As the transfer window's final moments tick away, football enthusiasts are gripped by the impending move of Ola Solbakken, a Norwegian forward, signaling a potential transformation in his professional trajectory. Trustworthy sources within the football community relay the intriguing development that Solbakken is on the verge of sealing a deal that would align him with Olympiakos, a prominent force in European football hailing from Greece.
Olympiakos has once again proved its dominance in Greek basketball, winning its 11th Greek Cup and second consecutive title. The team defeated Panathinaikos in the semis and Peristeri in the final at the Final Eight tournament held in Iraklio over the weekend. Greece has successfully organized a world-class final tournament for its cup competition, which is a significant achievement considering the past struggles due to fan behavior.
In other basketball news, Greece's two representatives in the Euroleague, Olympiakos, and Panathinaikos, had differing fortunes this week. Olympiakos maintained their position at the top of the table after defeating Barcelona at home, while Panathinaikos suffered another defeat, this time against Monaco.
Olympiakos faced a formidable opponent in Barcelona, one of its main rivals for the Euroleague title, but emerged victorious with a 77-70 score-line on Tuesday. The win was especially important for the team, as it came after two lackluster performances: a loss at Armani Milano and a narrow win against Kolossos in the Greek league.
On Wednesday, Aris will host Olympiakos for the second leg of their Greek Cup quarterfinal matchup at Stadio Harilaou Kleánthis Vikeldis. Olympiakos held a slim lead of 1:0 at the first meeting a week ago. In January 2023, Olympiakos prevailed in their previous meeting at home by a score of 1:1. They have won both of their previous matches against Aris.
Marcelo is an Olympiakos superstar at the FC football club. Marcelo, the Brazilian international player, is currently on assignment in this club and has moved to Athens with his family recently. On his day off they spend time discovering new places around Athens. Recently he and his wife were spotted having a meal at a fish restaurant. This was in the southern suburbs of the Greek capital.
West Ham United is talking with Olympiakos over Arthur Masuaku, the left-back. He is presently on loan at Besiktas where he is going to trigger a buyout clause when he plays 25 matches in the season. However, he is still a little away from the total in Turkey and Besiktas are not keen on keeping him. Thus, Olympiakos has swooped in to attempt to sign him in January.
Wolves are considering a move to appoint Pedro Martins as their next head coach, the Express & Star understands. The 52-year-old has previously managed a handful of clubs including Portuguese sides Maritimo, Rio Ave and Vitoria Guimaraes, as well as Greek side Olympiacos. Martins, a former midfielder and Portugal international, joined Olympiacos in 2018 and won the league three times in his four seasons. He also won the Greek Cup once.
Despite signing a two-year extension to his deal and winning the league last season, Martins was ruthlessly sacked by Olympiacos in August after an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to Maccabi Haifa in a Champions League qualifier. Now, the Express & Star understands Wolves are considering a move to make him their next head coach after Bruno Lage was sacked.
Former Olympiakos manager Marco Silva has impressed as the Fulham boss till date. The Portuguese tactician has done a good job since he was appointed into the managerial role at Craven Cottage last summer.
Winger Philip Zinckernagel is set to change clubs for the second time this summer, just two months after leaving Watford. The information comes from Belgian outlet DH, who claims that his new club Olympiakos are ready to let him move to Standard Liege. Before explaining what is going on, we better recall what happened to Zinckernagel in the past few months. Signed by Watford on a free transfer from FK Bodø/Glimt in January 2021, the club didn’t make much use of him, so, the following summer, they loaned him out to Nottingham Forest.
South Korean attacker Hwang Ui-Jo is on the verge of joining Greek Super League giants Olympiakos on loan for this season. This is according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano who said the South Korean international will sign for Olympiakos as a Nottingham Forest player.
Nottingham Forest promotion winner Philip Zinckernagel and ex-Reds duo Joao Carvalho and Andreas Bouchalakis are out of the Champions League. The trio were all involved as Olympiacos were dumped out of the competition by Maccabi Haifa. After a 1-1 draw in Israel, the Evangelos Marinakis-owned team were hugely fancied to finish the job on home soil. The Champions League dream became a nightmare though, with Olympiacos on the wrong end of a 4-0 thrashing.