Greece’s Representatives For Next Year’s UEFA Champions & Europa League

 - Greece’s Representatives For Next Year’s UEFA Champions & Europa League -
 

The Greek SuperLeague season is officially over with the conclusion of the playoffs and AGONAsport.com breaks down everything you need to know about Greece's representatives for next year's UEFA Champions League & Europa League Competitions. All dates for the draws and qualifying games are listed below.

At the end of the 2014-2015 UEFA season, Greece finished in 13th place in UEFA's Associations’ Club Coefficient Ranking. With this placement, this year's Greek SuperLeague and Greek Soccer Cup (2015-2016 season) received a total of 5 representatives for next year's 2016-2017 UEFA Competitions (Champions League & Europa League). The top two teams from the SuperLeague will enter the Champions League while the Cup winner, 3rd placed team of the SuperLeague, and 4th placed team of the SuperLeague will enter the Europa League. Since the Cup Champion, AEK, secured a spot in next year's UEFA Competitions via the SuperLeague (finished in 4th), the SuperLeague 5th placed team, Panionios, was granted a place in the Europa League. However, Panionios was not granted a license by UEFA and the SuperLeague's 6th placed team, PAS Giannina, will take Paninios' place in Europe. Greece's 5 representatives for next year's UEFA Competitions are Olympiacos, PAOK, Panathinaikos, AEK, and PAS Giannina.

***A reminder that all qualifying rounds consist of a two-legged playoff and the team with the most goals over two legs will progress to the next round. In the case of a tie after two legs, the team with the most away goals will advance. For more clarification, follow the links to the full Champions League Format and Europa League Format.**



OLYMPIACOS CFP (SUPERLEAGUE CHAMPION)

As the 2016 Greek SuperLeague Champion, Olympiacos will enter next year's UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round (Champions Route). Olympiacos will need to progress through two qualifying rounds (3rd Qualifying Round & Playoff Qualifying Round) to advance to the Champions League Group Stages. As a domestic league champion, the Erythrolefki will enter the Champions Qualifying Route, meaning they will only play against other domestic league champions. Since the domestic league champions of associations ranked 1st-12th will automatically qualify for the group stages, Olympiacos can only be drawn, in qualifying, with champions from associations ranked 14th-54th. Due to Olympiacos' high placement in UEFA's Club Coefficient Ranking, the Erythrolefki will be "seeded" for the draws in both qualifying rounds, leading to theoretically easier opponents. Some notable opponents that could stand in the way of Olympiacos and the group stages include:

  • 3rd Qualifying Round: Rosenborg (NOR), Red Star Belgrade (SRB), Astana (KAZ), Qarabaq (AZB)
  • Playoff Qualifying Round: FC Copenhagen (DEN), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), BATE Borisov (BLR), Legia Warsaw (POL)

    *If Olympiacos gets knocked out in the Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round they will continue to the Europa League Playoff Qualifying Round. If they are eliminated in the Champions League Playoff Qualifying Round they will continue to the Europa League Group Stage.*
 

PAOK THESSALONIKI (SUPERLEAGUE RUNNER-UP)

As the 2016 Greek SuperLeague Runner-up, PAOK will enter next year's UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round (League Route). PAOK will need to progress through two qualifying rounds (3rd Qualifying Round & Playoff Qualifying Round) to advance to the Champions League Group Stages. As a domestic league non-champion, the Dikefalos Tou Vora will enter the League Qualifying Route, meaning they will only play against other domestic league non-champions. Since the associations ranked 1st-15th in UEFA's Associations’ Club Coefficient Ranking receive non-champion representatives in the Champions League, PAOK can only be drawn, in qualifying, with non-champions from those associations. Due to PAOK's low placement in UEFA's Club Coefficient Ranking (compared to the other teams in qualifying), the Dikefalos Tou Vora will be "unseeded" for the draws in both qualifying rounds, leading to theoretically more difficult opponents. Some notable opponents that could stand in the way of PAOK and the group stages include:

  • 3rd Qualifying Round: Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Ajax (NED), Anderlecht (BEL), Fenerbahce (TUR), Sparta Praha (CZE)
  • Playoff Qualifying Round: Manchester City (ENG), Villarreal (ESP), FC Porto (POR)

