Olympiacos Piraeus had a golden age within the 2010s when it gained two of its three Turkish Airways EuroLeague titles (2012, 2013) and reached championship video games in 2015 and 2017. The Reds, nevertheless, haven’t been to the playoffs within the 2020s. Because the membership seems to be for a fast turnaround, listed here are 5 essential dates marked in purple on the Reds’ 2021-22 EuroLeague calendar.
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ROUND 2: Pure historical past
A few of the greatest – and worst – moments in Olympiacos historical past are linked to Actual Madrid. Olympiacos has performed in eight EuroLeague championship video games and three of them have been in opposition to Los Blancos. Olympiacos prevailed in 2013, rallying from a 17-point deficit to defeat Actual 100-88 behind 22 factors from Closing 4 MVP Vassilis Spanoulis. Actual beat Olympiacos within the 1995 and 2015 championship video games. These groups will face one another this season for the forty fifth and forty sixth instances; Actual has gained its final 4 video games in opposition to Olympiacos.
ROUND 4: A historically robust matchup
In recent times, issues haven’t been straightforward for Olympiacos when Zalgiris Kaunas stood in its approach. Zalgiris eradicated Olympiacos within the 2018 playoffs regardless of not having the home-court benefit. In 2019, Zalgiris gained once more at Peace of Friendship Stadium late within the common season and that victory ultimately helped the Lithuanian champs make the playoffs. Final season, Olympiacos misplaced in opposition to Zalgiris twice. The excellent news for Olympiacos, nevertheless, is that Thomas Walkup switched groups and will likely be carrying Crimson this time.
ROUND 18: A contemporary basic
Olympiacos and CSKA have confronted one another 42 instances, however their rivalry took off in earnest on Might 13, 2012, when the Reds rallied from a 19-point deficit within the ultimate 13 minutes to elevate the EuroLeague trophy. Olympiacos went on to beat CSKA within the semifinals in 2013, 2015 and 2017. All these legendary moments for Olympiacos followers must be the speak of the city when CSKA visits Piraeus as a result of it’s all the time particular for the Reds’ devoted when the Russian powerhouse checks in at Peace and Friendship Stadium.
ROUND 30: Greece’s largest recreation
Olympiacos and Panathinaikos OPAP Athens haven’t confronted one another many instances in European competitions – solely 19 earlier clashes. Within the final two seasons, nevertheless, the Greek derby may solely be seen within the EuroLeague, which makes every showdown between the groups much more essential. Final season, Panathinaikos stole a 77-88 highway win at Peace and Friendship Stadium and that will likely be at the back of everybody’s thoughts once they meet once more in that area. It is a distinctive rivalry between true rivals that solely will get higher with followers again within the stands.
ROUND 33: An excellent rivalry
Olympiacos has loved nice battles in opposition to FC Barcelona through the years. The fifth showdown between the groups was the 1997 EuroLeague championship recreation. Olympiacos topped Barcelona 73-58 behind 26 factors from Closing 4 MVP David Rivers. It took Barcelona 13 years to take revenge, however ultimately, it did, downing Olympiacos 86-68 to win the 2010 EuroLeague crown. Olympiacos knocked off Barcelona within the 2012 semifinals and the 2015 playoffs. Final season, the groups traded highway victories. Olympiacos’s final house win in opposition to Barcelona got here in 2016.