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Greek Super League 2019/2020 season preview Football

PAOK celebrate historic double

Backed by Russian billionaire Ivan Savvidis, PAOK Thessaloniki won the Greek Super League title for the first time in 34 years last season. They also became the first team outside Athens to win the Greek league title in more than three decades. Savvidis, a 60-year-old businessman whose family is partly of Greek ancestry, took over PAOK in 2012 and rescued the club from financial ruin, settling debts and building a €63m roster equal in value to that of the country's largest club, Olympiakos.

Savvidis' dream of building a major club was almost toppled last season in a league game against AEK Athens, during which he stormed onto the field to challenge the referee's decision with a handgun holstered in his belt. He has been banned from football stadiums for three years. However, PAOK clinched their first double after defeating AEK Athens in the Greek Cup final.

  • Champions: PAOK (UEFA Champions League QR3)
  • Runners-up: Olympiakos (UEFA Champions League QR2)
  • Third place: AEK Athens (UEFA Europa League QR3)
  • Forth place: Atromitos (UEFA Europa League QR2)
  • Fifth place: Aris (UEFA Europa League QR2)
  • Relegated: Giannina, Levadiakos, Apollon Smyrnis
  • Promoted: Volos.
TeamTitles14/1515/1616/1717/1818/19
Olympiakos4411132
Panathinaikos20233118
AEK Athens12-4213
PAOK352421
Aris3----5
Larissa1--131210
Panionios-135576
Xanthi-8136612
Asteras-3712511
Atromitos-48844
Panetolikos-7111189
Lamia----137
OFI Crete-16---13
Volos------

The table shows the overall number of titles since 1928 for each club in the Greek football league, and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Abel Ferreira appointed new PAOK coach

PAOK have appointed Abel Ferreira as their new head coach. The 40-year old Portuguese tactician has agreed to a three-year contract with the Greek champions. PAOK have paid two million euros in order to cancel Ferreira's contract at Braga, where he has been coaching since April 2017. Ferreira will reportedly earn two million per year with PAOK. He replaces Razvan Lucescu, who left his post activating a clause in his contract which allowed him to hand in his resignation. Lucescu abandoned PAOK in favour of Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia.

This page is introduction to the 2019/2020 Greek Super League season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Greece page.

Asteras appoint Jimenez as new coach

Asteras Tripolis have confirmed that Spanish manager, Borja Jimenez Saeza, has become their new head coach, replacing the departed Georgios Paraschos. In his coaching career Jimenez has worked at Spanish teams Real Valladolid B, Izarra, Club Rapido Bouzas and Mirandes. Asteras just barely escaped relegation last season and will hope to contest a place in Europe under Jimenez' leadership.

Other coaching changes

Luis Castro is the new coach of Panetolikos after the Portuguese boss signed a three-year deal with the Agrino club. He takes over for Traianos Dellas, who resigned from his post at the end of the season. Gordan Petric only became Larissa head coach this summer, but after a friendly match against Giannina, the Serbian has suddenly been replaced by Michalis Grigoriou. Grigoriou, 45, was most recently the boss of Panionios between July 2017 and June 2018. He has also coached Kerkyra, Atromitos, Doxa Drama and Panserraikos.

Following the departure of Milan Rastavac, Xanthi have hired Kiko Ramirez as their next head coach. Ramirez, 48, has mainly been working in Spain's lower leagues and at Wisla Krakow in 2017. Lamia have signed a contract with coach Sotiris Antoniou, who was most recently the head coach of Larissa in 2018. Former AEK Athens U-20 manager Georgios Simos is the new head coach of OFI Crete.

#TeamPtsGDW-D-L
1PAOK805226-4-0
2Olympiak.755424-3-3
3AEK573118-6-6
4Atromitos521315-7-8
5Aris491315-4-11
6Panionios38-1811-5-14
7Lamia37-99-10-11
8Panathin.36813-8-9
9Panetol.36-1410-6-14
10Larisa34-88-10-12
11Asteras33-58-9-13
12Xanthi32-127-11-12
13OFI32-127-11-12
14Giannina27-197-6-17
15Levadiak.21-305-6-19
16Apollon10-442-4-24

The 2018/2019 regular season standings.

Olympiakos favorites to win title

Bookmakers have installed Olympiakos as favourites for the Greek league title in the 2019/20 season, with title holders PAOK as their main rivals.

TeamOddsTeamOdds
Olympiakos1.83Xanthi2001
PAOK2.1Asteras Tripolis3001
AEK Athens13OFI Crete4001
Aris81Lamia4001
Panathinaikos101Panaitolikos4001
Atromitos Athens751Larisa4501
Volos1501Panionios4501

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2019/20 Greek football league.

Greek Cup finals in last five years

2019   PAOK - AEK   1:0
2018   PAOK - AEK   2:0
2017   PAOK - AEK   2:1
2016   AEK - Olympiakos   2:1
2015   Olympiacos - Xanthi   3:1

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)

AEK Athens

Goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas (2.5); Defense: Michalis Bakakis (1.5), Niklas Hult (1.3), Ognjen Vranjes (1.2), Marios Ikonomou (1); Midfield: Petros Mantalos (4), Konstantinos Galanopoulos (3.5), Nenad Krsticic (2.5), Daniele Verde (2.5); Forward: Marko Livaja (4), Nelson Oliveira (3.5).

Aris

Goalkeeper Julian Cuesta (0.5); Defense: Daniel Sundgren (1.2), Lindsay Rose (0.7), Fran Velez (0.6), Mihaly Korhut (0.6); Midfield: Lucas Sasha (1.8), Lerin Duarte (1), Daniel Mancini (1), Nicolas Diguiny (0.8), Brown Ideye (2), Giannis Fetfatzidis (0.9).

