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PAOK
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Full name (Greek: Πανθεσσαλονίκειος Αθλητικός Όμιλος Κωνσταντινουπολιτών)
(Pan-Thessaloniki Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans)
Nickname(s) Double-headed eagle of the North
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Founded 20 April 1926; 90 years ago (1926-04-20)
Ground Toumba Stadium
Thessaloniki, Greece
Ground Capacity 28,803[1]
Owner Ivan Savvidis[2]
Chairman Ľuboš Micheľ
Manager Vladimir Ivić
League Superleague Greece
2015–16 Superleague Greece, 2nd
Website Club home page
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PAOK F.C. (Greek: ΠΑΕ ΠΑΟΚ, Greek pronunciation: [paˈe ˈpaok]), also known as PAOK Thessaloniki or PAOK Salonika, short for Panthessalonikios Athlitikos Omilos Konstantinoupoliton (Greek: Πανθεσσαλονίκειος Αθλητικός Όμιλος Κωνσταντινουπολιτών, transliterated Pan-Thessaloniki Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans),[3] and commonly known as PAOK (Greek: ΠΑΟΚ, pronounced [ˈpaok]), is a professional Greek football club, a part of AC PAOK, based in Thessaloniki, Greece. They play their home games at Toumba Stadium, with a capacity of 28,703 seats.

PAOK was established on 20 April 1926 by Greek Constantinopolitans who fled to Thessaloniki from the city of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War. Emblem of the team is a Byzantine-style double-headed eagle, adopted three years after the establishment of the club.

PAOK currently plays in the top-flight Superleague Greece, which they have won twice (1975–76 and 1984–85). They have won also four times the Greek Football Cup (in 1971–72, 1973–74, 2000–01 and 2002–03 seasons). With a 14th-place finish (1995–96) being the worst position ever achieved, the team has never been relegated to a lower national division since its establishment in 1926, a feat achieved only by rivals Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.

The team has appeared several times in the UEFA Europa League competition. Their best European performance was in the 1973–74 season, when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.[4] In addition to this, it is the only Greek team that has more wins than losses in all its European history (57 wins, 48 draws and 53 defeats, as of 1 May 2016); the 0–7 away win[5] over Locomotive Tbilisi on 16 September 1999 in the UEFA Cup is the largest ever achieved[6] by a Greek club in all European competitions.[7]

History[edit]

Foundation and the early years (1926–1953)[edit]

PAOK in 1926
The team of 1937

PAOK FC is the oldest division of PAOK Sports Club, the successor of Hermes Sports Club (Greek: Ερμής), which was formed in 1877 by the Greek community of Pera, a district of Istanbul.[8]

The football club was founded in 1926.[9] 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.[10]

The two teams were merged in 1929, adopting the still-current two-headed eagle symbol, also in 1929. 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.[10]

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.[11]

Era of successes (1955–1985): Koudas years[edit]

Giorgos Koudas, a powerful attacking midfielder and emblematic captain of PAOK. Appearances recordman and second all-time top scorer.

In the 1950s, the club won the Thessaloniki Championship for four successive seasons. In 1959, their new Toumba Stadium opened.[12]

Giorgos Koudas, the great star of the team made his first appearance in 1963. With him, PAOK won their first national titles, the Greek Football Cup, in 1972 and 1974.[13]

They won also for the first time the Greek Championship in 1975–76, a feat they would repeat in 1984–85.[14]

At the European level, the club made its best ever performance after reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1973–74, where they were knocked out by Milan. PAOK also made a memorable appearance against German giants Bayern Munich in the 1983–84 UEFA Cup, where it was knocked out on penalties after two goalless draws.[15][16]

1985–1996[edit]

Since 1985, a period of decline affected the club. In 1992, they lost in the Greek Cup final to Olympiacos.[13]

1996–2004[edit]

In 1996, Thomas Voulinos handed over the reins of the club to Giorgos Batatoudis. Numerous transfers of well-known players such as Percy Olivares, Zisis Vryzas, Spiros Marangos and Kostas Frantzeskos took place under the new administration. In 1997, having served its five-year ban, PAOK qualified for the UEFA Cup under coach Angelos Anastasiadis. The club's reappearance at European level was marked by a victory and qualification over Arsenal.[17]

