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OFI Crete
Full name Omilos Filathlon Irakleiou
(Fans' Club of Heraklion FC)
Nickname(s) Omilos (The Club)
Fidia (Snakes)
Founded 1925
Ground Pankritio Stadium,
Heraklion, Crete,
Greece
(Capacity: 26,240)
Chairman Fanouris Vatsinas
Manager František Straka
League Super League Greece
(Σούπερ Λίγκα Ελλάδα)
2007-08 Super League Greece, 12th
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OFI Crete, or more commonly OFI (Greek: ΟΦΗ - Όμιλος Φιλάθλων Ηρακλείου - Omilos Filathlon Irakleiou), the Fans' Club of Heraklion, is a Greek association football club based in the city of Heraklion, on the island of Crete. The team currently competes in the Super League Greece. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (519x630, 12 KB) Licensing This is a logo of a corporation, sports team, or other organization, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Football club names are a part of the sports culture, reflecting century-old traditions. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pankritiko Stadium is a football stadium located at Heraklio on the island of Crete. ... For other uses, see Heraklion (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Crete (disambiguation). ... Rungnado May Day Stadium is the worlds largest football stadium. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... FrantiÅ¡ek Straka (born May 21, 1958 in ÄŒeské BudÄ›jovice) is a Czech football player and later a football manager. ... For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see List of professional sports leagues. ... Further information: 2007-08 in Greek football The 2007-08 is Super Leagues second season and started on September 1, 2007. ... Image File history File links left arm of kit template File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... body of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... rightarm of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... socks of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... It has been suggested that replica shirt be merged into this article or section. ... white soccer jersey left arm with shoulders File links The following pages link to this file: Template talk:Football kit Assyriska IFK Norrköping User:Johan Elisson/football kits Categories: GFDL images | Football kit templates ... white soccer jersey with shoulders File links The following pages link to this file: Template talk:Football kit Assyriska IFK Norrköping User:Johan Elisson/football kits Club Atlético Atlanta Categories: GFDL images | Football kit templates ... white soccer jersey right arm with shoulders File links The following pages link to this file: Template talk:Football kit Assyriska IFK Norrköping User:Johan Elisson/football kits Categories: GFDL images | Football kit templates ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... socks of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... It has been suggested that replica shirt be merged into this article or section. ... The Greek language (Greek Ελληνικά, IPA // – Hellenic) is an Indo-European language with a documented history of some 3,000 years. ... Soccer redirects here. ... For other uses, see Heraklion (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Crete (disambiguation). ... For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see List of professional sports leagues. ...


OFI is one of just 5 teams that has played continuously in the Greek First Division since 1976, and the only team outside Greece’s two major cities, Athens and Thessaloniki. The most successful period of the modern era was between 1985-2000, when under the guidance of the Dutch manager Eugene 'Egen' Gerard, OFI won its first trophy (Cup winners in 1987), came close to winning the championship a couple of times, (runners-up in 1986) and qualified for UEFA competitions several times. OFI always symbolised the love of most Cretans for their island as a whole, not just a local city, and that is the reason for its official name OFI Crete, not just plain OFI. The club is also known for several homegrown players that have gone on to play abroad, such as Nikos Machlas, Nikos Nioplias, Yannis Anastasiou, Georgios Samaras and Mahamadou Diarra. This article is about the capital of Greece. ... Thessaloniki or Salonica (Greek: ) is Greeces second-largest city and the capital of Macedonia, the largest Region of Greece. ... Nikolaos Machlas (born 16 June 1973 in Heraklion, Greece) is a footballer who plays as a striker. ... Nikolaos (Nikos) Nioplias or Nioblias, born on 17 January 1965 is a Greek footballer. ... Yannis Anastasiou (b. ... Georgios Samaras (Greek: Γιώργος Σαμαράς (IPA= /yeoryios samaras/); born February 21, 1985 in Heraklion, Greece) is a Greek footballer who currently plays as a striker for Celtic, on loan from Manchester City. ... Mahamadou Diarra (Arabic: محمدو ديارا) (born May 18, 1981 in Bamako, Mali) is a Malian footballer. ...

