Olympiakos Nicosia

Not to be confused with Olympiacos CFP, the sports club based in Greece
Olympiakos Nicosia
Full name Ολυμπιακός Λευκωσίας
Olympiakos Lefkosias
Nickname(s) Taktakalas
Founded 1931; 80 years ago (1931)
Ground New GSP Stadium,
Nicosia, Cyprus
(Capacity: 22,859)
Chairman Cyprus Petros Savva
Manager Greece Nicos Papadopoulos
League Cypriot First Division
2010–11 7th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Olympiakos Nicosia (Greek: Ολυμπιακός Λευκωσίας; Olympiakos Lefkosias) is a football club in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia. The club was founded in 1931. It is a founding member of the Cyprus Football Association. The club colors are black and green. Olympiakos's home ground is the New GSP Stadium of 23,400 seat capacity. The team's main nickname is "mavroprasini" -the green blacks, the club's other nickname is Taktakalas from the area in Nicosia where the club hails.

Olympiakos Nicosia has won three Cypriot First Division Championships one Cypriot Cup and one Cyprus Super Cup.

In the past the club also had track and field, basketball, volleyball, cycling, table tennis and futsal teams. It also in the past had an orchestra, choir and camping divisions, the latter explains why the club's badge has a tent on it.


The Golden Decade

The 1962–1972 decade is known as the "Golden decade" of Olympiakos as the club was champion of the Cypriot First Division three times, another three times it was runner-up, while it became the only Cyprus football club that participated three times in the Greek National 1st Division Championship.

It all started in the 1961–62 season, when Olympiakos reached the cup final for the first time in the club's history. Despite this, the team did not manage to win the cup trophy, as it lost from Anorthosis Famagusta FC with a score of 5–2.

The foundations had been laid however, in the 1964–65 season, Giorgos Paletsios an old Olympiakos football player for 18 years, who had also served as team captain, agreed to manage the team, without being paid a salary for his services. Paletsios proceeded to restructure the team's squad promoting to the first team young and talented players including: Kettenis, Limbouris, Argyrou. Bolstered with young enthusiasm, the team finished in second place in the championship, while in the same year the top scorer of the championship was Olympiakos player Costakis Pieridis, scoring 21 goals.

In the 1965–66 season Olympiakos was once again runner-up, with 49 points, one point less than the then champion Omonoia. Top scorer of the championship was again an Olympiakos player, Panikos Efthymiades scoring 23 goals.

In the 1966–67 season Olympiakos dominated the Cypriot Championship, with Pambos Avraamidis as their manager, the team finished in first place and won the championship with 55 points as many as APOEL Nicosia, who in the last game of the season beat Aris Limassol with the huge score of 17–1. The title was judged on goal difference and despite APOEL's huge score in the last game of the season, Olympiakos still had a superior goal difference so that the club was crowned champion.

In 1967, the champion Olympiakos played against the Cup-winner Apollon Limassol, winning 1–0 therefore gaining the Pakkos Shield (as the Super Cup/Shield was then known.)

In the 1968–69 season, Olympiakos with Englishman Eric Brookes as manager won the championship for a second time, collecting 52 points the same number as AC Omonoia. Olympiakos was champion however because of the better goal difference. Top scorer of the championship was once again Panikos Efthymiades scoring 17 goals.

The third Olympiakos championship came in the 1970–71 season with Englishman Rod Bradley as the manager, the team finished in first place with 31 points compared to 27 of runner up Digenis Morfou. The title of top scorer was shared by 3 footballers who all scored 11 goals amongst them once again Panikos Efthymiades.

In the 1972–73 season Olympiakos finished runner-up, while in the 1974–75 season the team finished third.

In 1971 Olympiakos won the Paligenesias cup that was organised by the Cyprus Football Association(KOP), defeating Nea Salamis Famagusta. In this golden period, Olympiakos' managers were: Pambos Avraamidis, Giorgos Paletsios, Takis Papaxeniou, Eric Brookes and Rod Bradley.

Andreas Filotas, Varnavas Christofi, Nikos Theocharidis, Demos Flourentzou, Giorgos Hadjikonstantis, Dimitrakis Argyrou, Yiannis Xipolitas, Savvakis Constantinou, Michalakis Argyrou, Sotirakis Georgiou, Lakis Avraamidis, Markos Markou, Andreas Nicolaou (Lympoyris), Vasilis Fragkiskou (Katsis), Dimitriadis, Tasos Louka, Andreas Assiotis, Giorgos Kettenis, Panikos Efthymiades, Costakis Pieridis, Charalambos Partasidis, Giannos Pavlou, Takis Papettas, Kokos Michael, Nikos Mailos, Michalis Stavrou, Giorgos Aristeidou, Koullis Iliadis, Lakis Mitsidis, Panagiotis Prodromou, Giannis Serafeim were the footballers of the great successes of this period.

