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PAOK Football Club (Greek: ΠΑΕ ΠΑΟΚ [PAOK],(Πανθεσσαλονίκειος Αθλητικός Όμιλος Κωνσταντινοπολιτών), (Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinopolitón PAOK), "Pan-Thessalonian Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans"),[4] commonly known as PAOK FC, PAOK Thessaloniki or simply PAOK, is a professional football club based in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece, current Greek Super League champions and one of the top domestic clubs.

PAOK
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Full nameΠανθεσσαλονίκειος Αθλητικός Όμιλος Κωνσταντινοπολιτών
Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinopolitón
(Panthessalonikian Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans)
Nickname(s)O Dikefalos tou Vorra (The double-headed eagle of the North)
Aspromavri (The Black-Whites)
Short namePAOK
Founded20 April 1926; 93 years ago (1926-04-20)
GroundToumba Stadium
Capacity29,000 (all-seater)[1]
OwnerIvan Savvidis[2]
ChairmanIvan Savvidis[2]
ManagerRăzvan Lucescu[3]
LeagueSuper League
2018–19Super League, 1st
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Established on 20 April 1926 by Greek Constantinopolitans who fled to Thessaloniki from the city of Constantinople in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War, they play their home games at Toumba Stadium, with a capacity of 28,701 seats. Their name, along with the club's emblem, the Byzantine-style double-headed eagle with retracted wings that was adopted three years after the establishment of the club, honours the memory of the people and places (mostly the city of Constantinople) that once belonged to the Byzantine Empire and after the Fall of Constantinople were invaded and conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1453. Τhe club is one of the founding members of the Hellenic Football Federation that was formed in 1926.

PAOK currently plays in the top-flight Super League, which they have won three times (in 1976, 1985 and 2019). They are seven-time winners of the Greek Cup (in 1972, 1974, 2001, 2003, 2017, 2018 and 2019). With a 14th-place finish (1995–96) being the worst position ever achieved, the team has never been relegated to a lower national division since its establishment in 1926, a feat equalled only by rivals Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. Plus, they are the only team in Greece, beside Panathinaikos, to have won a top-flight championship without a loss, and the only one since the professionality of the Greek football in 1979.

The team has appeared several times in the UEFA Europa League, but has yet to reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Their best European performance was in the 1973–74 season, when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.[5] In addition to this, it is the only Greek team that has more wins than losses in all its European history (68 wins, 54 draws and 64 defeats, as of December 13, 2018); the 0–7 away win over Locomotive Tbilisi on 16 September 1999 in the UEFA Cup is the largest ever achieved[6] by a Greek football club in all European football competitions.[7]

Contents

HistoryEdit

Foundation and early years (1926–1945)Edit

 
PAOK in 1926

PAOK FC is the oldest part of AC P.A.O.K., the successor of Hermes ACAC, which was formed in 1875 by the Greek community of Pera, a district of Istanbul (Constantinople).[8]

The football club was founded in 1926.[9] It was created by Constantinopolitans who fled to Thessaloniki after the Greek defeat in the Greco-Turkish War. However, it was open to every citizen of Thessaloniki, leading to a minor rivalry with AEK Thessaloniki, the other Constantinopolitan club of the city, in which only refugees were allowed to play. The original logo of PAOK was a horseshoe and a four-leaf clover.[10]

PAOK played their primary friendly match on May 4, 1926 at the stadium of Thermaikos, defeating Megas Alexandros Thessaloniki 2–1. The first coach of the club was Kostas Andreadis who spent five years on the team's bench without demanding payment.[11] Their first captain was Michalis Ventourelis.[12]

 
PAOK in 1937

During the season 1926/1927, PAOK participated in 2nd tier of Macedonia Football Clubs Association (EPSM) local championship, along among others with AEK Thessaloniki, which dissolved their football team midterm. PAOK FC historic inaugural official match was on December 12, 1926 against Nea Genea Kalamaria and they won 3–1. Despite winning the championship of the 2nd division at the end of the season, PAOK were forced by the organizing committee (EPSM), to play against every club participating in the 1st division and defeat each and every one to get promoted. Eventually they defeated all four teams: Thermaikos 4–1, Aris 2–1, Atlas Ippodromiou 1–0 and Iraklis 1–0, and were awarded promotion. In 1927–1928, PAOK participated for the first time in 1st tier of EPSM.[13]

The first professional contract was signed by the club on September 5, 1928. The contract stipulated that the French footballer Raymond Etienne {of Jewish descent from Pera Club} would be paid 4,000 drachmas per month. The contract was signed by Dr.Meletiou, the PAOK chairman, and Mr.Sakellaropoulos, the Hon. Secretary.[14]

In early 1929, AEK Thessaloniki was disbanded as a sports club and their members joined PAOK. PAOK thereupon changed their emblem, adopting the two-headed eagle. The double-headed eagle symbolizes the origins of the club in the former Byzantine capital, Constantinople, and the legacy of the Greek refugees from the Ottoman Empire.[10] PAOK also got possession of AEK's facilities located around Syntrivani (i.e. Fountain) Square, next to the Children's Heritage Foundation, where today stands the Faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

In 1930–1931, PAOK made their debut in the Pan-Hellenic Championship, playing their first match on February 1, 1931 against Olympiacos at Piraeus, where they were defeated by 3–1, and ended the season in 5th place.[13] The first foreign coach in team's history was Austrian Rudolf Gasner, who served at PAOK in 1931–1932.[11] On June 5, 1932 the Syntrivani Stadium was inaugurated with PAOK's 3–2 victory over Iraklis. Syntrivani meant to be their home ground for 27 years.[15]

In 1937, PAOK won their first title, the Macedonia (EPSM or Thessaloniki) Championship, and participated in the Pan-Hellenic Championship, finishing 2nd. The 1937 team included: Sotiriadis, Vatikis, Goulios, Kontopoulos, Bostantzoglou, Panidis, Glaros, Kritas, Ioannidis, Kalogiannis, Koukoulas, Kosmidis, Apostolou, Vafeiadis, Vasileiadis, Anastasiadis, Moschidis, Tzakatzoglou, Zakapidas.[16]

