The 10 Players Who Wore The Erythrolefki And Blaugrana Colors
Olympiacos picked up a point against Barcelona on Tuesday after a superb display. The Champions’ League match between the two sides saw Ernesto Valverde return to his old stomping grounds and receive a huge ovation and consistent chanting of his name from Thrylos supporters.
Matchdays 3 and 4 were the first matches in history between Olympiacos and Barcelona. There is a connection between the two clubs though and it has mainly to do with players who have played for both teams.
A total of 10 players have turned out for both clubs in their careers, with some being some very big names in football. Perhaps the highest profile of these is Rivaldo. The Brazilian won two titles at Barcelona and also was awarded the FIFA World Footballer of the Year and managed to win the World Cup as well during his five-year stay at the Camp Nou. Rivaldo came to Olympiacos in 2004, managing to win three titles in three seasons with the club along with two Greek Cups.
Giovanni, Yaya Toure, Javier Saviola, and Eric Abidal are perhaps the next four biggest names to have played for both clubs. Of those Giovanni stayed with Olympiacos the longest and was perhaps the most loved of all the foreign players that the club has ever had. The Brazilian won five titles and one Greek Cup in Piraeus. Toure and Saviola won titles in both Greece and Spain. Though their stays were shorter in Greece, they left their mark on Olympiacos. Toure in particular is a special case of going to Barcelona after Olympiacos (with a season in between at Monaco) while most players have gone the other way.
Other names that will be familiar to Olympiacos supporters will be Arouna Babangida, Dani, Urko Pardo, Javito, Ibrahim Afellay, and current player Alberto Botia. Many of those players stayed in Greece only a short while, of them, Botia is certainly the most successful in a red and white jersey.