Founded on March 10, 1925, Olympiacos Football Club (Ολυμπιακός), is one of the most successful clubs in Greek football history.
The club’s initial aim, as stated in the statutes, was the systematic cultivation and development of its athletes’ possibilities for participation in athletic competitions, the spreading of the Olympic athletic ideal and the promotion of sportsmanship and fanship among the youth according to egalitarian principles, by stressing a healthy, ethical and social basis as its foundation.
Notis Kamperos, a senior officer of the Hellenic Navy, proposed the name Olympiacos.
The club’s emblem, the laurel-crowned Olympic athlete, symbolises the Olympic ideals of ancient Greece.
Their home ground is the Karaiskakis Stadium, a 32,115-capacity stadium in Piraeus.
The typical kit of the team is that of a shirt with red and white vertical stripes, and red or white shorts and socks. The second most common kit is the all-red one and next the all-white one.
Τotalling 77 national trophies, Olympiacos 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 they have won 45 League titles, 28 Cups (18 Doubles) and 4 Super Cups.
After winning the 2014–15 league title, Olympiacos became the only football club in the world to have won a series of five or more consecutive championships for five times in their history, a record that was praised by FIFA.
They are also the only Greek club to have won five consecutive national Cups (1957–1961), as well as six League titles undefeated (1937, 1938, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1955).
The Red-Whites are by far the highest ranked Greek club in the UEFA rankings, occupying the 35th place in Europe in the five-year ranking and the 31st in the ten-year ranking as of 2019.
Olympiacos is the most popular Greek club according to UEFA and numerous polls.
The club is overwhelmingly popular in Piraeus, where almost half of its population supports Olympiacos, while their support in the whole of Athens reaches 45.1% of the fans, making them the most popular club in the Greek capital.
Not to mention, the strong support from the Greek diaspora.
Olympiacos fans are renowned for their passionate and fervent support to the team, with the atmosphere at home matches regarded as intimidating.
Former Paris Saint-Germain superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimović spoke of his admiration for Olympiacos supporters after an Olympiacos–Paris Saint-Germain match on 17 September 2013: “They played in front of their fantastic public. Olympiacos supporters were amazing. My friend Olof Mellberg played here and he talked to me about the supporters. I never saw it live, but now I understand. It’s amazing. It’s a big advantage for Olympiacos.”
Olympiacos share a long-standing rivalry with Panathinaikos, with whom they contest in the “derby of the eternal enemies”, the most classic football derby in Greece and one of the most well known around the world.
Happy 96th Birthday Olympiacos!