The new team, however, did not prove equally successful in the domestic league, again finishing fourth in 1997–98. The club's continuing inability to break the dominance of the "big three" in the league resulted in several manager changes over the following three years. By the end of the 1997–98 season, Anastasiadis was sacked and Oleh Blokhin reprised his position as PAOK's manager after five years. Blokhin himself only stayed for a few months, and was again replaced by Anastasiadis in late 1998. He stayed only until February 1999, and was again replaced in favour of Arie Haan, who, like Blokhin, returned after a four-year gap. By December 1999, Haan was himself sacked, to be replaced by Dušan Bajević.[citation needed]

In 2001, the club's first success in many years came when they won the 2000–01 Greek Cup final over Olympiacos, 4–2.[13] In 2003, they won the Greek Cup again after defeating Aris 1–0.[13]

2004–2007[edit]

Dimitris Salpingidis

The 2003–04 season was an unexpected success. Batatoudis was no longer the major shareholder, and under the management of Anastasiadis, PAOK managed to finish third in the league and to secure participation in the qualifying rounds of the following year's UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately, the team failed to qualify for the group stages, as they were knocked out by Maccabi Tel Aviv in the third qualifying round.[citation needed]

Rolf Fringer was appointed as new coach in September 2004, replacing Anastasiadis, but after a few games, Fringer was replaced by Nikos Karageorgiou, who led the club to a fifth-place finish in May 2005 and a subsequent UEFA Cup qualification.[citation needed]

The 2005–06 season, despite starting with positive omens, proved to be turbulent.[18] In addition to the return of former captain Theodoros Zagorakis in the summer of 2005 from Bologna, key players like Marcin Mięciel, Fatih Akyel and Shikabala were also acquired.[19]

Marcin Mięciel

By the end of May 2006, the club's dramatic situation started to emerge, with players openly declaring they have been unpaid for months, plus a shocking decision by UEFA to ban the club from participating in the upcoming UEFA Cup,[20] brought the club one step from complete ruin, with the organized fanbase launching an all-out war against Giannis Goumenos during the summer of 2006,[21] going as far as to occupy the club's offices in Toumba stadium for a handful of days. The situation was ever worsening for Goumenos, after many failed deals with possible investors,[22] constant allegations of embezzlement,[23] and especially his decision to sell star-player Dimitris Salpingidis to Panathinaikos.[24]

The club appointed Momčilo Vukotić as coach in October 2006, replacing Dumitrescu, who had earlier resigned.[25]

The Zagorakis plan (2007–2010)[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Theodoros Zagorakis assumed presidency of the club, replacing the Vezyrtzis-Oikonomidis administration and thus ushered in a new era. One of the new management's first actions was to lay down a three-year plan: the first year priority would be to take action the club's debts, beginning in 2007–08, the second would be to qualify for the UEFA Cup again, and the third would be to become a major league title contender once again.[citation needed]

The plan's first season saw the club eliminated from the Greek Cup by second division club Thrasyvoulos. The early replacement of coach Giorgos Paraschos by the well-known established manager Fernando Santos did little to prevent a ninth-place finish in the league, the worst performance by the club in 11 years.[citation needed]

The club's finances, however, gradually improved, and – thanks to the continuing massive support from fans in the form of season tickets,[26] as well as many new sponsorship deals – the summer of 2008 saw the transfers of widely known internationals like Pablo Contreras,[27] Zlatan Muslimović[28] and Pablo García.[29]

In January 2009, Zagorakis announced the club's intention of building a new training facility complex in the Nea Mesimvria area of Thessaloniki, owned by the club. The administration had already acquired land from the municipality of Agios Athanasios in the previous summer.[30]

The end of the 2008–09 season found PAOK in second place, eight points behind champions Olympiacos, the best place the club had taken since 1985. This success, however, was short-lived, as the club failed to retain their place in the recently introduced league playoffs, finishing fourth and missing out on the second Champions League berth to Panathinaikos. Nevertheless, PAOK secured a spot in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League's third qualifying round.

