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
Super League Greece
The Superleague Greece is the highest professional football league in Greece. It was formed on 16 July 2006 and replaced Alpha Ethniki at the top of the Greek football league system, the league consists of 16 teams and runs from August to May, with teams playing 30 games each. As of May 2013, Superleague Greece is ranked 12th in the UEFA ranking of leagues, the current champions are Olympiacos, who have won a total of 43 titles. Between 1905 and 1912, a Panhellenic Championship was organised by the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics and this championship was actually a local tournament among clubs from Athens and Piraeus. After the Balkan Wars and World War I, two associations were formed, one organising a football league in Athens and Piraeus. These were the Athens-Piraeus FCA and the Macedonia FCA, in 1923, a Panhellenic Champion was determined by a play-off game between the Athens-Piraeus and the Thessaloniki champions. Peiraikos Syndesmos won 3-1 against Aris Thessaloniki and this panhellenic final was not repeated the following year as the EPSAP was split into the Athens FCA and Piraeus FCA following a dispute. In 1927, a championship was organised in the form of a round-robin tournament between the champions of the three governing bodies. This time, Aris Thessaloniki won, finishing ahead of Ethnikos Piraeus and this national championship was set up again in 1929, and over the next years evolved into a tournament in which multiple teams took part. Still, these teams had to qualify for the championship through their local football competitions. In 1959 the Alpha Ethniki - the precursor of the current Superleague - was set up as a national round-robin tournament, at present,16 clubs compete in the Superleague, playing each other in a home and away series. At the end of the season, the three clubs are relegated to Football League. In their place, the top three teams from Football League are promoted, the number of teams to be relegated may change, depending on a licensing procedure that takes place at the end of the regular season. The league was reduced from 18 teams to 16 following the 2014–15 season, the Superleague is currently entitled to two entrants into the UEFA Champions League. The Superleague champion directly enters the stage of the UEFA Champions League. The second through fifth place teams in the Superleague enter a play-off for the second Greek entry, the play-off winner enters the UEFA Champions Leagues third qualifying round, a two-legged tie from which the winner advances to the play offs of the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the Greek Cup automatically qualifies for the UEFA Europa League, in the play-off for the UEFA Champions League, the teams play each other in a home and away round robin. However, they do not all start with 0 points, instead, a weighting system applies to the teams standing at the start of the play-off mini-league
It is It began in 1954 as regional championship, separated in two groups, North and South. Then, the teams were the champions of each Greek football clubs association. Every year the teams were different. In 1960, the Division took its name and some teams were permanent, from 1960 to 1984, there existed multiple groups, peaking in 1962 with ten groups. In 1962, the Division was made permanent, something that had as a condition the disengagement of the teams from their local championships. This change has led many statisticians to begin statistics from this period, for 21 periods, from 1962–63 to 1982–83, championship was carried out in groups. The subordinate system was introduced for first time in 1983–84 season, on August 3,2010, the change of divisions name to Football League was announced. At present, there are eighteen clubs that compete in the Football League, playing each other in a home, at the end of the season, the bottom four teams are relegated to the Football League 2. The top two teams gain automatic promotion, unlike the Superleague, clubs in the Football League do not get relegated if the club fails to obtain a license. All teams in the Football League take part in the Greek Football Cup, Football League official website Table, results and fixtures at Soccerway Promoted Teams Top Scorers Football League News
Gamma Ethniki, is the third highest football league in Greece. It began in 1965 as a championship, while in 1983 it was changed to professional. Although not literally national, Football League 2 is considered as a national division, on August 3,2010, it was announced that the division had been renamed Football League 2. From season 2013-14, the football League 2 is merged by fourth division championship, the new third division will be held in six groups, with the clubs divided basis of geographical criteria, while it will return in an amateur form. From season 2014-15 and onwards the league will be held in four groups, with the clubs divided basis of geographical criteria. The champion of each group will promote to Football League
Derby of the eternal enemies
The Derby of the eternal adversaries, also called Mother of all battles, is a football local derby in the Athens urban area between the most successful clubs of Greece, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. The rivalry between the clubs and their fans is rather intense, thus this derby has always been a classic for the Greek capital, as well as the whole of Greece, the most prestigious in the country. The rivalry between the two top Greek clubs can be traced back to some social, cultural and regional differences, Panathinaikos, founded in 1908, comes from the centre of Athens and was considered the classic representative of the high class and old Athenean society of the Greek capital. On the other hand, Olympiacos was founded in 1925 and comes from Piraeus, during the 20th century, Athens experienced a demographic explosion and territorial expansion coming to enclose all its suburbs, including Piraeus, in a large urban area. These class differences between the people in the homelands of the two clubs offered further reasons for the animosity between their fans, Olympiacos early success provided a way for the people of Piraeus to express their contempt for the wealthier classes, by which Panathinaikos was heavily supported. Furthermore, Olympiacos attracted fans all over Greece who believed themselves to be victims of social and political unfairness. Nowadays, both clubs boast fanbases that represent all the social classes, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos are the most popular Greek clubs, with both sides having large fanbases that follow them in domestic and international matches. Football hooliganism is a common phenomenon between their fans in recent years, featuring anything from breaking seats, fighting, fireworks. The hatred is so intense that many violent incidents have taken place in regions of Athens. That incident caused major upset in Greece and sparked a police investigation into the organized supporters scene. Both clubs compete each other for the title of the most successful club in the country. On the other hand, Panathinaikos boast of their performance in European competitions. Olympiacos were awarded a 2–0 win.2 Match suspended at 82nd minute, Olympiacos were awarded a 0–3 win.3 Match suspended before the kick-off due to an outbreak of violence by Panathinaikos fans. Olympiacos were awarded a 0–3 win, 1st place play-off match - Title match 1 Panathinaikos didnt show up in the match, due to a punishment because of fielding a suspended player. • Series won, Olympiacos 19, Panathinaikos 9, • Series won, Olympiacos 1, Panathinaikos 0. Including all the Alpha Ethniki, Greek Cup and League Cup games since 1959–60, including all the Alpha Ethniki, Greek Cup and League Cup games since 1959–60. Derby of the eternal enemies Greeces eternal thespians, http, //sport24. gr/football/ellada/GreekCup/article304538. ece http, //www. contra. gr/Soccer/Hellas/Superleague/Panathinaikos_Olympiacos/219296. html Footballderbies. com History of the Rivalry Αιώνια
Ethnikos Piraeus F.C.
