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Olympiacos – ASE Doukas 28-27: The Reds and Whites won the trophy in extra time after a thrilling final



Olympiacos beat Doukas 28-27 in extra time to win the Men’s Handball Cup, with Papadopoulos deciding the game in the last minute of play.

Olympiacos/Xyni Group with the cup title in men’s handball. The Reds and Whites beat Duke 28-27 in a final decided in overtime.

The school team sent the final into overtime with a penalty, but here the Grammaticos players’ experience spoke and they emerged victorious.

The match: The picture of the game was what we expected from the first minute. Doukas are a struggling team and by ignoring the danger they put pressure on Olympiakos. Both teams went hand in hand until the score was 5:5.

At this point, Olympiacos managed to get away with three goals (9-6) and maintained that lead until 12-9. Goals from Charitonidis and Tziras reduced Doukas to one goal (12:11), Papavasilis increased to 13:11 before Tziras scored another goal in the first half to make it 13:12.

At the beginning of the second half, Doukas equalized with a goal from Tsakouridis (14:14). In the second quarter both teams played goal for goal.

Olympiacos took the lead for the last time with two 18-16 goals midway through the second half, but Doukas reacted quickly and even took the lead six minutes from time through a goal from Tziras.

The fight lasted until the final, with Papadopoulos scoring 22-21 with 40 seconds remaining in the final. In the very next phase, Geroulanos played a bad pass, but Bayos got into step immediately afterwards.

The Duke players took the last shot from the center and immediately protested to the umpires for a foul on bayou. After viewing the video, the referees decided that the Olympiakos player would not allow the game to continue and therefore awarded a penalty in injury time.

Stefanitsis took over the execution and sent the ball into the net to make it 22:22 and sent the game into overtime.

In the night quarter, Olympiacos took the lead from the start and lifted the cup despite George Chalkidis’ young side struggling to the last second.

Olympiacos / Xyni Club – ASE Doukas Par. 28-27 (22-22h)

The five minutes: 1-2, 4-3, 6-5, 9-7, 11-8, 13-12 (d), 15-14, 16-15, 18-16, 18-18, 20-21, 22-22 (pp.), 25-23, 28-27

Olympiakos (Nikos Grammatikos): Kotanidis, Niokas 1, Karabourniotis 1, Papavasilis 4, Kandylas 1, Bayios 2, Papadopoulos 7, Dombris 4, Bourze, Passias 2, Montoro 3, Slavoulitsa 1, Ostroutsko 1, Grandan, Michaelidis, Bauer.

ASE Doukas (Giorgos Chalkidis): Borodai, Markatatos, Tziras 5, Payatis 1, Tsakouridis 1, Panagiotou 3, Geroulanos 1, Dunis, Yantsa 6, Charitonidis 4, Kovanis, Gatsevich 1, Panou 1, Diakoulias 1, Stefanitsis 2.

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Avgenakis: “The path wasn’t easy, but together we took our sport to a higher level”




Outgoing Deputy Minister of Sport Lefteris Avgenakis returned the compliments to the 19 federations and the Hellenic Paralympic Committee, who sent a joint statement of thanks to him.

A letter of thanks to Lefteris Avgenakis was given by 19 Olympic sports federations and the Olympic Paralympic Committee at midday on Wednesday (31 May). the outgoing deputy sports minister to return the kind words with his own social media post a day later.

The warm words in the joint announcement by the Olympic Federations and the Hellenic Paralympic Committee fill me with emotion and gratitude for our productive cooperation over four years and recognition of the results of our reform policies.

The way was not easy. But through hard daily work we have tried and achieved our common goal: constantly growing the sport family, making Greek sport more extroverted, brighter and open to society and the new generation on the international stage.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your kind words! Together we did it, together we took our sport to a higher level!

I wish that we continue to fight together for a better sport that is worthy of our country’s history. Let’s fight our battles together and I count you by my side – count me by your side always – in what is to come in the future.

Together we will also win the crucial national battle ahead, so that on June 25th we can present an independent, strong government with Kyriakos Mitsotakis as Prime Minister. So that our Greece and its sport continue to walk the path of stability and development!”, Mr Avgenakis pointed this out.

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Alexis Albanos on Sportish: “At AEK it is clear that you play for the jersey first”




The coach of the AEK handball team, Alexis Albanos, spoke to Sportish about his team’s title win and the hurdles they had to overcome.

The AEK handball team achieved a total of 10 titles in its history, winning its fifth championship Alexis Albanos He’s the man who took her by the hand and led her across the crossing when the red “stop” flashed.

After leaving the role of his first men’s head coach, he revamped Union, brought it back into the headlines and then quietly reflected on the new page of his career. “It was a good start.”

