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A group of friends in central Athens (at Victorias Square) had the idea of setting up a football club in 1923. They called it Atromitos (i.e. Fearless) of Athens and started playing games at the grounds of Panellinios in Kypseli and Panathinaikos in Ambelokipi.
The team lacked its own ground and its own fans due to being based next to the Panathinaikos fan base, so its founders decided to move west to the suburb of Peristeri and merge with local club Neos Astir (i.e. New Star). This first merger in the club’s history in 1932 brought thousands of fans to the games of Atromitos Peristeri’s. which has maintained the emblem of Neos Astir, the star.
The club grew along with the town of Peristeri and in 1972 it earned promotion to the top division for the first time. Its best year in A’ Ethniki was in 1975-76 when Atromitos finished ninth, but in 1980-81 it was relegated and never won promotion again.
In the summer of 2005 the club was close to bankruptcy, languishing in the third division and staring at a fresh relegation to non-league football. That was when Giorgos Spanos, the owner of A’ Ethniki club Halkidona, based in neighbouring Nikea, decided to merge his club with Atromitos to broaden its fan base.
This second merger not only brought Atromitos back to the top flight but it actually strengthened the club so much that it even earned qualification to the UEFA Cup in 2005-2006.
In May 2008 the club got relegated from the Super League, but managed to bounce straight back to the top flight the following year as the B' Ethniki champions.
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