Athens’ Omonia lit up in green to honour Panathinaikos FC

It has been exactly 50 years since the Greek football squad Panathinaikos FC played finals in the European Cup. Although the Greek club did not win, they managed to accomplish the biggest success in their history regarding Europan Championships. For that occasion, Omonia Square fountain lit up in green, the colour of the club.

Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis said on social media: “Omonia in green, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the epic history written by Greek sports and Panathinaikos at Wembley. For the team that was born in Athens and connected its history with the city”.

Mimis Domazos, one of the greatest Greek football midfielders ever, said at the time: “Although we did not lift the Cup, we all felt proud. We had achieved a feat. The name of our country was heard all over the world. May another Greek team achieve this triumph.”

They played against the Dutch club Ajax on June 2, 1971 at Wembley Stadium, the one which will, this year, host the UEFA EURO 2020 finals.

There were  83,179 of people present at the stadium, with millions of people who saw the match on TV.

Photo: Facebook/Kostas Bakoyannis