PAS Giannina F.C.

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PAS Giannina
PAS Giannina emblem.png
Full name Panipeirotikos Athlitikos Syllogos Giannina
Nickname(s) Ajax of Epirus
Pagourades (Canteen Men)
Founded 8 July 1966; 48 years ago (1966-07-08)
Ground Zosimades Stadium
Ground Capacity 7,534
Owner Giorgos Christovasilis
President Giorgos Christovasilis
Head coach Giannis Petrakis
League Superleague Greece
2013–14 Superleague Greece, 11th
Website Club home page

Panipeirotikos Athlitikos Syllogos Giannina (Greek: Πανηπειρωτικός Αθλητικός Σύλλογος Γιάννινα, Panepirotic Athletic Association Giannina)is a Greek association football club based in the city of Ioannina, the capital of Greece’s Epirus region.

Following the 2010–11 season, PAS was promoted to Greece’s Super League division. The club is probably best known among Greek football spectators for its fervent support and its status as the Epirus region's preeminent football club.

History[edit]

The rise of the 'Ajax of Epirus'[edit]

PAS was formed in 1966 as a result of the union of the two local teams – Atromitos and Averof. During its 1970s and early 1980s prime, the provincial club was bolstered by the acquisition of six Argentine players of Greek descent (Oscar Alvarez, Edouardo Rigani, Juan Montez, Jose Pasternac, Alfredo Glasman and Edouardo Lisa, with De Faria as coach) and procured several finishes near the top of the National Division table, often earning victories over Greece’s more established big city teams such as Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens and PAOK. The club’s effective and spirited play during the 1970s drew flattering comparisons with that of the Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam, and the moniker “Ajax of Epirus” has stuck with the team ever since. In 1980 former Poland national team coach Jacek Gmoch took the helm of the Epirote club for what was a brief but reasonably successful tenure.

In the doldrums: Mid-1980s and 90s[edit]

The period following the club's aforementioned peak years generally marked a sharp decline in the club's fortunes as many of its top stars moved on or retired outright without being satisfactorily replaced. PAS languished in the lower rungs of Greek football from the mid-1980s onwards, having only managed to stubbornly climb back up to the top flight for a single season in 1990 before being immediately demoted. The club would spend the remainder of the 1990s in the lower divisions.

Bumpy ride: 2000 to 2009 & Greek Cup Semi-final[edit]

PAS has experienced a fair degree of instability in recent years. Under the stewardship of businessman Manthos Kolempas, the club showed signs of a mild resurgence by managing to be promoted to the National Division twice since 2000. The club was relegated, however, from the top flight after the 2000–1 season following a controversial 3-game playoff with OFI Crete and again after the 2002–3 season following sanctions of 65 points imposed on it by the Greek football association (EPO) after a unique and dubious decision.[citation needed] While there were other teams in the Superleague that owed at least 30 million euros, only PAS Giannina were relegated.

Related administrative and financial issues threatened to cause the club to be stripped of its professional status and relegated to the amateur division indefinitely. This was ultimately averted and the club's control switched over to controversial attorney Alexis Kougias, who oversaw the promotion of the team from the Tertiary Division (Gamma Ethniki) to the Second Division (Beta Ethniki). PAS finished 5th in the Second Division after the 2006–7 season and finished 4th after the 2007–8 season, coming very close to promotion and only losing out on the last match day.

PAS Giannina has reached the semifinals of the Greek Cup against Olympiacos, winning 2-0 at home and losing 2-1 in Karaiskakis Stadium of an extra-time goal from Evangelos Kontogoulidis before a hostile crowd.

In the summer of 2008 ownership of the club was passed over to Yiorgos Christovasilis, a businessman from Athens whose roots stem from the Epirus region. He brought on Guillermos Ollos as coach for the 2008–09 season,in which they succeeded in promoting the team in Greek Super League for the next season. PAS Giannina will reach the first Greek division and as a coach was employed Georgios Paraschos that was elected Manager of the year with Iraklis in 1996.

