Football League (Greece)

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Football League
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Country GreeceGreece
Founded 1983 in its current format
2010 with its current name
Number of teams 26
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Super League
Relegation to Football League 2
Domestic cup(s) Greek Cup
Current champions Niki Volos
(2013-14)
TV partners OTE Sport
Website www.epae.org
2014-15 Football League

Football League, former Beta Ethniki (Greek: Β΄ Εθνική, II National Category), is the second highest professional football league in Greece, being a feeder-league to the top-level Superleague Greece.

History[edit]

It began in 1954 as regional championship, separated in two groups, North and South. Then, the participating teams were the champions of each Greek football clubs association. Every year the participating teams were different. In 1960, the Division took its name and some teams were permanent. From 1960 to 1984, there existed multiple groups, peaking in 1962 with ten groups. In 1962, the Division was made permanent, something that had as an essential condition the disengagement of the teams from their local championships. This change has led many statisticians to begin statistics from this period (1962–63). For 21 periods, from 1962–63 to 1982–83, championship was carried out in groups. The subordinate system was introduced for first time in 1983–84 season.

On August 3, 2010, the change of division's name to Football League was announced.[1]

Structure[edit]

At present, there are twenty six clubs that compete in the Football League, divided in two groups playing each other in a home and away series. At the end of the season, the bottom three teams are relegated to the Football League 2. The top three teams gain automatic promotion. However, teams positioned fourth to seventh take part in a promotion play-off. Unlike the Superleague, clubs in the Football League do not get relegated if the club fails to obtain a license. All teams in the Football League take part in the Greek Football Cup. From the 2014-15 season the top teams wont get a direct promotion to Superleague but they will play in a 14 game play-offs where the top 3 teams will move to Superleague .

Winners[edit]

From 1960 to 1962[edit]

Season Winner
1959–60 Fostiras, Atromitos Piraeus, Panelefsiniakos, Thermaikos
1960–61 Panelefsiniakos, Niki Volou, Aspida Xanthi, Egaleo
1961–62 Pankorinthiakos, Panegialios, Iraklis Kavala,
Iraklis Serres, Achilleas Trikala, Larissa,
Olympiakos Volos, Pierikos, Vyzas,
Rodiakos, OFI

From 1963 to 1982[edit]

Season Winner
1962–63 Edessaikos, Doxa Drama,
Olympiakos Chalkida, Pankorinthiakos
1963–64 Panachaiki, Proodeftiki, Philippi Kavala
1964–65 Panserraikos, Edessaikos, Egaleo, Vyzas
1965–66 Veria, OFI, Vyzas
1966–67 Panelefsiniakos, Kavala, Olympiakos Volou
1967–68 Chalkida, Trikala
1968–69 Panachaiki, Kavala
1969–70 Apollon Athens, Veria, Fostiras
1970–71 Panachaiki, Trikala, Ethnikos Olympiakos Volou
1971–72 Panserraikos, Kalamata, Atromitos
1972–73 Apollon Athens, Apollon Kalamarias, Larissa
1973–74 PAS Giannina, Kastoria, Kalamata
1974–75 Apollon Athens, Panetolikos, Pierikos
1975–76 Kavala, OFI
1976–77 Egaleo, Veria
1977–78 Rodos, Larissa
1978–79 Doxa Dramas, Korinthos
1979–80 Panserraikos, Atromitos
1980–81 Rodos, Iraklis
1981–82 Panachaiki, Makedonikos
1982–83 Egaleo, Apollon Kalamarias

From 1983[edit]

Season Winner
1983–84 Panachaiki
1984–85 PAS Giannina
1985–86 Diagoras
1986–87 Panachaiki
1987–88 Doxa Drama
1988–89 Skoda Xanthi
1989–90 Athinaikos
1990–91 Ethnikos Piraeus
1991–92 Apollon Kalamarias
1992–93 Naoussa
1993–94 Ionikos
Season Winner
1994–95 Paniliakos
1995–96 Kavala
1996–97 Panionios
1997–98 Aris
1998–99 Trikala
1999–2000 Athinaikos
2000–01 Egaleo
2001–02 PAS Giannina
2002–03 Chalkidona
2003–04 Kerkyra
2004–05 Larissa
Season Winner
2005–06 Ergotelis
2006–07 Asteras Tripolis
2007–08 Panserraikos
2008–09 Atromitos
2009–10 Olympiakos Volos
2010–11 Panetolikos
2011–12 Panthrakikos
2012–13 Apollon Smyrni
2013–14 Niki Volos

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