Panathinaikos FC

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P.A.O. - team crest

Football in Greece, made it's appearance in about 1890 but there was no official championship since it was considered as a sport for the low class people. There were some people, though, who had predicted that this sport would eventually become the most popular sport in Greece. Giorgos Kalafatis, was the one who really believed in football and in December of 1908 at the age of 18, he founded the team of Panathinaikos F.C. The president of the team was Alexandros Kalafatis, Giorgos' brother. Giorgos Kalafatis is now considered as Greek's soccer "Father". The name of the club was by then P.O.A. (Podosfairikos Omilos Athinon - Football Club of Athens). The club changed it's name twice during the time period of 1910 - 1918.

In 1918 there were two more historical decisions were taken. First of all, it was decided that the official color of the team would be the green, as in most of the matches the players were not using the same outfit. The other decision was about the club's symbol. Panathinaikos until then didn't have any official symbol and it was decided that the "Triffili" would be the one. The man who had the idea of that symbol was, Michalis Papazoglou, a great athlete from Constantinople who played for the team of Chalkidona, which had the same symbol. This idea was accepted by the Panathinaikos council. Panathinaikos got it's final name in May 15, 1924. It was changed to P.A.O. (Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos - Panathinaikos Athletic Club).

Panathinaikos became popular almost immediately and soon it's superiority was acknowledged. Greek authorities for the previously mentioned reasons didn't want football to be played in Greece, but they realized that the fans of that sport were rapidly increasing. Finally they were forced to officially recognize football and the Panathinaikos team. It was one more triumph of Giorgos Kalafatis and Panathinaikos.

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