Olympiacos Volos Football Club (Greek: Α.Σ. Ολυμπιακός Βόλου 1937) is a Greek football club based in the city of Volos.

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Full nameOlympiacos Volos 1937 Football Club
Nickname(s)Austriakoi (Austrian Boys)
Erythrolefki (The Red-Whites)
Founded2 June 1937; 87 years ago (1937-06-02) (as Olympiacos Volos F.C.)
GroundVolos Municipal Stadium
Capacity9,000
InvestorGiannis Papadopoulos
ManagerStelios Arsenos
LeagueGamma Ethniki
2023–24Thessaly FCA First Division, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

History

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In 1938 Olympiacos achieves the biggest distinction made from a provincial team at the time, succeeding to enter the final eight in Greek Football Cup.

In 1947 Olympiacos wins its first Thessalian championship. The year 1954 is very successful for the team. Furthermore, Olympiacos make a great win over Doxa Dramas in an away game and Olympiacos becomes Panprovincional champion of Northern Greece and wins its ticket to the Panhellenic Championship, where they take the decent 5th place.

The 1955 year then became a notable one in the club history: while the city of Volos was damaged by some earthquakes, Olympiacos Volos had a scheduled Greek Cup match to play in Athens against AEK for the Greek Cup in Athens. Due to the city being heavily damaged and due to lack of media information, it seemed Olympiacos Volos would not have managed to get to Athens in time. However, the team ultimately managed to arrive in the Greek capital city and even eliminated AEK by beating them 0–1 and go further to the quarter-finals.

In 1960 the team reached the round of 16 in Greek Cup. In 1961 it merged with local club Ethnikos Volos, with Ethnikos-Olympiacos Volos being the new denomination, despite this the team is still commonly referred as Olympiacos Volos. In the same year Olympiacos wins the Central Greece championship and had the opportunity to win the promotion in A' Ethniki through a play-off match, which the team lost.

In 1962–63 Olympiacos completed the B' Ethniki league in a remarkable fifth place. In the following season the team ended first, together with Trikala, but lost the promotion once again in a play-off match. This was followed by a fourth and a second place in the two next seasons, before Olympiacos eventually managed to get promoted to the top flight in 1966, after winning the Panthessalian championship and then defeating Panelefsiniakos and Kavala on play-offs.

The first top flight campaign for the club was however not successful, as Olympiacos was relegated in B Ethniki. Despite this, the club promptly managed to recover from that, and get back to the top flight in the very next season after winning Veria in a two-legged play-off. The same year Olympiacos reached the Greek Cup round of 16. Another relegation followed in 1968, after the club ended the league in 16th place.

In the year 1970, Olympiacos won again B' Ethniki and returned in the A' Ethniki for the third time. In 1971–72 the club finished in 13th place its top flight campaign, a result confirmed also in 1972–73 ends in the 13th place.

In the following season, the club ended in 14th place, which would normally have allowed Olympiacos Volos to stay in the first division; nevertheless the Greek federation decided to reduce the number of top-flight teams, thus being relegated to the second tier. In the year 1975–76 Olympiacos ended in third place and even eighth the next season, the latter being the worst placement for the club from the creation of B' Ethniki. In 1977 the club had a much more impressive season, losing the promotion only in the final game to Larissa. Third and sixth place in the two following seasons preceded a 1980 campaign ended in a runner-up placement, only behind Iraklis Thessaloniki; a result that was confirmed the following season, where Olympiacos Volos lost promotion to Makedonikos, another Thessalonicean club.

After a fifth place in 1983–84, Olympiacos Volos were relegated in Gama Ethniki in 1984–85 after 21 years in the two Greek professional divisions club after another Volos-based team, Niki Volos, lost a game against Veria which saved the Imathian team from relegation at Olympiacos Volos place and then a big competition created between the two local teams.

The club returned to the second tier only 1986, and even returned to the top flight in 1988. In 1988–1989, the team was strengthened with the addition of Hungarian scorer Imre Boda, who won the league topscorer title, being instrumental in keeping his side into the top flight, ending season in 11th place. Olympiacos returned to the second tier only the following season, ending the 1989–90 season in 17th place. In the 1990s, the club did not achieve any notable success, being relegated once again to third division and staying there for four seasons before to return to the second tier in 1998–1999.

In 2000, Olympiacos made good appearances but due to some unlucky results at the end of the year, it only ended up in seventh place, which was followed by an eighth place the next year. At the same time the club administration began facing financial problems and started collapsing. As a result of that, the club had to start from fourth division, a first time in such a lower tier for the club in 2003.

