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A few facts on PAOK...

Posted on 15 September 2011  - 12:00

Here are a few facts on tonight's Europa League opponents, PAOK...

A few facts on PAOK...

Tonight marks the first time we've faced the two-times Greek champions in UEFA competition - so here are a few facts on our Europa League opponents, PAOK.

This is our first match in Group A of the Europa League with PAOK travelling to White Hart Lane on Thursday, November 30.

Rubin Kazan of Russia and Shamrock Rovers are also in Group A and meet in Dublin tonight.

- PAOK are from Thessaloniki, Greece and play in the Greek Super League.

- They play at the Toumba Stadium, capacity 28.703.

- PAOK qualified for this season's Europa League after finishing third in the Greek Super League last term.

- They entered the competition in the third qualifying round where they beat Valerenga of Norway 2-0 away and 3-0 at home for a 5-0 aggregate victory.

- Ukraine side Karpaty were next in the play-off round and after a 2-0 win at home, PAOK drew 1-1 in Lviv to progress to the group stage.

- Stefanos Athanasladis and Vieirinha lead the goalscoring in Europe with two goals each. Vieirinha also hit the winner in PAOK's opening league win against Xanthi.

- PAOK have played two games in the Greek Super League so far, following up that 1-0 win at Xanthi with a 2-1 loss at Ergotelis.

- PAOK famously beat Arsenal in the first round of the UEFA Cup in the 1997-98 season. They won 1-0 at home before snatching a 1-1 draw at Highbury and a 2-1 aggregate win thanks to a goal from Zisis Vryzas three minutes from time.

- PAOK's current chairman was also in the team that defeated Arsenal and is a familiar name back in England, Theodoros Zagorakis, who played over 50 times for Leicester City between 1998-2000. He was a late substitute in our 1999 League Cup Final win against the Foxes at Wembley.

- Zagorakis is better remembered for leading Greece to their greatest moment in football when they won the European Championship in 2004, beating hosts Portugal 1-0 in the final. He was named Player of the Tournament and European Football of the Year in 2004.

- PAOK's Croatian full-back Etto played with Vedran Corluka and Luka Modric at Dinamo Zagreb.

- This is only the second time we've faced Greek opponents in the UEFA Cup. We beat Olympiacos in the second round in 1972-73, beating them 4-0 at the Lane after a 1-0 away defeat.

Remember, we kick-off at 6pm UK time tonight at the match will be televised by ESPN.