Greek Football Cup
The Greek Football Cup, commonly known as the Greek Cup or for sponsorship reasons the Football Cup OPAP, is a Greek football competition, run by the Hellenic Football Federation. The holders of the Greek Cup are AEK Athens, who beat Olympiacos 2–1 in the 2016 final held on May 17,2016, the Greek Cup under EPO began in 1931. In its early years, entry was optional, Teams were paired against each other by the football associations, without a draw taking place. Later on, for years, a proper draw took place. In the 90s, the matches were played in groups. The winners of the played against each other up to the final in two-leg matches. Until 1964, if the score was a draw, the two teams played another match, while penalties didnt exist. The next year a new rule was applied, to determine that, if the game was undecided even after extra time and that rule was abolished in 1969, when the penalty shootout was applied. Until 1971, teams all over the country, professional. Each team first played against clubs from its own association and the winners continued in a nationwide competition, since 1971, only teams from the three professional divisions are allowed entry, while amateur clubs take part in the Amateur Cup. Over the years, the competition has played under various formats. In the initial format, one-legged ties were played at the ground of the team as determined by the draw, if the final result between two teams was a draw, the match was replayed at the opponents ground. There was extra time but no penalty shootout, if teams were still level after extra time, the winner was nominated by drawing lots or toss of coin. From 1969, the penalty shootout was established and the matches were concluded without the need for replays, for some years of the decades of 1980 and 1990, the First Round was played in preliminary groups, from which 16 teams qualified. These teams continued in knockout format with two-leg ties until the final match. For two seasons, the Final was also held as a tie, but then this rule was discarded. The current format is in effect from 2005, excluding 2009–10 season, for 2011–12, only to Semi-finals will be double matches. This is because the start of the tournament will delay because of court decisions pending for several teams, First Round, The teams of two groups of Football League 2 participate
AEK Athens F.C.
AEK F. C. abbreviated as AEK, known in European competitions as AEK Athens F. C. is a Greek association football club based in Nea Filadelfeia suburb of Athens. Established in Athens, in 1924, by Greek refugees from Constantinople, in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War, its name is a direct reference to the origins of the founders. The clubs emblem is the eagle, used by the Palaiologos dynasty and traditionally by the Byzantine Empire, as a remembrance of the Byzantine legacy. AEK is one of the three most successful teams in Greek football, winning 30 national titles and the only to have won all the competitions organised by the Hellenic Football Federation. They are one of the most popular Greek clubs with millions of fans in Greece and Cyprus, and in Greek communities worldwide, mainly in Australia, United Kingdom, and North America. The club has appeared several times in European competitions, in which they are the second most successful Greek football club in terms of achievements and they have also reached once the quarter-finals of the European Cup and twice the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. AEK is a member of the European Club Association, traditional rivalries of AEK are considered the matches against Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, the other two major clubs of the capital. PAOK is another of the clubs rivalries, the large Greek population of Constantinople, not unlike those of the other Ottoman urban centres, continued its athletic traditions in the form of numerous athletic clubs. Clubs such as Enosis Tataoulon and Iraklis from the Tatavla district, Megas Alexandros and Hermes of Galata and Olympias of Therapia existed to promote the Hellenic athletic and these were amongst a dozen Greek-backed clubs that dominated the sporting landscape of the city in the years preceding World War I. After the war, with the influx of mainly French and English soldiers to Constantinople, taxim, Pera, and Tatavla became the scene of weekly competitions in not only football, but of athletics, cycling, boxing, and tennis. Of the clubs in the city, though, football was dominated by Enosis Tataoulon, Hermes, one of the most popular clubs, was formed in 1875 by the Greek community of Pera. In 1920, a group of Constantinopolitan refugees met at the athletic shop Lux of Emilios Ionas and