PAOK Handball Club is the handball section of PAOK, the major multi-sports club based in Thessaloniki. PAOK has women's team. So far, PAOK men's team has won 3 Greek Championships and 3 Greek Cups and PAOK women's team has won 1 Greek Championship and 2 Greek cups. 2017-18 season marked the return of Women's team to the European Competitions. Despite its short history it is considered amongst the most successful departments of the Club. PAOK Handball CLub was founded in 1999 after it merged with another club from Triton. Stelios Seikeridis, former coach, has connected his name with the whole history of the club; as the years passed the team became stronger and stronger until it reached two consecutive Greek Handball Championships in 2009 and 2010. In the end of the 2008–09 season they defeated Panellinios in the last game of the play-offs and in 2009–2010 Doukas in the last game. In 2011 though PAOK had the advantage and needed only a draw in the last game in Mikra, they lost the championship to AEK.
In 2012 they won the Greek Cup. In 2015 they beat AEK again 27–29 in Thessaloniki P. A. O. K. Sports won the Greek Cup. PAOK won the Greek Championship the same year making it a double for the first time. In 2017 PAOK beat Panellinios 25-23 winning the Greek Cup for the third time. |} Greek Championship: Winners: 2009, 2010, 2015 Runner-up: 2011 Greek Cup: Winners: 2012, 2015, 2017 Runner-up: 2013 Double Winners: 2015 PAOK has been competing since 2006–2007 in European competitions, has taken part in all EHF competitions up to the 2013-2014 season. PAOK returned to the European competition by taking part in the 2017–18 EHF Challenge Cup. In 2009–2010 season the team reached at the group phase of the EHF Champions League, its biggest achievement up to date. PAOK's women handball club is competing in the first Greek division. On season 2012-13 they beat Ormi Patras in playoff finals with 2-1 series and won the Greek Women's Handball Championship. In the 2013-14 season, PAOK won its first cup, beating Anagennisi Arta in the final with score 22-20.
Greek championship Winners: 2013 Runner-up: 2016, 2017, 2018 Greek Cup Winners: 2014, 2016, 2019 Runner-up: 2015, 2018 The indoor arenas which plays PAOK at the games of the regular season of the domestic league are Arena Mikra 3 which holds 1,800 seats and Evosmos Sports Hall which holds 3,000 seats. In former years PAOK has used PAOK Sports Arena for European Competitions and the Play-Offs of the domestic league which holds 8,500 seats. Official website official website women EHF PAOK page official facebook page
2016–17 EHF Cup
The 2016–17 EHF Cup is the 36th edition of the EHF Cup, the second most important European handball club competition organised by the European Handball Federation, the fifth edition since the merger with the EHF Cup Winners' Cup. For the 2016–17 EHF Cup, the national federations were allocated places according to their 2016–17 EHF country ranking, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2012–13 to 2014–15. Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, federations may have more or less teams participating in the EHF Cup, as noted below: – Additional berth for 2015–16 EHF Cup title holders – Berth transferred from or to 2016–17 EHF Champions League – Berth transferred from 2016–17 EHF Challenge Cup The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round: TH: Title holders 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position CW: Domestic cup winners CR: Domestic cup runners-up CL QS: Losers from the Champions League qualification stage.
Notes The schedule of the competition is as follows: The qualification stage consists of three rounds, which are played as two-legged ties using a home-and-away system. In the draws for each round, teams are allocated into two pots, with teams from Pot 1 facing teams from Pot 2; the winners of each pairing qualify for the following round. For each round, teams listed first played the first leg at home. In some cases, teams agreed to play. A total of 30 teams entered the draw for the first qualification round, held on Tuesday, 19 July 2016; the draw seeding pots were composed as follows: The first legs were played on 2–3 September and the second legs were played on 4 and 10–11 September 2015. Notes A total of 32 teams entered the draw for the second qualifying round, held after the draw for the first qualifying round on Tuesday, 19 July 2016; the draw seeding pots were composed as follows: The first legs were played on 8–9 October and the second legs were played on 9 and 15–16 October 2016. Notes A total of 32 teams entered the draw for the third qualifying round, held on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.
The draw seeding pots were composed as follows: The first legs were played on 18–20 and 23 November and the second legs were played on 25–27 November 2016. Notes The draw of the EHF Cup group stage took place on Thursday, 1 December 2016; the 16 teams allocated into four pots were drawn into four groups of four teams. The country protection rule was applied, i.e. two clubs from the same country could not face each other in the same group. In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format; the matchdays are 11–12 February, 17–19 February, 4–5 March, 11–12 March, 25–26 March, 1–2 April 2017. If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings: number of points in matches of all teams directly involved. Lots shall be drawn by the EHF. On 28 November 2016, EHF announced the composition of the group stage seeding pots; because the German side Frisch Auf Göppingen, the organizers of the Final 4 tournament, finished on top of their group they qualified directly to the final tournament and only the top three second-placed teams qualified to the quarter-finals.