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History

The foundation

The club was founded during the autumn of 1925 by a group of athletes that used to exercise in a specific gym in the city centre of Heraklion. The official name given to the sports club was Omilos Filathlon Irakleiou or OFI. The colours that OFI used were black and white, because none of the existing sports clubs had the same colour combination in Crete. The scope of the sport club, as had been written down in the first deed of association, was to participate in all kinds of events, and exhibitions related to athletics. During the first period of OFI’s existence most of the founders of the team were also members.


(1925-1940) The years before World War II

The years preceding World War II were a very difficult period not only for Crete, but for Greece in general. Thus, it was extremely difficult for OFI to travel around and participate in national football tournaments. As a result, OFI was limited to matches around the island of Crete and particularly with other football clubs based in Heraklion. Strangely enough, these local matches were more frequent in comparison to the official ones of former periods. Even though official documentation does not exist, elderly fans of OFI believe that the team played around 400 matches before the Germans finally occupied Crete.


(1945-1962) First participation in the National League

After the German occupation of Greece had ended, football tournaments around the country started again. At this time there was only the “First Division” championship, in which standard football teams from Athens, Thessaloniki and Peiraias participated, including a few teams which qualified through preliminary rounds. However, it was almost impossible for a team coming from rural areas to take part in it.

OFI's squad in 1954
OFI's squad in 1954

This situation arose because the Hellenic Football Federation structured a system in which football teams from around the country had to play a lot of preliminary rounds before proceeding to the national championship. As a result, even though OFI was the top football team in Crete, they could not take part in the national tournament. Image File history File links Ofi-1954. ... Image File history File links Ofi-1954. ... Old crest The Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) (Greek: Ελληνική Ποδοσφαιρική Ομοσπονδία - (EPO)) is the governing body of football in Greece. ...


After 1956, the system in Greece changed slightly. Advantages were that in some seasons the preliminary rounds were organized in groups of a few teams, where the champions of each group were promoted directly to the championship of the same season’s First Division. One of those seasons was in 1957/58. OFI played preliminary games in a group of 4 teams, where they finished in first place. Thus, OFI, for the first time in its history, participated in the Greek National Championship. Unfortunately, the team could not stand the frequent trips around Greece and finished in last position. Up to 1962, when the official 2nd Division Championship was organized, OFI tried again many times, but unsuccessfully, to take part in the competition of the 1st Division again.


(1962-1968) Attempts in the official 2nd League

In 1962/63 the official Greek 2nd division league was set up for first time. OFI was one of the teams that participated in the league and completed the season in 9th position. In 1963/64 and 1964/65 OFI finished in 3rd and 5th position respectively. In 1965/66 OFI were the champions of the 2nd Division of Greek football and only one step away from promotion to the official 1st National Division of Greek football.


Yet, the Hellenic Football Federation decided that even the champions of the 2nd Division had to play preliminary games in order to be promoted.

Celebrations in Chania after the promotion of OFI to the 1st division
Celebrations in Chania after the promotion of OFI to the 1st division

Unfortunately, OFI lost in the play-off matches and remained in the 2nd Division. In 1966/67 the disappointment was huge, even though OFI ended in 3rd position. Everyone on the island of Crete was feeling that the moment where they could see the pride of their island in the top league was very close. Image File history File links Ofi-1968. ... Image File history File links Ofi-1968. ... Chania (Greek Χανιά pronounced , also transliterated Hania, older form Chanea and Venetian: Canea, Ottoman Turkish: خانيه Hanya) is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania Prefecture. ...


In 1967/68 OFI finished in 2nd position and went into play-off games with the bottom team of the 1st division. The final match of the play-offs was to take place in the city of Chania, on 26/06/1968. OFI, with the help of 10,000 Cretans thrashed the team from the 1st division with a 3-0 win and made the dreams of thousands of supporters come true. OFI was an official member of the 1st National Division. Chania (Greek Χανιά pronounced , also transliterated Hania, older form Chanea and Venetian: Canea, Ottoman Turkish: خانيه Hanya) is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania Prefecture. ...