Konstantinos Dimopoulos on Veranzerou Street, in the center of Athens, and created AEK. GK, Kitsos, DF, Ieremiades, DF, Asderis, MF, Kechagias, MF, Paraskevas, MF, Dimopoulos, MF, Karagiannides, FW, Baltas, FW, Milas, FW, Iliades, FW, Georgiades. AEK played its first match against Aias Athinon in November 1924, not possessing a football ground, AEK played most of its early matches at various locations around Athens, including the grounds of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Leoforos Alexandras Stadium. In 1926, land in Nea Filadelfeia that was set aside for refugee housing, was donated as a training ground for the refugees sports activities. AEK began using the ground for training and by 1930, the property was signed over to the club, venizelos soon approved the plans to build what was to become AEKs home ground for the next 70 years, the Nikos Goumas Stadium. The first home game, in November 1930, was a match against Olympiakos that ended in a 2–2 draw. In 1928, Panathinaikos, Olympiakos, and AEK, began a dispute with the fledgling Hellenic Football Federation, decided to break away from the Athens regional league, during the dispute, POK organised friendly matches against each other and several continental European clubs
Panathinaikos F. C. also known simply as Panathinaikos, or with its full name Panathinaikos A. O. are a Greek professional football club based in the City of Athens. Panathinaikos can literally be translated as Panathenaic, which means of all Athens, today a part of Panathinaikos A. O. they are the oldest active football club in Greece, initially founded only to practice this sport. Amongst their major titles are twenty-six Greek Championships, twenty-one Greek Cups, achieving eight times the Double, and five official Greek Super Cups. They are also the club that won a championship undefeated, going without a loss in a top-flight campaign. Panathinaikos is also the most successful Greek club in terms of achievements in the European competitions and it is the only Greek team that has reached the European Cup final in 1971, and also the semi-finals twice, in 1985 and 1996. It is also the only Greek team that has played for the Intercontinental Cup, furthermore, they have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League on another two occasions, as well as the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup twice. They have also won the Balkans Cup in 1977, Panathinaikos is a member of the European Club Association. Panathinaikos became professional and independent in 1979 and they have played their home games in the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, considered their traditional home ground, and the Athens Olympic Stadium. The club has million of fans inside Greece and millions of others in the Greek communities all over the world and they hold a long-term rivalry with Olympiacos, the clash between the two teams being referred to as the Derby of the eternal enemies. The name of the new club was Podosferikos Omilos Athinon and it was founded with the aim of spreading and making more known this new sport to the Athenian and Greek public in general. Also, intension of the founders was to create a team for all of Athens and to be connected with the rest of the European football movement, the first president elected was Alexandros Kalafatis, brother of Giorgos. The ground of the team was in Patission Street, oxford University athlete John Cyril Campbell was brought in as coach, the first time that a foreigner was appointed as the coach of a Greek team. Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, the great Greek athlete of the early 20th century, in 1910, after a dispute among a number of board members, Kalafatis with most of the players—also followed by Campbell—decided to pull out of POA and secured a new ground in Amerikis Square. Subsequently, the name of the changed to Panellinios Podosferikos Omilos and its colours to green. By 1914, Campbell had returned to England but the club was already at the top of Greek football with such as Michalis Papazoglou, Michalis Rokkos. In 1918, the team adopted the trifolium as its emblem, in 1921 and 1922, the Athens-Piraeus FCA organized the first two post-WWI championships, in both of which PPO was declared champion. After long discussions with the Municipality of Athens, an agreement was finally reached, the move to a permanent home ground also heralded another—final—name change to Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos, Panathenaic Athletic Club, on 15 March 1924, from now on a multi-sport club. However, the decision was taken by 1922