On May 28, 1939 PAOK competed for the first time in a Greek Cup final against AEK Athens and was defeated 2–1 at the "Apostolos Nikolaidis" Stadium[17] The following season PAOK reached the double finals of Pan-Hellenic Championship, but they lost 5–3 on aggregate to AEK Athens. Nevertheless, in 1940 PAOK won the Northern Greece Championship.[18]

 
The team of 1939

The declaration of the Greco-Italian War caused mobilization in Greece and ended every sport activity. PAOK football players recruited to Hellenic Army and two of them died on duty. Goalkeeper Nikolaos Sotiriadis and left defender Georgios Vatikis. They are both among the four Greek footballers who took their last breath on the front. The others were Spyridon Kontoulis of AEK Athens and Dimitrios (Mimis) Pierrakos of Panathinaikos. Georgios Vatikis, who was the first Greek athlete to fall on the Greek-Italian front, served as an warrant officer. He was 22 years old when he died in Battle of Morava–Ivan. Afterdeath, Vatikis was honorarily promoted to lieutenant and awarded the Silver Cross of Valour and the Homeland of Gratitude. Nikolaos Sotiriadis, who played from 1932 until 1940 for PAOK, died on January 28, 1941 in Kleisura, fighting with the rank of Sergeant for the 5th Infantry Regiment, in the Greco-Italian War. He was 33 years old.[19]

EPSM Championships (1946–1958)Edit

After the Second World War, in the early 1950s, some important pages of PAOK's history began to be written. At that time, the PAOK academy was created by the Austrian coach, Wilhelm (Willi) Sefzik, and was known as the "chicos of Willi". From the newly founded academy sprang some great football players of the season, such as Leandros Symeonidis, Giannelos Margaritis and Giorgos Havanidis.[20]

In 1948 PAOK won the Macedonia Championship for the second time in history, and then participated in the final phase of the Pan-Hellenic Championship where it was ranked 3rd. PAOK's footballers dedicated the title to the memory of team captain, Thrasyvoulos Panidis, who had lost his life (18 February 1948) in the civil war a few days before the club won it. Panidis played in PAOK since 1930 and had 122 appearances.[21] In 1950 he emerged once again champion of Macedonia,[22] while the next year (1950–51) participated for the second time in the final of the Greek Cup, but lost 4–0 to Olympiacos FC at Leoforos Alexandras stadium.

In 1953 it marked the beginning of successful period for PAOK. During the summer transfers in the team came the Kouiroukidis, Petrides, Progios, Geroudis, Kemanidis, Chassiotis and Angelides.The acquirement of Lambis Kouiroukidis from Doxa Dramas was the major move for club's board, as with Lefteris Papadakis and Christophor Yentzis, created the famous aggressive triple of that age.[10]

For four consecutive (seasons 1954,1955, 1956, 1957) PAOK won the champion of Macedonia and participated in the Pan-Hellenic Championship with Yientzis being the first scorer in the season 1953–54 and Kouiroukidis in the season 1955–56.[citation needed]

Under the coach Nikos Pangalos won the Championship in 1954 with 9 wins and only 1 draw. A similar run for the next championship in 1955 with the same coach, with 8 wins and 2 draws. Also, in 1955 PAOK participated for the third time in a final cup and was defeated by Panathinaikos, at Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium. Ιn 1956, under Hungarian coach Erman Hoffman they won the third consecutive unbeaten championship, with 9 wins and 1 draw. That year first scorer was Kouiroukidis, with 14 goals.[23] The "golden" four years ended in 1957 championship, coached by the Austrian Walter Pfeiffer.[24] This was the 7th title, and last Macedonia Championship in their history, before the establishment of National Championship (Alpha Ethniki), after instructions to the Greek authorities by UEFA.

Alpha Ethniki and PAOK Stadium (1959–1970)Edit

 
Snapshot from the old Syntrivani stadium

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki purchased a two-acre piece of land in the area of Syntrivani Stadium in order to construct new schools. PAOK had to relocate and an area owned by the Ministry of National Defence (Greece) at Toumba (Thessaloniki) was chosen as the adequate location.

Wing-commander Georgios Themelis, then Ministry of National Defence (Greece), granted the 7.5 acres to the club and also became the chairman of the committee overseeing the construction of the new Stadio Toumba. The purchase cost was set at 1.5 million drachmas and was paid by PAOK's administration in 20 six-month instalments of 75,000 drachmas each. On 7 February 1958, a committee of III Army Corps (Greece) officers delivered the land to "Double-Headed Eagle's" representatives.

There were still barracks on the premises, housing victims of the Greek Civil War and the 1953 Ionian earthquake. Relocating all these people cost PAOK 70,000 drachmas. The total cost of the stadium's construction amounted to 6 million drachmas, with just 1.1 million coming from the General Secretariat of Sports as subvention. Earthworks started in spring of 1958 and then construction work followed, based on the plans of architect Minas Trempelas and civil engineer Antonis Triglianos.

In an attempt to collect the necessary funds, the club issued the "Lottery for the construction of PAOK's New Stadio Toumba" in April 1958 at a cost of 20 drachmas each. Since 1956, the administration was withholding 15% of the gate income in order to fund the construction of the new stadium. The "Double-Headed Eagle's" fans, apart from money, also contributed to construction by volunteering to work as builders.

The construction of the stadium was completed at a record time of one year. The inauguration event was scheduled for Sunday 6 September 1959 with a friendly encounter against AEK FC (PAOK prevailed 1–0 with a goal by Kostas Kiourtzis). Prime minister Konstantinos Karamanlis's attendance was cancelled at the last minute. However, several ministers of his government were there for the occasion. As for the ball for the first kick-off, it fell at 17:30 off an airplane of Sedes Military Air Base. On inauguration day, 15,000 PAOK supporters packed Stadio Toumba, as that was the stadium's capacity back then. It would increase to 20,000 seats in the following months until it reached a 45,000-seat capacity in the mid-'70s through extensive expansion work.

