Published 27/08/2011 | 05:00
Manager: Laslzo Boloni
Star Player: Greek international Dimitris Salpigidis (right) scored the goal that put his country into last summer's World Cup finals, and then joined his boyhood club after a successful stint with Panathinaikos. He was on target in South Africa, scoring a goal against Nigeria on the biggest stage.
Ground: Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki (28,000 capacity)
History: Consistency is the model of PAOK's overall history. They have been in the Greek top flight since 1926 and never relegated, but have just two league titles to their name -- in 1976 and 1985. However, in 2006, they nearly went out of business due to economic strife with players unpaid for months.
Biggest Achievement: PAOK reached the quarter finals of the Cup Winners Cup in 1973, where they were knocked out of the competition by AC Milan.
How They Got Here: After finishing fourth in Greece last year, they have progressed through two rounds to make the groups. Norwegian outfit Valerenga were pushed aside before they eliminated Karpaty Lviv -- the impressive conquerors of St Patrick's Athletic.
Ambitions: PAOK made it to the last 32 last year and they would be happy to repeat that performance with two strong top seeds in this group -- aiming to reach the business end of the competition.