Olympiacos dominating success can be further evidenced by the fact that all other Greek clubs have won a combined total of 37 League titles. They are also one of three clubs to have never been relegated from the top flight of Greek football. They have also won the Balkans Cup in 1963, becoming the first ever Greek club to win an international, Olympiacos is one of the founding members of the European Club Association in 2008. The clubs home ground is the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Olympiacos is the most popular Greek club with around four million fans inside Greece and millions of others in the Greek communities all over the world. Olympiacos was placed ninth on the 2006 list of clubs with the largest number of paying members, in 2014, that figure increased and the team boasts 98,000 registered members. They share a great and long-standing rivalry with Panathinaikos, with whom they contest the derby of the eternal enemies, Olympiacos was founded on 10 March 1925, in the port of Piraeus. Notis Kamperos, a officer of the Hellenic Navy, proposed the name Olympiacos. Michalis Manouskos, a prominent Piraeus industrialist, expanded the name to its complete and current status, Andrianopoulos, a family of well-established Piraeus merchants, played a pivotal role in the founding of Olympiacos. The five brothers, Yiannis, Dinos, Giorgos, Vassilis and Leonidas Andrianopoulos raised the reputation of the club and brought it to its current glory. Yiannis, Dinos, Giorgos and Vassilis were the first to play, while Leonidas, back then, their fan base consisted mainly of the working class, with the teams home ground at Neo Phaliron Velodrome, before moving to its current Karaiskakis Stadium. They became Piraeus Champions in 1925 and 1926, in 1926, the Hellenic Football Federation was founded and organized the Panhellenic Championship in the 1927–1928 season. The Panhellenic Championship was organized in this manner up until 1958–59, during the course of that season, the three of them played friendly games with each other and formed a group called P. O. K. Those results ignited an enthusiastic reception from the Greek press, who called Olympiacos Thrylos for the first time in history, Olympiacos put in a great performance during the competition and won the title very convincingly with 11 wins,2 draws and only one game lost. They managed to score 7 wins in 7 matches at home, beating Panathinaikos, AEK Athens, Aris, Iraklis and PAOK with the same score, the sole exception was the match against Ethnikos, where Olympiacos netted 4 goals and won with 4–1. The rise of the new decade marked a rise in Panhellenic Championships popularity throughout Greece. In October 1931, Giorgos and Yiannis Andrianopoulos, emblematic players and founding members of Olympiacos, especially Giannis Vazos, Christoforos Raggos and Theologos Symeonidis composed a formidable trio of attacking players, scoring numerous goals and became nothing short of legendary. In addition, the managed to win the 1936–37 and 1937–38 Championship titles undefeated. On 28 October 1940, Fascist Italy invaded Greece, and several Olympiacos players joined the Hellenic Army to fight against the Axis invaders, chistoforos Raggos was heavily injured in his left leg in January 1941, and wasnt able to play football again
Vyzas F. C. is a football club based in Megara, Greece. Vyzas Megaron was founded in 1928 by students and named after the ancient Megara hero Byzas, in 1960, the club was promoted to Greeces Beta Ethniki, where it stayed for seven years. Vyzas was later promoted to Greeces top league, Alpha Ethniki, between 1970 and 1975 and between 1979 and 1983, Vyzas played in Beta Ethniki. The team played for four years in Gamma Ethniki from 1983 to 1987, after 12 years in Amateur championships and four years in Delta Ethniki, the team moved to Gamma Ethniki in the summer of 2002 which they would remain until 2011. During that season, the team finished 14th along with Larissa, later in the 2009–10 season, Vyzas played with Trikala, the 2nd team of the North group to the neutral stadium of Panionios at Nea Smyrni. Vyzas was losing 1–0 till 90th minute where the Megara team had a chance, which was stopped by a handball, as Megarians said. Trikala won the game by 2–0 and the season took part at Beta Ethniki. In 2011, the team finished 2nd in the South Group, as a historical team Vyzas has its big rivalries with other teams such as Korinthos, Panachaiki, the Patras-based team, and Aentas Salaminas which is based at an island nearby Megara called Salamina. At the 2009–2010 season Vyzas and Panachaiki were the two first teams of the South Group and was fighting for the first and the promotion to Beta ethniki and they played an extremely important match very late in the season, in the crowded Megara stadium. About 3000 Megarians made a fantastic atmosphere supporting their team but finally game ended 0–0, Vyzas didnt make it to gain promotion that season. The Stadium of Megara, the home of Megara team is located in the centre of the city, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Owners, Theodoros Michalaros Chairmen, Theodoros Michalaros Managers, Vasilis Stasinopoulos For details on former players, see Category, Vyzas F. C. players
