Greek Football Teams

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Football is one of the most popular sports in Greece, and in 2004 they stunned the world by winning the European Championships as a country. Lots of brilliant Greek footballers play all over the world and are very successful, and although the Greek football league isn’t the most prestigious there is, the country still boasts loads of great football teams, and get to mix with the world’s best players in the Champions League too.

If you’re visiting Greece soon, you can expect to see loads of European football shown in bars everywhere, but if you’re taking more of an interest in the local sports, check out some of the Greek football teams listed here.

Olympiakos – Based in Piraeus, Olympiakos are the best supported of all Greek clubs with an estimated 500,000 fans. They have won the Greek title 39 times and boast a 32,000 seater stadium. They have reached the quarter finals of European competitions twice in their history.

Panathinaikos – Olympiakos’ fierce rivals boast one of the biggest stadiums in Europe at almost 70,000, though they rarely fill their seats. The club have won the Greek championship 20 times and reached the European Cup final back in the 70s in one of Greek club football’s proudest achievements.

P.A.O.K. – Standing for Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinoupolitón (I’m glad they abbreviate, too) are another force of Greek football, winning the league twice in their history, the club have also played in European competitions and boast a 28,000 seater stadium.

AEK Athens – Which stands for Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupoleos, are the main Athenian Greek football club. They are a club who have experienced moderate success and won the league 11 times in its history. They play at the Olympic stadium in Athens (where Panathinaikos also play) and so can fit up to 70,000 people in to support their club. Athens regularly appear in European competitions.

A list of all the clubs in the current Greek top league is below:

AEK Athens – Athens
Aris – Thessaloniki
Asteras Tripoli – Tripoli
Atromitos – Peristeri
Doxa Drama – Drama
Ergotelis – Heraklion
Kerkyra – Corfu
Levadiakos – Livadeia
OFI – Heraklion
Olympiacos – Piraeus
Panathinaikos – Athens
Panetolikos – Agrinio
Panionios Nea – Smyrni
PAOK – Thessaloniki
PAS Giannina – Ioannina
Skoda Xanthi – Xanthi

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