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PAOK emblem 2010.svg
Full nameΠανθεσσαλονίκειος Αθλητικός Όμιλος Κωνσταντινοπολιτών
Panthessaloníkeios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinopolitón
(Pan-Thessalonian Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans)
NicknameDikefalos Aetos (Two-Headed Eagle)
Asprόmavri (White-Blacks)
Colours          Black, White
ChairmanThanasis Katsaris
WebsiteClub home page
Active departments of P.A.O.K.
Football pictogram.svg Football pictogram.svg Basketball pictogram.svg
Football (Men's) Football (Women's) Basketball (Men's)
Basketball pictogram.svg Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Handball pictogram.svg
Basketball (Women's) Volleyball Handball
Water polo pictogram.svg Swimming pictogram.svg Wrestling pictogram.svg
Water Polo Swimming Wrestling
Boxing pictogram.svg Taekwondo pictogram.svg Weightlifting pictogram.svg
Boxing Taekwondo Weightlifting
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Athletics pictogram.svg Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Cycling Athletics Ice hockey

P.A.O.K. (Greek: Π.Α.Ο.Κ., Πανθεσσαλονίκειος Αθλητικός Όμιλος Κωνσταντινοπολιτών, Panthessalonikeios Athlitikós Ómilos Constantinopoliton, Pan-Thessalonian Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans),[1][2] known in European competitions as A.C. PAOK[3][4] (Α.Σ. Π.Α.Ο.Κ.),[5][6][7][8] is a major multi-sports club in Thessaloniki, Greece. The club is home to several teams, including football, basketball, volleyball, handball, water polo, swimming, wrestling, ice hockey, and weightlifting. PAOK was founded in 1926. Because of its crest, it is also known as the "Two-Headed Eagle of the North", in contrast with AEK, the "Two-Headed Eagle of the South". They are one of the most popular Greek clubs with millions of fans all over Greece (mostly, but not exclusively, in Northern Greece), and also among the Greek diaspora.


The football team of 1926
The team of 1939

PAOK is the successor of Hermes Sports Club (Greek: Ερμής), which was formed in 1877 by the Greek community of Pera, a district of Istanbul (then Constantinople).[9]

The football club was founded in 1926.[10] It was created by Constantinopolitans who fled to Thessaloniki after the Greek defeat in the Greco-Turkish War, although it was open to every citizen of Thessaloniki, leading to a minor rivalry with AEK Thessaloniki, the other Constantinopolitan team of the city, in which played only refugees. The original logo of PAOK was a horseshoe and a four-leaf clover.[11]

The club's first charter was approved on 20 April 1926 by a decision of the Thessaloniki Court of First Instance (No. 822). The club's founding members were A. Angelopoulos, A. Athanasiadis, K. Anagnostidis, M. Ventourellis, F. Vyzantinos ,V.Karapiperis, A. Dimitriadis, D. Dimitriadis, N. Zoumboulidis, M. Theodosiadis, T. Ioakimopoulos, P. Kalpaktsoglou, T. Kartsambekis, D. Koemtzopoulos, K. Koemtzopoulos, P. Kontopoulos, K. Kritikos, M. Konstantinidis, P. Maletskas, I. Nikolaidis, L. Papadopoulos, F. Samantzopoulos, T. Tsoulkas, M. Tsoulkas, S. Triantafyllidis and T. Triantafyllidis (who was also its first Chairman).[12]

P.A.O.K.'s first Board of Directors, serving between 1926 and 1927, consisted of:

  • T. Triantafyllidis (Chairman)
  • P. Kalpaktsoglou (1st Vice-Chairman)
  • A. Athanasiadis (2nd Vice Chairman)
  • V. Karapiperis (3rd Vice Chairman)
  • K. Kritikos (Hon. Secretary)
  • M. Tsoulkas (Secretary)
  • T. Ioakimopoulos (Treasurer)
  • A. Angelopoulos (Football Steward)
  • M. Konstantinidis (Director)
  • S. Triantafyllidis (Director)

PAOK played their first (informal) game on May 4, 1926, at the Thermaikos stadium, defeating Megas Alexandros Thessaloniki 2-1. The first coach of the club spent five years on the team's bench, and was unpaid, Kostas Andreadis.[13] Their first captain was Michalis Ventourelis.[14]

The first professional contract was signed by the club on 5 September 1928. The contract stipulated that the French footballer Raymond Etienne  – of Jewish descent from Pera Club – would be paid 4,000 drachmas per month. The contract was signed by Dr. Meletiou, the PAOK chairman, and Mr. Sakellaropoulos, the Hon. Secretary.[15]

In early 1929, AEK Thessaloniki was virtually dissolved, and absorbed by PAOK. PAOK changed their emblem, adopted the two-headed eagle, took over the installations of AEK Thessaloniki including the syntrivani area. The eagle symbolizes the origins of the club in the former Byzantine capital, Constantinople, and the legacy of the Greek refugees from the Ottoman Empire.[11]