Pierikos or Pierikos Syndesmos Filathlon Katerinis is a Greek football club based in Katerini, Greece. The club was founded on 11 April 1961 from the merger between Megas Alexandros Katerinis and Olympos Katerinis, unification of the two clubs has seen as the only way for the city of Katerini to have a team in the 1st Division. In its first season Pierikos took the place of Megas Alexandros in the 2nd Division and it played in the Group of Western and Central Macedonia and finished 1st. Therefore, it was able to play in the 2nd Division play-offs, in the final Pierikos won 2–0 in a match against Olympiakos Kozanis and gained promotion to the 1st Division. In this season Pierikos scored 108 goals and conceded 28. In its first season in the 1st division Pierikos finished in the 9th position scoring 36 goals and his biggest win was a 4–0 against Aris Thessaloniki F. C. Pierikos also played in the Greek Cup final this season. The club suffered a 3–0 defeat by Olympiacos CFP, in the 1963–64 season Pierikos finished in the 7th position. Its biggest wins were, a 5–1 against Doxa Dramas and a 4–0 against Ethnikos Piraeus. The club scored 34, Pierikos also played in the Greek Cup Semi-Final this season where was suffered a 3–1 defeat by AEK Athens FC. This was as Final because the other Semi-Final between Olympiacos CFP and Panathinaikos FC never ended and therefore AEK Athens FC was awarded the Greek Cup by E. P. O, the 1964–65 season is, probably, the best season in the History of Pierikos. Pierikos finished in the 5th position scoring 39 and conceding 39 and its biggest win was a 4–0 against Niki Volou. In the 1965–66 season Pierikos finished in the 8th position and its biggest win was a 5–1 against AO Trikala. The club scored 40 and conceded 40 goals, in the 1966–67 season Pierikos finished in the 14th position. Its biggest win was a 4–1 against Vyzas Megaron, the club scored 36 and conceded 51 goals. In the 1967–68 season Pierikos finished in the 5th position and its biggest win was a 9–1 against Olympiakos Nicosia. This is the biggest victory of the club, in the 1st Division, ever. The club scored 42 and conceded 46 goals, in the 1968–69 season Pierikos finished in the 9th position. Its biggest win was a 5–1 against Apollon Smyrnis, the club scored 31 and conceded 37 goals. In the 1969–70 season Pierikos finished in the 7th position and its biggest win was a 3–0 against Olympiakos Nicosia. The club scored 45 and conceded 44 goals, in the 1970–71 season Pierikos finished in the 14th position. The club didnt manage to win any game by more than one goal
Apollon Smyrni F.C.
Apollon Smyrni F. C. or in its full name Gymnasticos Syllogos Apollon Smyrnis is a Greek football club based in the city of Athens, that plays in the Super League. It was founded in Smyrna in 1891 and is one of the oldest sports clubs in Greece, Apollon has departments in football, basketball, volleyball, water polo and other sports. Apollon Smyrna was founded in 1891 by former members of club Orpheus, Orpheus had been founded one year earlier in 1890. Among the founders of Apollon were prominent residents of Smyrna such as Chrysostomos of Smyrna, roughly in the year of 1893, the athletic department was organised. The first games of Smyrna took place in 1894, organized by the English sports fans of Bornova, in these games the athletes of Apollon achieved a lot of first victories. The person with the most wins was Theologos Anastasoglou, an athlete who later became Olympic champion. The Games were always organized by English sports fans until 1903, the third anniversary of the foundation of Apollon was celebrated joyously. Chairman N. Koulmasis gave the speech of the day, while the famous S. Pittakis spoke of Delphi and recited the anthem to the god Apollo. There was a pedestal on which had been set up an altar to praise the god Apollo. In 1894, with the election of its new presiding board, of the first excursions that were organized, one was to Ephesus and another to Aidini, in which the Russian scholar and historical Frigkol took part. In 1894, the council of the Gymnastic Association of Apollon was composed of chairman Mathaios Provatopoulos, sofianopoulos, G. Oikonomidis, A. Koulampidis and C. During this season the team acquired a privately owned ground, initially, only its members fought on