(1968-1971) Debut in the 1st League

OFI’s debut in the national 1st division was very difficult. “Omilos” ended the first round in 15th position. It was a very difficult task to remain in the league. However, in the 2nd round the Cretans played magnificently and finally finished in 12th place. In the next season OFI had already gained the experience of playing in the top league of Greek football. The “Snakes” finished in 13th place, but the strange thing was that OFI remained unbeaten in almost all of their home games in Heraklion. Only two teams managed to survive and leave Crete with an away win. Thus, even if OFI was not a feared opponent, all the other teams were anxious when taking the trip to the island of Crete.


1970/71 was the worse season the team from Heraklion ever had in the 1st Division. OFI ended in 17th position and was relegated for the last time in their history to the 2nd division. The whole season was a tragedy for the Cretans. OFI had to meet “old friends” from the 2nd division again and start battling again in order to be promoted for a second time.


(1971-1976) The last time in the 2nd league

OFI had been relegated again, but this time the 2nd division had changed entirely. After all, the championship had been more officially organized and opponents were tougher than before.


OFI spent another 5 seasons in the 2nd division, from 1971-72 to 1975-76. During the first season, the team was continually in 1st place.

Thousands of Cretans celebrating OFI's last promotion to the 1st division
Thousands of Cretans celebrating OFI's last promotion to the 1st division

Unfortunately, at the end of the season, OFI’s good performances deteriorated and they finally finished 4th. In 1972/73 the management decided on a complete overhaul of the squad. In these circumstances, the 13th position OFI achieved was predictable, yet a new era of the stars of OFI had just begun. In the next season OFI finished 6th and in 1974/75 they finished 5th. In the next season the league was divided again into two groups, each of 20 teams. The champions of each group would be promoted directly to the First National Division. OFI couldn’t afford to miss this chance. Image File history File links Ofi-1976. ... Image File history File links Ofi-1976. ...


Everything started perfectly for “Omilos” in 1975/76. They finished 1st at the end of the first round with a huge lead over the runners-up and then finished the season as champions. The whole island of Crete was celebrating the promotion of OFI to the 1st division. Up to the present, (2007), OFI have never been relegated again.


(1976-1985) The years before the arrival of Egen Gerard

During the first 3 seasons of OFI’s presence in the 1st Division, the Greek championship still had an amateur status. In 1976/77, even though OFI were rookies, they finished in 6th place and gained the admiration of the whole country. In addition Dimitris Papadopoulos finished the top goal scorer of the League season. The following two seasons OFI finished 8th and 7th respectively, a period in which OFI was never once defeated in Crete. Even the “heavyweights” of the league (Panathinaikos, Olympiakos, AEK & PAOK) struggled to win any points when making the trip to the 'Genti Koule' on island of Crete.


The championship in Greece was professionalised for the 1979/80 season and in the middle of that term the Vardinogiannis group bought the football club of OFI (see rival section). During that season the only team that beat OFI at home in Crete was Panathinaikos. The Athenian team took the victory in Heraklion extremely easily with a score line of 0-3. It was the only loss endured by Cretans on the island that year, after all games had been completed OFI finished in 11th position. The next season Panathinaikos embarked on their first set of experiments on OFI[citation needed]. Young players came from all over the country in order to play for “Omilos”. Partly because of this experimentation by their new owners OFI only managed 13th position in the League. The 1981/82 campaign saw OFI finish in 9th place and the following 1982/83 season in 7th. It seemed clear that Theodoros Vardinogiannis wanted OFI to be a stronger team in the championship. He tried to achieve that, not by spending money for good players, but by sending 2nd hand players from his other team Panathinaikos or young players that could possibly be useful to OFI, but primarily, for Panathinaikos in the future when the time was right. Thus, in 1983/84 3 goalkeepers, 1 midfielder and 1 defender came from the Athenian team to Crete.[citation needed]


The continuing experimentation caused OFI to be disappointed yet again. OFI finished in 8th place, exactly the same position they finished next season too. Although OFI’s results were not wonderful, this group of fresh players had gained experience and started to play like a team. The one thing that was missing was a good coach, who could get the best out of each player. This man arrived the following season.


