Aris Thessaloniki F.C. come from the Greek Macedonia capital of Thessaloniki, taking the inspiration for their name ‘Aris’ from Ares, the Olympian God of War. Indeed, the club was formed in 1914 in the aftermath of successful military operations of the Kingdom of Greece during the Balkan Wars, and the liberation of Thessaloniki in 1912 from the Ottoman empire. The club’s badge is of a resting Ares, as depicted in the Ludovisi Ares sculpture. Greek Gods, war, empires? It’s fair to say that battle is built into the club’s DNA… So how big a deal could a 90 minute game of football really be?