|Founded||1927 (Original Format)
2006 (Current Format)
|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Football League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Greek Cup
Greek Super Cup (Repealed)
|International cup(s)||UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
|Current champions||Olympiacos (44th title)
|Most championships||Olympiacos (44 titles)|
|TV partners||Nova Sports
ERT (highlights only)
|2017–18 Superleague Greece|
The Superleague Greece (Greek: Ελληνική Σούπερ Λιγκ) or Souroti Super League for sponsorship reasons, 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 16 teams and runs from August to May, with teams playing 30 games each. As of August 2017, Superleague Greece is ranked 14th 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, only six clubs have won the title, with the "big three" of Greater Athens (Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens) dominating and only Aris, PAOK and AEL managing to break their dominance on a few occasions. The current champions are Olympiacos, who have won a total of 44 titles.
- 1 History
- 2 Structure
- 3 Clubs and locations
- 4 Champions
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Top Division Table (since 1959–60)
- 7 Per geographic region
- 8 Top scorers and appearances
- 9 The Golden Star
- 10 Greek football clubs in European competitions
- 11 UEFA ranking
- 12 Broadcasting rights
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
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 Thessaloniki. 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.
In 1927, a national championship was organised in the form of a round-robin tournament between the champions of the three governing bodies. This time, Aris Thessaloniki won, finishing ahead of Ethnikos Piraeus and Atromitos. This national championship was set up again in 1929, and over the next years evolved into a tournament in which multiple teams took part. Still, these teams had to qualify for the national championship through their local football competitions.
In 1959 the Alpha Ethniki - the precursor of the current Superleague - was set up as a national round-robin tournament.
At present, 16 clubs compete in the Superleague, playing each other in a home and away series. At the end of the season, the bottom two clubs are relegated to Football League. In their place, the top two 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 league was reduced from 18 teams to 16 following the 2014–15 season; this was accomplished by relegating four teams and promoting only two.
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.
|115||Asteras Tripolis FC||14.020|
|208||AEK Athens FC||6.020|
|209||PAS Giannina FC||6.020|
Clubs and locations
|Club||Position in 2016-17||Stadium||Capacity|
|AEK Athens||2nd (4th after regular season)||Athens Olympic Stadium||69,638|
|AEL||13th||AEL FC Arena||16,118|
|Apollon Smyrni||1st in Football League||Georgios Kamaras Stadium||14,856|
|Asteras Tripoli||12th||Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium||7,616|
|Lamia||2nd in Football League||Lamia Municipal Stadium||6,000|
|Levadiakos||14th||Levadia Municipal Stadium||6,500|
|Olympiacos||Champions||Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium||33,332|
|Panathinaikos||3rd (3rd after regular season)||Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium||16,003|
|Panionios||5th (5th after regular season)||Nea Smyrni Stadium||11,700|
|PAOK||4th (2nd after regular season)||Toumba Stadium||28,703|
|PAS Giannina||9th||Zosimades Stadium||7,500|
|Platanias||7th||Perivolia Municipal Stadium||3,700|
- 1905–06 to 1926–27: SEGAS Championship and Greece FCA Championship (not counted by HFF)
- 1927–28 to 1958–59: HFF Panhellenic Championship
- 1959–60 to 2005–06: Alpha Ethniki
- 2006–07 to present: Superleague Greece
SEGAS and FCA championships
Performance by club (1927–)
|Olympiacos||44||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, 2015, 2016, 2017|||
|Panathinaikos||20||1930, 1949, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2010|||
|AEK||11||1939, 1940, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994|||
|Aris||3||1928, 1932, 1946|||
Performance by club (1959–)
* Season 1959-1960 marked the beginning of the Alpha Ethniki - the precursor of the current Superleague - as a national round-robin tournament.
|Olympiacos||29||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|||
|Panathinaikos||17||1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2010|||
|AEK||9||1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994|||
Performance by city (1927–)
The 6 clubs that have won the championship are from a total of 4 cities:
|City||Number of Titles||Clubs|
|Athens||31||Panathinaikos (20), AEK Athens (11)|
|Thessaloniki||5||Aris (3) PAOK FC (2)|
Top three ranking (1959–)
|Club||1st||2nd||3rd||Top 3 overall|
Seasons in Alpha Ethniki and Superleague Greece
The number of seasons that each team (in alphabetical order) has played in the top division from 1959–60 until 2017–18. A total of 68 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 2017–18 Superleague Greece.