Ethnikos Piraeus 1923 F. C. is a Greek professional football club based in Piraeus. They have had a turbulent recent history, and are competing in the third division Football League 2. Colloquially referred to as Ethnikos Piraeus, is a club with teams competing in football, water polo. The clubs most significant teams, in terms of history and success, are their football and water polo teams, prior to 1959–60 Greek football was played in regional championships and then the top teams from each region would advance to play for the National Championship. In some pre-War years a traditional Final match was played between 2 regional champions, but generally the Panhellenic Championship was played as a final round-robin between at least 3 teams, Ethnikos was Piraeus Champion in 1927–28, but lost the National Championship to Aris. The following year Ethnikos was Piraeus Champion once again, but the National Championship was not played, in 1932–33 Ethnikos won the Greek Cup, the club’s only major title. Ethnikos eliminated Apollon in the Quarterfinals and Olympiacos in the Semifinals before meeting Aris in the Final, Ethnikos and Aris played to a 2–2 draw in Thessaloniki, but Ethnikos won the replay 2–1 and took the Cup. Ethnikos won another Piraeus Championship in 1938–39, but lost the South Division by 2 points, Ethnikos reached the Semifinals of the Greek Cup in 1938–39 and 1939–40, but lost to PAOK and Panathinaikos, respectively. The Ethnikos teams of the mid- to late-1950s are considered by many to be Ethnikos’ greatest teams, in 1955–56 Ethnikos finished 2nd in Greece, just 1 point behind champions Olympiakos. In 1956–57 a scandal robbed Ethnikos of the National Championship, with 4 matches left in the National Championship, Ethnikos was favorite for the title, and next on the schedule was Olympiakos, who Ethnikos had already defeated earlier in the season. Ethnikos was docked 4 points and not allowed to play the final 4 matches of the season, from 1959–60 the Greek championship changed to its modern form and the first division became known as Alpha Ethniki. Since 1959–60 Ethnikos is tied for the 8th-most first division participations with 36, along with OFI, ahead of Ethnikos are traditional powers Olympiakos, Panathinaikos, AEK and PAOK as well as Iraklis, Aris and Panionios. During the 1960s Ethnikos’ best league finishes were 5th in 1962–63 and 6th in 1960–61, from 1960–61 to 1968–69 Ethnikos never finished outside the top 10. Ethnikos reached the Semifinals of the Greek Cup twice during the 1960s, in 1967–68 Ethnikos lost in the Semifinals to Panathinaikos. The following year Ethnikos came desperately close to another Cup Final – after defeating PAOK 5–4 in the Quarterfinals, in 1974–75 Ethnikos made its best challenge for the league championship in the modern era. Though never making another challenge for the league championship, Ethnikos remained consistently competitive during the 1970s. Ethnikos’ two best runs in the Greek Cup in the 1970s were halted by PAOK, in 1972-72 Ethnikos lost to PAOK 3–2 in the Semifinals and in 1976–77 Ethnikos was defeated by PAOK in the Quarterfinals. Ethnikos made decent 7th-place finishes in 1979–80 and 1980–81, but the team would struggle through the rest of the 1980s
Paniliakos was founded in 1958 from the union of four teams from the city of Pyrgos. It was a vision of three people, Lampaounas, Galanopoulos and Liatsis. Paniliakos had been relegated from the Super League Greece, the top level of the Greek League system, to the 4th level, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, for details on former players, see Category, Paniliakos F. C. players Paniliakos Blog Paniliakos Athens Club Red Boys Club Gate3 Paniliakos Profile
Aris Thessaloniki F.C.
Created in 1914 as Aris Thessaloniki Football Club, the club was a founding member of Macedonian Football Clubs Association as well as the Hellenic Football Federation. The colours of the club are yellow of glory, dominant colour in the culture of Macedonia, such as reminiscent of the Byzantine heritage of Thessaloniki, and black. It is named after Ares, the ancient Olympian God of War, associated also with courage and masculinity, Aris was also one of the most popular and strongest teams in Greece during the Interwar period. The club was established as a club by a group of 22 young friends in a coffee bar in Votsi area on 25 March 1914 and given the name Aris from Ares. Its nickname was inspired by the two Balkan Wars of 1912–1913, when Greece fought against the Ottoman Empire before engaging in a war with Bulgaria. In Greek mythology, Aris was a deity who was in conflict with Heracles, Aris holds a fierce rivalry with paok and Olympiakos. In the beginning the club was based on a near the Arch and Tomb of Galerius, the first stadium was built on the site where Mars Field Park currently lies on Stratou Avenue. Quickly the club became popular and soon new teams apart from football were established. During this early stage of football in Greece no professional league was established, instead, three minor leagues were created, with the champions of each league competing in a postseason mini tournament to claim the title of the national champion. The first official game was held in 1923 against Megas Alexandros Thessaloniki and that year marked the first title, when Aris was named regional champion of Macedonia, something that was repeated next year. In 1926 the club was renamed Athletic Club Aris Thessaloniki to include other sports than football. In the first race on 24 May, the team of Thessaloniki prevailed 3–1 Atromitos Athens, in iterative matches played in June in Thessaloniki, Aris won both of his opponents by 3–1 and thus crowned the first champion of Greece. The following year, it was held the stage of national championships although Aris won the championship title in Thessaloniki. The first took place on 12 May 1929 and ended 1–1, while the second was held on 2 June with Aris to beats 4–3, on 20 April 1929, the first friendly match took place between Aris and Panathinaikos, the yellows to defeat 5–4. The second championship came four years later in 1932, only time his opponents were Olympiakos, Panathinaikos, AEK, Ethnikos, paok. Four years after winning the first Panhellenic title, the won the championship. Leading scorer of the league emerged Nikos Kitsos with 15 goals, big stars of that team were Kitsos, Agelakis, Caltech, and Vogdanou Gkikopoulos while coach De Valera. That same year, the EPO instituted for the first time the Greek Cup and this was followed by victory over Apollo Athens, to reach the final where they lost 5–3 from AEK Athens, losing the chance to win the first doubles
PAS Giannina F.C.
PAS Giannina F. C. or with its full name Panepirotikos Athlitikos Syllogos Giannina is a Greek football club based in the city of Ioannina, the capital of Epirus region. PAS Giannina was formed in 1966 as a result of the union of the two local teams – AO Ioanninon and PAS Averof. As emblem of the new team was chosen the bull, as appeared on the ancient coin of the Epirote League. The club have competed several times in the Superleague. The club is probably best known among Greek football spectators for its loyal support, PAS Giannina was a mid-table club of the Second Division until 1971. In 1966–67 the club finished 6th, in 1971 the Portuguese Gómez de Faria was signed as manager. In 1971–72 PAS Giannina finished 13th, in the middle of the season three Argentine players were signed, Alfredo Glasman, Jose Pasternac and Eduardos Kontogeorgakis. At the end of the three more Argentine players were signed, Juan Montes, Oscar Alvarez and Eduardo Lisa. PAS Giannina was in the race for promotion, in 1972–73 the club finished second. In 1973–74 it finished first and promoted to the First division, PAS Giannina was in the First Division for 10 years. The club finished several times near the top of the First Division table, often earning victories over more established Greek teams such as Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens, in 1974–75 PAS Giannina finished 9th. In 1975–76 PAS Giannina finished 5th for the first time and this position is the record high for the club. In 1976–77 it fiished 11th. In 1977–78 the club finished 5th again, the club qualified for the Balkans Cup for the first time in its history. In the middle of the season the former Poland national team coach Jacek Gmoch was signed from the Epirote club and it was a brief but reasonably successful tenure. In 1980–81 it finished 11th. In 1983–84 PAS Giannina finished 15th and it was in a tie with Panionios. There was a play out match in Larissa between the two clubs, PAS Giannina relegated in the Second Division. In 1984-85 the club finished first in the Second Division and promoted to the First Division, in 1986–87 it finished 16th and relegated to the Second Division In 1987-88 it finished 12th. The club qualified for the playoffs with Ethnikos, Apollon Kalamarias, Korinthos, Diagoras. In 1989–90 it finished third and promoted to the First Division, in 1990–91 the club finished 18th and relegated to the Second Division
Panachaiki 2005 F.C.
