1986–87 Alpha Ethniki

The 1986–87 Alpha Ethniki was the 51st season of the highest football league of Greece. The season began on 7 September 1986 and ended on 7 June 1987. Olympiacos won their 25th Greek title and their first one in four years. The championship was marked by the strike declared by 12 teams in the last three games of the championship. As a result, most of the teams did not come to the last matches of the championship and were punished by deducting 6 points. The only ones who came and were not punished were Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, OFI and Panionios, which took the first four places in the standings.

Alpha Ethniki
Season1986–87
ChampionsOlympiacos
25th Greek title
RelegatedDoxa Drama
Apollon Athens
PAS Giannina
European CupOlympiacos
UEFA CupPanathinaikos
Panionios
Cup Winners' CupOFI
Matches played217
Goals scored490 (2.26 per match)
Top goalscorerNikos Anastopoulos
(16 goals)

The point system was: Win: 2 points - Draw: 1 point.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Olympiacos (C) 30 22 5 3 54 24 +30 49 Qualification for European Cup first round
2 Panathinaikos 30 15 9 6 46 30 +16 39 Qualification for UEFA Cup first round
3 OFI 30 17 4 9 44 27 +17 38 Qualification for Cup Winners' Cup first round
4 Panionios 30 11 11 8 36 22 +14 33 Qualification for UEFA Cup first round
5 PAOK 30 13 9 8 39 23 +16 29
6 Iraklis 30 13 5 12 34 32 +2 25
7 AEK Athens 30 10 8 12 31 26 +5 19
8 AEL 30 10 5 15 24 31 −7 19
9 Veria 30 10 5 15 30 43 −13 19
10 Ethnikos Piraeus 30 8 8 14 32 40 −8 18
11 Aris 30 10 4 16 26 30 −4 18
12 Apollon Kalamarias 30 8 7 15 21 35 −14 17
13 Diagoras 30 9 4 17 29 33 −4 16
14 Doxa Drama (R) 30 6 9 15 29 36 −7 15 Relegation to Beta Ethniki
15 Apollon Athens (R) 30 6 8 16 21 40 −19 14
16 PAS Giannina (R) 30 5 7 18 14 38 −24 11
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th decision match.
Most of the teams went the last three match days on strike. Only Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, OFI, and Panionios did not. All other teams had -6 points because they did not show up. AEK Athens had also -3 points because of a case of fixing games in the previous season.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AEK AEL APA APK ARIS DIA DOX ETH IRA OFI OLY PAO PAN PAOK PAS VER
AEK Athens 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 1–2 2–1 5–0
AEL 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0
Apollon Athens 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–0 1–0
Apollon Kalamarias 0–2 0–2 4–1 1–5 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–0
Aris 1–3 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1
Diagoras 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–3 3–0 2–3 1–2 3–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 3–0
Doxa Drama 1–1 0–0 0–0 4–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–3 1–0 1–2 2–0 3–0
Ethnikos Piraeus 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–4 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–3 0–0 0–0 4–1
Iraklis 1–3 5–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 4–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–1
OFI 1–0 3–1 1–0 3–0 3–1 3–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–0
Olympiacos 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–0
Panathinaikos 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 3–6 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 3–0 2–1
Panionios 1–1 2–0 5–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 2–0 3–0 3–1
PAOK 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 4–1 2–3 4–1 3–1 0–0
PAS Giannina 2–0 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–1
Veria 0–0 3–0 3–1 0–3 1–0 2–0 1–0 5–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–1
Source: rsssf.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Match changes:

All the games between the 12 teams which went on strike were counted 0–0, with both teams become a loss counted. A game between one of Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, OFI, and Panionios against the teams on strike was awarded 2–0 to the team of the first group.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Nikos Anastopoulos Olympiacos 16
2   Dimitris Saravakos Panathinaikos 13
  Giorgos Vlastos OFI
  Misho Vulchev Doxa Drama
5   Sakis Anastasiadis Iraklis 10
  Panagiotis Tsalouchidis Veria
7   Giorgos Skartados PAOK 8
  Christos Dimopoulos Panathinaikos
  Kostas Batsinilas Panathinaikos
  Giorgos Christofis Diagoras

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