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Main article: Panathinaikos A.O.
Full name Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos
Nickname(s) To Trifylli (The Shamrock)
Oi Prasinoi (The Greens)
Founded 3 February 1908; 107 years ago (1908-02-03) as Podosferikos Omilos Athinon
Ground Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium
Ground Capacity 16,003 [1]
Owner Panathenaic Alliance
President Giannis Alafouzos
Manager Yannis Anastasiou
League Superleague Greece
2013–14 Superleague Greece, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (Greek: Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος, Panathenaic Athletic Club) is a Greek professional football club based in the City of Athens. Panathinaikos can literally be translated as "Panathenaic", which means "of all Athens".

Founded in 1908, they play in the Super League Greece and are one of the oldest and most successful clubs in Greek football. They have won 20 Greek Championships, 18 Greek Cups, 5 Greek Super Cups (2 unofficial and 3 official) and 8 Doubles. Other titles include 6 Panhellenic Championships (before 1927) and 2 SEGAS Cups. Panathinaikos is also the most successful Greek club in terms of achievements in the European competitions. It is the only Greek team that has reached the European Cup (later changed to UEFA Champions League) final in 1971, and also the semi-finals twice, in 1985 and 1996. It is also the only Greek team that has played for the Intercontinental Cup (1971). Furthermore, they have reached the quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League two more times (in 1992 and 2002) and also the quarter-finals of UEFA Cup twice (in 1988 and 2003). They have won also once the Balkans Cup in 1977.

According to the most recent polls Panathinaikos is supported by the 27% of the population ( 2% less than the major rivals of Olympiacos) but has the largest fanbase in Athens-Piraeus greater area and among high educated people.[2]

Panathinaikos F.C. is the football department of Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (PAO), the multi-sport club of Athens. In 1979, the department became professional and independent. They have played their home games in the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium – which is considered as their traditional home ground – and the Athens Olympic Stadium.

The club holds a long-term rivalry with Olympiacos and matches between the two teams are referred to as "Derby of the eternal enemies".[3]

Panathinaikos F.C. is one of only two supporter-owned football clubs in Greece, along with Aris Thessaloniki.[4]


Podosferikos Omilos Athinon[edit]

Giorgos Kalafatis, founder of Panathinaikos.

According to the official history of the club, Panathinaikos was founded by Giorgos Kalafatis on 3 February 1908, when he and 40 other athletes decided to break away from Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos following the club's decision to discontinue its football team.[5] The first name of the new club was Podosferikos Omilos Athinon (POA) - i.e. "Football Club of Athens". The colours of the team were red and white and its home ground was in Patission Street.[6] Oxford University athlete John Cyril Campbell was brought in as coach. It was the first time that a foreigner was appointed as the coach of a Greek team.[6]

Panellinios Podosferikos Omilos[edit]

The first team of 1908

In 1910, after a dispute among a number of board members, Kalafatis with most of the players - also followed by Campbell - decided to pull out of POA and secured a new ground in Amerikis Square. Subsequently, the name of the club changed to Panellinios Podosferikos Omilos (PPO) - i.e. "Panhellenic Football Club" - and its colours to green and white. By 1914, Campbell had returned to England but the club was already at the top of Greek football with players such as Michalis Papazoglou, Michalis Rokkos and Loukas Panourgias.

In 1918, PPO adopted the shamrock as its emblem, as proposed by Michalis Papazoglou.[7] In 1921 and 1922, the Athens-Piraeus FCA organized the first two post-WWI championships, in both of which PPO was declared champion. By that stage, the club had outgrown both the grounds in Patission Street and Amerikis Square, due mainly to its expansion in other sports, and began to look at vacant land in the area of Perivola on Alexandras Avenue as its potential new ground.[7] After long discussions with the Municipality of Athens, an agreement was finally reached and in 1922 Leoforos ("Avenue" in Greek) was granted to the club.[6]

"Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos"[edit]

Angelos Messaris, the legendary player of the '30s
Mimis Pierrakos (1906-1940)
The champion team of 1930

The move to a permanent home ground also heralded another – final – name change, to Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (PAO), "Panathenaic Athletic Club", on 15 March 1924.[6] However, the decision was already taken by 1922.

