Chori Leaves Olympiacos As Modern-Day Legend
Despite some speculation that the situation might change, it was confirmed this past week that Alejandro Dominguez, better known to fans as ‘Chori’, would be leaving Olympiacos after a four-year stay.
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At 36, the Argentine playmaker is nearing the end of his career and his first-team appearances during the 2016/17 season were limited. Thus, it seemed likely the two sides would part ways heading into the summer and with the former Valencia, River Plate, Zenit and Rubin Kazan man’s contract ending.
In four seasons at the Karaiskakis Stadium, Chori made his impact both on and off the pitch. On the field, he made over 125 appearances for the club while amassing 40 goals and countless assists. In his playmaking role behind the attackers, Chori thrived during his stay in Piraeus, leading Olympiacos to four consecutive league titles and the domestic double in the 2014/15 campaign. That season was Chori’s best in the Erythrolefko shirt as he was simply unplayable, scoring 18 goals, laying off 15 assists, and being named the Greek Super League Foreign Player of the Year.
Chori instantly became a fan favorite after being signed in 2013. His creativity making him a cult hero from the moment he began playing in Greece. Certainly, the Argentine left his mark with a series of wonderful performances and special moments on the pitch. His goal in the Champions’ League against Benfica away was one of his more memorable strikes as was his fantastic individual effort against Xanthi in the 2014/15 Greek Cup Final, which ended up being the game-winning goal. And on that magical night back in February 2014, when Olympiacos defeated Manchester United 2-0, it was Dominguez who opened the scoring as he expertly pulled the strings, picking apart the Red Devils’ defense time and time again.
His silky smooth technical ability was appreciated by supporters of other teams. Chori was lauded for his attitude and character off the pitch as well. He was praised after a lost Greek Cup Final last season when he kissed the hand of AEK’s Diego Buonanotte’s daughter after the match despite his disappointment.
Marco Silva’s arrival at the club in 2015 saw Chori’s playing time cut and things did not improve last season under Paulo Bento. Dominguez was afforded a decent run at the end of this past season however as Takis Lemonis brought him back to the fore and he contributed down the stretch.
In recent days, the player issued a statement discussing his love for Olympiacos and his appreciation to all who stood by him during the good moments and tough times over the last four years. Vangelis Marinakis posted on Facebook his appreciation of Dominguez’s work and stated that the door will always be open for him at the club.
After arriving at Olympiacos from Rayo Vallecano in July 2013 with little fanfare, Dominguez established himself as a club legend over this four year period. What will remain for Olympiacos supporters will be the magic he provided on the pitch with his goals and assists and overall play in addition to being a real flag-bearer for the club off of it.
AGONAsport looks at Chori's most memorable moments during his stay at Olympiacos.
JULY 3, 2013: CHORI SIGNS WITH OLYMPIACOS
Chori Dominguez arrived in Greece and signed a contract with Olympiacos on a free transfer from Rayo Vallecano. The following day, he was presented at the “Achilleas Grammatikopoulos” hall of the Karaiskakis Stadium which was attended by members of Olympiacos’ board of directors, journalists, and his family.
DECEMBER 1, 2013: FIRST LEAGUE GOAL
His first Superleague goal with the Erythrolefki jersey came against Ergotelis in a 3-0 home victory over the Cretan side. Chori scored Olympiacos’ third goal of the game.
OCTOBER 23, 2013: IMPORTANT GOAL AGAINST BENFICA
Chori scored a remarkable and memorable goal against Benfica at the Estadio da Luz, giving Olympiacos a valuable point in the the Champions League group stages. That point would help grant Olympiacos a place in the Champion’s League knockout stages that season at the expense of the Portuguese side.
FEBRUARY 23, 2014: GLORY AGAINST MAN UNITED
Olympiacos recorded one of their greatest victories in club history when they defeated Manchester United 2-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the Champions League Round of 16. Chori opened the scoring with a cheeky back heel in the 38th minute.
MAY 23, 2015: BEAUTY IN CUP FINAL
After a great first season with the club, Dominguez proved himself as a true leader of the team scoring 18 goals and giving 15 assists the following year. The icing on the cake was his astonishing goal against Xanthi in the 2015 Greek Cup final which proved to be the game winner as the Erythrolefki claimed another Greek double.
MAY 17, 2016: CLASS ACT
With Olympiacos falling to AEK in the 2016 Greek Cup final, Dominguez showed his great character off the pitch after the game. While the rest of the Olympiacos players were one their way to receive their medals, Chori saw the daughter of AEK’s Buonanotte and went to her and kissed her hand, a gesture that earned the respect of every true fan of the game.
AUGUST 25, 2016: SEASON SAVING GOAL
After an embarrassing elimination to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Champions League qualifying, Olympiacos were playing with their backs against the wall against Arouca in Europa League qualifying. With the scores level on aggregate and the match at 0-1 in favor of Arouca, Olympiacos were in danger of missing out on the Europa League group stage. In extra time, Chori was subbed on and made an immediate impact, levelling the scores at 1-1 with a tremendous left-footed strike, a goal that would save Olympiacos’ season in Europe. However, as the season went by he was eventually sidelined by coach Paulo Bento.
APRIL 30, 2017: LAST GOAL
His last goal for Olympiacos came against Panetolikos in Agrinio. Dominguez opened the score in the 37th minute and Elyounoussi added a second with Olympiacos winning the match 0-2.