The attendance mark of 20,000 was broken on 28 April 1963 for the 1–1 draw with Panathinaikos (20,131 spectators), while the 30,000 mark was first surpassed in the 2–0 victory over Olympiacos on 19 March 1967 (31,504 spectators, to be exact). The attendance record remains at 45,252 tickets and was registered on 19 December 1976 in the goalless draw with AEK Athens.[25]

First titles and Europe (1970–1995)Edit

The wonder team of the 1970sEdit

The 1970s decade was probably the best period in the history of the football club . With a very strong team (including Stavros Sarafis, Angelos Anastasiadis, Christos Terzanidis, Ioannis Gounaris, Konstantinos Iosifidis, Dimitris Paridis, Filotas Pellios, Aristarchos Fountoukidis, Neto Guerino and captained by Giorgos Koudas), and playing spectacular football, PAOK managed to win their first Championship (1976), two Cups (1972, 1974), Greater Greek Cup (1973) and distinguish themselves in European competitions.

 
Christos Terzanidis, member of the wonder-team of PAOK during the seventies

At the European level, the club made its best ever performance after reaching the European Cup quarter-finals of the European Cup in 1973–74 European Cup Winners' Cup where they were knocked out by Milan.

The Greek Cup draw procedures were kind to PAOK, as they didn't need to move from Thessaloniki and ended up playing all their Cup matches leading up to the final in their town. In the last 16 stage and in the semi-finals, the "Double-Headed Eagle" were paired with lower tier clubs. In the quarter-finals, they took their revenge from Aris, eliminating them at Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium with a 2–1 victory. Due to incidents during that match, the referee had to blow the final whistle ahead of time. As a consequence, Aris players Spyridon and Sidiropoulos were heavily punished at first instance (13 months' and 5 months' incarceration, respectively), but their bans were overturned on appeal. PAOK eliminated Pierikos, Aias Salamina, Aris and progressed to the final with their semi-final victory over PAS Lamia 1964.

Since the previous season, PAOK had insisted on the appointment of a neutral ground to host the final, as the 1970–71 Greek Cup showdown against Olympiacos had been held at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, home ground of Olympiacos. PAOK would face Panathinaikos this time around (the Greens had prevailed over Panionios in the semis), but the final was played once again in Athens, at the "neutral" ground of Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium and not at Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium. So PAOK returned to the familiar yet inhospitable surroundings of Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, far more experienced and readier to claim the 1971–72 Greek Cup title. The players had 10,000 fans on their side and they vowed that it was about time to return with the trophy at Thessaloniki.

It was the fifth final for the "Double-Headed Eagle" and the fourth time that they travelled to Athens for the trophy match. Giorgos Koudas paved the way with his early opener (2') and he also got to seal the deal with his direct free kick in the 89th minute. Papadimitriou got on the scorers’ sheet during stoppage time, reducing distances for Panathinaikos, but to no avail.

Panathinaikos head coach Ferenc Puskás spoke highly of PAOK's mature game, while the fans of the "Double-Headed Eagle" started celebrations in Thessaloniki. As described in a newspaper report, "PAOK's triumph was wildly celebrated. Fans took to the streets, would jump with their clothes in the sea and the White Tower of Thessaloniki fountains, the city was all lit, church bells were ringing, there were chants, songs, tears, embraces, car horns, PAOK banners, all pieces of the triumph puzzle. Right after the final whistle, everyone who was watching the match headed towards the centre of Thessaloniki, using any means available: motorcycles, tricycles, trucks, buses and mainly small cars, all causing traffic congestion and big noise with their horns, trying to make their way to the White Tower. The younger fans would sing “here-there, here-there, we brought the Cup to the White Tower of Thessaloniki”.

On Thursday 6 July 1972, despite the heat wave in Thessaloniki, at least 2,500 cars headed to the Thessaloniki Airport "Makedonia" to welcome the players of PAOK who were bringing back the trophy. At exactly 16:35 it was announced by the Thessaloniki Airport "Makedonia" loudspeakers that the flight had landed and the first cheers of the public were so loud that the players inside the aircraft heard them. A few minutes later, the door opened and Koulis Apostolidis was the first to appear holding the trophy. Giorgos Koudas and Les Shannon had remained in Athens, to catch a flight to England. The PAOK player would undergo a scheduled operation to deal with a chronic shoulder blade injury.

After their arrival, the players boarded their bus and the motorcade headed towards PAOK's headquarters in the city centre. There, fans and team would celebrate once again the Greek Cup triumph, with the trophy providing the backdrop. The employees of the club had put it on the ledge of a window at PAOK offices.[26]

The 1973–74 Greek Cup final was held at Nikos Goumas Stadium, again in Athens, on Sunday 16 June, and was the first ever to feature a pre-match ceremony. Les Shannon, due to his English football culture, had acquired special kits for his players to wear in the final; also a first-time experience in Greek football.

 
Filotas Pellios, defender and member of the 1975–76 champions team

It was a scintillating contest and kept fans on the edge of their seats until its dying seconds. Olympiacos took the lead after 20 minutes of play through Yves Triantafyllos. Konstantinos Iosifidis saw his thunderous belter crash against the crossbar. Dimitris Paridis eventually got the equalizer in the 51st minute, set up by Giorgos Koudas. In the 66th minute, Giannis Gounaris’ handed the ball in PAOK's area and the referee pointed towards the spot kick. Giannis Stefas denied Karavitis at that crucial moment. Seven minutes later, at the opposite side of the pitch, Dimitris Paridis charged into Olympiacos’ area and was brought down by Viera. Achilleas Aslanidis took the resulting penalty and fired the "Double-Headed Eagle" into the lead. Kritikopoulos turned in his header to make it 2–2 in the 82nd minute, forcing extra time. Nothing of significance happened in the next 30 minutes and a penalty shoot-out would determine the winner. Olympiacos’ Poupakis and Persidis missed their chances, as did PAOK's Giorgos Koudas. Koulis Apostolidis showed his character with a nerveless spot-kick, the last of the procedure, and celebrated wildly PAOK's second Greek Cup title.[27]

 
Kyriakos Alexandridis member of the 1984–85 champions team

On Friday 12 March 1976, after series of deliberations and two assemblies of the Directors’ Board, PAOK announced that Gyula Lóránt would remain at the helm. Kalafatis and Petridis would also remain on board, but under the condition that nobody would interfere any more with the coach's job, as expressly stated in his contract. Three consecutive victories kept the distance from AEK intact, before it increased on 4 April after the 2–2 draw at Kastoria FC. The tide would turn around in less than a week though, as PAOK won their postponed game against Panetolikos and then went on to defeat Panionios 4–0 on 11 April. They climbed at the top of the standings for the first time that season, level on points with AEK who lost 1–0 to Panathinaikos.

