Location: One of Attica’s jewels, Piraeus is a port city attached to Athens’s urban sprawl.
Pedigree: Domestic giants and Greece’s most successful side. A record 40 league titles and 26 Greek cups haven’t translated into continental success.
Last Season: Finished third behind Arsenal and Schalke in Champions League Group B and were welcomed to the Europa League via a pasting by Levante.
The Perception: Big club, passionate fans, heated atmosphere, but don’t travel well.
Coach: A fine goalscoring midfielder and Spanish international in his day, Michel build his career at Real Madrid, where he won La Liga on six occasions. Managed various Spanish outfits, including Sevilla, before making the move to Greece.
Star Men: Foreign players like Javier Saviola, Paulo Machado, Joel Campbell and Vladimir Weiss may engage the casual observer, but Australian-born defender Avraam Papadopoulos is a sterling captain and a handy defender.
Ed Dove’s Prediction: Group stage