Panachaiki F. C. is a football club based in Patras, Greece. Founded in 1891, they play the 2015–16 season in the Greek second division and they have reached the Greek Cup semi-finals twice as well as the quarter-finals on ten occasions. Moreover, they were the first Greek club outside Athens and Thessaloniki to represent Greece in a European competition, Panachaiki F. C. is the football department of Panachaiki Gymnastiki Enosi, a multi-sport club. In 1979, the department became professional and independent and they have played their home games in various grounds since their first official game in 1899, mainly the Kostas Davourlis Stadium, their traditional home ground, and the Pampeloponnisiako Stadium. The history of Panachaiki began in 1891, when Panachaikos Gymnastikos Syllogos was founded, in 1894, a rival sports club, Gymnastiki Eteria Patron, was founded in Patras by former Panachaikos members. It was only in 1923 that both came to an agreement and decided to merge, forming Panachaiki Gymnastiki Enosi. The football department was founded in 1899 by the Brit Arthur Morphy, during the next years, the first players of the football team were athletes from the Clubs other departments, members of the British community of Patras and Italian emigrates. Former Manchester United manager Wilf McGuinness took over as coach for the 1974–75 season before he returned to England 18 months later. The teams privately owned arena is the Kostas Davourlis Stadium, holding a capacity of 11,321 speactators, Panachaiki has also been using the municipality-operated Pampeloponnisiako Stadium, which has a capacity of 23,588. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Ethnikos Olympiakos Volos F.C.
Olympiacos Volou Football Club, is a Greek football club based in the city of Volos. They were participating in Football League before they withdraw from the league in February 2016 due to economic problems, currently they participate in Football League 2. In 1938 Olympiacos achieves the biggest distinction made from a team at the time. In 1947 Olympiacos wins its first Thessalian championship, the year 1954 is very successful for the team. Due to the city being damaged and due to lack of media information. However, the team managed to arrive in the Greek capital city and even eliminated AEK by beating them 0–1. In 1960 the team reached the round of 16 in Greek Cup, in 1961 it merged with local club Ethnikos Volos, with Ethnikos-Olympiakos Volou being the new denomination, despite this the team is still commonly referred as Olympiakos Volou. In the same year Olympiakos wins the Central Greece championship and had the opportunity to win the promotion in A Ethniki through a play-off match, in 1962–63 Olympiakos completed the B Ethniki league in a remarkable fifth place. In the following season the team ended first, together with Trikala, the first top flight campaign for the club was however not successful, as Olympiakos was relegated in B Ethniki. Despite this, the club managed to recover from that. The same year Olympiakos reached the Greek Cup round of 16, another relegation followed in 1968, after the club ended the league in 16th place. In the year 1970 Olympiakos won again B Ethniki and returned in the A Ethniki for the third time, in 1971–72 the club finished in 13th place its top flight campaign, a result confirmed also in 1972–73 ends in the 13th place. In the year 1975–76 Olympiakos ended in third place and even eighth the next season, in 1977 the club had a much more impressive season, losing the promotion only in the final game to Larissa. The club returned to the second tier only 1986, and even returned to the top flight in 1988, Olympiakos returned to the second tier only the following season, ending the 1989–90 season in 17th place. In the 1990s, the club did not achieve any success, being relegated once again to third division. In 2000 Olympiakos made good appearances but due to some unlucky results at the end of the year, it ended up in seventh place. At the same time the administration began facing financial problems. As a result of that, the club had to start from fourth division, a first time in such a lower tier for the club in 2003
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
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
Aiolikos Football Club is a Greek association football club, based in Mytilene. The club was established in 1975 after a merger of two local teams – Atlantas and Apollon, the name Aiolikos was inspired by the Aeolians, the name by which the Greek inhabitants of Lesbos and nearby Aeolis, Anatolia, have been known since antiquity. Incidentally, there was also a Greek football club called Aiolikos that was based in Smyrna, around 1890, with the Greco-Turkish War, many of the Greek inhabitants of the region emigrated to Lesbos, taking their sporting traditions and clubs with them. In 1976, Aiolikos participated for first time in Lesbos Football Clubs Association Championship, Ιn 1978, was promoted in National Amateur Division and in 1982 participated in Beta Ethniki. In 1985, Aiolikos contested the promotion to Alpha Ethniki, until 1991, Aiolikos participated alternately in Gamma and Delta Ethniki. From 1991 to 1999, Aiolikos played unfailingly in Gamma Ethniki championship, certain problems, mainly economic, led in 2000 the team again to the Lesbos Football Clubs Associations Championship for one season. In 2001, Aiolikos was promoted in Delta Ethniki, the 2001–02 season was not good for Aiolikos, but they won on May 25,2002, the Amateur Cup, afterwards the victory against Almopos Aridaia, final score 4–2. In 2005, Aiolikos promoted again in Gamma Ethniki and they participated in that division until December 29,2008, when they withdrew from 2008–09 season championship, due to unsolvable economic problems, and relegated to Delta Ethniki. Mytilene Municipal Stadium is a stadium in Mytilene, Greece. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the stadium of Aiolikos. The stadium holds 2,850 people, all-seated, stadiums nickname is Tarlas, which is inspired by the old name of the settlement where stadium is built. The word is originated from another Turkish word, which means tract or field and it has also one big stand and track. The stand is separated in 5 sections, while there are 100 seats for VIP, in 2001 was put projectors and seats have been placed on all the stand. Until then, only a section of the stand had seats. On the occasion of 2004 Olympic Games, have more important projects to changing rooms. Although had been decided in 2005 the placement of a shelter, Gamma Ethniki Titles,11984 Delta Ethniki Titles,3198219922005 Amateur Cup,219822002 2007–08 season 2008–09 season
Anagennisi Arta F.C.
