Gamma Ethniki in another chaotic situation

Gamma Ethniki in another chaotic situation

The Gamma Ethniki is scheduled to begin on September 30, but in recent weeks, there have been major disputes about the structure of the championship. AGONAsport investigates further.

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Taking into account the reforms coming to the top two tiers concerning the amount of teams to be promoted/relegated, there has been uncertainty in the Gamma Ethniki, with a final decision yet to be taken on how many clubs will either earn promotion or suffer demotion. According to sources in Greece, there have even been talks for eight teams (winners of each Gamma Ethniki group) to be sent up to the next level after the 2018/2019 season ends, however that depends on the outcome of the squabble between the Super League and Football League.

For the 2019/2020 campaign, there are plans to have a Super League, Super League 2, Football League and Gamma Ethniki. The Football League will become the third level of Greek football instead of the second and the promoted Gamma Ethniki clubs will compete in that particular division.

There have also been disagreements among Gamma Ethniki clubs connected with the schedule for the 2018/2019 season which sees teams pay out an extra 15,000 euros on travel expenses. A lot of the organisations participating in the Gamma Ethniki are already in a crippled financial state and there have been threats of a boycott.

Nevertheless, despite the glaring problems, the draw for the first round of the 2018/2019 Gamma Ethniki season took place on Wednesday.

Here are the eight groups for the 2018/2019 Gamma Ethniki campaign:

Group 1

Ethnikos Alexandroupolis

PAOK Kosmiou

Aris Avatou

Orfeas Xanthis

Aspida Xanthis

Kavala

Nestos Chrysoupolis

Aetos Orfanou

Keravnos Pernis

Panserraikos

Ethnikos Sidirokastrou

Apollon Paralimniou

AE Kalambakiou

Alexandros Kilkis

Group 2

Aris Palaiochoriou

Makedonikos

Almopos Aridaias

Edessaikos

Agrotikos Asteras

APE Langadas

Veria

PAO Koufalion

Olympiakos Kyminon

PO Triglias

AS Giannitsa

Niki Agathias

Meliteas Melitis

Ermys Amynatiou


Group 3

Tilykratis Lefkadas

Makedonikos Foufa

Thesprotos

AE Lefkimmis

Megas Alexandros Kallitheas

Thriamvos Servanion

Grevena Aerata

Souli Paramithias

AO Thloriadas

Kronos Argyradon

Nafpakitiakos Asteras

Group 4

Pierikos

Achilleas Neokaisareias

Niki Volou

Asteras Iteas

GE Almyrou

Olympiakos Volou

AO Sellaonon

Oikonomos Tsaritsanis

AS Meteora

Thiseas Angrias

Anagennisi Karditsas

Apollon Makrychoriou

Fokikos

AO Stylidas

Group 5

Ethnikos Peiraia

Proodeftiki

APO Keratsini

Ionikos

Atromitos Peiraia

Ampelakiakos

OF Ierapetras

AE Neapolis

Atsalenios

Giouchtas

AO Episkopis

AO Palaiochoras

AEEK Synka

Group 6

Kallithea

Aigaleo

Nlysiakos

Agios Ierotheos

Agioi Anargyroi

Charafgiakos

AO Khalkis

Apollon Eretrias

PAE Korinthos

Panthraikos

Thiella Kamariou

Aiolikos

Group 7

AO Katastariou

AO Eikosimias

Kalamata

Pamisos Messinis

Asteras Vlachioti

AE Pellanas

Panarkadikos

AE Ermionida

Panargiakos

Enosi Lernas

Aspropyrgos

Mandraikos

AO Ypatou

Amvrysseas Distomou

Group 8

Diagoras Rodou

Ialysos

Foivos Kremastis

Acharnaikos

Thiella Rafinas

Palliniakos

Panaigialeios

Diagoras Vracheikon

Panouvriakos

Asteras Amaliadas

Panileiakos

PAO Vardas

Niki Traganou

by Shaun Nicolaides

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