Greek Experience

Olympiakos became the first Cypriot football team that participated in the Pan-Hellenic Championship, in the 1967–68 season, something which recurred twice more, in 1969–70, and in 1971–72, rendering the club the only Cypriot team that participated three times in the Greek National 1st Division Championship. Olympiakos has also taken part in all three European competitions.

European Experience

In the European Champions Cup in 1967 the club faced FK Sarajevo Yugoslavia. In the first game the teams drew 2–2, while in second game Olympiakos lost with 3–1.

Also in the European Champions Cup, Olympiakos Nicosia played against Real Madrid in 1969, losing both matches with 8–0 and 6–1. Olympiakos later played in the same competition in 1971 and met Feyenoord of the Netherlands and lost 8–0 and 9–0.

In the Cup Winners' Cup, Olympiakos took part once in 1977 playing against FC Universitatea Craiova Romania while in 1973 Olympiakos played against the German team VfB Stuttgart for the UEFA Cup.

In all these European games Olympiakos was forced to play both games away from home as at the time the Cypriot football stadia did not meet the European regulations.

Cup glory

In 1977, Olympiakos Nicosia beat Alki Larnaca 2–0 to win the Cypriot Cup. In 1991, Olympiakos Nicosia lost the Cypriot Cup in the finals losing 1–0 to AC Omonia. That was their last appearance in the Cypriot Cup finals.

Glory days revisited

Olympiakos Nicosia also played in the UEFA Cup (after finishing runner up in the Cypriot championship) in the 2001–02 season against the Hungarian team Dunaferr FC (drawing 2–2 in Nicosia and scoring a 2–4 away win, the first for the club in Europe) and proceeded to the next round of the Uefa Cup to play against Club Brugge of Belgium and was eventually eliminated.

Recent decline

After a disastrous 2007–2008 season, where economic problems hindered the building of a strong squad, Olympiakos Nicosia finished bottom of the Cypriot First Division (the first time the club finished bottom). The club was relegated for the third time in its history. In both the 1983–84 and 1997–98 seasons the club had spent just one season in the second tier of Cypriot football, only to win the Cypriot Second Division title each time and return to the Cypriot First Division. The club is trying to re-organise itself and to return to the top flight as quickly as possible. In the 2008–09 season the club finished fourth and missed the promotion to the Cypriot First Division on the last day of the season by one point. In the 2009–10 season, an old goalkeeper of Olympiakos Petros Savva, was appointed as the new chairman. Savva initially re-appointed Andros Kouloumbris, an old player of Olympiakos, as manager. After the end of the first round, however, Kouloumbris was sacked due to the bad defensive record of the team, despite the team being in 3rd place. The next coach for 7 games was Saša Jovanović who only managed two wins, with the team languishing in 5th place after some bad appearances, Saša Jovanović was removed to make way for old Olympiakos player and ex-manager Nikodimos Papavasiliou. With Papavasiliou at the helm the team improved and entered the play-offs for promotion to the Cypriot First Division after finishing third at the end of the regular season. The club finished third at the end of the play-offs and therefore gained promotion, despite helping the team with winning promotion Nikodimos Papavasiliou's contract was not renewed at the end of the season.

Return to the top flight

After 2 seasons Olympiakos returned to the top flight in the 2010–2011 season and Pambos Christodoulou an old Olympiakos player and ex-manager of Doxa Katokopias was appointed as manager. Olympiakos showed good attacking football in the 2010–2011 season, easily avoiding relegation and having qualified for the Cup quarterfinals. The club played fluid attacking football having the third best attacking record after leaders APOEL and 3rd placed Anorthosis, playing with a 4–4–2 formation with pressing from within the opponent's half, but the Achilles heel of the team was the bad defensive record with goals conceded in most games and the third worst record in this area. Christodoulou decided to leave the club in 2011 to join AEL Limassol, one year before his contract expired. The club has decided to pursue this breach in court (in an out of court settlement AEL Limassol paid an undisclosed sum of money to Olympiakos to avoid sanctions against them and Pambos) and Christodoulou has angered both the club president and the supporters as well as the Cypriot football fans in general with his unprofessional conduct. In the 2011–2012 season there were a few changes in Olympiakos, the new Greek manager is ex Xanthi FC Nicos Papadopoulos who has mainly brought in defensive players playing in the Greek league to strengthen this area of weakness. Few additions were made to the attacking mechanism of the team and some early warnings in the pre season friendlies indicated that after the departure of last season's top scorer, the team will be less productive in scoring than last season.