    *If PAOK gets knocked out in the Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round they will continue to the Europa League Playoff Qualifying Round. If they are eliminated in the Champions League Playoff Qualifying Round they will continue to the Europa League Group Stage.*
 

AEK ATHENS (CUP CHAMPION)

As the 2016 Greek Soccer Cup Champion, AEK will enter next year's UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round. AEK will need to progress through two rounds of qualifying (3rd Qualifying Round & Playoff Qualifying Round) to advance to the Europa League Group Stages. Due to AEK's low placement in UEFA's Club Coefficient Ranking, the Kitrinomavri will most likely be "unseeded" for the draws in both qualifying rounds, leading to theoretically more difficult opponents. Some notable opponents that could stand in the way of AEK and the group stages include: 

  • 3rd Qualifying Round: AZ Alkmaar (NED), Lille (FRA), Saint Etienne (FRA), Gent (BEL), Krasnador (RUS), West Ham (ENG), Hertha Berlin (GER), Sassuolo (ITA), Genk (BEL)
  • Playoff Qualifying Round: The same as above and others TBD

*If AEK gets knocked out in Europa League Qualifying their "European" season will come to a close. 

 

PANATHINAIKOS AO (SUPERLEAGUE 3RD PLACE)

As the 2016 Greek SuperLeague 3rd placed team, Panathinaikos will enter next year's UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round. Panathinaikos will need to progress through two rounds of qualifying (3rd Qualifying Round & Playoff Qualifying Round) to advance to the Europa League Group Stages. Due to Panathinaikos' average placement in UEFA's Club Coefficient Ranking (compared to the other teams in qualifying), the Prasini will most likely be "seeded" for the draws in both qualifying rounds, leading to theoretically easier opponents. Some notable opponents that could stand in the way of Panathinaikos and the group stages include:

  • 3rd Qualifying Round: Luzern (SUI), Başakşehir (TUR), Heracles (NED), Grasshopers (SUI), Brondby (DEN), Hearts (SCO)
  • Playoff Qualifying Round: To be decided...

*If Panathinaikos gets knocked out in Europa League Qualifying their "European" season will come to a close. 

 

pas giannina (SUPERLEAGUE 6TH PLACE)

As the 2016 Greek SuperLeague 6th placed team, PAS Giannina will enter next year's UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round. PAS Giannina took the place of Panionios, who finished in 5th place, since UEFA did not grant Panionios a license to play in Europe. PAS Giannina will need to progress through three rounds of qualifying (2nd Qualifying Round, 3rd Qualifying Round & Playoff Qualifying Round) to advance to the Europa League Group Stages. Due to PAS Giannina's low placement in UEFA's Club Coefficient Ranking (compared to the other teams in qualifying), the Epirotes will be "seeded" for the 2nd Qualifying draw, but "unseeded" for the draws in the 3rd & Playoff qualifying rounds. PAS Giannina will have a theoretically easier opponent in the 2nd Qualifying Round and more difficult opponents in the 3rd & Playoff Qualifying Rounds. Some notable opponents that could stand in the way of PAS Giannina and the group stages include:

  • 2nd Qualifying Round: Levski Sofia (BUL), Aberdeen (SCO), Qabala (AZB), Hibernian (SCO), 
  • 3rd Qualifying Round: AZ Alkmaar (NED), Lille (FRA), Saint Etienne (FRA), Gent (BEL), Krasnador (RUS), West Ham (ENG), Hertha Berlin (GER), Sassuolo (ITA), Genk (BEL)
  • Playoff Qualifying Round: The same as above and others TBD.

*If PAS Giannina gets knocked out in Europa League Qualifying their "European" season will come to a close. 

 

important qualifying dates

  • June 20: Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round Draw
  • July 14: Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round Leg 1
  • July 21: Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round Leg 2
  • July 15: Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round Draw, Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round Draw
  • July 26, 27: Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round Leg 1
  • July 28: Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round Leg 1
  • August 2, 3: Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round Leg 2
  • August 4: Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round Leg 2
  • August 5: Champions League Playoff Qualifying Round Draw, Europa League Playoff Qualifying Draw
  • August 16, 17: Champions League Playoff Qualifying Round Leg 1
  • August 18: Europa League Playoff Qualifying Round Leg 1
  • August 23, 24: Champions League Playoff Qualifying Round Leg 2
  • August 25: Europa League Playoff Qualifying Round Leg 2