The 2009–10 season saw the transfer of former Racing de Santander player Vitolo, experienced defender Bruno Cirillo and Vasilios Koutsianikoulis, the club's costliest transfer in many years. Key players' contracts, like Olivier Sorlin and Vieirinha, were also renewed.[citation needed]

The years after Fernando Santos (2010–12)[edit]

The 2010 league playoff success was swiftly followed by Fernando Santos' announcement of his decision to depart, having concluded his three-year contract as head coach.[31] It was eventually decided in mid-June that Mario Beretta would be his successor.[32]

As the squad made several awful appearances in its pre-season friendly matches (notably losing to Kickers Offenbach 3–1[33]), alarming fans and management alike, Theodoros Zagorakis finally decided to fire Beretta and his staff on 22 July, just one week prior to the club's away match in Amsterdam. Beretta was quickly replaced with Pavlos Dermitzakis, veteran PAOK player and Zagorakis' initial choice before reverting to Beretta.[34] Beretta also became the shortest-lived PAOK coach ever, sitting on the bench for just 38 days.[35]

With Dermitzakis at the helm, PAOK faced Ajax and was ultimately eliminated on the away goals rule, managing a 1–1[36] draw in Amsterdam and a thrilling 3–3[37] draw in Thessaloniki. Entering the UEFA Europa League playoff round, PAOK were drawn against Fenerbahçe, also eliminated on the Champions League third qualifying round. This time, PAOK fared much better and after winning the home game 1–0[38] in Thessaloniki, secured a memorable 1–1 draw.[39]

Unfortunately, such excellent performances did not continue in the first fixtures of the Greek league. Unsuccessful results included a 0–1 home loss to Thessaloniki rivals Aris.[40]

Another defeat against Panathinaikos under Dermitzakis led to his removal on 17 October.[41] His assistant, Makis Chavos, replaced him as caretaker coach. At first, fans were asking for a quick replace of Chavos by a European-range coach, but after a streak of four wins in the Greek Superleague and a 1–0[42] home win over Villarreal in the Europa League group stage, it was decided he would remain.

In 2010–11, PAOK reached the knockout phase in the Europa League, losing 2–1 on aggregate to CSKA Moscow.[43] In the Superleague Greece, PAOK finished fourth in the regular season and secured a place in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round by finishing second in the playoff round.

The PAOK board then appointed the experienced Romanian László Bölöni as the club's new head coach.[44] Under the leadership of Bölöni, PAOK passed the UEFA Europa League playoff round and entered the group stage, despite the many injured players the club had. On 30 November 2011, PAOK achieved a historic victory[45] against English club Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, winning 2–1. With this victory, the club qualified for the Europa League round of 32 for the second consecutive year. There they faced Udinese. After a 0–0 draw away in Udine, however, they suffered a 0–3 loss at Toumba Stadium.

Ivan Savvidis era (2012–present)[edit]

Dimitar Berbatov was signed by the club in 2015

In the summer of 2012, and after several months of negotiations, Ivan Savvidis became the new major shareholder of PAOK. The PAOK board appointed the Greek coach Giorgos Donis in the summer of 2012.[citation needed]

PAOK entered the 2012–13 Europa League third qualification round, and with a 0–2 away and 4–1 home win over Bnei Yehuda, qualified for the play-off round, where faced Rapid Wien but were eliminated after 2–1 and 3–0 home and away defeats, respectively. PAOK finished the season in second place during the regular period, qualifying for the Superleague playoffs. Giorgos Donis was replaced by technical director and former player Georgios Georgiadis, who was appointed caretaker manager. PAOK managed to win qualification for the third qualifying round of the Champions League in the playoffs after a last game win against PAS Giannina.

