Olympiacos

With over 400 officially recognized titles, Olympiacos CFP is one of the biggest multisport clubs in Europe. Olympiacos has won European and International titles in Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Waterpolo and Athletics. Fans point out as remarkable the fact that Olympiacos is the only Greek sports club to have done the Treple in two different sports.

With an outstanding 33 national championships in football in 69 seasons, while all the other major Greek clubs (AEK, Panathinaikos, PAOK) having 32 championships combined, no Greek team has been as successful as Olympiacos in this area. Running up second on trophies won count is Panathinaikos FC and the third is AEK FC. Currently, according to the International Federation of Football and Statistics Olympiacos is No. 28 in the World where Panathinaikos is No.97 and AEK is No.120.

In football, Olympiacos hasn't lost in a Home League game against Panathinaikos since 1995 (02.12.95 with 1-2), that is nearly 11 years unbeaten.


A Bit of History

The club was founded in 1925 in the city of Piraeus, where the team still plays today. In 10 March, 1925 two older Piraeus clubs, "Piraeus Sports and Football Club" and "Football Fan Club of Piraeus," merged to form a new club, Olympiacos CFP; which would come to be known as "Olympiacos Fan Club of Piraeus" a.k.a. "The Legend" after the classic side of the 1930s which won a hatful of titles.

Olympiacos immediately caught the attention of locals, with the team filling the Piraeus Velodrome (now the Karaiskakis stadium); their fanbase consisted mainly of the working class.

Football Club

In 1926 the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) was founded and in 1927 tried to organize the first Greek Championship. However in that season Olympiacos came to a dispute with the Hellenic Football Federation and did not participate.

Panathinaikos and AEK decided to follow Olympiacos and together they formed a group called P.O.K. and during that season they played fiendly games with each other. The second Greek Championship took place in 1929/30 only with three teams (the local champions of: Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki).

From the season 1930/31 (which started in January of 1931) and on, the best teams from the country participated. Olympiacos won the Greek Championship for the first time in that season, and has since become the most winning team in Greece.

In 1940 Olympiacos had already 6 Championships in 11 seasons and by 1960 he had won 15 Championships in 23 Seasons as well as 9 Cups and 6 Doubles. In fact, with key performers such as Andreas Mouratis, Elias Rossidis, Thanassis Bebis, Elias Yfantis, Kostas Polychroniou, Giorgos Darivas and Savas Theodoridis, Olympiacos won Six consecutive titles from 1953/34 to 1958/59.

It is worth mentioning that Olympiacos for several seasons was not allowed to make use of the Karaiskaki Stadium and with permition from Panathinaikos found a temporary home in “Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium”.

In the 60s and the 70s Olympiacos won just 5 Championships and 8 Cups, but even in the lean years, the club remained the team every other Greek side wanted to beat.

Another glorious chapter began in 1972, after Nikos Goulandris became president. He appointed Lakis Petropoulos as coach and signed star players Giorgos Delikaris, Yves Triantafyllos, Julio Losada, Milton Viera and Dimitris Persidis. The highlight for that side was the 1973/74 season, when Olympiacos won the league with record points (59) and of goals (102).

Olympiacos experienced its darkest days from the mid-1980s until the mid-90s. In the mid 80s Olympiakos came into the hands of Greek Businessman George Koskotas. Soon Koskotas was accused of and convicted for embezzlement, leaving Olympiacos deep in debt. On the pitch, the team without a serious management team went nine seasons without a league title (1986/87 to 1996/97.

The situation improved after Sokratis Kokkalis took over Olympiacos's shares in 1993. Having agreed to a settlement of the club's debts with the Greek government, Kokkalis slowly resurrected the team.

In 1996 Kokkalis appointed Dusan Bajevic which was already out of contract with AEK following a class with the management team regarding financial issues and uncertainty. The same season Kokkalis transferred to the reds all the Greek young talents he could find, such as Predrag Djorgevic, Grigoris Georgatos, Stelios Giannakopoulos, Giorgos Anatolakis, Dimitris Mavrogenidis,Alexis Alexandris,Giorgos Amanatidis,Andreas Niniadis, etc - Most of whom are still members of Olympiacos today. Since then Olympiacos won seven consecutive Championships, even after Bajevic left in 1999.

In the 2003/04 season, Olympiacos finished second.

Last season (2004/05) Olympiacos appointed again Dusan Bajevic and transferred World Champion Rivaldo. The end of the season found Olympiacos with both domestic trophies (Championship and the Greek Cup) but without their manager Dusan Bajevic, as he resigned.

Therefore Olympiacos appointed Trond Sollied.
As of January 2006, Olympiacos is first in the Greek league standings by 6 points. Their arch-rival Panathinaikos is 12 back after a 3-2 loss to Olympiacos at the home of the Greek leaders.


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Football Club Honours

source: Hellenic Football Federation http://www.epo.gr

Olympiacos Basketball Club

Olympiacos won the first of its nine Greek League titles in 1949. It would also add seven Greek Cup titles to its trophy case, but it was in the 1990s that the Reds made their biggest mark. The middle of that decade belonged to Olympiacos, not only in Greece, but all around the continent. Head coach Ioannis Ioannidis led Olympiacos to four consecutive Greek League titles between 1993 and 1996, and to the Euroleague final in 1994 and 1995. It is worth mentioning that in order to advance to the two finals Olympiacos played with archrivalsPanathinaikos and won both games.