In 1926, the Hellenic Football Federation was founded and the first Greek Championship under its authority took place in 1927.

The stars of 1930[edit]

Panathinaikos won undefeated the Championship of 1929-1930 under the guidance of József Künsztler and Angelos Messaris as the team's star player.[8] Other notable players of this Belle Époque period of the team were Antonis Migiakis, Diomidis Symeonidis, Mimis Pierrakos, Stefanos Pierrakos and more. They beat rivals Olympiacos 8–2, a result that still remains the biggest win either team has achieved against its rival.[9]

In 1931, a serious disagreement between leading board member Apostolos Nikolaidis and Messaris,[7] which lasted two years, damaged the club and led to a counterproductive period. In the meantime, the HFF Greek Cup had commenced in 1932. The last bright moment for the Greens before World War II was winning the Cup for the first time in 1940 against Aris (3–1).

Until 1965, Panathinaikos had won 8 Championships (1930, 1949, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965) and 2 Cups (1948, 1955). In 1964, they won the Greek Championship without a loss, with Stjepan Bobek as coach and great players such as Takis Loukanidis, Vangelis Panakis and Mimis Domazos. Panathinaikos is the only team that has won the Greek Championship undefeated.[5] Moreover, they were crowned back to back Champions in 1969 and 1970 and won 2 more Greek Cups in 1967 and 1969.

The epic road to Wembley: European Cup 1970–71 finalists[edit]

Line-up of the 1971 European Cup Final.
The team in the 1971 European Cup Final against Ajax.

In 1971, under the guidance of the famous Ferenc Puskás, Panathinaikos were 1970–71 European Cup finalists, losing 2–0 to Ajax at Wembley Stadium.[5] In the road to the final they eliminated Jeunesse Esch, Slovan Bratislava, Everton and Red Star Belgrade.[5][10] Notable players included the former captain Mimis Domazos, Anthimos Kapsis, Aristidis Kamaras, Kostas Eleftherakis, Totis Filakouris and the goalkeepers Takis Ikonomopoulos and Vasilis Konstantinou. Antonis Antoniadis was the top scorer in the tournament scoring 10 goals.

In the same year, Panathinaikos played for the 1971 Intercontinental Cup (due to the refusal of Ajax to participate), where they lost to Nacional (1–1 in Greece, 2–1 in Uruguay).[11]

During the last amateur years of Greek football, the Greens won one Championship in 1972 and the Double in 1977. Another important moment for the club was winning the Balkans Cup of 1977.[12]

Notable foreign players who played for the club during the late '70s include Juan Ramón Verón, Araquem de Melo and Óscar Marcelino Álvarez.

Giorgos Vardinogiannis era[edit]

Dimitris Saravakos, top scorer of the 1987–88 UEFA Cup, one of the best players in the club's history.

In 1979, Greek football turned professional. The Vardinogiannis family, who are mostly known for their oil refining, oil exploration, media and entertainment enterprises, purchased PAO's football department and Giorgos Vardinogiannis became president.[7] Panathinaikos were one of the first Greek clubs that formed a women's team in 1980 but that department is currently inactive.

The transformation period lasted a few years but in 1982 their first professional era trophy, the Greek Cup, put everything in order and they would go on winning 2 Championships (1984, 1986), 4 more Greek Cups (1984, 1986, 1988, 1989) and the Greek Super Cup in 1988.

European Cup 1984–85 semi-finalists[edit]

In the 1984–85 season, Panathinaikos with coach Jacek Gmoch and big stars Dimitris Saravakos, Velimir Zajec and Juan Ramón Rocha made an impressive run in Europe, eliminating Feyenoord, Linfield and Göteborg to reach the semi-finals of the European Cup.[5] In 1987–88, they made it to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, eliminating Juventus, Auxerre and Budapest Honvéd.