The ranking of the second-placed teams was determined on the basis of the team's results in the group stage. 2016–17 EHF Champions League 2016–17 EHF Challenge Cup 2016–17 Women's EHF Cup EHF Cup
A.C. Doukas School
A. C. Doukas School is a Greek multisport club based in Athens, it was founded in 1979 by Doukas School and its colour is blue and white. The home of the club is the Dais gymnasium in Marousi; the club has teams in Handball, Basketball and Field, futsal and Gymnastic. The basketball team was founded in the early 1990s. Nowadays, men's team plays in Beta Ethniki; the most successful era of the club history was the period 2003–2007, when the club played in A2 category. The handball team is the most successful team of the club having won many championships and cups of both men's and women's. Men's team has won 3 championship and 4 cup and women's team has won 1 championship and 1 cup. Men's Doukas team plays in A1 Ethniki. In current season it finished in the previous year it had finished in third place. Men's teamGreek Championship Winner: 1998, 2001, 2008 Greek Cup Winner: 1998, 1999, 2008, 2010Women's teamGreek Championship Winner: 1994 Greek Cup Winner: 1994 Men's team Doukas Futsal team was founded in 1996.
It plays constantly in the first division championship and has won 3 championship and 4 cups. Greek Championship: 2001, 2017, 2018 Greek Futsal Cup: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2015 Doukas has a section of athletics. Many notable Greek athletes have transferred in Doukas. Cases in point are Angeliki Tsiolakoudi and Stella Tsikouna. Official website Basketball team
Serbia the Republic of Serbia, is a country situated at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe in the southern Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. The sovereign state borders Hungary to the north, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, North Macedonia to the south and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, Montenegro to the southwest; the country claims a border with Albania through the disputed territory of Kosovo. Serbia's population is about seven million, its capital, ranks among the oldest and largest citiеs in southeastern Europe. Inhabited since the Paleolithic Age, the territory of modern-day Serbia faced Slavic migrations to the Balkans in the 6th century, establishing several sovereign states in the early Middle Ages at times recognized as tributaries to the Byzantine and Hungarian kingdoms; the Serbian Kingdom obtained recognition by the Vatican and Constantinople in 1217, reaching its territorial apex in 1346 as the short-lived Serbian Empire. By the mid-16th century, the entirety of modern-day Serbia was annexed by the Ottomans, their rule was at times interrupted by the Habsburg Empire, which started expanding towards Central Serbia from the end of the 17th century while maintaining a foothold in the north of the country.
In the early 19th century, the Serbian Revolution established the nation-state as the region's first constitutional monarchy, which subsequently expanded its territory. Following disastrous casualties in World War I, the subsequent unification of the former Habsburg crownland of Vojvodina with Serbia, the country co-founded Yugoslavia with other South Slavic peoples, which would exist in various political formations until the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. During the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia formed a union with Montenegro, peacefully dissolved in 2006. In 2008, the parliament of the province of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence, with mixed responses from the international community. Serbia is a member of the UN, CoE, CERN, OSCE, PfP, BSEC, CEFTA, is acceding to the WTO. Since 2014 the country has been negotiating its EU accession with perspective of joining the European Union by 2025. Serbia dropped in ranking from Free to Partly Free in the 2019 Freedom House report. Since 2007, Serbia formally adheres to the policy of military neutrality.
An upper-middle income economy with a dominant service sector followed by the industrial sector and agriculture, the country ranks high on the Human Development Index, Social Progress Index as well as the Global Peace Index. The origin of the name, "Serbia" is unclear. Various authors mentioned names of Serbs and Sorbs in different variants: Surbii, Serbloi, Sorabi, Sarbi, Serboi, Surbi, etc; these authors used these names to refer to Serbs and Sorbs in areas where their historical presence was/is not disputed, but there are sources that mention same or similar names in other parts of the World. Theoretically, the root *sъrbъ has been variously connected with Russian paserb, Ukrainian pryserbytysia, Old Indic sarbh-, Latin sero, Greek siro. However, Polish linguist Stanisław Rospond derived the denomination of Srb from srbati. Sorbian scholar H. Schuster-Šewc suggested a connection with the Proto-Slavic verb for "to slurp" *sьrb-, with cognates such as сёрбать, сьорбати, сёрбаць, srbati, сърбам and серебати.