(1985-2000) The Gerard years

Eugene Gerard stayed in Crete as coach of OFI for a legendary 15 years. This is still the record tenure for a coach in the Greek League, and will be a feat that lives long in the memory of Cretans. Gerard's first 3 years at the helm in Crete were nothing short of amazing. In 1985/86 OFI finished 2nd in the league and only missed out on becoming champions by 5 points. Gerard continued his revolution with a 3rd place finish in 1986/87 and 4th place in 1987/88. As Gerard's OFI continued to achieve high finishes in the Greek Championship the team from Crete did something wonderful 21st of June 1987. In the Olympic Stadium in Athens they defeated Iraklis 3-1 on penalties to lift the Greek Cup. The game have finished 1-1 in normal time. With string league position and victorious in the Cup OFI was now one of the major players in Greek football. The 1987/88 season was special for Cretans for another reason too - it was the first time in league history that OFI finished in a higher position than Panathinaikos, beating them 2-1 in Heraklion on the way, with a goal in last minute from Stefanos Vavoulas. Iraklis FC (Greek: Ηρακλής) is a Greek association football club based in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece. ...


This golden era also saw OFI participate in European competition - UEFA Cup 1986 and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1987. The UEFA Cup (also known as European Cup 3, CE3 or C3) is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ... The UEFA Cup Winners Cup (also known as the European Cup Winners Cup) was a football club competition contested annually by the most recent winners of all European domestic cup competitions. ...

Egen Gerard
Egen Gerard

The following seasons (1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92) were not quite as spectacular as what had gone before. OFI finished 6th, 7th and 6th respectively, missing UEFA Cup qualification by a few points each year. In June of 1990 OFI played once again in the final of the Greek Cup, this time against Olympiacos. The game took place in Olympiacos' home stadium and OFI lost 4-2. In June of 1991 OFI played in the final of the Pre-Mediterranean Cup, against AEK Athens. The game took place in Georgios Kamaras Stadium and OFI lost 1-0. During the last of those 3 seasons, OFI brought a young Argentinian star to Crete – Victor Ougo Delgado. Unfortunately, there was little time for Cretans to enjoy the benefits of his talent as he was soon transferred to Panathinaikos. In the 1992/93 campaign OFI was in great form once again. OFI finished 4th in the Championship and qualified for the following season's UEFA Cup tournament. The season's great star for OFI was Nikos Nioplias. At the end of the previous season the Vardinogiannis family decided that he might become useful to Panathinaikos, so he became the 3rd player to move to Athens from OFI. Without the team's great star, OFI only managed a 7th place finish in the 1993/94 Championship. But despite those facts the name of OFI was heard loud and clear all around Europe. That season OFI achieved the unthinkable - they eliminated Slavia Prague in the 1st round of the UEFA Cup and Atlético Madrid in the 2nd round (both 2-1 on aggregate). Nobody in Europe could believe that an unknown quantity like OFI could ever knock out of Europe such such illustrious opposition. The famous cup run came to an end when OFI was eliminated in the 3rd round by Portuguese club Boavista FC (Round of 16). despite the disappointment there was pride for Cretans to be taken in that their team was the most successful Greek team in European competition that season. In 1994/95, Panathinaikos were in dire need of a striker, and OFI had 2 top rated strikers from the previous season, Nikos Machlas and Alexis Alexoudis. Even though Panathinaikos wanted Machlas, he himself refused to go in Athens, and as a result, Panathinaikos grabbed Alexoudis. OFI ended in the 9th position this year. In the next season, Egen Gerard tried to build a new team with young players. Yet the Dutchman had lost 2 great players to Panathinaikos and Nikos Machlas was transferred to Vitesse Arnhem. OFI finished 5th and missed qualification in the UEFA Cup in the last game of the season. Image File history File links Eigen_Gerard. ... Image File history File links Eigen_Gerard. ... Olympiacos C.F.P. (Greek: ΟΣΦΠ - Ολυμπιακός Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων Πειραιώς - Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Peiraios), Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, is one of the largest, and the most popular Greek multisport club based in Piraeus, Athens. ... AEK Athens FC is the football club of the Athletic Union of Constantinople (AEK), a sports club founded in Athens, Greece in Turkey in 1922. ... See also: Apollon Smyrnis Georgios Kamaras Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Athens, Greece. ... Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (Greek: Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος,  ), widely known both as Panathinaikos or PAO, is a Greek multisport club based in Athens, Greece. ... SK Slavia Praha is a Czech football club, from Prague. ... The UEFA Cup (also known as European Cup 3, CE3 or C3) is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ... Club Atlético de Madrid is a Spanish football club based in Madrid. ... Boavista Futebol Clube (pron. ...


