On this day 44 years ago, PAOK played its first match for the UEFA Cup and made history. The “Doubleheader of the North” prevailed 1-0 against the great Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona.
According to official game figures, 45,200 tickets were sold that night on 16 September 1975, a record number for the historic stadium in a European match.
It was PAOK’s first match in the UEFA Cup in a season that ended with the team winning the first of three championships.
It was also the year that former PAOK central striker Koulis Apostolidis played as a central defender, while Neto Guerino played as a right back for the occasion.
At the same time, in addition to the attacking triplet of Kermanidis, Aslanidis, Paridis, Stavros Sarafis and Giorgos Koudas stood out in the center, who even made the final 1-0 with a shot in the 72nd minute, causing waves of excitement in the stands of the Toumba stadium
PAOK (Lorant): Fortula – Guerino, Pelios, Apostolidis, Iosifidis – Anastasiadis, Koudas, Sarafis – Kermanidis, Aslanidis, Paridis.
Barcelona (Weisweiler): Mora, De la Cruz, Migueli, Corominas, Martial, Marinho, Resac (46′ Heredia), Neeskens (67′ Rife), Cruyff, Sotil, Asensi.