Lineup Complete for Monday’s Greek Cup Draw
The path to the Greek Cup Final will become all the more clearer when the Hellenic Basketball Federation (EOK) conducts the draw for the semi-finals on Monday, October 9.
With Greece’s big guns clinching a berth in Monday’s draw, the field is set for what should be an exciting run to the Greek Cup Final in mid-February.
6-time defending champions Panathinaikos lead the way as the Greens look to extend their consecutive title streak, while adding to their record of 18 titles overall.
The second most successful club in the competition, Olympiacos, will join their arch-rivals in the draw -- the only team aside from Panathinaikos to win the competition in the last 13 years.
Meanwhile, Aris will look to bring the title to Thessaloniki after dispatching PAOK for a spot in the semi-finals. Aris are the last team outside of Panathinaikos and Olympiacos to win the title, but haven’t tasted victory in the competition since the 2003-2004 edition of the competition.
AEK, who last triumphed in the tournament with back-to-back title wins at the turn of the millennium, are also semi-final bound and will look to improve on their tally of two titles.
There are, of course, several storylines that will dominate the build-up to Monday’s draw with the most notable being the potential for a semi-final derby tilt between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos for the second straight year. The Eternal Enemies haven’t contested a Greek Cup Final since their tilt during the 2012-2013 edition of the tournament.
Another interesting plot is the potential for a Panagiotis Giannakis return to Olympiacos after the former Olympiacos bench-boss took up the Aris job this past summer. A club legend at Aris for his playing days, Giannakis will look to extend his legendary status in Thessaloniki as coach as Aris will look to tie Olympiacos for all-time title wins should they capture the crown in February (Olympiacos 9, Aris 8).
Of course, Giannakis has memories at Panathinaikos, too. While he is best known for his days playing alongside Nikos Galis at Aris, Giannakis also spent two seasons playing for Panathinaikos -- memories which were re-lived when Giannakis first took up coaching in 2000/2001 with Panionios.
The potential also for an Athenian Derby also adds to the excitement surrounding Monday’s draw as Panathinaikos-AEK and Olympiacos-AEK have produced some exciting matchups in recent seasons. With the football version of the tie now at its peak, many fans will be salivating at the prospect of an Olympiacos-AEK tilt come Monday.