Greek Football Cup
|Number of teams||85|
|Qualifier for||UEFA Europa League|
|Most successful club(s)||Olympiacos|
|Television broadcasters||Cosmote Sport|
|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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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).
Total titles won by city
11 clubs have won the Greek Football Cup, from a total of 6 cities.
|City||Number of Titles||Clubs|
|Athens||Panathinaikos (18), AEK (15), Panionios (2)|
|Piraeus||Olympiacos (27), Ethnikos (1)|
|Thessaloniki||PAOK (6), Aris (1), Iraklis (1)|
- Τελικός 1962 διακοπή. sportdog.gr (in Greek).
- Ημιτελικός 1964 διακοπή. sansimera.gr (in Greek).
- Τελικός 1966 που δεν έγινε ποτέ. oldfootball.gr (in Greek).
- Τελικός 1969. sport-retro.gr (in Greek).
- Τελικός 2009. contra.gr (in Greek).
- Η Χρυσή Βίβλος. sport24.gr (in Greek).
- Ολοι οι Τελικοί. sdna.gr (in Greek).