Greek Football Amateur Cup

Greek Amateur Cup (Greek: Κύπελλο Ερασιτεχνικών Ομάδων Ελλάδος) was the most known competitions for amateur AND semi-professional teams in Greece, organised by the Hellenic Football Federation . It was founded in 1971 and folded in 2018 featuring the winners of the prefectures Cups in a knock-out format. Despite the term amateur on its official name the competition always featured clubs from Delta Ethniki and later the third-tier Gamma Ethniki.

Greek Amateur Cup
Founded1971
Folded2013
Country Greece
ConfederationUEFA
Domestic cup(s)Amateurs' Super Cup Greece
Last championsO.F. Ierapetra
Most championshipsAiolikos, Phoebus Kremastis (2)
Websiteepo.gr

History

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The competition started in the 1971-72 due to the high volume of teams competing in the Greek Football Cup . It was played in two stages: the prefectures with the local finals and the panhellenic which would decide the overall winner. With the Amateur Cup running in the 1971-72 season, the Greek Football Cup would only accept teams from the first three tiers for the years to come. After the introduction of the Gamma Ethniki Cup in 2013 the winner of the competition would play in the Amateurs' Super Cup Greece.

Players like Giorgos Karagounis, Vasilis Dimitriadis, Sakis Tsiolis, Angelos Basinas, Kostas Chalkias, Giannis Goumas, Babis Tennes, Kostas Orfanos, Nikos Soultanidis have played in second stage or the final of the competition (panhellenic), while numerous later-well known players who started their careers from lower leagues featured in the first stage (prefectures). Alexis Alexandris, Demis Nikolaidis, Kyriakos Karataidis, Zisis Vryzas, Theodoros Zagorakis are some of them.

Structure

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The competition was split into two stages. The first stage listed the knock-out matches in every prefecture of Greece such as Athens Football Clubs Association, Macedonia Football Clubs Association. Clubs participated in semiprofessional Delta Ethniki until 2013 and professional Gamma Ethniki after 2013 were eligible to participate. The second stage featured the prefectures' Cup winners in knock-out rounds culminating with a single final.
The reserve teams of top clubs were also eligible to participate. Panathinaikos, PAOK and Aris Thessaloniki reserve (or called amateur) teams reached the final of the Cup on three occasions. The majority of the teams who won the Cup were playing in the 4th or 5th tier including clubs with Greek top-flight history like Niki Volos, Kerkyra and Veria.

After 2018 and its last edition, the winners of the prefectures' Cups are directly qualify to the Greek Football Cup despite the club's official financial status as either professional, semiprofessional or amateur.

