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Olympiacos Advance to Champions League Group Stage

Olympiacos players celebrate . Credit: Olympiacos FC/Twitter

Olympiacos secured a place in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday by knocking out Omonia Nicosia with a goalless draw in Cyprus and a 2-0 aggregate score.

This is the 20th time in Olympiacos’ history that the team progresses to the lucrative group stage of the top European club competition.

The two-goal cushion from the first leg in Piraeus six days earlier allowed the Greek champion to ease into the game at the GSP Stadium.

The Greek team absorbed some pressure in the first half but also had a penalty claim denied.

In the second half the Reds were far superior to their host and would have scored against Omonia away too, had it not been for the Cypriots’ goalkeeper Fabiano who denied the Greeks time and again.

The history of Olympiacos

Founded on 10 March 1925, Olympiacos is the most successful club in Greek football history, having won 46 League titles, 28 Cups (18 Doubles) and 4 Super Cups, all records.

Τotalling 77 national trophies, the club is 9th in the world in total titles won by a football club.

The club’s dominating success can be further evidenced by the fact that all other Greek clubs have won a combined total of 39 League titles.

Olympiacos also holds the record for the most consecutive Greek League titles won, with seven in a row in two occasions (1997–2003 and 2011–2017), breaking their own previous record of six consecutive wins in the 1950s (1954–1959), when it was unequivocally nicknamed Thrylos (legend).

In European competitions, Olympiacos best performances are their presence in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 1998–99, losing the semi-final spot in the last minutes of their second leg match against Juventus, as well as in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals in 1992–93.

The Red-Whites are by far the highest ranked Greek club in the UEFA rankings.

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