accidentally bounced off the Brazilian left-back and into his own net after Gianluigi Buffon had saved from Gelson Martins.

Forest bought by controversial Greek Marinakis

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London (AFP) – Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis who is accused of match-fixing in Greece where he is the owner of giants Olympiakos bought two-time European Cup winners Nottingham Forest on Thursday.

The 49-year-old - who heads up a consortium with compatriot Socrates Kominakis - has also been accused in the past of being involved in the bombing of a bakery owned by a referee although no action was taken.

Forest bought by controversial Greek Marinakis

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London (AFP) – Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis who is accused of match-fixing in Greece where he is the owner of giants Olympiakos bought two-time European Cup winners Nottingham Forest on Thursday.

The 49-year-old - who heads up a consortium with compatriot Socrates Kominakis - has also been accused in the past of being involved in the bombing of a bakery owned by a referee although no action was taken.

Olympiakos charged over ‘tunnel bust-up’

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Athens (AFP) – Greek champions Olympiakos are in the dock over an alleged tunnel bust-up at half-time in a Super league match last month against Platanias.

Olympiakos are charged by the Greek football federation’s prosecutor of “violating a number of articles of the disciplinary code of the federation.

AEK Players

One Step Closer!

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AEK took one huge step closer to the Championship today after beating Panionios 1-0 at home. However, it wasn't our victory alone but rather what happened with PAOK and Oly that has made the difference. Prior to our game today, Asteras clinched an unbelievable 3-2 over PAOK in the 98th minute, a minute after PAOK had made it 2-2 in the 97th minute.

Where Do I Begin?

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What a season this has been for us AEK supporters so far. Away from the blog for one week and I have not one, not two, but three incredibly important AEK stories to discuss. Whats more is that it all took place within the span of about four days. Lets start at the beginning though:

Last Thursday we faced Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League Round of 32.

AEK 1-0 Asteras Tripolis

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After two straight wins against Olympiakos, AEK would have gone in to today's game against Tripolis knowing the 3 points were anything but guaranteed. Sure enough, we had a much harder time today though I would argue a lot of that came from bad luck rather rather than having anything to do with the opponent we were facing.

It Just Doesn’t End! (AEK 2-1 Olympiakos)

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For the 3rd time this season, Olympiakos have been outclassed in every way by an AEK team that seems to thrive when playing against our rivals. Today's match, which sealed our place in the Cup Semi-Finals, was the 4th time we've played Olympiakos this season and ensured we remain unbeaten against them after winning 3 and drawing 1 (our previous Cup game against them which ended 0-0 in Karaiskaki).

AEKARA!! (Olympiakos 1-2 AEK)

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Greek derbies... you gotta love them! You never know what can happen and with the way AEK has played this season, expecting anything but the unexpected is just foolish.

So when AEK were down 1-0 in Karaiskaki, with under ten minutes to go, all one had to do was remember our 3-2 come from behind win earlier this season to get some hope that the same thing could happen again.

AEK 2-0 Lamia

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And just like that, were back in the race. Thanks to our 2-0 win against Lamia and Olympiakos' 1-1 draw in Tripolis, only two points separate 1st and 3rd. As it stands, we currently sit 3rd with 41 points, behind Olympiakos on 42 and PAOK on 43. Its safe to say we haven't seen a top 3 that was this close in as long as I can remember and it certainly sets up a high stakes encounter when we face Olympiakos in Karaiskaki this coming weekend.

Olympiakos 0-0 AEK

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So we played the first quarter final game two days ago, our first of three games against Olympiakos within two weeks. A win would have been nicer for sure but overall I guess a draw isn't a terrible result. Like Jimenez said, a 1-1 draw would have been ideal, but I guess we'll still be able to go into the game next match with a decent chance of going through.

AEK 3-1 Kerkyra

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After another weekend of wins for Oly, PAOK, and Atromitos, the pressure was on AEK again today to get a win. Sure enough, they delivered yet again and for another week remain on top. Its still a fragile lead, with only one point separating us and Oly, but as long as we keep getting results I can't complain.

Another Catching Up Post

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So I've been away from my computer for the past couple of weeks which accounts for the lack of posts recently. Having said that, its been a busy two weeks for the team, so I'll go over whats happened on the pitch (and off it) in the time between now and my last post.

I'll start with our derby against PAO two weekends ago.

Panionios 0-1 AEK

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Well that was a little too close for comfort. It wasn't until 80 minutes in to the game that we got the winning goal by Araujo but the 3 points are what matter most as far as I'm concerned.

This game was a crucial one for a few reasons. First of all we desperately needed a win seeing as its been weeks since we've won a match in the league and my confidence in the team was starting to take a hit.

Xanthi 1-1 AEK

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After our first loss of the season to Tripolis a couple weeks ago, its safe to say we were all hoping for a bounce back win to get our title push back on track. Well, all we got instead was a rather disappointing 1-1 draw. The point helps keep us within reach of PAOK as we only sit one point behind them in 2nd, but a win would have been just enough to keep us in 1st.

AEK 2-0 Lamia

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After facing Lamia for the second time in less than a week, we managed to come away with yet another win with a slightly more convincing scoreline.

I'm just watching the game now and while it might not have been the best game we've played this season, it wasn't an awful performance. More importantly, it gets us an important first win in the Cup against a team that is the toughest opponent in our group (with the other two being Kallithea and Apollon Larissa).

AEK Alone in First

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Lamia 0-1 AEK

A late (and somewhat fortunate) penalty turned out to be the difference for AEK after a game which saw many chances but few goals thanks to some great goalkeeping by Lamia's Papadopoulos.

It wasn't a great game but it did provide some entertainment as both sides had their chances to score.

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Tuesday UCL Rewind: Man United edges Benfica, Roma defeats Chelsea, and more

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Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League saw 16 clubs in action on Halloween, looking to avoid any scares. Manchester United knew a victory paired with other results would see them book a place into the last 16, while Chelsea looked to do the same in Italy.

Elsewhere, Celtic welcomed Bayern Munich to Glasgow, while PSG hosted Anderlecht at the Parc Des Princes.

Champions League: Lionel Messi Scores 100th European Goal For Barcelona With Help From Mystery Tablet Pulled From Sock (Photo & Video)

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Lionel Messi passed yet another career milestone on Wednesday evening when he scored his 100th goal in European competition, thus becoming the first ever player to do so for one single club.

The goal came in Barcelona's 3-1 win over Olympiakos, in which Messi netted the second goal with a set-piece on the hour mark.

Olympiacos FC 2017/18 adidas Home, Away and Third Kits

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Record forty four-time Superleague Greece champions Olympiacos FC take the international spotlight on Wednesday when they travel to Spain to face FC Barcelona in UEFA Champions League group stage action. An adidas sponsored club for the two years, Olympiacos are wearing a three match kit collection from the brand with three stripes for their ongoing [.