In 1917 IRAKLIS used the ball for the first time. He created a soccer team with
a foreign coach. At the beginning IRAKLIS soccer team participated only in the local championship of Thessaloniki. It's worthless
to mention that he never took the second place. The first Greek championship took place only in 1960 so IRAKLIS lost many
chances to be the first and best team in Greece for the previous years. (that's why he never become the champion until today).
Soccer team became professional in 1979 as all Greek clubs. The basketball team created in 1927 and became Greek champion
very early in 1928 and 1935.*
Except all these IRAKLIS best team was and still is the athletics team. For many years until
1990 was one of the two best teams in Greece.
Voula Patoulidou the golden winner of 100m hurdles in Olympic games of Barcelona 1992 was
an athlete of IRAKLIS.
Tasoula Kelesidou was second in discus in World Championship of Seville 1999 and silver winner
in Olympic games of Sydney 2000.
Georgios Ivanov a swimming champion was a national hero as he died for Greece during World
Georgios Katsanis lost his life in Cyprus (1974)