Greek Professional Football: An Analysis of the Organizational and Economic Issues & Challenges

A seminar as part of the Sport Business Centre Seminar Series

Given by: Dr Panagiotis Dimitropoulos

B20 Lecture Theatre
Main Birkbeck Building
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7HX

Monday 20th October 2014 at 6pm

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Attendance is free and open to all.


In this presentation Dr  Panagiotis Dimitropoulos will present an overview of the main developments that have shaped the organization of professional football in Greece over the last twenty years. The presentation will first focus on the organization of professional football in Greece, beginning with the historical development of the Greek football system up until the creation of the Super League (SL) top division league for the beginning of the  2006/2007 season; before going on to outline the experience of Greek football since the SL’s foundation to the present day.

The analysis will focus on the advantages offered by the Superleague, but also on the key challenges faced by the league’s management relating to transparency, reliability and game integrity. Furthermore, the economic health of Greek professional football clubs will be analyzed in the context of a consideration of the main revenue sources of the SL clubs, with specific reference to the context of the application of the  UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulatory system and Greek football clubs ability to meet that system’s licensing requirements, and thus meet the criteria necessary to participate in UEFA European club competitions going forward.

The presentation will conclude with a brief discussion on the phenomenon of foreign football player migration into Greece and  its impact on the performance of the SL.


  • Dr Panagiotis Dimitropoulos is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance in the Department of Sport Management, University of Peloponnese. He has a bachelor degree (B.Sc.) in Economics from Aristotle University in Greece, a master degree in banking and finance from Bangor University, and received his Ph.D. in financial accounting from the Hellenic Open University.
  • He teaches accounting (financial and managerial), international capital markets and public finance in undergraduate level and financial management in post-graduate level with a focus on sport organizations.
  • His research interests lie in the fields of sport finance, accounting quality and financial management with applications of econometric and quantitative methods. He has an extensive publications record in academic journals including the European Sport Management Quarterly, the International Journal of Sport Finance, Corporate Governance: An International Review, the Journal of Financial Services Research, the Journal of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Applied Accounting Research.


    • Anagnostopoulos, C. (2011) ‘Stakeholder Management in Greek Professional Football: Identification and Salience’. Soccer and Society 12 (2), 249-264.
    • Anagnostopoulos, C., and Senaux, B. (2011) ‘Transforming top-tier football in Greece: the case of the ‘Super League’’. Soccer and Society, 12 (6), 722-736.
    • Dimitropoulos, P.E. ( 2010) ‘The financial performance of the Greek football clubs’. Choregia 6(1), 5-27.
    • Dimitropoulos, P.E. & Alexopoulos, P. (2014) ‘Attendance, revenues, profits and the on-field performance of the Greek football clubs’. International Journal of Scientific Engineering and Research 2 (9), 33-39.
    • Dimitropoulos, P.E. & Limperopoulos, V. (2014) ‘Player contracts, athletic and financial performance of the Greek football clubs’. Global Business and Economics Review, 16 (2), 123-141.
    • Alexopoulos, P. and Koutroumanides, C. (2014) ‘The organization of professional football in Greece’, I. Sideris Publishing, Athens (in Greek).

Contact details

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil

Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020-7631 6763

Twitter: @Birkbecksport

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