Olympiakos was crowned Intercontinental Champion on Sunday in Brazil as the European champion defeated South American champion Pinheiros Sky twice within 48 hours at Sao Paulo.
The Intercontinental Cup was revived after 17 years, when its last winner was Olympiakos’s bitter rival Panathinaikos. FIBA Americas and the Euroleague agreed to stage both home and away legs of the clash between the champions of Europe and South America in Brazil, as the Euroleague is eager to expand its appeal across the Atlantic.
Yet the Brazilian club was hardly a match for the Greeks, who won both matches at Sao Paulo, the first on Friday 81-70 and the second on Sunday 86-69, to claim Olympiakos’s first Intercontinental Cup.
Vassilis Spanoulis was the top scorer for Olympiakos in the first match with 18 points, while Giorgos Printezis led the scoring in the second notching up 16.
Amazingly, Olympiakos enjoyed some support by a number of Greeks at the stands despite playing on the other side of the world. “Our fans are crazy, they will follow us anywhere,” stated Spanoulis.