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PAOK Thessaloniki
Full Name Panthessalonikios Athlitikos Omilos Konstantinoupoliton
Official Emblem PAOK Athletic Club emblem
Founded 1926
Titles 24
Anthem  
Club colours black and white
Chairman Theodoros Zagorakis
Website PAOK Thessaloniki FC

PAOK Thessaloniki BC
PAOK Thessaloniki VC
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PAOK Thessaloniki, the Panthessalonikios Athlitikos Omilos Konstantinoupoliton (Greek: ????????????????? ????????? ?????? ???????????????????, the Pan(all)-Thessalonikian Athletic Organisation of Constantinopolitans), is a sports club in Thessalonikh, Greece. PAOK Thessaloniki cultivates many sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, handball, water polo, swimming, wrestling and weightlifting. PAOK was founded at 1926 and its colors are black and white. Because of its crest, it is also known as the "Two Headed Eagle of the North", in contrast with the other Greek club of Constantinopolitan origin, AEK Athens, the "Two Headed Eagle of the South".


 

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[edit] History

PAOK is the historical continuation of the ‘Hermes’ Athletic and Cultural Association from Constantinople established by Greek residents of the city in 1875 in the very heart of the city in the Pera area. The need of Constantinople's Greek residents to express and support their Hellenism within Turkey was what led to the creation of this club. In 1923 following the Asia Minor Catastrophe when the Turks expelled countless Greeks from the coastal regions of Turkey, the Greeks of Constantinople renamed their club Peraclub in line with the new constitution adopted by Kemal Atatürk. Despite this blow to Hellenic culture in Turkey, which was forced to take the path of the refugee and to abandon its traditional home, Peraclub continued its sporting struggle, promising to continue to do so as long as there were Greeks left in Constantinople. The club won cup after cup proving that although the Greeks were a minority they continued to have a strong presence in the sporting sector. However, that situation did not last long and most players were forced to flee, leaving behind a team consisting of residents of Constantinople renamed Politakia. Those who fled settled in Thessaloniki and in 1926 established PAOK, retaining the symbols of their ‘Greekness’, the twin-headed eagle of the Byzantine Empire combined with mourning black to symbolize the tragic history of the Greeks in Turkey and white, the color of optimism, a window onto the future, symbolizing their struggle for tomorrow and the victories they intended to win. This club history stretching back to the 19th century in effect makes PAOK one of Greece's oldest athletic clubs but also means that it shoulders a heavy historical burden.

The club's first charter was approved on 20 April 1926 by means of decision of the Thessaloniki Court of First Instance (No. 822).

The club's founding members were A. Angelopoulos, A. Athanassiadis, K. Anagnostidis, M. Ventourellis, F. Vyzantinos (second Chairman), 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, T. Triantafyllidis (who was also its first Chairman).

PAOK's first Board of Directors serving between 1926 and 1927 consisted of :

  1. T. Triantafyllidis (Chairman),
  2. P. Kalpaktsoglou (1st Vice-Chairman),
  3. A. Athanassiadis (2nd Vice Chairman),
  4. K. Kritikos (Hon. Secretary),
  5. M. Tsoulkas (Secretary),
  6. T. Ioakimopoulos (Treasurer),
  7. A. Angelopoulos (Football Steward),
  8. M. Konstantinidis (Director) and
  9. S. Triantafyllidis (Director).

After 2 months of preparation by the team following the club's establishment it was decided that the team should compete against the other teams in Thessaloniki. The desire to see the new team compete led many to the Iraklis Football Ground on 26 July 1925 where it won 2-1.

The vision of the club's founders and fans of the team of establishing a home base became reality in 1928 following much effort and thus on 12 December 1930 the Syntrivaniou Football Ground was officially opened. This was followed by a friendly match against ARIS with the home team winning 2-1.

The first professional contract was a document of historic importance. It was signed by the Club on 5 September 1928. The contract stipulated that the footballer Etien who had come from the Constantinople club Peraclub would be paid 4,000 drachmas per month. The contract was signed by Dr. Meletiou (PAOK Chairman) and Mr. Sakellaropoulos, Hon. Secretary.

[edit] Sports Departments

[edit] Honors

[edit] PAOK F.C.

[edit] PAOK Thessaloniki B.C.

[edit] PAOK F.C. women

[edit] PAOK Handball

[edit] PAOK Weightlifting

[edit] PAOK boxing

[edit] PAOK swimming

[edit] Rivalries

PAOK's main foes are the teams of Aris, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, and AEK.The biggest rivalry is against the arch-rival Aris . The derby against Olympiacos is the fiercest, representing more than any other the animosity between Athens and Thessaloniki. The rivalry started in the 1960s when Olympiacos tried to acquire Giorgos Koudas, one of the best players of his time, from PAOK, through direct negotiations with the player. It should be noted that during the '80s and '90s it was very rare for any rival team's supporters to visit Toumba stadium, the home ground of PAOK, while PAOK fans were always following their side, creating a myth around their name and enjoying the respect of all fans.

[edit] PAOK Thessaloniki Supporters

[edit] PAOK Marketing and Media

PAOK is considered one of the most organized clubs in Thessaloniki in terms of marketing. Since 1992 when PAOK Marketing Inc.was founded the club has developed rapidly.

[edit] PAOK Channel

In 2001 the first Greek Club TV Channel was PAOK). It was named PAOK Channel and was popular amongst the club's supporters since its depute. Unfortunately, Alpha Digital, the company responsible for the channel's broadcast went bankrupt and the service was shut down.

[edit] PAOK Boutique Shops

PAOK Boutique is the club's official shop offering a wide variety of products such as official PAOK jersey's and other sporting gear, memorabilia, mobile phones by PAOK Telecom and more. The Thessaloniki branch was designed by a group of American companies and was opened in 1996. It is located in Toumba Stadium serving PAOK fans from Greece as well as other countries, is now considered an attraction for the city's visitors. Currently, other official PAOK's shops are located in Athens, Herakleion, Nicosia, Limassol, Paphos, Kilkis and in other countries.

[edit] PAOK Thessaloniki Links

[edit] Official websites

[edit] Supporter Clubs Federation - Official websites

[edit] Supporter Clubs - Official websites

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[edit] General Websites

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