Since 1999, with the exception of one season, the club has played at the 22,859-seat GSP Stadium, the largest in Cyprus, which they share with local rivals APOEL and Omonia Nicosia.

Previously Olympiakos had played at the old GSP Stadium (1934–1998) and the Makario Stadium (1998–1999) (2008–2009). Both stadiums were also shared with APOEL and Omonoia but Olympiakos was the only club playing at the old GSP Stadium between 1978 and 1998 as Apoel and Omonoia had both moved to Makario.


Olympiakos supporters since 2002 are organised under the Panhellenic Fans Association "Taktakalas 1931" which takes its name from the area of old Nicosia where the clubhouse and the original training ground and now football academy "Promahonas"(near the old Venetian Walls of Nicosia) are located. 1931 refers to the date of foundation of the football club.

Traditionally Olympiakos was supported by residents of the inner old part of Nicosia within the Venetian Walls, the attendance at home games peaked in the late 1960s and early 1970s when fans from all over Cyprus would attend Olympiakos home games at the old GSP stadium filling it to its 12,000 capacity, especially when the club participated three times in the Greek First Division. After 1977 when the club won its last major title, the fanbase started to shrink. From a position where it could rival the other two Nicosia clubs, the fanbase dwindled for two reasons. Firstly outward migration from the Nicosia city centre to the suburbs after 1974 meant that the neighbourhoods of traditional Olympiakos supporters were becoming less populated, despite this trend the club made a conscious decision to leave the new clubhouse on the "green line" dividing Nicosia. Also the Turkish invasion spelt economic problems for the club and the fact that it was located in an inner city area next to the green line only made things harder. Up until the late 1990s many traditional Olympiakos supporters out of frustration for the lack of titles either stopped going to games and others switched allegiances to other Nicosia clubs that were richer and could still afford to win titles such as APOEL. It could be said that the club did not transition well from the era of amateur to semi-professional football in Cyprus beginning in the early 1980s mainly for the reasons mentioned above. Also the younger generation of Cypriots did not grow up with Olympiakos as a major power in the Cyprus league and despite their parents supporting Olympiakos they would often choose to support another side that won titles in the 1980 to 2000 years.

Despite all these factors that contributed to the dwindling of the fanbase Olympiakos supporters are still regularly polled as the 6th most populous in the Cypriot First Division behind Omonia, Apoel, Anorthosis, Apollon and AEL. In general Olympiakos supporters tend to be of an older age and very rarely engage in trouble with other fans unless severely provoked. They also tend to be right wing politically, although not officially affiliated to any political party, and speak fondly of the time when Olympiakos played with other Greek teams in the Greek First Division.

In the early 2000s, with the shift from semi-professional to professional status in Cyprus football and with a wealthy President at the helm, a brief revival of the club fortunes with an UEFA cup participation, as the club finished second, after 25 years, increased the fans at the New GSP to around 5000 in the two home European games. Olympiakos fans although now less than those of the other Nicosia, Limassol teams and Anorthosis are nevertheless fiercely loyal to their team. Even when the club fell to the Second Division between 2008 to 2010 due to economic problems, 300 supporters would follow the club to even the most remote village of Cyprus, with home attendance varying between 500 and 750. At home games now in the First Division around 1000 to 2000 Olympiakos supporters will cheer the team on and are quite demanding for their team due to its past glories, one could say as demanding as other teams that have recently won silverware.


In Greek

Τρανός των γηπέδων με το μέτωπο ψηλά
Της δόξας ο Αρχων σε χρόνια τρανά
Καμάρι του κόσμου του αιώνιου πιστού
σαν μαύρο διαμάντι που εκπέμπει τη λάμψη ξανά.
Κτύπα ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΕ μου κτύπα ξανά
Κτύπα ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΕ μου ανέβα ψηλά. (δις)
Η αιώνια σου η λάμψη σαν ήλιος ψηλά
στα χρόνια θα ζει σαν αιώνια θεά
σαν θρύλος γυρίζεις με κάτασπρα φτερά
σαν μαύρο διαμάντι που εκπέμπει την λάμψη ξανά.
Κτύπα ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΕ μου κτύπα ξανά
Κτύπα ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΕ μου ανέβα ψηλά. (δις)
Παντού οι επάλξεις θα μας οδηγούν
για όλους τους αγώνες θα μας καθοδηγούν
τα γήπεδα πεδία θα μεταμορφωθούν
ψηλά το κεφάλι το αγέρωχο καμάρι ζητάς.
Κτύπα ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΕ μου κτύπα ξανά
Κτύπα ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΕ μου ανέβα ψηλά. (δις)

