Super League Greece

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Super League Greece 1
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Founded
  • 1927;94 years ago (1927)
    as Panhellenic Championship
  • 1959;62 years ago (1959)
    as Alpha Ethniki
  • 2006;15 years ago (2006)
    as Super League Greece
First season
CountryGreece
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 14 [1]
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Super League Greece 2
Domestic cup(s) Greek Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current champions Olympiacos (46th title)
(2020–21)
Most championships Olympiacos (46 titles)
Most appearances Mimis Domazos (536)
Top goalscorer Thomas Mavros (260 goals)
TV partners Nova Sports, (live matches) Alpha TV 3 Matches live
Website slgr.gr
Current: 2021–22 Super League Greece

The Super League Greece 1 (Greek : Ελληνική Σούπερ Λιγκ 1), or Super League 1 Interwetten for sponsorship reasons, is the highest professional association football league in Greece. The league was formed on 16 July 2006 and replaced Alpha Ethniki at the top of the Greek football league system. It consists of 14 teams and runs from August to May, with teams playing 26 games each followed by a 10-game play-off to decide the champions.

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As of May 2021, Super League Greece is ranked 20th in the UEFA ranking of leagues, based on performances in European competitions over the last five years.

Since the foundation of the first official Panhellenic Championship in 1927, [2] only six clubs have won the title.

The current champions are Olympiacos, based in Piraeus.

History

Origins

Between 1905 and 1912, a Panhellenic Championship was organised by the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics (SEGAS). This championship was actually a local tournament among clubs from Athens and Piraeus.

After the Balkan Wars and World War I, two football associations were formed, one organising a football league in Athens and Piraeus, and one doing the same in Thessaloniki. These were the Athens-Piraeus FCA (EPSAP) and the Macedonia FCA (EPSM). In 1923, a Panhellenic Champion was determined by a play-off game between the Athens-Piraeus and the Thessaloniki champions. Peiraikos Syndesmos won 3–1 against Aris. This panhellenic final was not repeated the following year as the EPSAP was split into the Athens FCA (EPSA) and Piraeus FCA (EPSP) following a dispute.

Panhellenic Championship

On November 14, 1926, the Hellenic Football Federation is founded and organizes the first Panhellenic Championship in the period 1927-28, in which, however, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens did not participate due to conflicts with the EPO. [3]

The initial events were held with teams from Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, excluding the provincial ones. Previously, the local championships of the cities were held and in the final phase, sometimes only the first ones qualified, sometimes the first two or the first three teams. In the championship of 1938-39, which was held in two groups, teams outside Athens-Thessaloniki (Doxa Drama, AEK Kavala and Filippi Kavala) participated for the first time. The maiden presence of provincial teams in a single group of the Panhellenic Championship took place in 1953-54 with the participation of Panachaiki from Southern Greece and Niki Volou from Central and Northern Greece.

Α΄ National division

In 1959 the Alpha Ethniki – the precursor of the current Super League – was set up as a national round-robin tournament. After several months of talks, the 1959–60 championship was the first nationwide league competition. It started on Sunday 25 October 1959 with the participation of 16 teams. The creation of a championship in the form of a single permanent national division rather than the way they have been held until then with the participation of the teams selected by the local competitions was a requirement of both the State and UEFA. The first wished to establish a fixed number of matches every Sunday in Greece to stimulate interest in PRO-PO while UEFA wished to nominate national champions with strict criteria and through joint events for all states. The Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) was obliged to proceed to the abolition of the competitions of the Football Clubs Associations (EPS) of Greece as qualifying stages for the Pan-Hellenic Championship. The first place was taken by Alpha Ethniki, a single division with clubs from all over the Greek territory and a stable participation, with the exception of those who would be relegated at the end of the season. The initial design provided for a number of teams well above the 10th of the 1958–59 Pan-Hellenic Championship and in particular 18 which, as the expanded division calendar would cover almost all the available dates of the year, would no longer participate in its local competitions their EPSs. Those would be the qualifier for the upcoming national division and not the participation in the final round of the current championship, so their significance was significantly reduced. On Saturday, 10 October 1959 at the General Assembly of the HFF, ie with the participation of all the members of the Association of Football Associations and in the presence of the General Secretariat of Sports (GGA) and representatives of the Karamanlis government, became the first national division of Greek football. The 1st game was set for 15 days. According to the general Assembly of HFF on 29 August 1959, it was decided that the newly created Alpha Ethniki would consist of 18 teams, with their determination being made in accordance with the positions in the local EPS competitions in the period 1958–59. The HFF, at its decisive General Assembly on Saturday, 10 October, decided to reduce the number of teams to 16 so that the racing program will not be extended in the summer. After the end of the first event in the summer of 1960, the teams did not increase despite HFF's initial intention, with the number 16 being considered the ideal for a championship in Greece and only 18 in 1967.

