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Superleague Greece
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Country Greece
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1927
Number of teams 18
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Football League
Domestic cup(s) Greek Cup
Greek Super Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Olympiacos
(2013–14)
Most championships Olympiacos (41 titles)
TV partners OTE Sport
Website superleaguegreece.net
2013–14 Superleague Greece

The Superleague Greece (Greek: Σούπερ Λίγκα Ελλάδα) is the highest professional football league in Greece. It was formed on 16 July 2006 and replaced Alpha Ethniki at the top of the Greek football league system. The league consists of 18 teams and runs from August to May, with teams playing 34 games each. As of May 2013, Superleague Greece is ranked 12th 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 season 1927–28,[1] only six clubs have won the title, with the "big three" of Greater Athens (Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens) dominating and only PAOK, Aris and Larissa managing to break their dominance on a few occasions. The current champions are Olympiacos, who have won in total 41 titles.

History[edit]

In the beginning (1906–1916), there was the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics (SEGAS) Panhellenic Championship, which was actually a local tournament among clubs from Athens and Piraeus. After the Balkan Wars and World War I Greece became larger and the first football clubs associations were founded, namely the Athens-Piraeus FCA (EPSAP) in 1919 - renamed Greece FCA (EPSE) in 1921 - and the Macedonia FCA in 1923. For the first time in 1923, the Panhellenic Champion was determined by a play-off game between the Athens-Piraeus and the Thessaloniki champions. However, this was not repeated the following year as the Greece FCA was split into Athens FCA and Piraeus FCA after a dispute.

Structure[edit]

At present, eighteen clubs compete in the Superleague, playing each other in a home and away series. At the end of the season, the bottom three clubs are relegated to Football League.[2] In their place, the top three teams from Football League 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 Superleague is currently entitled to two entrants into the UEFA Champions League. The Superleague champion directly enters the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The second through fifth place teams in the Superleague enter a play-off for the second Greek entry. The play-off winner enters the UEFA Champions League's third qualifying round, a two-legged tie from which the winner advances to the play offs of the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the Greek Cup automatically qualifies for the UEFA Europa League, as well as the runners-up of the Superleague play-off.

In the play-off for the UEFA Champions League, the teams play each other in a home and away round robin. However, they do not all start with 0 points. Instead, a weighting system applies to the teams' standing at the start of the play-off mini-league. The team finishing fifth in the Superleague will start the play off with 0 points. The fifth place team’s end of season tally of points is used to calculate the sum of the points that other teams will have. The point difference of each of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th team from the fifth place team is then divided by five (if the result is a decimal number it is then rounded to a full number, with .5 or more being rounded up) and the resulting number respectively for each team is the number of points with which they will start the mini-league.[3]

Superleague Greece 2013-14 members[edit]

Club Position in 2012-13 Stadium Capacity Ref
Apollon Smyrni Football League champions Georgios Kamaras Stadium 14,856 [4]
Aris 13th Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium 22,800 [5]
Asteras Tripoli 3rd (4th after regular season) Asteras Tripolis Stadium 7,717 [6]
Atromitos 4th (3rd after regular season) Peristeri Stadium 10,200 [7]
Ergotelis 2nd in Football League Pankritio Stadium 26,240
Kalloni 3rd in Football League Mytilene Municipal Stadium 2,850
Levadiakos 11th Levadia Municipal Stadium 6,500 [8]
OFI 14th Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium 9,088 [9]
Olympiacos Champions Karaiskakis Stadium 32,115 [10]
Panathinaikos 6th Apostolos Nikolaidis (Leoforos) 16,988
Panetolikos 4th in Football League Panetolikos Stadium 7,500
Panionios 8th Nea Smyrni Stadium 11,700 [11]
Panthrakikos 10th Komotini Municipal Stadium 6,198 [12]
PAOK 2nd (2nd after regular season) Toumba Stadium 28,803 [5]
PAS Giannina 5th Zosimades Stadium 7,652 [13]
Platanias 9th Perivolia Municipal Stadium 4,000 [14]
Skoda Xanthi 7th Skoda Xanthi Arena 7,361 [15]
Veria 12th Veria Stadium 7,000 [16]