Anagennisi Artas is a Greek football club, based in Arta, in the North-West part of Greece. The emblem of the team depicts the bridge of Arta. The club was established in 1960 from the union between local Arta clubs Panamvrakikos, Aetos and Olympiacos, the colours of the club are Black-White. The fans were never under a strong organization and they used to form various groups like black cannibals or black knights but nothing official. There is no official fan club, the club has nurtured many great football players in the past such as Antonis Nikopolidis, Giorgos Vaitsis, Sotiris Balafas, Michalis Kapsis, Vaggelis Kaounos and others. Arta fans have a brotherhood with Palermo fans, the club is well known mostly for its successful womens handball team. Since then it has won,12 national championships 10 national cups The mens handball team isnt so successful and it plays in the second league for years. The volleyball team was founded in 1980 and it never managed to play the lead in a high level. However, it has won titles in lower divisions both in men and women. Football teams official website Fans official website Womens handball
AEL F. C. also known with its full name Athlitiki Enosi Larissa, simply called AEL or Larissa, is a Greek association football club based in the city of Larissa, capital of Greeces Thessaly region. Founded in 1964, it is associated with the city of Larissa. The clubs emblem, is a horse and its colors are crimson. It is the team outside the two major Greek cities to have won the Greek Championship in the season 1987–88. AEL has also won twice the Greek Cup and played in additional in two Cup finals and this record places the club among the top teams in the history of Greek football. They play their games at AEL FC Arena, a newly built stadium with a capacity of 16,118 seats. The team currently competes in the Greek Super League, the first division of football championships. Athletic Union of Larissa, The Queen of Thessaly, the Queen of the lowlands, AEL, is the club that represents one of the greatest Greek football prefectures. One Championship, two cups, four finals and many important successes at European level compose the temporal profile of the top team of the Greek region, AEL was created from a vision of a powerful team that will represent a city like Larisa in the top category. Yugoslavian Alexander Petrovic, was the first foreign coach that was hired to ensure the impartiality of the team lineup. Thus, names of players like Zampas, Karelias, Kyriakos, Lellis, Papazoglou, Kassas, Saltapidas, Delfos, Katsianis and many others, the team ends the season 1964–65 in the 5th place. The next year claimed the promotion again, improving however by two seats in the final table, the promotion was lost in a game on 8 May 1966 at Megara with the home side Vyzas opponent. During the entry of the team on the field, player Dimitrios Zambas was hit in the head by a ladder thrown from the stands and was taken to the hospital. The team with 10 players due to the elimination of Kyriakidis from the first quarter, and with 3 of the 10 remaining players injured, had formal presence, disappointment was soon made its appearance. In Fact, there was a rationalization of the Second Division, but the effort was left unfinished. Because, ultimately there has no relegation and it was decided the next season each group to have 18 teams. Otherwise, like the season, the winners of groups went to the final phase. The team indeed, with the entrance to the 1970s, the emergence of the forefront of Kantonias family
Anagennisi Karditsa F.C.
Anagennisi Karditsa, or Anagennisi Karditsa 1904, is a Greek association football club based in the city of Karditsa, Greece. The name of the club comes from the Greek word for Rebirth, playing in the independent Thessalian League from 1929 to 1962, it joined the newly established Greek second division in time for Season 1962-63. In 2008 Anagennisi Karditsa reach the Gamma Ethniki play-off and beat Ilioupoli F. C. 2-0 in Athens to win promotion to Beta Ethniki, Anagennisi Karditsa is a well-supported club by regional football standards, and their passion is very well known. They hold the record for the most fans to attend an away game for Gamma Ethniki in 2008. For many years, Anagennisi also maintained a local rivalry with AOK. In January 2010 the stadium capacity was extended to 9.500 seats, club training facilities are located in the nearby southern borough of Rousso. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. gr at anagenisi-karditsas. gr
Diagoras FC is a football club based in Rhodes, Greece. Diagoras is named after the islands ancient boxer Diagoras, the team first played under Ottoman Rule until the short lived independence of the Dodecanese in 1912. No matches at all were held during the Balkan Wars and the team did not play with Greek teams until the Dodecanese joined with the rest of Greece in 1947. The club demonstrated rich social, cultural, sporting and especially patriotic activities, Diagoras reconstituted in 1945, just prior the liberation of Rhodes and the union with Greece. They played in Super League Greece between 1986-1989, in 1987 the club reached the semi-finals of the Greek Cup, losing to OFI. On 16 February 2012, Diagoras was expelled from the leagues by the Greek Professional Sports Committee
Doxa Vyronas is a football club based in Vyronas, an eastern suburb of Athens. The club, established in 1945, and currently competes in Delta Ethniki Regional Championship, Doxa currently use Municipal Stadium of Vyronas as the venue for their home matches. Doxa Vyronas was founded in 1945 and its founders were Holopoulos and Panagiotis Ioannou. The first home ground of the football team was “Anagnostopoulos Ground” which lied in the district of Amygdalies. The clubs first participation in the local championships of Athens came in 1949-1950. In 1963-64 it was the first time that Doxa promoted to Beta Ethniki, the most remarkable and historic win of that season was a 1-0 defeat of Panachaiki in Patras. It was not until 1974-75 that Doxa returned to Beta Ethniki, finally, after almost one decade in the amateur leagues of Athens, Doxa managed to take part in 2007-08 season of Delta Ethniki, after a successful merger with Proteas Palea Fokea. The club from Palea Fokea, Southern Attica, was dissolved thus letting its league position to the “blues” from Vyronas
Kallithea F. C. is a Greek professional football club based in Kallithea, currently competing in the Football League. The clubs full name is Gymnastikos Syllogos Kallithea, meaning Gymnastic Club of Kallithea, the club was founded on 18 August 1966, from the merger of five local clubs, Esperos, Iraklis, AE Kallitheas, Kallithaikos, and Pyrsos. The five stars in Kallitheas club logo represent the five founding clubs, Kallitheas first season of competitive football was in 1966–67 in the third tier of Greek football. In 1969, the club earned promotion to the second division, in 2002 Kallithea achieved promotion to top flight, for the first time. The first match there in the history was a 1–0 loss to Olympiacos at Georgios Kamaras Stadium. The clubs first win in the competition came on 14 September, after a 9th-place finish in 2004–05, Kallithea was relegated back the following season. In 2006–07 and 2007–08, the club finished 7th and 6th in the second level, Kallithea has reached as far as the quarterfinal stage of the Greek Cup on five occasions, in 1969–70, in 1978–79, in 1986–87, in 2001–02 and in 2009–10. Kallithea plays its matches at Gregoris Lambrakis Stadium in Kallithea. The stadium was built in 1970, and currently has a capacity of 4,250. The ground is referred to by its nickname, El Paso. The site of the used to be a quarry, explaining the tall rock