Conference League: Celebrations after historic title for Olympiakos

Late at night, tens of thousands of Olympiakos fans gathered in Piraeus harbor and lit up the sky with all kinds of fireworks and pyrotechnics.

The celebrations culminated when the group arrived in Phrae’s central square in a double-decker bus. According to police estimates, around 30,000 fans watched the final on the big screen. Ten hours before the start of the game many people had gone to the square in front of the town hall.

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A big train station for the new European Cup winners

The celebration ended around 6 am on Thursday. Greek television channels reported that many went straight to work. None of the violence that has plagued Greek football for years.

Fans celebrate the European Cup in Prague

There is a state of emergency in Piraeus after Olympiakos’ final victory. With the Conference League title, Preus became the first European Cup winner from Greece. After the victory, the team received a fitting reception in nearby Athens.

The trainer also ensures the premier

Jose Luis Mendibar took over as the fourth coach of the season in February and has now led them to the biggest win in the club’s history. Winning the Europa League with Sevilla FC in 2023, the Spaniard also wrote himself into the history books.

The 63-year-old is the first coach to win the European club competition with different clubs in consecutive years.

Ayub El Gabi still strikes

The game at AEK’s home stadium was proof that attackers can go underground for an entire game – only when it matters. It was the 116th minute and the game went to a penalty shootout when Ayoub El Gabi managed to break away from his opponent. And the Moroccan, previously the third-highest European club competition scorer with ten goals, sent the ball into the net to send the crowd into a frenzy in Athens. Deafening cheers erupted again as the goal was counted even after a lengthy VAR check.

“We did it together. Thanks to everyone who supports us. We are a family,” said El Gabi, who was named “Man of the Match” after the game. “He fought for this ball until the end,” crosser Santiago Hesse said of his teammate’s goal. said about

Fiorentina lost again at the last minute

Fiorentina missed out on the Conference League title for the second consecutive year after losing to West Ham United last year. Eight players started in Athens last year. They also lost in the final of Coppa d’Italia 2023.

“It hurts to see my players cry. We really believed in it this time,” coach Vincenzo Italiano said. “The loss hurts. It was remarkable to be there for two years until the end. But of course you have to raise the trophy once. We couldn’t do that.”

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