P.A.O.K. H.C.

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PAOK
PAOK-Handball-Logo.jpg
Full name (Greek: Πανθεσσαλονίκειος Αθλητικός Όμιλος Κωνσταντινοπολιτών)
(Pan-Thessalonian Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans)
Nickname(s) Two Headed Eagle of the North
Founded 1926
(Handball Club: 1999)
Arena Neapoli Indoor Arena
Capacity 800
President Greece Grigorios Petridis
Head coach Greece Stelios Seirekidis
League Handball Premier
2017–18 3rd
Website
Official site
Active departments of P.A.O.K.
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Basketball (Women's) Volleyball Handball
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Water Polo Swimming Wrestling
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Cycling Athletics Ice hockey

PAOK Handball Club is the handball section of PAOK, the major multi-sports club based in Thessaloniki. PAOK has both men's and women's team. So far, PAOK men's team has won 3 Greek Championships and 3 Greek Cups and PAOK women's team has won 1 Greek Championship and 2 Greek cups. 2017-18 season marked the return of both Men's and Women's team to the European Competitions. Despite its relatively short history it is considered amongst the most successful departments of the Club.[1]

Men's Department[edit]

History[edit]

PAOK Handball CLub was founded in 1999 after it merged with another club from Thessaloniki, Triton. Stelios Seikeridis, former coach, has connected his name with the whole history of the club.

As the years passed the team became stronger and stronger until it reached two consecutive Greek Handball Championships in 2009 and 2010. In the end of the 2008–09 season they defeated Panellinios in the last game of the play-offs and in 2009–2010 Doukas, also in the last game.

In 2011 even though PAOK had the advantage and needed only a draw in the last game in Mikra, they lost the championship to AEK.

In 2012 they beat AEK 25–24 in Patras and won the Greek Cup.

In 2015 they beat AEK again 27–29 in Thessaloniki P.A.O.K. Sports Arena and won the Greek Cup. PAOK also won the Greek Championship the same year making it a double for the first time.

In 2017 PAOK beat Panellinios 25-23 winning the Greek Cup for the third time.

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Division Place Notes
2000–01 A1 Ethniki 9th
2001–02 A1 Ethniki 7th
2002–03 A1 Ethniki 7th
2003–04 A1 Ethniki 11th Relegated to A2
2004–05 A2 Ethniki 1st Promoted to A1
2005–06 A1 Ethniki 5th
2006–07 A1 Ethniki 5th
2007–08 A1 Ethniki 4th
2008–09 A1 Ethniki 1st
2009–10 A1 Ethniki 1st
2010–11 A1 Ethniki 2nd
2011–12 A1 Ethniki 3rd Winner Greek Cup
2012–13 A1 Ethniki 4th Finalist Greek Cup
2013–14 A1 Ethniki 5th
2014–15 A1 Ethniki 1st Winner Greek Cup
2015–16 A1 Ethniki 3rd
2016–17 A1 Ethniki 5th Winner Greek Cup
2017–18 A1 Ethniki 3rd

Current squad[edit]

Number Player Position date of birth Height
1 Greece Kostas Kotanidis Goalkeeper 7/2/1992 1,84
2 Greece Vangelis Arampatzis Right Εxtreme 4/8/1996 1.85
4 Greece Apostolos Palaskas Left Inter 30/11/1988 1.87
7 Croatia Nikola Djono Right Inter 14/1/1986 1.92
8 Greece Dionisis Karagkiozopoulos Right Inter 8/2/1996 1,87
9 Greece Kostas Tsesmetzidis Right Extreme 23/3/1996 1,76
11 Greece Nikos Kokonis Pivot 4/8/1982 1,83
13 Serbia Davor Tasković Left Inter 16/1/1986 1.97
14 Greece Alexandros Apostolou Right Inter 25/2/1997 1.91
17 Greece Theodoros Petridis (c) Play Maker 16/6/1986 1,83
19 Greece Ioannis Giannakidis Pivot 1/1/2001 1,75
20 Nigeria Emmanuel Elozieuwa Left Extreme 9/5/1999 1,80
21 Greece Nikos Nikolaidis Left Extreme 1/1/1992 1.83
23 Greece Pantelis Kostakidis Left Extreme 4/7/1997 1.87
24 Greece Nikos Loizos Goalkeeper 21/9/1990 1.87
25 Greece Georgios Mastorogiannis Play Maker 30/8/1981 1.84
44 Greece Akis Kypraios Right Extreme 24/5/1989 1,85
72 Greece Antonis Delias Goalkeeper 19/7/1999 1,85
77 Greece Sotiris Giosmou Pivot 9/10/1990 1,78

