On this day: the Dikefalos tou Vorra’s first ever double
A magical season ended in an equally magical way. On May 11 2019, PAOK defeated AEK in the Greek Cup final at the Olympic Stadium to seal a historic first double.
Throughout the campaign, there were plenty of critics who questioned PAOK’s dominance at every opportunity. And so each time PAOK went out onto the pitch, the players had to continuously prove that they were best team in the country.
Even after winning the championship without losing a single match, all the talk was around the fact that the Dikefalos tou Vorra was spent and would not have the energy and drive to complete the double by winning the cup final.
AEK were standing in PAOK’s way for the third consecutive season and were thirsty for revenge, having lost in the previous two final meetings.
However, Razvan Lucescu’s cup holders were in no mood to relinquish their title.
And so came the big day at the OAKA. After a long saga, it was finally decided that there match would be played behind closed doors. The opposition tried to create a tense atmosphere with strong words of revenge before the game. PAOK, on the other hand, concerned itself only with the job at hand.
When the time came for the two teams to go out on the pitch, there was only one team that showed the desire, appetite and hunger for the trophy. PAOK completely dominated their opponents, and scored a wonderful goal with Dimitris Pelkas the architect and Chuba Akpom in the role of executioner. One goal was enough to bring the trophy back to Thessaloniki once more.
The final whistle was greeted with jubilant celebrations. Screams of joy, cheering, and laughter, but also tears of joy and players locked in wholesome embraces. The scenes were those difficult to describe to anyone who did not see them.
PAOK clinched the first double in the club’s history and ended the season as the unbeaten league and cup champions.
Let’s relive that magical night at the OAKA as well as the continued celebrations in Thessaloniki viaTV.
The Greek Cup final backstage camera
The party in the ΟΑΚΑ dressing rooms
Ovation and adulation in equal measure at the airport
The Greek Cup being presented to the fans in Thessaloniki