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Without Greek presence the Champions League 2016-17

Without Greek presence the Champions League 2016-17
Athens, August 4, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Olympiakos and PAOK were eliminated in the third qualification round of the Champions League. As a result Greece will not have a representative in the Champions League groups stage.

Olympiakos lost by Hapoel Be'er Sheva in Israel 1-0 in the return match for the third round of the Champions League. The first match in Karaiksakis had ended 0-0.

PAOK, lost 1-2 by Ajax in Thessaloniki and was not able to exploit the draw (1-1) it managed to secure in the Netherlands.

This is the second time that this will happen for Greek football. The first was the 1996/1997, when the champion Panathinaikos had been eliminated by Rosenborg (1-0 victory for a 3-0 defeat in extra time in Norway).

Now it remains to be seen how many Greek clubs will play in Europe next year. Olympiacos and PAOK will play in the playoffs of the Europa League trying to qualify for the group stage, while Panathinaikos, AEK Athens, and PAS Giannena need to pass two rounds to qualify.

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