1996/97 was an amazing season for “Omilos”. With the partipication of Nikos Nioplias (Panathinaikos did not need him anymore, so he was transferred back to OFI), OFI was in 2nd place before the winter break and 4 of their players were part of the Greek National Team. On the last day of the transfer period, Panathinaikos grabbed Kostas Konstantinidis, the best defender of OFI’s squad. Finally OFI finished 3rd in the championship by humiliating Panathinaikos 1 week before the end and leaving the team from Athens in 5th place, outside the positions leading to UEFA competitions. The whole island of Crete was again celebrating the great performance of OFI.


In the next 2 seasons, OFI finished in 7th and 8th position respectively, suffering constant humiliations by Panathinaikos in matches between the two, as revenge for what happened in May 1997. In addition to that, Kostas Kiassos, a great OFI midfielder, was the next 'victim' and was transferred to Panathinaikos. Nevertheless, OFI resumed their successful UEFA Cup campaigns. The pride of Crete eliminated Icelandic team Reykjavik FC in the second qualifying round (3-1 on aggregate) and Hungarian team Ferencváros in the 1st round proper,(4-2 on aggregate, with an unforgettable 3-0 victory in Crete). OFI’s European dream was ended by AJ Auxerre in the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup. Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, (Icelandic for Reykjavík Football Club), for short KR or KR Reykjavík, is an Icelandic athletic club based in the capital, Reykjavík. ... Ferencvárosi Torna Club (FTC), perhaps better known as Ferencváros, nicknamed as Fradi, is the most popular Hungarian sports club, founded in 1899. ... Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise, or AJ Auxerre, is a French football team, founded in 1905, playing in the town of Auxerre in Burgundy. ...


In the year 2000 and after 15 successful years, Egen Gerard announced his retirement from OFI's bench as the team finished 4th in the championship. It was the last time that OFI gained a position that lead to European competitions, and the last season that OFI was considered one of the top teams in Greece.


Current squad 2007/08

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No. Position Player
1 Flag of Belgium GK Tristan Peersman
30 GK Alexandros Tzorvas
58 GK Alexandros Kasmeridis
78 GK Athanasios Georgiou
2 DF Kostas Stefanis
3 DF Kostantinos Stavrakakis
4 Flag of Romania DF Cosmin Bărcăuan (on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk)
5 DF Dimitris Arvanitis
8 DF Minas Pitsos
12 DF Giannis Christofis
14 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Sinisa Gagula
13 Flag of South Africa DF Pierre Issa
21 DF Kostas Kokkinakis
26 DF Giorgos Pitharoulis
31 DF Manolis Moniakis
6 MF Giannis Taralidis
7 Flag of Serbia MF Aleksander Simic
No. Position Player
17 MF Manolis Roubakis
18 Flag of Bulgaria MF Vladimir Gadzhev
19 MF Stelios Sfakianakis
20 Flag of France MF Maxim Laure
27 MF Dimitris Pliagas (on loan from Panathinaikos)
28 FW Antonios Petropoulos (on loan from Panathinaikos)
32 MF Nikos Kounenakis
33 MF Fabian Gerber
77 Flag of Brazil MF Leozinho (on loan from Olympiakos Piraeus)
9 Flag of Croatia FW Zdravko Popovic
10 Flag of Serbia FW Goran Drulic
Flag of the Republic of Macedonia FW Jovan Kostovski
MF Alexis Kounenakis (on loan to Irodotos)
FW Stavros Mamoulakis (on loan to Atsalenio)
MF Vassilis Plousis (on loan to AS Rodos)
MF Kostas Michelakakis (on loan to Atsalenio)

