Panathinaikos vs. Olympicaos, Part 1 2011

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Panathinaikos vs. Olympicaos, Part 1 2011
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Are you red or are you green?  It's that simple in Greek Soccer.  While there are other teams in the league, none have as many fans of either these two clubs.  It's time for first of two games between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos.

The Greens, or PAO, enter the game in first place through seven rounds of action in the Greek Super League.  PAO's season has been a mixed one on and off the field.  Greece's bleak financial situation didn't escape PAO as they were forced to sell several players in the transfer window. 

Bowing out of the Champions League dealt another blow, but it got worse when they were bounced out of the Europa League.  Losing the potential cash from the European games, PAO bounced back domestically. 

News surrounding the club of a potential new owner keeps PAO in the news off the field. With Saudi Prince Sultan al-Saud said to be purchasing 55 percent of the team by the end of November, things are about to change in Greek Soccer.

The Reds, or Olympiacos, are the defending champions who are off to a good start.  Unfazed by the financial issues of other Greek teams, the champs were aggressive in the summer transfer window acquiring several players. 

Looking to add yet another trophy to their impressive history, Olympiacos will host the first of two between their bitter rivals. 

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