Olympiacos greek soccer champion 2008-09Olympiakos has secured the 5th straight Greek championship and 12th in the last 13 years with an away victory over Panionios last Sunday. Olympiakos has now won more titles on its own over all other teams in Greece making it clear once and for all who the boss is.

The game started with January acquisition Matt Derbyshire opening the score with a header from a likely offside position. Panionios countered with two goals of their own but the Piraeus team scored two more and sealed the victory on the 71st minute with Brazilian midfielder Dudu. For the record, Derbyshire on loan from Blackburn has now scored 3 goals for his new team in 4 games; the Sunday game was the first time that that young player was a member of the starting eleven.

Olympiakos’ win against Panionios coupled with second place Panathinaikos’ draw against Astera Tripolis secured the Greek Superleague title for the former 3 games before the end of the season. Pananthinaikos owners were so upset for their team’s loss to lowly Tripoli that shortly after the game fined all the players to the tune of 15,000 Euro. Olympiakos is now 11 points ahead of second place Panathinaikos and PAOK which have to compete in a playoff competition at the end of the season for the privileged second place that leads to the prestigious European Champions League competition.

So, what is next for the Piraeus team? Well, now that the championship title is over with, the players and coach can focus all their energy on the remaining games for the Hellas Online Cup. Olympiakos is likely to be facing AEK Athens in the final if they manage to overcome Astera Tripoli at home in a few days. Winning the Cup as well as the championship this year would be the 4th time in a row for Olympiakos.

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