In 1937, PAOK won his first title, the Macedonia (EPSM or Thessaloniki) Championship, and participated in the Pan-Hellenic Championship, finishing second. The remarkable 1937 team included: Sotiriadis, Vatikis, Goulios, Kontopoulos, Bostantzoglou, Panidis, Glaros, Kritas, Ioannidis, Kalogiannis, Koukoulas, Kosmidis, Apostolou, Vafiadis, Vasiliadis, Anastasiadis, Moschidis, Tzakatzoglou, Zacapidas.[16]

Colours and symbols[edit]

The club's traditional colours are black, as sadness for the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922 and the end of the Greek presence in Anatolia, and white as hope for recovery.[17] Created by Constantinopolitans, the new club nevertheless was open to every citizen of Thessaloniki, leading to a minor rivalry with AEK Thessaloniki, the other Constantinopolitan team of the city, in which played only refugees. The original logo of PAOK was a horseshoe and a four-leaf clover.

In early 1929, AEK Thessaloniki was virtually dissolved, and absorbed by PAOK. The current symbol since 1929 is the two-headed eagle. The eagle symbolizes the origins of the club in the former Byzantine capital, Constantinople, and the legacy of the Greek refugees from the Ottoman Empire. Under the leadership of Ivan Savvidis a gold stripe was added to the crest of the FC, as a symbol of glory and renaissance of the club.[18]


Gate 4 of Toumba Stadium is where most of PAOK fan clubs assemble. They support all the teams within the PAOK Sports Society, wearing the club's colors and symbols and maintaining firms all over Greece. Gate 4 gave its name to the oldest PAOK fan club, founded in 1963. Other fan clubs include several SF of PAOK (Syndesmoi Filon, Friends Societies) found all over Greece and in Diaspora.

In the night of 4 October 1999 a road accident took place in the Vale of Tempe, Thessaly, with 6 fans of the team killed. An annual ceremony takes place since then.[19]


P.A.O.K.'s main rivals are the teams of Olympiacos, Aris, Panathinaikos, AEK. The biggest rivalry is against Olympiacos and second with Aris. The derby against Olympiacos is the fiercest, representing more than any other, the animosity between Athens/Attica and Thessaloniki. The rivalry started in the 1960s when Olympiacos tried, and failed, to sign Giorgos Koudas, one of the best players of his time, from PAOK.

PAOK departments[edit]


Men's football[edit]

Football kit evolution




P.A.O.K. Sports Arena, home ground of basketball and volleyball teams
Bus of the team
PAOK fans

Women's football[edit]

  • Greek Women's Championship: 13 (record)
    • 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  • Greek Women's Cup: 6 (record)
    • 2001–02, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17

Men's Basketball[edit]

Women's Basketball[edit]

  • 1 Greek women's U-18 Championship: 2013
  • 2 Greek women's U-16 Championship: 2010, 2011

Men's Volleyball[edit]

Women's Volleyball[edit]

Men's handball[edit]

  • Greek Championships: 3
    • 2009, 2010, 2015
  • Greek Cups: 3
    • 2012, 2015, 2017
  • Greek beach handball championship: 1
    • 2001
  • 1 Greek men's U-15 Championship: 2015

Women's handball[edit]


  • 3 Greek women's Open Athletics Championship: 1976, 1977, 1982
  • 2 Greek women's Cross Country Championships : 1968, 1974

Roller hockey[edit]

  • 1 Greek men's Championship: 2008
  • 1 Balkan Cup: 2007


  • 1 Greek OPEN Championship: 1987
  • 4 Greek Youth Championship: 1990, 2008, 2009, 2013


  • 2 Greek men's Championship: 2006, 2017
  • 6 Greek men's U-20 Championship: 2003, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • 5 Greek men's U-17 Championship: 2004, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • 1 Greek men's U-15 Championship: 2012


  • 1 Greek men's Championship Mountain Bike: 2002
  • 1 Greek men's U-17 Championship Cycling Track: 2008


  • 2 Greek men's Championship Greco-Roman: 2017, 2018
  • 2 Greek men's U-17 Championship Greco-Roman: 2017, 2018
  • 2 Greek men's U-15 Championship Greco-Roman: 2016, 2017


  • 2 Greek men's Championship: 2003, 2007

Water Polo[edit]

  • 1 Greek men's U-17 Championship: 2017
  • 1 Greek men's U-15 Championship: 2015
  • 1 Greek women's U-20 Championship: 2004

Tae kwon do[edit]

PAOK created a Tae Kwon Do department in 2002. Currently, over 50 active athletes practice daily in Gate 8 in Toumba Stadium.

