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James Rodríguez Joins Greek Champion Olympiakos

September 16, 2022

PIRAEUS — Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich attacking midfielder James Rodríguez has joined Olympiakos, the Greek club said Thursday.

The 31-year-old Colombian will be reunited with former Madrid teammate Marcelo, who signed with the Greek champions last week. The pair were cheered by more than 35,000 fans after appearing at Giorgos Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus to watch Olympiakos take on Freiburg in the Europa League. The crowd chanted “He’s here. He’s here!” and “James Rodríguez!” moments before the game started as the player held up his No. 10 Olympiakos jersey.

New Olympiakos player Colombian James Rodriguez, left, talks to Evangelos Marinakis, owner of Olympiacos, at the stand prior the Europa League group G soccer match between Olympiacos and Freiburg at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Greece, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

James moved from Qatari club Al-Rayyan and officials from the Greek club said he had signed a one-year agreement with an option to extend the deal for 12 months. Al-Rayyan officially terminated his previous contract shortly before Thursday’s announcement. “It was a difficult decision but a good decision,” James said. “This is a new chapter in my life and I’m very excited about it.”

The Colombian is joining his fifth club since scoring six goals for his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Olympiacos supporters light flares at the stand prior the Europa League group G soccer match between Olympiacos and Freiburg at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Greece, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

James has made 86 appearances for Colombia and scored 24 goals, but his club career has often failed to match his national team success. His 11-year run at major European clubs ended in 2021 with a lackluster spell in the Premier League at Everton.

Olympiakos, which failed to reach the Champions League this season, is in third place in the Greek league with eight points, four behind leader Panathinaikos.

 

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