2007–08 Superleague Greece
The 2007–08 Superleague Greece was the second season since it establishment, and began on 1 September 2007. The defending champions were Olympiacos. Asteras Tripoli, Veria and Levadiakos were promoted from Beta Ethniki in the previous season.
36th Greek title
|UEFA Cup||Aris (via domestic cup)|
|Goals scored||601 (2.38 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Ismael Blanco (19)|
|Biggest home win||Skoda Xanthi 6–1 Apollon Kalamarias|
AEK Athens 5–0 Panionios
|Biggest away win||Levadiakos 0–4 Panathinaikos|
Panionios 0–4 Olympiacos
PAOK 0–4 AEK Athens
|Highest scoring||Olympiacos 6–2 OFI|
Levadiakos 5–3 Veria
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On 25 August, the Superleague and the Hellenic Football Federation decided to postpone the opening fixtures scheduled for that weekend (25 and 26 August) due to the ongoing fire disaster in the south of Greece (especially in the Peloponnese and Euboea). The championship started on 1 September 2007. Matchday 2 was carried out on the weekend of 21–22 September due to UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying matches (8 September) and Greek legislative election (16 September).
On 20 February 2008 UEFA president Michel Platini presented the Hellenic Football Federation with a CHF 1 million cheque to help finance the rebuilding of football facilities damaged by the fires in Greece that summer.
Stadia and personnelEdit
Below is the list of coaches who left their teams after the start of the season.
|Aris||Juan Carlos Oliva|
|AEK Athens||Lorenzo Serra Ferrer|
|Asteras Tripoli||Paulo Campos|
|Atromitos||Ángel Guillermo Hoyos|
Regular season final standingsEdit
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Olympiacos[a] (C)||30||21||7||2||55||27||+28||70||2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|2||AEK Athens||30||22||2||6||65||17||+48||68||Qualification for Greek Superleague Play-offs|
|14||Atromitos (R)||30||8||5||17||23||36||−13||29||Relegation to Beta Ethniki|
|16||Apollon Kalamarias[a] (R)||30||5||8||17||27||57||−30||23|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th decision match.
According to the official Superleague playoff regulation, the position after the playoffs replaces the regular season position.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- The match of Apollon Kalamarias vs. Olympiacos, originally 1–0 to the home side, was awarded to Olympiacos 0–3 by the Greek sports court giving Olympiacos the three points, on the basis that the home side fielded an ineligible player. Apollon Kalamarias were docked one extra point.
- Head-to-head record: Panionios–Larissa 3–1, Larissa–Panionios 1–0.
- Head-to-head record: PAOK–Iraklis Thessaloniki 3–0, Iraklis Thessaloniki–PAOK 1–0.
|Home \ Away||AEK||APL||ARI||AST||ATR||ERG||IRT||LAR||LEV||OFI||OLY||PAT||PIO||PAOK||VER||XAN|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
- The match was originally finished 1–0 for Apollon Kalamarias, but was awarded to Olympiacos because was the home team fielded an ineligble player Roman Wallner, which was played for Falkirk and Hamilton Academical in the season and was not allowed to play for more of two clubs in the same season according to rules of FIFA.
The play-off winner enters the UEFA Champions League's second qualifying round, a two-legged tier from which the winner advances to the 3rd round qualification of the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the Greek Cup automatically qualifies for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, as well as the runners-up of the Superleague play-off.
In the play-off for Champions League, the teams play each other in a home and away round robin. However, they do not all start with zero points. Instead, a weighting system applies to the teams' standing at the start of the play-off mini-league. The team finishing fifth in the Superleague will start the play-off with zero points. The fifth place team's end of season tally of points is subtracted from the sum of the points that other teams have. This number is then divided by three to give the other teams the points with which they start the mini-league.
|1||UEFA Champions League 2008–09 Second Qualifying Round|
|2||UEFA Cup 2008–09 Second Qualifying Round|
|3||UEFA Intertoto Cup 2008 Second round1|
|4||Eliminated from European competitions1|
1 The third-placed team of the playoff should get a UEFA Intertoto Cup ticket and the fourth-placed team should have an empty handed. However, Aris, one of the playoff representative, qualified to the UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round as the Greek Cup finalists. Hence, the fourth-placed team could get a UEFA Intertoto Cup ticket. If Aris failed to get into top three of the playoff, the third-placed team still get a UEFA Intertoto Cup ticket.
The teams started the play-offs with the following number of points:
- AEK Athens – 8
- Panathinaikos – 7
- Aris – 2
- Panionios – 0
Playoffs final standingsEdit
|2||Panathinaikos||6||4||2||0||14||5||+9||21||2008–09 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round|
|3||AEK Athens||6||2||2||2||10||11||−1||16||2008–09 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round|
|5||Panionios||6||1||2||3||7||15||−8||5||2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
|Koke 74'||Papadopoulos 87' (pen.)|
Rivaldo 39', 77'
Ivanschitz 32' 45'
|Djebbour 74'||Manucho 16', 82'|
Javito 39', 48'
|Karagounis 21', 43'
Manucho 64' (pen.)
|Karagounis 65', 63'
|Nsaliwa 51'||Mattos 26'|
Last updated April 20, 2008
|1||Ismael Blanco||AEK Athens||19|
|6||Nikos Liberopoulos||AEK Athens||11|
|9||Lucio Filomeno||Asteras Tripoli||9|
Source: Galanis Sports Data