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Superleague Greece
Superleague Greece
Country Flag of Greece.svg Greece
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1927 (Original Format)
2006 (Current Format)
Number of teams 16
Relegation to Football League
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Greek Cup
Greek Super Cup
UEFA cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Olympiacos (20016-17)
Most successful club Olympiacos (44 times)
TV Nova Sports
Website Official website
Football current event 2016-17

The Superleague Greece is the highest professional football league in Greece. It was formed on 16 July 2006 and replaced Alpha Ethniki at the top of the Greek football league system. The league consists of 16 teams and runs from August to May, with teams playing 30 games each. As of May 2013, Superleague Greece is ranked 12th in the UEFA ranking of leagues, based on performances in European competitions over the last five years.

Since the foundation of the first official Panhellenic Championship in 1927, only six clubs have won the title, with the "big three" of Greater Athens (Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens) dominating and only PAOK, Aris and AE Larissa managing to break their dominance on a few occasions. The current champions are Olympiacos, who have won a total of 43 titles.

History

Between 1905 and 1912, a Panhellenic Championship was organised by the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics (SEGAS). This championship was actually a local tournament among clubs from Athens and Piraeus.

After the Balkan Wars and World War I, two football associations were formed, one organising a football league in Athens and Piraeus, and one doing the same in Thessaloniki. These were the Athens-Piraeus FCA (EPSAP) and the Macedonia FCA (EPSM). In 1923, a Panhellenic Champion was determined by a play-off game between the Athens-Piraeus and the Thessaloniki champions. Peiraikos Syndesmos won 3-1 against Aris Thessaloniki. This panhellenic final was not repeated the following year as the EPSAP was split into the Athens FCA (EPSA) and Piraeus FCA (EPSP) following a dispute.

In 1927, a national championship was organised in the form of a round-robin tournament between the champions of the three governing bodies. This time, Aris Thessaloniki won, finishing ahead of Ethnikos Piraeus and Atromitos. This national championship was set up again in 1929, and over the next years evolved into a tournament in which multiple teams took part. Still, these teams had to qualify for the national championship through their local football competitions.

In 1959 the Alpha Ethniki - the precursor of the current Superleague - was set up as a national round-robin tournament.

Clubs and locations

Club Ap. Location Venue Capacity
AEK Athens 56 Athens Olympic Stadium70,000
AEL 27 Larissa AEL FC Arena 16,000
Asteras Tripoli 10 Tripoli Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium 7,500
Atromitos 17 Peristeri Peristeri Stadium10,000
Iraklis 53 Thessaloniki Kaftanzoglio Stadium 27,000
Kerkyra 7 Corfu Kerkyra Stadium 3,000
Levadiakos 17 Livadeia Levadia Municipal Stadium 6,000
Olympiacos 58 Piraeus Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium 32,115
Panathinaikos 58 Athens Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium 16,620
Panetolikos 7 Agrinio Panetolikos Stadium 7,000
Panionios 56 Nea Smyrni Nea Smyrni Stadium 12,000
PAOK 58 Thessaloniki Toumba Stadium 28,700
PAS Giannina 23 Ioannina Zosimades Stadium 8,000
Platanias 5 Chania Perivolia Municipal Stadium 4,000
Veria 18 Veria Veria Stadium 6,500
Xanthi 28 Xanthi Xanthi F.C. Arena 7,500

External links

Superleague Greece 2016-17

AEK · AEL · Asteras Tripoli · Atromitos · Iraklis · Kerkyra · Levadiakos · Olympiacos · Panathinaikos · Panetolikos · Panionios · PAOK · PAS Giannina · Platanias · Veria · Xanthi

Superleague Greece seasons

2006–07 · 2007–08 · 2008–09 · 2009–10 · 2010–11 · 2011–12 · 2012–13 · 2013–14 · 2014–15 · 2015–16 · 2016–17 · 2017–18 ·

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Football in Greece
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