On matchday 25, AEK were defeated 1–0 by Aris in Thessaloniki and PAOK, winners 3–0 over Panachaiki, were alone at the top of the standings. The league title would be decided in two consecutive high-profile encounters at Toumba Stadium. PAOK prevailed 3–1 over Olympiacos and then Neto Guerino scored the only goal of the match against AEK in the 89th minute, giving the "Double-Headed Eagle" a four-point cushion with three matches to go until the end. The league title was all but guaranteed on the following matchday, when AEK were held to a goalless draw at Serres and PAOK defeated Iraklis at Kaftanzoglio Stadium (3–1). The 2–1 loss to Atromitos had nothing but statistical value, as it put a stop to PAOK's undefeated home record. The 1975–76 Alpha Ethniki was sealed with a 4–0 victory over Ethnikos at "Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium".[28]

PAOK also made a memorable appearance against German giants Bayern Munich in the 1983–84 UEFA Cup, where it was knocked out on penalties after two goalless draws.[29][30]

1984–85 Greek ChampionsEdit

The second Championship of PAOK came in 1984–85 season. Notable figures of the team included Kostas Iosifidis, Giorgos Skartados and Giorgos Kostikos.

With their 1–2 win over Larissa FC at Alcazar Stadium, they extended their lead to three points, as Panathinaikos and Olympiacos played a 1–1 draw. PAOK continued their winning ways and another draw (AEKPanathinaikos FC 1–1) allowed Iraklis to climb in second place, three points behind Walter Skocik’s players, while Panathinaikos FC and Olympiacos FC were at a 4-point distance from top spot.

 
PAOK vs AEK in Toumba Stadium (1989–90)

The venue of the encounter between Iraklis and PAOK on matchday 24 became an issue of controversy, but nevertheless a goal by Giorgos Skartados in the opening minute put the match to rest. The "Double-Headed Eagle" built a five-point distance from Panathinaikos FC and AEK. Consecutive away draws against Pierikos and Doxa Dramas added some spice to the league and "reminded" Panathinaikos FC to file a complaint regarding the venue of their loss to Ethnikos Piraeus F.C. back on matchday 21. However, PAOK were on a roll. They defeated OFI 3–0 for the league and then handed Panathinaikos a 4–0 beating in the Greek Cup semi-finals. On 9 June 1985, PAOK mathematically secured the league title with a goalless draw at Nea Smyrni against Panionios FC, as Panathinaikos were held to a 2–2 draw by Pierikos. It was the only away point the outfit of Katerini earned that season.

As the Greek League authorities had yet to reach a final verdict on Panathinaikos’ complaint for their match against Ethnikos Piraeus F.C., there was no decision yet on the time and place of the trophy ceremony. Finally, two days before their home match against Panathinaikos corresponding to the last matchday, PAOK were given the green light. They were presented with the league trophy and had their celebratory lap, Kostas Iosifidis holding the much-coveted silverware.[31]

In 1992, they lost in the Greek Cup Final to Olympiacos.[32]

Return to the titles (1996–2006)Edit

 
Zisis Vryzas, one of the most popular players played for the team

In 1996, Thomas Voulinos handed over the reins of the club to Giorgos Batatoudis. Numerous transfers of well-known players such as Percy Olivares, Zisis Vryzas, Spiros Marangos and Kostas Frantzeskos took place under the new administration. In 1997, having served its five-year ban, PAOK qualified for the UEFA Cup under coach Angelos Anastasiadis. The club's reappearance at European level was marked by a victory and qualification over Arsenal.[33] In Greek Cup 2001 they won the Greek Cup final defeating Olympiacos 4–2 in Nikos Goumas Stadium.[32] In Greek Cup 2003, they won the Greek Cup final again, defeating Aris 1–0 in Toumba Stadium With the goal of Georgios Georgiadis, which was the only goal of the Finals of the Greek Cup .[32]

 
Angelos Anastasiadis, 2003 Greek Cup winner as a coach

The 2003–04 season was an unexpected success. Batatoudis was no longer the major shareholder, and under the management of Anastasiadis, PAOK managed to finish third in the league and to secure participation in the qualifying rounds of the following year's UEFA Champions League. The first match in Toumba finished 2–1 to Maccabi Tel Aviv FC but was awarded 3–0 against PAOK for fielding a suspended player. The club fielded Liasos Louka, a Cypriot player who was still serving a two-match ban in UEFA competitions (for his sending-off in a UEFA Intertoto Cup tie while playing for Nea Salamis on 8 July 2000).[34] Unfortunately, the team failed to qualify for the group stages, as they were knocked out by Maccabi Tel Aviv in the third qualifying round.[35]

Rolf Fringer was appointed as new coach in September 2004, replacing Angelos Anastasiadis, but after a few games, Rolf Fringer was replaced by Nikos Karageorgiou, who led the club to a fifth-place finish in May 2005 and a subsequent 2005–06 UEFA Cup qualification.[36]

By the end of May 2006, the club's dramatic situation started to emerge, with players openly declaring they have been unpaid for months, plus a shocking decision by UEFA to ban the club from participating in the upcoming UEFA Cup,[37] brought the club one step from complete ruin, with the organized fanbase launching an all-out war against Giannis Goumenos during the summer of 2006,[38] going as far as to occupy the club's offices in Toumba stadium for a handful of days. The situation was ever worsening for Goumenos, after many failed deals with possible investors,[39] constant allegations of embezzlement,[40] and especially his decision to sell star player Dimitris Salpingidis to Panathinaikos.[41]

The club appointed Momčilo Vukotić as coach in October 2006, replacing ilie Dumitrescu, who had earlier resigned.[42]

Zagorakis years and European recognition (2007–2011)Edit

 
Theodoros Zagorakis, player and former president of PAOK FC

In the summer of 2007, Theodoros Zagorakis assumed presidency of the club, replacing the Nikos Vezyrtzis and Apostolos Oikonomidis administration and thus ushered in a new era.[43]

