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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.

Superleague Greece
Season2007–08
ChampionsOlympiacos
36th Greek title
RelegatedAtromitos
Veria
Apollon Kalamarias
Champions LeagueOlympiacos
Panathinaikos
UEFA CupAris (via domestic cup)
AEK Athens
Intertoto CupPanionios
Matches played252
Goals scored601 (2.38 per match)
Top goalscorerIsmael Blanco (19)
Biggest home winSkoda Xanthi 6–1 Apollon Kalamarias
AEK Athens 5–0 Panionios
Biggest away winLevadiakos 0–4 Panathinaikos
Panionios 0–4 Olympiacos
PAOK 0–4 AEK Athens
Highest scoringOlympiacos 6–2 OFI
Levadiakos 5–3 Veria

PostponementEdit

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.[1]

TeamsEdit

Stadia and personnelEdit

Team Manager Location Stadium Capacity
AEK Athens   Nikos Kostenoglou Athens Athens Olympic Stadium 71,030
Apollon Kalamarias   Makis Katsavakis Thessaloniki Kalamaria Stadium 6,500
Aris   Dušan Bajević Thessaloniki Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium 23,220
Asteras Tripoli   Panagiotis Tzanavaras Tripoli Asteras Tripolis Stadium 4,200
Atromitos   Paulo Campos Peristeri Peristeri Stadium 9,035
Ergotelis   Nikos Karageorgiou Heraklion Pankritio Stadium 26,400
Iraklis   Miguel Angel Lamilla Thessaloniki Kaftanzoglio Stadium 27,770
Larissa   Giorgos Donis Larissa Alcazar Stadium 13,108
Levadiakos   Babis Tennes Livadeia Levadia Municipal Stadium 8,000
OFI   Giorgos Paraschos Heraklion Pankritio Stadium 26,400
Olympiacos   José Segura Piraeus Karaiskakis Stadium 33,334
Panathinaikos   José Peseiro Athens Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium 16,620
Panionios   Ewald Lienen Nea Smyrni Nea Smyrni Stadium 11,700
PAOK   Fernando Santos Thessaloniki Toumba Stadium 28,850
Veria   Leonidas Yfantidis Veria Veria Stadium 5,373
Xanthi   Nikos Kehagias Xanthi Skoda Xanthi Arena 7,422

Below is the list of coaches who left their teams after the start of the season.

Team Name
Aris   Juan Carlos Oliva
PAOK   Giorgos Paraschos
Xanthi   Emilio Ferrera
Veria   Dimitris Kalaitzidis
OFI   Reiner Maurer
Veria   Ratko Dostanić
Iraklis   Ivan Jovanović
AEK Athens   Lorenzo Serra Ferrer
Asteras Tripoli   Paulo Campos
Levadiakos   Georgi Vasilev
Olympiacos   Takis Lemonis
Veria   Giannis Mantzourakis
Veria   Panagiotis Tsalouchidis
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
3 Panathinaikos 30 20 6 4 44 18 +26 66
4 Aris 30 14 8 8 32 20 +12 50
5 Panionios 30 13 6 11 39 42 −3 45[b]
6 Larissa 30 11 12 7 35 30 +5 45[b]
7 Asteras Tripoli 30 11 11 8 28 24 +4 44
8 Xanthi 30 10 6 14 33 39 −6 36
9 PAOK 30 10 5 15 29 35 −6 35[c]
10 Iraklis Thessaloniki 30 8 11 11 28 33 −5 35[c]
11 Levadiakos 30 10 3 17 32 51 −19 33
12 OFI 30 9 5 16 39 49 −10 32
13 Ergotelis 30 7 9 14 28 41 −13 30
14 Atromitos (R) 30 8 5 17 23 36 −13 29 Relegation to Beta Ethniki
15 Veria (R) 30 5 8 17 21 44 −23 23
16 Apollon Kalamarias[a] (R) 30 5 8 17 27 57 −30 23
Source: Galanis Sports Data
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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head record: Panionios–Larissa 3–1, Larissa–Panionios 1–0.
  3. ^ a b Head-to-head record: PAOK–Iraklis Thessaloniki 3–0, Iraklis Thessaloniki–PAOK 1–0.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AEK APL ARI AST ATR ERG IRT LAR LEV OFI OLY PAT PIO PAOK VER XAN
AEK Athens 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 3–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 2–3 2–0 5–1 3–0
Apollon Kalamarias 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–3[a] 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–0
Aris 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–0
Asteras Tripoli 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0
Atromitos 0–1 3–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–3 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 2–3
Ergotelis 1–4 2–2 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–3 0–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0
Iraklis Thessaloniki 0–1 5–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1
Larissa 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 3–3 5–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 4–3 1–1 0–0
Levadiakos 0–4 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–0 0–1 0–3 1–3 0–4 1–0 2–0 5–3 2–1
OFI 1–4 3–2 0–1 0–3 0–1 4–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 2–0
Olympiacos 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 4–0 6–2 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 2–1
Panathinaikos 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0
Panionios 0–3 2–1 0–3 4–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–3 0–4 1–0 0–0 3–2 2–2
PAOK 0–4 4–1 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–1
Veria 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1
Xanthi 0–1 6–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–3 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–4 3–2 1–2 1–0 2–0
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ 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.

