The Gamma Ethniki Is Underway

- The Gamma Ethniki Is Underway -
 

Along with the Greek SuperLeague, the Greek Third Division (Gamma Ethniki) kicked off this past weekend. The format of the league has changed from last year, in preparation for the major changes to take place for the 2017-2018 season. The promotion “favorites” all got off to good starts for the new season. For the Gamma Ethniki Standings click here...

The Greek Third Division will have a slightly different format for this season in preparation for the major changes for the 2017-2018 season. Like last year, there are four groups (A - D) separated by geographical location. Groups A, C, and D have 15 teams while Group B has 16 teams. Each team will play the other twice, home and away, and the four group winners will be promoted to the Greek Football League (2nd Division). In comparison to last year, less teams will be relegated to the local championships from the third division. The last placed team from groups A, C, D will drop along with two last placed team from Group B. Additionally, all the winners from the local championships will be promoted to next year’s Gamma Ethniki (as opposed to playoffs between all the local champions).

This year’s changes will help the transition to expand the number of teams for the 2017-2018 Gamma Ethniki season, which will consists of 8 groups of 13-14 teams. With the new format, the 8 group winners will play in a mini-league playoff series with the top 4 teams earning promotion to the Football League

 

GROUP A

The “favorites” for promotion, Apollon Kalamarias defeated the newly promoted side AE Pontian away from home 2-4. Kavala defeated Doxa Proskyniton 5-2 at home while Doxa Dramas was victorious 3-1 over Kampaniakos.


RESULTS (MATCHDAY 1)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
11-Sep-16 Kardias 0 - 0 Orfeas Xanthi
11-Sep-16 Makedon. Foufa 1 - 2 Lagadas
11-Sep-16 AE Pontion 2 - 4 A. Kalamarias
11-Sep-16 Kavala 5 - 2 D. Proskyniton
11-Sep-16 Naousa 2 - 2 Eordaikos
11-Sep-16 Doxa Dramas 3 - 1 Kampaniakos
11-Sep-16 A. Paralimniou 0 - 1 N. Chrisoupolis

FIXTURES (MATCHDAY 2)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
18-Sep-16 Almopos Ari. Kardias
18-Sep-16 Orfeas Xanthi Makedon. Foufa
18-Sep-16 Lagadas Kavala
18-Sep-16 A. Kalamarias Naousa
18-Sep-16 D. Proskyniton Doxa Dramas
18-Sep-16 Eordaikos N. Chrisoupolis
18-Sep-16 Kampaniakos A. Paralimniou

GROUP B

Olympiacos Volou began their journey for the Football League with a 3-1 win at home over Asteras Petriti. Their city rivals Niki Volou also earned all 3 points with a 0-2 away win to Ethnikos Filippiadas. Apollon Larissa, who has eyes on promotion, fell unexpectedly to Pydna Kitrous 1-2 at home. Karaiskakis won away to Rigas Feraios 0-2 while Diagoras Sevastis earned a victory in their first ever game in the 3rd Division. 


RESULTS (MATCHDAY 1)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
11-Sep-16 Rigas Feraios 0 - 2 Karaiskakis
11-Sep-16 Olympiacos Volou 3 - 1 Asteras Petriti
11-Sep-16 Pierikos 3 - 0 Enosi Istiaias
11-Sep-16 A. Larissas 1 - 2 Pydna Kitrous
11-Sep-16 E. Filippiadas 0 - 2 Niki Volou
11-Sep-16 Am. Kostakion 0 - 1 Tilikratis
11-Sep-16 A. Neokaisareias 0 - 1 Diag. Sevastis
11-Sep-16 M.A. Eleftheroch. 1 - 1 Thesprotos

FIXTURES (MATCHDAY 2)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
18-Sep-16 E. Filippiadas A. Larissas
18-Sep-16 Pydna Kitrous Am. Kostakion
18-Sep-16 Niki Volou A. Neokaisareias
18-Sep-16 Tilikratis Pierikos
18-Sep-16 Diag. Sevastis Rigas Feraios
18-Sep-16 AE Istaias Olympiacos Volou
18-Sep-16 Karaisaki Thesprotos
18-Sep-16 Asteras Petriti M.A. Eleftheroch.

GROUP C

Kostas Katsouranis’ (technical director) Panachaiki began their season with a difficult 1-0 victory over Panargeiakos at the Pampeloponnisiako Stadium. Fostiras defeated Asteras Amaliadas 2-0 while Panarkadikos drew Chalkida 0-0 away from home.


RESULTS (MATCHDAY 1)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
11-Sep-16 PAO Vardas 1 - 0 Aiolikos
11-Sep-16 Chalkida 0 - 0 Panarkadikos
11-Sep-16 Panachaiki 1 - 0 Panargeiakos
11-Sep-16 Loutraki 0 - 2 Ermionidas
11-Sep-16 AO Pylou 0 - 1 Zeugolatiou
11-Sep-16 Doxa Megalopolis 2 - 2 Achaiki
11-Sep-16 Fostiras Athinon 2 - 0 Ast. Amaliadas

FIXTURES (MATCHDAY 2)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
18-Sep-16 Thyva AO Pylou
18-Sep-16 Zaugolatiou Doxa Megalopolis
18-Sep-16 Achaiaki PAO Vardas
18-Sep-16 Ast. Amaliadas Chalkida
18-Sep-16 Aiolikos Panachaiki
18-Sep-16 Panarkadikos Ermionidas
18-Sep-16 Panargeiakos Loutraki

GROUP D

The heavy favorites for promotion from Group D, Ergotelis, began their season on a positive note with a 0-2 away victory over Proodeftiki. The surprise result came from the newly promoted side AEEK INKA who defeated Ialysos 2-0


RESULTS (MATCHDAY 1)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
11-Sep-16 Ermis Zonianon 1 - 0 Thyella Rafinas
11-Sep-16 Proodeftiki 0 - 2 Ergotelis
11-Sep-16 AEEK INKA 2 - 0 Ialysos
11-Sep-16 Rodos 1 - 4 Kifisias
11-Sep-16 Ethnikos Pierikos 0 - 0 Pierikos
11-Sep-16 Atsaleniou 1 - 0 Panthiraikos
11-Sep-16 Triglia Rafinas 0 - 1 Ag. Ierotheos

FIXTURES (MATCHDAY 2)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
18-Sep-16 Ilisiakos Ermis Zonianon
18-Sep-16 Thyella Rafinas Proodeftiki
18-Sep-16 Ergotelis Rodos
18-Sep-16 Ialisos Ethnikos Pierikos
18-Sep-16 Kifisias Atsaleniou
18-Sep-16 Ionikos Agios Ierotheos
18-Sep-16 Panthiraikos Triglia Rafinas
 
Source: sport24.gr
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