Panionios G.S.S.

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Panionios
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Full name Panionios Gymnastikos Syllogos Smyrnis
Nickname(s) Kyanerythri (Blue-Reds)
Istorikos (Historic)
Panthires (Panthers)
Founded 14 September 1890; 124 years ago (1890-09-14), as Orpheus Smyrni
Ground Nea Smyrni Stadium
Ground Capacity 11,700
Owner Amateur Panionios
Chairman Christos Daras
Head Coach Marinos Ouzounidis
League Superleague Greece
2013–14 Superleague Greece, 13th
Website Club home page
Current season

Panionios Gymnastikos Syllogos Smyrnis (Greek: Πανιώνιος Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Σμύρνης, Pan-Ionian Gymnastic Association of Smyrna) is a Greek association football club based in Nea Smyrni, Athens. The club currently competes in the Super League Greece.

Early history[edit]

Panionios FC playing a home game in Nea Smyrni Stadium.

The club was founded in 1890 in Smyrna (Σμύρνη) currently İzmir, under the name of "Orpheus Music and Sports Club"[citation needed] by part of the Greek population living in the city during the Ottoman era. In 1893 some Orpheus members keen on sports formed a separate organization, the "Gymnasion Club", and started holding yearly sports competitions. In 1898, Orpheus and Gymnasion merged again to form Panionios GSS.[citation needed] Members of the Panionios sports club represented Greece in all international track & field games until these developed in the modern Olympic Games.

After the Greek military defeat in 1922 the club was forced to transfer firstly in Athens and later to the Athenian suburb of New Smyrna where lots of the population of Smyrna immigrated. The club has a tradition of cultivating all major sports and was the first Greek club to establish a track and field division for women, in 1925. Another major example of the club's contribution to Greek sports rests in the fact that it was Panionios that introduced Basketball and Volleyball in Greek sports society.

With the gradual transformation of men's football and basketball into professional sports, Panionios FC and Panionios BC became privately owned clubs operating under the auspices of the traditional "amateur sports" Panionios GSS. To date, Panionios remains the only sports club in Greece that was awarded the Golden Cross from the Athens Academy as a recognition of the club's rich and continuous enrichment of Greek sports.[1]

Recent history[edit]

Panionios has spent nearly its entire history in the Greek First Division (now called 'Superleague'), having missed out from competing in Greek football's top division only twice in its more than 100-year history. Within this, Panionios rose quite often to high levels, with top achievement in terms of the league being the 2nd position that the club reached in 1971, losing the title to AEK.

Panionios has produced all three major Greek strikers of the 1980s, namely Nikos Anastopoulos (later of Olympiakos), Thomas Mavros (later of AEK), and Dimitris Saravakos (later of Panathinaikos). Other notable players coming out of the club in the 1990s include Nikos Tsiantakis (later of Olympiacos) and Takis Fyssas, later of Panathinaikos, Benfica and member of Greek national team. Within the 2000s another five Greek national team players came out from the club, namely Alexandros Tziolis, Evangelos Mantzios, Nikos Spiropoulos,Grigoris Makos and Giannis Maniatis.

The club had faced financial difficulties which triggered the transfer of the ownership to the municipality of Nea Smyrni in 1992. Those difficulties remained all through the 1990s forcing the team's league performance to drop. Yet, it remained in a high level and managed to win the Greek Football Cup competition in 1998 and participate successfully in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup the year after, reaching the quarterfinals. In December 2001 large part of the club's shares moved away from the Municipality back to private hands, where working around bankruptcy legislation the club was renamed to Neos ("New") Panionios FC, to avoid the threat of relegation from the first division.

Change of ownership[edit]

In 2004, shipowner Constantinos Tsakiris was elected president of the "amateur sports" Panionios GSS. Panionios won the women's Basketball Championship in 2006, the club's first in a team sport, and the women's volleyball team advanced to the first division. In 2006, Tsakiris acquired 85% of Neos Panionios FC stock and started restructuring the team from scratch. He changed the name of the club back to the original "Panionios GSS" FC and hired German coach Ewald Lienen who, during his first year created a team that made it to the top 5 of the Greek Super League and on to the UEFA Cup. Tsakiris has also unveiled an ambitious plan to have the aging football ground and athletics track demolished, and build a modern multi-sport arena in its place. Apart from a 12.000 capacity football stadium, the proposed complex would include facilities for basketball, volleyball, aquatic sports, track & field, boxing, gymnastics, wrestling and more.[2]

On the summer transfer window of 2008, the club signed Uruguay national team members Álvaro Recoba and Fabián Estoyanoff, but shortly after Lienen resigned by mutual consent on November 11, 2008, reason being disagreement with the Panionio's board.[3] On November 12, 2008 Greek coach Takis Lemonis was hired [4] and resigned on December 3, 2008 after the refuse of Panionio's board to accept Lemoni's request to dismiss three members of Panionio's coaching and management staff.[5][6] Assistant coach Joti Stamatopoulos lead the club until the end of the season. He was replaced by Belgian manager Emilio Ferrera.

Under the Tsakiris presidency, the club built its own training facility just outside Athens in the region of Koropi. The training ground is operating since 2008 but was fully completed in 2009.