Notes[edit]

  1.  ^ The final positions for teams ranked 2–5 in regular season are being determined by the playoffs.[17]
  2.  ^ Platanias' home 1,000-seater Maleme Stadium does not meet Superleague regulations. Pankritio Stadium may be used as backup if construction on Perivolia Stadium is delayed.[18]

Champions[edit]

List of Greek football champions

SEGAS and FCA championships[edit]

SEGAS Championship
Season Champion [19]
1905-06 Ethnikos Athens
1906-07 Ethnikos Athens
1907-08 Goudi Athens
1908-09 POA (Panathinaikos)
1909-10 Goudi Athens
1910-11 POA (Panathinaikos)
1911-12 PPO (Panathinaikos)
1912-13 Goudi Athens
1913-14 Goudi Athens
1914-15 PPO (Panathinaikos)
1915-16 Goudi Athens
1916-17 not finished
1917-18 not held
1918-19 not held
1919-20 not held
Greece FCA Championship
Season Champion [19]
1920-21 PPO (Panathinaikos)
1921-22 PPO (Panathinaikos)
1922-23 Piraikos
1923-24 not held
1924-25 not held
1925-26 not held
1926-27 not held

HFF Championship[edit]

Season Champion [1]
1927–28 Aris
1928–29 not held
1929–30 Panathinaikos
1930–31 Olympiacos
1931–32 Aris
1932–33 Olympiacos
1933–34 Olympiacos
1934–35 not finished
1935–36 Olympiacos
1936–37 Olympiacos
1937–38 Olympiacos
1938–39 AEK Athens
1939–40 AEK Athens
1940–41 not finished
1941–42 not held
1942–43 not held
1943–44 not held
1944–45 not held
1945–46 Aris
1946–47 Olympiacos
1947–48 Olympiacos
1948–49 Panathinaikos
1949–50 not held
1950–51 Olympiacos
1951–52 not held
1952–53 Panathinaikos
1953–54 Olympiacos
1954–55 Olympiacos
1955–56 Olympiacos
1956–57 Olympiacos
1957–58 Olympiacos
1958–59 Olympiacos
Season Champion [1]
1959–60 Panathinaikos
1960–61 Panathinaikos
1961–62 Panathinaikos
1962–63 AEK Athens
1963–64 Panathinaikos
1964–65 Panathinaikos
1965–66 Olympiacos
1966–67 Olympiacos
1967–68 AEK Athens
1968–69 Panathinaikos
1969–70 Panathinaikos
1970–71 AEK Athens
1971–72 Panathinaikos
1972–73 Olympiacos
1973–74 Olympiacos
1974–75 Olympiacos
1975–76 PAOK
1976–77 Panathinaikos
1977–78 AEK Athens
1978–79 AEK Athens
1979–80 Olympiacos
1980–81 Olympiacos
1981–82 Olympiacos
1982–83 Olympiacos
1983–84 Panathinaikos
1984–85 PAOK
1985–86 Panathinaikos
1986–87 Olympiacos
1987–88 Larissa
1988–89 AEK Athens
1989–90 Panathinaikos
1990–91 Panathinaikos
Season Champion [1]
1991–92 AEK Athens
1992–93 AEK Athens
1993–94 AEK Athens
1994–95 Panathinaikos
1995–96 Panathinaikos
1996–97 Olympiacos
1997–98 Olympiacos
1998–99 Olympiacos
1999–2000 Olympiacos
2000–01 Olympiacos
2001–02 Olympiacos
2002–03 Olympiacos
2003–04 Panathinaikos
2004–05 Olympiacos
2005–06 Olympiacos
2006–07 Olympiacos
2007–08 Olympiacos
2008–09 Olympiacos
2009–10 Panathinaikos
2010–11 Olympiacos
2011–12 Olympiacos
2012–13 Olympiacos
2013–14 Olympiacos

