THESSALONIKI, Greece — PAOK won the Greek league for the first time in 34 years after beating Levadiakos 5-0 Sunday.
With one round left, PAOK is five points ahead of second-place Olympiakos.
“People have been patient … the people have been yearning for one all these years,” said former PAOK star Giorgos Koudas. The 72-year-old attacking midfielder, who spent all of his senior career at PAOK from 1963 to 1984, playing 602 games, was the captain of the team that won the title in 1976.
Larissa, the 1988 champion, is the only team other than PAOK to break the stranglehold of the Athens “big three” — AEK, Olympiakos and Panathinaikos — ever since a national league started in 1959.Washington Post
This story is simply amazing. After 34 years of waiting, PAOK finally win a Greek Super League title. It becomes even more incredible when you find out that only 3 clubs located outside of Athens have ever won a Greek First Division title. THREE.
The last time a club from outside of Athens won a Greek Super League title was AEL FC in 1988! That’s insane! That’s three consecutive decades where the same 3 teams won the league over and over again.
Out of 83 league titles, 76 have come from the three Athens Clubs. PAOK have won 3 while the other Thessaloniki club, Aris Thessaloniki, has also won 3.
So clearly this doesn’t happen very often and actually helps to explain this video here:
That video gives me straight chills! Just imagine what it must have been like to be in that stadium for that celebration. 34 years of pent up excitement Not to mention what it must be like to be an opposing players having to walk into all of that.
These supporters really know how to put on a show and apparently weren’t done celebrating inside the stadium so they decided to take it out into the streets of Thessaloniki.
Wow! Paok fans literally enlightening whole Thessaloniki to celebrate first Greek title after 33 years, and the third overall pic.twitter.com/IWDHvZVWCW— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) April 21, 2019
This kind of support is insane! Its so great to see how much this means to these people.