Doxa Drama Football Club (Greek: Δόξα Δράμας) is a Greek professional football club based in the city of Drama, Macedonia, Greece. The club currently competes in the Super League 2, the second tier of the Greek football league system. Founded in 1918, the club's home ground since then has been Doxa Drama Stadium.
|Full name||Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Δόξα Δράμας|
(Gymnastics Society Doxa Drama)
|Nickname(s)||Μαυραετοί (Black Eagles)|
|Founded||1918, as Peleus|
|Ground||Doxa Drama Stadium|
|2021–22||Gamma Ethniki, 7th|
During World War I, near the city of Drama, Macedonia, a team of English soldiers who played football regularly in their camp inspired the local Greek population to create the first football club in the region. Founded as Peleus in 1918, the team was renamed Doxa (Glory) in 1919.
Initially, the team colors were black and white with the logo of a black clover. After the war, the team's logo was permanently changed to a black eagle, while the team colours of black and white remain until today.
The first formal match of Doxa was against AO Kavala, the team of neighbouring city Kavala. In that first game Doxa lost 3–0. Doxa Drama is one of the founders of the Greek League Alpha Ethniki, the highest tier of Greek club football. Doxa reached the final of the Greek football Cup in 1953–54, 1957–58 and 1958–59, but lost all three finals from 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 2008–09, Doxa had a strong year in the Third Division and clinched the Gamma Ethniki North title with two games to spare. Doxa returned to Beta Ethniki after 11 years for the 2009–10 season, where the team finished 14th in the regular season and 13th after the Beta Ethniki play-outs.
Financial problems continued for Doxa Drama that was never able to return to Alpha Ethniki (Nowadays named Super League). In season 2018–19, it plays in the Greek Football League (2nd level of Greek Football).
In February 2019, a group of Russian, Lithuanian investors based in Delaware purchased 15% of the team (Minority stake).
Doxa Drama's stadium is a multipurpose stadium used primarily for football matches in Drama. It is the physical seat of Doxa Drama with a capacity of 10,000 spectators. In their early years, the club was trying to find a place to be able to have a stable seat. They did it in 1953, when Athanasios Doubesis, with his official donation, gave an area to build the stadium. After World War II, and after rebuilding the stadium, it was originally only the western platform. In the 80's, the northern part of the stadium was built, while the same decade attempted to build the left-hand side, which did not start, but was completed in 2011, when the works on the stadium were over.
Crest and coloursEdit
The primary crest of the club was the clover. Each leaf of the clover was written a letter from the GSD (initially the words "Gymnastic Association of Drama"). The crest changed at the 1950s after many fans' reactions, removing the preference of black clover and putting the black eagle in its position, which the team has even today. But, searching today in the club's archives, no one can find any official document that certifies when and why the crest was changed. After some research and conversation with old footballers of Doxa Drama's Golden Age, discovered that this change was gradually and unofficially as a natural result of the publications of the time, as veteran Vangelis Simpliotis mentions.
The colours of the club are black and white. The black clothing honors those Doxa Drama's footballers who were killed during the Greek-Bulgarian War. Doxa's legend Takis Loukanidis had said:
I do not know who those footballers were, but we honored the lads, feeling great pride wearing the black!
The famous and revered association of Doxa's fans, from which devotion and worship originates to the entity of the group and each player separately for 93 years now, consists not only of the Door 4 fanatics who for so many years do something more for Doxa Drama, but also by team members. People reluctant to forget and at the same time willingly to help, either financially or spiritually, by maintaining their love for the club of their hearts and if they can spread it to the younger generations. But the real test for friends and fanatics came when they had to keep their love unchanged during the great decadence of Doxa Dramas. When Doxa fell to the Fourth National Division (Delta Ethniki), things showed that the fans' loyalty had completely faded after the under-operation of the league that led to its closure, which made the situation in the team hopeless and hopeless to revive it. Eventually, in the case of Doxa, the saying "the phenomena abort" applied, as the team and the fans needed a "click" to wake up from the lethargy to which they had fallen for a long time. In 2004, in the wake of the Athens Olympic Games, a group of people managed to re-establish the fans' association of Doxa. They then voted for president and in the following year the list of members of the association was "fired". Eligible friends of the group, who may have left but did not forget, were re-establishing the association, which was for them a redemption, and by extension the club. The association to this day is trying to give the Friends of Doxa their old glory, when the Dramians did not fare with the parties, but they talked until Thursday about the last fight and from Friday to the next. This is one of the many factors that the Friends of Doxa Dramas are rated as the three most fanatical provincial group fans. The fans also managed to persuade their executives at the 50s to change the club's logo, the previously black clover, to the black eagle known to all of us today.
- As of 30 August 2021
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Ownership and current boardEdit
|Owner||Potemkin Consulting Ltd|
|President & CEO||Anastasios Strantzalis|
|Board member||Athanasiou Paraskevas|
|Board member||Tselembis Anestis|
|Board member||Papadopoulos Kyriakos|
Coaching and medical staffEdit
- Coaching staff
|Assistant manager||Filippou Spiros|
|Physical fitness coach||Dimitriadis Michalis|
|Goalkeeping coach||Karasavvas Vaggelis|
- Medical staff
|Caregiver||Miltos Athanasiadis & Nikos Arnis|
- Football League (Second Division)
- Winners (3): 1962–63, 1978–79, 1987–88
- Gamma Ethniki (Third Division)
- Winners (1): 2008–09
- Delta Ethniki (Fourth Division)
- Winners (1): 2002–03
- Runners-Up (3): 1953-54, 1957-58, 1958-59
- «ΔΟΞΑ ΔΡΑΜΑΣ 1918–1965 ΛΕΥΚΩΜΑ», Βασίλης Τσιαμπούσης, 1996, εκδόσεις Δ.Ε.Κ.ΠΟ.Τ.Α. Δήμου Δράμας
- Γράμμα στη Δόξα, έκδοση 1918–2008 ενενήντα χρόνια Δόξα Δράμας, Δράμα, 2009.
- «Δόξα Δράμας 1980–1995 τα δεκαπέντε χρόνια της Δόξας στην Α΄ Επαγγελματική κατηγορία», Θεόδωρος Μπουδακίδης, Δράμα, 2018.
- "Club's history" (in Greek). doxa-dramas-3.webnode.gr.
- "Doxa's museum" (in Greek). psithiri.gr.
- "Cup final of 1959 against Olympiacos" (in Greek). retrosportsgr.blogspot.com.
- "The three Greek Cup finals of Doxa Dramas" (in Greek). dramania.gr.
- "President Charalampos Nikolaidis: "Dream the promotion of Doxa"" (in Greek). sport24.gr. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
- "Doxa Dramas' Stadium" (in Greek). stadia.gr.
- "1948: Reconstruction of Doxa's stadium" (in Greek). proinos-typos.gr. 17 December 2017.
- "The works at Doxa's stadium with photos" (in Greek). oragiaspor-dramas.blogspot.com. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
- "Doxa Dramas roster". fcdoxadramas.gr.
- "ΔΟΞΑ ΔΡΑΜΑΣ 1918–1965 ΛΕΥΚΩΜΑ" (in Greek). soccerbase.info.
- "Δόξα Δράμας 1980–1995 τα δεκαπέντε χρόνια της Δόξας στην Α΄ Επαγγελματική κατηγορία" (in Greek). dekpota.gr. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "Theodoros Boudakidis' book for Doxa Dramas" (in Greek). dimos-dramas.gr. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.