2007–08 Superleague Greece

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Superleague Greece
Season2007–08
ChampionsOlympiacos
36th Greek title
RelegatedAtromitos
Veria
Apollon Kalamarias
UEFA Champions LeagueOlympiacos
Panathinaikos
UEFA CupAris (via domestic cup)
AEK Athens
UEFA Intertoto CupPanionios
Matches played252
Goals scored601 (2.38 per match)
Top goalscorerIsmael Blanco (19)
Biggest home winSkoda Xanthi 6–1 Apollon Kalamarias
AEK Athens 5–0 Panionios
Biggest away winLevadiakos 0–4 Panathinaikos
Panionios 0–4 Olympiacos
PAOK 0–4 AEK Athens
Highest scoringOlympiacos 6–2 OFI
Levadiakos 5–3 Veria

The 2007–08 Superleague Greece was the second season since it establishment, and began on 1 September 2007. The defending champions were Olympiacos. Asteras Tripoli, Veria and Levadiakos were promoted from Beta Ethniki in the previous season.

Postponement[edit]

On 25 August, the Superleague and the Hellenic Football Federation decided to postpone the opening fixtures scheduled for that weekend (25 and 26 August) due to the ongoing fire disaster in the south of Greece (especially in the Peloponnese and Euboea). The championship started on 1 September 2007. Matchday 2 was carried out on the weekend of 21–22 September due to UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying matches (8 September) and Greek legislative election (16 September).

On 20 February 2008 UEFA president Michel Platini presented the Hellenic Football Federation with a CHF 1 million cheque to help finance the rebuilding of football facilities damaged by the fires in Greece that summer.[1]

Regular season final standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Olympiacos[a] (C) 30 21 7 2 55 27 +28 70 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 AEK Athens 30 22 2 6 65 17 +48 68 Qualification for Greek Superleague Play-offs
3 Panathinaikos 30 20 6 4 44 18 +26 66
4 Aris 30 14 8 8 32 20 +12 50
5 Panionios 30 13 6 11 39 42 −3 45[b]
6 Larissa 30 11 12 7 35 30 +5 45[b]
7 Asteras Tripoli 30 11 11 8 28 24 +4 44
8 Xanthi 30 10 6 14 33 39 −6 36
9 PAOK 30 10 5 15 29 35 −6 35[c]
10 Iraklis Thessaloniki 30 8 11 11 28 33 −5 35[c]
11 Levadiakos 30 10 3 17 32 51 −19 33
12 OFI 30 9 5 16 39 49 −10 32
13 Ergotelis 30 7 9 14 28 41 −13 30
14 Atromitos (R) 30 8 5 17 23 36 −13 29 Relegation to Beta Ethniki
15 Veria (R) 30 5 8 17 21 44 −23 23
16 Apollon Kalamarias[a] (R) 30 5 8 17 27 57 −30 23
Source: Galanis Sports Data
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th decision match.
According to the official Superleague playoff regulation, the position after the playoffs replaces the regular season position.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b The match of Apollon Kalamarias vs. Olympiacos, originally 1–0 to the home side, was awarded to Olympiacos 0–3 by the Greek sports court giving Olympiacos the three points, on the basis that the home side fielded an ineligible player. Apollon Kalamarias were docked one extra point.
  2. ^ a b PIO 3–1 LAR; LAR 1–0 PIO
  3. ^ a b PAOK 3–0 IRT; IRT 1–0 PAOK

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AEK APL ARI AST ATR ERG IRT LAR LEV OFI OLY PAT PIO PAOK VER XAN
AEK Athens 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 3–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 2–3 2–0 5–1 3–0
Apollon Kalamarias 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–3[a] 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–0
Aris 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–0
Asteras Tripoli 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0
Atromitos 0–1 3–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–3 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 2–3
Ergotelis 1–4 2–2 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–3 0–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0
Iraklis Thessaloniki 0–1 5–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1
Larissa 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 3–3 5–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 4–3 1–1 0–0
Levadiakos 0–4 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–0 0–1 0–3 1–3 0–4 1–0 2–0 5–3 2–1
OFI 1–4 3–2 0–1 0–3 0–1 4–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 2–0
Olympiacos 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 4–0 6–2 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 2–1
Panathinaikos 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0
Panionios 0–3 2–1 0–3 4–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–3 0–4 1–0 0–0 3–2 2–2
PAOK 0–4 4–1 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–1
Veria 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1
Xanthi 0–1 6–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–3 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–4 3–2 1–2 1–0 2–0
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Match awarded.

Playoffs[edit]

The play-off winner enters the UEFA Champions League's second qualifying round, a two-legged tier from which the winner advances to the 3rd round qualification of the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the Greek Cup automatically qualifies for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, as well as the runners-up of the Superleague play-off.

In the play-off for Champions League, the teams play each other in a home and away round robin. However, they do not all start with zero points. Instead, a weighting system applies to the teams' standing at the start of the play-off mini-league. The team finishing fifth in the Superleague will start the play-off with zero points. The fifth place team's end of season tally of points is subtracted from the sum of the points that other teams have. This number is then divided by three to give the other teams the points with which they start the mini-league.

Playoff Position Tournament
1 UEFA Champions League 2008–09 Second Qualifying Round
2 UEFA Cup 2008–09 Second Qualifying Round
3 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2008 Second round1
4 Eliminated from European competitions1

1 The third-placed team of the playoff should get a UEFA Intertoto Cup ticket and the fourth-placed team should have an empty handed. However, Aris, one of the playoff representative, qualified to the UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round as the Greek Cup finalists. Hence, the fourth-placed team could get a UEFA Intertoto Cup ticket. If Aris failed to get into top three of the playoff, the third-placed team still get a UEFA Intertoto Cup ticket.

