PAOK Football Club, commonly known as PAOK FC, PAOK Thessaloniki or simply PAOK, is a Greek professional football club based in Thessaloniki, Macedonia. PAOK are one of the top domestic clubs, the most widely supported in Northern Greece and with the 3rd largest fanbase in the country, according to the latest polls and researches. A research by Marca in August 2018, reported that PAOK are the most popular Greek football team on social media.
Established on 20 April 1926 by Greek refugees who fled to Thessaloniki from Constantinople in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War, they play their home games at Toumba Stadium, a 29,000 seating capacity football ground. Their name, along with the club's emblem, the Byzantine-style double-headed eagle with retracted wings, honours the memory of the people and places that once belonged to the Byzantine Empire.
PAOK currently plays in the top-flight Super League, which they have won three times. They are seven-time winners of the Greek Cup. The club has never been relegated to a lower national division, a feat equalled only by rivals Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.