Dusan Ivkovic came to the bench in 1997, when it was the most successful year in the history of Olympiacos Basketball Club as they won the Triple Crown, i.e. all competitions in which they participated; Greek League, Greek Cup and Euroleague(by beating FC Barcelona 73-58 in Rome. Olympiacos is the only Greek team to have achieved this and one of the very few in the history of European Basketball. At the Euroleague final, the most valuable player of the game was David Rivers (Olympiacos' playmaker). The same year they played against Chicago Bulls and it was a game between the European Champion and the NBA Champion. Again Olympiacos is the only Greek team in history that played such a much. During that game Olympiacos never used a zone defence, although it was played according to European basketball ruling and was defeated naturally by the team of one of the greatest basketball players ever, Michael Jordan (Olympiacos - Chicago Bulls: 78 - 104).

Although there was a return to the Final Four in 1999, a few years went by before the Reds won another trophy. A drought ended in 2001-02 with a Greek Cup victory, while Olympiacos also reached the Greek League finals and came within a victory of the Euroleague Final Four. In 2004-05, an ever-changing roster made life tough for Olympiacos. The Reds couldn't reach the Euroleague Top 16 and, despite rallying to make the Greek League playoffs, bowed out in the quarterfinals series. But if there is one truth about great, historic teams, they never stay down for long. No one should forget that within the last decade, the Reds knew exactly what it took to win it all. Returning to the very elite of European basketball is the goal in 2005-06 for Olympiacos, a proud club coming off one of its most difficult seasons in recent years. Its rich history, including a Euroleague title in 1997, will help guide Olympiacos as it tries to overcome a 2004-05 season that was full of roster changes and inconsistency.

To conclude with we must say that Olympiacos B.C. has been voted as the Best Team of the 90s in Europe by FIBA


Basketball Club Honours

source: Hellenic Basketball Federation http://www.basket.gr

Current Roster

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Olympiacos Volleyball Club

source: Hellenic Volleyball Federation http://www.volleyball.gr

Olympiacos Water Polo Club

The greatest moment in the club's history was its victory in the 2002 European Champions Cup, after beating Honved in the final. Olympiacos had also played in the final of the previous year, as well as two European Cup finals in the late 90's. In 2002, Olympiacos also won the European Super Cup, after beating in the final the European Cup-Winner.

Swimming Department

Sailing Department

Dragon: 1970, 1971, 1972
Laser: 1976
Finn: 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Solling: 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993
Star: 1986, 1987, 1995

source: Greek ministry of Sports http://www.sport.gov.gr the available information is up to 1997 except "Finn"

Table Tennis Department

Men Single: 12
Women Single: 35
Men Double: 10
Women Double: 16
Team Men: 3
Team Women: 12
Men-Women Double: 17

source: Greek ministry of Sports http://www.sport.gov.gr the available information is up to 1997

Diving Department

Men Trampolin 1m: 1991, 1992
Men Trampolin 3m: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1992
Men: 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1992
Women Trampolin 3m: 1992, 1993, 1996
Women: 1993, 1997

source: Greek ministry of Sports http://www.sport.gov.gr the available information is up to 1997

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. In Scott Adams's comic strip Dilbert, "Nostradogbert" is a pseudonym of Dogbert. information not available yet
. In the DC Comics Universe, Nostradamus was an ancestor of Zatara and Zatanna.
. A Phantom story from 1983 by Ulf Granberg and Jaime Vallvé featured an appearance by Nostradamus.


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. The boy of course became Nostradamus and the ripped pages from books explained his visions of the future.
. The boy had to go back to his own time and his memory of the future was erased, but before that he grabbed pieces of books. source: Greek ministry of Sports http://www.sport.gov.gr the available information is up to 1997. In an Italian Mickey Mouse story, Mickey and Goofy travel back in time and by accident a young boy followed them back to the present.

Men Trampolin 1m: 1991, 1992
Men Trampolin 3m: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1992
Men: 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1992
Women Trampolin 3m: 1992, 1993, 1996
Women: 1993, 1997
. It is composed by Tonci Huljic. source: Greek ministry of Sports http://www.sport.gov.gr the available information is up to 1997. Maksim, the cross-over piano player, plays a song entitled Nostradamus on his third CD. Men Single: 12
Women Single: 35
Men Double: 10
Women Double: 16
Team Men: 3
Team Women: 12
Men-Women Double: 17
. Rapper Nas referred to himself as Nastradamus. source: Greek ministry of Sports http://www.sport.gov.gr the available information is up to 1997 except "Finn". English singer/songwriter Al Stewart wrote a song called "Nostradamus", concerning the prophecies, for his 1973 album Past, Present, and Future.

Dragon: 1970, 1971, 1972
Laser: 1976
Finn: 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Solling: 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993
Star: 1986, 1987, 1995
. In 2005, Dutch band Kayak released a rock opera called Nostradamus - Fate of Man. In 2002, Olympiacos also won the European Super Cup, after beating in the final the European Cup-Winner. And in 1999, he set what was thought by some to be Nostradamus's prediction of the end of the world for soprano and chamber ensemble in The Final Prophecy. Olympiacos had also played in the final of the previous year, as well as two European Cup finals in the late 90's. Composer Robert Steadman has twice used Nostradamus' prophecies in pieces of music: in the 1987's quatrains by Nostradamus were juxtaposed with the Latin Requiem Mass text and poems on environmental issues. The greatest moment in the club's history was its victory in the 2002 European Champions Cup, after beating Honved in the final. Nostradamus has also been parodied on Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show as Negrodamus.

source: Hellenic Volleyball Federation http://www.volleyball.gr. In the science fiction series First Wave, the protagonists use the quatrains of Nostradamus to fight back against an alien invasion. Center
. The television series Alias prominently features the character Milo Rambaldi, a fictional Nostradamus-like prophet. Power Forward
. None of them can be regarded as factual or reliable. Small Forward
. He is the subject of many films and videos, including:.