Second Greek Cup Semi-final[edit]

After 6 seasons with the PAS Giannina set foot at Alpha Ethniki, now called Super League Greece, to cope with this great commitment and experience of the past, the chairman Yiorgos Christovasilis hired from Siena, the Greek international goalkeeper Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos. But he did not stop there, he also hired, Ilias Kotsios former Panathinaikos and an old acquaintance of Italian football, Ibrahima Bakayoko for playing in the ranks of Messina and Livorno and returned from a good season at PAOK finished second behind Olympiakos. From Olympiakos come Konstantinos Mendrinos winning the title in Greece. The PAS Giannina was also on traied to hire national champions with the national team of Greece, like the former Roma defender giant Traianos Dellas, Angelos Basinas former captain in force at Portsmouth and Giannis Goumas but in the end it wasn't found that agreement with them. In January 2010 is called as a coach, an old acquaintance of the Italian championship Nikos Anastopoulos in place of Georgios Paraschos. On 20 January 2010, PAS Giannina reach the first knockout round of the Greek Cup against dell'Atromitos, team coached by Giorgos Donis former flag of the team of Epirus. On 2 February 2010, the PAS Giannina at the Zosimades Stadium inflicts 4–0 to PAOK FC of Italians Bruno Cirillo, Mirko Savini and other players like Zisis Vryzas and Theodoros Zagorakis, that they've played in Italy. Where the European goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias, that won Euro 2004 with Greece, couldn't stop the Ianotes strikers and PAS Giannina will face Panathinaikos in the Greek Cup semi-final for the second time in the history of the club's main city of Ioannina.

Greek Superleague Play-Offs[edit]

At 14 of Αpril 2013 PAS Giannina qualified for the Greek Superleague Play-Offs with Atromitos, Asteras Tripolis and PAOK for the first time in the club's history.

Honors and distinctions[edit]

Over the years, PAS has competed in the National Division for a total of 15 seasons. The club has never won the National Championship or the Greek Cup, but it has won lower division titles throughout its history and represented the Greek football league in the 1978-9 and 1993-4 Balkans Cup tournaments. During its peak years in the National Division, the club twice finished in the 5th place position (1975-6, 1977–8 seasons) and once in the 6th place spot (1979–80 season). The most famous player to have donned the blue and white PAS jersey in recent years is defender Giourkas Seitaridis, who later played for Panathinaikos, FC Porto, Dynamo Moscow, and Atlético Madrid as well as the triumphant Euro 2004 Greece squad. On January 31, 2007, PAS clinched a spot in the Greek Cup semifinals by virtue of an extra-time goal from Evangelos Kontogoulidis before a hostile crowd in Karaiskakis Stadium. With an aggregate score of 3–2, PAS also became the first ever lower division club to eliminate Olympiacos from the Greek Cup tournament.

National

International

Rivalries[edit]

PAS fans feel deep antipathy towards the clubs from Athens, AEK Athens, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.

There is hostility with OFI Crete based on the events surrounding their 2001 playoff. In contrast, derby matches against nearby AO Kerkyra are competitive in the sporting sense but do not evoke the same feelings of enmity from PAS supporters.

Nicknames[edit]

PAS Giannina was given the nickname Ajax of Epirus (Greek: Άγιαξ της Ηπείρου) in the 70's, thanks to their impressive football style which was likened licentia poetica to the style of the famous Dutch club.

Because of the strong connection between the city of Ioannina and the club, the fans of PAS Giannina are also called Pagourades (Παγουράδες, literally The Canteen Men). This nickname applies to all the people from Ioannina and comes from an old legend, according to which they once tried to drain the local lake dry by using their canteens.

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 February 2014 [1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Greece GK Markos Vellidis
2 Greece DF Georgios Dasios (captain)
4 Greece DF Thodoris Berios
6 Greece DF Alexios Michail
7 Greece FW Evripidis Giakos
8 Greece DF Themistoklis Tzimopoulos
9 Serbia FW Brana Ilić
10 Argentina MF Cristian Chávez
14 Greece FW Giannis Nakos
15 Greece MF Charis Charisis
17 Albania DF Arben Muskaj
18 Greece MF Michalis Avgenikou
21 Greece MF Stavros Tsoukalas
No. Position Player
22 Spain MF Noé Acosta
23 Slovenia DF Andraž Struna
25 Greece FW Tasos Kritikos
33 Greece MF Nikos Korovesis
44 Greece DF Apostolos Skondras
49 Greece MF Giannis Ioannou
77 Greece GK Dimitrios Sotiriou
96 Greece MF Konstantinos Kamperis
Greece FW Stamatis Sapalidis
Albania MF Andi Lila
The Gambia DF Pa Saikou Kujabi
Republic of Macedonia DF Aleksandar Damčevski
For recent transfers, see List of Greek football transfers summer 2013.

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Notable former players[edit]

Greece
Albania
Algeria
Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Chile
Côte d'Ivoire
Germany
Guatemala
Guinea
Liberia
Mali
Morocco
Serbia
Slovenia
Uruguay
Zimbabwe

According to the Official site of PAS Giannina F.C.

Club anthem[edit]

PAS Giannina's club anthem was composed by Kitsakis Alekos.[citation needed]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ΠΑΣ ΓΙΑΝΝΙΝΑ 1966" (in Greek). Superleague Greece. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 

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