PAOK B kick-off third season in Super League 2
Earlier than we have been used to, the Super League 2 season gets off and running on 23rd-24th-25th of September. With two groups of 12 and 13 teams, a defined end date of May 22nd, 2024, and with all games to be recorded on video by the league organisers. PAOK B make their premiere on Monday (25.09) at 16:00 at the Makedonikos Stadium against Apollon Pontou, since organisers accepted Apollon’s request to change the venue. For the 2023-24 season PAOK B will also once more use the Makedonikos Stadium in the Efkarppia area.
According to the initial decisions made by the league organisers, in the new Super League 2 championship, two teams will be promoted to Super League 1 and nine teams will be relegated to the third division, so that in the 2024-25 season the league will take place with 20 teams.
Among the teams that can be relegated are the second teams of Panathinaikos, Olympiakos, AEK and PAOK. After the league’s regular season, the teams that occupy 12th and 13th in Group A, and 12th in Group B will be automatically relegated.
Regarding promotion, the top five teams in each group will play two-legged ties (ten extra games) and then the top of each group will be promoted to Super League 1.
The teams that will be in places 6th-11th in each group will take part in the play outs. After a mini-championship of 12 matches in each group, those who occupy positions 9th-11th will also be relegated.
The play offs and play outs will be held in two rounds of five matches. Teams will participate with half the points of those they collect in the regular season and in case of an odd number, for example 39 points, the points will be rounded up (20).
The groups have been drawn up as follows:
North – Group A:
AEL, Iraklis, PAOK B, AEK Β, Makedonikos, Levadiakos, Aiolikos, Kozani, Niki Volos, Anagennisi Karditsa, Apollon Pontou, Kabaniakos, Almopos Aridaias*
South – Group Β:
Panathinaikos B, Olympiacos B, Giouxtas, Tilikratis, Ilioupoli, Aigaleo, Chania, Diagoras, Ionikos, Panachaiki, Athens Kallithea, Kalamata
- Almopos Aridaias participated in the draw, the organizer subsequently expelled from the championship, along the way, however, they were vindicated by the Appeals Committee and we expect them to take part
- There are 12 teams in Group B, due to the fact that Ierapetra was expelled from the league, shortly before the drawing of the league, as it declared its inability to participate.
As for the regular season schedule for PAOK B, the fixtures are as follows:
Matchday 1: PAOK B– Apollon Pontou
Matchday 2: PAOK B-Kabaniakos
Matchday 3: PAOK B-AEK B
Matchday 4: Iraklis-PAOK B
Matchday 5: PAOK B-Aiolikos
Matchday 6: Makedonikos-PAOK B
Matchday 7: PAOK B-Anagennisi Karditsa
Matchday 8: AEL-PAOK B
Matchday 9: Kozani-PAOK B
Matchday 10: PAOK B-Almopos Aridaia*
Matchday 11: Rest week
Matchday 12: PAOK B-Levadiakos
Matchday 13: Niki Volos-PAOK B
Matchday 14: Apollon Pontou-PAOK B
Matchday 15: Kabaniakos-PAOK B
Matchday 16: AEK B-PAOK B
Matchday 17: PAOK B-Iraklis
Matchday 18: Aiolikos-PAOK B
Matchday 19: PAOK B-Makedonikos
Matchday 20: Anagennisi Karditsa-PAOK B
Matchday 21: PAOK B-AEL
Matchday 22: PAOK B-Kozani
Matchday 23: Almopos Aridaia-PAOK B*
Matchday 24: Rest week
Matchday 25: Levadiakos-PAOK B
Matchday 26: PAOK B-Niki Volos
The new PAOK B
PAOK B is a special case. More than anything, it represents a big bet, «the showcase of the academy», as stated by coach Alexandros Alexiadis, or if you like, the transitional stage from development football to men’s senior football. So, in addition to the stable squad, that is, the players who have been involved from the first day of the pre-season program, it is obvious that there will be some ups and downs during the season. Some younger players will get games for the Under-19s, as is already the case with some, while others will come down from the first team, maybe even younger ones will be promoted along the way. The goal is continuous development. The club’s educational process.
PAOK B started the pre-season program on August 7th in Souroti, then went to Volakas in Drama (there they played its first friendly against PAOK Kristonis, which they won 5-1) and, returning to base, played four more friendly games. They went to Kavala (1-1) – where unfortunately Konstantinos Balomenos was injured – won 3-0 against Ethnikos Keramidios, 1-0 against Epanomi, and finally lost 4-2 against Kabaniakos.
Regarding the new faces, Fotis Pantekidis returned to PAOK (a child who grew up in the PAOK Academy), after training with the frst team, Hisham Kanis and Yiannis Manoliudis from his loan at Veria also came to PAOK B, while Marios Sinanaj, Theodoros Kalogiros, Angelos Zilos, Zisis Tsikos, Viktor Rumiantsev (2004), who had some contact with PAOK B last year, are with the second string now. As for the youngest members of the squad, there’s Konstantinos Goumas, born in 2005, while it’s also worth noting that Dimitris Kottas and Minas Vasiliadis (already in the PAOK B setup from last year) are also from the same generation. The smallest of all, is Maximilian Scznauczner, born in 2006.
PAOK B in the 2023-24 season are made up of the following players:
Goalkeepers: Konstantinos Balomenos, Dimitris Monastirlis, Alexandros Tsioptsis, Alexandros Lypiridis
Defenders: Panagiotis Panagiotou, Fotis Pantekidis, Lefteris Tasiouras, Dimitris Kottas, Vassilis Kitsakis, Ermis Selimai, Marios Sinanai, Angelos Zilos, Yiannis Manolioudis
Midfielders: Vassilis Grosdis, Kyriakos Giaxis, Nika Ninoua, Dimitris Tsopouroglou, Argyris Darelas, Victor Rumiantsev, Zisis Tsikos, Theodoros Kalogiros, Konstantinos Goumas, Maximilian Scznauczner
Forwards: Dimitris Panidis, Vassilis Gordeziani, Lampros Smyrlis, Hisham Kanis, Nikolaos Spyrakos, George Koulouris, Minas Vassiliadis
The technical team:
Coach: Alexandros Alexiadis
Assistant coach: Athanasios Terzis
Fitness coach: Mert Isbilir
Goalkeeper coach: Dimitris Kryonas
Rehabilitation trainer: Dimitris Petrakis
Video analyst: Konstantinos Kavakis
Team Leader: Konstantinos Iosifidis
Operational manager: Dimitris Saraidaris
Doctor: Argyris Karavelis
Physiotherapists: Stavros Terzanidis, Vangelis Vassiliadis
Caretaker: Vassilis Papadopoulos