PAOK F.C. (Greek: ΠΑΕ ΠΑΟΚ, Greek pronunciation: [paˈe ˈpaok]), also known as PAOK Thessaloniki, short for Panthessalonikios Athlitikos Omilos Konstantinoupoliton (Greek: Πανθεσσαλονίκειος Αθλητικός Όμιλος Κωνσταντινουπολιτών, transliterated Pan-Thessaloniki Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans), and commonly known as PAOK (Greek: ΠΑΟΚ, pronounced [ˈpaok]), is a professional Greek football club, a part of AC PAOK, based in Thessaloniki, Greece. They play their home games at Toumba Stadium, with a capacity of 28,803 seats.
PAOK was established on 20 April 1926 by Greek Constantinopolitans who fled to Thessaloniki from the city of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War. Emblem of the team is a Byzantine-style double-headed eagle, adopted three years after the establishment of the club.
PAOK currently plays in the top-flight Superleague Greece, which they have won twice (1975–76 and 1984–85). They have won also four times the Greek Football Cup (in 1971–72, 1973–74, 2000–01 and 2002–03 seasons). With a 14th-place finish (1995–96) being the worst position ever achieved, the team has never been relegated to a lower national division since its establishment in 1926, a feat achieved only by rivals Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.
The team has appeared several times in the UEFA Europa League competition. Their best European performance was in the 1973–74 season, when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In addition to this, it is the only Greek team that has more wins than losses in all its European history (60 wins, 50 draws and 54 defeats, as of September 29, 2016); the 0–7 away win over Locomotive Tbilisi on 16 September 1999 in the UEFA Cup is the largest ever achieved by a Greek club in all European competitions.Close