Sports is one of the most important categories in the collection. It consists of 2,095 photographs, covering the period from 1952 to 1988.

Almost all sports photographs until the late 1960s are images from the Olympic Games of Helsinki and Rome, the ceremonies of the lighting of the flame, and the qualifying matches of the Greek National Football Team. After 1969, the year of the European Athletics Championship in Athens, there is a steady flow of photographs of domestic sports activities. The sport that continues to stand out is football, while basketball and volleyball follow. Sports reportage was (and still is) one of the most popular in photojournalism, and that explains the large number of photographs in the collection. Furthermore, during the dictatorship, many photographers, due to censorship and because of increased public interest, turned to sports photo reporting.  The numerous photographs from the European Athletic Championship of 1982 in Athens and the first post-war Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 stand out. Lastly, photojournalism also records the first incidents of illegal and violent behaviour in stadiums, a phenomenon dubbed “hooliganism” by the press of the era.


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5/7/1972. Panathinaikos - PAOK football match, Greek cup final. PAOK’s player Sarafis gets the ball from Mimis Domazos with a high jump. Sarafis was injured in this play and left the pitch. The match ended with a score of 1-2. PAOK won (Photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

5/7/1972. Panathinaikos - PAOK football match, Greek cup final. The captain of PAOK, Giorgos Koudas, receives the cup from the Secretary General of Sports, Konstantinos Aslanidis. (Photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

17/6/1974. Olympiakos football match (Greek Cup final). The match ended with a score of 2-2 at full-time and PAOK won during the penalty shoot-out with a score of 4-3. (Photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

22/6/1977. A moment from the Greek Cup final between Panathinaikos and PAOK. The match ended 2-1 (Photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

4/4/1982. Young Panathinaikos fans gather outside Parliament during clashes in central Athens during which smoke bombs were deployed. (Photo Grigoris Xanthos, Photojournalism Agency Enlargement).

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