lining the north end of the stadium. Third Division,31976,1993,2010 As of 24 January 2016, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Omilos Filathlon Irakleiou 1925, is a Greek association football club based in Heraklion, on the island of Crete. It is a part of the OFI multi sports club, outside Greece, the club is generally known as OFI Crete, however, the name Crete is not actually part of the clubs official title. The team competes in Gamma Ethniki, the division of the Greek football league system. OFI is the Cretan club with most appearances in the Greek first division and it has won one Greek Cup and one Balkans Cup, while they have competed seven times in UEFA competitions. The club was founded during the autumn of 1925 by a group of athletes that used to exercise in a gym in the city of Heraklion. The official name given to the club was Omilos Filathlon Irakleiou. The colours that OFI used were black and white, because none of the sports clubs had the same colour combination in Crete. The scope of the club, as had been written down in the first deed of association, was to participate in all kinds of events. During the first period of OFI’s existence most of the founders were also members. The years preceding World War II were a difficult period not only for Crete. Thus, it was difficult for OFI to travel and participate in national football tournaments. As a result, OFI was limited to matches around the island of Crete, strangely enough, these local matches were more frequent in comparison to the official ones of former periods. Even though official documentation does not exist, elderly fans of OFI believe that the team played around 400 matches before the Germans finally occupied Crete, after the German occupation of Greece had ended, football tournaments around the country started again. However, it was almost impossible for a team coming from the province to part in it. As a result, even though OFI was the top team in Crete. After 1956, the system in Greece changed slightly, one of those seasons was in 1957–58. OFI played preliminary games in a group of 4 teams, where finished in first place. Thus, OFI, for the first time in its history, however, the team could not stand the frequent trips around Greece and finished in last position
Athlitikos Podosferikos Omilos Levadeon or simply Levadiakos is a Greek association football club that plays in the Greek Superleague. It was then relegated to the Beta Ethniki again in 2006–2007, the club finished one level above relegation that year but was relegated back to the second division by finishing 14th in 2009–10. Levadiakos started in 1961, when local clubs Trofonios and Pallevadiaki merged into a greater club, straight after, Levadiakos played in the second division being close to relegation in almost every season. In the 1980s, the team was upgraded and in May 1987, Levadiakos stayed there only for four seasons, returning again only in 1994 and 1995. After their second relegation, Levadiakos declined and went very lower, but once more, everything changed suddenly and the team reached again the Greek Super League after eleven years, in 2006, but was immediately relegated. In the next summer, Levadiakos bought many players and appointed Georgi Vasilev as manager. Vasiliev achieved to get the team to the Super League once again, and in the 2007–08 season he struggled, nevertheless, he resigned from the club and he was succeeded by Momčilo Vukotić. As of 10 September 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Egaleo F. C. is a Greek football club based in Egaleo, a suburb of Athens. Founded in 1946, it uses all documents of previous club, it holds home matches at Stavros Mavrothalassitis Stadium, with a 14, Club colours are blue and white. Egaleo was founded in 1931 by Demetrios Haniotis and Georgios Aronis, in 1946, four clubs in the district merged with Ierapoleos to form Athletic Club Egaleo, which managed to reach for the first time the first division in 1961. In the league, the club finished sixth, trailing PAOK F. C. by just one point, after a disappointing 2006–07, Egaleo was relegated back to the second level. Another relegation followed in the year, and a third in 2008–09. In August 2009, a merger between Egaleo and Ilisiakos F. C. O, at the end of the 2009–2010 season, due to the merger being declared illegal by the Greek Council of State, Egaleo F. C. was relegated to the Delta Ethniki
AOK Kerkyra, is a Greek association football club based in Corfu, Greece, which competes in the Superleague Greece The clubs colours are Maroon and Blue. The National Stadium of the town of Corfu, E. A. K. K. is the ground of the club. Such was named officially, was founded in 1969, for many years played in local championship of Corfu. But the season 1988–89 played in Gamma Ethniki, in 2002 the club was promoted in Beta Ethniki and the season 2004–05 played in A Ethniki for first time in history. The club played 5 times totally in A Ethniki, the seasons 2005,2007,2011,2012 and 2013, Kassiopi was the football club of the village Kassiopi in north-east Corfu. The club was founded in 1984 and in 2012, it became champion of Delta Ethniki Group 5 and was promoted to Football League 2 for the first time in history. The next season it was finished in the place of the championship of football. In the same season Kerkyra F. C. was relegated from Super League to Football League, on account of a lot of debts, Kerkyra F. C. couldnt play in the professional league of Football League. So the owners of the club of Corfu agreed with the owners of Kassiopi F. C. for the merge of two clubs in order to Kerkyra F. C continue its presence in professional leagues without debts. The intention was the new club to be named PAE Kerkyra, Kerkyra was dismissed by Superleague Greece and automatically got relegated to Football League as they were accused and proved to commit fake transfer of shares. Kerkyra was given the last position on the league table. Next season Kerkyra got 2nd place and gained promotion into Superleague Greece along with the 1st place team AE Larissa FC. Built in 1961 Capacity of 2,685 Biggest attendance 5,000 The stadium has two stands, the one has a roof and is where the players and officials emerge from. The second stand is situated directly opposite and this stand was constructed in 1973. As of 31 August 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Edessaikos F. C. is a football club based in Edessa, Greece currently playing in the top league of Pella. Edessaikos is a club based in Edessa Greece. It was founded in 1959 when three local clubs – Aris, Iraklis, Ethnikos – merged, Edessaikos was a founding member of the Pella Football Clubs Association in 1971. The club has participated in the Greek Football A Division between 1993 and 1997, Edessaikos is currently competing in the A1 League of Pella, after getting relegated from Delta Ethniki during the 2009–10 season. Edessaikos has also a well-organized youth academy system. Edessaikos badge consists of a trident, together with the name of the club placed above the trident, Edessaikos fans arent many, but they are passionate. Ένωση Ποδοσφαρικών Σωματείων Πέλλας-Pella Football Clubs Association
Irodotos F. C. is a Greek football club, based in Nea Alikarnassos, Heraklion. The club was founded in 1932 and they will play for 2nd season in Football League 2 for the season 2014-15. Founded in 1932, the colors are blue and white. It has as an emblem of the bust of Herodotus, the first historian, descended from Halicarnassus, keeps department of Football and Basketball for men, whereas historically functioned and sections of Wrestling, Cycling, Womens Football and Athletics. Delta Ethniki,2 1991-92, 2003–04 Official website
Anagennisi Giannitsa F.C.