Performance by club (1928–)[edit]

Club Champions Winning years Ref
Olympiacos
41
1931, 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 [20][21][22]
Panathinaikos
20
1930, 1949, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2010 [20][23][24]
AEK
11
1939, 1940, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994
[20][25]
Aris
3
1928, 1932, 1946
[20]
PAOK
2
1976, 1985
[20]
Larissa
1
1988
[20]

Titles by city (1928–)[edit]

The 6 clubs that have won the championship are from a total of 4 cities

City Number of Titles Clubs
Piraeus
41
Olympiacos (41)
Athens
31
Panathinaikos (20), AEK Athens (11)
Thessaloniki
5
Aris (3), PAOK (2)
Larissa
1
Larissa (1)

Statistics[edit]

Top three ranking (1928-)[edit]

Club 1st 2nd 3rd Top 3 overall
Olympiacos 41 18 8 67
Panathinaikos 20 23 15 58
AEK 11 18 18 47
Aris 3 8 3 14
PAOK 2 6 9 17
Larissa 1 1 2
Iraklis 3 2 5
Apollon Athens 2 5 7
Panionios 2 3 5
Ethnikos 2 2
OFI 1 2 3
Atromitos 2 2

Seasons in Alpha Ethniki and Superleague Greece[edit]

The number of seasons that each team (in alphabetical order) has played in the top division from 1959–60 until 2013–14. A total of 65 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 will participate in Superleague for the 2014–15 season.

Seasons Clubs
55 Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, PAOK
54 AEK
53 Panionios, Aris
51 Iraklis
40 OFI
38 Apollon Athens
36 Ethnikos Piraeus
27 Skoda Xanthi
26 Larissa, Panachaiki
23 Egaleo, Panserraikos
21 Doxa Drama
20 Apollon Kalamaria, PAS Giannina
19 Kavala
16 Ionikos, Pierikos
15 Proodeftiki, Veria
14 Atromitos Athens, Levadiakos
10 Kastoria
9 Athinaikos, Olympiakos Volos
8 Ergotelis, Asteras Tripolis
7 Fostiras, Kalamata, Paniliakos, Trikala
6 Panegialios, Kerkyra, Niki Volos
5 Edessaikos, Korinthos, Panetolikos, Panthrakikos
4 Akratitos, Ethnikos Asteras, Kallithea, Rodos, Vyzas
3 Diagoras, Olympiakos Nicosia, Panelefsiniakos, Platanias
2 Chalkidona, Kalloni
1 AEL Limassol, A.E. Nikaia, APOEL*, Atromitos Piraeus, Chalkida, EPA Larnaca,
Makedonikos, Megas Alexandros Katerinis, Naoussa, Olympiakos Chalkida,
Omonia Nicosia, Pankorinthiakos, Thermaikos, Thrasyvoulos
  • APOEL avoided relegation in the 1973–1974 season, but were forced to play in the Cypriot A Division the following season due to the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus. Hence they are the only team to have played a single season in the Greek league and not been relegated.

Top division table (since 1959-60)[edit]

This index[26] is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in Alpha Ethniki and Superleague championships since 1959. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2011–12 season (Top 30 as of the end of 2011–12). Points are based on 3–1–0 and no deductions are counted. Displayed teams with at least 15 appearances. More will be included.