The teams that participated in the first championship of the Alpha Ethniki were the following:

On 25 October 1959, the Alpha Ethniki was launched. Panathinaikos won the first Alpha Ethniki's Championship, which became the champion of Greece for the fourth time in his history. He scored at 79 points with AEK Athens and beat 2–1 in the barrage, a match where he needed only a tie result in the neutral Karaiskakis Stadium. In such a case, after the half-hour extension, the competition announcement set the best goal difference. Through barrage and with the same score was also the third place for the demotion, with the winner Panegialios to overtake Pankorinthiakos again in the event of a draw. The scoring system was 3p the win, 2p the draw, 1p the defeat.

The next years

Time has been relentless for some teams that have participated in the first league of the Alpha Ethniki. The historic Ethnikos Piraeus, cup winner of Greece in 1933, participates in the Gamma Ethniki, as well as Proodeftiki while AE Nikaia participates in the local championship of Piraeus. Apollon Kalamaria, Doxa Drama and Iraklis are fighting in the Beta Ethniki, while Pankorinthiakos, a few years after joining Alpha Ethniki, merged with Aris Korinthos and created PAS Korinthos, which reached the Alpha Ethniki at the 1990s and is now participating in the Gamma Ethniki. Megas Alexandros Katerini is the ancestor of Pierikos. In 1961, they merged with Olympos Katerini and created Pierikos who plays in the Gamma Ethniki.

On 19 January 1979 a bill was passed in the Hellenic Parliament under which football clubs became Football Incorporated Companies (PAE or ΠΑΕ in Greek). The Association of Football Incorporated Companies (EPAE, ΕΠΑΕ in Greek), under the supervision of the HFF, has since held the responsibility to hold the championship, with Makis Ithakisios being elected its first president. Initially the shares were owned by the sports union to which the football club belonged. Yet soon after, prominent Greek businessmen (shipowners, oil magnates, bankers etc.) began acquiring the newly formed PAEs by buying the majority of their shares, and then increasing their share capital, thus turning Greek football into a fully commercialised and highly profitable business for the decades to come.

For a single racing season, 2000–01, the championship is renamed "Upper Category".

Rename

On 16 July 2006, was founded the copartnership Super League. Members of the copartnership are the PAE's that have the right to participate in the professional football championship of the First Division. The main activity of the copartnership is the organization and conduct of the First Division's Championship according to the regulations and decisions of the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) and the supreme international football confederations (UEFA, FIFA).

Competition format

At present, 14 clubs compete in the Super League, playing each other in a 26-game home and away series. At the end of the season, the top 6 clubs face each other in a 10-game championship round to decide the Super League champions but also the teams to enter the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa Conference League.

The bottom 8 clubs face each other in play-outs to decide who gets relegated to Super League 2. [4] In their place, the top two teams from Super League 2 are promoted. The number of teams to be relegated may change, depending on a licensing procedure that takes place at the end of the regular season.

The Super League is currently entitled to one entrant into the UEFA Champions League. The Champion currently enters the first qualifying round through the champion path. The three UEFA Europa Conference League spots go to the teams that finished 2rd to 3rd, with a European berth for the Greek Cup winner.

Clubs

2021–22 season

The following 14 clubs will compete in the Super League 1 during the 2021–22 season.

ClubPosition
in 2020–21
First season in
top division
Seasons
in top
division
Seasons
in
Super League
Top
division
titles
Last top
division title
AEK Athens 1930–31 731412 2017–18
Apollon Smyrnis 1927–28 4250
Aris Thessaloniki 1927–28 73123 1945–46
Asteras Tripolis 2007–08 15150
Atromitos 1927–28 23150
Ionikos 1st in 2020–21 Super League Greece 2 1989–90 1720
Lamia 2017–18 550
OFI 1955–56 45110
Olympiacos 1929–30 851646 2020–21
Panathinaikos 1929–30 801620 2009–10
Panetolikos 1954–55 13100
PAS Giannina 1974–75 26110
PAOK 1930–31 77163 2018–19
Volos 2019–20 330

