|July 1st, 2001
PANAHAIKI STADIUM will most likely be the home of Olympiakos CFP for their european matches in the 2002-2003 season. As it is known, the Olympic Stadium will close at the end of next season (2001-2002), in order for it to be refurbished for the 2004 Olympics. According to original planning, Karaiskaki Stadium was supposed to be ready in September 2002. However, this now seems unlikely, as the works are falling behind schedule. There are also rumors that the whole project will be abandoned, and Olympiakos will construct a totally new stadium in the Rendi area.
Consequently, the club is facing a home-ground-problem for the 2002-2003 season. As for the Greek championship, Olympiakos will use a stadium in Athens (probably Nea Smyrni). However, no Athenian stadium meets the UEFA standards, to be a venue for a Champions League match. So, the most probable candidate is Panahaiki Stadium of Patras (only a few works are needed for it to meet the standards). Other less possible homes for Olympiakosís european games are Apostolos Nikolaidis and Nikos Goumas stadia in Athens (more works are required), Kaftanzoglio and Toumba stadia in Thessaloniki (a traditionally "hostile" city for Olympiakos), or even the New GSP Stadium in the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia.