Forty international titles for Greek clubs in 50 years

Forty international titles for Greek clubs in 50 years

Olympiacos’ LEN Champions League title in men’s water polo was the 40th title won by a Greek club on the international stage in fifty years. 

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It was another great year for Greek sports on the international stage as three European cups were won by Greek clubs this season. Olympiacos were crowned European champions in men’s water polo after winning the 2018 LEN Champions League title while the club’s women’s volleyball team won the CEV Challenge Cup title, Europe’s third tier club volleyball competition.

AEK celebrated success in the basketball as they marched on to a memorable Basketball Champions League title, Europe’s second tier competition, after defeating Monaco in the final in front of their home fans. It was AEK’s third European title in basketball and first since 2000 in a run that reminded fans of AEK’s inaugural European basketball title exactly fifty years ago (1968).

That 1968 FIBA Saporta title for AEK was a historic one for all of Greek sports as it was the first time a Greek club enjoyed success on the international stage. Since that first Greek title in 1968, Greek clubs have won an additional 39 titles on the continental and international stage.

Olympiacos lead the pack with 13 titles while Panathinaikos follow with seven titles. Vouliagmeni have won six championships, both AEK and Aris are tied with three, while PAOK and Glyfada share two titles each. Diomidis Argous, Marousi, Athinaikos, and Ethnikos have each won a title on the continental stage.

Out of the 40 titles, 38 have been won in European competitions while just two have been won on the global stage, with Panathinaikos and Olympiacos winning the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in 1993 and 2016, respectively.

Greek clubs have enjoyed success in all sports except football having won titles in basketball, water polo, volleyball, and even handball over these fifty years. Twenty-one titles have been won in basketball, fifteen in water polo, three in volleyball, and one in handball. A greek club has yet to win an international title in football with Panathinaikos coming closest in 1970, falling to Ajax 2:0 in the UEFA Champions League final. However, Greek football does have a title at the international level, having shocked the world in 2004 to win the European championship.

OLYMPIACOS - (13 titles)

Basketball - Men’s: 3 Euroleague (1997, 2012, 2013), 1 FIBA Intercontinental Cup (2013)

Water Polo - Men’s: 2 LEN Champions League (2002, 2018), 1 European Super Cup (2002)

Water Polo - Women’s: 1 Euroleague (2015), 1 LEN Trophy (2014), 1 European Super Cup  (2015)

Volleyball - Men’s: 2 CEV Cup (1996, 2005)

Volleyball - Women’s: 1 CEV Challenge Cup (2018)


Basketball - Men’s: 6 EuroLeague (1996, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2007. 2009, 2011), 1 FIBA Intercontinental Cup (1996)

VOULIAGMENI (6 titles)

Water Polo - Men’s: 1 LEN Cup Winner’s Cup (1997)

Water Polo - Women’s: 2 LEN Champions Cup (2009, 2010), 2 European Super Cups (2009, 2010), 1 Len Trophy (2003)

AEK (3 titles)

Basketball - Men’s: 2 FIBA Saporta Cup (1968, 2000), 1 Basketball Champions League (2018)

ARIS (3 titles)

Basketball - Men’s: 1 FIBA Saporta Cup (1993), 1 FIBA Korac Cup (1997), 1 EuroCup Challenge (2003)

PAOK (2 titles)

Basketball - Men’s: 1 FIBA Saporta Cup (1991), 1 FIBA Korac Cup (1994)

GLYFADA (2 titles)

Water Polo - Women’s: 2 LEN EuroLeague (2000, 2003)

MAROUSI (1 title)

Basketball - Men’s: 1 FIBA Saporta Cup (2001)

ATHINAIKOS (1 title)

Basketball - Women’s: 1 Eurocup (2010)

ETHNIKOS (1 title)

Water Polo - Women’s: 1 Len Trophy (2010)


Handball - Men’s: 1 EHF Challenge Cup (2012)


by Sarantos Kaperonis

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