English transliteration

Tranos ton gipedon me to metopo psila
Tis doxas o arxon se xronia trana
Kamari tou kosmou tou aioniou pistou
San mavro diamanti pou ekpempei tin lampsi ksana
Ktipa Olympiake mou ktipa ksana
Ktipa Olympiake mou aneva psila
I aionia sou i lampsi san ilios psila
Sta xronia tha zis san aionia thea
San thrilos gyrizeis me kataspra ftera
San mavro diamanti pou ekpempei tin lampsi ksana
Ktipa Olympiake mou ktipa ksana
Ktipa Olympiake mou aneva psila
Pantou oi epalxeis tha mas odigoun
Yia olous tous agones tha mas kathodigoun
Ta gipeda pedia tha metamorfothoun
Psila to kefali to ageroxo kamari zitas
Ktipa Olympiake mou ktipa ksana
Ktipa Olympiake mou aneva psila

English translation

Brave team of the stadia with forehead held high,
Emperor of glory from yesteryear,
Admired by people forever faithful to you,
Like a black diamond that will shine again,
Go my Olympiakos, lets go again,
Go my Olympiakos, climb high,
Your century old shine like a sun high in the sky,
You will live forever like an immortal God,
Like a Legend you roam with bright white wings,
Like a black diamond that will shine again,
Go my Olympiakos, lets go again,
Go my Olympiakos, climb high,
Everywhere duty will drive us,
For all struggles they will guide us,
Stadia will transform into battlefields,
Hold your head up high and look for glory,
Go my Olympiakos, lets go again,
Go my Olympiakos, climb high.

Current squad

Olympiakos Nicosia Possible Lineup.

Last Update: 9 September 2011 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Lithuania GK Ernestas Šetkus
2 Brazil DF Paulinho
3 Brazil DF Marco Aurélio
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Delimir Bajić
6 Cyprus MF Kyriacos Polykarpou
7 Portugal MF Carlos André
8 Brazil MF Mércio
9 Serbia FW Nenad Mirosavljević
10 Portugal MF David Caiado
11 Cyprus DF Nikolas Nicolaou (Captain)
12 Cyprus MF Marios Nicolaou
13 Cape Verde DF Paulo de Pina
15 Nigeria FW Chidi Onyemah
17 Venezuela MF César Castro (3rd Vice-captain)
No. Position Player
18 Cameroon FW Emmanuel Kenmogne
19 Cyprus FW Giannis Mavrou
20 Cyprus FW Pieros Sotiriou
21 Portugal DF Pedro Duarte (2nd Vice-captain)
24 Spain DF Pablo Amo
31 Portugal MF Hélder Sousa (Vice-captain)
32 Latvia GK Andrejs Pavlovs
34 Cyprus MF Nicolas Pitziolis
39 Senegal FW Moussa Koita
40 Cyprus DF Andreas Hadjigeorgiou
93 Cyprus MF Giorgos Karkotis
94 Cyprus GK Constantinos Panagi
95 Cyprus DF Angelos Pouyioukkas

On loan

Out Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Cyprus DF Andreas Alcibiades (on loan to PAEEK)

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2011.

Coaching staff

Coaching Staff
Head Coach Greece Nicos Papadopoulos
Assistant Coach Cyprus Marios Markou
Goalkeeping Coach Cyprus Spyros Neofytidis
Fitness Coach Greece Nicos Amanatidis

Former players

  • Algeria/France Ahmed Aït Ouarab (2008–09)
  • Bulgaria Kostadin Bashov (2009)
  • Bulgaria Georgi Kakalov (2010)
  • Bulgaria Yordan Linkov (2008–09)
  • Bulgaria Kiril Mihaylov (2008)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cameroon Serge Honi (1999–00)
Czech Republic
  • England Greg Moffatt (1983–??)
  • Republic of Macedonia Ǵorǵi Hristov (2007)
  • Georgia (country) Soso Chedia (1993–96)
  • Georgia (country) Kakhaber Kacharava (1992–94)
  • Greece Angelos Digozis (2002–03)
  • Greece Dimitris Rizos (2010)
  • Greece Stelios Sfakianakis (2004–05)
  • Russia Gennady Korkin (1993–94)
  • Senegal Salif Keita (2008)
  • Zambia January Zyambo (2004–05)

Selected former managers



1967, 1969, 1971


1974, 1976

External links

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