In June 2013, PAOK appointed Huub Stevens as their new coach, but he was dismissed in March 2014 after achieving poor results.[46]

In 2014, the team reached the 2013–14 Greek Cup final, but lost to Panathinaikos.[47]

In 2015, club owner Ivan Savvidis paid all of the club's debts to the Greek government, an amount that totalled at €10,886,811.[48] In May, PAOK hired Frank Arnesen as the new club's technical director (sports director). On 18 June 2015, Igor Tudor was hired as the new manager of the club, signing a three-year contract.[49]

Facilities[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Toumba Stadium

Toumba Stadium (Greek: Στάδιο Τούμπας) is a football stadium in Thessaloniki, the property of amateur AS PAOK. It is a family donation of Ioannis Dedeoglou, as was later the plot to be built the PAOK Sports Arena. Construction on the stadium began in 1958 and concluded in 1959. Patrons of the project were the Ministry of Culture and Sport (Greece) (paid the amount of 1,100,000 drachmas) and the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (which owned the space). Contributed decisively to expropriate the space Toumba Stadium, the then defense minister Georgios Themelis for the expropriation of the area of Toumba Stadium during the government of Konstantinos Karamanlis.

The old ground of the team was in Fountain Square downtown expropriated for the construction of the Theological Seminary, as the surrounding area was given to Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The stadium is located in the district of Toumba (Thessaloniki) in eastern Thessaloniki. Its original capacity was 45,000 until the installation of seating on all stands in 1998, which reduced the capacity to 32,000, all seated. The introduction of security zones in 2000 further reduced the capacity to the current capacity of 28,703 seats. A record attendance of 45,252 has been recorded in a first division football match between PAOK and AEK Athens on 19 December 1976. The stadium's official name is simply "PAOK Stadium", however it is commonly referred to as "Toumba" after the name of the district in which it is located.

Training ground[edit]

The PAOK Sports Center is the current training ground of PAOK, located in Nea Mesimvria area.[50]

Supporters[edit]

PAOK fans
PAOK fans in Gate 4

PAOK has one of the largest fan base across Greece and majority of them are emigrants and refuges from Minor Asia from the Greco–Turkish war (1919–1922). PAOK has the largest support then any other Greek club[citation needed] from Greek refugees in countries around the world to such an extent that they have created and maintained firms in countries such as Germany, Sweden, Cyprus, Australia and the United States.

Gate 4 is where the largest PAOK supporters clubs assemble. They support all clubs within the PAOK Sports Society, wearing the club's colors and symbols and maintaining firms in every corner of Greece, first one officially created in 1963 at Neapoli Thessaloniki. Their members are known to be fanatic supporters of their team famous around the world for their great pyroshows and vocal support for their team. After a match against PAOK, Diego Maradona commented that would play for the club even for free because of its fans' mentality and passion, with Toumpa Stadium earning its moniker as "black hell" for the hostility to opposing teams.[51]

The group as a whole maintains a strong friendship with the supporters of Serbian club Partizan, the Grobari. There have been many occasions where fans from both clubs travel to watch each other's games. Their friendship is so strong that Serbian fans chanted in the Greek language in a basketball match against Olympiacos, PAOK's greatest rival. PAOK fans also have good relations with the fans of OFI Crete, a friendship that has been build mainly around their sharing of the same club colours and as well as their mutual hatred of Panathinaikos and Olympiacos. The friendship is supported by an annual exchange of tickets and a typically strong atmosphere in their matches.[51]

Rivalries[edit]

PAOK v AEK Athens
PAOK – Olympiakos 1–0 (2009), close view of the pitch.

The rivalry between Olympiacos and PAOK, is long-standing, emerging in the 1960s, when the infamous case of Giorgos Koudas' transfer from PAOK to Olympiacos occurred.[52] The rivalry is also fueled by the rivalry that exists between Piraeus and Thessaloniki.

A long-time rivalry also exists between PAOK and local rivals Aris,[53] which has culminated in two memorable Greek Cup finals between them, each club winning one. On an annual basis, fierce derbies are contested for the Greek league, sometimes accompanied by violent outbreaks on and off the pitch.

