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Thursday, August 09, 2007

PAOKPAOK Thessaloniki

Founded in 1926
Colours: Black-White
Home ground: Toumba (28,700)
Address: 1 Mikras Asias Road, Thessaloniki
Tel: 2310 950950

2 League titles (1976, 1985)
4 Greek cups (1972, 1974, 2001, 2003)


PAOK, which means Sports Club of Constantinople citizens in all of Thessaloniki,  was founded by the refugees from the former Turkish capital who fled to Greece's second city fin the 1920s.

Its roots were in the sports and culture club of Constantinople named "Ermis" and set up in 1875 and renamed "Peraclub" in 1923. IN 1929 PAOK merged with the other refugee club of Thessaloniki, AEK, and abandoned the shamrock to adopt the Byzantine double-headed eagle as its emblem.

PAOK quickly evolved into one of the most popular in Greece, the best-followed one outside Athens. It built a great squad in the 1970s that won the Greek cup twice and the championship in 1976. Its faithful followers enjoyed one more league title in 1985, while the black-and-whites have celebrated the Cup twice this decade.

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