The plan's first season saw the club eliminated from the Greek Cup by second division club Thrasyvoulos. The early replacement of coach Georgios Paraschos by the well-known established manager Fernando Santos did little to prevent a ninth-place finish in the league.[44]

The club's finances, however, gradually improved, and—thanks to the continuing massive support from fans in the form of season tickets,[45] as well as many new sponsorship deals—the summer of 2008 saw the transfers of widely known internationals like Pablo Contreras,[46] Zlatan Muslimović[47] and Pablo García.[48]

In January 2009, Theodoros Zagorakis announced the club's intention of building a new training facility complex in the Nea Mesimvria area of Thessaloniki, owned by the club. The administration had already acquired land from the municipality of Agios Athanasios in the previous summer.[49]

The end of the 2008–09 season found PAOK in second place, eight points behind champions Olympiacos, the best place the club had taken since 1985.[50]

 
Pablo García in action for PAOK in 2010

The 2010 league playoff success was swiftly followed by Fernando Santos' announcement of his decision to depart, having concluded his three-year contract as head coach.[51] It was eventually decided in mid-June that Mario Beretta would be his successor.[52]

Beretta was quickly replaced with Pavlos Dermitzakis, veteran PAOK player and Theodoros Zagorakis' initial choice before reverting to Beretta.[53] Beretta also became the shortest-lived PAOK coach ever, sitting on the bench for just 38 days.[54]

 
László Bölöni, as coach of PAOK, against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, winning 2–1

With Pavlos Dermitzakis at the helm, PAOK faced Ajax and was ultimately eliminated on the away goals rule, managing a 1–1[55] draw in Amsterdam and a thrilling 3–3[56] draw in Thessaloniki. Entering the UEFA Europa League playoff round, PAOK were drawn against Fenerbahçe, also eliminated on the Champions League third qualifying round. This time, PAOK fared much better and after winning the home game 1–0[57] in Thessaloniki, secured a memorable 1–1 draw.[58]

Another defeat against Panathinaikos under Pavlos Dermitzakis led to his removal on 17 October.[59] His assistant, Makis Chavos, replaced him as caretaker coach.[60]

In 2010–11, PAOK reached the knockout phase in the Europa League, losing 2–1 on aggregate to CSKA Moscow.[61] In the Superleague Greece, PAOK finished fourth in the regular season and secured a place in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round by finishing second in the playoff round.

The PAOK board then appointed the experienced Romanian László Bölöni as the club's new head coach.[62] Under the leadership of László Bölöni, PAOK passed the UEFA Europa League playoff round and entered the group stage, despite the many injured players the club had. On 30 November 2011, PAOK achieved a historic victory[63] against English club Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, winning 2–1. With this victory, the club qualified for the Europa League round of 32 for the second consecutive year. There they faced Udinese. After a 0–0 draw away in Udine, however, they suffered a 0–3 loss at Toumba Stadium.

Ivan Savvidis era (2012–present)Edit

 
PAOK supporters at the 2013–14 Greek Cup final in OAKA

PAOK entered the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round third qualifying round, and with a 0–2 away and 4–1 home win over Bnei Yehuda, qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League#play-off round, where faced Rapid Wien but were eliminated after 2–1 and 3–0 home and away defeats, respectively. PAOK finished the season in second place during the regular period, qualifying for the Superleague playoffs. Giorgos Donis was replaced by technical director and former player Georgios Georgiadis, who was appointed caretaker manager. PAOK managed to win qualification for the third qualifying round of the Champions League in the playoffs after a last game win against PAS Giannina.[64]

In June 2013, PAOK appointed Huub Stevens as their new coach, but he was dismissed in March 2014 after achieving poor results.[65]

In 2014, the team reached the 2013–14 Greek Cup final, but lost to Panathinaikos.[66]

In 2015, club's new owner Ivan Savvidis paid all of the club's debts to the Greek government, an amount that totalled at €10,886,811.[67] In May, PAOK hired Frank Arnesen as the new club's technical director (sports director). On 18 June 2015, Igor Tudor was hired as the new manager of the club, signing a three-year contract.[68] Tudor was replaced in March 2016 by youth-team coach Vladimir Ivic.[69]

 
The team in 2018

They won the Greek Cup in May 2017, beating AEK Athens in the final in Panthessaliko Stadium, although the match kicked off late due to crowd trouble.[70]

On 11 March 2018, during a match against AEK, the president of the team, Ivan Savvidis, stormed onto the pitch with a pistol in his holster after a late PAOK goal was overturned after protests from AEK, causing the league to be suspended.[71] PAOK was later punished with a reduction of 3 points and the awarding of the game to AEK by 0–3. The 6-point swing was a major blow to PAOK's title hopes and the club was unable to secure the title as AEK Athens were crowned champions with three match-days to go. The club still managed to end their season on a high note by winning their second consecutive Greek Cup beating AEK 2–0 in the 2018 Greek Football Cup final in OAKA, Athens, with the match refereed after many years in Greece by a foreign (David Fernández Borbalán) referee.

2018–19 unbeaten ChampionsEdit

During the 2018–19 season, the major derbies, after decades in Greece, were refereed by foreign referees.

On May 5, PAOK earned their 26th win in 30 games to complete an undefeated season (26–4–0 record)[72]. This is arguably the best performance in Greek football history, the previous held by Panathinaikos, who won the 1963–64 Alpha Ethniki title undefeated, but with a 24–6–0 record[73]. On the same day PAOK became the only European football club unbeaten in the national championships of the continent. The second until then, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, lost for the Israeli Premier League by opponent Bnei Yehuda with a score of 2-3.[74].

Conquest of the Greek Cup; first DoubleEdit

On May 11, PAOK won again, for the third consecutive year, the Greek Cup, after they defeated the same opponent (AEK Athens) at their home stadium; Olympic Stadium of Athens. This was the third consecutive year in the finals of the Greek Cup against the same opponent, AEK, being held for the second consecutive year in the Olympic Stadium of Athens.

