Official release from Melbourne Victory
Perennial Greek Champions and the team regarded as the greatest club in Greek football history, Olympiacos, will make a long awaited visit to Australia in May.
In an exclusive one-off game against the Hyundai A-League's most popular team, Melbourne Victory, Olympiacos will grace Etihad Stadium on Saturday, May 19 at 7.30pm (closed roof) following the completion of the Greek Superleague in April.
A huge crowd is expected at Etihad Stadium with Olympiacos' first visit to Australia since 1978 sure to raise excitement levels among Melbourne's enormous Greek community.
Olympiacos has committed to bringing a full strength squad that will include five current Greek internationals, that will feature in the national team during the upcoming 'Euro's' in June.
Among the Greek internationals to feature in the Olympiacos line up will be exciting right back Vasilios Torosidis, left back Jose Holebas, central defender Avram Papadopulos, defensive midfielder Yiannis Maniatis and Greek attacking prodigy, Yiannis Fetfatzidis.
In addition, the Olympiacos squad will feature international players like leading goal scorer and excitement machine Kevin Miralas (Belgium), fellow striker Rafik Djebbour (Algeria), Sweden captain Olaf Mellberg, forward Kazim Richards (Turkey), midfielder David Fuster (Spain), Serbian star striker Marko Pantelic, midfield playmaker Ariel Ibayasa (Argentina), Former Manchester United Goalkeeper Roy Carroll (Ireland), Ivan Marcano (Spain), and Cameroon midfielder Makoun.
Olympiacos is currently 7 points clear in the current Greek Superleague and is heading for its third straight title, its eighth in the last 10 years. Olympiacos has also qualified for the Greek FA cup semi finals and recently reached the last 16 stage of the prestigious Europa League. As of mid-March, the club boasted the best attacking record in Europe, as well as the best defensive statistics having conceded an average of just under 0.50 goals per game.