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. To verify the authenticity of a purported Nostradamus quatrain, compare the identifying number (e.g.: C1, Q25 or 'I.25' means Century 1, Quatrain 25) against an authoritative version of Nostradamus' works, which will probably also contain the original old French – or click on the appropriate External Links below to see facsimiles of the originals. Point Guard
. Nostradamus also never referred to a "third big war". source: Hellenic Basketball Federation http://www.basket.gr. The fifth line was added by an anonymous Internet user, completely ignoring the fact that Nostradamus wrote his Propheties in rhymed four-line decasyllables called quatrains.
. For example, the phrases "City of God" (why is New York City the City of God?), "great thunder" (this could apply to just about any disaster), "Two brothers" (many things come in pairs), and "the great leader will succumb" are so ambiguous as to be meaningless.

has been voted as the Best Team of the 90s in Europe by FIBA
. Ironically enough, the research paper included this poem as an illustrative example of how the validity of prophecies is often exaggerated. To conclude with we must say that Olympiacos B.C. As it turns out, the first four lines were indeed written before the attacks, but by a Canadian graduate student named Neil Marshall as part of a research paper in 1997. Its rich history, including a Euroleague title in 1997, will help guide Olympiacos as it tries to overcome a 2004-05 season that was full of roster changes and inconsistency. Meanwhile the following spoof text was already being circulated on the Internet, along with many more elaborate variants (one of them signed 'Nostradamus 1654' – when he would, of course, have been just 150 years old!):. Returning to the very elite of European basketball is the goal in 2005-06 for Olympiacos, a proud club coming off one of its most difficult seasons in recent years. Thus, given that Arethusa was the classical nymph of springs and rivers, with a well-known 'spring of Arethusa' still visible today in the Sicilian port of Syracuse, the case for a '9/11' interpretation was evidently unfounded.

No one should forget that within the last decade, the Reds knew exactly what it took to win it all. For 968, similarly, Leo Marsicanus had reported in the same annals that ‘Mount Vesuvius exploded into flames and sent out huge quantities of sticky, sulfurous matter that formed a river rushing down to the sea’. But if there is one truth about great, historic teams, they never stay down for long. 40-41) and his colleagues suggested that it applied particularly to the Annales Cassini's report of its lava eruption of 1036, at a time when the Lombards of Capua and the Byzantine dukes of Naples were constantly at war over the city prior to the decisive intervention of the Normans. The Reds couldn't reach the Euroleague Top 16 and, despite rallying to make the Greek League playoffs, bowed out in the quarterfinals series. Subsequent investigation by Lemesurier ([3], pp. In 2004-05, an ever-changing roster made life tough for Olympiacos. 170) had already revealed (bearing in mind that, in French, faire la guerre aux rochers, or 'to make war on the rocks', simply means 'to struggle fruitlessly') that the reference was probably to Naples and its nearby volcano.

A drought ended in 2001-02 with a Greek Cup victory, while Olympiacos also reached the Greek League finals and came within a victory of the Euroleague Final Four. Once again, however, rather more sober investigation by Brind'Amour ([2, p. Although there was a return to the Final Four in 1999, a few years went by before the Reds won another trophy. Here, once again, the cité neufve was claimed to be New York; au tour de had to refer to the Twin Towers (even though, in French, the word tour in the masculine – as it is here – has absolutely nothing to do with towers); the Deux grands rochiers had to be the Twin Towers themselves; and Arethusa was (naturally!) an anagram of 'the USA'. During that game Olympiacos never used a zone defence, although it was played according to European basketball ruling and was defeated naturally by the team of one of the greatest basketball players ever, Michael Jordan (Olympiacos - Chicago Bulls: 78 - 104). or, in a possible English translation:. Again Olympiacos is the only Greek team in history that played such a much. Perhaps in frustration, the searchers now turned to quatrain I.87, which in the original 1555 edition (Albi copy) ran:.

The same year they played against Chicago Bulls and it was a game between the European Champion and the NBA Champion. – which is indeed the latitude of Naples. At the Euroleague final, the most valuable player of the game was David Rivers (Olympiacos' playmaker). In this case, the first expression may simply be a version of. Olympiacos is the only Greek team to have achieved this and one of the very few in the history of European Basketball. 246-7; but compare Clébert) suggests that the verse is merely an undated projection into the future of the capture of Naples by the Normans in 1139 during a year marked by a notably violent eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius that is recorded in the contemporary Annales Cassini. all competitions in which they participated; Greek League, Greek Cup and Euroleague(by beating FC Barcelona 73-58 in Rome. Lemesurier ([3], pp.

Dusan Ivkovic came to the bench in 1997, when it was the most successful year in the history of Olympiacos Basketball Club as they won the Triple Crown, i.e. After the factual nature of these claims was widely denied, some suggested instead that the first line might refer to the actual angle at which one of the hijacked airliners hit the World Trade Center (which seemed unlikely, even if the rest had fitted). It is worth mentioning that in order to advance to the two finals Olympiacos played with archrivalsPanathinaikos and won both games. 'Five and forty degrees' was said to be the latitude of New York City (this being incorrect in itself), or was interpreted as '40.5 degrees' (even though the decimal point had not yet come into use in the Europe of Nostradamus' day); the 'New City' was claimed to be New York (even though Nostradamus refers in this way to various 'New Cities' whose names, unlike 'New York', literally mean 'New City', and especially Naples – from Greek Neapolis, 'new city'); and most of the attempts to fit in the 'Normans' seemed contrived at best. Head coach Ioannis Ioannidis led Olympiacos to four consecutive Greek League titles between 1993 and 1996, and to the Euroleague final in 1994 and 1995. 145-6 under Sources). The middle of that decade belonged to Olympiacos, not only in Greece, but all around the continent. The various ways in which the enthusiasts chose to interpret the text, however, were almost universally panned by experts on the subject (compare the relevant sections of the Snopes and Lemesurier websites listed under External Links below, and see Gruber p.419 and Lemesurier [2] pp.