Panathinaikos and AEK Athens are also considered major rivals due to the bitter rivalry of citizens between Thessaloniki of Macedonia and Athens.[54]

Badge and team colours[edit]

Flag used by PAOK FC
Zagorakis era team logo

The team'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. The double-headed eagle was chosen as symbol of the club in 1929. Unlike other Byzantine-style eagles, the wings of the eagle are mournfully closed.[55] Under the leadership of Ivan Savvidis a gold stripe was added to the crest, as a symbol of glory and renaissance of the club.[56]

In the renovated press hall of Toumba Stadium, the redesign of PAOK's logo was presented in front of an audience of officials and journalists. Creators of the new logo is the group of award-winning advertising agency "Beetroot Group Design", headquartered in Thessaloniki. Alexis Charalampopoulos, the designer of the new logo, stated, "What happened was an evolution of the logo. Respecting the history of PAOK, we wanted to bring it today and govern the design synchornes values. We hope to accompany the team for many years. The new logo is best applied to the social media."

Alexis Nikou, another other designer, said, "Essentially what happened was to improve the lines of the double-headed eagle, volume and open its wings to become more powerful. We made a line that is geometric and timeless. There are references to the history of PAOK and Byzantine Empire with gold color and the hope to be always first. It was a matter of functionality to change the logo. We wanted to change the sign, without showing this change. We wanted to show that PAOK progresses in the future. We wanted to have a change for a contemporary sports team. We did not want to design the logo of Byzantium. We wanted to combine the history of PAOK. We did not want to change the essence of the logo. It has no relation to the Cyrillic script, but was chosen this line because it gives strength and volume. The power is something timeless and not something ephemeral. The logo has also a retro feeling that makes a reference to the golden age of PAOK."

Kit evolution[edit]

First

1925–26
1936–37
1975–76
1984–85
1990–91 [57]
1999-00
2000–03
2003–04 A
2003–04 B
2004–05
2006–09
2014–15
2015–16

Alternative

1997–98
2000–01
2001–02
2002–03 [58]
2013–14
2014–15

Honours[edit]

  • Total Titles: (6)[59]

Domestic[edit]

International regional[edit]

Regional[edit]

  • Trophy(transp).png EPSM Championship
    • Winners: 1936–37, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57,

European[edit]

International record[edit]

UEFA competitions[edit]

PAOK in the 2010–11 Europa League round of 32 match against CSKA Moscow.

PAOK's best European performance was in the 1973–74 season, when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.[4]

PAOK played also in the group stages of the UEFA Cup in 2005–06.[4]

Current ranking
[60]

Rank Team Coeff.
59 Belgium Genk 28.940
60 Turkey Besiktas 28.360
61 Greece PAOK 27.720
62 England Newcastle 27.621
63 France Bordeaux 26.883

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Greece GK Markos Vellidis
3 Brazil DF Léo Matos
4 Croatia DF Marin Leovac
8 Greece MF Charis Charisis
9 Brazil FW Jairo
10 Angola FW Djalma Campos
13 Greece DF Stelios Malezas (Vice-captain)
14 Argentina FW Facundo Pereyra
15 Spain DF José Ángel Crespo
16 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Gojko Cimirot
18 Greece DF Dimitris Giannoulis
20 Greece FW Efthimis Koulouris
21 Netherlands MF Diego Biseswar
23 Serbia GK Željko Brkić
No. Position Player
24 Cape Verde MF Garry Rodrigues
27 Greece FW Giannis Mystakidis
28 Ukraine MF Yevhen Shakhov
31 Greece DF Georgios Tzavellas (Vice-captain)
33 Greece FW Stefanos Athanasiadis (Captain)
34 Greece MF Nikos Korovesis
43 Cape Verde DF Fernando Varela
44 Greece DF Achilleas Poungouras
70 Greece DF Stelios Kitsiou
71 Greece GK Panagiotis Glykos
77 Greece MF Dimitris Pelkas
80 Greece MF Anastasios Dimitriadis
87 Spain MF José Cañas
99 Greece GK Marios Siampanis

Out of squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Greece DF Giannis Skondras
5 Greece DF Dimitris Chatziisaias
6 Greece MF Alexandros Tziolis
No. Position Player
93 Australia MF Terry Antonis
Greece MF Panagiotis Deligiannidis

