1979–80 Greek Cup

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The Greek Cup 1979–80 was the 38th edition of The Greek Football Cup, or Greek Cup for short.

Tournament details[edit]

Totally 58 teams participated, 18 from Alpha Ethniki and 40 from Beta Ethniki. It was held in 6 rounds, including the final.

For the first time, a provincial club (not based in Attica and Thessaloniki Prefecture), Kastoria, was awarded the cup. They achieved an unexpected victory over Iraklis in the Final with the impressive score of 5-2, while at the same time ensured (for the first and only time until today) their participation in next season's Cup Winners' Cup.

In their way to the Final, Kastoria eliminated Ethnikos Piraeus (winning during extra time and while Ethnikos had 5 post hits), Kavala, Olympiakos Loutraki, Larissa and Makedonikos.

On the other hand, Iraklis eliminated lower division teams Veria, Niki Volos, Almopos Aridea and Panarkadikos to reach the semifinals, where they faced rivals PAOK. Both matches were held in Iraklis home, Lysandros Kaftanzoglou Stadium and Iraklis progressed to the Final with a 2-1 aggregate victory. Before the second match, there was an alleged bribe attempt of a PAOK footballer by Iraklis. Due to those -unproven- charges, Iraklis were eventually relegated to Beta Ethniki.

Earlier, PAOK had eliminated Olympiacos, AEK Athens and Aris, before they were eliminated by fellow-citizen Iraklis. Panathinaikos made an early exit from the cup, following the defeat by PAS Giannina in the Second Round.

From First Round matches, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, PAOK and Iraklis won Beta Ethniki teams with big scores. Takis Tsironis of Kastoria was elected first scorer with 9 goals, 3 of them in Final. Kastoria success was decisive for some of their players' careers, as Sarganis, Simeoforidis, Papavasiliou and Dintsikos were later acquired by Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens.

First round[edit]

Home team Score Away team
Vyzas 0–1 Aris
Anagennisi Karditsa 0–1 Agrotikos Asteras
Trikala 4–0 Petralona
Kozani 2–1 Kallithea
Panserraikos 6–0 Levadiakos
Makedonikos 1–1 Panionios
Makedonikos won 5-4 on penalties
Larissa 4–0 Kilkisiakos
Panathinaikos 9–1 Eordaikos
Apollon Athens 3–2 (a.e.t.) Rodos
Acharnaikos 2–0 Doxa Drama
Panachaiki 3–4 (a.e.t.) AEK Athens
Panthrakikos 1–0 Chania
Panetolikos 1–0 Xanthi
Almopos Aridea 7–3 Makedonikos Siatista
Anagennisi Epanomi 3–0 Ilisiakos
Olympiacos 7–0 Lamia
Atromitos 6–0 Ethnikos Asteras
Panelefsiniakos 1–4 PAS Giannina
Iraklis 7–0 Veria
Olympiakos Loutraki 2–1 (a.e.t.) OFI
Kavala 3–0 Patras A.F.C.
Niki Volos 1–0 Proodeftiki
Fostiras 3–2 Naousa
PAOK 6–0 Anagennisi Giannitsa
Ethnikos Piraeus 0–1 (a.e.t.) Kastoria
Panegialios 4–1 Edessaikos
Pandramaikos 5–1 Ethnikos Olympiakos Volos
Egaleo 1–1 Korinthos
Korinthos won 4-1 on penalties
Panarkadikos 1–0 Irodotos

Second round[edit]

Home team Score Away team
AEK Athens 5–1 Panetolikos
Almopos Aridea 2–1 Fostiras
Acharnaikos 0–0 Atromitos
Atromitos won 5-4 on penalties
PAS Giannina 2–1 Panathinaikos
Kastoria 2–0 Kavala
Larissa 1–1 Panserraikos
Larissa won 5-4 on penalties
Makedonikos 2–1 Korinthos
Niki Volos 0–5 Iraklis
Olympiacos 1–2 PAOK
Panarkadikos 1–0 Apollon Athens
Pandramaikos 1–0 Trikala
Panthrakikos 3–1 Kozani
Panegialios 0–1 Anagennisi Epanomi
Aris bye
Agrotikos Asteras bye
Olympiakos Loutraki bye

Third round[edit]

Home team Score Away team
Panarkadikos 3–1 Panthrakikos
Larissa 1–0 PAS Giannina
PAOK 1–0 AEK Athens
Olympiakos Loutraki 1–5 Kastoria
Anagennisi Epanomi 0–0 Pandramaikos
Anagennisi won 5-4 on penalties
Agrotikos Asteras 1–4 Makedonikos
Aris 2–1 (a.e.t.) Atromitos
Almopos Aridea 1–2 Iraklis


First legs were played on March 5, 1980. Second legs on April 26.

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
Aris 1-2 PAOK 1-0 0-2
Kastoria 2-1 Larissa 1-0 1-1
Iraklis 1-0 Panarkadikos 1-0 0-0
Anagennisi Epanomi 2-3 Makedonikos 1-0 1-3


First legs were played on May 7, 1980, while second on the 14th.

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
Iraklis 2-1 PAOK 1-0 1-1
Kastoria 4-1 Makedonikos 2-0 2-1


The 38th Greek Cup Final was played at the Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens.

May 26, 1980
Kastoria 5 – 2 Iraklis
Papadopoulos Goal 40' (o.g.)
Dintsikos Goal 49'
Tsironis Goal 69' Goal 87' Goal 91'
Kalambakas Goal 14' (pen.)
Mavrodoulakis Goal 80'

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Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 9,471
Referee: Vourakis (Piraeus)
Greece Sarganis Substituted off 88'
Greece Alexiadis
Greece Simeoforidis
Greece Paraschos (c)
Greece Siapanidis
Greece Kopanos
Greece G. Papavasiliou
Greece A. Papavasiliou
Greece Dintsikos Substituted off 72'
Greece Voitsidis
Greece Tsironis
Greece Chounouzidis Substituted in 72'
Greece Ermidis Substituted in 88'
Greece Savvas Vasiliadis
Greece Papadopoulos
Greece Voulgaris
Greece Mavrodoulakis Substituted off 81'
Greece Michailidis Red card 54'
Poland Wawrowski
Greece Xanthopoulos
Greece Kafkenaris
Greece Chatzieleftheriou Substituted off 70'
Greece Kalambakas
GreeceFlag of the Soviet Union.svg Chatzipanagis
Greece Papaioannou
Greece Zifkas Substituted in 70'
Greece Alexiadis Substituted in 81'
Greece Kostas Karapatis


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.