From 1945 to 1963, the official name for Serbia was the People's Republic of Serbia, which became the Socialist Republic of Serbia from 1963 to 1990. Since 1990, the official name of the country is the "Republic of Serbia". However, between the period from 1992 to 2006, the official names of the country were the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. Archeological evidence of Paleolithic settlements on the territory of present-day Serbia are scarce. A fragment of a human jaw was believed to be up to 525,000 -- 397,000 years old. Around 6,500 years BC, during the Neolithic, the Starčevo and Vinča cultures existed in or near modern-day Belgrade and dominated much of Southeastern Europe. Two important local archeological sites from this era, Lepenski Vir and Vinča-Belo Brdo, still exist near the banks of the Danube. During the Iron Age, Thracians and Illyrians were encountered by the Ancient Greeks during their expansion into the south of modern Serbia in the 4th century BC.
The Celtic tribe of Scordisci settled throughout the area in the 3rd century BC and formed a tribal state, building several fortifications, including their capital at Singidunum and Naissos. The Romans conquered much of the territory in the 2nd century BC. In 167 BC the Roman province of Illyricum was established; as a result of this, contemporary Serbia extends or over several former Roman provinces, including Moesia, Praevalitana, Dalmatia and Macedoni
Panellinios G. S. full name, Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos, is a Greek multi-sport club, located in Athens and was founded in 1891. It is one of the oldest and more successful multi-sports clubs in Greece and one of the oldest sports clubs in Europe; the name Panellinios can be translated as Pan-Hellenic in English, can be interpreted to mean the Greek Nation. Gymnastikos Syllogos can be translated as gymnastics club. Therefore, the club's full name can be translated and/or interpreted as Pan-Hellenic Gymnastics Club; the Greek multi-sports club Panathinaikos A. O. was founded by Giorgos Kalafatis in 1908, when he and 40 other athletes decided to break away from Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos, following the club's decision to discontinue its football team. Panellinios B. C. - basketball Panellinios V. C. - volleyball The club had a team of gymnasts compete at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. The team’s leader was Spyridon Athanasopoulos. Members included Nikolaos Andriakopoulos, Petros Persakis, Thomas Xenakis, 29 others.
The team placed second of the three teams in the parallel bars team event. Other club members who medaled in athletics at the 1896 Olympics were Alexandre Tuffère, Charilaos Vasilakos, Miltiadis Gouskos, Ioannis Persakis and Sotirios Versis. Panellinios B. C. was founded in 1929 and has been the Greek League champion six times in the years 1929, 1939, 1940, 1953, 1955, 1957. In the early 1950s era the team was called "The Golden Five", referring to players Panagiotis Manias, Themis Cholevas, Kostas Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Aristeidis Roubanis, they dominated not only European basketball in general. The Panellinios team headlined the 1952 Greek Olympic Team. During the mid-to-late 1950s, the team was led by Antonis Christeas. Men's Basketball - Panellinios B. C.: 6 Greek Championships: Men's Volleyball - Panellinios V. C.: 6 Greek Championships: Women's Volleyball: 2 Greek Championships: 1 Greek Cup: Men's Handball: 5 Greek Championships: 3 Greek Cups Men's Athletics: 36 Greek Championships: 20 Greek Indoor Championships: 19 Greek Cross Country Championships: Women's Athletics: 30 Greek Championships: 21 Greek Indoor Championships: 13 Greek Cross Country Championships: Fencing: 18 Greek Épée team Championships, Men: 11 Greek Foil team Championships, Men: 12 Greek Sabre team Championships, Men: 4 Greek Épée team Championships, Women: 5 Greek Foil team Championships, Women: 3 Greek Sabre team Championships, Women: Men's Weightlifting: 6 Greek Championships: Women's Weightlifting: 1 Greek Championship: Men's Boxing: 9 Greek Championships: Table tennis: 6 Greek Championships, Women: 1 Greek Cup, Women: Shooting: 4 Greek Championships: Modern Pentathlon: 9 Greek Championships: Judo: 14 Greek Championships, Men: 15 Greek Championships, Women: Official Website Official Basketball Club Website Panellinios Club's Training Facilities
Greek Men's Handball Championship
The Greek Handball Championship is the most important competition of Greek handball. The competition, organised by Hellenic Handball Federation started in 1979-80 season; the most successful team is Ionikos Nea Philadelphia. The last title was won by Olympiacos. Evangelos Kalfarentzos, fitness director of the Panhellenic Gymnastics Association of Athens, physical education teacher and author, recognized as rapporteur of the sport in Greece; the clubs for the 2017–18 season: 12 clubs have won the championship, from a total of 5 cities For season 2018/201927. Handball Liga Austria — 1 CL/ 1 EHF Cup / 2 Chal. C. —————————————————————————————————— 28. Sales Lentz League — 1 EHF Cup / 3 Chal. C. 29. Handball Premier — 1 EHF Cup / 3 Chal. C. 30. Meistriliiga — 1 EHF Cup / 3 Chal. C. 31. Superliga — 1 EHF Cup / 3 Chal. C. EHF Cup Winners' Cup: EHF Challenge Cup: Hellenic Handball Federation, Champions Hellenic Handball Federation Hatzi Handball