- Olympiacos Completes “BAM” Deal With Oscar Cardozo! -
Olympiacos has brought the “biggest-named” player of this summer’s Greek SuperLeague transfer season, with former “Benfica killer” Oscar Cardozo. The Paraguayan striker signed a 2-year deal with the Greek Champions. Additionally, Gonzalo Paciência completed his move from Porto to Piraeus.
Oscar Cardozo is officially a player of Olympiacos! After days of negotiations with the 33-year old striker, the two sides agreed to a deal with Olympiacos completing the transfer “BAM” of the summer in Greece. Cardozo made his move to Europe, for Benfica, in 2007 after an impressive season in Argentina with Newell's Old Boys (33 appearances, 21 goals). The Portuguese club spent €10 million for his move, which at the time was their second biggest signing in the club’s history. Cardozo made his name known in his 7 seasons at Benfica making 175 appearances while scoring 112 goals. Benfica’s “killer” led his team to one Portuguese Cup, the Portuguese League Title in 2010 and 2014, and to the Europa League Final in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014 (lost to Chelsea in 2013 and Sevilla in 2014). He came across Olympiacos in the 2014 UEFA Champions League Group Stage where the Greek club finished in 2nd place behind PSG, while Benfica continued in the Europa League (until the final).
In 2014, Trabzonspor spent €5 million to acquire Cardozo. He had two full seasons in Turkey making 66 appearances and scored 28 goals with 6 assists.
With Paraguay's National Team, Cardozo has 49 caps with 9 goals. He was part of Paraguay’s roster that played in the 2007 and 2011 Copa America and led his team to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Quarter-finals.
In total, the Paraguayan striker has played a little under 500 matches scoring on 261 occasions. He has won two Portuguese League Titles. One Portuguese Cup, is a 2-time Europa League Finalist, 2-time leading scorer in the Portuguese League, 3-time leading scorer in the Portuguese Cup, and was the leading scorer in the 2010 UEFA Europa League. He was also named Paraguay’s player of the year in 2006 and 2009.
Despite his age, people at Olympiacos look at him as a new Darko Kovacevic, who came to Olympiacos at the age of 33 years old. Kovacevic instantly became a fan favorite recording 31 goals for the club in 60 games. Without a doubt, Cardozo has the scoring ability to “make the difference” in Olympiacos’ attacking line.
Gonzalo Paciência has signed a 1-year contract with Olympiacos. According to reports, FC Porto and Olympiacos agreed to an on-loan deal with a buy-out option at the end of the season. Paciência will be the back-up alternative in Olympiacos’ attacking line behind Ideye and Oscar Cardozo. He is a 22-year old striker that recently played at the Rio Olympic Games with Portugal, scoring 3 goals in 4 matches. Paciência is the second player that Olympiacos has signed this season from Portugal’s Olympic team, after Andre Martins’ move a few weeks ago. The 22-year old played last season on loan to Academica where he had 27 appearances and 3 goals in Portugal's First Division.
With these two signings, Olympiacos completed their 3-man attacking line along with Brown Ideye. A reminder than Alan Pulido was sold to Chivas yesterday. Olympiacos will make one final signing with Brazilian central defender Bruno Viana from Cruzeiro before today’s transfer deadline.