Route between Nea Smyrni and Piraeus proving popular

Route between Nea Smyrni and Piraeus proving popular

With Giorgos Masouras leaving Panionios for Piraeus giants Olympiacos, the link between the two clubs continues. AGONAsport investigates.

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In late November, Olympiacos decided to go shopping in nearby Nea Smyrni, snatching talented right winger Giorgos Masouras from Panionios after the 25-year old had made an impressive start to the 2018/2019 Super League season. With Panionios, Masouras made 14 appearances in the domestic championship in the first half of the campaign, contributing with six goals and one assist.

Interestingly, in making the move to Piraeus, Masouras has become the 16th player to transfer from Panionios to Olympiacos.

Ever since 2010, the Thrylos have signed 11 Panionios players, and they’ve only spent an estimated combined four million euros in acquiring the footballers in question. However, when looking at players which have transferred from Olympiacos to Panionios, the figures are even larger. Between 2010 and 2018, 13 Olympiacos players have been loaned to the Nea Smyrni outfit, while a further nine left the Erythrolefkoi on a permanent basis to join the Panthers!

Overall, a grand total of 48 players have travelled from Piraeus to Nea Smyrni or vice versa in 39 seasons, and if we stretch all the way back to the 1960s, the statistic rises from 48 to 59. One of the most important Panionios-Olympiacos transfers occurred in 1980. Having caught the eye with his fantastic performances with Panionios, plenty of European clubs were interested in the services of Nikos Anastopoulos, and after pleading with the Panthers to allow him to join Olympiacos, he eventually penned a deal with the Thrylos. Anastopoulos then scored over 100 goals in Piraeus.

In recent years, Giannis Maniatis (2011), Dimitris Siovas (2012), Andreas Samaris (2012), Karim Ansarifard (2017), Manolis Siopis (2017), Spyros Risvanis (2017) and Ehsan Hajsafi (2018) are among those to be snapped up from Panionios by Olympiacos. During the Evangelos Marinakis era, 13 Olympiacos players have been loaned to Panionios, and current Marseille striker Konstantinos Mitroglou was one of those footballers. In the 2010/2011 Super League season, Mitroglou impressed as a loanee in Nea Smyrni, bagging eight goals in just 11 matches. At this moment in time, defender Yaya Banana and winger Giorgos Manthatis are on loan at Panionios from Olympiacos, and rumours were floating about that Athanasios Androutsos and Marios Vrousai could possibly move to Panionios in exchange for Masouras.

In the 2018/2019 season, Olympiacos currently occupy second place of the Super League standings, while Panionios stand in seventh. As yet, the two teams have only met once this campaign, with Ahmed Hassan heading in a dramatic winner to earn a tense 1:0 triumph for Olympiacos in Nea Smyrni. Incidentally, Masouras, Olympiacos’ new signing, had a goal wrongly disallowed for Panionios during the second half.


by Shaun Nicolaides

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