Iraklis FC

Iraklis 1908, a Greek Stamp from 2005

Full name Iraklis FC


Nickname(s) Giraios
Ground Lysimachos Kaftanzoglio" Stadium,


Capacity 26,400
Chairman Ilias Stoforopoulos
Manager Savas Kofidis
League Alpha Ethniki
2004-05 7th

Iraklis FC is a soccer club based in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Based on a literature and music society formed in 1899, with the sporting section founded in 1903, it claims to be the oldest Greek sporting club.

Club Brief History

Iraklis is deeply rooted into the years. It is the oldest sports club in Greece. And its colors, light blue and white, vividly resemble of the official Greek colours.

The history of the Club begins in 1899, when the Club of the «Fans of the Arts» was created. The Club was not a sporting one, but rather one of literature and music. In 1903, the members of the Club decided to include sports with their activities. They created a gym and founded the department of swimming and cycling. However, it was football, a new sport of that era that «stole» the athletes' hearts.

The first official game was held in April 23, 1905, but later the club started facing financial problems. Three years later, in 1908, an historical land-mark for Iraklis, everything changed. The club partnered with the club of «Olympia» and the unification of powers resulted in the birth of Iraklis. The complete name of the club at the time had been: «Ottoman Hellenic club of Thessaloniki - «Iraklis». The football department was the first created. The first achievements were not far away. The first IRAKLIS's articles of association were constituted on the 29th of November 1908.

In 1914 Iraklis was facing housing problems since the club's income had been minimum and came only out of the members funding. However, the club managed, thanks to its dynamics, to overcome obscurities, while its facilities became the «core» of sports for the city of Thessaloniki. Iraklis is undividedly united to the city history and it is suffice to say that many great football players and then special city personalities have worn the historical shirt with the emblem of the «semigod» on their chest.

Since the football club of Iraklis was founded football stared gaining in popularity throughout Greece. During the first Greek Championship Games after the War, the blue and white team made many victories and was a model-team for that era.

As years go by Iraklis continues to be included among the top football teams. The beginning of the 20's was marked by national events, but this did not stop the Club from becoming the «multi-victory» team of the «Panthracian» games in 1923. The first junior teams are being established at the same year.

Iraklis' history, after War World II, includes the participation in five Greek Cup Finals (1947, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1987). 1976 is the year that will remain deeply engraved in the memories of all Iraklis' fans. In June 9,1976, in New Philadelphia, the «white-blue» team won Olympiakos during a penalty shoot-out (6-5, 4-4 during regular time and overtime) and won the Greek Cup. That was the roster of Les Sannon's Iraklis for that historical game: Fanaras, Sendelidis, Xanthopoulos, Christoforidis, Kalaitzidis, Toumboglou, Koussoulakis, Amtonijevic, Chatzipanagis, Gessios (116' Pondikis), N. Pantazis (80' Machoukatidis). The goals of the triumphant victory were scored by Chatzipanagis (25', 111'), Koussoulakis (72') and Gessios (115'). Next day, when the players of the blue/white team returned to Thessaloniki, were welcomed as heroes by more than 100.000 cheering fans.

In 1976, Iraklis participated to the European Cup of Cups, while it has participated six times in the UEFA Cup (1962, 1964, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2000). In addition to that, during the 2000 - 2001 season, it qualified for the first time in its history to the second round of the tournament.

In 1985, Iraklis won the Balkan Cup, beating the Romanian team Arges Pitesti by 4-1.

Important dates

1928 Iraklis wins the Thessalonica football championship 1933 Participates in the Greek Cup semi-finals 1934 Finishes runner-up in the national championship 1935 Balkan Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria Team: Sideropoulos, Katrantzopoulos, Ribas, Cboumis, Baltasis, Vikelidis, Kasimatis, Symeonidis, Christodoulou, Mygiakis, Kourantis Stadium: Yiunak 1938 Conquers the Thessalonica football championship 1939 Finishes in second place in the national championship 1947 Participates in the national championship, ends up in the second place, and takes part in the final of the Greek Cup 1951 Third in the national championship 1957 Plays in the Greek Cup final 1958 Reaches the semi-finals of the Greek Cup 1961 Knocked out of the Greek Cup in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, also takes part (as Greece's first representative) in the then-UEFA Cup 1971 Reaches semi-finals of the Greek Cup 1975 Reaches semi-finals of the Greek Cup 1976 Wins the Greek Cup 1980 Participates in the Greek Cup final 1985 Wins the Balkans Cup 1987 Greek Cup runner-up 1989 Participates in the UEFA Cup 1990 Participates in the UEFA Cup 1996 Participates in the UEFA Cup 1998 Participates in the Greek Cup semi - finals 2000 Participates in the UEFA Cup, reaching for the first time ever the second round, beating French outfit Gueugnon 2001 Wins the fifth position in the Greek National Division's Championship and plays in the Greek Cup semi-finals 2002 Wins the sixth position in the Greek National Division's Championship (next season in the UEFA Cup) 2003 Wins the 7th position in the Greek Championship. Participates in the UEFA Cup 2004 Wins the 8th position in the Greek Championship


* Spanoudakis Georgios

President & Executive Director

* A' Vice President: Papazafiriou Konstantinos

* B' Vice President: Sarikechagias Ioannis

Council Members:

* Adamidis Alexandros
* Kalaitzidis Lazaros
* Chantes Efthimios
* Vagiakos Dimitrios

* Technical Manager:
Ekonomidis Konstantinos

* Communication Manager:
Ioannidis Aggelos

* Press Office:
Chariton Charilaos

* Accountant:
Chatzaropoulos Dimitrios

* Administration:
Syropoulou Evgenia

* Boutique department:
Adamakou Tina

* Secretary:
Sourli Evangelia
Chatzisavva Katerina

* Support:

Fanaras Georgios
Karanikola Danieleta
Karagiozoglou Eleftherios

Kaftanzoglio Stadium The stadium of Iraklis football club, which was built on the 27th October 1960, and now counts fourty years of life. The name of the stadium was taken after Lysimachos Kaftantzoglou, who worshipped Thessaloniki and left his whole fortune to the city, so a statue dedicated to the National Hero can be built, which was designed by his father Lysandros Kaftantzoglou, a famous architect. Some of his works were the polytechnic (institute of technology), the Arsakeio, the temples of Saint Irene, Saint Konstantinos, Saint Andrew in Patra and the cathedral temple of Saint Dionysus. Finally, it was decided that the Kaftantzoglio stadium was built, in honour towards the Kaftantzoglou family, and now counts fourty years of life.


Official Iraklis FC Website

[ UEFA site about Iraklis FC

Greek football by seasons

1990-91 | 1991-92 | 1992-93 | 1993-94 | 1994-95 | 1995-96 | 1996-97 | 1997-98
1998-99 | 1999-00 | 2000-01 | 2001-02 | 2002-03 | 2003-04 | 2004-05

Football in Greece

Greek National Division Greek Championships
Greek Cup Greek Super Cup Greek Doubles Cup National teams
Greek Premier Division Second Division B Third Division (North, South)
Youth championships

Greek Second Division (Beta Ethniki) 2005/06

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Third Division North C' Ethniki 2005-2006

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Doxa Dramas | ILTEX Lykoi | Thermaikos | Kavala FC | Kozani FC | Lamia FC | Thraki PAE | Panaetolikos FC |

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