Champions

Names of the championship through the years

SEGAS and FCA championships

SEGAS championship
1905–06 Ethnikos Athens
1906–07 Ethnikos Athens
1907–08 Goudi Athens
1908–09 Piraikos [5]
1909–10 Goudi Athens
1910–11 Podosferikos Omilos Athinon
1911–12 Goudi Athens [6]
1912–13Not held (First Balkan War)
1913–14Not held (Second Balkan War)
1914–15Not held (WW1)
1915–16Not held (WW1)
1916–17Not finished (WW1)
1917–18Not held (WW1)
1918–19Not held (WW1)
1919–20Not held (WW1)
Greece FCA championship
1922–23 Piraikos
1923–24 3 champions
1924–25 2 champions
1925–26 3 champions
1926–27 3 champions

Greek Championship

Source: epo.gr

Performance by club (1927–)

ClubChampionsWinning yearsRef
Olympiacos 461931, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021 [7] [8] [9]
Panathinaikos 201930, 1949, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2010 [7] [10] [11]
AEK 121939, 1940, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2018 [7] [12]
Aris 31928, 1932, 1946 [7]
PAOK 31976, 1985, 2019 [7]
AEL 11988 [7]

Performance by club (1959–)

* Season 1959–60 marked the beginning of the Alpha Ethniki – the precursor of the current Super League – as a national round-robin tournament.

ClubChampionsWinning yearsRef
Olympiacos 311966, 1967, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021 [7] [8] [9]
Panathinaikos 171960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2010 [7] [10] [11]
AEK 101963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2018 [7] [12]
PAOK 31976, 1985, 2019 [7]
AEL 11988 [7]

Performance by city (1927–)

The six clubs that have won the championship are from a total of four cities:

CityTitlesClubs
Piraeus 46 Olympiacos (46)
Athens 32 Panathinaikos (20), AEK Athens (12)
Thessaloniki 6 PAOK (3), Aris (3)
Larissa 1 AEL (1)

Performance by region (1927–)

The six clubs that have won the championship are from a total of three regions:

RegionTitlesClubs
Attica 78 Olympiacos (46), Panathinaikos (20), AEK Athens (12)
Central Macedonia 6 PAOK (3), Aris (3)
Thessaly 1 AEL (1)

Statistics

Top three ranking (1959–present)

Club1st2nd3rdTotal
Olympiacos 3115955
Panathinaikos 17191450
AEK Athens 10161844
PAOK 38920
AEL 112
Aris 156
OFI 123
Panionios 112
Apollon Smyrni 11
Asteras Tripoli 11
Atromitos 11
Iraklis 11

Seasons in Alpha Ethniki and Super League Greece

The number of seasons that each team (in alphabetical order) has played in the top division from 1959–60 until 2021–22. A total of 70 teams had competed in at least one season at the top division. Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and PAOK are the only teams to have played in the top division in every season since the league's inception in its modern form. The teams in bold participate in the 2021–22 Super League.

SeasonsClubs
63 Olympiacos , Panathinaikos , PAOK
61 AEK Athens
59 Panionios
57 Aris Thessaloniki
53 Iraklis
45 OFI
43 Apollon Smyrnis
36 Ethnikos Piraeus
31 Xanthi, AEL
26 Panachaiki, PAS Giannina
24 Panserraikos
23 Egaleo
21 Doxa Drama, Atromitos
20 Apollon Pontus
19 Kavala
18 Levadiakos
17 Veria, Ionikos
16 Pierikos
15 Proodeftiki, Asteras Tripolis
12 Panetolikos
10 Kastoria
9 Athinaikos, Ergotelis, Olympiacos Volos
7 Fostiras, Kalamata, Paniliakos, Trikala
6 Niki Volos, Panegialios, Panthrakikos, Platanias
5 Edessaikos, Korinthos, A.O. Kerkyra, Lamia
4 Akratitos, Ethnikos Asteras, Kallithea, Rodos, Vyzas Megara
3 Diagoras, Olympiakos Nicosia, Panelefsiniakos, AEL Kalloni, A.O.K. Kerkyra, Volos
2 Chalkidona
1 AEL Limassol, AE Nikaia, APOEL*, Atromitos Piraeus, Chalkida, EPA Larnaca,
Makedonikos, Megas Alexandros Katerini, Naoussa, Olympiacos Chalkida,
Omonia Nicosia, Pankorinthiakos, Thermaikos, Thrasyvoulos

Top Division Table (since 1959–60)

This index is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in Alpha Ethniki and Super League championships since 1959–60. The table is correct as of the end of the 2020–21 season. Points are based on 3–1–0 and no deductions are counted.

