Soldano latest in long line of Argentinians to represent Olympiacos
Last week, forward Franco Soldano penned a contract with Olympiacos, becoming the latest in a long line of Argentinians to play for the Piraeus giants. AGONAsport investigates.
The connection between Olympiacos and Argentina is ever growing. In the winter transfer window, 24-year old striker Soldano was signed by Olympiacos from Argentinian outfit Union de Santa Fe, and he arrives in Piraeus with the club expecting him to solve the goalscoring problems which have been apparent for everyone to see.
In the past, plenty of Argentinians have starred at Olympiacos, and in connection with Soldano’s transfer, let’s take a look at five of the best Argentines to play for the Erythrolefkoi over the last 10 years:
In four years at the Karaiskakis Stadium, Dominguez enjoyed arguably the best spell of his hugely successful career, becoming a fans’ favourite while winning a large six trophies (4 Super League titles, 2 Greek Cups). Boasting the ability to create an opportunity out of nothing, the attacker was always a threat to the opposition, registering 40 goals and 29 assists in 126 appearances. Dominguez was deemed surplus to requirements in the summer of 2017 and departed for Rayo Vallecano.
By the time Saviola signed for Olympiacos, his career was on the downturn. The diminutive Argentinian forward had represented Barcelona, Monaco, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Benfica and Malaga, however he was gradually moving away from the top level. Nevertheless, Saviola impressed in Piraeus, scoring 12 goals in 25 Super League matches during the 2013/2014 season. Interestingly, that proved to be the last productive season for Saviola before he retired in 2018.
In 2007, Ledesma was snapped up by Olympiacos with high expectations, with the player having just been deemed the best midfielder of the Argentinian Primera Division. Initially, Ledesma struggled to make an impact and was sent on loan to San Lorenzo in the 2008/2009 season, but he returned to the Erythrolefkoi for the 2009/2010 campaign. Overall, he competed in 32 matches for Olympiacos and signed for Colon in 2010.
The gifted winger was well loved among Olympiacos fans. Following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2007, Galletti took a leading role for the Thrylos, standing out with his creative performances on the right wing and claiming two Super League trophies (2008, 2009), two Greek Cups (2008, 2009) and the 2007 Greek Super Cup. Galletti tallied a large 26 goals and 30 assists in a mere 93 games in the Olympiacos jersey.
The famous midfielder transferred to Olympiacos in 2015 after leaving Leicester City. Cambiasso only spent two seasons with the Thrylos, but in that time, he won two Super Leagues and scored seven goals in all competitions. Cambiasso always competed with desire, and when his Olympiacos contract expired in 2017, he decided to hang up his boots. A true legend of Argentinian football.