Panetolikos F.C.

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Panetolikos
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Full name Panetolikos Gymnastikos Filekpaideutikos Syllogos
Nickname(s) Kanarinia (The canaries), Titormus
Founded 1926
Ground Panetolikos Stadium
Ground Capacity 7,500
Owner Fotis Kostoulas
Chairman Fotis Kostoulas
Manager Makis Chavos
League Superleague Greece
2013–14 Superleague Greece, 9th
Website Club home page

Panetolikos Gymnastikos Filekpaideutikos Syllogos (Greek: Παναιτωλικός Γυμναστικός Φιλεκπαιδευτικός Σύλλογος , Panetolikos Gymnastic Educational Club) is a football club based in Agrinio, Greece. It was founded in 1926 and is considered one of the historical clubs in Greece, having participated so far in the Greek First Division four times (1976, 1977, 2012 and 2014). Some of the most well known players that started their career in the club are Stratos Apostolakis, former Greek recordman in international caps (96), and Petros Michos. The club's motto is Τίτορμος Αιτωλός Ούτος Άλλος Ηρακλής, translated as Titormos the Etolian is another Hercules.

Stadium[edit]

Panetolikos Stadium (Greek: Γήπεδο Παναιτωλικού -Gipedo Panetolikou) is a football stadium in Agrinio, Etoloakarnania prefecture, Greece. A UEFA 4 Star stadium, it is currently used for football matches, mainly as the home stadium of Panetolikos. It is located at Prousiotissis Street and it holds 7,500 people. Its highest attendance was 11,012 people during a match with Olympiacos CFP in 1977. There are plans to increase the seating capacity of the stadium to 8,800 spectators. Nowadays the average attendance is 6,000. Even though Agrinio is a small city, Panetolikos supporters known as "The Warriors" & "Guerreros" are known for their loyalty to their team.

Panetolikos Stadium has three stands. It has been used as a football ground since 1930, however the first stand (the small east one) was not constructed until the mid-1950s. The main west stand was built in the 1970s. Unfortunately, in the years that followed, little else happened to the stadium, which gradually fell into disrepair. This was the situation until 2005, when the new owner of the club, Fotis Kostoulas, revealed his plans for the complete reconstruction of the stadium.

Stadium Situation 2006 - September 2011

The stadium features plastic seats, the team's office, Panetolikos' boutique and a cafeteria.

2006 - The big stand was completely renovated, a brand new stand with a modern roof.

2010 - The small stand was renovated, in the center it was added a second level of seats with roof.

2011 - Works have begun after the promotion of the team to Superleague in order to increase the capacity of the stadium by 1400 seats approximately behind Prousiotissis Street goalpost (a Curva).

Additional lighting added.

Recently the lighting has finished, with the power of each light at 1600 lux, which oversatisfy the Greek Superleague and UEFA 4 stars (where a team can play UEFA Champions League games) requirements.

Titles[edit]

National (6)

Regional (3)

  • Mainland Greece Championship
    • Championship (1): 1955
  • National Periphery League
    • Championship (1): 2004
  • Youth Team, South Greece championship, 2nd and 3rd National Division
    • Championship (1): 2007

League performances – Greek Categories[edit]

