Olympiacos Women's Water Polo Team
Olympiacos Women's Water Polo Club is the women's water polo department of the major Greek multi-sport club Olympiacos, based in Piraeus. The department was founded in 1988 and they play their games at the 1000-seated Papastrateio "Petros Kapagerof" Hall in Piraeus. Olympiacos is one of the most successful clubs in European Water Polo, having won the LEN Euroleague in 2015, the LEN Super Cup in 2015 and the LEN Trophy in 2014 and having, overall, a commanding presence in European competitions. Besides their LEN Euroleague, LEN Super Cup and LEN Trophy titles, they were runners-up of the LEN Euroleague in 2017, runners-up of the LEN Super Cup in 2014, runners-up of the LEN Trophy in 2008 and 2018 and they have participated, altogether, in 6 Champions' Cup / Euroleague Final Fours, as well as in 5 LEN Trophy Final Fours, being semi-finalists of the same competition in 2009 and 2012. In 2014 Olympiacos won the LEN Trophy in the Final Four in Florence, beating home team Firenze 10–9 in the final.
One year Olympiacos were crowned European Champions, winning the LEN Euroleague in the 2015 Final Four in Piraeus, after a thrilling, hard-fought 10–9 win in the final against the then-reigning champions Sabadell, who were undefeated for more than 3 years with 115 consecutive wins in all competitions. Olympiacos lifted the LEN Euroleague title undefeated and having won 8 straight matches without a single draw; as European Champions, Olympiacos participated in the final of the 2015 LEN Super Cup and won the title after a 10–6 win against Plebiscito Padova, thus completing a continental Treble in 2015, winning season's all three available titles. After the 2015 LEN Euroleague win of Olympiacos Women's Water Polo team, Olympiacos CFP became the only multi-sport club in European Water Polo history after Pro Recco to have been crowned European Champions with both its Men's and Women's departments, the only club with both its departments active. In Greece, Olympiacos have won nine Greek Championships, a record one Greek Cup and a record one Double, being one of the most successful clubs domestically.
They hold the all-time record for the most consecutive Greek Championships, as they are the only team to have won 5 consecutive Greek Championship titles. They won their first two titles in 1995 and 1998, but their best performance in the league came after coach Charis Pavlidis' arrival in 2007. In 2009, they managed to seize the Championship from rivals NC Vouliagmeni who had the home-court advantage, winning the best-of-five series 3–2. Beginning from season 2010–11, Olympiacos won six Greek Championships in eight years, beating rivals NC Vouliagmeni in the finals on all six occasions, despite the fact that Vouliagmeni had the home-court advantage in both the 2011 and 2014 finals. In season 2015–16 they won the Greek Championship undefeated, winning 19 out of 19 games in both the regular season and the play-offs, they won the first Greek Cup, held in 2017–18 season. Some of the greatest players in the world have played for Olympiacos over the years including: Iefke van Belkum, Alexandra Asimaki, Yasemin Smit, Lauren Wenger, Ashleigh Southern, Bronwen Knox, Roberta Bianconi, Giulia Emmolo, Kami Craig, Triantafyllia Manolioudaki, Alkisti Avramidou, Eleftheria Plevritou, Margarita Plevritou, Chrysi Diamantopoulou, Stavroula Antonakou, Ilektra Psouni, Angeliki Karapataki, Antonia Moraiti, Evi Moraitidou, Anthoula Mylonaki, Dimitra Asilian, Eftychia Karagianni, Maria Kanellopoulou, Christina Tsoukala, Kyriaki Liosi, Patricia del Soto, Blanca Gil, Barbara Bujka, Ágnes Valkai, Vaso Mavrelou, Maria Balomenaki, Ann Dow, Camila Pedrosa, Sun Yating, Eszter Tomaskovics, Maria Tsouri and Assel Jakayeva.
