The Culture of Soccer in Greece. History of Soccer in Greece. The game of soccer appeared for the first time in Greece at the end of the 19 th century and more specifically in 1866. It was brought to the Greek ports by English sailors.
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The game of soccer appeared for the first time in Greece at the end of the 19th century and more specifically in 1866.
It was brought to the Greek ports by English sailors.
According to the tradition, the first soccer match was played on January 29th of 1866, on the island of Corfu (Kerkyra). The story goes that the officers of a British warship, which was stationed in the port of Corfu, wanted to play a game with a team formed by the locals. The Greeks were unfamiliar with the sport, yet they still managed to win that first football match on Greek soil, attended by over 3,000 spectators.
In April 2007 all sports stadiums were closed down in Greece for two weeks following the death of a fan in a pre-arranged fight between hooligans in Athens on 29 March. The fight involved 500 fans of rival Super League Greece clubs Panathinaikos who are based in Athens and Olympiacos who are based in nearby Piraeus. The Greek government immediately suspended all team sports in Greece and severed the ties between teams and their Supporters Clubs.
After a Second Division match on 15 April 2007, between Kallithea and Messiniakos, about fifty fans attacked the Messiniakos coach, Eduardo Amorin and other members of the teams coaching staff. On the same day a Third Division between Panetolikos and Ilioupoli was stopped for thirty minutes when players and fans clashed following a Panetolikos disallowed goal. Two players and a coach were sent to hospital.
On 18 April rival fans clashed with each other and riot police in Ioannina during and after a Greek Cup semi final match between local rivals PAS Giannina and Larissa. There was trouble during the game which Larissa won 2-0, and after fans set fire to rubbish bins and smashed shop windows with police firing tear gas in order to disperse them.
Olympiacos CFP (Club of Fans of Pireaus) was founded on March 10, 1925, as a football club initially, when the members of the "Piraeus Football Club" and the "Piraeus Fan Club" decided, to dissolve the two clubs in order to establish a new unified one football club, with the young Olympic games winner boy as their emblem.