Football League (Greece)
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
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
Veria Football Club is a football club based in Veria, Imathia, Greece. Veria FC was founded in September 1960 when two teams merged. The club has competed in Superleague Greece since 2012 and it has the nicknames Queen of the North and Rossoblu. Veria, PAOK and Iraklis are the clubs left representing the region of Macedonia in the top-tier championship. In 1960 two local teams of Imathia, Hermes and Vermion, merged when their founders decided that this was the way to create a competitive club. Verias first appearance in football championships came in 1962–63, when it finished sixth in the fourth group of Beta Ethniki. Four years later, the club had a breakthrough, finishing first in the group of Beta Ethniki. Because of this accomplishment, Veria was nicknamed Queen of the North, the following season saw Veria underperform and be relegated after three play-off matches against Olympiakos Volou. Despite the relegation, Veria achieved promotion the season, again finishing first in Group C of Beta Ethniki. Veria finished 13th in Alpha Ethniki in the 1970–71 season, during which they suffered a heavy 8–2 defeat by AEK Athens, the following season saw them finish 15th and be relegated again. Despite the relegation, Veria celebrated some notable wins such as against AEK Athens with a score 1–0, Olympiacos with a score 2–1, from 1972 until 1977, Veria competed in Beta Ethniki. They finished mid-table until 1975 but in 1976–77 tied with Kavala for first place, Veria were relegated again in 1977–78, when they finished 16th. The relegation came after Veria attempted to bribe Christos Hatziskoulidis of Egaleo F. C. to underperform in a match, the team was suspended and deducted ten points. For the next eight years Veria played in Beta Ethniki, finishing mid-table for seven of them, for five of those seasons Veria faced the other Imathia team, Naoussa, which led to a rivalry between the fans of the two cities. In 1982–83, Naoussa was relegated and the rivality was forgotten, in 1985–86, Veria played again in Alpha Ethniki following promotion in the previous season. The campaign resulted in the clubs best ever position, finishing joint seventh with AEK. That season,12 out of 16 teams, including Veria, were docked six points due to a players strike. Despite the great season in Alpha Ethniki, the season saw Veria being relegated again
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
Agrotikos Asteras F.C.
Agrotikos Asteras is a Thessaloniki-based football club, currently playing in the Football League. It was founded in 1932 by refugees from Asia Minor, Agrotikos Asteras was founded from Greek refugees from Asia Minor, that formerly lived in Koukloutzas, Smyrni. The idea of the establishment was conceived by a group of teenagers living in Neos Koukloutzas, Thessaloniki. Its statute was handed to Greek court on 10 January 1930, the most important season for the teams history was 2005-2006, when the club won the trophy of Gamma Ethniki and achieved the semi finals of the Greek Cup. The best players this season were Nikos Kyzeridis and Nikos Sakellaridis, 2005-2006 was the most successful season in history of the club. Agrotikos finished 1st in Gamma Ethniki and achieved promotion to Beta Ethniki for the first time in its history, the team had many wins with big scores. It had built many times consecutive wins with producing great football, all Greek football was talking for Agrotikos Asteras. A small team in Euosmos were saying and this team, had achieved the semi-finals, an excellent journey. In second round, Agrotikos played with Vyzas Megaron, and won by 6-2, in third round, it won Kastoria F. C. 3-1. In fourth round, Agrotikos achieved a victory, winning in penalties 5-4 historical PAOK FC. In fifth round, Agrotikos met Ergotelis and won 2-0, in quarter finals, Agrotikos Asteras played Ethnikos Asteras in a two-leg round. Agrotikos goal scored by captain Nikos Kyzeridis, at home leg, Agrotikos won 4-0. Asteras was through in semi finals, then, the club was drawn with AEK Athens, the 3rd in cup conquests. In away leg ended 3-0 and at home ended 1-0 with Tsouklis goal, Football League 2 Winners, 2005-06, 2013-14 Delta Ethniki Winners, 1993-94 As of 18 February,2017. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
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
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
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