Makedonikos Football Club (Greek: Μακεδονικός) is a Greek professional football club based in Neapoli and most of its fans come from this area, though the club is famous in all westside areas of Thessaloniki.

Makedonikos
Full nameMakedonikos Football Club
Founded1928; 96 years ago (1928)
GroundMakedonikos Stadium
Capacity8,100
OwnerPavlos Andronis
ChairmanMarianna Konstantinidou
ManagerStelios Malezas
LeagueSuper League Greece 2
2022–23Super League 2, 8th
WebsiteClub website

History

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The association was founded in 1928, and the name means 'Macedonian'. At the time of its formation, the club's original name was Prosfygiki Enosis (Refugees Union - the founders were Greek refugees who came from Turkey after the 1922 war disaster) [citation needed] but they were forced to change it in 1936 after the Metaxas government suggestion.[citation needed] The team's name inspired many regional teams. As a result, there are more than twenty Macedonian teams who also use it (Olympiacos and PAOK are also common names for Greek football clubs).

The club's best moments were in the 1940s when the team was struggling for the Greek Championship (1947) but didn't make it and in the 1980s when Makedonikos took part in the Super League (1st Division Championship) (1982–83) and was relegated after a play-out match against Panionios (3-2 final score). Makedonikos still stands out as the only Greek team who managed not to be beaten by Olympiacos (0-0 in Efkarpia and 1-1 in Karaiskakis Stadium). They also managed not to lose a game in Efkarpia against PAOK (0-0), Aris (1-0), Iraklis (0-0), AEK (1-0), Panathinaikos (3-0), the most famous clubs of the Greek League. They also made it to the 1980 Greek Cup semi-final, where they were eliminated by Kastoria F.C., who finally won the Cup. Makedonikos F.C. was also one of the strongest clubs in the 2nd Division from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. In 2008, they ascended to the national league after fourteen years of absence with Marcelo Zuleta as technical director. In 2016, the club won the EPSM Cup by winning 2-1 in the final at Toumba Stadium and were also champions of the EPSM A1 Division, having lost only twice. In the play-off match against Apollon Paralimnio (which was crucial for both teams' promotion), chairman Pavlos Andronis withdrew the team due to bad arbitration, so the team lost their chance to be promoted. However, during the 2016-17 season, Makedonikos finished on top of the league and was promoted to the Third National Division (Gamma Ethniki), having won the play-off match against Olympiacos Kimina (3-1).

Many great Greek football players joined Makedonikos F.C. over the years. Giorgos Karamihalos, Fanis Tountziaris, and Nikos Sakellaridis made their name wearing the green shirt of Makedonikos while other famous footballers played in Efkarpia sometime in their career. Giannis Damanakis, Giannis Gounaris, Christos Giannakoulas, Kostas Iliadis, Arthur Beltsos, Theodoros Apostolidis, Thanasis Beltsos, Grigoris Fanaras, Panagiotis Kermanidis, Kostas Drambis, Kostas Tsironis, Giorgos Koulakiotis, Takis Nikoloudis, Christos Terzanidis, Giorgos Polyzoidis, Michalis Iordanidis are some of them.

Players

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Current squad

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As of 18 January 2024

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ALB Kleton Perntreou
2 DF   GRE Michalis Boukouvalas
3 DF   GRE Odysseas Lymperakis
4 DF   GRE Apostolos Adamidis
5 DF   GRE Spyros Saragiotis
6 MF   GRE Athanasios Leonidopoulos
7 FW   GRE Alexandros Zafirakis
8 MF   GRE Anastasios Meletidis
9 FW   ALB Alberto Simoni
10 MF   GRE Georgios Tsilingiris
12 FW   GRE Lefteris Grigoriadis
14 DF   GRE Konstantinos Tsamouris
15 DF   GRE Feyzi Hasanoglou
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 GK   GRE Konstantinos Vlachos
17 FW   BER Djair Parfitt-Williams
19 MF   GRE Georgios Koulouris (on loan from PAOK B)
21 MF   CZE Martin Hašek
22 FW   SRB Luka Bulatović
23 DF   GRE Stelios Tsoukanis
27 MF   COL Santiago Ramírez Montoya
33 GK   GRE Stefanos Gounaridis
55 DF   GRE Christos Gromitsaris
68 MF   GRE Konstantinos Panagiotoudis
69 DF   BRA Pedro Lucas
95 FW   GRE Antonis Cheridis

Honours

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Historic crest

Regional

    • EPSM Championship: 9
      • 1946–47, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1976–76, 1976–77, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2015–16, 2016–17
    • EPSM Cup: 1
      • 2015–16

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