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Greece GK Nikos Melissas (on loan at Lamia)
Greece GK Rafail Soilemezoglou (on loan at Pierikos)
Greece DF Dimitris Konstantinidis (on loan at Omonia)
Greece DF Savvas Toumanidis (on loan at Kavala)
Albania MF Ergys Kaçe (on loan at Viktoria Plzeň)
Slovakia MF Erik Sabo (on loan at Beitar Jerusalem)
Greece DF Timotheos Tselepidis (on loan at Michalovce)
Albania DF Kristi Qose (on loan at Michalovce)
Albania FW Kristian Kushta (on loan at Michalovce)
No. Position Player
Greece DF Savvas Topalidis (on loan at Aiginiakos)
Greece DF Fotis Pantekidis (on loan at Aiginiakos)
Greece MF Emmanouil Patralis (on loan at Aiginiakos)
Albania MF Giorgos Kakko (on loan at Aiginiakos)
Serbia FW Bogdan Rangelov (on loan at Aiginiakos)
Russia FW Alexander Bataev (on loan at Aiginiakos)
Greece MF Stelios Pozoglou (on loan at Karmiotissa)
Greece MF Giannis Tsolakidis (on loan at Karmiotissa)

PAOK U20 squad[edit]

PAOK U20 is the youth team of PAOK. They participate in the Superleague U20 championship. They play their home games at the PAOK Sports Center in Nea Mesimvria area.

[61] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Greece GK Apostolos Koutoglidis
Albania GK Jorgo Muca
Greece GK Vangelis Syllektis
Greece DF Vasilios Chatzidibas
Greece DF Dimitrios Voutsas
Greece DF Nikolaos Vasaitis
Greece DF Konstantinos Dimitriou
Greece DF Asterios Dodontsakis
Greece DF Panagiotis Tsiampazis
Greece DF Nikolaos Paspalas
Albania DF Arbi Ranxha
Greece DF Marios Tsaousis
Greece DF Polykarpos Liaptsis
Greece DF Georgios Ktistopoulos
Greece DF Georgios Noukaris
Greece DF Vasilios Argyriou
No. Position Player
Albania MF Sadik Cela
Greece MF Kleon Pouflis
Cyprus MF Nikolas Menelaou
Greece MF Konstantinos Chatzidibas
Greece MF Aristotelis Panagiotidis
Serbia MF Melentios Miskovic
Greece MF Dimitrios Kligopoulos
Cyprus MF Nikolas Mattheou
Greece FW Georgios Tzovaras
Greece FW Alexandros Gargalatzidis
Greece FW Lefteris Lyratzis
Greece FW Nikolaos Syrakos
Greece FW Vasilios Efthymiou
Greece FW Antonis Gaitanidis
Greece FW Emmanouel Kragiopoulos
Greece FW Antonis Stathopoulos

Retired PAOK FC Numbers[citation needed]

  • 12 – in honour of the fans, considered the "12th player" of the team in the pitch.
  • 17 – in honour of Panagiotis Katsouris, a PAOK player that died in 1998 in a car accident.

Affiliated clubs[edit]

Since 2013, PAOK maintains a cooperation with Juventus on the academies sector.[62]

Contribution to the Greek national team[edit]

PAOK, through its history, has highlighted some of the greatest Greek players in the history of Greek football, who contributed also to the Greece national team, including Giorgos Koudas, Stavros Sarafis, Christos Terzanidis and Theodoros Zagorakis, among others.

Six players of the club were members of the first appearance of the national team in a UEFA European Championship (1980): Giorgos Koudas, Konstantinos Iosifidis, Christos Terzanidis, Ioannis Gounaris, Ioannis Damanakis, Georgios Kostikos.