The 1990s were an even more successful period for the club, both nationally and internationally. 4 Greek Championships (1990, 1991, 1995, 1996), 4 Greek Cups (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995) and 2 Greek Super Cups (1993, 1994) were awarded to the club.

In the 1991–92 season, the Greens reached the last 8 of the European Cup and took part in the first ever European tournament to have a group stage.

Champions League 1995–96 semi-finalists[edit]

Krzysztof Warzycha, the club's top goalscorer with 288 goals (domestic and European matches), and all-time foreign goalscorer and apps recordman in the Greek league.

In 1995–96, with Juan Ramon Rocha as coach and key players Krzysztof Warzycha and Juan Jose Borrelli, Panathinaikos reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League where they faced Ajax, recording a surprising 0–1 first leg away victory. However, they suffered a crushing 0–3 defeat on the second leg and were thus denied entry to the final once more. A long dry spell commenced after that year's European campaign.


Giorgos Karagounis, captain of Panathinaikos and the Greek national football team

In the summer of 2000, president Giorgos Vardinogiannis resigned from his duties and passed his shares to his nephew Giannis Vardinogiannis, who changed the style of the club's management. Giannis Kyrastas was appointed coach of the team.

With the arrival of coach Sergio Markarian, Panathinaikos reached the quarter-finals of the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League, being eliminated by Barcelona. In the 2002–03 season, they lost the Championship in the last two games by arch-rivals Olympiacos. In Europe, the Greens were eliminated in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals by eventual winners Porto. Notable players of this team included Takis Fyssas, Giorgos Karagounis, Antonis Nikopolidis, Angelos Basinas, Nikos Lyberopoulos, Michalis Konstantinou, Giourkas Seitaridis, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Paulo Sousa, Goran Vlaovic, Rene Henriksen, Joonas Kolkka, Jan Michaelsen and Emmanuel Olisadebe.

With Itzhak Shum as new coach, Panathinaikos managed to win the Double in 2004 after almost ten years. New players like Ezequiel González, Lucian Sanmartean and Markus Münch were signed the summer before. However, Shum was unexpectedly fired early in the next season. Zdeněk Ščasný succeeded him on the bench.[citation needed]

In 2005, major changes were made in the team's roster. Many stars like Angelos Basinas and Michalis Konstantinou departed, while others like Flávio Conceição and Igor Biscan arrived. Ščasný gave his seat to Alberto Malesani. At the start of the 2006–07 season, Malesani left the team and he was replaced by Hans Backe, who left only three months after his appointment. Víctor Muñoz then came. For the 2007–08 season, Panathinaikos hired José Peseiro.[citation needed]

Djibril Cissé, 2 seasons in row top scorer for the Greek league

On 22 April 2008, main shareholder Giannis Vardinogiannis gave a press conference in which he announced the decision of his family to reduce their share in the club to 50% – after 30 years of full ownership – through a €80 million increase of the company's capital stock. After the negotiations and the share capital increase, the Vardinogiannis family would hold 56% of the club, the amateur Club 10% and the other shareholders 34% (with main investors Andreas Vgenopoulos, Pavlos Giannakopoulos, Adamantios Polemis and Nikos Pateras).

Following the major changes in 2008, Panathinaikos hired Henk ten Cate as coach and bought many expensive players such as Gilberto Silva from Arsenal and Gabriel from Fluminense. In the 2008–09 season, the Greens proved that they could hold their weight in the Champions League by reaching the last 16. However, they disappointed in the Greek Championship finishing 3rd in the regular season, though they managed to come 2nd overall after the playoff mini-league.