In 2004, Olympiacos merged with Kassandra F.C., which competed in Beta Ethniki, into A.S.K. Olympiacos F.C. based in Volos and competing in Beta Ethniki. However, also the team competing in Delta Ethniki continued to exist as Ethnikos Olympiacos Volos FC. In 2004–05, A.S.K. Olympiacos F.C. reached the 5th place in Beta Ethniki and changed ownership, but was relegated the following year. In 2007–08, Ethnikos Olympiacos was promoted to Gamma Ethniki and A.S.K. Olympiacos F.C. to Beta Ethniki. The two teams remained separate for 4 years,[1] until the summer of 2008 when only one Olympiacos remained in Volos.[2][3] In 2008, Ethnikos Olympiacos Volos merged with Doxa Drama F.C. in Gamma Ethniki, leaving only A.S.K. Olympiacos in Volos, which participated in Beta Ethniki at the time and was later renamed Olympiacos Volos 1937 FC.

Champions and promotion after 20 years to the top league, European journey and "Koriopolis" scandal

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Olympiacos finally became champion of Beta Ethniki two years later, in the 2009–2010 season, and returned to the top league after an absence of 20 years. The club had a good first season and finished 5th. Therefore Olympiacos qualified for the Europa League for the first time in their history, becoming the first team from the city of Volos to ever take part in a European competition. The team eliminated FK Rad and FC Differdange 03 and was drawn with Paris Saint-Germain F.C. at the play offs. However on 28 July 2011, Olympiacos Volos was relegated to the Football League due to the ongoing match fixing scandal in Greece.[4] They were also excluded from the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League play-off round.[5] Olympiacos Volos appealed against their expulsion from the Super League, and won, allowing them to remain in the Super League albeit starting with a 10-point deduction.[6] However, on 23 August 2011, the Greek Professional Sports Committee (EEA) stripped both Kavala and Olympiacos of their professional licence and demoted them to the amateur Delta Ethniki.[7] This decision caused heavy riots in the city of Volos, between the fans of Olympiacos Volos and the police.[8]

Unlike Kavala, which accepted participation in 2011–12 Delta Ethniki,[9] Olympiacos Volos did not, waiting for a decision on their appeal against the EEA.[10] They claimed the EEA's decision had been a violation of the self-administration of football, and on 4 November 2011 they appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.[11] The club remained inactive, and most of its players moved on to other teams. On 7 June 2012, EEA approved a new share transfer during a session held for this purpose, approving the transfer of shares accounting for 58.11% of PAE Olympiacos Volos to Mr. Panagiotis Botsivalis, and, thus allowing the team to participate in Greek professional leagues. After a unique decision of the Hellenic Football Federation, Olympiacos Volos will participate in the Football League (Greece).[12]

Players

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Current squad

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As of 7 January 2022

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   MNE Vuko Vujović (on loan from Levadiakos)
3 DF   AZE Turan Manafov (on loan from Sabail)
4 DF   GRE Alkiviadis Markopouliotis
5 DF   GRE Dimitrios Stamou
6 MF   FRA Alexis Dos Santos
7 MF   POR Tiago Nani (on loan from Kalamata)
8 MF   ALB Klevis Kola
9 FW   GRE Christos Kountouriotis
11 FW   GRE Theodoros Vernardos
12 DF   GRE Petros Pelkas
13 DF   SRB Igor Filipović
14 MF   GRE Christos Katsoukis
16 GK   GRE Achilleas Konstantinou
17 MF   GRE Filippos Skopelitis
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF   GRE Andreas Kokas
21 MF   GRE Konstantinos Kavouras
22 MF   GRE Nikos Chatzis
29 FW   ENG Maleace Asamoah (on loan from Kalamata)
33 DF   GRE Thomas Grekos
39 MF   GNB Helistano Manga
42 MF   CIV Salim Diaby
44 DF   GRE Georgios Papakostas
66 DF   GRE Antonis Rigopoulos
67 GK   GRE Gennadios Xenodochof
71 MF   GRE Dimitrios Komnos
77 FW   GRE Konstantinos Fourikis

Honours

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Domestic

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Regional

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  • Thessaly FCA Championship
    • Winners (6): 1938–39, 1939–40, 1946–47, 1951–52, 1954–55, 2023–24
  • Thessaly FCA Cup
    • Winners (4): 2003–04, 2006–07 , 2018–19 , 2023-24

Remarkable achievements

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League achievements

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Cup achievements

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Seasons in the 21st century

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Season Category Position Cup
2000–01 Beta Ethniki (2nd division) 7th GS
2001–02 Beta Ethniki (2nd division) 8th GS
2002–03 Beta Ethniki (2nd division) 13th 2R
2003–04 Delta Ethniki (4th division) 5th
2004–05 Delta Ethniki (4th division) 12th
2005–06 Delta Ethniki (4th division) 8th
2006–07 Delta Ethniki (4th division) 1st
2007–08 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 4th 4R
2008–09 Beta Ethniki (2nd division) 11th 2R
2009–10 Beta Ethniki (2nd division) 1st 5R
2010–11 Super League (1st division) 5th SF
2011–12 Delta Ethniki (4th division)
2012–13 Football League (2nd Division) 5th 4R
2013–14 Football League (2nd division) 3rd QF
2014–15 Football League (2nd division) 5th GS
2015–16 Football League (2nd division) 17th GS
2016–17 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 3rd
2017–18 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 5th
2018–19 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 1st
2019–20 Football League (3rd Division) 8th 5R
2020–21 Football League (3rd Division) 4th Cancelled
2021–22 Super League 2 (2nd Division) 15th 3R
2022–23 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 13th
2023–24 Thessaly FCA First Division 1st
2024–25 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division)

Best position in bold.