Pos Team Seasons Points Played Won Drawn Lost G.F. G.A. G.D. 1 2 3 1st App Since/Last App Best
1 Olympiacos 55 3814 1754 1149 367 238 3482 1325 2159 26 15 8 1959–60 1959–60 1
2 Panathinaikos 55 3693 1754 1102 377 265 3403 1363 2040 17 14 14 1959–60 1959–60 1
3 AEK 54 3249 1720 1006 400 224 3193 1520 1673 9 16 13 1959–60 1959–60 1
4 PAOK 55 2987 1754 841 464 450 2663 1737 926 2 4 9 1959–60 1959–60 1
5 Aris 53 2486 1690 672 470 549 2076 1852 224 1 4 1959–60 2006–07 2
6 Iraklis 51 2274 1626 609 447 570 2047 1940 107 1 1959–60 2010–11 3
7 Panionios 53 2178 1686 577 447 663 2007 2155 –148 1 1 1959–60 1997–98 2
8 OFI 39 1675 1254 473 293 488 1588 1648 –60 1 2 1968–69 2011–12 2
9 Apollon Athens 38 1452 1236 374 330 532 1337 1617 –280 1 1959–60 1999–2000 3
10 Ethnikos Piraeus 36 1394 1164 356 326 482 1305 1552 –247 1959–60 1998–99 4
11 Larissa 26 1103 836 294 221 321 948 1038 –90 1 1 1973–74 2010–11 1
12 Skoda Xanthi 27 1022 794 276 194 945 1029 –84 1989–90 1989–90 4
13 Panachaiki 26 917 852 230 227 395 849 1255 –406 1969–70 2002–03 4
14 Panserraikos 24 813 784 202 207 375 684 1075 –391 1965–66 2010–11 8
15 Doxa Drama 21 737 670 187 176 307 706 984 –287 1959–60 2011–12 6
16 Kavala 19 715 638 190 145 303 605 894 –289 1969–70 2010–11 6
17 PAS Giannina 19 724 610 189 157 260 641 808 –167 1974–75 2011–12 5
18 Apollon Kalamaria 20 621 616 143 192 281 550 875 –325 1959–60 2007–08 9
19 Ionikos F.C. 16 570 512 151 139 222 551 722 -171 - - - 1989-90 2006–07 5
20 Veria 14 565 456 122 120 214 400 634 –234 1966–67 2012–13 9
21 Proodeftiki 15 505 474 121 142 211 493 679 –186 1959–60 2003–04 4
22 Atromitos Athens 11 385 346 94 103 149 310 468 –158 1972–73 2009–10 4
23 Levadiakos 11 368 346 97 77 172 345 524 –179 1974–75 2011–12 7
24 Kastoria 10 350 336 89 83 164 316 517 –201 1974–75 1996–97 8
25 Athinaikos 9 343 302 90 73 139 300 422 –122 1990–91 2000–01 6
26 Olympiakos Volos 9 318 298 83 69 146 270 446 –176 1967–68 2010–11 5
27 Paniliakos 7 249 230 66 51 113 261 358 –97 1995–96 2003–04 7
28 Fostiras 7 243 226 61 60 105 225 348 –123 1960–61 1973–74 9
29 Kalamata 7 239 234 58 65 111 235 374 –139 1972–73 2000–01 9
30 Trikala 7 211 226 53 52 121 238 398 –160 1964–65 1999–2000 11
31 Ergotelis 6 200 180 52 44 84 177 241 –64 2004–05 2006–07 8
32 Asteras Tripoli 5 189 150 48 45 57 141 154 –13 2007–08 2007–08 6
33 Edessaikos 5 188 170 52 32 86 212 290 –78 1992–93 1996–97 9
34 Panegialios 6 186 180 48 42 90 157 278 –121 1959–60 1965–66 13
35 PAS Korinthos 5 174 170 46 36 88 155 264 –109 1979–80 1992–93 10
36 Vyzas 4 155 132 42 29 61 152 213 –61 1966–67 1969–70 7
37 Niki Volos 5 141 150 34 39 77 136 249 –113 1961–62 1965–66 11
38 Rodos 4 136 136 36 28 72 138 228 –90 1978–79 1982–83 11
39 Ethnikos Asteras 4 132 124 36 24 64 126 204 –78 1998–99 2001–02 10
40 Kerkyra 4 117 120 28 43 59 116 159 –43 2004–05 2010–11 12
41 Kallithea 4 110 120 24 38 58 133 181 –48 2002–03 2005–06 9
42 Panelefsiniakos 3 94 98 20 34 44 92 156 –64 1961–62 1998–99 15
43 Akratitos 4 90 116 22 24 70 112 219 –107 2001–02 2005–06 11
44 Panetolikos 3 86 94 19 28 47 65 127 –62 1975–76 2011–12 15
45 Panthrakikos 4 122 124 33 23 68 113 184 –71 2008–09 2012–13 10
46 Diagoras Rhodes 3 65 90 20 25 45 114 153 –39 1986-87 1988–89 12

