Basketball in Athens
Apologies for my ignorance regarding: the above (I have only experience of greek basketball via Eurosport and its reputation as one of the best leagues in the world). I am thinking of visiting Athens in the first weekend of February, and would definitely like to take in a game if any of the city's teams are playing during my visit. I am having some trouble finding access to information regarding fixtures and or tickets in English (which is perfectly reasonable given the location and language of the clubs involved).
Has anyone else previously been to a game in Athens/does anyone have any advice re teams based in Athens, places to book tickets, find fixtures etc? Anything else I should know? I presume it is like football elsewhere in Europe in terms of atmosphere and that you will be ok as a foreigner as long as you are polite and try not to stand out.
Any advice would be very much appreciated.
The Greek League used to be one of the best in the world, but not anymore.
It just has two of the best 4-5 teams in Europe. Last year Marousi and Panelinios were very good, but not this year.
Within the next 2-3 years the best teams of the Greek league will participate in a ''Mediterranean League'' or something similar... as it seems it is going to happen soon.
The main problem of the Greek league is that the two Athens giants (Olympiakos & Panathinaikos) are winning most of their games with an average of +20 points... leniently. Some games are like practice for them, which was not the case even 5 years before.
There is no real competition for them and especially this year the only question is who is going to finish first & get the home advantage before the play-off finals.
Most of the rest 12 teams are in serious trouble, both in terms of competitive rosters and financial security (even to pay salaries).
If you visit Athens to attend a basketball game you will definately find tickets at the sport's hall entrance, unless it is a derby or a very important game.
According to the program (there is a strike now, so nobody knows) the first week of February there are 5 games in Athens:
AEK - PAOK
Panionios - Panellinios
Marousi - Kavala
Panathinaikos - Kolossos
Ikaros - Olympiakos
I would suggest one of the first 2 games. AEK - PAOK is a derby, even if AEK is not very strong. Also Panionios vs Panellinios seems an interesting clash, both teams are competitive every year and with decent rosters.
The only thing you should avoid is supporting passionately the visitors
and watch the game a bit further from the home team ultras, you will not see many things from there.
Not a problem really... normally basketball games in Greece attract families & kids, no crazy stuff there.
Hope it helped...
Hi!! I think it will be a great experience for you to watch a basketball game in Athens! I advise you to attend a Euroleague game of Panathinaikos or Olympiakos. I'm a great fan of Panathinaikos and I have been to many games in OAKA (name of the court, located to Maroussi, Athens). The atmosphere is amazing, especially when Panathinaikos plays against european teams. The stadium gets totally filled (around 18.000 seats-it's the biggest in Europe) and the fans never stop singing! I believe you will definately find tickets ouside the stadium before a game, as long as you arrive around 45 minutes earlier. The web site of Panathinaikos: www.paobc.gr (you will find an english version there and you will get informed about the match program of the team!). If you need any other information, I will be glad to help!!
Originally Posted by Theskyisalandfil