Administration and technical staff[edit]

Staff
President Greece Athanasios Katsaris
Section Registrar Handball Greece Grigoris Petridis
Coach Greece Stelios Seirekidis
Assistant coach Greece Antonis Tsolakos

Notable players[edit]

  • Flag of Greece.svg Apostolos Palaskas
  • Flag of Greece.svg Alexandros Alvanos
  • Flag of Greece.svg Dimitris Tsakiris
  • Flag of Greece.svg Nikolaos Riganas
  • Flag of Greece.svg Antonis Saoulidis
  • Flag of Greece.svg Grigoris Sanikis
  • Flag of Greece.svg Giorgos Mastorogiannis
  • Flag of Greece.svg Angelos Tsilis
  • Flag of Greece.svg Nikos Kokonis
  • Flag of Greece.svg Theodoros Petridis
  • Flag of Greece.svg Konstantinos Gourgoumis
  • Flag of Serbia.svg Milan Grubanov
  • Flag of Serbia.svg Slobodan Veselinovic
  • Flag of Croatia.svg Josip Kezic
  • Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Kominek

Honours[edit]

  • Greek Championship:
    • Winners (3): 2009, 2010, 2015
    • Runner-up (1): 2011
  • Greek Cup:
    • Winners (3): 2012, 2015, 2017
    • Runner-up (1): 2013
  • Double
    • Winners (1): 2015

Finals[edit]

Finals Winner Finalist Score
2012 600px Bianco con aquila bicefala nera.png PAOK 600px Giallo con aquila bicefala nera2 svg.png AEK 25–24
2013 600px Giallo con aquila bicefala nera2 svg.png AEK 600px Bianco con aquila bicefala nera.png PAOK 24-29
2015 600px Bianco con aquila bicefala nera.png PAOK 600px Giallo con aquila bicefala nera2 svg.png AEK 29–27
2017 600px Bianco con aquila bicefala nera.png PAOK Celeste PGS.JPG Panellinios 25–23
Total
3
1

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate Advance
2006–07 EHF Challenge Cup R2 Republic of Macedonia RK Vardar 29-34 29-43 58–77 Symbol delete vote.svg
2007–08 EHF Challenge Cup R2 Serbia RK Kolubara 28-31 3rd place Symbol delete vote.svg
England Great Dane HC London 32-21
Ukraine Burevestnik Lugansk 28-32
2008–09 EHF Challenge Cup R3 Russia Sungul Snezhinsk 23-23 25-25 48–48 Symbol keep vote.svg
1/8 Romania Știința Bacău 28-31 29-31 57–62 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 EHF Champions League QR Cyprus SPE Strovolos 32-29 1st place Symbol keep vote.svg
Ukraine ZTR Zaporizhia 30–30
Group Stage Russia Chekhovskiye Medvedi 25-37 22-46 6th place Symbol delete vote.svg
France Montpellier HB 23-34 20-46
Hungary SC Pick Szeged 27-26 24-27
Spain BM Valladolid 27-37 19-38
Romania HCM Constanța 26-30 23-34
2010–11 EHF Cup R2 Austria A1 Bregenz 23-31 24-27 47–58 Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 EHF Cup R2 Hungary Tatabánya KC 23-27 25-29 48–56 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 EHF Challenge Cup 1/16 Norway IL Runar 31-32 26-36 57–68 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 EHF Challenge Cup R3 Belarus HC Victory Regia MINSK 26-27 21-28 47–55 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 EHF Challenge Cup R2 Malta Aloysians Von Taine 39-15 34-17 73–32 Symbol keep vote.svg
R3 Turkey Göztepe SK 29-28 26-35 55–63 Symbol delete vote.svg