It would also add seven Greek Cup titles to its trophy case, but it was in the 1990s that the Reds made their biggest mark. With instant evidently a version of the Latin instanter ('violently, vehemently'), a reasonable English translation would thus appear to be:. Olympiacos won the first of its nine Greek League titles in 1949. The nearest that they could come up with was quatrain VI.97, which in the original 1557 edition ran:. source: Hellenic Football Federation http://www.epo.gr. In response, Nostradamus enthusiasts started searching for a Nostradamus quatrain that could be said to have done so.
. Almost as soon as the event had happened, the relevant Internet sites were deluged with enquiries into whether Nostradamus had predicted the event.


. As mentioned above, this applied most recently to the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City. Their arch-rival Panathinaikos is 12 back after a 3-2 loss to Olympiacos at the home of the Greek leaders. Certainly, there is a persistent tendency to claim that 'Nostradamus predicted whatever has just happened'. Therefore Olympiacos appointed Trond Sollied.
As of January 2006, Olympiacos is first in the Greek league standings by 6 points. Because of this, it has been claimed that Nostradamus is "100% accurate at predicting events after they happen", while the seer has acquired even more disrepute than he possibly deserves. The end of the season found Olympiacos with both domestic trophies (Championship and the Greek Cup) but without their manager Dusan Bajevic, as he resigned. Not surprisingly, then, detractors see such 'edited' predictions as examples of vaticinium ex eventu, retroactive clairvoyance and selective thinking, which find non-existent patterns in ambiguous statements.

Last season (2004/05) Olympiacos appointed again Dusan Bajevic and transferred World Champion Rivaldo. This linguistic sleight of hand is particularly easy to carry out when the would-be commentator knows no French to start with, especially in its 16th-century form – to say nothing of French geography. In the 2003/04 season, Olympiacos finished second. Nostradamus does not in fact mention any of the above specifically, not even Hitler: the name Hister, as he himself explains in his Presage for 1554, is merely the classical name for the Lower Danube, while Pau, Nay, Loron – often claimed to be an anagram of 'Napaulon Roy'– evidently refers simply to three neighboring towns in south-western France close to the seer's one-time home territory. Since then Olympiacos won seven consecutive Championships, even after Bajevic left in 1999. The tradition goes right back to Nostradamus' own day, and naturally does the seer himself no favors. The same season Kokkalis transferred to the reds all the Greek young talents he could find, such as Predrag Djorgevic, Grigoris Georgatos, Stelios Giannakopoulos, Giorgos Anatolakis, Dimitris Mavrogenidis,Alexis Alexandris,Giorgos Amanatidis,Andreas Niniadis, etc - Most of whom are still members of Olympiacos today. Indeed, they regularly make similar claims regarding each new world crisis as it comes along, for the most part shamelessly twisting either the words or the events to fit (see specific examples below).

In 1996 Kokkalis appointed Dusan Bajevic which was already out of contract with AEK following a class with the management team regarding financial issues and uncertainty. Nostradamus enthusiasts have credited him with predicting numerous events in world history, including the French Revolution, the atom bomb, the rise of Adolf Hitler and the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Having agreed to a settlement of the club's debts with the Greek government, Kokkalis slowly resurrected the team. All of them are presented in the context of the supposedly imminent end of the world – a conviction that sparked numerous collections of end-time prophecies at the time, not least an unpublished collection by Christopher Columbus. The situation improved after Sokratis Kokkalis took over Olympiacos's shares in 1993. Some cover a single town, others several towns in several countries. On the pitch, the team without a serious management team went nine seasons without a league title (1986/87 to 1996/97. Some quatrains cover these in over-all terms; others concern a single person or small group of persons.

Soon Koskotas was accused of and convicted for embezzlement, leaving Olympiacos deep in debt. The disasters include plagues, earthquakes, wars, floods, invasions, murders, droughts, battles and many other related themes. In the mid 80s Olympiakos came into the hands of Greek Businessman George Koskotas. The bulk of the quatrains deal with disasters of various sorts. Olympiacos experienced its darkest days from the mid-1980s until the mid-90s. No fewer than five of the planets were in the same signs on both occasions. The highlight for that side was the 1973/74 season, when Olympiacos won the league with record points (59) and of goals (102). On the basis of Nostradamus's by-now well known technique of projecting past events into the future, Lemesurier [3] suggests that X.72 therefore refers back to the restoration to health of the captive Francis I of France (who was Duke of Angoulême) following a surprise visit to his cell by his host, the then Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in 1525.

