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Panathinaikos ends 7-year hex

Two weeks after winning the soccer Final Cup from long-term rival Olympiakos, Panathinaikos clinched the first-division championship with a late away victory on Saturday. It was the first championship for the Athens powerhouse since the 1995-96 season, and followed seven years of uninterrupted dominance by Olympiakos. The Piraeus club also scored a victory in Saturday’s last round of the championship, ending two points behind Panathinaikos’s 77. Both teams will represent Greece in next season’s European Champions League, together with PAOK Thessaloniki, which finished third with 60 points. AEK Athens ended fourth but is unlikely to play in the UEFA Cup after a decision on Friday by the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) not to grant the team the necessary certificate due to outstanding debts. The heavily indebted team will have to raise 2 million euros by Thursday in order to secure an EPO certificate.