The Video assistant referee (VAR) was also used for the first time in the Greek football and in a Greek Cup final. The goal of the victory came in the 45th minute of the first-half-time with a goal by Chuba Akpom, after a pass by Dimitris Pelkas. A historic day for PAOK, who except of the acquisition of the Greek Cup, they conquered also for the first time in their history a Double, since the birth of the football club.

StadiumsEdit

Syntrivani Stadium was PAOK's first home ground. It was situated near the Children's Asylum, where the Theological School of Aristotle University is based today.[75]

Their current home ground is Stadio Toumbas, which was opened in 1959, although it has been renovated a number of times since.[76]

SupportersEdit

 
PAOK fans in Gate 4
 
PAOK FC bus

PAOK FC is the most popular football club in the regions of northern Greece.[77]

They are one of the most popular football clubs in Greece, with one of the highest average home attendances. PAOK's traditional fanbase comes from the city of Thessaloniki, where the club is based, as well as most of the rest of Macedonia region and northern Greece,[78] but they have fans all over Greece, as well as in the Greek Diaspora (Australia, Germany, Americas etc). A research by Marca in 2018, also found PAOK as the most popular Greek football team in social media.[79]

The main organized supporters of PAOK are known as Gate 4.[80] Gate 4 is where the largest PAOK supporters' clubs assemble. They support all clubs within the PAOK Sports Society, wearing the club's colors and symbols and maintaining firms in every corner of Greece, created in 1976. However, the oldest fan club is "SF PAOK Neapolis Bellos", which was founded in 1963, and was one of the first fan clubs in the country.[81]

 
Big shirt in Toumba stadium

The organized supporters of PAOK (included Gate 4) have over the years become a part of the club by affecting club decisions and by following the club on all occasions. Relations between PAOK's organized supporters and their presidents have occasionally been disturbed, and hence have become the cause of ownership change. The reasons for such change include the team's bad results, but also bad management of the club at various times. One of these cases was a movement against the former president of PAOK, Thomas Voulinos. In 1992, organized PAOK fans decided to expel him from the club, leading to their halting of the UEFA Cup home match against Paris Saint-Germain in Toumba by invading the pitch to interrupt the game. The club was punished by UEFA with a 2-year exclusion from any European competition, receiving a painful financial setback. The president of PAOK explicitly accused the president of Gate 4 of being responsible for what had happened. The French newspaper "L'Équipe" used the title "Thessaloniki was crazy" in its match report, while a Paris Saint-Germain member said: "I have not seen such a show, with such furious fans". The beginning of the end of his presidency came on 6 November 1995 when, in a match between PAOK and AEK, extensive violence took place at Toumba. A few months later, Thomas Voulinos left the club.[82][83][84][85][86]

Supporters are also renowned for fireworks, with small and large banners displayed in the stands, and for noisy and constant cheering. One of the biggest banners in the world was created by fan club Michaniona.[87] They maintain a strong friendship with the supporters of Serbian club Partizan, the Grobari. There have been many occasions where fans from both clubs traveled to watch each other's games.[88] PAOK fans also have good relations with the fans of OFI Crete, a friendship that has been build mainly around their sharing of the same club colours.[89] The friendship is supported by an annual exchange of tickets and a typically strong atmosphere in their matches. They additionally also maintain good relations with fans of Panionios.

In the night of 4 October 1999 a road accident took place in the Vale of Tempe, Thessaly, with six fans of the team killed. An ceremony in commemoration of the incident has taken place every year since.[90]

RivalriesEdit

 
PAOK vs Olympiacos 1–0 (2009)

The rivalry between Olympiacos and PAOK, is long-standing, emerging in the 1960s, when the unsuccesful case of Giorgos Koudas' transfer from PAOK to Olympiacos occurred.[91]

A long-time rivalry also exists between PAOK and local rivals Aris .[92]

Panathinaikos and AEK Athens are also considered major rivals due to the rivalry of citizens between Thessaloniki of Macedonia and Athens.[93]

Notable supportersEdit

Below is a list of people who are known PAOK supporters:

Crest and coloursEdit

The team's traditional colours are black, as sadness for the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922 and the end of the Greek presence in Anatolia, and white as hope for recovery.[98] PAOK's traditional home colours are black and white striped shirt. Shorts and socks are usually black with white lines, but it's never the same for a long time. For many seasons in history the shorts were white with black lines. In general, there is nothing stable for a long period. In the club's 91-year history there are over 100 changes, with variations of black and white with shirt and shorts. In addition to classic black and white, the club has used purple, blue, orange, silver and red as an alternative. Every year there are small or big changes.[99] In 1926, the first shirt was black with white collar, and also white shorts.[100] In 1931, the club used a black-and-white shirt with horizontal strips, and also white shorts. Similar appearance was used in 1953 but shorts was black. In 1967–68, for the first time appeared with white shirt, white shorts and white socks.[101] Similar appearances occurred in 1980–82,[102] 1984–85,[103] and 1987–88.[104] In 1970–71, for the first time appeared with black shirt, black shorts and black socks.[105] On January 2016, PAOK presidents an anniversary jersey for the 90th birthday of the club. The jersey was designed by Macron. His features were the big, white collar, the thick cords, a variation of the double-headed eagle, the logo of the 90 years on the sleeve, and the first characteristic logo of the team can be found printed on the backneck. Τhe anniversary shirt is a copy of 1966's jersey.[106] The current home kit designed by Macron. Ιn 2016–17, the kit was the classic band white colors of the club developed in vertical bands with side and front piping color of gold. The collar is enriched in the back by the press of the Club name.[107]

CrestEdit

The first logo of PAOK was a horseshoe and a four-leaf clover, that was proposed by the member of board Kostas Koemtzopoulos.[108] The double-headed eagle was chosen as symbol of the club in 1929. Unlike other Byzantine-style eagles, the wings of the eagle are mournfully closed.[109] Under the leadership of Ivan Savvidis a gold stripe was added to the crest, as a symbol of glory and renaissance of the club.[110]

Kit evolutionEdit

First

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1925–26[100]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1936–37[111]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1938–39[112]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1970–71[105]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1984–85[113]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1990–91[114]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2002–03[105]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2004–05[105]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2007–08[115]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014–15[116]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015–16[117]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016–17[118]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017–18

Alternative

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1982–83[119]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2000–01[120]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2001–02[121]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2002–03[122]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014–15[116]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015–16[117]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016–17[118]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017–18

Shirt sponsors and manufacturersEdit

Until the 1980s, when football in Greece was amateur, the team jerseys had only the emblem and the number of each player. When football became professional (in 1980), then companies began to become official sponsors of the club.[123]

 
Astra Airlines is an official carrier of the club.