PlayoffsEdit

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.

Playoff Position Tournament
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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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
4 Aris[a] 6 1 2 3 9 9 0 7
5 Panionios 6 1 2 3 7 15 −8 5 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
Source:[citation needed]
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.
Notes:
  1. ^ Aris is guaranteed at least to play in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round through their Greek Cup performance.

ResultsEdit

Local time: EEST (UTC+03:00)

Matchday 1Edit

Aris1–1Panathinaikos
Koke   74' Papadopoulos   87' (pen.)
Attendance: 6,140
Referee: D. Kyrkos (Epirus)

AEK Athens5–0Panionios
Edinho   28'
Rivaldo   39'77'
Blanco   74'
Kallon   90+1'
Attendance: 7,372
Referee: M. Germanakos (Athens)

Matchday 2Edit

Panionios1–0Aris
Kumordzi   80'
Attendance: 1,049
Referee: G. Daloukas (Thessaly)

Panathinaikos4–1AEK Athens
Papadopoulos   8'
Mattos   27'
Ivanschitz   32'   45'
Rivaldo   71'
Attendance: 8,528
Referee: D. Kalopoulos (Thessaloniki)

Matchday 3Edit

AEK Athens1–0Aris
Liberopoulos   54'
Attendance: 9,995
Referee: G. Kasnaferis (Athens)

Panionios1–2Panathinaikos
Djebbour   74' Manucho   16'82'
Attendance: 1,996
Referee: I. Stavridis (Pieria)

Matchday 4Edit

Aris4–0AEK Athens
Nebegleras   6'
Javito   39'48'
Koke   55'
Attendance: 2,257
Referee: M. Koukoulakis (Heraklion)

Panathinaikos3–0Panionios
Karagounis   21'43'
Manucho   64' (pen.)
Attendance: 4,003
Referee: Ch. Zografos (Athens)

Matchday 5Edit

Panathinaikos3–1Aris
Karagounis   65'63'
N'Doye   62'
Thiago   73'
Attendance: 15,420
Referee: A. Kakos (Corfu)

Panionios2–2AEK Athens
Fernández   21'
Skoufalis   90'
Rivaldo   21'
Liberopoulos   39'
Attendance: 1,011
Referee: L. Polatian (Pella)

Matchday 6Edit

AEK Athens1–1Panathinaikos
Nsaliwa   51' Mattos   26'

Aris3–3Panionios
Calvo   6'
Ivić   48'
Amoroso   75' (pen.)
Sialmas   8'82'
Kapetanos   38'
Attendance: 3,452
Referee: M. Dakos (Xanthi)

Top scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "UEFA helps Greece rebuild". UEFA.com. Archived from the original on 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2013-04-15.

External linksEdit