Finals

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Season Finalist 1 Score Finalist 2 Venue
1971–72 Alexandroupoli GS
2 – 3 Fivos Kremastis
Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium,
Piraeus
1972–73 Dafni Erythron
1 – 1
6 – 5
on pens
Pelopas Kiato
Neapoli Stadium,
Nikaia, Attica
1973–74 Olympiakos Loutrakiou
3 – 1 P.A.O. Koryfis Veroias
Peristeri Stadium,
Peristeri (Athens)[1]
1974–75 AO Rethymnou
2 – 5 PAOK Amateurs
Leoforos Alexandras Stadium,
Athens
1975–76 Niki Volos
2 – 1 Rouf
Lamia Municipal Stadium,
Lamia
1976–77 Anthoupoli Larissa F.C.
0 – 2 AO Karditsa
Volos Stadium,
Volos
1977–78 Doxa Megalopolis
0 – 1 Panaspropirgiakos
Tavros Stadium,
Tavros (Athens)
1978–79 Pandramaikos
3 – 3
7 – 8
on pens
APO Chios
Neapoli Stadium,
Nikaia Piraeus
1979–80 AE Didymoticho
1 – 0 AO Neapoli
Lysandros Kaftanzoglou,
Thessaloniki
1980–81 Anagennisi Karditsa
1 – 0 Paniliakos
Tavros Stadium,
Tavros, Athens
1981–82 Aiolikos
3 – 2[2] ΑΟ Nea Artaki
Tavros Stadium,
Tavros, Athens
1982–83 AO Artas
0 – 2 Ergotelis Leoforos Alexandras Stadium,
Athens
1983–84 Niki Diikitiriou
1 – 1
4 – 2
on pens
Atsalenios
Olympic Stadium
Athens
1984–85 Omiros Neochoriou
1 – 2 Aris Amateurs
Olympic Stadium,
Athens
1985–86 Pandramaikos
0 – 0
4 – 2
on pens
APS Patras
Georgios Karaiskakis,
Piraeus
1986–87 Aias Gastounis
2 – 1 PAS Giannina
Georgios Karaiskakis,
Piraeus
1987–88 Megas Alexandros Orfani
1 – 0 Fivos Kremastis
Egaleo Stadium,
Egaleo
1988–89 Anagennisi Giannitsa
5 – 0 E.G.O.I.
Georgios Karaiskakis,
Piraeus
1989–90 Spartacos Thessalonikis
2 – 2
6 – 5
on pens
Agios Nikolaos
Leoforos Alexandras Stadium,
Athens
1990–91 Thiva
1 – 1
4 – 6
on pens
Pelopas Kiatou
Leoforos Alexandras Stadium,
Athens
1991–92 Kerkyra
0 – 0
1 – 3
on pens
Aspida Xanthi
Leoforos Alexandras Stadium,
Athens
1992–93 Kalampaki
1 – 1
6 – 7
on pens
Kozani FC
Aris Stadium,
Thessaloniki
1993–94 Panathinaikos Amateurs
2 – 0 Ermis Ermionis
Georgios Karaiskakis,
Piraeus
1994–95 Poseidon Michanionas
0 – 0
5 – 4
on pens
Keratsini
Trikala Stadium,
Trikala
1995–96 Ethnikos Katerini
2 – 1 Iraklis Larissa
Evosmos Stadium,
Evosmos (Thessaloniki)
1996–97 Ionia Chanion
1 – 0 Pontii Rodopis
Leoforos Alexandras Stadium,
Athens
1997–98 Akratitos
3 – 1 Kilkisiakos
Olympic Stadium,
Marousi
1998–99 Chalkidon / Near-East
3 – 2
a.e.t.
Olympiacos Chersonissos Grigorios Lambrakis,
Zografou (Athens)
1999–2000 PANO Malia
2 – 1 Orfeas Sourotis
Nea Smyrni Stadium,
Nea Smyrni (Athens)
2000–01 Thrasyvoulos
2 – 1[3] Posidon Neon Poron
Stylida Stadium
Stylida
2001–02 Aiolikos
4 – 2 Almopos Arideas
Levadia Municipal Stadium
Levadia
2002–03 Veria
2 – 1 PAS Preveza
Sofades Stadium
Sofades
2003–04 Chaidari
3 – 0 Aiolikos
Kiato Stadium,
Kiato
2004–05 Keravnos Kerateas
3 – 0 Orfeas Sourotis
Municipal Stadium of Volos,
Volos
2005–06 not held[4]
2006–07 Doxa Megalopolis
1 – 0 Kilkisiakos
Municipal Athletic Center of Lamia,
Lamia
2007–08 Panargiakos
3 – 0 Niki Polygyrou
Municipal Athletic Center of Lamia,
Lamia
2008–09 Volida Garounas
4 – 3 Aspropyrgos Municipal Athletic Center of Mesolonghi,
Mesolonghi
2009–10 Enosi Mideas
1 – 0 Ethnikos Vaterou
Levadia Municipal Stadium,
Levadia
2010–11 Asteras Magoula 2 – 0 Agrotis Lianokladiou Chalkis Municipal Stadium,
Chalkis
2011–12 not held
2012–13 Foivos Kremastis Rodou 2 – 1 Panarkadikos Psachna Municipal Stadium,
Psachna
2013–14 Panerythraikos 2 – 1 Ermis Kiveriou Corinth Municipal Stadium,
Corinth
2014–15 Nestos Chrysoupoli 2 – 0 Thyella Rafinas Karditsa Municipal Stadium,
Karditsa
2015–16 Pydna Kitrous 1 – 0 Ialysos Peristeri Stadium,
Peristeri, Attica
2016–17 Irodotos 1 – 0 Elpis Skoutari Spata Municipal Stadium,
Spata
2017–18 Ierapetra 2 – 0 Niki Volos Keratsini Municipal Stadium,
Keratsini, Piraeus

See also

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References

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  1. ^ ""Athletic Echo", 1/7/1974". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  2. ^ The final took place during next season (27/10/1982).
  3. ^ "ΚΥΠΕΛΛΟ ΕΡΑΣΙΤΕΧΝΩΝ: Οι Τελικοί, τα αποτελέσματα και οι τροπαιούχοι - CorfuCorner.gr".
  4. ^ The 2005/2006 Amateur Cup Final was cancelled due to Greek FA's financial difficulties.
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