Posted by sean on March 5, 2020 at 7:37 pm in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


According to Google, the Greek for ‘Short lived’ loosely translates as ‘Σύντομη ζωή’.

Σύντομη ζωή is the perfect way to describe the amount of time that Olympiakos managed to keep hold of the the Roman Chalice.

Despite only winning the trophy last Thursday, by beating Arsenal in the Europa League, they managed to lose it last night, to their fellow countrymen in the Greek Cup.

It would appear that up until yesterday, Olympiakos were unbeaten throughout this season in domestic competitions.

The aforementioned Arsenal, also broke an unwanted record in their defeat last week. In getting eliminated from the Europa League, the Gunners will spend their first March this century, without being involved in any European competitions.

This has made me wonder… does the recent bad fortune to afflict Olympiakos and Arsenal mean that the Roman Chalice is more of a poison chalice?

MAYBE STICK TO THE FA CUP, ARSENAL. THE ROMAN CHALICE IS TOO DANGEROUS.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens to the victors of Olympiakos and new new holders of the Roman Chalice!

Before I reveal who it is, I would like to warn you that this club has a really long name.

To put it into context, the English team with the most amount of letters is Wolverhampton Wanderers, with a pitiful 22 characters.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle, has a decent attempt, with probably the longest-named club in Britain – 26 letters. Although I am sure that there must be one in Wales eager to contest this. Does Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch have a team?

I CREATE WORDS LIKE THIS, IF I BASH MY FIST ON THE COMPUTER KEYBOARD WHEN THE PC FREEZES.

So, the new holders of the Roman Chalice and the longest ever name (maybe) is…

Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinopolitóà (51 letters, to save you counting).

Almost everywhere appears to refer to them as PAOK, which is most definitely what I’ll be doing from now on. Think of all that additional bandwidth required for those extra 47 characters (technically 50, with spaces). It would cost me literally fractions of pence in webhosting fees!

Congratulations PAOK!

All is not lost for Olympiakos fans, though. The Greek Cup is played over two legs. Yesterday was only the first of these. Both sides will meet again next month, so assuming PAOK keep hold of the Chalice until then, the trophy may yet end the season in Athens.

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