Football: Piraeus in ecstasy after winning the Conference League

Football: Piraeus in ecstasy after winning the Conference League

There is great euphoria in Greece following Olympiakos’ European Cup triumph. Celebrations continue into the early hours. An older fan remembers the European Championship sensation under Otto Rehhagel.

Greek football fans have celebrated the surprise win of the Conference League by national record champions Olympiakos Piraeus.

Seconds after the final whistle of the final against the Italian club AC Florence (1:0 after extra time), tens of thousands of people across the country poured into the streets. In Piraeus, the night was turned into day with fireworks, flares and pyrotechnics of all kinds, as Greek television reported.

“We haven’t seen so many people celebrating in 20 years,” said an older man. He remembered similar enthusiasm after the unexpected triumph of the Greek national team at the 2004 European Championship under then coach Otto Rehhagel.

“Feverish madness everywhere,” was the headline in the Greek sports newspaper “Protathlitis.” The celebrations reached their peak when the Olympiakos team reached the central square in Piraeus. According to police estimates, around 30,000 fans watched the final on a large screen. Many had already gone to the square in front of the town hall ten hours before the start of the game to ensure they had a good view.

The celebration ended around 6:00 a.m. Many people went straight to work, Greek TV stations reported in their morning magazines. There were no excesses of violence, which have plagued Greek football for years. Around 5,000 police officers were deployed.

Now it is time to “finally make real profits from this success,” said sports editors on Thursday. This success should encourage the country’s big teams and fans to invest more in the organization and, above all, to forget the hatred, they said. Greek football is repeatedly shaken by violence, which has also claimed human lives in recent years.

Source: Stern

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