Asteras Tripolis

Goalkeeper Nikolaos Papadopoulos (0.5); Defense: Triantafyllos Pasalidis (0.8), Dani Suarez (0.6), Giannis Kotsiras (0.5), Angel Martinez (0.5); Midfield: Jose Luis Valiente (0.5), Marc Fernandez (0.4), Franco Bellocq (0.4), Borja Fernandez (0.3); Forward: Anastasios Douvikas (0.5), Francesc Regis (0.3).

Atromitos

Goalkeeper Balazs Megyeri (0.7); Defense: Spyros Risvanis (1.3), Joao Talocha (0.9), Alexandros Katranis (0.7), Kyriakos Kivrakidis (0.7); Midfield: Madson (0.9), Raul Baena (0.8), Athanasios Androutsos (0.8), Clarck Nsikulu (0.8); Forward: Farley Rosa (0.7), Apostolos Vellios (0.6).

Lamia

Goalkeeper Markos Vellidis (0.4); Defense: Giannis Skondras (0.5), Daniel Adejo (0.4), Manolis Saliakas (0.4); Midfield: Danny Bejarano (0.5), Elini Dimoutsos (0.4), Konstantinos Bouloulis (0.2), Lucas Ramos (0.2); Forward: Ismail Sassi (0.5), Anastasios Karamanos (0.4), Thuram (0.3).

Larisa

Goalkeeper Ogmundur Kristinsson (0.6); Defense: Slavko Bralic (0.5), Nikola Stankovic (0.5), Nikolaos Karanikas (0.5); Midfield: Ergys Kace (0.6), Fatjon Andoni (0.5), Radomir Milosavljevic (0.5), Milos Filipovic (0.5), Evripidis Giakos (0.5); Forward: Amr Warda (2), Marko Nunic (0.5).

OFI Crete

Goalkeeper Dimitrios Sotiriou (0.3); Defense: Georgios Koutroumpis (0.5), Nikolaos Marinakis (0.5), Nikolaos Korovesis (0.5), Konstantinos Giannoulis (0.4); Midfield: Lisandro Semedo (1.3), Juan Neira (0.5), Vajebah Sakor (0.5), Kosmas Tsilianidis (0.4); Forward: Dimitrios Manos (0.5), Ricardo Vaz (0.4).

Olympiakos

Goalkeeper Jose Sa (2.5); Defense: Pape Abou Cisse (6), Leonardo Koutris (6), Omar Elabdellaoui (5), Bruno Gaspar (3.5); Midfield: Konstantinos Fortounis (10), Mady Camara (8), Daniel Podence (4.5), Guilherme (3.5); Forward: Youssef El Arabi (5), Maximiliano Lovera (4).

Panathinaikos

Goalkeeper Sokratis Dioudis (0.9); Defense: Emanuel Insua (1.3), Mattias Johansson (1), Bart Schenkeveld (0.8), Dimitrios Kolovetsios (0.8); Midfield: Dimitrios Kourbelis (2), Ghayas Zahid (2), Anastasios Chatzigiovanis (1.5), Giannis Bouzoukis (1.3); Forward: Yohan Mollo (1.2), Federico Macheda (0.8).

Panetolikos

Goalkeeper Dimitrios Kyriakidis (0.5); Defense: Igor Jovanovic (0.6), Georgios Liavas (0.5), Alexandros Malis (0.4); Midfield: Dalcio (0.5), Gboly Ariyibi (0.5), Jorge Diaz (0.5), Rasmus Sjostedt (0.4); Forward: Vlad Morar (0.7), Alhassan Kamara (0.5), Admir Bajrovic (0.4).

Panionios

Goalkeeper Matic Kotnik (0.6); Defense: Giannis Masouras (0.9), Dimitrios Stavropoulos (0.5), Domingues (0.5), Georgios Saramantas (0.5); Midfield: Nemanja Milojevic (0.5), Giannis Maniatis (0.4), Novica Maksimovic (0.4), Sotiris Tsiloulis (0.4); Forward: Dimitrios Emmanouilidis (0.6), Giannis Papanikolaou (0.4).

PAOK Thessaloniki

Goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis (2.5); Defense: Sverrir Ingi Ingason (5), Fernando Varela (2.5), Dimitrios Giannoulis (2.5); Midfield: Leo Jaba (8), Miroslav Stoch (4.5), Dimitrios Pelkas (4), Mauricio (3.5), Dimitrios Limnios (3.5); Forward: Karol Swiderski (3), Chuba Akpom (3).

Volos NPS

Goalkeeper Athanasios Garavelis (0.3); Defense: Sebastien Bassong (1), Lefteris Lyratzis (0.4), Stergios Dimopoulos (0.3); Midfield: Joaquin Torres (0.8), Yahia Attiyat allah (0.6), Giannis Mystakidis (0.6), Anastasios Tsokanis (0.4), Juan Muniz (0.4); Forward: Erik Jendrisek (0.5), Vasilios Mantzis (0.4).

Xanthi

Goalkeeper Vitor Sao Bento (0.5); Defense: Aristotelis Karasalidis (0.5), Dimosthenis Baxevanidis (0.5), Leandro Sosa (0.5); Midfield: Eduardo (1.3), Thibault Moulin (0.7), Petar Djurickovic (0.6), Fabio Sturgeon (0.6), Mehdi Terki (0.6), Aleksandar Kovacevic (0.5); Forward: Vincenzo Rennella (0.5).