Anagennisi Giannitsa is a Greek football club, based in Giannitsa. It competes in Football League 2 at the municipal stadium in the city of Giannitsa. In its 55-year history, the team has never fought in the First National Division, the teams colors are blue and white. The football team in its current form was founded in 1961 and it was founded by football fan Giannitsà who wanted a team that could participate in soccer events. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
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
Kalamata F. C. is a professional football club based in Kalamata, Greece, currently competing in Football League 2. Kalamata F. C. was formed in 1967 in a merger among Apollon Kalamata, the team has competed in the Greek first division seven times, in 1972-73, 1974–75, from 1995-96 to 1997-98, and from 1999-00 to 2000-01. Kalamata F. C. achieved its first two promotions to the first division, in 1972 and 1974, under President Lykourgos Gaitanaros and its first two promotions in the early 1970s are considered the teams first golden era. The team could not stick in the top flight though, businessman Stavros Papadopoulos bought the team in 1992, while the club was stuck in Gamma Ethniki, the third division. Upon his arrival, Papadopoulos began pouring an amount of money into the club. After Papadopoulos departure Kalamata fell to the division and has since stayed in the lower divisions. The Papadopoulos era of Kalamata F. C. saw the signing of international players from Ghana, such as Samuel Johnson, Afo Dodoo, Ebenezer Hagan, Peter Ofori-Quaye. Kalamata F. C. is credited with starting the trend among Greek clubs of signing African talent since the late 1990s. After being demoted to the division in 1997, they eventually started to bring in young Brazilian talent. The Brazilians helped the gain promotion to the first division right away in 1998. One of them, Hilton Assis, turned out to be the first cousin of Brazil, Hilton was once a promising player in Brazil who starred for Internacional of Porto Alegre, but serious knee operations curtailed his career. When he was healthy he was Kalamatas top goal scorer, Kalamatas long-standing rivals are Paniliakos and Egaleo F. C. a poor and industrial suburb of Athens. Kalamata FC is also claimed to have some of the most passionate, Kalamata F. C. s official colours are black and white, and the team is known in Greece as the Black Storm. Kalamata plays its matches at Kalamata Metropolitan Stadium in Kalamata. The stadium was completed in 1976, and currently has a capacity of 5,400. Kalamata F. C. s most famous club is the Bulldogs Fan Club. Kalamatas long-standing rivals are Paniliakos, located in Pyrgos in the western Peloponnese, Messiniakos is Kalamatas cross-town rival, but Messiniakos generally competed in lower leagues. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Trikala F. C. or Athlitikos Omilos Trikalon, are a professional football club based in the city of Trikala, in central Greece. The club was formed in 1963 from the merger of two rival Trikala football clubs, Achilleas of Trikala and Α. Ε. Τ, the history of these original clubs can be traced back to the early 1920s when the football in the town was starting to rising. The merger provided an optimistic spirit for the fans of the team since the towns best teams had been merged, concequently, it proved to be successful as, within a year, A. O. T. had won promotion to the Greek first division. After coming top in the Greek 2nd division in 1964, AOT continued its success by competing in the Greek 1st division from 1964 to 1969. AOT then spent a two years in the 2nd division before winning that league again in 1971 and being promoted. They spent a two years in the 1st division before being relegated to the second division in 1973. The team spent a further 10 years in the second division, the period between 1983 and 1995 was one of the teams worse, spending 7 of the next 12 years in the 3rd division. Unfortunately, the success was short lived as AOT came last in the 1999 –2000 season which was followed by a disastrous run culminating in their relegation to the 4th division in 2003. Since 2003 the team have been playing in the Greek 3rd, the most recent season was a particularly memorable one and the most successful season for AOT in a decade. Having won promotion from the Greek 4th Division, AO Trikala were to compete in the Greek National 3d Division North Group and they signed many good and experienced players and set their sights on promotion. The club started the season with a performance in the Greek Cup as they eliminated Kastoria. A crowd of over 7500 Trikala fans saw the team beat their rivals 1–0. In the 4th round Trikala had another game when they beat top-flight club Iraklis Salonica in front of over 7000 home fans. They eventually lost on penalties in the round having progressed to the last 16 of the competition. Despite the good run in the Greek Cup, the league performance at the start of the season suffered as their inability to score away from home meant that Trikala dropped a lot of points. The playoff match was played on May 29, at the Nea Smirni Stadium in Athens, more than 4000 Trikala fans travelled 7 hours to watch their team produce a memorable display and beat Vyzas Megaron by 2–0, with Costa Rican striker Enoc Perez netting both goals. It was an end to the season as AO Trikala had finally started to form a team worthy of its bright history. The 2009–2010 season also saw AO Trikala breaking some impressive records, the team conceded just 11 goals in 35 league games, which was a European record for the season
Panelefsiniakos F. C. the Panelefsiniakos Athletic Club, is a football club based in the city of Elefsina, Greece. The club currently competes in Football League, the team was formed in 1931. The club has played in the top level of Greek football, the club has also played in the second level, Beta Ethniki, for 25 seasons. After a series of relegations, the club is played for a lot of years in the local West Attica championships, in 2013, the team promoted in the Football League 2 after 11 years. The current stadium of Panelefsiniakos is the Municipal Stadium of Elefsina located in Elefsina, next to the stadium, there is the fitness center, which constitutes a part of the athletic center. It also has seats for journalists and beaten path, the old stadium of the team was Evangelos Doukas Stadium. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Kastoria F. C. or AGSK Kastoria, the Athletic Gymnastic Club of Kastoria, is a Greek association football club based in the city of Kastoria, Macedonia, Greece. The club was established in 1963 when three local football clubs merged to form one team representing the town. In 1974, Kastoria played for the first time in the A Ethniki of the Greek National League, Kastoria have played in the A Division from 1974–1983 and again in season 1996-1997. Kastoria FC won the Greek Cup in 1980 by defeating Iraklis and its golden era was between 1974 and 1983, when the club remained for 9 consecutive years amongst Greece’s top elite clubs, achieving the most important trophy of its history, The Greek Cup. During this golden period, two Presidents distinguished themselves, Sotiris Sianos and Giorgos Chalkidis, another important presence in Kastoria’s history was Mr. Panagiotis Spyropoulos, one of the world’s largest furs trades, who handled the club’s affairs as owner, between 1999 and 2009. During Spyropoulos tenure, Kastoria failed to achieve the return to Greece’s highest football division. After Mr. Mr. Nikolaos Pepelidis, was elected President of the club
Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C.
