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Olympiacos BC (Greek: ??? ??????????), also known simply as Olympiacos and Olympiacos Piraeus, is a Greek professional basketball club, part of Olympiacos CFP, based in Piraeus, Athens. The basketball club, founded in 1931, is one of the most successful in Greece and a modern powerhouse in European competitions. They have won nine Greek League titles, eight Greek Cups, one Euroleague championship, and one Triple Crown. They play their home matches at Peace and Friendship Stadium.
The first major achievement of Olympiacos in European competitions was their presence in the European Champions Cup semifinal group stage in 1979, but it was in the 1990s that Olympiacos made their biggest mark. They reached the Euroleague final in two consecutive seasons, being the first Greek club that ever played in a Euroleague final, and played in two more final fours, winning the Euroleague title in 1997 and achieving the first Triple Crown for a Greek team. As European champions, they played in the 1997 McDonald's Championship and reached the final of the tournament, where they played against Michael Jordan's NBA champions, the Chicago Bulls.
Under the ownership of the billionaire Greek brothers Panagiotis Angelopoulos and Giorgos Angelopoulos, Olympiacos made a record-transfer in 2008, by signing NBA player Josh Childress, whose $20 million net income contract for three years made him the highest-paid basketball player in the world outside the NBA. The club then subsequently played in their fifth Euroleague final four after ten years of absence.
The 2005 - 2006 season saw the return of the Red giants, which overcame the previous down years with a nice combination of young talent and experienced veterans which paid off for the club. Players added to the club like Renaldas Seibutis, Quincy Lewis, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Georgios Printezis and, above all, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, were viewed by some to be a possible solid core of players for the team for many years to come. That season seemed to be very promising for the Red giants. However, the promising Reds suffered a 51-81 home defeat to Panathinaikos in their opening match of the Greek Cup. Olympiacos survived a difficult Euroleague regular season and shined in the Top 16, advancing to the Quarterfinal Playoffs. The Reds were just a win away from making it to the Final Four for the first time since 1999. Maccabi Tel Aviv won the best-of-three playoff series 2-1, but game 3 went down to the wire. Experience proved to be a decisive factor in the final 2 minutes of the game, when the hosts managed to seal a 77-73 win and advanced to the Final Four in Prague. Tyus Edney earned Euroleague February MVP honors, as well as ranking third in assists at the end of the regular season and second in the Top 16. Olympiacos also shined in its domestic competition, as the Reds made it to the Greek League finals for the first time in five years by surviving a thrilling five-game series against Maroussi. Panathinaikos ended up sweeping the best-of-five final playoff series, but it was clear that the Reds were back where they used to be, becoming a team able to challenge for every title.
In the 2006 - 2007 season, with the signings of head coach Pinhas Gershon and Arvydas Macijauskas, the Reds were one of the favorites to claim the Euroleague crown, but they didn't manage to qualify to the Athens Final Four. They were eliminated from the Greek Cup as well. In the Greek League playoffs, they made it to the finals after winning 3-2 a best of five semifinal against Aris. Although Olympiacos had to overcome their home court disadvantage, they won the last match in Thessaloniki and made it to the best of five finals, having again a home court disadvantage, this time against the European champions Panathinaikos. The club had to beat their arch-rivals in order to win their first Greek Championship since 1997. But they finished second in one of the best final series ever played in the Greek League. At the inaugural game in Panathinaikos' home, the Reds lost 72-79, but they won the second game in Peace and Friendship Stadium 76-72. In the third match, Panathinaikos took a thrilling 86-85 home win in overtime, while in Piraeus, Olympiacos won easily 78-68. In the last game, at Panathinaikos' home, the Reds lost 76-89.
In the 2007-08 season, Olympiacos was once again considered amongst the favorites to reach the Final Four of the Euroleague. It was also considered one of the two favorites, along with Panathinaikos, in the Greek League. In the Greek League regular season the team had a record of 22 wins and 4 defeats, and had the second most prolific offensive team in the league. In the quarter-finals of the playoffs, Olympiacos swept AEK Athens in a best-of-three series and in the semi-finals they beat Maroussi in a best-of-five series, 3-2. In the Finals of the Greek League, the Reds lost to their eternal enemies Panathinaikos. In the Euroleague, the team qualified for the third phase of the competition (quarter-finals), where it was eliminated by CSKA Moscow. Additionally, Olympiacos qualified to the Greek Cup Final, where they lost to their arch-rivals Panathinaikos in a very impressive game, which was dramatic up to the last second.
 Return to the Final 4
The 2008-09 season began with high expectations due to a big budget and a great roster. The club's season was only moderately successful however, as they reached the finals of both the Greek Cup and the Greek Championship, but lost in both cases to their arch-rivals Panathinaikos. In the Greek Championship regular season, the team set a record with 25 wins against only 1 defeat, but in the finals of the Greek League playoffs, they lost the series 3-1 to Panathinaikos, despite having the home court advantage. In the Euroleague they reached the Final Four for the first time in 10 years. They were once again eliminated by Panathinaikos, by a score of 82-84, in one of the most exciting semifinals ever.