The teams started the play-offs with the following number of points:

  • AEK Athens – 8
  • Panathinaikos – 7
  • Aris – 2
  • Panionios – 0

Playoffs final standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
2 Panathinaikos 6 4 2 0 14 5 +9 21 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 AEK Athens 6 2 2 2 10 11 −1 16 2008–09 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round
4 Aris[a] 6 1 2 3 9 9 0 7
5 Panionios 6 1 2 3 7 15 −8 5 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Aris is guaranteed at least to play in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round through their Greek Cup performance.

Results[edit]

Local time: EEST (UTC+03:00)

Matchday 1[edit]

Aris1–1Panathinaikos
Koke Goal 74' Papadopoulos Goal 87' (pen.)
Attendance: 6,140
Referee: D. Kyrkos (Epirus)

AEK Athens5–0Panionios
Edinho Goal 28'
Rivaldo Goal 39'77'
Blanco Goal 74'
Kallon Goal 90+1'
Attendance: 7,372
Referee: M. Germanakos (Athens)

Matchday 2[edit]

Panionios1–0Aris
Kumordzi Goal 80'
Attendance: 1,049
Referee: G. Daloukas (Thessaly)

Panathinaikos4–1AEK Athens
Papadopoulos Goal 8'
Mattos Goal 27'
Ivanschitz Goal 32' Goal 45'
Rivaldo Goal 71'
Attendance: 8,528
Referee: D. Kalopoulos (Thessaloniki)

Matchday 3[edit]

AEK Athens1–0Aris
Liberopoulos Goal 54'
Attendance: 9,995
Referee: G. Kasnaferis (Athens)

Panionios1–2Panathinaikos
Djebbour Goal 74' Manucho Goal 16'82'
Attendance: 1,996
Referee: I. Stavridis (Pieria)

Matchday 4[edit]

Aris4–0AEK Athens
Nebegleras Goal 6'
Javito Goal 39'48'
Koke Goal 55'
Attendance: 2,257
Referee: M. Koukoulakis (Heraklion)

Panathinaikos3–0Panionios
Karagounis Goal 21'43'
Manucho Goal 64' (pen.)
Attendance: 4,003
Referee: Ch. Zografos (Athens)

Matchday 5[edit]

Panathinaikos3–1Aris
Karagounis Goal 65'63'
N'Doye Goal 62'
Thiago Goal 73'
Attendance: 15,420
Referee: A. Kakos (Corfu)

Panionios2–2AEK Athens
Fernández Goal 21'
Skoufalis Goal 90'
Rivaldo Goal 21'
Liberopoulos Goal 39'
Attendance: 1,011
Referee: L. Polatian (Pella)

Matchday 6[edit]

AEK Athens1–1Panathinaikos
Nsaliwa Goal 51' Mattos Goal 26'

Aris3–3Panionios
Calvo Goal 6'
Ivić Goal 48'
Amoroso Goal 75' (pen.)
Sialmas Goal 8'82'
Kapetanos Goal 38'
Attendance: 3,452
Referee: M. Dakos (Xanthi)

Top scorers[edit]

Last updated April 20, 2008

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Argentina Ismael Blanco AEK Athens 19
2 Serbia Darko Kovačević Olympiacos 17
3 Greece Dimitris Salpingidis Panathinaikos 15
4 Canada Tomasz Radzinski Xanthi 14
Algeria Rafik Djebbour Panionios
6 Greece Nikos Liberopoulos AEK Athens 11
7 Greece Lampros Choutos Panionios 10
Serbia Predrag Đorđević Olympiacos
9 Argentina Lucio Filomeno Asteras Tripoli 9

Source: Galanis Sports Data

Coaches[edit]

Team Name
AEK Athens Greece Nikos Kostenoglou
Apollon Kalamarias Greece Makis Katsavakis
Aris Serbia Dušan Bajević
Asteras Tripoli Greece Panagiotis Tzanavaras
Atromitos Brazil Paulo Campos
Ergotelis Greece Nikos Karageorgiou
Iraklis Spain Miguel Angel Lamilla
Larissa Greece Giorgos Donis
Levadiakos Greece Babis Tennes
OFI Greece Giorgos Paraschos
Olympiacos Spain José Segura
Panathinaikos Portugal José Peseiro
Panionios Germany Ewald Lienen
PAOK Portugal Fernando Santos
Veria Greece Leonidas Yfantidis
Xanthi Greece Nikos Kehagias

Below is the list of coaches who left their teams after the start of the season.

Team Name
Aris Spain Juan Carlos Oliva
PAOK Greece Giorgos Paraschos
Xanthi Belgium Emilio Ferrera
Veria Greece Dimitris Kalaitzidis
OFI Germany Reiner Maurer
Veria Serbia Ratko Dostanić
Iraklis Serbia Ivan Jovanović
AEK Athens Spain Lorenzo Serra Ferrer
Asteras Tripoli Brazil Paulo Campos
Levadiakos Bulgaria Georgi Vasilev
Olympiacos Greece Takis Lemonis
Veria Greece Giannis Mantzourakis
Veria Greece Panagiotis Tsalouchidis
Atromitos Argentina Ángel Guillermo Hoyos

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "UEFA helps Greece rebuild". UEFA.com. Archived from the original on 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2013-04-15.

External links[edit]