Panathinaikos should confront three opponents in a relentless struggle to win the title.
Mimis Domazos holds the record for Panathinaikos appearances, having played 502 first-team matches between 1959 and 1980. Striker Krzysztof Warzycha comes second, having played 390 times. The record for a goalkeeper is held by Takis Ikonomopoulos, with 303 appearances.
Panionios resisted, but Panathinaikos decided to win one more Cup, the final between the two teams was played in the presence of ... 80.000 fans!
After having won Division II AIK reached allsvenskan the following season. In the middle of the 1950s, a new star player came to play for AIK, Kurt "Kurre" Hamrin. However, after he left for Italy, the club experienced hard times.
The year was saved, however, by AIK having their most successful campaign ever so far on the international scene, knocking out Slavia Prague in the second round of the UEFA Cup, but not managing to get past their third round opponents, the then very high-profile AC Parma, with Tomas Brolin in the side.
AIK fotboll, commonly known simply as AIK, Swedish pronunciation: [²ɑː.i:.kɔː] (LSE: 0DI2), an abbreviation for Allmänna Idrottsklubben (literally "The Public Athletics Club"), is a Swedish football club based at Friends Arena in Solna, a municipality in Stockholm County bordering Stockholm City Centre. The club was formed in 1891 in central Stockholm and the football department was formed in 1896.
Panathinaikos Movement, founded in 2012, is also a Greek political party founded by people with an initial common their love for the sports club of Panathinaikos and the wish for a new stadium for the football team, despite the bureaucracy of the Greek state.
After this long crisis period, Panathinaikos had to wait until 1949 to win again a Greek Championship under the guidance of the Austrian coach Johann Strnad. That same year, Vangelis Panakis and Kostas Linoxilakis came to the club and quickly became the side's new star players. Panathinaikos was again champion for the 1952–53 Panhellenic Championship.
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That year, the top six teams qualified for Mästerskapsserien (the Championship League) where the teams started with half the points gained in the normal season and then met each other twice. AIK played well throughout the spring, dominating and creating lots of chances, but not always being able to convert these into wins. However, AIK were continuously in the top six and finished fourth, starting Mästerskapsserien three points after leaders IFK Norrköping.
The 1990s were an even more successful period for the club, both nationally and internationally. Four Greek championships (1990, 1991, 1995, 1996), four Greek Cups (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995) and two Greek Super Cups (1993, 1994) were awarded to the club.
And they would have left the ground happy after AIK recorded a 1-0 win.
The Japan Soccer League chose AIK as the opponent for their all-star team in their first ever all-star game since their foundation as a league. On 2 December 1965, AIK battled a JSL all-star team to a 2–2 draw.
League champions in 2009, AIK are currently third in the all-time Allsvenskan table. The club holds the record for being the Swedish club with most seasons in the top flight. AIK reached the quarter-finals of the 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and qualified for the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League group stage and the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League group stage. The club is affiliated with the Stockholm Football Association.
Remaining during eight years without winning a Championship was too much for Panathinaikos. The team finally gained one after great efforts and strong battles till the last match!
Since the beginning of 2013, AIK has played their home games at Friends Arena, which also houses the Swedish national football team. The decision of which arena would replace Råsunda, the club's home up until the 2012 season, was made by a vote of the club's members, held on 20 October 2011, which resulted in a large majority favoring Friends Arena over Tele2 Arena on the south side of the city center.
AIK's crest is dark blue, yellow and gold. The crest's style is arguably art nouveau, the predominant style at the turn of the 20th century.
They hold a long-term rivalry with Olympiacos, the clash between the two teams being referred to as the "Derby of the eternal enemies."
In 1926, the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) was founded and the first Greek Championship under its authority took place in 1927.
Panathinaikos is the only club in the history of Greek football to finish a top-flight (after 1959) campaign unbeaten. This happened in the 1963–64 season.
After World War II AIK finished second 1946 and third 1947. However, after these seasons things went downwards for AIK, even though they still attracted big crowds, the 1949–50 season the club had 21,768 a game, a record which would last until the 21st century.