Crest and colours[edit]

The first emblem of Panionios in Smyrna was a figure of Nike. On the appearances of the team there was a characteristic diagonial strip, which can be seen today in the crest of the team.

1908
1997–98
2012–13
2013–14 (A)

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 August 2014''[7]

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 Nikos Papadopoulos
3 Greece DF Christos Tasoulis
4 Greece DF Dimitris Chatziisaias
5 Greece DF Nikos Pantidos
6 Greece DF Evangelos Ikonomou
7 Argentina MF Ariel Ibagaza
8 Greece MF Vasilis Bouzas
9 Greece MF Taxiarchis Fountas
10 Cameroon MF Olivier Boumale
11 Greece MF Dimitris Kolovos (captain)
12 Greece GK Manos Kalogerakis
14 Greece MF Spyros Fourlanos
15 Greece FW Alexandros Smyrlis
19 Greece MF Giorgos Masouras
No. Position Player
20 Greece DF Leonidas Argyropoulos
21 Greece MF Manolis Siopis
22 Greece MF Kosmas Gezos
25 Greece DF Xenofon Panos
29 Albania DF Jorgo Meksi
31 Greece GK Nikos Giannakopoulos
32 Greece MF Polidoros Gezos
33 Albania MF Damian Gjini
65 Greece MF Dimitris Voutsiotis
82 Greece MF Pavlos Mitropoulos
88 Greece DF Thomas Gialamidis
93 Greece DF Dimitris Komnos
95 Greece DF Giannis Charontakis
99 Greece FW Apostolos Giannou

B team & youth players with first team experience

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

No. Position Player
Greece MF Charis Kostakis
Greece MF Alexandros Aronis
Albania MF Ardit Predi
Greece MF Dimitris Dagras
No. Position Player
Albania FW Fiori Durmishaj
Greece DF Christos Cholevas
Greece DF Manos Zacharakis
Greece FW Konstantinos Stavrothanasopoulos
For recent transfers, see List of Greek football transfers summer 2014.

Notable former players[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Athens Championship
    • Winners (1): 1951

Former coaches[edit]

European matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1964–65 Intertoto Cup Group C1 SwedenMalmö FF 1–1 1–5
Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaNK Dinamo Zagreb 2–2*
FranceToulouse FC 0–3*
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1st Round East Germany F.C. Hansa Rostock 2–0 0–3
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1st Round Spain Atlético Madrid 1–0 1–2
2nd Round Hungary Ferencvárosi TC 0–2 (bye) 0–6
1979–80 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1st Round Netherlands FC Twente 4–0 1–3
2nd Round Sweden IFK Göteborg 1–0 0–2
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1st Round France Toulouse FC 0–1 1–5
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1st Round Finland FC Haka 2–0 3–1
2nd Round Cyprus Apollon Limassol 3–2 1–0
Quarter-finals Italy S.S. Lazio 0–4 0–3
2003–04 UEFA Cup 1st Round Denmark FC Nordsjælland 2–1 1–0
2nd Round Spain FC Barcelona 0–3 0–2
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1st Round Italy Udinese Calcio 3–1 0–1
Group stage England Newcastle United F.C. 0–1 4th
Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal 1–4
Georgia (country) FC Dinamo Tbilisi 5–2
FranceFC Sochaux-Montbéliard 0–1
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1st Round FranceFC Sochaux-Montbéliard 0–1 2–0
Group stage Sweden Helsingborgs IF 1–1 4th
Turkey Galatasaray S.K. 0–3
Austria FK Austria Wien 1–0
France FC Girondins de Bordeaux 2–3
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2nd round SerbiaOFK Beograd 3–1 0–1
3rd round ItalyS.S.C. Napoli 0–1 0–1
  • In the summer of 1964 Panionios took part in the Cup Rapanos in place of the Olympic, who retired after having been given two games with Toulouse (2–4) and Dinamo Zagreb (0–4). The results were calculated in the standings without replay Panionios these groups. Panionios has three games: two at home Kaftantzoglio Stadium, which had a lights away with Malmo. The away game against Toulouse, who refused to attend the Olympic, won 3–0 in favor of the French team.

European record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
1979–80 Second Round eliminated by IFK Göteborg
1998–99 Quarter-finals eliminated by S.S. Lazio
UEFA Cup
1971–72 Second Round eliminated by Ferencváros
1987–88 First Round eliminated by Toulouse FC
2003–04 Second Round eliminated by FC Barcelona
2007–08 Group Stage 4th position in Group H
UEFA Intertoto Cup
2008 Third Round eliminated by S.S.C. Napoli

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Panionio's History". Panionio's Official Website. 
  2. ^ "Panionio's New Stadium". 
  3. ^ "Panionio's Official Announcement". Panionio's Official Website. November 11, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Panionio's Official Announcement" (in Greek). Panionio's Official Website. November 12, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Takis Lemonis Leaves Panionios". Goal.com. December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Panionio's Official Announcement" (in Greek). Panionio's Official Website. December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Panionios G.S.S. squad" (in Greek). Superleague Greece. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Statistics". Panionio's Official Website. 

External links[edit]

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