PosTeamSeasonsPointsPlayedWonDrawnLostG.F.G.A.G.D.1231st AppSince/Last AppBest
1 Olympiacos 6243071960130539725840011443255831159 1959–60 1959–60 1
2 Panathinaikos 62402319601206438317369315412152171914 1959–60 1959–60 1
3 AEK Athens 60373818941106442346347516471828101719 1959–60 2015–16 1
4 PAOK 6233981961971506484304119121129389 1959–60 1959–60 1
5 Aris 56261717817124965732204194625815 1959–60 2018–19 2
6 Panionios 592411187064249373522022364−16221 1959–60 2019–20 2
7 Iraklis 532401168662346959420992011881 1959–60 2015–16 3
8 OFI 441807137750731555517141820−10612 1968–69 2018–19 2
9 Apollon Smyrnis 421524132639335158214021745−3431 1959–60 2020–21 3
10 Ethnikos Piraeus 361394116435632648213051552−247 1959–60 1998–99 4

Per geographic region

All the geographic regions of Greece have been represented by at least one club in the first national division. Central Greece has had the strongest presence with 26 clubs overall, of which 21 come from Attica alone. Central Greece, Macedonia and the Peloponnese together contain almost three-quarters of the clubs that participated in the top flight. Between 1967 and 1974, the Cypriot champion also participated in the Greek top competition, and five different Cypriot clubs participated during those years. The Greek islands of Rhodes, Lesbos and Corfu have also been represented. A total of 73 clubs have participated at the first tier so far.

RegionsΤotalTeams
Central Greece 26Attica: Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens, Panionios, Apollon Smyrnis, Ethnikos Piraeus, Egaleo, Ionikos, Atromitos, Proodeftiki, Athinaikos, Fostiras, Akratitos, Ethnikos Asteras, Kallithea, Vyzas Megara, Panelefsiniakos, Chalkidona, AE Nikaia, Atromitos Piraeus, Thrasyvoulos
Euboea: Chalkida, Olympiacos Chalkida
Boeotia: Levadiakos
Aetolia-Acarnania: Panetolikos
Phthiotis: Lamia
Macedonia 15Central Macedonia: PAOK, Aris, Iraklis, Panserraikos, Apollon Pontus, Pierikos, Veria, Edessaikos, Makedonikos, Megas Alexandros Katerini, Naoussa, Thermaikos
East Macedonia: Doxa Drama, Kavala
West Macedonia: Kastoria
Peloponnese 7 Panachaiki, Asteras Tripolis, Kalamata, Paniliakos, Panegialios, Korinthos, Pankorinthiakos
Cyprus 5 Olympiakos Nicosia, AEL Limassol, APOEL, EPA Larnaca, Omonia Nicosia
Thessaly 5 AEL, Olympiacos Volos, Trikala, Niki Volos, Volos N.F.C.
Crete 3 OFI, Ergotelis, Platanias
Aegean Islands 3 Rodos, Diagoras, AEL Kalloni
Thrace 2 Xanthi, Panthrakikos
Ionian Islands 2 A.O. Kerkyra, PAE Kerkyra
Epirus 1 PAS Giannina

