Skoda Xanthi F.C.

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Skoda Xanthi F.C.
Club crest
Full name Skoda Xanthi Athlitikos Omilos
Nickname(s) Vasilissa Tis Thrakis (Queen of Thrace)
Founded 1967, as A.C. Xanthi
Ground Skoda Xanthi Arena
Ground Capacity 7,422
Owner Christos Panopoulos
Chairman Aris Pialoglou
Manager Răzvan Lucescu
League Superleague Greece
2014–15 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

Skoda Xanthi F.C. (Greek: Π.Α.Ε. Skoda Ξάνθη Αθλητικός Όμιλος, F.C. Skoda Xanthi Athletic Club) is a Greek football club, based in the city of Xanthi. The club currently competes in the Super League Greece.


The club was formed in 1967 from the merger of two local clubs, Aspida and Orfeas. The name of the team was Xanthi Athletic Club, officially up to 1992. In 1991, Viamar S.A., the official importer of Skoda vehicles in Greece, bought the club from its previous owner and renamed it to Skoda Xanthi Athletic Club.

The club is well set up in terms of their financial support and youth setup. FC Skoda Xanthi participated in the UEFA Cup or Europa League in 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07 and 2013-14 seasons. In the 2004–05 season, Skoda Xanthi finished fourth in the First Division (today Super League), the club's best performance in many years.

Xanthi first played in the first division in 1989.


Xanthi left their old stadium, the Skoda Xanthi Stadium (capacity 9,500), located in near the centre of the city, for the Skoda Xanthi Arena in 2004. Their new stadium sited 8 km outside the city, near Pigadia village, has a capacity of 7,422, however only has 3 stands. When the final stand is finally built, the new capacity will be around 9,000 seats.

Their appearance in the UEFA Cup saw them drawn in the qualifying rounds against English club Middlesbrough, who went on to reach the UEFA Cup final against Sevilla. Xanthi drew bravely 0–0 in the second leg, with Emerson making a return to the Riverside Stadium.

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 July 2013 [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 Greece GK Athanasios Garavelis
3 Cameroon DF Antonio Ghomsi
4 Greece DF Manolis Bertos
5 Greece DF Dimos Baxevanidis
7 Greece MF Panagiotis Triadis
8 Brazil DF Wallace
9 Algeria FW Karim Soltani
10 Spain FW Carlos Calvo
11 Argentina MF Adrián Lucero
12 Greece DF Anastasios Papazoglou
14 Spain MF Walter Fernández
15 Nigeria MF Christian Obodo
16 Greece MF Theodoros Vasilakakis
17 Greece MF Manolis Papasterianos
18 Greece DF Aristotelis Kollaras
No. Position Player
19 Greece MF Argyris Barettas
20 Brazil MF Cleyton
21 Greece MF Konstantinos Fliskas
22 Greece MF Christos Paschalakis
23 Greece DF Dimitris Komesidis
28 Greece DF Dimitris Goutas
30 Greece FW Pantelis Kapetanos
31 Greece DF Christos Lisgaras
55 Greece DF Christos Karipidis
77 Brazil MF Rennan Gonçalves
79 Greece GK Nikolaos Anastasopoulos
82 Greece GK Dimitris Kyriakidis
88 Serbia MF Nikola Beljić
91 Greece GK Michalis Zaropoulos
99 Greece FW Antonis Ranos

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

Retired Numbers[edit]

13Nigeria Olubayo Adefemi, defender (2011) - posthumous honor to the player that died in 2011 in a car accident.

Notable former players[edit]

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

See also Category:Skoda Xanthi F.C. players.


Technical staff[edit]

Coach history[edit]

Former personnel[edit]


Director of Sport

League history[edit]


European matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2002–03 UEFA Cup First round Italy Lazio 0–0 0–4 0–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup First round England Middlesbrough 0–0 0–2 0–2
2006–07 UEFA Cup First round Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 3–4 1–4 4–8
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Northern Ireland Linfield 0–1 2–1 (aet) 2–2
Third qualifying round Belgium Standard Liège 1–2 1–2 2–4


  1. ^ "Skoda Xanthi squad" (in Greek). Superleague Greece. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Abbink, Dinant and Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (2003-08-07). "Greece – Final Tables 1959–1999". RSSSF. 
  3. ^ Abbink, Dinant and Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (2005-05-18). "Greece – List of Second Level Final Tables". RSSSF. 

External links[edit]

Official Sites