The 2009–10 season was successful for Panathinaikos. During the summer transfer period the club bought Djibril Cissé from Marseille, Kostas Katsouranis from Benfica, Sebastian Leto from Liverpool and various other players spending more than €35 million. Henk ten Cate left in December to be replaced by Nikos Nioplias. The team managed to reach the last 16 of the Europa League and win both the Greek Championship and the Greek Cup (beating Aris in the final).

In 2011, due to financial problems, Panathinaikos sold Djibril Cissé for €5,800,000 to S.S. Lazio and first-choice goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas to Palermo in order to reduce the budget.[13][14] New players came like Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Toche, Vitolo and Zeca. The club also changed their president and chose Dimitris Gontikas to be the new chairman. Panathinaikos failed to qualify to the Group Stage of Champions League as they were knocked out by Odense BK (4–5 on aggregate).

Panathenaic Alliance[edit]

Panathinaikos' downfall continued as a result of the serious riots in the Panathinaikos-Olympiacos derby of 18 March 2012. The entire Board quit and Panathinaikos remained headless for about 2 months.[15] The owner of Skai TV, Giannis Alafouzos, however devised a plan to take Vardinogiannis' shares (54.7%) and make them available to fans around Greece so that everyone could contribute a desired amount, so that Panathinaikos could overcome the crisis.[16] His plan seemed to be working as a new 20-member board was elected with Dimitris Gontikas at the president's chair again,[17] however it was yet to be seen how the fans would respond to Panathinaikos' call for help.

On 2 July 2012, the Panathenaic Alliance finally opened to the public so that everyone could contribute a desired amount in return for privileges. After a few weeks of operation, 8.606 members had signed up, some of which were current or former Panathinaikos players (Boumsong, Ninis, Gilberto Silva, Cisse etc).[citation needed]

18 July 2012 marked a historical day in Panathinaikos history, as Giannis Vardinogiannis gave his shares - 54.7% of Panathinaikos F.C. - to the Panathinaikos Alliance, thereby allowing Panathinaikos to have a fresh start, with their own fans at the steering wheel.[citation needed] The first season with the Panathinaikos Alliance at the helm was nothing short of abysmal for the club. While still enduring financial troubles, Panathinaikos finished 6th in the championship and failed to qualify for the European competitions for the first time in 16 years.

For the 2013-14 season the membership had risen up to 9.305 members contributing a total of €2.580.836.

Season Members % increase Contribution
2012–13 8.606 - €2.325.608
2013–14 9.305 8,12% €2.580.836

Starting the 2013-2014 season both fans and journalists were very skeptical of Panathinaikos' chances of a successful season and a lot of people expected the team to get relegated. In May 2013 Yannis Anastasiou was appointed manager. Anastasiou planned a team based on players from the Panathinaikos youth department joined by experienced foreign players looking to revive their careers. Despite the early skepticism Panathinaikos' fans supported the team through the rough start and the season turned out to be a massive success considering the dire financial situation of the club and the young and inexperienced squad. Panathinaikos finished 4th in the regular season and 2nd after the playoffs (meaning they qualified for the Champions League), with Marcus Berg first scorer of the team. Panathinaikos also won the Greek Cup after a 4-1 win over PAOK.

Crest and colours[edit]

Older crest of the team
Panathinaikos FC shirt history

The colours that were first used by the club in 1908 were red and white. In 1911, changed to green and white. In 1918, Michalis Papazoglou proposed the shamrock as emblem of Panathinaikos, symbol of harmony and good luck.[18] He used to have it sewn on his shirt since he was competing for a club in his native Chalcedon, Constantinople.[19] Papazoglou was possibly inspired by Billy Sherring, an Irish Canadian athlete who had won the Athens 1906 Olympic marathon wearing a white outfit with a big green shamrock on the chest.[20][21][22]

The team's jersey colours are green and white (green for health, nature and hope and white for virtue), although the white sometimes is omitted, used as trim or as an alternative. During the first years after the establishment of green as Panathinaikos' primary colour, players were wearing green shirts, white shorts and green socks. During the '30s, the appearance with the characteristic horizontal strips was established. This motive was used also in the next decades as primary or second choice. Since then, the uniform style has changed many times but green has always remained the team's primary colour.