2018–2019Squad as of 19 October 2018 Greek League Winners: 1994–95, 1997–98, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18 Greek Cup Winners: 2017–18 Double Winners: 2017–18 LEN Euroleague Winners: 2014–15 Runners-up: 2016–17 Third: 2010–11 Fourth: 1995–96, 2009–10, 2015–16 LEN Super Cup Winners: 2015 Runners-up: 2014 LEN Trophy Winners: 2013–14 Runners-up: 2007–08, 2017–18 Semi-finals: 2008–09, 2011–12 Fourth: 2000–01, 2006–07 Treble Winners: 2015 Olympiacos Men's Water Polo Team Olympiacos CFP Official Website – Women's Water Polo
Hellenic Swimming Federation
The Hellenic Swimming Federation founded in 1927, is the aquatics national federation for Greece. It oversees competition in 4 Olympic aquatic sports, it is affiliated to: FINA, the International Swimming Federation LEN, the European Swimming League HOC, the Hellenic Olympic Committee. Greece men's national water polo team Greece women's national water polo team List of Greek records in swimming Official website
Greece the Hellenic Republic, self-identified and known as Hellas, is a country located in Southern and Southeast Europe, with a population of 11 million as of 2016. Athens is largest city, followed by Thessaloniki. Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe and Africa. Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, it shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, Turkey to the northeast; the Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km in length, featuring a large number of islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 metres; the country consists of nine geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Epirus, the Aegean Islands, Thrace and the Ionian Islands.
Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilisation, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, Western drama and notably the Olympic Games. From the eighth century BC, the Greeks were organised into various independent city-states, known as poleis, which spanned the entire Mediterranean region and the Black Sea. Philip of Macedon united most of the Greek mainland in the fourth century BC, with his son Alexander the Great conquering much of the ancient world, from the eastern Mediterranean to India. Greece was annexed by Rome in the second century BC, becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire, in which Greek language and culture were dominant. Rooted in the first century A. D. the Greek Orthodox Church helped shape modern Greek identity and transmitted Greek traditions to the wider Orthodox World. Falling under Ottoman dominion in the mid-15th century, the modern nation state of Greece emerged in 1830 following a war of independence.
Greece's rich historical legacy is reflected by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sovereign state of Greece is a unitary parliamentary republic and developed country with an advanced high-income economy, a high quality of life, a high standard of living. A founding member of the United Nations, Greece was the tenth member to join the European Communities and has been part of the Eurozone since 2001, it is a member of numerous other international institutions, including the Council of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. Greece's unique cultural heritage, large tourism industry, prominent shipping sector and geostrategic importance classify it as a middle power, it is the largest economy in the Balkans. The names for the nation of Greece and the Greek people differ from the names used in other languages and cultures.
The Greek name of the country is Hellas or Ellada, its official name is the Hellenic Republic. In English, the country is called Greece, which comes from Latin Graecia and means'the land of the Greeks'; the earliest evidence of the presence of human ancestors in the southern Balkans, dated to 270,000 BC, is to be found in the Petralona cave, in the Greek province of Macedonia. All three stages of the stone age are represented for example in the Franchthi Cave. Neolithic settlements in Greece, dating from the 7th millennium BC, are the oldest in Europe by several centuries, as Greece lies on the route via which farming spread from the Near East to Europe. Greece is home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe and is considered the birthplace of Western civilisation, beginning with the Cycladic civilization on the islands of the Aegean Sea at around 3200 BC, the Minoan civilization in Crete, the Mycenaean civilization on the mainland; these civilizations possessed writing, the Minoans writing in an undeciphered script known as Linear A, the Mycenaeans in Linear B, an early form of Greek.
The Mycenaeans absorbed the Minoans, but collapsed violently around 1200 BC, during a time of regional upheaval known as the Bronze Age collapse. This ushered from which written records are absent. Though the unearthed Linear B texts are too fragmentary for the reconstruction of the political landscape and can't support the existence of a larger state contemporary Hittite and Egyptian records suggest the presence of a single state under a "Great King" based in mainland Greece; the end of the Dark Ages is traditionally dated to the year of the first Olympic Games. The Iliad and the Odyssey, the foundational texts of Western literature, are believed to have been composed by Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC. With the end of the Dark Ages, there emerged various kingdoms and city-states across the Greek peninsula, which spread to the shores of the Black Sea, So
Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records, its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Armenian, Coptic and many other writing systems; the Greek language holds an important place in the history of Christianity. Greek is the language in which many of the foundational texts in science astronomy and logic and Western philosophy, such as the Platonic dialogues and the works of Aristotle, are composed. Together with the Latin texts and traditions of the Roman world, the study of the Greek texts and society of antiquity constitutes the discipline of Classics. During antiquity, Greek was a spoken lingua franca in the Mediterranean world, West Asia and many places beyond.
