2018–19 Superleague Greece

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Super League Greece
Season2018–19
Dates25 August 2018 – 5 May 2019
ChampionsPAOK (3rd title)
RelegatedPAS Giannina
Levadiakos
Apollon Smyrnis
Champions LeaguePAOK
Olympiacos
Europa LeagueAEK Athens
Atromitos
Aris Thessaloniki
Matches played240
Goals scored549 (2.29 per match)
Top goalscorerEfthymis Koulouris
(19 goals)
Biggest home winOlympiacos 5–0 PAS Giannina
(2 September 2018)
Panetolikos 5–0 Panionios
(11 March 2019)
Aris Thessaloniki 5–0 Apollon Smyrnis
(18 March 2019)
PAOK 5–0 Levadiakos
(21 April 2019)
Aris Thessaloniki 7–2 Xanthi
(5 May 2019)
Biggest away winPanetolikos 0–5 Olympiacos
(7 April 2019)
Highest scoringAris Thessaloniki 7–2 Xanthi
(5 May 2019)
Longest winning run10 matches
Olympiacos
Longest unbeaten run30 matches, the entire season
PAOK
Longest winless run13 matches
Apollon Smyrnis
Longest losing run8 matches
Apollon Smyrnis
Highest attendance31,250
Olympiacos 1–1 Panathinaikos
(11 November 2018)
Lowest attendance188
Xanthi 0–1 Levadiakos
(24 February 2019)
Total attendance1,282,139[1]
Average attendance5,433[2]
All statistics correct as of 5 May 2019.

The 2018–19 Super League Greece, or Super League Souroti for sponsorship reasons,[3] was the 83rd season of the highest tier in league of Greek football and the 13th under its current name. The season started on 25 August 2018 and concluded on 22 May 2019.

AEK Athens were the defending champions. OFI and Aris Thessaloniki joined as the promoted clubs from the 2017–18 Football League,[4] replacing Platanias and Kerkyra who were relegated to the 2018–19 Football League.

PAOK won their third championship and their first one in 34 years, by beating Levadiakos on the penultimate round of the league. They also clinched the championship without a defeat, thus becoming the second club to do so in Greek football, after Panathinaikos in 1963-64.

PAS Giannina, Levadiakos and Apollon Smyrnis finished in the bottom 3 and were relegated to Superleague 2, while OFI, who finished 13th, faced Platanias who were runners-up of the 2018-19 Football League in the relegation play-offs on May 19 and May 22 for a place in the 2019–20 Superleague. OFI won the play-offs with 3–2 on aggregate.

This was the last season with a 16-team championship. From the 2019–20 season, the league teams are going to be reduced to 14, and a playoff tournament will be introduced between the first six teams of the regular season, for a total of 36 games, in the style of the Cypriot First Division. Three teams relegated directly instead of the usual two and a fourth spot was decided between the 13th placed Super League team and the runner-up of the 2018–19 Football League. The fourth spot was a cause of controversy between the Super League and Greek Football Federation (EPO), however, the sporting court decided in favour of the play-off match in order to not completely diminish the chance for the second division runner-up to be promoted, as they would normally be promoted automatically in a normal season.

Teams[edit]

Sixteen teams will compete in the league – the top fourteen teams from the previous season, and two teams promoted from the Football League.

Teams promoted to the Super League

The first club to be promoted was OFI, after beating 1–0 Apollon Pontus on 29 April 2018. OFI will play in the Super League for the first time since the 2014–15 season.

The second and final club to be promoted was Aris Thessaloniki, after beating 2–0 Karaiskakis on 29 April 2018. Aris Thessaloniki will play in the Super League for the first time since the 2013–14 season.

Teams relegated to the Football League

The first club to be relegated was Platanias, who were relegated on 4 April 2018 following Apollon Smyrnis' 1–0 victory against PAS Giannina, ending their 6-year stay in the top flight.

The second and final club to be relegated was Kerkyra, who were relegated on 29 April 2018 following Lamia's 2–1 victory against PAS Giannina, ending their 2-year stay in the top flight.

Venues[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Stadium Capacity
AEK Athens Athens Olympic Stadium 69,618
AEL Larissa AEL FC Arena 16,118
Apollon Smyrnis Athens Georgios Kamaras Stadium 14,200
Aris Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium 22,800
Asteras Tripolis Tripoli Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium 7,442
Atromitos Athens Peristeri Stadium 9,050
Lamia Lamia Lamia Municipal Stadium 5,500
Levadiakos Livadeia Levadia Municipal Stadium 5,915
OFI Heraklion Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium 9,088
Olympiacos Piraeus Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium 32,115
Panathinaikos Athens Olympic Stadium 69,618
Panetolikos Agrinio Panetolikos Stadium 7,321
Panionios Athens Nea Smyrni Stadium 11,700
PAOK Thessaloniki Toumba Stadium 28,703
PAS Giannina Ioannina Zosimades Stadium 7,652
Xanthi Xanthi Xanthi FC Arena 7,244