Top scorers and appearances

Most appearances
RankNameAppearancesTeams
1 Mimis Domazos 536Panathinaikos, AEK Athens
2 Nikos Nioplias 509OFI, Panathinaikos, Chalkidona
3 Giorgos Koudas 504PAOK
4 Thomas Mavros 501Panionios, AEK Athens
5 Savvas Kofidis 493Iraklis, Olympiacos, Aris
6 Mimis Papaioannou 480AEK Athens
Stathis Chaitas 480Panionios, AEL
8 Giorgos Skartados 478Rodos, PAOK, Iraklis, Olympiacos
9 Georgios Georgiadis 476Doxa Drama, Panathinaikos, PAOK, Olympiacos, Iraklis
10 Dinos Kouis 473Aris
11 Tasos Mitropoulos 458Ethnikos Piraeus, Olympiacos, AEK Athens, Apollon Smyrnis, Iraklis, Veria
12 Elias Yfantis 457Olympiacos
13 Takis Nikoloudis 453Iraklis, AEK Athens, Olympiacos, Apollon Pontus
14 Angelos Kremmydas 448Ethnikos Piraeus, Panachaiki
15 Stelios Manolas 447AEK Athens
16 Dimitris Saravakos 443Panionios, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens
17 Theodoros Pahatouridis 434Doxa Drama, Olympiacos, Ionikos
18 Giorgos Dedes 429Panionios, AEK Athens
19 Giannis Gounaris 426PAOK, Olympiacos
20 Michalis Kritikopoulos 422Panegialios, Ethnikos Piraeus, Olympiacos, Apollon Smyrnis
Foreign players
1 Krzysztof Warzycha 390Panathinaikos
2 Predrag Đorđević 375Paniliakos, Olympiacos
3 Toni Savevski 357AEK Athens
4 Daniel Batista 316Ethnikos Piraeus, Olympiacos, AEK Athens, Aris
5 Noni Lima 291Panionios
Most goals
RankNameGoalsTeams
1 Thomas Mavros 260AEK Athens, Panionios
2 Krzysztof Warzycha 244Panathinaikos
3 Mimis Papaioannou 234AEK Athens
4 Giorgos Sideris 224Olympiacos
5 Antonis Antoniadis 187Panathinaikos, Olympiacos
6 Alexandros Alexandris 186Veria, AEK Athens, Olympiacos, AEL, Kallithea
7 Dimitris Saravakos 186Panionios, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens
8 Giorgos Dedes 181Panionios, AEK Athens
9 Nikos Anastopoulos 179Panionios, Olympiacos, Ionikos
10 Michalis Kritikopoulos 175Panegialios, Ethnikos Piraeus, Olympiacos
11 Nikos Lyberopoulos 167Kalamata, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens
12 Demis Nikolaidis 163Apollon Smyrnis, AEK Athens
13 Dinos Kouis 142Aris
14 Kostas Nestoridis 140AEK Athens
15 Mimis Domazos 139Panathinaikos, AEK Athens
16 Georgios Georgiadis 137Doxa Drama, Panathinaikos, PAOK, Olympiacos, Iraklis
17 Stavros Sarafis 136PAOK
Dimitris Salpingidis 136PAOK, Panathinaikos
19 Giorgos Koudas 134PAOK

Golden Star

Based on an idea of Umberto Agnelli, the honor of Golden Star for Sports Excellence was introduced to recognize sides that have won multiple championships or other honours by the display of gold stars on their team badges and jerseys.

The current officially sanctioned Super League stars are:[ citation needed ]

Greek football clubs in European competitions

European Cup / UEFA Champions League

ClubChampionsFinalistSemi-finalistQuarterfinalist
Panathinaikos 19711985, 19961992, 2002
AEK Athens 1969
Olympiacos 1999

UEFA Cup / Europa League

ClubChampionsFinalistSemi-finalistQuarterfinalist
AEK Athens 1977
Panathinaikos 1988, 2003

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

ClubChampionsFinalistSemi-finalistQuarterfinalist
AEK Athens 1997, 1998
PAOK 1974
AEL 1985
Olympiacos 1993
Panionios 1999

UEFA ranking

Country rankings

As of 30 May 2021, the Greek Super League ranks 20th in the UEFA coefficient database, with 26.000 points.

RankCompetitionPoints
1 Flag of England.svg Premier League 100.569
2 Flag of Spain.svg La Liga 97.855
3 Flag of Italy.svg Serie A 75.438
4 Flag of Germany.svg Bundesliga 73.570
5 Flag of France.svg Ligue 1 56.081
6 Flag of Portugal.svg Primeira Liga 48.549
7 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eredivisie 39.200
8 Flag of Russia.svg Russian Premier League 38.382
9 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian First Division 36.500
10 Flag of Austria.svg Austrian Bundesliga 35.825
11 Flag of Scotland.svg Scottish Premiership 33.375
12 Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukrainian Premier League 33.100
13 Flag of Turkey.svg Süper Lig 30.100
14 Flag of Denmark.svg Danish Superliga 27.875
15 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cypriot First Division 27.750
16 Flag of Serbia.svg Serbian SuperLiga 26.750
17 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech First League 26.600
18 Flag of Croatia.svg Prva HNL 26.275
19 Flag of Switzerland.svg Swiss Super League 26.225
20 Flag of Greece.svg Super League Greece26.000

Club rankings

As of 19 May 2021
RankClubPoints
37 Olympiacos 43.000
77 PAOK 20.000
85 AEK Athens 19.500
237 Panathinaikos 5.200
237 Atromitos 5.200
237 Asteras Tripolis 5.200
237 Aris Thessaloniki 5.200
237 Panionios 5.200
237 PAS Giannina 5.200
237 OFI 5.200

Broadcasting rights

Nova Sports (premium channel) have taken the broadcasting rights for the all teams of the Super League.