these. Later, however it organized games in other associations could also take part. Apollon acquired its own stadium in 1894, at this point we should examine a little the background of the foundation of the first ground of Apollon. Fourteen years before, in 1880, Ioannis Damvergis with Apostolos Psaltof, Stefanos Papamihalis, makroulidis, all students of the Evangelic Faculty of Smyrni, created an off-hand gym in some open space, known with the name love arena. After they opened the ground, they set up a perimeter using ropes because of a lack of money, then, with hard economising, they bought a horizontal bar and other gymnastic equipment. The youth of Smyrni exercised there paying a symbolic price and this primitive gym constituted the precursor of the gym of Apollo, but was also the fountain for the later great athletes of the association. For this reason, the creator of this gym, Apostolos Psaltof, was called the grandfather of Apollon
Proodeftiki F. C. also known simply as Proodeftiki, Proodeftiki Nikaia, Proodeftiki Piraeus or with its full name as A. O. Proodeftiki Neolea, is a football club, part of the major multi-sport club A. O. Proodeftiki Neolea, based in Nikaia, Piraeus - Attica, the club has a longstanding presence in Super League. Have participated so far in the Super League 15 times, founded in 1927, in Palea Kokkinia, which is the older name of Nikaia. Club founded after idea of D. Korrai, N. Vertzopoulos and I. Metaxas, Palea Kokkinia, the older name of Nikaia, inhabited mainly by Greeks and Armenians refugees who inhabited the coast of Asia Minor. The motto of the emblem is the mythical long-lived bird. The colours of the club are crimson and white, the 2006-2007 was one of the worst seasons in the clubs history and would be relegated to the Football League 2. However, due to bankruptcy, relegated to the Greek Fourth Division for first time in clubs history, the stadium was complete in 1937 and its latest refresh done in 2000. It currently has a capacity of 5,500. The football matches between Proodeftiki F. C. and Ionikos F. C. are called «The Derby of Kokkinia» or «The Derby of Nikaia», note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, oliver Makor Oleh Protasov Stepan Atayan John Yaw Rush Proodeftiki Fansite
Atromitos Athens Football Club is an association football club based in Peristeri, Athens that plays in the Superleague Greece. It was founded in 1923 and its ground is Peristeri Stadium. In recent years, Atromitos has been established itself as one of the most competitive and strong clubs in Greece. They were runners-up of the Greek Cup in 2011 and 2012 and have had breakthrough runs in the league, finishing 4th in 2011–12, 3rd in 2012–13, 4th in 2013–14 and 4th as well in 2014–15 season. Their best performance in the league has been the third place, in 1924, Atromitos was accepted into the Greek football league. At the time, Atromitos played at Aris Park, which was the ground of Panellinios and Panathinaikos. During their first season in the leagues first division, they ended in third place behind Panathinaikos, in 1928, they defeated Goudi 4–3 in the final game at Rouf Stadium to become champions of Athens. That same year, they part in the first Panhellenic Championship as Athens champions. On 24 May 1928, they were beaten 3–1 by Aris Thessaloniki in an away game, on 10 June, they managed a draw at home against Ethnikos, before losing again to Aris 3–1 seven days later. Overall in the championship, Atromitos finished third. During the following two years, Atromitos stayed in the part of the first division of Athens, and in 1929, they finished third behind Panathinaikos. They repeated the feat in 1930 but they were relegated from the first division of Athens in 1931, in 1932, Ioseph Chourouktsoglou and Nikolaos Epioglou decided to move Atromitos to Peristeri. Earlier, it was located in the area as Panathinaikos. There, they formed a merger with the team of Astir Peristeriou, from which comes the crest of Atromitos. Before occupation of Greece, they played again in Panhellenic championship in the season of 1938–39, Atromitos played in second division until May 1972 when, under the coaching of Savva Papazoulou, they were re-promoted to the first level. It proved a change too hard to handle, and they were demoted the following year, in 1975, a better-prepared Atromitos returned to the first division with a large fanbase, and ended the year in 13th place, securing their spot in the top flight. In 1976 they improved to end the season in 9th place, by 1981, Atromitos had succeeded in attracting renowned players such as Stylianopoulos, Álvarez, Toskas and Athanasopoulos. However, despite expectations, the club played for the last time in the top flight