Management[edit]

Board of Directors[edit]

[63]

Position Name
Owner Russia Greece Ivan Savvidis
President and CEO Slovakia Ľuboš Micheľ
Vice–President Greece Chrisostomos Gagatsis
Sports Director Slovakia Ľuboš Micheľ
Member of the Board Russia Maria Goncharova
Member of the Board Russia Artur Davidyan
Member of the Board Greece Dimokratis Papadopoulos
Member of the Board Greece Ilias Gerontidis
Consultant of Football Greece Giorgos Koudas
Academies Director Greece Vangelis Pourliotopoulos
Responsible for Arbitration Matters Greece Malamas Tevekelis
Legal Department Manager Greece Achilleas Mavromatis
Marketing Department Manager Greece Lazaros Bachtsevanos
Press Officer Greece Kyriakos Kyriakos
Security Officer Stadium Greece Spyros Mylioridis

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Serbia Vladimir Ivić
Assistant Coach Poland Mirosław Sznaucner
Assistant Coach Greece Grigoris Kavalieratos
Assistant Coach (Match Analyst) Greece Ioannis Thomaidis
Assistant Coach (Data Analyst) Greece Kyriakos Tsitsiridis
Head Physical Condition Trainer Greece Dimitrios Daniilidis
Physical Condition Trainer Serbia Petar Milčanović
Goalkeeping Coach Greece Christos Kelpekis
Team Manager Greece Vangelis Pourliotopoulos
Head of Medical Services Greece Ioannis Rallis
Club's doctor Greece Kostas Tziantzis
Exercise Physiology Greece Giorgos Ziogas
Vis Track Analysis Greece Kyriakos Tsitiridis
Head Physiotherapist Greece Nikos Papadimitriou
Physiotherapist Greece Petros Nikolakoudis
Physiotherapist Greece Nikolaos Tsirelas
Physiotherapist Greece Athanasios Kapoulas

PAOK FC presidential history[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– Slovakia Ľuboš Micheľ

Notable managers[edit]

[64] The following managers won at least one trophy when in charge of PAOK:

Name Period Trophies
Greece Nikos Avelakis 1947–1948 Trophy(transp).png EPSM Championship
Greece Nikos Pagkalos 1949–1950 Trophy(transp).png EPSM Championship
Hungary Hermao Koffmann 1955–1956 Trophy(transp).png EPSM Championship
Austria Niko Polty 1956–1957 Trophy(transp).png EPSM Championship
England Les Shannon 1971–1974 2 Trophy(transp).png Greek Cup, Trophy(transp).png Greater Greece Cup
Hungary Gyula Lóránt 1975–1976 Greece Super League.svg Superleague Greece
Austria Walter Skocik 1984–1985 Greece Super League.svg Superleague Greece
Serbia Dušan Bajević 2000–2001 Trophy(transp).png Greek Cup
Greece Angelos Anastasiadis 2002–2003 Trophy(transp).png Greek Cup
Portugal Fernando Santos 2009–2010 Superleague Greece UEFA Play-Offs
Greece Georgios Georgiadis 2012–2013 Superleague Greece UEFA Play-Offs
Serbia Vladimir Ivić 2015–2016 Superleague Greece UEFA Play-Offs
  • Fernando Santos is the longest-serving manager (2 years and 10 months), while Mario Beretta is the shortest (38 days).[35]
  • Angelos Anastasiadis is the overall longest serving manager (4 years an 2 months), in three distinct terms.

PAOK managers from 1970 onwards:[65]

Records[edit]

Most league appearances and top scorers[edit]

Giorgos Koudas a powerful attacking midfielder and emblematic captain of PAOK. Appearances recordman and second all-time top scorer.

[citation needed]

 
Rank Name Apps
1 Greece Giorgos Koudas 504
2 Greece Kostas Iosifidis 397
3 Greece Giannis Gounaris 376
4 Greece Stavros Sarafis 358
5 Greece Aristarchos Fountoukidis 336
6 Greece Koulis Apostolidis 280
7 Greece Giorgos Skartados 265
8 Greece Dimitris Salpingidis 262
9 Greece Giorgos Toursounidis 261
10 Greece Stefanos Athanasiadis 186
 
Rank Name Goals
1 Greece Stavros Sarafis 170
2 Greece Giorgos Koudas 134
3 Greece Dimitris Salpingidis 90
4 Greece Giorgos Skartados 84
5 Greece Giorgos Kostikos 78
6 Greece Stefanos Athanasiadis 71
7 Brazil Neto Guerino 66
8 Greece Panagiotis Kermanidis 59
9 Greece Axilleas Aslanidis 55
10 Greece Koulis Apostolidis 51

See also[edit]

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