He appointed Lakis Petropoulos as coach and signed star players Giorgos Delikaris, Yves Triantafyllos, Julio Losada, Milton Viera and Dimitris Persidis. The phrase d'effraieur (of terror) in fact occurs nowhere in the original printing, which merely uses the word deffraieur (defraying, hosting). Another glorious chapter began in 1972, after Nikos Goulandris became president. The well-known prophecy that "a great and terrifying leader would come out of the sky" in 1999 and 7 months "to resuscitate the great King from Angoumois" has been much over-stated. In the 60s and the 70s Olympiacos won just 5 Championships and 8 Cups, but even in the lean years, the club remained the team every other Greek side wanted to beat. This is similar to the Preterite interpretation of the Book of Revelation; John (the Divine) intended to write only about contemporary events, but over time his writings became seen as prophecies. It is worth mentioning that Olympiacos for several seasons was not allowed to make use of the Karaiskaki Stadium and with permition from Panathinaikos found a temporary home in “Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium”. Some scholars believe that Nostradamus wrote not to be a prophet, but to comment on events that were happening in his own time, writing in his elusive way – using highly metaphorical and cryptic language – in order to avoid persecution.

In fact, with key performers such as Andreas Mouratis, Elias Rossidis, Thanassis Bebis, Elias Yfantis, Kostas Polychroniou, Giorgos Darivas and Savas Theodoridis, Olympiacos won Six consecutive titles from 1953/34 to 1958/59. (For Dylan see Masters Of War , As I Went Out One Morning, Gates Of Eden, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), etc.). In 1940 Olympiacos had already 6 Championships in 11 seasons and by 1960 he had won 15 Championships in 23 Seasons as well as 9 Cups and 6 Doubles. A good demonstration of this flexible predicting is to take lyrics written by modern songwriters (e.g., Bob Dylan) and show that they are equally "prophetic". Olympiacos won the Greek Championship for the first time in that season, and has since become the most winning team in Greece. It has been stated, probably correctly, that no Nostradamus quatrain has ever been interpreted as predicting a specific event before it occurred beyond a very general level (e.g., a fire will occur, a war will start). From the season 1930/31 (which started in January of 1931) and on, the best teams from the country participated. Skeptics of Nostradamus state that his reputation as a prophet is largely manufactured by modern-day supporters who shoehorn his words into events that have either already occurred or are so imminent as to be inevitable, a process known as "retroactive clairvoyance".

The second Greek Championship took place in 1929/30 only with three teams (the local champions of: Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki). This may be due partly to popular unease about the future, partly to people's desire to see their lives in some kind of over-all cosmic perspective and so to give meaning to them – but above all, possibly, to their vagueness and lack of dating, which enables them to be wheeled out after every major dramatic event and retrospectively claimed as 'hits'. and during that season they played fiendly games with each other. Indeed, they have seldom, if ever, been out of print. Panathinaikos and AEK decided to follow Olympiacos and together they formed a group called P.O.K. Since his death, only the Prophecies have continued to be popular, but in this case they have been quite extraordinarily so. However in that season Olympiacos came to a dispute with the Hellenic Football Federation and did not participate. It is a purported translation of an ancient Greek work on Egyptian hieroglyphs based on later, Latin versions, all of them unfortunately ignorant of the true meanings of the ancient Egyptian script, which was not in fact deciphered until the advent of Champollion in the 19th century.

In 1926 the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) was founded and in 1927 tried to organize the first Greek Championship. A manuscript normally known as the Orus Apollo also exists in the Lyon municipal library, where upwards of 2000 original documents relating to Nostradamus are stored under the aegis of Michel Chomarat. Olympiacos immediately caught the attention of locals, with the team filling the Piraeus Velodrome (now the Karaiskakis stadium); their fanbase consisted mainly of the working class. The same book also describes the preparation of cosmetics. "The Legend" after the classic side of the 1930s which won a hatful of titles. One was an alleged "translation" of Galen, and in his so-called Traité des fardemens (basically a medical cookbook containing, once again, materials borrowed mainly from others) he included a description of the methods he used to treat the plague – none of which (not even the bloodletting) apparently worked. In 10 March, 1925 two older Piraeus clubs, "Piraeus Sports and Football Club" and "Football Fan Club of Piraeus," merged to form a new club, Olympiacos CFP; which would come to be known as "Olympiacos Fan Club of Piraeus" a.k.a. We know that he wrote at least two books on medical science.

The club was founded in 1925 in the city of Piraeus, where the team still plays today. Nostradamus was not only a diviner, but a professional healer, too. . See also here.
. Often he published two or even three in a single year, entitled either Almanachs (detailed predictions), Prognostications or Presages (more generalized predictions). In football, Olympiacos hasn't lost in a Home League game against Panathinaikos since 1995 (02.12.95 with 1-2), that is nearly 11 years unbeaten. The Almanacs - By far the most popular of his works, these were published annually from 1550 until his death.

28 in the World where Panathinaikos is No.97 and AEK is No.120. Given printing practices at the time, no two editions turned out to be identical, and it is relatively rare to find even two copies that are exactly the same. Currently, according to the International Federation of Football and Statistics Olympiacos is No. The third edition, with three hundred new quatrains, was reportedly printed in 1558, but nowadays only survives as part of the omnibus edition that was published after his death in 1568. Running up second on trophies won count is Panathinaikos FC and the third is AEK FC. The second, with 289 further prophetic verses, was printed in 1557. With an outstanding 33 national championships in football in 69 seasons, while all the other major Greek clubs (AEK, Panathinaikos, PAOK) having 32 championships combined, no Greek team has been as successful as Olympiacos in this area. The first edition was published in 1555.

