Derby days – The class divide

by Mystical Mike

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
 

Olympiakos v Panathinaikos, Greece

History
In 1908 the rich boys from central Athens founded Panathinaikos. It wasn’t until 1925 when the rivalry kicked in when the workers from a port city called Piraeus started Olympiakos. By 1940 the workers had won 6 championships, proving that money doesn’t buy titles.

Magic moments
Not exactly a magic moment but more of a memorable one. In 1962 the Greek Cup Final between the two sides was abandoned due to intense crowd trouble, spectators threw bottles, seats & firecrackers onto the pitch. The Greek FA decided against a reply in the fear of more violence.

Atmosphere
One of the most intense in Europe. Flares light up the whole ground on derby day.

Any agro?
In 2007 a Panathinaikos fan was stabbed to death in an arranged street brawl. The Greek Government suspended all sport for two weeks following the tragic scene of events.

Head to head
The working boys from Olympiakos have won 64 titles to the rich boys’ 39. However, Panathinaikos did reach the 1971 European Cup final before losing to Ajax.

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