In 1983, Suzuki Motor Corporation became the club's first shirt sponsor for one season.[123] After one-and-a-half years without a jersey sponsor, οn January 2008, there was an agreement with the natural gas supply corporation of Greece, DEPA. The agreement was two-and-a-half years, and the deal is worth €3 million.[124] At the start of the 2010–11 season, the club's main shirt sponsors was Pame Stoixima, which also sponsored them in 1987–88. The agreement was a three-year term,[125] for €1.5 million a year.[126] The collaboration with Pame Stoixima continued for another 2 years. For the 2013–14 season, the club received €1.5 million a year,[127] and for the next €1.8 million.[128] On 22 September 2015, the club announce a two-year deal with sportingbet.gr.[129] The shirt deal was €1.2 million a year.[130] On 30 June 2017, PAOK signed a three-year deal with online betting company "Stoiximan" as shirt sponsor.[131] The new €1.8-million-a-year shirt deal is worth €5.4 million over three years.[132]

ABM Diffusion became the kit manufacturer of PAOK for two years, until 1995.[133] Puma returned again for 2 years, before Adidas started a second spell in 1997. Adidas remained for nine years, followed by PUMA's third period of cooperation with PAOK.[134] Umbro became kit manufacturer of club again,[135] before the agreement with nike in 2013.[136] since 2015, the current kit manufacturer is Macron.[137]

HonoursEdit

NationalEdit

InternationalEdit

RegionalEdit

European recordEdit

PAOK's best European performance was in the 1973–74 season, when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.[5]

UEFA rankingEdit

As of 25 October 2018
Rank Country Team Coeff.
57   Internazionale 24.000
58   Dnipro 24.000
59   PAOK 23.500
60   FCSB 23.000
61   Saint-Étienne 23.000

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 31 January 2019[140]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Rodrigo Rey
3   DF Léo Matos
4   DF Sverrir Ingi Ingason
5   DF Fernando Varela
7   MF Omar El Kaddouri
8   MF Maurício
9   FW Karol Świderski
10   MF Dimitris Pelkas
15   DF José Ángel Crespo
18   FW Dimitris Limnios
19   MF Pontus Wernbloom
20   DF Vieirinha (captain)
21   MF Diego Biseswar
23   DF Dimitris Giannoulis
No. Position Player
26   MF Sérgio Oliveira (on loan from Porto)
27   MF Josip Mišić (on loan from Sporting CP)
28   MF Yevhen Shakhov
31   GK Alexandros Paschalakis
32   DF Lefteris Lyratzis
47   FW Chuba Akpom
53   MF Kostas Balogiannis
87   MF José Cañas
90   FW Pedro Henrique
98   FW Léo Jabá
  FW Lazaros Lamprou
  FW Efthimis Koulouris
  DF Dimitrios Meliopoulos
  GK Nikos Melissas

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  GK Jorgo Muca (at   Karaiskakis until 30 June 2019)
  DF Panagiotis Deligiannidis (at   OFI until 30 June 2019)
  DF Dimitris Chatziisaias (at   Atromitos until 30 June 2019)
  DF Marko Mihojević (at   OFI until 30 June 2019)
  DF Stelios Kitsiou (at   Ankaragücü until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
  MF Manolis Patralis (at   Doxa Drama until 30 June 2019)
  MF Nikolas Mattheou (at   Karaiskakis until 30 June 2019)
  MF Charis Charisis (at   Kortrijk until 30 June 2019)
  FW Giannis Mystakidis (at   Górnik Zabrze until 30 June 2019)

Out of teamEdit

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

No. Position Player
99   GK Marios Siampanis
71   GK Panagiotis Glykos
13   DF Stelios Malezas
34   DF Yevhen Khacheridi
6   DF Alin Toșca (on loan from Betis)}
  MF Ergys Kaçe
No. Position Player
  MF Thibault Moulin
  FW Amr Warda
  FW Kristian Kushta
  FW Illya Markovskyy
11   FW Nikos Karelis (on loan from Genk)

Academy and teamsEdit

PAOK FC Sport Center is the training ground of PAOK and Academy base, located in Nea Mesimvria area. The construction started under the presidency of Theodoros Zagorakis.[141][142]

Retired numbersEdit

  • 12 – in honour of the fans, considered the "12th player" of the team in the pitch. The only player who had the number 12 in his shirt was Joe Nagbe. The last time was on 28 May 2000.[143]
  • 17 – in honour of Panagiotis Katsouris, a PAOK player that died in 1998 in a car accident.[144]

Captains (since 1959)Edit

 
Club's legend Vieirinha led the team to the undefeated championship of 2018–19
Name Period
  Giorgos Hasiotis 1959–1964
  Leandros Symeonidis 1964–1969
  Giorgos Koudas 1969–1984
  Kostas Iosifidis 1984–1985
  Nikos Alavantas 1985–1989
  Giorgos Skartados 1989–1992
  Alexis Alexiou 1992–1996
  Thodoris Zagorakis 1996–1998
  Giorgos Toursounidis 1998–1999
  Kostas Frantzeskos 1999–2000
  Tasos Katsabis 2000–2002
  Pantelis Kafes 2002–2003
Name Period
  Loukas Karadimos 2003–2005
  Thodoris Zagorakis 2005–2007
  Giorgos Georgiadis 2007–2008
  Pantelis Konstantinidis 2008–2009
  Sérgio Conceição 2009–2010
  Kostas Chalkias 2010–2012
  Pablo García 2012–2013
  Dimitris Salpingidis 2013–2014
  Stefanos Athanasiadis 2014–2017
  Stelios Malezas 2017–2018
  Vieirinha 2018–

Affiliated clubsEdit

Since 2013, PAOK maintains a cooperation with Juventus on the academies sector.[145]