Note: Ionikos had 5 points deduction in 2006-2007 season.

League or status at 2012–13 in Greek football:

2012–13 Super League
2012–13 Football League
2012–13 Football League 2
2012–13 Delta Ethniki
2012–13 Local Championships
Club disappeared

Per geographic region[edit]

All the geographic regions of Greece have been represented by at least one club in the first national division. Attica has had the strongest presence with 21 clubs overall, followed by Macedonia and the Peloponnese. The regions of Epirus and the Ionian islands have been represented by only one club each. A total of 66 clubs have participated at the first tier so far.

Regions Τotal Teams
Attica
21
AEK Athens, Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos, Panionios, Apollon Athens, Ethnikos Piraeus, Egaleo, Ionikos, Proodeftiki, Athinaikos, Atromitos, Fostiras, Vyzas, Akratitos, Ethnikos Asteras, Kallithea, Atromitos Piraeus, Chalkidon Near East, Thrasyvoulos, A.E. Nikaia, Atromitos Piraeus
Macedonia
15
PAOK, Iraklis, Aris, Panserraikos, Doxa Drama, Kavala, Pierikos, Veria, Kastoria, Edessaikos F.C., Megas Alexandros Katerini, Naoussa F.C., Apollon Kalamaria, Thermaikos, Makedonikos
Peloponnese
7
Panachaiki, Kalamata, Paniliakos, Panegialios, Korinthos, Asteras Tripoli, Pankorinthiakos
Cyprus
5
Olympiakos Nicosia, AEL Limassol, EPA Larnaca, APOEL, Omonia Nicosia
Thessalia
4
Larisa, Olympiakos Volos, Trikala, Niki Volos
Sterea Ellada
4
Levadiakos, Panetolikos, Chalkida, Olympiakos Chalkida
Aegean
3
Rodos, Diagoras, Kalloni
Crete
3
OFI, Ergotelis, Platanias
Thrace
2
Skoda Xanthi, Panthrakikos
Epirus
1
PAS Giannina
Ionian Islands
1
Kerkyra

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 27 June 2014, The Greek Superleague ranks 12th in the UEFA coefficient Database, with 33.600 points.

Current national league ranking

  1. Spain La Liga
  2. England Premier League
  3. Germany Bundesliga
  4. Italy Serie A
  5. Portugal Portuguese Liga
  6. France Ligue 1
  7. Netherlands Eredivisie
  8. Ukraine Ukrainian Premier League
  9. Russia Russian Premier League
  10. Belgium Belgian First Division
  11. Turkey Süper Lig
  12. Greece Super League Greece
  13. Switzerland Swiss Super League
  14. Austria Austrian Football Bundesliga

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Nova Sports (premium channel) have taken the broadcasting rights for all the teams of the Superleague Greece for €176 million until 2014.

A new agreement between Nova Sports (premium channel) and the Superleague clubs was finalised in the summer of 2011 for €168 million until 2015[27][28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ Foundoulakis, V. (28 June 2012). "Η επόμενη μέρα του Πλατανιά και η πρόκληση των Περιβολίων (Platanias' next day and Perivolia challenge" (in Greek). Nea TV Crete. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
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  28. ^ "Τηλεοπτικά: Κεντρική διαχείριση με... πορτοφόλι 168.000.000 ευρώ". makthes.grNews. 

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