PAOK Football Club (Greek: ΠΑΕ ΠΑΟΚ [paˈok]; Πανθεσσαλονίκειος Αθλητικός Όμιλος Κωνσταντινουπολιτών; Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinoupolitón, "Pan-Thessalonian Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans"), commonly known as PAOK F.C. or PAOK, is a professional Greek football club based in Thessaloniki, Greece.
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, they play their home games at Toumba Stadium, with a capacity of 28,701 seats. Their name, along with the club’s emblem, the Byzantine-style double-headed eagle with retracted wings that was adopted three years after the establishment of the club, honours the memory of the people and places (mostly the city of Constantinople) that once belonged to the Byzantine Empire and were invaded and conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1453.
PAOK currently plays in the top-flight Superleague Greece, which they have won twice (1975–76 and 1984–85). They have won also five times the Greek Football Cup (in 1971–72, 1973–74, 2000–01, 2002–03 and 2016-17 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 (62 wins, 51 draws and 57 defeats, as of July 4, 2017); the 0–7 away win over Locomotive Tbilisi on 16 September 1999 in the UEFA Cup is the largest ever achieved by a Greek football club in all European football competitions.Close