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Panathinaikos V.C.
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Full name Panathinaikos V.C.
Nickname The Greens
The Trifolium
Founded 1919
Ground Panellinios Indoor Hall
Athens, Greece
(Capacity: 1,000)
Chairman Greece Manolis Ladoukakis
Manager Greece Dimitris Andreopoulos
League Greek Volleyleague
2014–15 4th
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Panathinaikos Volleyball Club is the professional volleyball team of Panathinaikos A.O., the major Athens-based multi-sport club. Founded in 1919, it is one of the oldest and most successful volleyball clubs in Greece. They have won 19 Greek Championships, 6 Greek Cups and 1 Greek Super Cup. They have reached also twice the CEV Cup final (1980, 2009). Notable Greek player have played for the team, while foreign world-class players that have played with the club include Dante Amaral, Marcelo Elgarten, Ernardo Gómez, André Nascimento, Frank Depestele, Plamen Konstantinov, Boyan Yordanov, Björn Andrae, Andrija Gerić, Clayton Stanley, Ernardo Gómez, Guillaume Samica, Dawid Murek, Paweł Zagumny and Łukasz Żygadło.

History[edit]

Active departments of Panathinaikos A.C.
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Football Basketball (Men's) Basketball (Women's)
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Volleyball (Men's) Volleyball (Women's) Water Polo
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Fencing Wrestling Weightlifting
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Karate Kickboxing Athletic Club

The volleyball department was founded in 1919 and was one one of the first in Greece. The first dynamic presence of the team is dated back in the years 1927–29 with many popular players of the time such as the founder Giorgos Kalafatis, the historical member of the board Apostolos Nikolaidis, as well as players such as Aravositas, Goumas, Arg. Nikolaidis, Papageorgiou and Papastefanou. In the following years the interest for volleyball became less until before the WWII when Panathinaikos presented a powerful team with leader players such as Lambrou, Vallidis, Momferatos, Tzoumanis, Proselentis, Lykouris, Kakridis and more.

During the 60’s and 70’s, Panathinaikos' volleyball club won many titles and honors due to the fact that the team roster has always included some of the leading volleyball players and coaches in Greece. The first and most popular generation of players of 60’s was Andreas and Nikos Bergeles, as well as Iliopoulos, Leloudas, Chasapis, Emmanouil, Perros and Fotiou who opened the road for the next generations. Notable coaches of this era was the leading figure of the department Gerasimos Theodoratos, the Serbian Sava Grozdanović and later the ex-player of the team Andreas Bergeles.

The most important achievement of the team was the participation in the final of the European Cup in 1980 with Grozdanović as coach and players such as Georgantis, Agrapidakis, Iliopoulos, Papadopoulos, Malousaris, Gkountakos, Astras, Kokkinaras and Koliopoulos. In the following years, Panathinaikos team continued to dominate the Greek championship with Janusz Badora as coach and players such as Kazazis, Tentzeris, Gontikas, Galakos, Dimitriadis, Margaronis, Karamaroudis and Andreopoulos.

Two of the most successful periods have been 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons, when Panathinaikos won 2 championships in a raw with Stelios Prosalikas as head coach and Andreopoulos, Triantafillidis, Philippov, Spanos, Hatziantoniou, Ouzounof, A. Kovatsef, S. Kovatsef, Karamaroudis, Mavrakis, Konstantinidis, Zakynthinos, Koutouleas, Tonev as players.

In 2001 the department became professional under the presidency and financial support of Vlasis Stathokostopoulos and later Thanasis Giannakopoulos.

In 2004 the team won again the Championship with the ex-player Stelios Kazazis as coach. WIth Dante Amaral as a star-player of the team, they finished again first in 2006, while they reached again the final of the European Cup in 2009.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • Greek Championship: (19)
    • 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2006
  • Greek Cup: (6)
    • 1982, 1984, 1985, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • Double: (3)
    • 1982, 1984, 1985

European[edit]

Current men's volleyball squad[edit]

As of 11 January 2015

Shirt No Nationality Player Birth Date Height Position
1  Greece Alexandros Aristopoulos (1990-05-24) 24 May 1990 (age 24) 1.91 Opposite
2  Greece Dimitris Dimitriadis (1994-04-24) 24 April 1994 (age 21) 1.81 Setter
3  Greece Dimitris Psarris (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 24) 1.96 Outside Hitter
5  Greece Kostas Stivachtis (1980-05-20) 20 May 1980 (age 34) 1.86 Setter
8  United States Brian Cook (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 23) 1.93 Outside Hitter
9  Greece Thanasis Protopsaltis (1993-09-12) 12 September 1993 (age 21) 1.83 Outside Hitter
10  Netherlands Jairo Hooi (1978-03-13) 13 March 1978 (age 37) 2.03 Middle Blocker
11  Greece Thanasis Samantas (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 23) 2.03 Middle Blocker
12  Greece Panagiotis Adamopoulos (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 27) 1.97 Middle Blocker
14  Greece Sotiris Pantaleon (1980-06-21) 21 June 1980 (age 34) 2.02 Middle Blocker
15  Greece Iraklis Papadopoulos (1991-09-02) 2 September 1991 (age 23) 2.02 Opposite
16  Greece Alexandros Polichroniadis (1988-07-02) 2 July 1988 (age 26) 1.90 Libero
17  Greece Christos Mpelos (1980-06-29) 29 June 1980 (age 34) 1.97 Opposite
18  Greece Vaggelis Loukas (1991-03-01) 1 March 1991 (age 24) 1.94 Outside Hitter
20  Greece Alexandros Bouras (1981-11-18) 18 November 1981 (age 33) 1.81 Libero

Technical and managerial staff[edit]

Staff
Coach Greece Dimitris Andreopoulos
Assistant coach Greece Pavlos Karamaroudis
Team Manager Greece Giorgos Alexandris
Physician Greece Christos Diakosias
Physiotherapist Greece Apostolos Stafylopatis
Statistician Greece Dimitris Markakis

Selected former players[edit]

Selected former coaches[edit]

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
CEV Champions League
1995-96 7th place
1996-97 5th place
2007-08 Play-off 6
Cup Winners Cup
1976-77 Quarter-final
1979-80 Final defeated by Panini Modena, 2-3 sets in Athens
1981-82 Quarter-final
1983-84 Quarter-final
1987-88 Quarter-final
1988-89 Final four 3rd place
1989-90 Quarter-final
1990-91 Quarter-final
1991-92 Quarter-final
Top Teams Cup
2005-06 Final four 3rd place
CEV Cup
2001-02 Quarter-final eliminated by Asystel Milano
2002-03 Quarter-final eliminated by Tourcoing Lille Metropole
2003-04 Final four 4th place
2008-09 Final 2nd place

Historical performance in the league[edit]

Panhellenic Championship A' National A1 Division
Pos. 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
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