1959–60 Alpha Ethniki

The 1959–60 Alpha Ethniki was the 24th season of the highest football league of Greece and the first season of the nationwide league after the league replaced the Panhellenic Championship. The season began on 25 October 1959 and ended on 31 July 1960 with the play-off matches. Panathinaikos won their fourth Greek title and their first in seven years.

Alpha Ethniki
Season1959–60
ChampionsPanathinaikos
4th Greek title
RelegatedPagkorinthiakos
Megas Alexandros
AE Nikaia
European CupPanathinaikos
Matches played240
Goals scored619 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorerKostas Nestoridis (33)
Biggest home winOlympiakos vs Panegialios 8–1
Biggest away winAE Nikaia vs Ethnikos Piraeus 2–7
Highest scoringOlympiakos vs Panegialios 8–1
AE Nikaia vs Ethnikos Piraeus 2–7

Τhe 16 teams that formed the first national championship were resulted as follows:

The point system was: Win: 3 points - Draw: 2 points - Loss: 1 point.


Qualification RoundEdit

Innitialy there were going to be 18 teams in the first division, however, the delay of 6 weeks in the start of the event due to the financial negotiations between the involved parties General Secretary of Sport, OPAP, HFF and in some places FCAs, put its serious completion in a timely manner. The HFF took the decision to reduce the number of teams to 16 and as a consequence a promotional play-off round was formed to decide the last two places of the championship.

Southern Group 2nd Place Play-OffsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg Play-off
Olympiacos Chalkidas 3–2 OFI Crete 2–1 1–2 1–0

Olympiacos Chalkidas qualifies to the promotional Play-Offs.

Promotional Play-OffsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
South
Olympiacos Chalkidas 2–5 Proodeftiki 2–2 0–3
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
North
Iraklis 3–0 Aspida Xanthi 1–0 2–0

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Panathinaikos (C) 30 22 5 3 59 20 +39 79[a] Qualification for European Cup first round
2 AEK Athens 30 21 7 2 72 27 +45 79[a]
3 Olympiacos 30 16 8 6 52 24 +28 70
4 Apollon Athens 30 13 10 7 52 33 +19 66
5 Panionios 30 14 6 10 46 31 +15 64
6 Doxa Drama 30 11 8 11 47 41 +6 60
7 PAOK 30 10 9 11 32 32 0 59[b]
8 Aris 30 10 9 11 31 35 −4 59[b]
9 Iraklis 30 9 10 11 29 34 −5 58[c]
10 Proodeftiki 30 10 8 12 34 36 −2 58[c]
11 Apollon Kalamarias 30 7 12 11 31 39 −8 56
12 Ethnikos Piraeus 30 8 10 12 34 46 −12 56
13 Panegialios 30 9 7 14 26 43 −17 55[d]
14 Pagkorinthiakos (R) 30 9 7 14 27 45 −18 55[d] Relegation to FCA Winners' Championship
15 Megas Alexandros (R) 30 4 9 17 27 60 −33 47
16 AE Nikaia (R) 30 2 5 23 20 73 −53 39
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th decision match.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Championship playoff: Panathinaikos–AEK Athens 2–1 (see below).
  2. ^ a b 7th place playoff: PAOK–Aris 0–0, PAOK were placed ahead Aris due to the better goal average in regular season.
  3. ^ a b 9th place playoff: Iraklis–Proodeftiki 2–0.
  4. ^ a b Relegation playout: Panegialios–Pagkorinthiakos 2–1.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AEN AEK APA APK ARIS DOX ETH IRA MEG OLY PANK PAO PNG PGSS PAOK PRO
AE Nikaia 0–3 0–2 0–2 2–3 0–3 2–7 1–2 3–2 1–4 3–0 0–1 0–2 0–5 1–1 0–1
AEK Athens 2–0 5–2 6–2 3–0 4–3 4–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 5–1 1–0 4–0 2–0 3–1 4–2
Apollon Athens 6–0 0–0 4–1 0–0 3–2 6–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–3 2–1 3–0
Apollon Kalamarias 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 5–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1
Aris 2–1 2–2[a] 2–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0
Doxa Drama 2–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 1–3 2–0 2–3 1–1 2–4
Ethnikos Piraeus 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–3 1–2 0–3 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–0
Iraklis 3–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–0
Megas Alexandros 1–0 2–4 0–0 2–2 2–2 0–3 0–1 2–3 0–4 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–4 1–0 1–2
Olympiacos 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–4 8–1 1–0 1–2 3–1
Pankorinthiakos 1–1 0–0 1–4 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0
Panathinaikos 6–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–1 3–0 0–0 4–2 2–1 4–3 1–0 2–1
Panegialios 1–0 1–4 3–2 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–3 0–0
Panionios 3–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–3 3–2 4–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0
PAOK 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 2–1
Proodeftiki 4–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1
Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Aris-AEK Athens 2-1, replayed 2-2.

Championship Play-offEdit

Panathinaikos2 – 1AEK Athens
Panakis   35'
Papaemmanouil   48'
Ampos   14'
Referee: Daniel Mele (SUI)

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Kostas Nestoridis AEK Athens 33
2   Giorgos Kamaras Apollon Athens 19
3   Elias Yfantis Olympiacos 16
4   Pavlos Grigoriadis Doxa Drama 14
5   Yiannis Cholevas Apollon Athens 13
6   Vangelis Karafoulidis Megas Alexandros 11
  Lakis Sofianos Panegialios
  Andreas Stamatiadis AEK Athens

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