The 2017/2018 Super League season in numbers
In connection with the 2017/2018 Super League season reaching its completion in early May, AGONAsport takes a statistical look back at a thrilling, dramatic and controversial campaign witnessed in Greece.
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AEK Athens claimed the Super League trophy, boasting a six-point advantage over PAOK to win the club’s 12th Greek title. PAOK, winners of the Greek Cup on Saturday, lost all hope of becoming champions when receiving two technical defeats in the courts and have to be content with being runners-up. Olympiacos missed out on glory for the first time in eight years, going through four different managers during the campaign and finishing in a lowly third place. Nevertheless, fellow giants Panathinaikos had an even worse season, taking 11th spot after receiving points deductions and enduring financial hardship.
In next season’s UEFA Champions League, AEK and PAOK will represent Greece in the third and second qualifying rounds respectively. Olympiacos begin their European campaign in the UEFA Europa League’s third qualifying phase, while Atromitos and Asteras Tripolis join the same competition at the second stage of qualifying.
AOK Kerkyra and Platanias propped up the rear, suffering relegation to the Football League. OFI Crete and Aris Thessaloniki will replace them in Greece’s top footballing tier in the 2018/2019 season. Recently, the current Super League standings were validated and the start date of the upcoming campaign was set for August 25, 2018.
For the eighth consecutive season, Olympiacos scored more goals than anyone else - 63. However, unlike in the nine previous Super League seasons, the top scorers didn’t win the championship with Olympiacos only finishing in third place. Newly crowned Greek champions AEK hit the jackpot on 50 different occasions, but second placed PAOK registered 59 markers against their opponents.
SHOTS ON GOAL
AEK were the most daring when in possession, firing an impressive 385 shots on goal during the season. Olympiacos (376), PAOK (364), Atromitos (330) and Asteras Tripolis (305) were the others to have more than 300 shots, all teams which qualified for European competitions. It’s worth considering that every scoring attempt was taken into account for this statistic, not just those which hit the target. So even if the ball was launched 20 meters over the bar, it still counted as a shot.
GOALS PER SHOTS RATIO
On average, it took Olympiacos six shots to score, meaning the Thrylos have the best goals per shots ratio in the Super League. Xanthi made a surprise appearance here with a 7.2 ratio, 0.5 better than AEK’s.
Olympiacos and PAOK are tied in first place in this category, both making 37 assists over the course of the campaign. Interestingly, AEK only dished out 27, taking fourth place behind Atromitos with 31. High-flyers Asteras Tripolis made 26.
The Piraeus outfit were over the hills and far away in this aspect, seeing 278 of their 807 crosses prove to be accurate, 48 more than AEK in second (230). Struggling Athenians Panathinaikos popped up with 203 successful crosses from 631 attempts.
Making 2035 passes in the 2017/2018 season, Olympiacos are once again in first position of another category. Despite occupying a dismal 12th place in the standings, Panathinaikos were reliable with the ball at their feet, completing 1953 passes. PAOK are missing from the top five.
This a section in which which no team wants to find themselves in first place. Unfortunately for Panionios, the Nea Smyrni club committed the most errors when in possession, making a grand total of 1410 turnovers in the campaign. Panathinaikos, Lamia, Atromitos and Olympiacos aren’t far behind.
As expected, some of the Super League’s more defensive teams are present in this list. PAS Giannina, a club which came mid-table in ninth place with 34 points, recorded an excellent 741 steals to earn top spot. Xanthi were in second with 661 steals.
With the reliable Nikos Papadopoulos between the sticks, PAS Lamia 1964 made the largest amount of saves, denying the opponents 147 times in the season. The defence minded Panionios, Apollon Smyrnis, Platanias and AEL were also in the leading five in this category.
PAOK’s Serbian hitman Aleksandar Prijovic was simply on fire, spearheading the Dikefalos tou Vorra’s attack with a huge return of 19 goals in 27 appearances. Michalis Manias (Asteras Tripolis) and Erik Jendrisek (Xanthi) did brilliantly for their clubs, netting 12 and 11 goals respectively.
SHOTS ON GOAL
29-year old Spaniard Pedro Conde ended up scoring 14 goals for PAS Giannina, but he had more shots than anyone else, attempting to beat the goalkeeper on 81 occasions. Karim Ansarifard of Olympiacos and AEK’s Anastasios Bakasetas had 67 shots each.
GOALS PER SHOTS RATIO
In an incredible statistic, Prijovic scored a goal per 2.8 attempts, showing his ruthlessness when presented with a scoring opportunity. Ansarifard and Apollon Smyrnis’ promising forward Christos Almpanis had a ratio of 3.9 with Vlad Morar (Panetolikos) and Sergio Araujo (AEK) lurking behind.
David Nadales Lopez, who made seven of his eight assists for PAS Giannina before transferring to Apollon Smyrnis in the winter, occupies joint first place with Dimitris Giannoulis (Atromitos), Dimitris Pelkas (PAOK) and Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympiacos).
Olympiacos playmaker Fortounis made the most crosses with 58, but inspirational PAOK left-back Vieirinha only had two less, whipping the ball in on 56 occasions. AEK’s Brazilian right sided defender Rodrigo Galo registered 49 crosses, bombing up and down the flank with real threat throughout the entire season.
Serbian midfielder Marko Blazic was effective for Lamia in the middle of the park, splaying out 329 passes to earn first position in the category. Asteras Tripolis’ Juan Munafo was second with 324, miles ahead of third placed Konstantinos Fortounis (241).
Piti was one of Lamia’s star men this season, but he has plenty of mistakes in him too, committing 170 errors. Amr Warda, Masoud Shojaei and Fortounis, some of the Super League’s best midfielders, won’t be happy to see their names high up in this section. Iranian midfielder Masoud struggled when joining AEK in January, looking off the pace and slow when holding the ball.
The top five is made up of goalkeepers from Levadiakos (Devis Epassy), Xanthi (Zivko Zivkovic), Lamia (Nikos Papadopoulos), PAS Giannina (Markos Vellidis) and Panionios (Matic Kotnik). Epassy comfortably took first place, stealing the ball 182 times in the year while Zivkovic in second has 138 steals.
Stopping 99 shots, just one short of a century, 27-year old Panionios netminder Matic Kotnik pulled off more saves than any other Super League goalkeeper in the 2017/2018 season.
Ognjen Vranjes (AEK - Xanthi 4:0, 18/02/2018) and Nicolas Diguiny (Atromitos - Platanias - 4:1, 22/04.2018) scored the only two hat tricks of the season.
Popping up 56 times, 1:0 was the Super League’s most popular score. 1:1 was seen on 39 occasions.
65 red cards were shown. Defender Evangelos Oikonomou was dismissed twice for Panathinaikos and Panionios.
For the second time in three seasons, Konstantinos Fortounis was in first position for assists made.
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Denis Epstein were substituted 16 times, more than any other players. Christodoulopoulos only played the full 90 minutes once in 27 matches.
Giorgos Athanasiadis (Asteras Tripolis), Zivko Zivkovic (Xanthi), Erik Jendrisek (Xanthi) and Robin Lod (Panathinaikos) were the only players to participate in all 30 games.
459 different players competed in this Super League. 34 of them only played in one match.