European Distinctions[edit]

PAOK has been competing since 2006–2007 in European competitions, and has taken part in all EHF competitions up to the 2013-2014 season. PAOK returned to the European competition by taking part in the 2017–18 EHF Challenge Cup. In 2009–2010 season the team reached at the group phase of the EHF Champions League, which is its biggest achievement up to date.[2]

Women's Department[edit]

PAOK's women handball club is also competing in the first Greek division.
On season 2012-13 they beat Ormi Patras in playoff finals with 2-1 series and won the Greek Women's Handball Championship. In the 2013-14 season, PAOK won its first cup, beating Anagennisi Arta in the final with score 22-20.[3]

Current squad[edit]

Number Player Position date of birth Height
03 Greece Eleni Tsaousidou Play Maker 22/10/1997 1,73
04 Greece Nansy Strataki Left Inter 29/12/1986 1,81
06 Greece Vasia Gatchiou Pivot 08/10/1997 1,75
09 GreeceAnastasia Panagiotidou Left Inter 14/11/1998 1,73
10 GreeceMaria Hadjiparasidou Play Maker 06/06/1995 1,68
11 Greece Danai Selemidou Play Maker 09/02/1999 1,60
12 Republic of Macedonia Marija Nikolic Pivot 06/12/1993 1,85
13 Denmark Neda Jurisic Play Maker 16/05/1995 1,73
15 Greece Eugenia Samolada Right Inter 2000 1,85
16 Greece Vicky Gritzali Pivot 2000 1,70
17 Greece Cleo Kourkoulaki Extreme 2000 1,68
18 Greece Evdokia Badi Pivot 2000 1,70
20 Greece Christina Kavazopoulou Goalkeeper 18/09/1998 1,68
N/N Brazil Bruna Camboim Goalkeeper 06/03/1995 1,80

Administration and technical staff[edit]

Staff
President Greece Athanasios Katsaris
Curator Greece Dimitris Chasekidis
Coach Greece Grigoria Golia
Assistant coach Greece Voula Psomiadou

Honours[edit]

Finals[edit]

Finals Winner Finalist Score
2014 600px Bianco con aquila bicefala nera.png PAOK 600px Nero e Bianco.png Anagennisi Artas 22–20
2015 Bianco e Blu2.svg OF Neas Ionias 600px Bianco con aquila bicefala nera.png PAOK 24–19
2016 600px Bianco con aquila bicefala nera.png PAOK Bianco e Blu2.svg OF Neas Ionias 32–31
2018 Bianco e Blu2.svg OF Neas Ionias 600px Bianco con aquila bicefala nera.png PAOK 21–20
Total
2
2

Women's European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate Advance
2011–12 EHF Challenge Cup R3 Ukraine HC Dnepryanka Kherson 22-28 17-27 39–55 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 EHF Challenge Cup R3 Poland KSS Kielce 18-31 23-25 41–56 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 EHF Cup R2 Bulgaria HSC Veliko Tarnovo 28-20 22-24 50–44 Symbol keep vote.svg
R3 Romania U Jolidon Cluj 28-32 25-39 53–71 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 EHF Challenge Cup R3 Bosnia and Herzegovina OZRK Jedinstvo Tuzla 24-17 30-31 54–48 Symbol keep vote.svg
1/8 Croatia Lokomotiva Zagreb 17-37 20-33 37-70 Symbol delete vote.svg

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Arenas[edit]

The indoor arenas which plays PAOK at the games of the regular season of the domestic league are Arena Mikra 3 which holds 1,800 seats and Evosmos Sports Hall which holds 3,000 seats. In former years PAOK has used PAOK Sports Arena for European Competitions and the Play-Offs of the domestic league which holds 8,500 seats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Τετράδα και Ευρώπη ο Ποσειδών, εκτός ο ΠΑΟΚ". sentragoal.gr. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Club Info AC PAOK". www.eurohandball.com. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Κυπελλούχος Ελλάδος ο ΠΑΟΚ". handball.org.gr. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Club Info AC PAOK Women". www.eurohandball.com. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.

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