Fans point out as remarkable the fact that Olympiacos is the only Greek sports club to have done the Treple in two different sports. The Prophecies - In this book he collected his major, long-term divinations. Olympiacos has won European and International titles in Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Waterpolo and Athletics. In his dedication to King Henri II Nostradamus describes "emptying my soul, mind and heart of all care, worry and unease through mental calm and tranquility", but his frequent references to the "bronze tripod" of the Delphic rite are usually preceded by the words "as though". With over 400 officially recognized titles, Olympiacos CFP is one of the biggest multisport clubs in Europe. The popular legend that he attempted the ancient methods of flame gazing, water gazing or both simultaneously is based on an uninformed reading of his first two verses (see above), which merely liken his own efforts to those of the Delphic and Branchidic oracles. 7 Championships. His sole description of this process is contained in letter 41 of his collected Latin correspondence, as republished by Jean Dupèbe and translated by Lemesurier [2].

11 Championships. ritually 'sleeping on it'). 16 Championships. Given that his methodology, clearly, was mainly literary, it is doubtful whether Nostradamus used any particular methods for entering a trance state, other than contemplation, meditation and incubation (i.e. 1 Championship [1971]. The fact that they reportedly burned with an unnaturally brilliant flame suggests, however, that some of them were manuscripts on vellum, which was routinely treated with saltpeter. 25 Championships
. While it is true that Nostradamus claimed in 1555 to have burned all the occult works in his library, no one can say exactly what books were destroyed in this fire.

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. Latin versions of both had recently been published in Lyon, and extracts from both are paraphrased (in the second case almost literally) in his first two verses. 34 Greek championships (Men)
. Further material (see Brind'Amour, Gruber, Lemesurier [2] and [3]) was gleaned from the De honesta disciplina of 1504 by Petrus Crinitus, which included extracts from Michael Psellus's De daemonibus and the De Mysteriis Aegyptiorum..." (Concerning the mysteries of Egypt...), a book on Chaldean and Assyrian magic by Iamblichus, a 4th-century neo-Platonist. 47 Greek championships - 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. Any criticism of Nostradamus for claiming to be a prophet, in other words, would have been for doing what he never claimed to be doing in the first place. 1 European Super Cup 2002. Michel Nostradamus' – which, except in a few cases, they weren't, other than in the manner of their editing, expression and re-application to the future).

1 European Champions League 2002. Michel Nostradamus' – which is precisely what they were – as 'The Prophecies of M. 1 Treple 2002. (which, in French, as easily means 'The Prophecies, by M. 6 Doubles 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. This last is presumably why he entitled his book. 8 Cups 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. In translation:.

19 Championships 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1969, 1971, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. Nostradamus, it should be remembered, denied in writing on several occasions that he was a prophet on his own account. 2 European Cups: 1996, 2005. Only in the 17th century did people start to be surprised by the fact that much of his output was evidently based on earlier and often classical originals – which was no doubt why, according to the early commentator Théophile de Garencières, his Prophecies started to be used as a classroom-reader at that time. 10 Doubles: 1981, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001. Copying from the classics in particular, often without acknowledgement, and preferably from memory, was all the rage. 12 Cups: 1981, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001. The whole Renaissance was based on the idea.

22 Championships: 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003. Meanwhile, if Nostradamus' many competitors – and he had many – never accused him of copying from it, it was because copying and/or paraphrasing, far from being regarded (as it is today) as mere plagiarism, was regarded at the time as what all good, educated people should do anyway. Sofoklis SCHORTSANITIS. See selected Engilsh translations from it here. 15. The Mirabilis liber, (some of the predictions of which had already lapsed by the time Nostradamus started writing) was not translated into French until 1831 – and this mainly for scholarly and antiquarian reasons at a time when knowledge of Latin was beginning to die out. Lazaros AGADAKOS. Nostradamus was, in effect, one of the first to present its prophecies (and others) openly in the French vernacular – as was also happening to the Bible at the time – which is no doubt why he has retained all the credit for them.

14. The obvious question – why the Mirabilis liber did not sustain its influence in the way that Nostadamus’ writings did – is explained mainly by the fact that the book (like the Bible) was mostly in Latin and in Gothic script and, to make matters even more complicated for the general reader, contained many abstruse scholastic abbreviations. Eurelijus ZUKAUSKAS. The book had enjoyed considerable success in the 1520s, when it went through half-a-dozen editions (see Links below for facsimiles and translations). 11. His major prophetic source was evidently the Mirabilis liber of 1522 (Brind'Amour, Lemesurier [2] and [3]), which contained a range of prophecies by Pseudo-Methodius, the Tiburtine Sibyl, Joachim of Fiore, Savonarola and others (his Preface contains no fewer than 24 biblical quotations, all but two of them in exactly the same order as Savonarola). Andrija ZIZIC. (Refer to the seminal analysis of these charts by Brind'Amour, 1993, under Sources, and compare Gruber's comprehensive critique of Nostradamus’ horoscope for Crown Prince Rudolph Maximilian).

20. Even the planetary tables, already published by professional astrologers, on which he based the birth-charts that he was unable to avoid preparing himself are easily identifiable by their detailed figures, even where (as is usually the case) he gets some of them wrong. Martin RANCIK. Many of his broader astrological references, by contrast, are taken almost word-for-word from the Livre de l'estat et mutations des temps of 1549/50 by Richard Roussat. 07. His historical sources include easily identifiable passages from Livy, Suetonius, Plutarch and a range of other classical historians, as well as from the chronicles of medieval authors such as Villehardouin and Froissart. George PRINTEZIS. Astrology itself is mentioned only twice in Nostradamus' Preface, and 41 times in the Centuries themselves, though rather more in his famously baffling dedicatory Letter to King Henri II.