In 1987–88, they made it also to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, eliminating Juventus, Auxerre and Budapest Honvéd. Saravakos was top scorer of the competition.
For the 2014–15 season, the membership had risen up to 8,495 members contributing a total of €2,680,041.
Panathinaikos won one more "double", as additionally to the Championship the team gained also the Cup.
The most difficult task for Panathinaikos was to overcome the resistance of AEK, and Apollon Athinon in the Championship of Athens. Furthermore, the "Greens" won the Panhellenic title by winning twice Aris and getting a draw with Olympiakos.
The move to a permanent home ground also heralded another—final—name change to Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (PAO), "Panathenaic Athletic Club", on 15 March 1924, from now on a multi-sport club. However, the decision was already taken by 1922.
Having refurbished its stadium, almost as it looks today - surrounded by grandstands - in front of 25.000 spectators, a record by that time, Panathinaikos won rather easily his third Cup, playing against PAOK.
Loukas Panourgias, player and later president of the club (1962–66)
As of October 2013, and due to the club's and the country's financial troubles, the construction of the Votanikos Arena has stopped and consequently the plans for the demolition of the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium have been put on hold. After another five-year spell at the Olympic Stadium, the team has returned to its traditional home ground once again.
Glory and joy are characterized by the sun, referring to "Sol Invictus", the "invincible sun". Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing the City of Solna's coat of arms. Solna, today a city of its own, was not a city until 1943, i.e. six years after Råsunda Football Stadium was completed and 52 years after AIK was formed in Bibilioteksgatan in Stockholm.
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The season started smoothly but Panathinaikos, trained by Josef Strandt, won the Athens title. Later the team won also the Greek one, prevailing over Olympiakos and Aris.
After that, the fun was over for that year. AIK lost the cup final, and consequently the opportunity to play in Europe the next season. Also, they didn't manage to win a league game in nine rounds, which led to the team being close to having to qualify to stay in the league. This year saw the debut of AIK's youngest player and scorer of the 20th century, Alexander Östlund, at 16 years, 10 months and 2 days old. Östlund would play a crucial role for the club four years later.
The club's most important fan clubs are Black Army, Black Ladies, Ultras Nord, Sol Invictus and Firman Boys. AIK Tifo organizes the club's terrace choreography.
In 1962 AIK were again relegated to Division II, but won it and reached allsvenskan the following season. In the early 1970s the club were the one considered most likely to win the league, however to closest AIK came to this were a second place in 1972. In 1975 40.669 came to see the derby with Djurgårdens IF, a record that lives on to this day. AIK won the Swedish Cup in 1976.
Following the major changes in 2008, Panathinaikos hired Henk ten Cate as coach and bought many expensive players, such as Gilberto Silva from Arsenal and Gabriel from Fluminense. In the 2008–09 season, the Greens proved that they could hold their weight in the Champions League by reaching the last 16. However, they disappointed in the Greek Championship, finishing third in the regular season, though they managed to come second overall after the playoff mini-league.
In 1979 AIK were relegated to Division II again, but quickly returned to Allsvenskan. This however meant that Malmö FF advanced to the first place of the All-time Allsvenskan table, a position previously held by AIK.
Krzysztof Warzycha's goal and one more, which was disallowed, is all what the 64.532 fans that watched the match, are going to remember... Panathinaikos prevailed over his eternal rival and won, once more, the second most important trophy of the country!
Panathinaikos was, once more, the winner of the Cup, meeting Olympiakos... his eternal rival! The trophy was gained by tossing the coin; the task was done by game's referee Christos Michas. The final against Olympiakos was already concluding its extra time; final penalty procedure wasn't introduced yet.
The home shirt is black and the away shirt is white. Shorts are white. Socks are striped in black and yellow; away socks are all white. A yellow third jersey was used in 2004, an orange third jersey was used in 2007, and a dark-blue third jersey was used in 2010.