National team playersEdit

A number of PAOK players have represented the Greece national team, the first official international being Nikos Sotiriadis. The record number of PAOK players for Greece was six, which happened on two occasions in 1981. The first PAOK player to captain Greece was Stavros Sarafis.[146]

ManagementEdit

Board of DirectorsEdit

[147][148][149]

Position Name
Ownership Dimera Group Limited
President     Ivan Savvidis
Vice–President     George Savvidis
Vice–President & CEO   Chrisostomos Gagatsis
Director of Football   Mario Branco
Technical Director of Academy   Daniel Bigas Alsina[150]
Football Section Advisor   Malamas Tevekelis[151]
Consultant of Football   Giorgos Koudas[149]
Public and International Relations   Dimitris Saraidaris
Legal Department Manager   Achilleas Mavromatis
Marketing Department Manager   Lazaros Bachtsevanos
Member of the Board   Maria Goncharova
Member of the Board   Artur Davidyan
Member of the Board   Dimokratis Papadopoulos
Security manager Stage   Tryfon Koukios
head of the security department   Ilias Gerontidis
Press Officer   Kyriakos Kyriakos[152]

Technical and Medical staffEdit

[153][154]

 
Răzvan Lucescu was appointed manager in 2017
 
Position Name
Head Coach   Răzvan Lucescu
Assistant Coach   Cristiano Bacci
Assistant Coach   Diego Longo
Conditioning Coach   Matteo Spatafora
Team Manager   Pantelis Konstantinidis[155]
Data Analyst (Vis-Track)   Kyriakos Tsitsiridis
Opponent Analysis   Ioannis Thomaidis
Head Gymnast Rehabilitation   Georgios Tsonakas
Gymnast Rehabilitation   Vasilios Kanaras
Goalkeeping Coach   Giorgos Skiathitis
Carer   Athanasios Variemezis
Head of Clothes   Athanasios Sarapanis
Head of Clothes   Chrysovalantis Varlamis
Guide   Fotis Kyriakopoulos
Guide     Elias Savvidis
 
Position Name
Head of Medical Services   Emmanouil Papakostas[156]
Club's Doctor   Kostas Tziantzis
Exercise Physiology   Giorgos Ziogas[157]
Nutritionist   Ioanna Paspala[158]
Head Physiotherapist   Athanasios Kapoulas
Physiotherapist   Nikolaos Tsirelas
Physiotherapist   Petros Nikolakoudis
Physiotherapist   George Gangalis
Physiotherapist     Nikolaos Mouratidis

PAOK FC presidentsEdit

[159]

Name Period
  Giorgos Pantelakis 1979–1984
  Petros Kalafatis 1984–1986
  Charis Savvidis 1986–1988
  Giannis Dedeoglou 1988–1989
  Thomas Voulinos 1989–1996
  Giorgos Kalyvas 1996
  Giorgos Batatoudis 1996–2001
  Petros Kalafatis 2001–2003
  Giannis Goumenos 2003–2006
Name Period
  Nikolaos Vezyrtzis 2006–2007
  Thodoris Zagorakis 2007–2009
  Zisis Vryzas 2009–2010
  Thodoris Zagorakis 2010–2011
  Zisis Vryzas 2011–2014
  Iakovos Angelides 2014–2016
  Ľuboš Micheľ 2016–2017
  Ivan Savvidis 2017–

Notable managersEdit

[75][160] The following managers won at least one trophy when in charge of PAOK:

Name Period Trophies
  Nikolaos Aggelakis 1947–1948   EPSM Championship
  Nikos Pangalos 1949–1950   EPSM Championship
  Hermao Koffmann 1955–1956   EPSM Championship
  Niko Polty 1956–1957   EPSM Championship
  Les Shannon 1971–1974 2   Greek Cups,   Greater Greece Cup
  Gyula Lóránt 1975–1976   Super League
  Walter Skocik 1984–1985   Super League
  Dušan Bajević 2000–2001   Greek Cup
  Angelos Anastasiadis 2002–2003   Greek Cup
  Vladimir Ivic 2016–2017   Greek Cup
  Răzvan Lucescu 2017–Present   Super League, 2   Greek Cups
  • Les Shannon is the longest-serving manager (3 years and 8 months), while Mario Beretta is the shortest (38 days).[54]
  • Gyula Lóránt suffered a heart attack, watching a league match of PAOK against Olympiacos and died at the game, aged 58.[161]

Records and statisticsEdit

 
Giorgos Koudas, appearances recordman and second all-time goalscorer, played his entire career in the club.

One-club menEdit

[162][163]

Player Nationality Position Debut Last match
Giorgos Koudas   MF 1963 1984
Stavros Sarafis   FW 1967 1981
Konstantinos Iosifidis   DF 1971 1985

Most league appearances and top scorerEdit

Giorgos Koudas holds the record for most PAOK league appearances, having played 504 matches (607 overall)[164] between 1963 and 1984.[165]

Stavros Sarafis is the club's top goalscorer with 170 goals overall (136 in league matches), being at PAOK between 1967 and 1981.[164][166]

A list of the ten highest appearances and scorers for PAOK (as of 2004) is listed below:[167]

Most league appearances:
Rank Name Apps
1   Giorgos Koudas 504
2   Kostas Iosifidis 397
3   Giannis Gounaris 377
4   Stavros Sarafis 358
5   Aristarchos Fountoukidis 336
6   Koulis Apostolidis 280
7   Giorgos Skartados 265
8   Dimitris Salpingidis 262
9   Giorgos Toursounidis 261
10   Giannis Giakoumis 250

League top scorers:

Rank Name Goals
1   Stavros Sarafis 136
2   Giorgos Koudas 134
3   Dimitris Salpingidis 90
4   Giorgos Skartados 84
5   Giorgos Kostikos 79
6   Stefanos Athanasiadis 71
7   Neto Guerino 66
8   Panagiotis Kermanidis 60
9   Achilleas Aslanidis 55
10   Koulis Apostolidis 51

Super League top scorersEdit

Rank Player Times Season(s)
1   Aleksandar Prijović 1 2017–18
2   Dimitris Salpingidis 1 2005–06
3   Dimitris Nalitzis 1 1999–00

Domestic team's recordsEdit

Outline Record
Champions without a loss in a top-flight campaign (after 1959) once (2018–19)

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