Season Categ. & Pos. W. – D. – L. Goals Points Season Categ. & Pos. W. – D. – L. Goals Points Season Categ. & Pos. W. – D. – L. Goals Points
1962–1963 Beta Ethniki 3rd 15–8–5 40–16 71 1979–1980 Beta Ethniki 5th 17–5–16 56-36 39 1996–1997 Beta Ethniki 4th 17-11-6 53-30 62 2013-2014 Superleague 8th 11-9-14 32-33 42
1963–1964 Beta Ethniki 6th 15-4-9 47-30 62 1980–1981 Beta Ethniki 7th 14-10-14 36-34 38 1997–1998 Beta Ethniki 6th 14-11-9 55-42 53
1964–1965 Beta Ethniki 2nd 18-6-9 49-23 75 1981–1982 Beta Ethniki 9th 15-11-12 44-36 41 1998–1999 Beta Ethniki 13th 11-8-15 43-57 41
1965–1966 Beta Ethniki 3rd 14-9-7 42-25 67 1982–1983 Beta Ethniki 3rd 21-6-11 53-33 48 1999–2000 Beta Ethniki 8th 14-8-12 43-34 50
1966–1967 Beta Ethniki 7th 15-9-10 45-32 73 1983–1984 Beta Ethniki 17th 13-9-16 39-40 35 2000–2001 Beta Ethniki 11th 12-6-12 39-45 42
1967–1968 Beta Ethniki 5th 12-8-10 39-30 62 1984–1985 Gamma Ethniki 1st 21-14-5 64-28 56 2001–2002 Gamma Ethniki 15th 6-7-17 24-46 25
1968–1969 Beta Ethniki 7th 14-7-13 45-40 69 1985–1986 Beta Ethniki 10th 14-9-15 49-53 37 2002–2003 Delta Ethniki 2nd 23-6-1 68-8 76
1969–1970 Beta Ethniki 6th 15-7-12 47-33 71 1986–1987 Beta Ethniki 16th 13-10-15 39-56 36 2003–2004 Delta Ethniki 1st 27-2-1 81-8 83
1970–1971 Beta Ethniki 3rd 17-7-10 46-30 75 1987–1988 Gamma Ethniki 9th 15-9-10 46-32 37 2004–2005 Gamma Ethniki 9th 14-3-15 38-32 45
1971–1972 Beta Ethniki 18th 11-11-16 28-40 71 1988–1989 Delta Ethniki 1st 22-4-8 72-27 48 2005–2006 Gamma Ethniki 7th 12-9-11 33-27 45
1972–1973 Regional 1st 1989–1990 Gamma Ethniki 8th 14-10-14 45-40 38 2006–2007 Gamma Ethniki 4th 15-13-6 56-33 58
1973–1974 Beta Ethniki 8th 17-8-13 47-31 42 1990–1991 Gamma Ethniki 5th 13-11-10 32-28 37 2007–2008 Gamma Ethniki 3rd 18-8-8 58-28 62
1974–1975 Beta Ethniki 1st 22-10-6 75-27 54 1991–1992 Gamma Ethniki 1st 19-8-7 50-27 46 2008–2009 Gamma Ethniki 2nd 21-7-6 56-14 70
1975–1976 Alpha Ethniki 15th 3-13-14 17-41 19 1992–1993 Beta Ethniki 17th 10-8-16 31-46 38 2009–2010 Beta Ethniki 7th 13-11-10 43-36 50
1976–1977 Alpha Ethniki 17th 9-8-17 25-51 26 1993–1994 Gamma Ethniki 8th 10-16-8 45-35 46 2010–2011 Beta Ethniki 1st 23-6-5 47-19 75
1977–1978 Beta Ethniki 15th 13-10-15 65-49 36 1994–1995 Gamma Ethniki 8th 10-16-8 45-35 46 2011–2012 Superleague 15th 7-7-16 23-37 28
1978–1979 Beta Ethniki 5th 17-7-14 48-46 41 1995–1996 Gamma Ethniki 1st 20-7-7 61-33 67 2012–2013 Beta Ethniki 4th 20-13-7 55-23 73
  • Point system: 1959–60 to 1972–73: 3–2–1. 1973–74 to 1991–92: 2–1–0. 1992–93 onwards: 3–1–0.

2008/09 Season: Promotion to Second Division[edit]

Panetolikos won an epic play-offs tie against fellow third tier side Rodos to win promotion to the Beta Ethniki for the 2009–10 season. The tie was played in Athens at the Nea Smyrni Stadium, in front of full house, with 8,000 loyal fans traveling from Agrinion to support the team. After going down 1–0 early, the team staged an impressive fight back to win the game 2–1 with two goals in the last 5 minutes. Scenes of joy followed as one of the better supported teams in rural Greece won promotion. Now in the Football League, Panetolikos continue to get terrific support, both home and away.

2010/11 Season: Promotion to Super League[edit]

After terrific performances inside and outside Agrinio, Panetolikos managed to win the last three critical matches (Ethnikos- Panetolikos 0-1, Panetolikos-Diagoras Rodou 3-0 and Ilioupoli-Panetolikos 2-3) and promoted to Superleague. The team's 2010 performances have set new records for the Football League championship: point record (75 gathered after 34 games), away wins record (10 wins out of 23 total). Panetolikos had celebrated their promotion at home with a Friendly match against Panionios FC, a Superleague team, in 20 May 2011.