Iraklis 1908 FC or Iraklis FC, is a Greek football club, based in the city of Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece, currently playing in the Superleague, the top tier of Greek football. Their home ground is the Kaftanzoglio Stadium with a capacity of 27,770, founded in 1908 as Macedonikos Gymnasticos Syllogos, they are one of the oldest in Greek football and the oldest in Thessaloniki, hence the nickname Ghireos. A year later, the name Iraklis was added to the name as an honour to the ancient Greek hero Heracles. The teams colours are cyan or blue and white, inspired by the Greek flag, Iraklis was a founding member of Macedonia Football Clubs Association, as well as the Hellenic Football Federation, as a part of G. S. Iraklis. Before the formation of the league of Alpha Ethniki, Iraklis competed in the league that was run by the Macedonia Football Clubs Association. The club has played in five Greek Cup finals, lifting the trophy once in the 1976 final. They have also a title, as they won the Balkans Cup in 1985. Iraklis traces its roots back in 1899 when Omilos Filomouson was established, the club was established as a cultural union of the Greeks of Thessaloniki, but in 1902 it founded a sports department. Football was a new sport at the time, but rapidly increasing in popularity, the first match that was held by the Omilos Filomouson football team was on 23 April 1905, against a team of the Western European diaspora of the city called Union Sportive. Omilos Filomouson won the match by a 3-0 scoreline, later on, the club faced financial problems, but members of the club joined forces with another Greek athletic club of the city, called Olympia. The result of union was the foundation of a new club on 29 November 1908, called Makedonikos Gymnastikos Syllogos. The new clubs first president was a Greek doctor, Alkiviadis Maltos, the name of the club had a direct reference to the ethnic tensions that took place in the area at that time. Due to the Young Turks revolt of 1908 and their promises for ease of ethnic tensions in the area, thus a new name was decided for the club, Ottomanikos Ellinikos Gymnastikos Syllogos Thessalonikis Iraklis. The new name was approved, together with a new statute, Iraklis won Alliance 3-1, Progrès Sportive 5-1 and after winning the French-German School Alumni Union, the club was proclaimed Champion of Thessaloniki. On 6 April 1914, Iraklis played a match against Athinaikos Syllogos Podosfairou and it was the clubs first match against a club outside Thessaloniki. In 1914, Iraklis established the clubs youth squad, so the students of the Greek Gymnasium of the city could train in football, a year later Iraklis won the second Thessaloniki Football Championship. The next championship was not held due to World War I, in the years following World War I, several football clubs were established in Thessaloniki and that led to the establishment of the Macedonia Football Clubs Association in 1923. The first championship from the newly founded association was organised shortly afterwards, in 1924 Iraklis played its first match against a club from outside the borders of Greece
AO Kavala, the Athletic Club Kavala, is a professional association football club based in the city of Kavala, Macedonia, Greece. The club was formed in 1965 from the merger of Phillipoi Kavala, Iraklis Kavala and they have had a few runs in the top division of the Greek League. They were promoted to Alpha Ethniki for the first time in 1969 and they returned to top division in 1976 and played again for six seasons. In 1982 the club were relegated to the Beta Ethniki, after 11 years in Beta Ethniki and one year in Gamma Ethniki they were promoted to Alpha Ethniki. There black period began for the team in which played only in Beta Ethniki. In 2009 they signed Miltiadis Sapanis and EURO2004 winner Fanis Katergiannakis, Kavala were promoted for the first time in 9 years to Greeces top division. In their quest to remain in the top flight they have signed Pepe Reinas back up at Liverpool, Charles Itandje, additional season signings include Craig Moore, Željko Kalac, Ebi Smolarek, Diogo Rincón, Sotiris Leontiou, Serge Dié, Wilson Oruma and Frédéric Mendy. This combined with coach Aad de Mos meant that Kavala set the league alight and they subsequently achieved notable victories in the 2009–2010 season against Iraklis FC, Panionios, AEK FC and Panathinaikos FC. Ending in 6th place, the team entered the transfer season, in July, the Spanish goalkeeper, Javier Lopez Vallejo was added to the roster. The teams owner sought the new manager throughout Europe and settled on the Serbian coach Dragomir Okuka who lasted until November, in Kasperczaks debut as a coach, Kavala beat AEK, 2–1, in what was considered a very good appearance. But in March 2011, Kasperczak, retired as the coach of team, and he was replaced by Ioannis Matzourakis. Kavala finished 7th and later faced the threat of relegation to Football League due to the match-fixing scandal, after an appeal, the team managed to avoid relegation by starting the new league with 8 points less. On 23 August, however, the Professional Sports Committee stripped both Kavala and Olympiakos Volou from their licence and demoted them to the Delta Ethniki. Kavala competed in Delta Ethniki Group 1, Ιn September 2013 Germans investors take the management of Kavala F. C. The agreement provides that the new investors will catch and a significant part of its debts to old players. Indeed, the Germans will be able to buy a majority stake of the shares of FC paying €500,000 clause of the first season and €700,000 for the second, respectively. The Anthi Karagianni Municipal Stadium, formerly the Kavala National Stadium, is a stadium in Kavala. It is the homebase of Kavala F. C, the stadium was built 1970, and currently has a seating capacity of 10,500. It is named after the athlete, Anthi Karagianni, who won three silver medals in the 2004 Paralympic Games
Panetolikos F. C. or with its full name Panaetolikos Gymnastikos Philekpaideutikos Syllogos, is an association football club based in Agrinio, Greece. It was founded in 1926 and is considered one of the clubs in Greece. Some of the most well known players that started their career in the club are Stratos Apostolakis, former Greek recordman in international caps, and Petros Michos. The clubs symbol is Titormus, the ancient Aetolian hero and their motto is Τίτορμος Αιτωλός Ούτος Άλλος Ηρακλής, Panetolikos won an epic play-offs tie against fellow third tier side Rodos to win promotion to the Beta Ethniki for the 2009–10 season. The tie was played in Athens at the Nea Smyrni Stadium, in front of full house, after going down 1–0 early, the team staged an impressive fight back to win the game 2–1 with two goals in the last 5 minutes. Scenes of joy followed as one of the better supported teams in rural Greece won promotion, now in the Football League, Panetolikos continue to get terrific support, both home and away. After terrific performances inside and outside Agrinio, Panetolikos managed to win the last three matches and promoted to Superleague. The teams 2010 performances have set new records for the Football League championship, point record, Panetolikos had celebrated their promotion at home with a Friendly match against Panionios, a Superleague team, on 20 May 2011. After a very bad second round of results at Superleague, Panetolikos demoted to Football League, the chairman of the club, Mr. Kostoulas after seven years, resigned from his position. After this the board resigned. Most of the left the club, said that they wanted to return at their countries. After the end of the game the city of Agrinio celebrated the promotion until dawn, the team had its most successful year so far in the First Division, finishing in the 8th place. In 2014–15 season, form of the improved and finished First Division as 7th. Panetolikos Stadium is a stadium in Agrinio, Greece. A UEFA 4-star stadium, it is used for football matches. It is located at Prousiotissis Street and it holds 7,500 people and its highest attendance was 11,012 people during a match against Olympiakos in 1977. There are plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to 8,800 spectators. Nowadays the average attendance is 6,000 and it has been used as a football ground since 1930, however the first stand was not constructed until the mid-1950s
Doxa Drama F.C.