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
AEK Athens Spain Manolo Jiménez Greece Petros Mantalos United States Capelli Pame Stoixima
AEL Italy Gianluca Festa Greece Vangelis Moras Italy Legea Thrakis Gefseis
Apollon Smyrnis Greece Lefteris Velentzas Greece Michalis Kyrgias Italy Zeus Venetis Bakery
Aris Thessaloniki Greece Savvas Pantelidis Greece Georgios Delizisis United States Nike Karipidis Pallets
Asteras Tripolis Greece Georgios Paraschos Argentina Walter Iglesias Italy Macron Volton
Atromitos Austria Damir Canadi Argentina Javier Umbides United States Nike ETEKA Gas
Lamia Greece Makis Chavos Greece Anestis Anastasiadis United States Nike N/A
Levadiakos Greece Nikos Karageorgiou Greece Savvas Tsabouris Italy Legea N/A
OFI Chile Jaime Vera Greece Anestis Nastos Italy Macron Stoiximan.gr
Olympiacos Portugal Pedro Martins Greece Kostas Fortounis Germany Adidas Stoiximan.gr
Panathinaikos Greece Giorgos Donis Greece Dimitris Kourbelis United States Nike Pame Stoixima
Panetolikos Greece Traianos Dellas Greece Dimitris Kyriakidis Italy Zeus Emileon
Panionios Greece Akis Mantzios Greece Panagiotis Korbos Spain Luanvi Tipbet.gr
PAOK Romania Răzvan Lucescu Portugal Vieirinha Italy Macron Stoiximan.gr
PAS Giannina Greece Giannis Petrakis Greece Alexios Michail United States Nike Vikos Cola, Car.gr
Xanthi Serbia Milan Rastavac Greece Konstantinos Fliskas Spain Joma N/A

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Apollon Smyrnis France Valérien Ismaël Sacked 31 August 2018[5] 10th Greece Lefteris Velentzas (caretaker) 31 August 2018
Lamia Greece Babis Tennes Resigned 4 September 2018[6] 15th Greece Makis Chavos 5 September 2018[7]
Apollon Smyrnis Greece Lefteris Velentzas (caretaker) End of tenure as caretaker 31 August 2018[8] 15th Spain Alberto Monteagudo 12 September 2018[9]
AEL Greece Sotiris Antoniou Resigned 24 September 2018[10] 15th Italy Gianluca Festa 25 September 2018
Apollon Smyrnis Spain Alberto Monteagudo Sacked 4 October 2018[11] 16th Greece Giannis Matzourakis 4 October 2018[12]
Levadiakos Greece Akis Mantzios Sacked 22 October 2018 15th Italy Giuseppe Sannino 22 October 2018
Aris Thessaloniki Spain Paco Herrera Sacked 12 November 2018 7th Greece Apostolos Terzis (caretaker) 12 November 2018
Asteras Tripolis Greece Savvas Pantelidis Resigned 12 November 2018 15th Greece Georgios Paraschos 12 November 2018
Aris Thessaloniki Greece Apostolos Terzis (caretaker) End of tenure as caretaker 14 November 2018 7th Greece Savvas Pantelidis 14 November 2018
Apollon Smyrnis Greece Giannis Matzourakis Sacked 26 November 2018 16th Greece Babis Tennes 26 November 2018
Panionios France José Anigo Sacked 2 December 2018 8th Greece Akis Mantzios 4 December 2018
Levadiakos Italy Giuseppe Sannino Sacked 21 January 2019 15th Greece Nikos Karageorgiou 22 January 2019
OFI Greece Nikos Papadopoulos Sacked 21 January 2019 12th Chile Jaime Vera 25 January 2019
AEK Athens Greece Marinos Ouzounidis Resigned 5 February 2019 3rd Spain Manolo Jiménez 6 February 2019
Apollon Smyrnis Greece Babis Tennes Sacked 9 March 2019 16th Greece Lefteris Velentzas 9 March 2019