Also, during the '70s, a shade of blue was chosen as a second choice for the team. The same colour was used again as secondary since then.

1971 (A)
2009 (A)
2011 (A)
2012 (A)

Stadiums and Facilities[edit]

Panathinaikos' traditional home ground since the early 1920s is the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium in the Ampelokipoi district of central Athens. The stadium is located on Alexandras Avenue and is most commonly referred to as Leoforos (i.e. Avenue). It is considered one of the most historic stadiums in Greece, as it was used by the Greek national football team as home ground for many years (most recently for the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying matches) and even by Panathinaikos' biggest rivals, AEK and Olympiacos, on various occasions.

Panathinaikos left Leoforos in 1984 to play in the newly built Athens Olympic Stadium. In 2000, then club president Angelos Filippidis announced a return to the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, following a €7 million renovation. Capacity was reduced from 25,000 to 16,620, new dressing rooms were built and modular stand roofing was added in compliance with UEFA requirements, but in 2004 stricter standards were announced and the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium would need further expansion were it to remain suitable for UEFA-sanctioned matches. This was precluded by local zoning regulations and the team had to return to the Olympic Stadium once more until a new stadium, the proposed Votanikos Arena, was built. The Leoforos ground was due for demolition and would become a park. A small section of the west curve spectator stands, the legendary Gate 13, would be retained and house a small Panathinaikos museum.[citation needed]

On 27 January 2007, the board of Panathinaikos decided to reuse the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium for the team's 2007–08 Greek Super League and UEFA Cup home games. Also, the club officials decided to install new lawn, new seats and upgrade the press conference room and the restrooms.

As of October 2013 and due to the club's and the country's financial troubles, the construction of the Votanikos Arena has stopped and consequently the plans for the demolition of the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium have been put on hold. After another five-year spell at the Olympic Stadium, the team has returned to its traditional home ground once again.

Stadium Capacity Years
Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium 16,003 1923–1984


Athens Olympic Stadium 69,618 1984–1988


Paiania, one of the best sports center in Greece, has been the training ground of Panathinaikos since 1981. The same year the Academy of the club was re-established, becoming one of the best in the country and feeding the first team with notable players (Karagounis, Basinas, Kyrgiakos, Ninis etc), such as the national teams. In 2013, was decided the move of the club from the previous training center of Paiania to a new one, owned by the team. Located in the area of Koropi, Georgios Kalafatis Sports Center became the new training ground and academy base of Panathinaikos.


A graffiti of Gate 13
Fans of Panathinaikos in the Olympic Stadium of Athens

According to the most recent polls, Panathinaikos is for just 2% difference the 2nd most popular football club in Greece, with nearly 27% of the population supporting them, and the most popular in greater Athens and the region of Attica.[2] They have also a large fanbase in all Greek prefectures (central Greece, Peloponnese, Epirus, Thessaly, Aegean islands, Macedonia and Crete), in Cyprus and in the Greek diaspora. Their main rivals are Olympiacos (29%), while AEK and PAOK share 11-12% of the fans.

They have the largest fanbase among high educated people and the Greek upper class, while they are popular among middle and lower class also.

Panathinaikos supporters hold both records of the most season tickets sales (31.091 in 2010) and highest average attendance for a unique season (44.942 in 1985-86 season) in the history of Greek football.[citation needed]

The main organized supporters of Panathinaikos are known as Gate 13 (est. 1966), which consists of around 80 clubs alongside Greece and Cyprus.[23] Gate 13 style of supporting includes the use of green fireworks, large and small green flags, displaying of banners and especially the creation of colorful and large choreographies, noisy and constant cheering and other supporters stuff. Gate 13 has over the years become a part of the club by affecting club decisions and by following the club on all occasions.

