2010–11 Superleague Greece
The 2010–11 Superleague Greece was the 52nd season of the highest football league of Greece and the fifth under the name Superleague. The league consisted of 16 teams, the 13 best teams of the 2009–10 season and three teams that had been promoted from the 2009–10 Beta Ethniki.
|Goals scored||528 (2.2 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Djibril Cissé (20)|
|Biggest home win||Olympiacos 6–0 AEK|
Olympiacos 6–0 AEL
|Biggest away win||Aris 0–4 AEK|
AEK 0–4 Olymp. Volou
|Highest scoring||Kerkyra 3–4 Aris|
The season began on 27 August 2010 with the first matches of the regular season and ended on 25 May 2011 with the last matches of the European playoff round. Panathinaikos were the defending champions, having won their 20th Greek championship in the 2009–10 season.
The season was marred by Koriopolis, a match-fixing scandal which involved several teams from the top three leagues of Greek football.
The league was won by Olympiacos, who earned their 38th Greek league title. They finished with a 13-point lead over runners-up Panathinaikos, who had to compete in a play-off round which determined the exact allocation of spots for both European competitions.
Panathinaikos was joined in the play-offs by third-placed club and city rivals AEK Athens, fourth-placed PAOK and fifth-placed Olympiakos Volou. Panathinaikos eventually won the play-off group and thus earned the second Greek spot in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League. Since AEK had already won the 2010–11 Greek Cup competition a few weeks earlier and thus were already qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, both PAOK and Olympiakos Volos were guaranteed a spot in that competition as well.
After thirty matches, the relegation spots were occupied by 14th-placed Asteras Tripolis, 15th-placed Larissa and last-placed Panserraikos. However, all three clubs eventually stayed in the league after Iraklis, Kavala and Olympiakos Volou were demoted by separate sports court decisions.
On 19 May 2011, Iraklis were denied a licence for the 2011–12 season over unpaid debts and thus demoted to the second-level Football League. Soon afterwards, the Thessaloniki club was found guilty of having forged documents during the winter transfer window and put at the end of the standings.
A few days after the Iraklis verdict, it became evident that several clubs and officials throughout the top leagues of Greek football were involved in a match-fixing scandal. Investigations in the matter were taken all summer. On 28 July 2011, Kavala and Olympiakos Volou were found guilty of having taken part in illegal actions and were therefore demoted to the Football League. However, both clubs appealed to the decision and they stayed at the Superleague Greece, though they were deducted 8 and 10 points respectively. On 11 August 2011, UEFA disqualified Olympiakos Volou from further participation in the UEFA Europa League. On 23 August 2011, the Professional Sports Committee stripped Kavala and Olympiakos Volou of their professional licence due to their chairmen's involvement in the scandal.
Levadiakos, PAS Giannina and Panthrakikos had been relegated at the end of the 2009–10 season after finishing in the bottom three places of the league table. Levadiakos concluded a four-year run in the highest football league of Greece. Panthrakikos finished a two-year tenure with the league, while PAS Giannina had to return to the Football League, formerly known as Beta Ethniki, after just one season.
The three relegated teams were replaced by 2009–10 Beta Ethniki champions Olympiakos Volos, runners-up Kerkyra and promotion playoff winners Panserraikos. Olympiakos Volos returned to the Greek top football level after 20 seasons. Kerkyra ended a three-year absence from the Superleague, while Panserraikos immediately returned to the league.
|AEK Athens||Athens||Athens Olympic Stadium "Spyridon Louis"||69,618|
|Aris||Thessaloniki||Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium||22,800|
|Asteras Tripoli||Tripoli||Asteras Tripolis Stadium||6,430|
|Iraklis||Thessaloniki||Lysandros Kaftanzoglou Stadium||27,770|
|Kavala||Kavala||Anthi Karagianni Stadium||12,500|
|Larissa||Larissa||AEL FC Arena1||16,500|
|Olympiacos||Piraeus||Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium||33,334|
|Olympiakos Volou||Volos||Panthessaliko Stadium||22,700|
|Panathinaikos||Athens||Athens Olympic Stadium "Spyridon Louis"||69,618|
|Panionios||Athens||Nea Smyrni Stadium||11,700|
|Panserraikos||Serres||Serres Municipal Stadium||10,000|
|Skoda Xanthi||Xanthi||Skoda Xanthi Arena||7,361|
- Larissa moved to AEL FC Arena upon its completion in December 2010. Previous matches were hosted at Alcazar Stadium.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Olympiacos (C)||30||24||1||5||65||18||+47||73||2011–12 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|2||Panathinaikos||30||18||6||6||47||26||+21||60||Qualification for Greek Superleague Play-offs|
|5||Olympiakos Volou[a] (D)||30||12||11||7||40||28||+12||47|
|7||Kavala[a] (D)||30||10||10||10||29||27||+2||40||Relegation to 2011–12 Delta Ethniki|
|14||Larissa (R)||30||5||10||15||29||47||−18||25||Relegation to 2011–12 Football League|
|16||Iraklis Thessaloniki (R)||30||7||14||9||22||28||−6||35||Relegation to 2011–12 Football League 2[b]|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th decision match
(C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (R) Relegated.
- On 28 July 2011, the Disciplinary Committee of the competition found Olympiakos Volou and Kavala guilty of match-fixing. Therefore the clubs were automatically put at the end of the league table and demoted to the Football League. The decision, however, was lifted on 10 August 2011 after both appealed. Instead of that Olympiakos Volou had 10 points deducted and Kavala 8 for the 2011-2012 season. On 23 August 2011, the Professional Sports Committee stripped Kavala and Olympiakos Volou of their professional licence, due to their chairmen's involvement in the match fixing scandal.
- On 19 May 2011, the Disciplinary Committee of the competition found Iraklis guilty of forgery during the winter transfer window. Therefore the club was automatically put at the end of the league table and demoted to the Football League.
|Home \ Away||AEK||ARI||AST||ATR||ERG||IRT||KAV||KER||LAR||OLY||OVL||PAT||PIO||PSE||PAOK||XAN|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
- The match, originally scheduled on 13 November 2010, was suspended at half time due to heavy rain. The remaining minutes were completed on 24 November 2010.
In the play-off for Champions League, the four teams play each other in a home and away round robin. However, they do not all start with 0 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 Super League will start the play-off with 0 points. The fifth placed 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 five and rounded to the nearest whole number of points, if necessary, to give the other teams the points with which they start the mini-league.
Fifth-placed club Olympiakos Volou earned 47 points during the regular season. Based on this number and the calculations above, Panathinaikos as runners-up will begin the playoff with three points ((60–47)/5 = 2.6, rounded up to 3), while AEK Athens will start with one point ((50–47)/5 = 0.6, rounded up to 1) and P.A.O.K. with no points ((48–47)/5 = 0.2, rounded down to 0).
|2||Panathinaikos||6||3||1||2||9||5||+4||13||2011–12 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round||1–0||1–1||3–0|
|3||PAOK||6||4||0||2||11||8||+3||12||2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round||2–1||2–1||5–1|
|4||AEK Athens||6||2||1||3||6||6||0||8||2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[a]||0–2||3–0||1–0|
|5||Olympiakos Volou||6||2||0||4||5||12||−7||6||2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round||2–1||1–2||1–0|
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.
- AEK Athens have won the 2010–11 Greek Cup and are therefore qualified for the playoff round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. As a consequence, the fourth-placed team of this group also entered the Europa League.
Including matches played on 17 April 2011; Source: Soccerway
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- Greek Super League Statistics
- Official website (in Greek)