Olympiacos set plenty of unwanted records in dismal campaign
Olympiacos endured a miserable campaign, finishing in third place of the Super League standings to relinquish their tight grip on the trophy. AGONAsport looks at some of the Thrylos’ unwanted records.
To cap a terrible season, Olympiacos dropped an embarrassing 0:3 loss to PAS Giannina in the final Super League fixture, conceding three times during the second half in a soaking Ioannina. Losing the match, the Thrylos registered their biggest Super League defeat in four years after the 0:3 home setback to Panathinaikos on March 2, 2014. Just to make matters worse, Olympiacos’ previous 0:3 loss in a game with a team from the lower half of the table was against Kalamata on April 1, 1996. It was also Olympiacos’ sixth defeat of the 2017/2018 Super League, the largest amount of losses since the triumphant 2005/2006 season.
Let’s take a look at the other anti-records which Olympiacos set in the Super League and UEFA Champions League:
- Olympiacos drew 1:1 with Asteras Tripolis and Xanthi in two of the opening four matches, making it the club’s worst start to a league season since the 2007/2008 campaign.
- After losing to Atromitos 0:1 at home, Olympiacos completed a four-game streak without a win (Xanthi 1:1, Asteras Tripolis 1:1, AEK 2:3, Atromitos 0:1), the club’s poorest run of form in the national championship in seven years and five months.
- Three defeats (AEK 2:3, Atromitos 0:1, Panathinaikos 0:1) in the first nine league matches occurred for the first time in 24 years.
- In four league games against Panathinaikos and AEK, the Thrylos only picked up one point, their worst result in 22 years. Olympiacos drew 1:1 against Panathinaikos in Piraeus while losing 0:1 to the same opponents in Athens and twice against AEK (2:3, 1:2).
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- Earning one point in six group stage matches, Olympiacos’ performance was the worst witnessed by a Greek team in the competition’s history.
- Losing 1:3 to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, Olympiacos lost all hope of finishing in the top three. In the past six years, the Thrylos had always played in Europe come the spring, but one point against Barcelona wasn’t enough.
- When playing Sporting Lisbon at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, the team conceded three goals in the opening 45 minutes to trail 0:3. The last time when a Greek team was down by such a margin after the first half was Apollon in May 1955.