It would become the official parlance of the Byzantine Empire and develop into Medieval Greek. In its modern form, Greek is the official language in two countries and Cyprus, a recognised minority language in seven other countries, is one of the 24 official languages of the European Union; the language is spoken by at least 13.2 million people today in Greece, Italy, Albania and the Greek diaspora. Greek roots are used to coin new words for other languages. Greek has been spoken in the Balkan peninsula since around the 3rd millennium BC, or earlier; the earliest written evidence is a Linear B clay tablet found in Messenia that dates to between 1450 and 1350 BC, making Greek the world's oldest recorded living language. Among the Indo-European languages, its date of earliest written attestation is matched only by the now-extinct Anatolian languages; the Greek language is conventionally divided into the following periods: Proto-Greek: the unrecorded but assumed last ancestor of all known varieties of Greek.
The unity of Proto-Greek would have ended as Hellenic migrants entered the Greek peninsula sometime in the Neolithic era or the Bronze Age. Mycenaean Greek: the language of the Mycenaean civilisation, it is recorded in the Linear B script on tablets dating from the 15th century BC onwards. Ancient Greek: in its various dialects, the language of the Archaic and Classical periods of the ancient Greek civilisation, it was known throughout the Roman Empire. Ancient Greek fell into disuse in western Europe in the Middle Ages, but remained in use in the Byzantine world and was reintroduced to the rest of Europe with the Fall of Constantinople and Greek migration to western Europe. Koine Greek: The fusion of Ionian with Attic, the dialect of Athens, began the process that resulted in the creation of the first common Greek dialect, which became a lingua franca across the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East. Koine Greek can be traced within the armies and conquered territories of Alexander the Great and after the Hellenistic colonization of the known world, it was spoken from Egypt to the fringes of India.
After the Roman conquest of Greece, an unofficial bilingualism of Greek and Latin was established in the city of Rome and Koine Greek became a first or second language in the Roman Empire. The origin of Christianity can be traced through Koine Greek, because the Apostles used this form of the language to spread Christianity, it is known as Hellenistic Greek, New Testament Greek, sometimes Biblical Greek because it was the original language of the New Testament and the Old Testament was translated into the same language via the Septuagint. Medieval Greek known as Byzantine Greek: the continuation of Koine Greek, up to the demise of the Byzantine Empire in the 15th century. Medieval Greek is a cover phrase for a whole continuum of different speech and writing styles, ranging from vernacular continuations of spoken Koine that were approaching Modern Greek in many respects, to learned forms imitating classical Attic. Much of the written Greek, used as the official language of the Byzantine Empire was an eclectic middle-ground variety based on the tradition of written Koine.
Modern Greek: Stemming from Medieval Greek, Modern Greek usages can be traced in the Byzantine period, as early as the 11th century. It is the language used by the modern Greeks, apart from Standard Modern Greek, there are several dialects of it. In the modern era, the Greek language entered a state of diglossia: the coexistence of vernacular and archaizing written forms of the language. What came to be known as the Greek language question was a polarization between two competing varieties of Modern Greek: Dimotiki, the vernacular form of Modern Greek proper, Katharevousa, meaning'purified', a compromise between Dimotiki and Ancient Greek, developed in the early 19th century and was used for literary and official purposes in the newly formed Greek state. In 1976, Dimotiki was declared the official language of Greece, having incorporated features of Katharevousa and giving birth to Standard Modern Greek, used today for all official purposes and in education; the historical unity and continuing identity between the various stages of the Greek language is emphasised.
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