|Nickname||The Club of Olympic Winners
The Club of Olympians
|Arena||Panellinios Indoor Hall
|Team colors||Blue and White
|Head coach||Thanasis Skourtopoulos|
|Championships||Greek Championships (6):
1929, 1939, 1940, 1953, 1955, 1957
A2 Championships (2):
European Championships (2):
1955 Brussels Tournament
1956 San Remo Tournament
Panellinios B.C. (Greek: Πανελλήνιος K.A.E.) or Panellinios Basket, is a professional basketball club that is now located in Thessaloniki, Greece, and that was originally located in Athens. The club was founded in 1929, in Athens, making it one of the oldest basketball clubs in Europe.
The name Panellinios can be translated as Pan-Hellenic in English, and can be interpreted to mean "The Greek Nation". B.C. stands for basketball club. So the club's name can be interpreted to mean "The National Basketball Club". The Greek multi-sports club Panathinaikos was founded by Panellinios athletes. The club is owned by the Greek businessman Minos Kyriakou.
The parent athletic club, Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos, was founded in Athens in 1891, making it one of the oldest sports clubs in Europe and had a team of gymnasts compete at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. The team's leader was Sotirios Athanasopoulos. Members included Nikolaos Andriakopoulos, Petros Persakis, Thomas Xenakis, and 29 others. The team placed second of the three teams in the parallel bars team event, earning a silver medal (retroactively awarded by the International Olympic Committee, as the awards at the first Olympic Games differed from the gold, silver, bronze format used later).
The Greek multi-sport club Panathinaikos was founded by Giorgos Kalafatis in 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. In 1929, the athletic association's basketball department, Panellinios B.C. Athens was founded, and that same year the club won the Athens basketball championship.
"The Golden Five" era
Panellinios has been the Greek League's champion 6 times in the years 1929, 1939, 1940, 1953, 1955, and 1957. The club would have likely won several more Greek championships during the 1940s but could not because the league was temporarily disbanded because of World War II. In the early 1950s era the team was called "The Golden Five" (or Hrisi Pentada in Greek) (Panagiotis Manias, Themis Cholevas, Kostas Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Aristidis Roubanis) and dominated not only Greek basketball, but European basketball in general. The Panellinios team headlined the Greek 1952 Olympics team. Although the Euroleague, then known as the European Champions Cup was not formed until the basketball season 1957-58, it is widely believed that had it been formed earlier that Panellinios would have won several Euroleague championships as many considered Panellinios the best team in Europe during the early to mid-1950s.
During that era, Panellinios took part in the biggest international tournament in Europe, the predecessor of the Euroleague that was then held instead of the Euroleague tournament. The club advanced to the final of the 1954 San Remo Tournament, which they lost 81-74 to the Italian League club Olimpia Milano. Panellinios then won the 1955 Brussels Tournament, by defeating the Yugoslavian League club Red Star Belgrade in the final, by a score of 91-67. Panellinios also won the 1956 San Remo Tournament, by defeating the Italian League club Virtus Bologna, by a score of 67-37.
In 1957, the European Champions Cup (now known as the Euroleague) was formed. By that time, the team of coach Nikos Nisiotis was coming to the end of the golden five era, as only 2 players of the golden five remained on the team. The club was eliminated from the competition after losing its series against Steaua SA Bucarest 2 games to 0, by scores of 63-60 and 75-72. The team was led in those years by the great scorer Antonis Christeas.
After "The Golden Five" era
The team stayed in the top Greek basketball division for 23 straight years, starting in 1963, when the league was re-formed into a new format. The club finished third in the Greek League in both 1970 and 1978. During this era, it was Vasilis Goumas that was the leader of the team.
The club also finished as the runner-up in the Greek Cup in 1987. Panellinios participated in the European Korać Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup competitions several times during the 1970s and 1980s.
The club struggled in the 1990s and was mired in the second and third divisions of the Greek lower leagues. New management came to the organization in 1999, and the club would eventually again begin to establish itself as a strong presence in Greek basketball. In 2004, Panellinios returned to the Greek A1 League, led by Marijan Kraljević and the Soulis brothers.
In 2006, the team advanced to the playoff round of the A1, led by Dimitrios Tsaldaris, Damir Mulaomerović and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, finishing 6th in the league after losing in the playoffs to Aris. In 2007, the club finished in 5th place in the league with players such as Mamadou N'Diaye, Michalis Pelekanos, Gary Trent, and Anthony Goldwire. The team lost to Panionios in the playoffs, but in finishing 5th in the Greek A1 League qualified for the Eurocup competition for the first time in club history.
In 2010, the club moved from Athens, where it had been based for 81 years, to the city of Lamia. In 2011, the Professional Sports Committee stripped Panellinios from its professional licence and, thus, demoted it to amateur divisions.
When the club was based in Athens, it played its Greek League home matches at Panellinios Indoor Hall, a small arena with a capacity of 1,700. and its Eurocup home game matches at either the 4,300 capacity Indoor Hall Peristeriou, or at the Hellinikon Olympic Arena, which has a capacity of 15,000.
|Panellinios BC roster|
Honors and titles
- Total National Titles: 6
- European Titles: 2
- 1955 Brussels Tournament, 1956 San Remo Tournament
- Runners up (1): 1954 San Remo Tournament
- Official Basketball Club Website
- Official Athletic Association Website
- Eurocup Club Scene
- Eurocupbasketball.com Team Page
- Panellinios BC - A Season For The Ages
- Eurobasket.com Team Page
- Galanis Sports Data