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For the Australian Rules position, see Midfielder (Australian Rules). ... Fabian Gerber (born November 28, 1979) is a German footballer who currently plays for 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... For the Australian Rules position, see Midfielder (Australian Rules). ... Leozinho is a 23-years-old Brazilian football player who is currently playing for OFI Crete, in the Greek Super League. ... Olympiacos C.F.P. (Greek: ΟΣΦΠ - Ολυμπιακός Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων Πειραιώς - Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Peiraios), Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, is one of the largest, and the most popular Greek multisport club based in Piraeus, Athens. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Croatia. ... This article is about association football players. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Serbia. ... This article is about association football players. ... Goran Drulić (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Друлић; born April 17, 1977 in Negotin, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian footballer currently playing for OFI Crete. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Macedonia. ... This article is about association football players. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... For the Australian Rules position, see Midfielder (Australian Rules). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... This article is about association football players. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... For the Australian Rules position, see Midfielder (Australian Rules). ... AS Rodos is a football club based in Rhodes, Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... For the Australian Rules position, see Midfielder (Australian Rules). ...

Notable Players

Greece
Albania
Brazil
  • Flag of Brazil Leozinho
  • Flag of Brazil Alessandro Soares
Bulgaria
  • Flag of Bulgaria Metodi Deyanov
Chile
  • Flag of Chile Alejandro Hisis
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Ghana
Mali
Nigeria
  • Flag of Nigeria Joseph Nwafor
Serbia
  • Flag of Serbia and Montenegro Goran Drulić
South Africa

Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Alexis Alexoudis (Greek: ) (born 20 June 1972) is a former Greek football player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Yannis Anastasiou (b. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Kostas Frantzeskos (born January 4, 1969) is a Greek footballer, one of the best freekick takers Greece has ever produced. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Thanasis Kolitsidakis (born 20 November 1966 in Thessaloniki) is a former Greek football defender. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Kostas Konstantinidis (born 1972-08-31) is a Greek football player currently playing for Nea Salamina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Ilias Kotsios (Greek: Ηλίας Κώτσιος) (born April 25, 1977 in Larissa) is a Greek footballer currently playing for Panathinaikos FC Categories: | | | ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Nikolaos Machlas (born 16 June 1973 in Heraklion, Greece) is a footballer who plays as a striker. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Nikolaos (Nikos) Nioplias or Nioblias, born on 17 January 1965 is a Greek footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Michalis Sifakis is one of the top Greek goalkeepers playing in Greece today. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Ioannis Taralidis (born 17/05/1981) is a football midfielder who currently plays for Olympiacos, Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Georgios Samaras (Greek: Γιώργος Σαμαράς (IPA= /yeoryios samaras/); born February 21, 1985 in Heraklion, Greece) is a Greek footballer who currently plays as a striker for Celtic, on loan from Manchester City. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Albania. ... Arjan Beqaj (born 25 August 1975 in Đakovica, Kosovo, [1], Yugoslavia) is a Kosovar Albanian professional footballer currently playing for Anorthosis Famagusta FC in Cyprus. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Leozinho is a 23-years-old Brazilian football player who is currently playing for OFI Crete, in the Greek Super League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Alessandro Soares (born 5 February 1973 in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil, is a Brazilian Striker. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bulgaria. ... Metodi Deyanov (born 3 April 1975 in Bulgaria, is a Bulgarian midfielder. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Chile. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Costa_Rica. ... Rónald Gómez Gómez (born January 24, 1975 in Puntarenas) is a Costa Rican football (soccer) forward. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Costa_Rica. ... Mauricio Solís Mora (born December 13, 1972 in San José) is a Costa Rican football (soccer) player, who currently plays attacking midfielder for Maccabi Netanya of Israels Ligat haAl. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cyprus. ... Nicos Papavasiliou is a Cypriot former football player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ghana. ... Derek Boateng (born 2 May 1983 in Accra, Ghana) is a midfielder for Beitar Jerusalem FC. Originally a striker, Boateng has moved further down the pitch and is currently considered a defensive midfielder in his club, due to the position slightly behind the other midfielders he tends to have during... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ghana. ... Peter Ofori-Quaye (born March 21, 1980 in Accra) is a Ghanaian football striker currently playing for Israeli Premier League club Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona F.C.. Ofori-Quaye has spent most of his career in the Greek division and has amassed 33 goals in his 10 seasons in the... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mali. ... Mahamadou Diarra (Arabic: محمدو ديارا) (born May 18, 1981 in Bamako, Mali) is a Malian footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nigeria. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Serbia_and_Montenegro. ... Goran Drulić (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Друлић; born April 17, 1977 in Negotin, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian footballer currently playing for OFI Crete. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Pierre Issa (born September 11, 1975, Germiston, South Africa) is a South African footballer. ...