|59||Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, PAOK|
|23||Egaleo, Panserraikos, PAS Giannina|
|18||Veria, Atromitos Athens, Levadiakos|
|9||Athinaikos, Ergotelis, Olympiakos Volos|
|7||Fostiras, Kalamata, Niki Volos, Paniliakos, Trikala|
|6||Panegialios, Panthrakikos, Platanias|
|5||Edessaikos, Korinthos, A.O. Kerkyra|
|4||Akratitos, Ethnikos Asteras, Kallithea, Rodos, Vyzas|
|3||Diagoras, Olympiakos Nicosia, Panelefsiniakos, Kalloni, A.O.K. Kerkyra|
|1||AEL Limassol, A.E. Nikaia, APOEL*, Atromitos Piraeus, Chalkida, EPA Larnaca,
Makedonikos, Megas Alexandros Katerinis, Naoussa, Olympiakos Chalkida,
Omonia Nicosia, Pankorinthiakos, Thermaikos, Thrasyvoulos, Lamia
- APOEL avoided relegation in the 1973–74 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)
This index is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in Alpha Ethniki and Superleague championships since 1959–60. The table is correct as of the end of the 2011–12 season. Points are based on 3–1–0 and no deductions are counted.
|Pos||Team||Seasons||Points||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||G.F.||G.A.||G.D.||1||2||3||1st App||Since/Last App||Best|
|3||AEK Athens F.C.||54||3418||1720||1006||400||317||3193||1520||1673||9||16||13||1959–60||2015-16||1|
|5||Aris Thessaloniki F.C.||52||2486||1690||672||470||549||2076||1852||224||–||1||4||1959–60||2013-14||2|
|6||Iraklis 1908 Thessaloniki F.C.||51||2274||1626||609||447||570||2047||1940||107||–||–||1||1959–60||2015-16||3|
|8||OFI Crete F.C.||39||1675||1254||473||293||488||1588||1648||–60||–||1||2||1968–69||2015-16||2|
|9||Apollon Smyrnis F.C.||38||1452||1236||374||330||532||1337||1617||–280||–||–||1||1959–60||2014-15||3|
|10||Ethnikos Piraeus F.C.||36||1394||1164||356||326||482||1305||1552||–247||–||–||–||1959–60||1998–99||4|
|11||Athlitiki Enosi Larissa F.C.||26||1103||836||294||221||321||948||1038||–90||1||1||–||1973–74||2016–17||1|
|15||Doxa Drama F.C.||21||737||670||187||176||307||706||984||–287||–||–||–||1959–60||2011–12||6|
|16||PAS Giannina F.C.||19||724||610||189||157||260||641||808||–167||–||–||–||1974–75||2011–12||5|
|17||Nea Kavala F.C.||19||715||638||190||145||303||605||894||–289||–||–||–||1969–70||2010–11||6|
|19||Apollon Kalamarias FC||20||621||616||143||192||281||550||875||–325||–||–||–||1959–60||2007–08||9|
|26||Olympiacos Volou 1937 F.C.||9||318||298||83||69||146||270||446||–176||–||–||–||1967–68||2010–11||5|
|27||Asteras Tripoli F.C.||10||303||214||81||60||73||228||214||14||–||–||1||2007–08||2007–08||3|
|38||Niki Volos F.C.||5||141||150||34||39||77||136||249||–113||–||–||–||1961–62||2014-15||11|
|40||Ethnikos Asteras F.C.||4||132||124||36||24||64||126||204||–78||–||–||–||1998–99||2001–02||10|
Note: Ionikos had 5 points deduction in 2006-2007 season.
League or status at 2015–16 in Greek football:
|2015–16 Football League|
|2015–16 Football League 2|
|2015–16 Delta Ethniki (Dissolved)|
|2015–16 Local Championships|
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.
|Central Greece||26||Attica: Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos, AEK, Panionios, Apollon Smyrni, Ethnikos Piraeus, Egaleo, Ionikos, Atromitos, Proodeftiki, Athinaikos, Fostiras, Akratitos, Ethnikos Asteras, Kallithea, Vyzas, Panelefsiniakos, Chalkidona, A.E. Nikaia, Atromitos Piraeus, Thrasyvoulos
Euboea: Chalkida, Olympiakos Chalkida
|Macedonia||15||Central Macedonia: PAOK, Aris, Iraklis, Panserraikos, Apollon Kalamarias, Pierikos, Veria, Edessaikos, Makedonikos, Megas Alexandros Katerini, Naoussa, Thermaikos
East Macedonia: Doxa Drama, Kavala,
West Macedonia: Kastoria
|Peloponnese||7||Panachaiki, Asteras Tripoli, Kalamata, Paniliakos, Panegialios, Korinthos, Pankorinthiakos|
|Cyprus||5||Olympiakos Nicosia, AEL Limassol, APOEL, EPA Larnaca, Omonia Nicosia|
|Thessaly||4||AEL, Olympiakos Volos, Trikala, Niki Volos|
|Crete||3||OFI, Ergotelis, Platanias|
|Aegean Islands||3||Rodos, Diagoras, Kalloni|
Top scorers and appearances
|Most Appearances||Most Goals|
The 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 SuperLiga stars are:
- Olympiacos received in 2001–2002
- Panathinaikos received in 2009-2010
- AEK Athens received in 1993-1994
Greek football clubs in European competitions
European Cup / UEFA Champions League
|Panathinaikos||-||1971||1985, 1996||1992, 2002|
UEFA Cup / Europa League
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
As of 03 June 2017, The Greek Superleague ranks 14th in the UEFA coefficient Database, with 27.900 points.
Current national league ranking
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