Talk to Sportish for the title AEK won, for the changes he made to the team, for the power of his inaccessible HQ, and for the mutual respect that strengthens teams.

“Before the final, I reminded my players that no opponent passed our pitch. No opponent bothered us or made it so difficult for us to achieve the desired result on our pitch.”

AEK players and the team celebrate the championship

It is a ground that is very difficult for the opponent to play on. I also asked them to express their personality and enjoy the game.

I saw that happen. Of course, in a game with a very high tempo and high pressure, mistakes are made. It’s difficult to reach your best level in a game like this, even against a worthy opponent like Olympiacos.

My partners and the management that the team entrusted to me during this difficult time after losing two titles also have a part in this success.

It’s a burden considering the team has lost two titles, we’ve made a complete makeover with 12 new players and I’m a new manager.

I had to take on that burden and prove to myself – knowing who I am – and to others that I deserve to be here.”

The coach emphasized the special weight of the headquarters and fans of AEK.

“The crowd and the fact that the last game was played at home helped us a lot. Others might find that stressful.”

Alexis Albanos is emotional after winning the championship with AEK

These two teams have a lot of people and it’s an extra pressure to play in such places, it’s very difficult. The seat has an effect and to have that advantage in the final we drove via Calvary.

The championship was very strong. The reason we had home advantage is because we were consistent throughout the league.

In my opinion, that showed that we were the better team. If we analyze the year we will see that there are very competitive places and teams – like Olympiacos – have had a difficult time.

Apart from a few small exceptions, we had no problems at home or away. The league is very competitive. The teams have invested and a lot of great kids are coming into the sport.”

The pressure was great, the criticism too and the doubts even greater, but in the end we made it

Alexis Albanos, who successfully transitioned from the position of AEK Academies coach after defeating Olympiakos in the 5th final, felt he had won a personal bet.

“I’ve been very happy about it! Because it was like a bet for me this year that I’ll find myself in the position of first coach of the men’s team.”

After last season’s failure with the loss of both titles for the team – and the cup even to the underdog (Pylaia) – within 10 months we managed to put together a new team with 12 transfers and win the championship.

The pressure was great, the criticism too and the doubts even greater, but in the end we made it.

The coach’s first support is his players. Even though the team had new players, we said from the start that we will function as a family and that everyone will support each other and find solutions to the mistakes we will all make. We all make mistakes, but in the end, mutual respect wins.

That was the key to success. It is important to enjoy the respect of your players and respect them too. That way, they know your decisions are only for the good of the team.

The AEK players' celebrations of winning the championship

AEK operates as a complete family. We also celebrated the soccer championship in Philadelphia. The players also support the other sports of the club and the same do the other divisions towards handball.

One department supports the other and it shows in the world of AEK. Although most of them are football fans, they follow AEK teams everywhere.

This fact, combined with the help of PAE to the extent she is responsible for, so that the amateur departments have the appropriate budget and, of course, with the support of Mr. Papastamati, bring the department health necessary to achieve their goals.”

At AEK it is clear that you play for the shirt first

Alexis Albanos treats the Union with professionalism but also romance and he explained why.

“In teams like this, the weight of the jersey matters. At AEK it is clear that you play for the shirt first and then for yourself, your ego and your level.”

Everyone knows where he is, there’s a load on his back, which is nice at the same time, especially when he’s running to packed stadiums.

Great athletes have gone through AEK, who have come very close to the team, like Bakaoukas, Papadopoulos, Kafatos, Tsaousis, the coach Yiannis Arvanitis… I don’t want to forget anyone.

Everyone who built up the handball department during the difficult years. All have helped AEK reach this peak. Great athletes who loved AEK so much – during difficult years – and formed a strong bond with him.

Having gone through difficult times with the team myself, I am proud that it has reached this peak.

Source: sport 24

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AEK: The Union’s 5th title in Handball Premier




AEK defeated Olympiakos in the fifth final of Handball Premier and won the fifth title in its history in handball.

AEK is again Greek champion in handball. The Union prevailed in the fifth final of the red and white with 27:22 and won the title.

This is AEK’s fifth championship and third in the last four years.

The 12 champion teams

  • 10 titles: Ionian NF (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1999)
  • 9 titles: Philippos Verias (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2016)
  • 5 titles: Panhellenic (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007)
  • 5 titles: AEK (2011, 2013, 2020, 2021, 2023)
  • 3 titles: Doukas (1998, 2001, 2008), PAOK (2009, 2010, 2015), Olympiacos SFP/Omilos Xyni (2018, 2019, 2022)
  • 2 titles: Diomedes Argos (2012, 2014)
  • 1 titles: Vrilissia (1996), GE Verias (1997), Athenaikos (2005), IEK XYNI NI. (2017)

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