European honours of team sports[edit]

Season Men's Football Women's Football Men's basketball Men's volleyball Men's Handball Women's Handball Men's water polo Men's ice hockey Men's Wrestling
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
1989–90 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup
1990–91 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup
1991–92 FIBA European Cup
1992–93 FIBA European League
3rd place
1993–94 FIBA Korać Cup
1995–96 FIBA European Cup
2006–07 Balkan Amateur Hockey League
2008–2009 EHF Challenge Cup
Last 16
2009–10 UEFA Women's Champions League
Round of 32
2010–11 LEN Euro Cup
Last 16
2013–14 CEV Cup
9th Place
2016–2017 World Wrestling Clubs Cup
11th Place
2017–18 Women's EHF Challenge Cup
Last 16

Notable athletes[edit]

PAOK Presidents[edit]

Theodoros Zagorakis and Mr.Vasileios Bornovas with the President of the Beyoğlu Spor Kulübü (former PeraClub)

AC PAOK[edit]

Name Nationality Years
Triantafillos Triantafillidis Greece 1926–1927
Vyzantios Fanourios Greece 1927–1928
Konstantinos Meletiou Greece 1928–1929
Athinodoros Athinodorou Greece 1929–1930
Pantelis Kalpatsoglou Greece 1930–1931
Petros Levantis Greece 1931–1933
Savas Tsantas Greece 1933–1935
Filaretos Tsompesoglou Greece 1935–1936
Savas Tsantas Greece 1936–1938
Ioannis Tsakiroglou Greece 1938–1939
Dimitrios Kamaras Greece 1939–1940
Pantelis Kalpatsoglou Greece 1940–1944
Filaretos Tsompesoglou Greece 1944–1946
Pantelis Kalpatsoglou Greece 1946–1948
Mirodis Dimitrakopoulos Greece 1948–1949
Georgios Haralampidis Greece 1949–63
Ippokratis Iordanoglou Greece 1963–64
Dimitrios Dimadis Greece 1964–66
Vassilios Zervas Greece 1966–69
Evaggelos Mylonas Greece 1969
Stavros Georgiadis Greece 1969–1971
Name Nationality Years
Ioannis Arvanitakis Greece 1971–1972
Stavros Simitzis Greece 1972–1973
Ioannis Arvanitakis Greece 1973–1974
Georgios Zografos Greece 1974
Arthouros Merdikian Greece 1974–1975
Georgios Pantelakis Greece 1975–1981
Ioannis Vranialis Greece 1981–1983
Dimosthenis Fintanidis Greece 1983–1984
Nikolaos Vezyrtzis Greece 1984–1993
Apostolos Oikonomidis Greece 1993–1995
Charis Lazaridis-Apostolos Alexopoulos Greece 1995–1997
Apostolos Alexopoulos Greece 1997–1998
Athanasios Katsaris Greece 1998–Today

PAOK FC[edit]


Years Name
1979–1984 Greece Giorgos Pantelakis
1984–1986 Greece Petros Kalafatis
1986–1988 Greece Charis Savvidis
1988–1989 Greece Giannis Dedeoglou
1989–1996 Greece Thomas Voulinos
1996 Greece Giorgos Kalyvas
1996–2001 Greece Giorgos Batatoudis
2001–2003 Greece Petros Kalafatis
2003–2006 Greece Giannis Goumenos
2006–2007 Greece Nikolaos Vezyrtzis
2007–2009 Greece Thodoris Zagorakis
2009–2010 Greece Zisis Vryzas
2010–2011 Greece Thodoris Zagorakis
2011–2014 Greece Zisis Vryzas
2014–2016 Cyprus Iakovos Angelides
2016–2017 Slovakia Ľuboš Micheľ
2017– Russia Greece Ivan Savvidis

Notable supporters[edit]






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  2. ^ liberiaentertainment.com Sekou Oliseh Jabateh wins big sports award in Greece
  3. ^ eurohandball.com A.C. PAOK
  4. ^ uefa.com 2013/14 entries and coefficients
  5. ^ acpaok.gr Archived 10 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine. (in Greek)
  6. ^ chessfed.gr (in Greek)
  7. ^ sport-fm.gr (in Greek)
  8. ^ onsports.gr (in Greek)
  9. ^ "History". PAOKFC. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  10. ^ "PAOK THESSALONIKI FC". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Αφιέρωμα – PAOKFC".
  12. ^ PaokFc.gr
  13. ^ "90 χρόνια ΠΑΟΚ!90 χρόνια προπονητές!". paokvoice. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  14. ^ "The first captain". paok90. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  15. ^ "The unknown first foreign player of PAOK Raymond Ettienne". paokmania.gr. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Ο πρώτος τίτλος!". paok90. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Η ιστορία του ΠΑΟΚ – History of PAOK". sansimera.gr.
  18. ^ To νέο λογότυπο του ΠΑΟΚ
  19. ^ Η μαύρη μέρα του ΠΑΟΚ
  20. ^ http://www.contra.gr/Basketball/article3589317.ece/BINARY/w460/1990-91.jpg
  21. ^ Aπ' τον Παντελάκη στον Ιβάν

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