Greens receive hero's welcome

May 05, 2009 by Vassilis Skountis - Athens, Greece Print
Greens receive hero's welcome
New Euroleague champ Panathinaikos arrives at Athens airportThe newly crowned Euroleague champions of Panathinaikos were welcomed by more than 2,000 fans on their return Monday evening to Athens at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. The flight from Berlin, where the Greens had won the title the previous evening in a thriller over CSKA Moscow, landed at 19:15 local time. Wearing nothing but green, the fans delivered an apotheosis to the team, as they were cheering, singing and throwing smoke bombs to celebrate for the fifth Euroleague trophy won in 14 years by Panathinaikos. Team owners Pavlos Giannakopoulos, who didn’t attend the Final Four due to a health problem, was the first to welcome the team and congratulate coach Zeljko Obradovic and the players. Fragiskos Alvertis, the all-time icon of the club, enjoyed a special reception by the fans. Panathinaikos continues its season in the Greek league with a home game on Saturday to open the best-of-five semifinals with what is expected to be a sold-out crowd of of near 20,000 people.