Macedonia Football Clubs Association

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Macedonia Football Clubs Association
HFF
Macedonia Football Clubs Association logo.png
Founded1924
HeadquartersThessaloniki
FIFA affiliationHellenic Football Federation
PresidentSavvas Dimitriadis
Websiteepsm.gr

Macedonia Football Clubs Association (Greek: Ένωση Ποδοσφαιρικών Σωματείων Μακεδονίας or Ε.Π.Σ.Μ.) is an association responsible for administering football in the Prefecture of Thessaloniki. It was formed in 1924 as Football Union of Macedonia and Thrace (Greek: Ποδοσφαιρική Ένωση Μακεδονίας Θράκης) and it administrated football in the regions of West Macedonia, Central Macedonia and East Macedonia and Thrace.[1] Since 1935 its area of responsibility was restricted within the borders of the Prefecture of Thessaloniki.[1] Founding members of the union were Aris, Iraklis and Megas Alexandros.[1]

Current[edit]

Nowadays the Union runs 4 amateur divisions (fifth to eight tier in a national level), with 238 clubs participating in them,[1] and a cup competition between the clubs that are members of the Union, and participate either in the Union's championships or in the semi-professional Delta Ethniki. 238 football clubs participate in the championships organised by the Union itself.[1] 9 clubs of the union participate in the Delta Ethniki championship,[2][3] 2 in Football League 2,[3][4] 1 in Football League[3][5] and 3 in the Greek Superleague.[3][6] It also holds U-16 and U-18 sides that compete in the respective national interregional championships.

EPSM Championships (1923-1959)[edit]

Macedonia Football Clubs Association Championship
First season1923–24
CountryGreece
ConfederationHFF
Divisions4
Number of teams238
Level on pyramid5–8
Promotion toDelta Ethniki (Group 2)
League cup(s)Macedonia FCA Cup
TV partnersEgnatia TV (highlights)
Websitehttp://www.epsm.gr/

From its foundation to 1959 (they year of the foundation of the nationwide championship of Alpha Ethniki) the Union of Football Clubs of Macedonia organised a league that was considered the top tier of football in Northern Greece, and its winner was proclaimed "EPSM champion".

List of EPSM champions[edit]

Source: [7]

Winners[edit]

Club Titles Years
Aris 12 1924, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1938, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1959
PAOK 7 1937, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
Iraklis 5 1927, 1939, 1940, 1951, 1952
Megas Alexandros 1 1932
Makedonikos 1 1947
Apollon Kalamarias 1 1958

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e ιστορία της Ένωσης (in Greek). Union of Football Clubs of Macedonia official site. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  2. ^ Δ' Εθνική - 2ος όμιλος (in Greek). periferiako.gr. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d τα σωματεία μας (in Greek). Union of Football Clubs of Macedonia official site. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  4. ^ "ΟΠΑΠ FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2 2010-11" (in Greek). Football League official site. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  5. ^ "ΟΠΑΠ FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2010-11" (in Greek). Football League official site. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Ομάδες Superleague" (in Greek). Superleague greece official site. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Greece - Final Tables 1906-1959". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.

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