16. It is thanks to this that his work contains so many predictions involving ancient figures such as Sulla, Marius, Nero, Hannibal and so on, as well as descriptions of "battles in the clouds" and "frogs falling from the sky". Panayiotis VASILOPOULOS. Recent research (Brind'Amour [1], Prévost, Gruber, Lemesurier [2] and [3]) has suggested that most of his prophetic work was in fact based on paraphrasing collections of ancient end-of-the-world prophecies (mainly Bible-based – the end of the world was expected at the time to occur in either 1800 or 1887, or possibly in 2242, depending on the system adopted) and supplementing their insights by projecting known historical events and identifiable anthologies of omen-reports into the future with the aid of comparative horoscopy. 13. Nostradamus claimed to base his predictions on judicial astrology – the assessment of the 'astrological quality' of expected future events – but was heavily criticized by professional astrologers of the day such as Laurens Videl for his incompetence and for assuming that 'comparative horoscopy' (comparison of future planetary configurations with the astrology of known past events) could predict the actual events themselves. Nikos BARLOS. He was buried in the local Franciscan chapel (part of it now incorporated into the restaurant La Brocherie'), but re-interred in the Collégiale St-Laurent at the French Revolution, where his tomb remains to this day.

12. On the evening of July 1 he is alleged to have told his secretary Jean de Chavigny, "You will not find me alive by sunrise." The next morning he was reportedly found dead, lying on the floor between his bed and a makeshift bench. Quincy LEWIS. This was followed by a much shorter codicil. 08. In late June he summoned his lawyer to draw up an extensive will bequeathing his property plus 3444 crowns (around $300,000 today) – minus a few debts – to his wife pending her remarriage, in trust for her sons pending their twenty-fifth birthdays and her daughters pending their marriages. Dimitris KALAITZIDIS. By 1566 Nostradamus' gout, which had plagued him painfully for many years and made movement very difficult, turned into dropsy.

31. His brief imprisonment at Marignane in late 1561 came about purely because he had published his 1562 almanac without the prior permission of a bishop, contrary to a recent royal decree. Renaldas SEIBUTIS. In fact, his relations with the Church as a prophet and healer were always excellent. 10. Some biographical accounts of Nostradamus' life state that he was afraid of being persecuted for heresy by the Inquisition, but neither prophecy nor astrology fell under this bracket, and he would have been in danger only if he had practiced magic to support them. Nikos CHATZIS. At the time, he feared that he would be beheaded, but by the time of his death in 1566, Catherine had made him Counselor and Physician-in-Ordinary to the King.

09. After reading his almanacs for 1555, which hinted at unnamed threats to the royal family, she summoned him to Paris to explain them, and to draw up horoscopes for her children. Christos CHARISIS. Catherine de Médicis, the queen consort of King Henri II of France, was one of Nostradamus' greatest admirers. 32. Some people thought Nostradamus was a servant of evil, a fake, or insane, while many of the elite thought his quatrains were spiritually inspired prophecies. Nikos ARGYROPOULOS. The quatrains, published in a book titled Les Propheties ('The Prophecies'), received a mixed reaction when they were published.

06. For technical reasons connected with their publication in three installments, the last fifty-eight quatrains of the seventh 'Century', or book of 100 verses, have not survived into any extant edition. Manolis PAPAMAKARIOS. Feeling vulnerable to religious fanatics, however, he devised a method of obscuring his meaning by using "Virgilianized" syntax, word games and a mixture of languages such as Provençal, Greek, Latin and Italian. 05. He then began his project of writing a book of one thousand quatrains, which constitute the largely undated prophecies for which he is most famous today. Tyus EDNEY. It was mainly in reaction to the almanacs that nobility and other prominent persons from far and wide soon started asking for horoscopes and advice from him, though he generally expected them to supply the birth-charts on which the horoscopes would be based.

04. Taken together, they are known to have contained at least 6,338 prophecies (most of them, in the event, failed predictions – see Chevignard and Lemesurier [2] under Sources), as well as at least eleven annual calendars, all of them starting on January 1 (and not, as is sometimes supposed, in March). 4 Doubles 1976, 1978, 1994, 1997. He was so encouraged by its success that he decided to write one or more annually. 1 Treple 1997. Following popular trends, he wrote an almanac for 1550, for the first time Latinizing his name to 'Nostradamus'. 1 Euroleague 1997. After a further visit to Italy, Nostredame began to move away from medicine and towards the occult.

7 Cups 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1994, 1997, 2002. Parts of the network remain today: thanks to much larger supplementary canals, there is even a hydroelectric station in Salon itself. 9 Championships 1949, 1960, 1976, 1978, 1993, 1994, 995, 1996, 1997. Between 1556 and 1567, Nostredame and his wife would in due course acquire a one-thirteenth share in a huge canal project organized by Adam de Craponne to irrigate largely waterless Salon and the nearby Désert de la Crau from the river Durance. 1 Balkan Cup 1963. Finally, in 1547, he settled down in Salon-de-Provence in the house which is still there today, and where he married a rich widow named Anne Ponsarde (nicknamed Gemelle, or 'Twinny') and eventually had six children – three daughters (Madeleine, Anne and Diane) and three sons (César, Charles and André). 3 Super Cups 1980*, 1987, 1992. On his return in 1545, he assisted the prominent physician Louis Serre in his fight against a major plague-outbreak in Marseille, and then tackled further outbreaks of disease on his own in Salon-de-Provence and in the regional capital, Aix-en-Provence.

11 Doubles 1947, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1999, 2005. After their death he continued to travel, passing through France and possibly Italy. 21 Cups 1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2005. In 1534, however, his wife and children died, presumably from the plague. 33 Championships 1931, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005. There Nostredame married a woman whose name is still in dispute (possibly Henriette d'Encausse), but who bore him two children. Y: Ilias Yfantis. In 1531 he was invited by Jules-César Scaliger, a leading Renaissance scholar, to come to Agen.

