Greek Football Cup

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Greek Football Cup
Greek Cup (logo).png
Founded1931
Region Greece
Number of teams85
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Current championsPAOK
(6 titles)
Most successful club(s)Olympiacos
(27 titles)
Television broadcastersCosmote Sport
Websitewww.epo.gr
2018–19 Greek Cup

The Greek Football Cup (Greek: Κύπελλο Ελλάδος Ποδοσφαίρου), commonly known as the Greek Cup or for sponsorship reasons the Football Cup OPAP, is a Greek football competition, run by the Hellenic Football Federation.

Because it involves clubs of all standards playing against each other, there is the possibility for "minnows" from the lower divisions to become "giant-killers" by eliminating top clubs from the tournament and even theoretically win the Cup.

The current holders of the Greek Cup are PAOK, who beat AEK Athens 2–0 in the 2018 final held on 12 May 2018.

History[edit]

AEK Athens' team which won the first Greek Cup in 1932.

The Greek Cup under EPO began in 1931. In its early years, entry was optional. Teams were paired against each other by the football associations, without a draw taking place. Later on, for many years, a proper draw took place and also two-legged matches were added.

In 1962, there was no cup winner because the final between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos was abandoned.[1]

Until 1964, if the final score was a draw (including extra time), the two teams played a replay match, while penalties didn't exist. That year, in the semi-final[2] between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos (1–1 at the time),fans of both teams stormed the pitch, damaged the football field and virtually stopped the game, believing that it was fixed to end in a draw, in order to be replayed for financial reasons.Both teams were ejected from the competition and therefore,in 1964 AEK won the title but the final match was not held.AEK also won in simiral fashion in 1966 when Olympiacos did not show up in the final[3].

In 1965, a new rule was applied, to determine that, if the game was undecided even after extra time, the winner would be determined by the toss of a coin. Panathinaikos won this way (captain Mimis Domazos guessed correctly) in the 1969 final[4] against Olympiacos.Afterwards the penalty shootout was applied.

Until 1971, teams from all over the country, professional and amateur, had been taking part. Each team first played against clubs from its own association and the winners continued in a nationwide competition. Due to this, strong professional sides met amateur neighbourhood teams, sometimes beating them with high scores; a 23–0 win in an Apollon Athens vs. PAO Neas Melandias match on 23 September 1959 remains a record win for the Greek Cup until today. Since 1971, only teams from professional divisions are allowed to participate, while amateur clubs take part in the Amateur Cup.

In 1991 and 1992 the finals were two-legged matches.

It is widely considered that the most exciting match in the history of the competition was the 2009 final[5] between Olympiacos and AEK (3–3 full time, 4–4 after extra time and 15–14 on penalties).

Cup Winners[6][edit]

Notes:
• In the periods 1933–38 and 1940–46 the competition was not held (in 1940–41 only the 1st round was carried out).
• In 1961–62 final match was abandoned (no cup winner).
• In 1963–64 and 1965–66 final matches were not held.
• Statistical paradox : 76 editions of the competition, 75 concluded with a cup winner, 74 finals (73 concluded - 1 abandoned).

Performance by club[7][edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
600px Quadrado Branco com uma figura olimpica grega.PNG Olympiacos
27
12
1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015 1956, 1966, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1986, 1988, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2016
Verde con trifoglio Verde su cerchio Bianco.png Panathinaikos
18
10
1940, 1948, 1955, 1967, 1969, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2010, 2014 1949, 1960, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1975, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007
600px Giallo con aquila bicefala nera2 svg.png AEK
15
9
1932, 1939, 1949, 1950, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2011, 2016 1948, 1953, 1979, 1994, 1995, 2006, 2009, 2017, 2018
600px Bianco con aquila bicefala nera.png PAOK
6
13
1972, 1974, 2001, 2003, 2017, 2018 1939, 1951, 1955, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1992, 2014
Rosso e Blu (Diagonale).png Panionios
2
4
1979, 1998 1952, 1961, 1967, 1989
600px Marrone con cavallo Bianco.png AEL
2
2
1985, 2007 1982, 1984
Giallo e Nero Aris.JPG Aris
1
8
1970 1932, 1933, 1940, 1950, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010
Azzurro e Bianco con H.png Iraklis
1
4
1976 1947, 1957, 1980, 1987
Bianco con diagonale Nero.png OFI
1
1
1987 1990
600px Bianco e Blu a Strisce.png Ethnikos
1
0
1933
Giallo e Rosso Kastoria.png Kastoria
1
0
1980
Bianco e Nero Doxa.JPG Doxa Drama
0
3
1954, 1958, 1959
Blu con Stella Bianca.png Atromitos
0
2
2011, 2012
Bianco e Nero Pierikos.png Pierikos
0
1
1963
Giallo e Rosso 2.png Athinaikos
0
1
1991
Blu e Bianco 2.JPG Apollon Smyrnis
0
1
1996
Blu con Stella bianca 2.png Ionikos
0
1
2000
Blu con Stella Gialla.png Asteras Tripolis
0
1
2013
Bisection vertical White HEX-FF0000.svg Xanthi
0
1
2015

Total titles won by city[edit]

11 clubs have won the Greek Football Cup, from a total of 6 cities.

City Number of Titles Clubs
Athens
35
Verde con trifoglio Verde su cerchio Bianco.png Panathinaikos (18), 600px Giallo con aquila bicefala nera2 svg.png AEK (15), Rosso e Blu (Diagonale).png Panionios (2)
Piraeus
28
600px Quadrado Branco com uma figura olimpica grega.PNG Olympiacos (27), 600px Bianco e Blu a Strisce.png Ethnikos (1)
Thessaloniki
8
600px Bianco con aquila bicefala nera.png PAOK (6), Giallo e Nero Aris.JPG Aris (1), Azzurro e Bianco con H.png Iraklis (1)
Larissa
2
600px Marrone con cavallo Bianco.png AEL (2)
Heraklion
1
Bianco con diagonale Nero.png OFI (1)
Kastoria
1
Giallo e Rosso Kastoria.png Kastoria (1)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Τελικός 1962 διακοπή. sportdog.gr (in Greek).
  2. ^ Ημιτελικός 1964 διακοπή. sansimera.gr (in Greek).
  3. ^ Τελικός 1966 που δεν έγινε ποτέ. oldfootball.gr (in Greek).
  4. ^ Τελικός 1969. sport-retro.gr (in Greek).
  5. ^ Τελικός 2009. contra.gr (in Greek).
  6. ^ Η Χρυσή Βίβλος. sport24.gr (in Greek).
  7. ^ Ολοι οι Τελικοί. sdna.gr (in Greek).

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