Iraklis Thessaloniki FC is a Greek football club based in Thessaloniki, Macedonia. They currently feature in the Super League Greece and are a branch of Gymnastic Club Iraklis Thessalonika.
Iraklis FC were established in 1908 as Ottoman Hellenic Club of Thessaloniki - Iraklis” although its origins can be traced way back to 1899 when the “Friends of the Arts” Club was established. Iraklis were a major club in Greece after World War I and in the subsequent years they garnered massive success and honour in Grecian football and in the 1950s were among the best football clubs in Greece.
Iraklis, though, failed to maintain their consistency in the second half of the 1960s and were embroiled in a scandal in the early 1980s. PAOK player Pellios accused the Iraklis board of trying to bribe him before the second leg of the 1980 Greek Cup semi-final. This eventually led Iraklis to be punished with a relegation to the Greek second division, the only time ever in their history. Iraklis, though, immediately returned to the top flight.
Iraklis started to climb up the charts in the 1990s and in 2000 were taken over by Greek businessman Evangelos Mytilineos for almost $3 million. In 2004 the club was sold to Giorgos Spanoudakis for just $1 million. Before the long the ownership of the club passed onto the hands of a consortium of local businessmen in July 2007.
Iraklis Thessaloniki FC play their home matches at the Lysimachos Kaftanzoglu Stadium that can accommodate 28,028 spectators. They bear the nickname “The Demi-God” and “The Old One’.