Olympiacos is not just a football club. It is a whole sports association, inspired by the Olympic Games’ competitive spirit and the cultural heritage of Ancient Greece. It was established in 1925 in the city of Piraeus, which merges with Greater Athens. The management chose the name Olympiacos to attract fans outside of Piraeus. Naval officer Notis Kamperos proposed it, and the Hellenic Navy manufacturer expanded to Olympiacos Syndesmos Filathlon Pireos.
Meaning and History
One of its founding members, Notis Kamperos, is responsible for creating the club’s image. He came up with the current name and became the author of the emblem depicting the profile of the Olympic athlete. Judging by the wreath of olive leaves, this is not just a participant in the Olympic Games, but its winner, because, in ancient times, only the most successful athletes were awarded such distinctions.
1925 – 1959
In the first logo, the golden head was located at the bottom of the triangular shield. At the top, in a separate narrow rectangle, was the Greek word “OΛΥΜΠΙΑΚOΣ.” A red background was used for the picture and text.
1959 – 1973
After the redesign, Olympiacos adopted a new emblem that echoed the players’ striped uniforms pattern. Most of the circle was occupied by vertical red and white lines. Slightly less space was reserved for the inscription “OΛΥΜΠΙΑΚOΣ ΣΦΠ,” were the last three letters represented the phrase “Σύνδεσμοσ Φιλάθλων Πειραιώσ.”
1973 – 1980
In 1973, another version of the graphic sign with a shield appeared. It had vertical white and red stripes, the year the Olympiacos were founded, and a small circle with the head of an athlete and the full name of the club in Greek.
1980 – 1985
The designers have simplified the logo by removing the shield and stripes. This made it possible to bring the circle closer to the profile of an Olympic champion.
1985 – 1987
The ring that used to be white is now completely red. The phrase “OΛΥΜΠΙΑΚOΣ ΣΥΝΔΕΣΜΟΣ ΦΙΛΑΘΛΩΝ ΠΕΙΡΑΙΩΣ,” on the contrary, is white. The athlete’s head is enlarged and barely fits in the central circle.
1987 – 1992
The logo designers added the number “1925” and abbreviated the title block by using the last three words as an abbreviation. The ring is again white and outlined with red lines. The head is depicted in the center and seems to hang in space. The Olympian’s gaze is directed downward.
1992 – 1995
The athlete’s profile is shifted towards the inner edge of the circle. A triple red-white-red outline surrounds the ring. The year the club was founded has disappeared, but the full name of four words has returned.
1995 – 2001
The lines used to draw the Olympic champion have become thinner. Simultaneously, the designers had to shorten the inscription again to fit the number “1925” at the bottom. The ring now shows another version of the Greek name Olympiacos: “Π.Α.Ε. OΛΥΜΠΙΑΚOΣ Σ.Φ.Π.. ”
2001 – 2003
The football club won thirty league titles, so three gold five-pointed stars were added to the emblem.
2003 – 2013
There were further changes in the structure: the head of the Olympian was moved to the center, and the number “1925” was located on the right under the wreath. This rearrangement made it possible to place the full name of the club in the red ring.
2013 – today
An additional fourth star appeared above the circle in honor of the fortieth league title won in 2013.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The Olympiacos club crest depicts a man with a Greek profile – a young Olympic Games participant. It symbolizes the main ancient Greek values: skill, strength, fighting spirit, and the desire to win. His head is adorned with a wreath of olive leaves. This is a sign that the athlete has surpassed the competition and took first place in the athletic competition.
The name of the club on the logo is written in the letters of the Greek alphabet. All characters are capitalized and not serif. The text, olive leaves, center circle, and outer frame are white. Wide ring, Olympiacos creation year, and head silhouette in red (# e21e26). These colors were chosen back in 1925. They symbolize opposed concepts: white means morality and virtue, and red means the desire for victory, courage, and passion.