T: Savvas Theodoridis, Yves Triantafyllos, Giotis Tsalouchidis, Nikos Tsiantakis. After his expulsion, Nostredame continued working, presumably as an apothecary (though some of his publishers and correspondents would later call him 'Doctor'), and became famous for creating a "rose pill" that was widely believed (not least by himself) to protect against the plague. S: George Sideris. 25 of Lemesurier [2] under Sources) still exists in the faculty library. R: Ilias Rossidis (played in the mid-20th century). The hand-written expulsion document (BIU Montpellier, Register S 2 folio 87 – see facsimile on p. P: Oleg Protasov. He was promptly expelled again shortly afterwards, though, when it was discovered that he had been an apothecary, which was a 'manual' trade expressly banned by the university statutes.

M: Tasos Mitropoulos, Andreas Mouratis. In 1529, after some years as an apothecary, he entered the University of Montpellier to study for a doctorate in medicine. L: Houlio Losanta. After little more than a year (when he would have studied the regular Trivium of grammar, rhetoric and logic, rather than the later Quadrivium of geometry, arithmetic, music and astronomy/astrology) he was forced to leave Avignon when the university closed its doors in the face of an outbreak of the plague. K: Christos Kaltsas, Vassilis Karapialis, Kyriakos Karataidis, Christian Karembeu. It is known, however, that at the age of fifteen Nostredame entered the University of Avignon to study for his baccalaureate. G: Stelios Giannakopoulos, Nikos Gioutsos, Giovanni Silva de Oliveira, Sinica Gogic, Achilleas Grammatikopoulos (played in the 1940s). Little is known about Nostredame's childhood, although there is a persistent tradition that he was educated by his maternal great-grandfather Jean de St-Rémy – which is vitiated by the equally persistent tradition that the latter died when the child was only one year old.

D: Georgios Delikaris, Lajos Détári. His known siblings included Delphine, Jehan (c.1507-77), Pierre, Hector, Louis (b.1522), Bertrand, Jean and Antoine (b.1523). B: Thanasis Bebis, Vassilis Botinos. His adult religious leanings suggest, however, that his upbringing was devoutly Catholic. A: Nikos Anastopoulos, Andrianopoulos Brothers(5), Romain Argyroudis (played in the 1970s). While practice of the ancestral religion was apparently continued in secret, nobody knows whether this applied to Nostredame's family, or whether it still applied to him two generations later. Trond Sollied. The names of Nostredame's known forebears seem to reflect this.

Alexandre Joaquim D'Akol (on Loan to Kerkira FC). In this, he was merely following the example of thousands of others, thanks to increasing official French persecution of Jews, many of whom were the descendants of former refugees from Spain, where they were known as the Marranos. ??. The latter's family had originally been Jewish, but Jaume's father, Guy Gassonet, had converted to Catholicism circa 1455, taking the Christian name 'Pierre' and the surname 'Nostredame' (the latter apparently from the saint's-day on which his conversion was solemnized). Haruna Babangida. Born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (see map) in the south of France in December 1503 (his claimed birthplace still exists), Michel de Nostredame was one of at least eight children of Reynière de St-Rémy and grain dealer Jaume de Nostredame, who was also a prosperous home-grown notary. 40. .

Michalis Konstantinou. Interest in the work of this prominent figure of the French Renaissance is still considerable, especially in the media and in popular culture. 23. He is best known for his book Les Propheties, which consists of one unrhymed and 941 rhymed quatrains, grouped into nine sets of 100 and one of 42, called 'Centuries'. Dani (Daniel Garcia Lara). Nostradamus, (December 14, 1503 – July 2, 1566) born Michel de Nostredame, is one of the world's most famous authors of prophecies. 20. Nostradamus at The Internet Movie Database (1994) Depicts Nostradamus's rise in influence, because of success in treating plague and his predictions, culminating in his appointment as court physician to Charles IX of France.

Ioannis Okkas. Nostradamus at The Internet Movie Database (2000). 09. Nostradamus: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow at The Internet Movie Database (1981). Marco Ne (from 01.07.06). ??.

Kostas Mendrinos (on Loan to Ionikos FC). ??. Charilaos Pappas (on Loan to Apollon Kalamarias FC). ??.

Nick Salapatas. ??. Anastasios Kyriakos. 77.

Giannoulis Fakinos. 36. Zhora Hovhannisyan. 27.

Erol Bulut. 22. Grigorios Georgatos. 21.

Ioannis Taralidis. 17. Yaya Touré. 15.

Predrag Djorjevic. 11. Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira. 10.

Miloš Marić. 08. Nery Alberto Castillo. 07.

Ieroklis Stoltidis. 06. Pantelis Kafes. 01.

Michal Zewlakow (from 01.07.06). ??. Christos Lisgaras (on Loan to Panachaiki FC). ??.

Giorgos Anatolakis. 32. Anastasios Pantos. 30.

Spyros Vallas. 25. Thanasis Kostoulas. 19.

Dimitrios Mavrogenidis. 14. Gabriel Francisco Peralta Schürrer. 12.

Michalis Kapsis. 05. Stelios Ventetidis. 03.

Christos Patsatzoglou. 02. Panagopoulos. ??.

Giannis Siderakis. 87. Antonios Nikopolidis. 71.

Kleopas Giannou. 34. Erwin Lemmens. 33.

Theodoros Ntougeroglou. 29.

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