Key: 1R = First Round, 2R = Second Round, 3R = Third Round, 4R = Fourth Round, 5R = Fifth Round, GS = Group Stage, QF = Quarter-finals, SF = Semi-finals.

Notable wins

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Season Match Score
1969–70 Olympiacos VolosOlympiacos 1–0
1989–90 Olympiacos Volos – Olympiacos 3–0
1989–90 Olympiacos Volos – Olympiacos (for Greek Cup) 2–1
1973–74 Olympiacos VolosPanathinaikos 1–0
1988–89 Olympiacos Volos – Panathinaikos 2–1
2009–10 Olympiacos Volos – Panathinaikos (friendly match) 2–1
2010–11 Panathinaikos – Olympiacos Volos 0–1
2010–11 Olympiacos Volos - Panathinaikos 3–2
2010–11 Olympiacos Volos - Panathinaikos (for play-off) 2–1
2013–14 Olympiacos Volos - Panathinaikos (for Greek Cup) 1–0
1954–55 AEK Athens - Olympiacos Volos (for Greek Cup) 0–1
1967–68 Olympiacos Volos – AEK Athens 1–0
1973–74 Olympiacos Volos – AEK Athens 2–1
2010–11 Olympiacos Volos – AEK Athens 3–1
2010–11 AEK Athens – Olympiacos Volos 0–4
2010–11 Olympiacos Volos - AEK Athens (for play-off) 1–0
2014–15 Olympiacos Volos - AEK Athens (for promotion play-offs) 1–0
1988–89 Olympiacos VolosPAOK 4–1
1989–90 Olympiacos Volos – PAOK 2–0
1974–75 Olympiacos VolosAris 3–1
1989–90 Olympiacos Volos – Aris 2–0
2005–06 Olympiacos Volos – Aris (Beta Ethniki) 2–1
2012–13 Olympiacos Volos – Aris (for Greek Cup) 1–0

European Cup history

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Despite playing only a few months in Europe , Olympiacos Volos managed to secure some notable records. The team played 4 matches without a single loss (3 wins/1 draw) becoming the only Greek team without a loss in Europe till today. Furthermore, on 28/07/2011 Ilias Solakis scored the last goal in a 3-0 away win against FC Differdange 03 becoming the oldest Greek scorer ever in a European competition at the age of 36 years and 6 months. That was a record previously held by AEK legend Mimis Papaioannou who had managed to score at the age of 36 years and 2 months , back in 1980.

  • Q = Qualifying
  • PO = Play-off
Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2011–12 Europa League Q2   Rad 1–1 1–0
Q3   Differdange 03 3–0 3–0
PO   PSG Excluded due to match-fixing accusations[5]

Facilities

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From the early years until 1962, Olympiacos Volos was playing in the field of Volos shooting club, near the river of Anavros. The club tried to buy this area without success.

In 1962 the club moved to EAK Volos which has a capacity of 9,000 spectators. In 2010–11 season, Olympiacos Volos moved to Panthessaliko Stadium which has a capacity of 22,700 seats.[13] In 2013–14 season, Olympiacos Volos returned to EAK Volos. The club finally decided to use the stadium once again. This stadium has been identified as the club's true home.

The club owned a training football ground in Alli Meria Volos which was confiscated by the state due to debts. Today, relieved from the past's debts and thanks to new property, constructed a new training center in Volos' suburb of Aisonia.

Rivalries

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Olympiacos has a long-standing rivalry with Niki Volos, a club based in Nea Ionia, Volos. Olympiacos Volos and Niki Volos derby is considered to be amongst the top 5 local derbies in Greece.

References

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  1. ^ goalday.gr
  2. ^ "zougla online, 24 June 2008". Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  3. ^ goalday.gr
  4. ^ "Relegation for Olympiacos Volos and Kavala" (in Greek). Contra.gr. Archived from the original on 30 March 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Differdange to replace Olympiacos Volos". UEFA. 11 August 2011. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Olympiacos Volos and Kavala escape relegation" (in Greek). Contra.gr. Archived from the original on 13 May 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Olympiacos Volos and Kavala to Delta Ethniki" (in Greek). Contra.gr. Archived from the original on 15 April 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  8. ^ Fans riot after Volos thrown out of Greek league
  9. ^ "Kavala applied for Delta Ethniki" (in Greek). Contra.gr. 10 October 2011. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Olympiacos refuses to participate in Delta Ethniki" (in Greek). OnSports.gr. 14 October 2011. Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Olympiacos Volos to CAS". Eleftherotypia (in Greek). 4 November 2011. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  12. ^ "EPO - Hellenic Football Federation". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Olympiacos Volos moves to Panthessaliko for the new season" (in Greek). Contra.gr. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
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