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 PAOK[a] (C) 30 26 4 0 66 14 +52 80 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
2 Olympiacos 30 24 3 3 71 17 +54 75 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 AEK Athens[b] 30 18 6 6 50 19 +31 57 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
4 Atromitos 30 15 7 8 41 28 +13 52 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
5 Aris Thessaloniki 30 15 4 11 46 33 +13 49
6 Panionios 30 11 5 14 27 45 −18 38
7 Lamia 30 9 10 11 28 37 −9 37
8 Panathinaikos[c] 30 13 8 9 38 30 +8 36[d]
9 Panetolikos 30 10 6 14 34 48 −14 36[d]
10 AEL 30 8 10 12 26 34 −8 34
11 Asteras Tripolis 30 8 9 13 25 30 −5 33
12 Xanthi 30 7 11 12 22 34 −12 32[e]
13 OFI (O) 30 7 11 12 30 42 −12 32[e] Qualification for the relegation play-offs
14 PAS Giannina (R) 30 7 6 17 19 38 −19 27 Relegation to the Super League 2
15 Levadiakos (R) 30 5 6 19 15 45 −30 21
16 Apollon Smyrnis (R) 30 2 4 24 11 55 −44 10
Source: Superleague Greece, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Goals against 7) Play-offs (neutral ground); 8) Draw.
(Note: Criteria 7 is only used if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[16]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ PAOK were deducted 2 points by court decision.[13]
  2. ^ AEK Athens were deducted 3 points by court decision.[14]
  3. ^ Panathinaikos were deducted 11 points. 6 points for financial reasons plus 5 points by court decision.[15]
  4. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Panathinaikos 6, Panetolikos 0.
  5. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Xanthi 4, OFI 1.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AEK AEL APS ARI AST ATR LAM LEV OFI OLY PTH PTL PNN POK PAS XAN
AEK Athens 0–1 2–1 4–0 3–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0
AEL 0–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–3 1–3 1–0 4–2 1–1 2–0 1–1
Apollon Smyrnis 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–3 0–1 0–2 1–5 1–2 1–0
Aris Thessaloniki 2–0 2–0 5–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 7–2
Asteras Tripolis 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–3 1–0 0–1
Atromitos 0–1 2–0 1–0 4–2 3–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–0
Lamia 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0
Levadiakos 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 1–2
OFI 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–0
Olympiacos 4–1 4–0 1–0 4–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 5–1 1–1 2–1 4–0 0–1 5–0 4–0
Panathinaikos 0–0 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 1–3 0–3* 4–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–2
Panetolikos 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–5 0–1 5–0 1–2 1–0 0–0
Panionios 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–0
PAOK 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 3–0 5–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–0
PAS Giannina 0–4 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–0   1–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 3–1 0–2 0–0
Xanthi 1–3 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–1
Source: Superleague Greece
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the match.

*Match suspended at 70th minute (score: 0–1). Olympiacos were awarded a 0–3 win.

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 15, but then postponed and played between days 18 and 19 (as actually happened) , it will be added to the standings for day 18.

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
PAOK844211111111111111111111111111
Olympiacos511153443332322222222222222222
AEK Athens232536335574444333333343333333
Atromitos355322222223233444444434444444
Aris Thessaloniki123444687756677686555555555555
Panionios7101314119910988881091010999101010129109766
Lamia1515161514131091010101213141413121011119999888887
Panathinaikos161276655666455555556666677669108
Panetolikos9669108878999966878778776677679
AEL4891181011111111111011111199111212111212111291010910
Asteras Tripolis11141510121214141415131110910111112101012111110111212121211
Xanthi131111877754467788767887888101111111112
OFI6912131515131212131514121313121414131414151515141414131313
PAS Giannina1416107911121313141213141212141313141313131313131313141414
Levadiakos1278121314151515121415151515151515151515141414151515151515
Apollon Smyrnis101314161616161616161616161616161616161616161616161616161616

Season statistics[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Score Date
Greece Kostas Fortounis Olympiacos AEL 4–0 (H) 30 January 2019
Egypt Ahmed Hassan Olympiacos OFI 5–1 (H) 25 February 2019

Note

(H) = Home; (A) = Away

Average attendances[edit]

Average ticket sales (not total attendances) counted officially without games played behind closed doors from Super League.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Olympiacos 316,095 31,250 12,012 21,073 +10.3%
2 PAOK 279,590 26,007 10,837 18,639 +10.1%
3 AEK Athens 125,077 27,419 1,594 9,621 −38.4%2
4 Aris Thessaloniki 133,782 16,434 4,501 8,919 n/a1
5 Panathinaikos 109,286 24,731 1,475 8,407 +21.0%3
6 OFI 54,875 5,867 2,344 3,658 n/a1
7 PAS Giannina 40,154 3,630 2,058 2,677 +16.1%
8 AEL 37,534 4,082 1,349 2,502 −35.3%
9 Panetolikos 35,881 3,541 1,647 2,392 −1.2%
10 Asteras Tripolis 30,466 5,011 787 2,031 +10.3%
11 Lamia 28,269 3,315 888 1,885 −2.9%
12 Panionios 25,492 4,414 806 1,699 −0.9%
13 Xanthi 22,354 6,558 188 1,490 −4.3%
14 Levadiakos 19,718 2,115 569 1,315 +13.8%
15 Apollon Smyrnis 11,798 3,002 219 787 −56.1%
16 Atromitos 11,768 1,673 292 785 −10.7%
League total 1,282,139 31,250 188 5,433 +28.2%

Updated to games played on 5 May 2019
Source: Superleague
Notes:
1: Team played last season in Football League
2: Games played behind closed doors AEK Athens 2 games
3: Games played behind closed doors Panathinaikos 2 games

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