2011/12 Season: Demotion to Football League[edit]

After a very bad second round of results at Superleague, Panetolikos demoted to Football League. The chairman of the club, Mr. Kostoulas after seven years, resigned from his position. After this the whole board resigned. Most of the players left the club, said that they wanted to return at their countries, or they want to play for other teams with better contracts.

2012/13 Season: Promotion to SuperLeague[edit]

With Mr. Kostoulas again as a president, Panetolikos managed to get promoted to Superleague via playoffs after six difficult games, especially the last one with Olympiakos Volou, which Panetolikos won 1-2. After the end of the game the city of Agrinio celebrated the promotion until dawn.

2013/14 Season[edit]

The team had its most successful year so far in the First Division, finishing in the 8th place.

Supporters groups[edit]

Supporters can roughly be categorized to Gate 6 which represents the most radical and young part of the team's fanbase and other fan unions which attract less radical and older Panetolikos fans. First division promotion has set in motion more Panetolikos fan clubs in Aetoloakarnania and northern Greece (Thessaloniki). Up until now, the prestigious fan clubs of the team are:

Gate 6

  • 1. WARRIORS (Fan club in Agrinio, since 1981)
  • 2. GUERREROS (Fan club in Athens)
  • 3. BROOKLYN (Fan club in Agrinio, area of St.Demetrius)

Other fan clubs

  • 4. LE.FI.PA. (Club of Panetolikos Fans in Agrinio )
  • 5. S.F.P (Club of Panetolikos Supporters in Agrinio)

Rivalries[edit]

Panetolikos fans feel deep rivalry towards the club of Panachaiki Patras. A clash between these teams is considered to be the Derby of Western Greece.

There is also old hostility against PAS Giannina rekindled in year 2012 after the events surrounding a goal that José Emilio Furtado(known for scoring goals from fair-plays) scored against Panetolikos.

There is deep hostility against Anagennisi Artas as well.

Nicknames[edit]

Panetolikos was given the nickname The Canaries (Greek: Τα καναρίνια) in the 1960s, due to the team color. Panetolikos is very proud of its nickname, thus its Mascot is a Canary with the name PANETOS.

Panetolikos was also given the nickname Titormos.

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 August 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 Brazil GK Rafael
2 Greece DF Dimitris Koutromanos
3 Spain DF Kevin
4 Greece MF Panagiotis Konstantinopoulos
5 Greece DF Georgios Kousas
7 Greece MF Panagiotis Korbos
8 Bolivia MF Diego Bejarano
9 Brazil FW André Alves
10 Greece MF Giorgos Theodoridis
11 Netherlands FW Leandro Kappel
12 Greece DF Dimitris Chantakias
13 Greece DF Stelios Malezas
14 Greece MF Alexandros Kalogeris
15 Argentina MF Fernando Godoy
No. Position Player
16 Colombia FW Erik Moreno
18 Argentina MF Lucas Villafáñez
19 Greece FW Nikos Milios
20 Argentina MF Nicolás Martínez
21 Greece GK Manolis Stefanakos
22 Greece MF Giorgos Mygas
23 France DF William Edjenguélé
24 Greece GK Andreas Kolovouris
27 Greece MF Tasos Zarkadas
28 Greece MF Stefanos Papoutsogiannopoulos
29 Greece FW Stylianos Vasileiou
31 Greece DF Simos Roumpoulakos
32 Greece MF Georgios Fotakis

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
Peru DF Carlos Ascues (to Universidad San Martin until December 2014[2])

Out of team[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Switzerland MF Damian Bellon

Notable former players[edit]

Managers[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1953–54 - -
1954–70 - -
1969–70 - -
1970–80 -
1980–90 -
1990–93 - -
1993–98 - -
1998–00 - -
2000–06 - -
2006–08 - -
2008–10 - -
2010–12 - -
2012 - -
2012–13 Hummel Λόττο
2013–14 Umbro -

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Panetolikos F.C. squad" (in Greek). Superleague Greece. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander. "Foreign Players in Greece since 1959/60". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-12-20.