|Leagues||Greek Basket League|
|Arena||Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall|
|Location||Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece|
|Team colors||Blue and Red
|Head coach||Vangelis Alexandris|
|Most recent season position||Greek Basket League 4st (Semifinalist)|
|Championships||Greek Cup (1):
Panionios B.C. (Greek: Πανιώνιος KAE) is the Greek professional basketball club that plays its home games in Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece. The club is also widely known as Πανιώνιος Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Σμύρνης, or Panionios Gymnastikos Syllogos Smyrnis, which is the Pan-Ionian Gymnastic Association of Smyrna. This is usually abbreviated to the club name of Πανιώνιος Γ.Σ.Σ. Panionios B.C. is the basketball department of the Panionios Gymnastic Club that is based in Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece. The team's colors are blue and red.
Panionios B.C. has been a long-time club of the Greek Basket League, which is considered one of the best domestic basketball leagues in Europe. Panionios B.C. has also competed in the Euroleague. For sponsorship reasons, the club has also been known as Panionios On Telecoms, and Panionios Forthnet. The club is currently owned by Antonis Margetis, and was previously owned for several years by Elias Lianos, the founder of Proton Bank.
Some of the well-known players that have played with the club over the years have included: Fanis Christodoulou, Boban Janković, Panagiotis Giannakis, Theo Papaloukas, Jure Zdovc, Nikos Chatzis, Giorgos Sigalas, Faidon Matthaiou, Takis Koroneos, Angelos Koronios, Dimos Dikoudis, Žarko Paspalj, Thurl Bailey, P.J. Brown, Mitchell Wiggins, Travis Mays, Nikos Oikonomou, and Tyrese Rice, among others.
The basketball clubs' parent athletic union, the Panionios Gymnastic Club, was founded in 1890, in İzmir, Ottoman Empire (located today in the modern country of Turkey), making it one of the oldest sporting clubs in Europe. The sporting clubs' basketball department was founded in 1919. After the Greek military suffered defeat in the Greco-Turkish War in 1922, the club was transferred to the Athenian suburb of Nea Smyrni, in Greece.
The basketball department, Panionios B.C., began participation in the Greek Basket League starting in the 1928-29 season, and finished in second place in the league that year. Panionios B.C. finished in third place in the league the next year.
Panionios B.C. has competed in the top Greek basketball league, in consecutive years, since the 1981-82 season. In the 1986-87 season, Panionios played in the championship finals series of the Greek League, losing out to Aris Thessaloniki, and their two Greek basketball legends Nick Galis and Panagiotis Giannakis (Giannakis would later go on to play for Panionios). In 1991, led by Fanis Christodoulou, the team won the Greek Cup championship, by defeating PAOK Thessaloniki by a score of 73-70. Panionios also played in the championship game of the Greek Cup in both 1977 and 1995.
The club finished in 3rd place in the Greek League in the 1995-96 season, under head coach Dušan Ivković, and thus qualified to the Euroleague for the 1996-97 season. In the Euroleague 1996-97 season, the team was coached by Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou.
In the Greek League 2007-08 season, Panionios, led by Ivan Zoroski, Ioannis Kalampokis, and charismatic head coach Nenad Marković, finished in 3rd place. They came back from an 0-2 deficit in the deciding best-of-five series against Maroussi, and won the series 3-2, which secured the team a place in the Euroleague competition for the Euroleague 2008-09 season. This marked the club's first Euroleague appearance in more than a decade.
Panionios plays its domestic Greek League home games at Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall, a small arena owned by the Nea Smyrni municipality, with a capacity of 2,000. They have also used Glyfada Indoor Hall, which has a capacity of 3,232. They have also often played home games at the Hellinicon Olympic Arena, which has a capacity of 15,000. The municipality of Nea Smyrni has also promised to build the club a new modern-style arena, on top of the old Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Panionios Nea Smyrni B.C. roster|
Transfers 2014–15 Season
Total titles: 1
- Greek Cup
- Winners (1): 1991
|1989–90||Quarter-finals||eliminated by CSKA Moscow, 107-85 (W) in Athens and 53-106 (L) in Moscow|
|1992–93||Quarter-finals||eliminated by Philips Milano, 78-79 (L) in Athens and 74-81 (L) in Milan|
|1993–94||Semi-finals||eliminated by PAOK, 83-85 (L) in Athens and 64-82 (L) in Thessaloniki|
|1994–95||Quarter-finals||eliminated by Stefanel Milano, 59-73 (L) in Milan and 82-73 (L) in Athens|
|1998–99||Semi-finals||eliminated by FC Barcelona, 71-80 (L) in Athens and 61-91 (L) in Barcelona|
|Season||Tier||League||Pos.||Postseason||Greek Cup||European competitions|
|2012–13||1||Greek League||3||Semifinalist||2 Eurocup – Regular season|
|2013–14||1||Greek League||3||Semifinalist||2 Eurocup – Last 32|
- Panagiotis Giannakis
- Kostas Missas
- Nikos Linardos
- Michalis Kyritsis
- Makis Dendrinos
- Memos Ioannou
- Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou
- Georgios Bartzokas
- Thanasis Skourtopoulos
- Minas Gekos
- Ioannis Sfairopoulos
- Vangelis Alexandris
- Lefteris Soumpotits
- Dušan Ivković
- Vlade Đurović
- Alex Trifunović
- Nenad Marković
- Panionios B.C. Official Website (Greek)
- Eurobasket.com Team Page
- Greek Basket League Team Page
- Eurocup Official Team Page
- Euroleague.net Panionios B.C. Team Profile
- Panionios Panthers Club (Greek)
- Women Panionios B.C. at Eurobasket.com
- Πανιώνιος - Κολοσσός Ρόδου, Στιγμιότυπα και Συνεντεύξεις στο Κλειστό της Νέας Σμύρνης (Greek)
- http://www.nstv.gr/Panionios-Kolossos-Rodou-stigmiotypa-kai-synedefksis-sto-kleisto-tis-nea-smyrnis (Greek)