- Address: Kifissia Avenue, Marousi
- Country: Hellenic Republic
- Capacity: 75,000
- Opened: 1982
- Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Central Olympic Stadium
The construction of the Central Olympic Stadium started in 1979. It is used for several events, like athletics, concerts and football. Various world famous artists performed at the stadium. The national football team of the Hellenic Republic, commonly known as Greece, played numerous home games at the venue. In 2004, they were crowned European football champions for the first time in their history. The Central Olympic Stadium was inaugurated by Konstantinos Karamanlis, a former Greek president. It was the main venue for the Games of the Olympiad in August 2004. The opening ceremony and the closing ceremony were both held at the Central Olympic Stadium.
The European championship for football clubs
The Central Olympic Stadium hosted its first-ever final of the European championship for football clubs in 1983, when 73,000 people showed up for the game between the German side HSV and the Italian side Juventus. The Germans won the game 1-0, which resulted in their first-ever European championship title. The second final of the European championship for football clubs at the Central Olympic Stadium was won 2-1 by the Italian side AC Milan after beating the English side Liverpool FC. The game took place on 23 May 2007. 63,000 spectators attended the UEFA Champions League final.
Football clubs from the Hellenic Republic
The Greek football giants AEK, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos played numerous home games at the Central Olympic Stadium. They played their first home games at the venue in the 1980s. Olympiacos became the first Greek club with 20 top-flight football league titles, followed by Panathinaikos Football Club. AEK also won various Greek top-flight football league titles. In 1971, Panathinaikos FC became the first Greek football club in a world championship final. They lost the two-legged final against Club Nacional de Football from Uruguay.