They share close relations with Ultras Rapid Wien.[24]

Statistics and records[edit]

Mimis Domazos, the General

Mimis Domazos holds the record for Panathinaikos F.C. appearances, having played 502 first-team matches between 1959 and 1980.[25] Striker Krzysztof Warzycha comes second, having played 390 times.[26] The record for a goalkeeper is held by Takis Ikonomopoulos, with 303 appearances.[27]

Antonis Antoniadis, top scorer of the 1970–71 European Cup and 5 times top scorer for the Greek league, with Ferenc Puskás.

Krzysztof Warzycha is the club's top goalscorer with 288 goals in all competitions between 1989 and 2004[28] having surpassed Antonis Antoniadis' total of 180 in January 1998.[29]

Panathinaikos record home attendance is 74.493, for a Greek League match against AEK F.C. in 1986 at the Olympic Stadium.[30] The record attendance for a Panathinaikos match at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium is from 1967 when 29.665 spectators watched the Cup Winners Cup game between Panathinaikos and FC Bayern Munich.[31]

Panathinaikos is the only club in the history of Greek football to finish a top-flight campaign unbeaten. This happened in the 1963–64 season.[32]

League top scorers

Player Nationality Goals
Krzysztof Warzycha Poland 244
Antonis Antoniadis Greece 180
Mimis Domazos Greece 134
Dimitris Saravakos Greece 128
Kostas Eleftherakis Greece 85

Most league appearances

Player Nationality Matches
Mimis Domazos Greece 504
Krzysztof Warzycha Poland 390
Kostas Antoniou Greece 320
Anthimos Kapsis Greece 319
Frangiskos Sourpis Greece 311

One-Club players

Player Nationality Position Debut Last Match
Vangelis Panakis Greece FW 1950 1965
Anthimos Kapsis Greece DF 1969 1984
Giannis Goumas Greece DF 1994 2009
Giannis Papantoniou Greece MF 1945 1958
Frangiskos Sourpis Greece DF 1962 1973


The team with manager Ferenc Puskás in 1971

Domestic competitions[edit]

  • Double: (8) [35] (unofficial)
    • 1969, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1991, 1995, 2004, 2010
  • SEGAS and FCA Panhellenic Championship: (6) (record) [38]
    • 1909, 1911, 1912, 1915, 1921, 1922 (as Podosferikos Omilos Athinon and Panellinios Podosferikos Omilos)
  • SEGAS Panhellenic Cup: (2) (record)
    • 1908, 1918 (as Podosferikos Omilos Athinon and Panellinios Podosferikos Omilos)
  • Athens FCA Championship: (17) (record) [39] (local titles)
    • 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1939, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959

European competitions[edit]

Worldwide competitions[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

  • Greek U-21 Championship: (2)
    • 2005, 2012
  • Greek U-18 Championship: (1)
    • 2009

1Competitions for amateur footballers, won by Panathinaikos' U-21 team (or Panathinaikos Amateurs, as it was called at that time).

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 September 2014 [43]

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 Stefanos Kotsolis
2 Greece DF Panagiotis Spyropoulos
3 Greece DF Diamantis Chouchoumis
4 Greece DF Giorgos Koutroubis
5 Greece DF Konstantinos Triantafyllopoulos
6 Netherlands MF David Mendes da Silva
7 Greece MF Viktor Klonaridis
8 Greece MF Anastasios Lagos (vice captain)
9 Sweden FW Marcus Berg
10 Portugal MF Zeca (captain)
12 Greece DF Nikos Marinakis
14 Nigeria MF Abdul Jeleel Ajagun
15 England GK Luke Steele
16 Greece MF Vasilis Angelopoulos
17 Sweden FW Valmir Berisha (on loan from Roma)
No. Position Player
18 Greece MF Christos Donis
19 Greece FW Nikos Karelis
20 Greece DF Efstathios Tavlaridis
21 Spain DF Nano
22 Netherlands MF Ouasim Bouy (on loan from Juventus)
23 Croatia DF Gordon Schildenfeld (on loan from Dynamo Moscow)
26 Greece MF Thanasis Dinas
27 Greece MF Charis Mavrias (on loan from Sunderland)
28 Greece MF Giannis Stamatakis
29 Greece MF Sotiris Ninis
31 Greece DF Christos Bourbos
32 Croatia MF Danijel Pranjić
33 Croatia FW Mladen Petrić
35 Greece GK Alexandros Anagnostopoulos
61 Greece GK Konstantinos Kotsaris