Alpha TV 3 matchers LIVE in Saturday Sunday and Monday

Eurosport has pan-European broadcasting rights for the Super League (except Greece and Portugal).

Sponsorship

From 2007 to 2017, the Super League had title sponsorship rights sold to one company, which were OPAP. From 2017 until 2019, the Super League has title sponsorship rights sold to the company Souroti.

OPAP' deal with the Super League expired at the end of the 2016–17 season. The Super League announced on 20 July 2017 that the new title sponsorship deal for the Super League was with the Souroti company.

As well as sponsorship for the league itself, the Super League has a number of official partners and suppliers. The official ball supplier for the league is Molten who have had the contract since the 2019–20 season when they took over from Adidas. Also, Panini has held the licence to produce collectables for the Super League since 2008 (except 2018–19 season), including stickers (for their sticker album) and trading cards.

PeriodSponsorName
2007–2017 OPAP Super League OPAP
2017–2019SourotiSuper League Souroti
2020– Interwetten Super League Interwetten

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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.

AEK Athens F.C. is one of the greatest and most historical association football clubs in Greece. They have a long, unique and idiosyncratic history and has experienced both the highs and lows of the game. They won their first championship in 1939 and has gone on to become one of Greece's most successful football teams.

The 1927–28 Panhellenic Championship was the 1st season of the highest football league of Greece. It was held with the participation of 3 teams, the champions of the founding Associations of the HFF, Athens, Piraeus and Macedonia, in which Atromitos, Ethnikos Piraeus and Aris respectively finished first. At the beginning of the season, the HFF punished Olympiacos and forbade them from taking part in the Piraeus' championship and consequently in the Panhellenic championship. He also forced the other clubs not to play with them even in friendly matches. However, the strong teams of Athens, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens and Apollon Athens, expected financial income from the various tournaments they organized with the participation of Olympiacos. On October 31, 1927, the HFF expelled the illegal clubs and banned them from participating in the championship. As a result, the 3 biggest clubs created a partnership called POK, from the initials of the words: Podosferikós Ómilos Kéntrou or from the initials of the names of the three clubs: "Panathinaikos"-"Olympiacos"-"Konstantinoupόleos". In February 1928, Apollon Athens joined the alliance, with the press calling it "POKA". The non-participation of these clubs weakened the championship, as the fans preferred the international friendlies of the strong clubs and the tournaments that have been established since then during the holidays. The devaluation of the leagues forced the HFF the following July 1928 to revoke their dismissals and from the next season the clubs returned to the leagues normally. Aris eventually won the championship. The point system was: Win: 2 points - Draw: 1 point - Loss: 0 points.

The 1933–34 Panhellenic Championship was the 6th season of the highest football league of Greece. It was held in two groups, Southern and Northern.

The 1945–46 Panhellenic Championship was the 12th season of the highest football league of Greece and the first after the WW2. The clubs that participated were the champions from the three founding football associations of the HFF: Athens, Piraeus and Macedonia.

The 1943–44 Panhellenic Championship did not occur due the events of the WW2 and the Axis occupation of Greece. In May 1943, football matches were organized by the municipality of Piraeus. Based on what has become known, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos participated in them, while in December of the same year a Holiday Cup, later called "Christmas Cup" was held, in which the Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens competed. All 3 games were conducted on Leoforos Alexandras Stadium This was in fact the only event during the years of The Occupation that was completed. In February 1944, the dusputes between the HFF and the Union of Greek Athlets caused Panathinaikos to create the "Panathinaikos Tournament", but it failed to end. There were 2 groups created, 1 in Athens and 1 in Piraeus. Not a single score is known. Furthermore, little is known about the "Unified Center Championship", which started in February 1944 with 3 groups of 22 teams. There were 2 groups of 7 teams from Athens and 1 of 8 teams from Piraeus. The point system was: Win: 3 points - Draw: 2 points - Loss: 1 point.

This article concerns football records in Greece and it includes the top flight and lower divisions as well.

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