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2011-12 Team Profile: Olympiacos
After firmly reestablishing itself among the true giants of European basketball, Olympiacos Piraeus enters a new Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign with its sights high. The Reds simply dominated for much of the season, winning six Euroleague games in a row at one point, placing first in their Top 16 group and setting a playoffs record with a blowout win, but a late slide kept them from the Final Four. Likewise in the Greek League, Olympiacos won the cup and had the best regular season record, but came up short in the finals. Now the Reds look to reach the mountain top in all competitions. The club boasts an impressive resume as a former Euroleague champ with six past Final Four appearances in addition to numerous titles won at home. Olympiacos’s roots reach back to the 1930s and the club lifted its first Greek League title in 1949. The Reds’ golden era took place in the 1990s when head coach Ioannis Ioannidis led Olympiacos to four Greek League titles between 1993 and 1996 and to the Euroleague title game in both 1994 and 1995. Despite respective losses against Joventut and Real Madrid, Olympiacos continued to fight for glory. And when Dusan Ivkovic came to the bench in 1997, the Reds promptly became the first Greek winner of a triple-crown – Greek League, Greek Cup and Euroleague titles – the latter by beating Barcelona 73-58 in Rome behind the likes of David Rivers, Georgios Sigalas, Eddie Johnson, Panagiotis Fasoulas, Franko Nakic and Milan Tomic. Olympiacos made it back to the Final Four in 1999, but it had to wait until 2002 to win another title, when it lifted the Greek Cup. The following season, Olympiacos also reached the Greek League finals and came within a victory of the Euroleague Final Four. After a couple of quiet years, Olympiacos returned to prominence in 2005-06 by challenging then-defending champion Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Euroleague quarterfinals and going back to the Greek League finals. In 2006-07, Olympiacos reached the Euroleague playoffs in each of the following two seasons, but came up short in series against Tau Ceramica and CSKA Moscow. Olympiacos finally got back to the Final Four in 2009, winning its Top 16 group and downing Real Madrid in the playoff to reach the event in Berln. The Reds, however, lost the Greek League finals, Greek Cup title and Euroleague semifinals against Panathinaikos. In 2010 Olympiacos went a step farther by getting to the Euroleague title game in Paris, but Barcelona walked away with the crown. Still the club added to its trophy case with the Greek Cup. Last season the club successfully defended the cup and looked at times like the team to beat both in the Euroleague and the Greek League, but flamed out early, missing the Final Four and losing to archrival and Euroleague champ Panathinaikos in the Greek League finals. Nevertheless, Olympiacos proved that it’s truly back among the continental elite and will be a force to be reckoned with this season as well.
Friday, August 12, 2011
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