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
Greece GK Nestoras Gekas (to Greece Fostiras)
Greece GK Alexandros Tabakis (to Netherlands VVV-Venlo)
No. Position Player
Greece DF Spyros Risvanis (to Greece Panionios)
Albania MF Maldin Ymeraj (to Greece Fostiras)

Panathinaikos U–20[edit]

[44] [45] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Greece GK Konstantinos Kotsaris
Greece GK Sokratis-Giorgos Vasilas
Greece DF Dimitrios Myrthianos
Greece DF Angelos Zoulis
Greece DF Andreas Xiros
Greece DF Marios Tzanoulinos
Greece DF Nikos Athanasopoulos
Greece DF Alexandros Triantafyllopoulos
Greece DF Apostolos Balatsouras
Greece DF Giorgos Servilakis
Greece DF Charalampos Stratigis
Greece MF Vasilis Angelopoulos
Greece MF Paschalis Staikos
No. Position Player
Greece MF Giorgos Angelopoulos
Greece MF Michail Niouman
Greece MF Anastasios Chatzigiovannis
Greece MF Giorgos Giovanis
Greece MF Alexios Touroukis
Sweden FW Valmir Berisha (on loan from Roma)
Greece FW Lazaros Lamprou
Greece FW Thanasis Gerokonstantis
Greece FW Alexandros Zafeirakis
Albania FW Mario Bamiha
Albania FW Kristi Saraci
Greece FW Spyros Papanikolaou

Retired Numbers[edit]

Former players[edit]



Takis Fyssas, champion with Panathinaikos in 2004 and European champion with Greece the same year; now Director of Football
Position Name
President Giannis Alafouzos
Honorary President Achileas Makropoulos
1st Vice-President Vasilis Konstantinou
2nd Vice-President Stratos Sopilis
Director of Football Takis Fyssas
Departments Coordinator Dimitris Saravakos
Technical Director Leonidas Vokolos
Team Manager Grigoris Papavasileiou
Member Takis Oikonomopoulos
Member Antonis Antoniadis
Member Dimitris Vervesos
Member George Karanasos
Member Athanasios Kaimenakis
Member Alexandros Risvas
Member Ilias Michalarias

Technical staff[edit]

Juan Ramón Rocha, former player and manager of the team, scouter and coach at the club's youth academies
Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Yannis Anastasiou Greece
Assistant Coach Steve Rutter England
Assistant Coach Giannis Vonortas Greece
Fitness Coach Youssef Vos Netherlands
Goalkeepers Coach Panagiotis Agriogiannis Greece
Academy Technical Director Giannis Samaras Greece
Academies Coordinator Henk Herder Netherlands
Medical staff
Head doctor Nikos Tzouroudis Greece
Medical team Vasilios Oikonomidis Greece
Medical team Konstantinos Deftereos Greece
Medical team Michael Papamichail Greece
Medical team Arsenis Kontos Greece
Nutritionist Tonia Machaira Greece
Scouting staff
Head Dimitris Markos Greece
Scout René Henriksen Denmark
Scout Juan Ramón Rocha Argentina
Scout Giorgos Famelis Greece
Loukas Panourgias, player and later president of Panathinaikos (1962-66)
Apostolos Nikolaidis, player, manager and later president (1974-79), is considered the Patriarch of Panathinaikos.
Ferenc Puskás, manager of Panathinaikos from 1970 to 1974


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