2008–09 Superleague Greece
The 2008–09 Superleague Greece season was the third since its establishment. It began on 31 August 2008 and ended on 26 April 2009. The league consisted of 16 teams. Participants were the 13 best teams from the 2007–08 season and three teams who have been promoted from Beta Ethniki. Olympiacos successfully defended their title after claiming their 37th title overall with three rounds remaining.
37th Greek title
|Europa League||AEK Athens|
(via domestic cup)
|Goals scored||519 (2.06 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Ismael Blanco|
Luciano Galletti (14)
|Biggest home win||Olympiacos 5–0 Iraklis|
|Biggest away win||Panserraikos 1–5 AEK Athens|
|Highest scoring||Larissa 4–3 OFI|
OFI 4–3 Panthrakikos
Asteras 3–4 Panionios
Ergotelis 2–5 Panionios
Team changes from 2007–08Edit
Teams promoted from 2007–08 Beta Ethniki:
Teams relegated to 2008–09 Beta Ethniki:
Stadia and personnelEdit
- 1 On final match day of the season, played on 26 April 2009.
League table (regular season)Edit
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Olympiacos (C)||30||22||5||3||50||14||+36||71||Qualification for Champions League third qualifying round|
|2||PAOK||30||18||9||3||39||16||+23||63||Qualification for Superleague Greece play-offs|
|14||OFI (R)||30||5||9||16||30||50||−20||24[b]||Relegation to Beta Ethniki|
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.
- Head-to-head record: Iraklis Thessaloniki: 7 pts, Panthrakikos: 6 pts, Asteras Tripoli: 2 pts.
- Head-to-head record: OFI–Panserraikos 0–0, Panserraikos–OFI 1–2.
The play-offs for an additional Champions League spot were conducted in a home and away round robin format. Its participants have entered the mini-league with a number of bonus points based on their regular season record. Every team had the number of points earned by the fifth-placed team subtracted from its own number of points. The result was then divided through five and rounded to the nearest whole number to determine the number of bonus points.
The teams started the play-offs with the following number of points:
- PAOK – 3 points ((63–49) / 5 = 2.8, rounded up to 3)
- Panathinaikos – 2 points ((61–49) / 5 = 2.4, rounded down to 2)
- AEK Athens – 1 point ((55–49) / 5 = 1.2, rounded down to 1)
- Larissa – 0 points ((49 –49) / 5 = 0)
The play-off winners entered the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. Since AEK Athens have lost the final of the 2008–09 Greek Cup to Champions League-bound Olympiacos, all three Greek Europa League spots (two via league, one via domestic cup) were allotted according to the position of the respective teams in the play-off.
|2||Panathinaikos||6||5||1||0||12||3||+9||18||Qualification for Champions League third qualifying round||1–1||4–1||3–1|
|3||AEK Athens||6||3||2||1||8||6||+2||12||Qualification for Europa League play-off round||0–2||3–1||3–2|
|4||PAOK||6||2||0||4||5||9||−4||9||Qualification for Europa League third qualifying round||0–1||0–1||1–0|
|5||Larissa||6||0||1||5||3||10||−7||1||Qualification for Europa League second qualifying round||0–1||0–0||0–2|
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.
Most valuable players (excluding goalkeepers)Edit
Teams by regionEdit
|Region||Number of teams||Teams|
|Attica||5||AEK Athens, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Panionios and Thrasyvoulos|
|Macedonia||4||Aris, Iraklis, Panserraikos and PAOK|
|Crete||2||Ergotelis and OFI|
|Thrace||2||Panthrakikos and Skoda Xanthi|