SPORTS

Thessaloniki, via its numerous sports clubs, promotes the eternal sporting spirit and organizes championships, games and tournaments both in national and international levels, while many top athletes have succeeded and marked top scores due to the city’s infrastructures. Among the international sport events hosted in Thessaloniki over the last years are the European Taekwondo Championships I.T.F. 2016, the World Rowing Coastal Championships 2014 and the World Maxibasketball Championship 2013. Thessaloniki also hosted the football games at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Moreover, you’ll find an Olympic Museum here, licensed by the International Olympic Committee, while Thessaloniki is one of the cities that the Olympic Torch Relay passes through, after the ceremonial Lighting of the Olympic Flame in Olympia. Thessaloniki has featured many remarkable athletes  with international distinctions, Olympic champions such as,

  • Voula Patoulidou (gold medal 100m hurdles – Barcelona 1992) she’s currently Vice Governor of the Metropolitan Area of Thessaloniki and Head of Thessaloniki Tourism Organization. 
  • Dimosthenes Tampakos (gold medal in gymnastics – Athens 2004, silver medal in gymnastics – Sydney 2000)
  • Ioannis Melissanidis (gold medal in gymnastics – Atlanta 1996)
  • Tasoula Kelesidou (silver medal in disc – Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000)
  • Alexandros Nikolaidis (silver medal in Taekwondo – Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008)
  • Ioanna Hatziioannou (bronze medal in weight-lifting – Sydney 2000)

and Paraolympic champions such as

Haralampos Taiganidis, Andreas Katsaros, Simos Paltsanitidis, Maria Kalpakidou, Parashos Stoyiannidis, Antonis Yiapountzis.

Finally, Thessaloniki is the starting point of Vasilis Hatzipanagis, a top Greek footballer who took part in the WORLD XI in 1984, and Nikos Galis, the best basketball player in the history of Greek basketball, who won the Mr. Europa Player prize of the Year in 1987.

Museums, games, activities, fields await you in Thessaloniki to bring out your deeper athletic inner self!

Posidonio Sports Center

One of the National Sports Centers of Thessaloniki, whose premises include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an indoor training pool, tennis, basketball, handball and vo

Sailing Club of Thessaloniki (I.O.Th.)

Since its foundation in 1931, the Sailing Club of Thessaloniki created the core of water sports both in the city and nationwide, and met increasing popularity among the y

National Gym of Mikra

One of the National Sports Centers of Thessaloniki that includes gyms, tennis courts, basketball, handball, beach volleyball and football 5x5 fields facilities etc.

Alexandrion Sports Hall (Palais des Sports)

It is located in the city’s centre, within the premises of International Trade Fair. It is the home ground of ARIS Thessaloniki basketball team, as well as, one of the N

Ivanofio Stadium of Thessaloniki

It hosts basketball and other sports’ races of the historic Iraklis Gymnastic Club.

YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association of Thessaloniki)

Thousands of youths have been trained at the YMCA grounds since its inauguration in 1921 up until today. YMCA brought in, established and spread nationwide sports such as

ARIS Basketball Museum

The glorious past of ARIS Thessaloniki, a team with remarkable history in both Greek and European basketball, especially in the 80s and 90s, is displayed via the exhibits

Olympic Museum of Thessaloniki

The Olympic Museum is located in Thessaloniki next to Kaftanzoglio National Stadium and it is the only Museum of its kind, officially recognized by the International Olym

Medal

Three circles that support a red figure resembling the finish line. Artist’s name: Stavros Panagiotakis

Statue of Lisimachos Kaftanzoglou

It is dedicated to benefactor Lisimachos Kaftanzoglou. Kaftanzoglio stadium of Thessaloniki, one of the oldest, greatest and best equipped stadiums in Greece, was build a