Managerial history

  • 1946, Stratos
  • 1958, Kostas Zogas
  • 1959, Mantalopoulos
  • 1965-66, Vaggelis Helmis
  • 1967/68, Petritsis
  • 1967/68, Kostas Zogas
  • Flag of Serbia 1968-1971 Kapetanovic
  • 1970/71, Giorgos Stratakis
  • 1971/72, Thanasis Soulis
  • 1972/73, Takis Papartheniou
  • 1971/72, Giorgos Stratakis
  • 1984/85, Petr Packert
  • 1984/85, M. Baily
  • 1985 - 2000, Eugene Gerards
  • 2000, Aris Vasileiou
  • 2000 - 2002, Giannis Samaras
  • 2002 - 2003, Zdeněk Ščasný
  • 2003 - 2004, Giorgos Foiros
  • 2004/2005, Giannis Hatzinikolaou
  • 2005 - 2006, Vaggelis Blaxos
  • 2006 , Myron Sifakis
  • 2006-2007, Reiner Maurer
  • 2007-2008, Giorgos Parasxos
  • 2008-present, František Straka

Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Serbia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Nikos Alefantos is a famous Greek football coach. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Les Shannon (12 March 1926 – December 2, 2007)[1] was an English football player and manager. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Nikos Alefantos is a famous Greek football coach. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Les Shannon (12 March 1926 – December 2, 2007)[1] was an English football player and manager. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Giorgos Foiros (born 1953) is a retired Greek footballer and manager. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... František Straka (born May 21, 1958 in České Budějovice) is a Czech football player and later a football manager. ...

Statistics

Most appearances

Player Matches
Nikos Nioplias 416
Petros Marinakis 258
Kostas Chaniotakis 255
Manolis Patemtzis 250
Nikos Goulis 249

Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Nikolaos (Nikos) Nioplias or Nioblias, born on 17 January 1965 is a Greek footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ...

Trophies

The UEFA Intertoto Cup, also abbreviated as UI Cup, is a summer football competition for European clubs that have not qualified for one of the two major UEFA competitions, the Champions League and the UEFA Cup. ... The regions in a map The UEFA Intertoto Cup 2007 will take 50 entries into the competition. ... In 1961, a Balkans Cup for clubs from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey, and Yugoslavia was introduced. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...

External links

Oficial Sites

  • OFI Crete FC official website
  • OFI TV channel from Goal4Replay.net (English) (Greek)

Fans

  • OFI Crete Amateur sports official web site
  • Pan-hellenic OFI Crete supporters club in Athens
Category: ... For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see List of professional sports leagues. ... The Greek Football Cup (Greek: ), commonly known as the Greek Cup, is a knockout cup competition in Greek football, run by and named after Hellenic Football Federation. ... First International Largest win 1/4/2003: Northern Ireland U21 - Greece U21 2-6 The Oval, Belfast 31/3/2004: Cyprus U21 - Greece U21 1-5 Larnaca 16/11/2004: Greece U21 - Kazakhstan U21 5-0 Georgios Kamaras Stadium, Athens *Note: all matches are since 2002 Worst defeat UEFA U... Beta Ethniki is the second highest professional football league in Greece. ... The Greek Super Cup (Greek: ) is a Greek association football competition, which takes place in an annual match between the Super League champion team and the winners of the Greek Cup. ... Gamma Ethniki is the lowest professional football league in Greece. ... The Greek League Cup, a now-defuct football competition, took place only once - in the 1989/1990 season. ... Greek Amateur Cup (Greek: Κύπελλο Ερασιτεχνικών Ομάδων Ελλάδος) is one of the most known competitions for amateur teams in Greece. ... The list of 2007 / 08 Greek soccer (football) league clubs follows. ...

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