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Affelay joins Olympiakos on loan from Barca

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Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay celebrates after scoring against Northern Ireland during an international friendly in Rotterdam, on June 2, 2012Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay celebrates after scoring against Northern Ireland during an international friendly in Rotterdam, on June 2, 2012

Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay celebrates after scoring against Northern Ireland during an international friendly in Rotterdam, on June 2, 2012Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay celebrates after scoring against Northern Ireland during an international friendly in Rotterdam, on June 2, 2012

Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay has joined Olympiakos from Barcelona on a season-long loan, the Greek champions announced Sunday.

Afellay, 28, was sidelined for much of last season with a thigh injury having spent the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Schalke in Germany before a series of injuries curtailed his time in the Bundesliga.

The injury-prone Dutchman joined Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven in January 2011 but has made just 35 appearances for the Spanish giants since his arrival at the Nou Camp.

He won the 2011 Champions League coming on as a late substitute in Barca's 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the final at Wembley.

However, his Barca career was derailed the following September after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a training session and was ruled out for seven months.

Afellay has featured sparingly for Barca since then, plagued further by subsequent injury problems, and is in the final year of his contract with the club.

He won the last of his 44 Netherlands caps in November 2012.

Date created : 2014-08-10