Founded as Peleus in 1918, the team was renamed Doxa in 1919. Initially, the colors were black and white with the logo of a black clover. After the war the teams logo was changed to a black eagle, while the team colours of black. The first formal match of Doxa was against AOK, the team of neighbouring city Kavala, in that first game Doxa won 3–0. Doxa Dramas is one of the founders of the Greek League Alpha Ethniki, Doxa reached the final of the Greek football Cup in 1953/54, 1957/58 and 1958/59, but lost all three finals to Olympiacos. Doxa Drama participated in Alpha Ethniki for 21 seasons, financial and administrative turmoil, however, led to the club being relegated to Greece’s amateur division, Delta Ethniki. In 2008–2009 Doxa had a year in the Third Division. Doxa returned to Beta Ethniki after 11 years for the 2009–2010 season, the stadium of Doxa Drama has a capacity of 7,000 people and it is situated in the western part of the town of Drama, in the district of Komninoi. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Northern regional group, 1953-54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958-59, 2nd Division, 1962-63, 1965–66, 1978–79, 1987–88, 1995–96, 2009-10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013-14. 3rd Division, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005–2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008–2009, 2014-2015, 2015-16, national amateur division, 2000-01, 2001–02, 2002-03. Official Doxa Drama Website Unofficial Fan Website Information about the stadium
Apollon Kalamarias F.C.
Apollon Kalamarias FC is a Greek football club based in Thessaloniki, Greece. The football club was formed in January 1926, the team had been in and out of Greek first division until international businessman and former owner of Kalamata F. C. Stavros Papadopoulos, bought the team in 2001. Papadopoulos invested money into the team and brought in young players from Brazil. Papadopoulos has relinquished the running of the team since 2004 and they played their first match in the A National Division on 25 October 1959. Panagiotis Kyprianidis was the first Apollon Kalamarias footballer to play for the Greek National team on 22 May 1963), the first match in the top division was on 4 September 1983 against PAOK. Record man of participations, Dimitris Toboulidis is the player with the most participations in the history of Apollon Kalamarias in the A National Division. 2016–17 season Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Second Division, 1972–73, 1982–83, 1991–92 Third Division, 1979–80, 2012–13 EPSM Championship, 1957–58, 1975–76 Teams official website
Ethnikos Asteras F.C.
Ethnikos Asteras F. C. the National Star, is a professional football club based in Kaisariani, Athens, Greece, currently competing in Football League 2, the Greek third division. The club, originally named Ethnikos Astir, was founded in 1927 from the merger of Ethnikos and they participated in the Greek first division from 1998 until 2002. Ethnikos Asteras is also known as Asteras FC a name related to the Warriors, the clubs colors are red and white. Nikos Alefantos Spyros Livathinos Armandos Leimanis Official site
They play their home games at Toumba Stadium, with a capacity of 28,803 seats. PAOK was established on 20 April 1926 by Greek Constantinopolitans who fled to Thessaloniki from the city of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War, emblem of the team is a Byzantine-style double-headed eagle, adopted three years after the establishment of the club. PAOK currently plays in the top-flight Superleague Greece, which they have won twice and they have won also four times the Greek Football Cup. The team has appeared several times in the UEFA Europa League competition and their best European performance was in the 1973–74 season, when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. PAOK FC is the oldest division of PAOK Sports Club, the successor of Hermes Sports Club, which was formed in 1877 by the Greek community of Pera, the football club was founded in 1926. The original logo of PAOK was a horseshoe and a four-leaf clover, the two teams were merged in 1929, adopting the still-current two-headed eagle symbol, also in 1929. The eagle symbolizes the origins of the club in the former Byzantine capital, Constantinople, the first professional contract was signed by the club on 5 September 1928. The contract stipulated that the French footballer Raymond Etienne – of Jewish descent from Pera Club – would be paid 4,000 drachmas per month, the contract was signed by Dr. Meletiou, the PAOK chairman, and Mr. Sakellaropoulos, the Hon. Secretary. In the 1950s, the won the Thessaloniki Championship for four successive seasons. In 1959, their new Toumba Stadium opened, Giorgos Koudas, the great star of the team made his first appearance in 1963. With him, PAOK won their first national titles, the Greek Football Cup and they won also for the first time the Greek Championship in 1975–76, a feat they would repeat in 1984–85. At the European level, the club made its best ever performance after reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1973–74, where they were knocked out by Milan. PAOK also made an appearance against German giants Bayern Munich in the 1983–84 UEFA Cup. Since 1985, a period of decline affected the club, in 1992, they lost in the Greek Cup final to Olympiacos. In 1996, Thomas Voulinos handed over the reins of the club to Giorgos Batatoudis, numerous transfers of well-known players such as Percy Olivares, Zisis Vryzas, Spiros Marangos and Kostas Frantzeskos took place under the new administration. In 1997, having served its five-year ban, PAOK qualified for the UEFA Cup under coach Angelos Anastasiadis, the clubs reappearance at European level was marked by a victory and qualification over Arsenal. The new team, however, did not prove successful in the domestic league. The clubs continuing inability to break the dominance of the big three in the league resulted in several changes over the following three years
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
Eordaikos 2007 F.C.
Eordaikos 2007 is a football club based in Ptolemaida, Greece. The club named Eordaikos 2007 is following the history of Eordaikos which is one of the known football clubs in Western Macedonia. In 1996, the due to serious financial problems merged with Iraklis Ptolemaidas. PAS Ptolemaida merged then with Anagenisi Ptolemaidas to form A. S, in 2004 the Club changes its and name for another time to PAE Ptolemaida-Lignitorikhi. Finally, in 2007, the council decided to rename the Club to T. A. P. The team colours are green and yellow, something unique in Greece, Eordaikos success opened a new chapter in the football history of the prefecture Kozani. National Stadium of Ptolemaida - Emilios Theofanidis Appearances in the division, 1978-83, 1989–91, 1992-1993 Appearances in the third division, 1983-1989, 1991–92, 1993–95. 2008-2009 Gamma Ethniki 2015-16 season Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. The fans of Ptolemaida visit stadium in every match and they very much to the efforts of Eor in returning to Football League
Pandramaikos Athletic Club is a Greek Football club, based in Drama. The club was established in 1969 after a merger of two local teams - Aris and Elpida, pandramaikos have previously played at the Second Division, spending a total of ten seasons at that level. The club currently plays at Fourth Division, the club plays its home games at the Municipal Stadium of Drama, which has a capacity of 4,500. The club colours are red and white
Korinthos, also known simply as Korinthos or with its full name Pagkorinthiakos Athlitikos Syllogos Korinthos is a Greek football club based in the city of Corinth, Greece. Pagkorinthiakos can literally be translated as Pan-corinthian, which means of all Corinth, the history of the club began in 1957 when Pagkorinthiakos was formed after the amalgamation of the two teams of Corinth—Olympiakos Korinthos and A. E. Korinthos. In 1963 the club merged with Aris Korinthos to form A. P. S Korinthos, in 1999 Korinthos merged with a re-established Pagkorinthiakos to form the current P. A. S. 6 seasons in Greek top level, Super League Greece, last one in 1992–93 season when it was Alpha Ethniki. Last one in 1994–95 season when it was Beta Ethniki,10 seasons in Football League 2. 5 seasons in Corinthia Football Clubs Association Prenier Division