Derby of the Eternal Enemies (Olympiacos v Panathinaikos)
The Derby of the eternal enemies, sometimes also referred to as ‘The mother of all battles’, is the Greek football match played between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, the two biggest sides in Greece’s capital, Athens. Between them, the clubs have won over 100 major trophies in their history, making them the two most successful sides in Greece.
There is a passionate rivalry between the clubs and their fans, making the fixture the biggest and most prestigious in the Greek football calendar. The match itself is also a very heated affair, with more than 60 red cards being shown to players in the match over the years.
Olympiacos’ home matches are played at the 32,000-seater Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in the Piraeus region of Athens. Panathinaikos play their home football at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium which seats over 16,000 spectators. Despite their stadiums relative small capacity, the fans of both teams always create an intimidating and loud atmosphere during the derby. When the two clubs face eachother, Athens comes to a standstill.
The leading goalscorer in the history of the derby of the eternal enemies is Dimitris Saravakos who scored in the fixtures 16 times for Panathinaikos. Olympiacos’ leading scorer in the derby is Giorgos Sideris with 13 goals. The largest victory in this derby came as early as 1930 when Panathinaikos defeated Olympiacos 8-2. This was the result which sparked the rivalry between the two clubs.
Despite the clubs’ rivalry, many players have gone on to play for both sides. 12 players have gone on to join Panathinaikos after playing for Olympiacos, while 8 players made the opposite switch. The most famous of these players was legendary Greek goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis. A total of 5 managers have managed both the teams.
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