A.P.S. Zakynthos

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A.P.S. Zakynthos
Zakynthos fc logo.jpg
Full name A.P.S. Zakynthos (Athlitikos Podosfairikos Sillogos Zakynthos)
Founded 1961
Ground Zakynthians Olympic Champions Ground, Zakynthos, Greece
Ground Capacity 2,000
Owner Stelios Gounaris
Chairman Stelios Gounaris
Manager Vanja Radinović
League Gamma Ethniki
2015–16 Football League 15th (Relegation)

A.P.S. Zakynthos (Greek: Α.Π.Σ. Ζάκυνθος, Αθλητικός Ποδοσφαιρικός Σύλλογος Ζάκυνθος) is a Greek football club, based in Zakynthos, Greece. It was founded in 1969.

History[edit]

The club was officially founded in 1969 after the merger of two other local clubs, one of them founded in 1961, explaining the older foundation date on the team's logo.

The team had the chance to win promotion to Beta Ethniki in 1973 and in 1975 when they won the local championship of Ileia - Zakynthos, thus taking part to the Promotion Play-Offs against other local unions' champions from southern Greece.

However, they failed to be promoted, finishing in their promotion group's 2nd place both of the times while only the 1st teams of each Play - Off group was to be promoted.

From the middle of the 1970s until the early 1980s, the team was participating in a new amateur championship named "Ethniki Erasitechniki", which was the 3rd highest level of football at the time in Greece. It is also the first format of the today's Gamma Ethniki Championship. In 1982, the club was relegated to newly created, Greek 4th National Division and in 1987 when they were relegated to local championships.

The years that followed the club was constantly promoting and relegating between Delta Ethniki and Zakynthos' Local Championship.

Finally, in 1997, they were able to avoid being relegated again from Delta Ethniki. In the years that followed they kept performing continuously in the league by regularly finishing in the top-half of the table.

In 2006 they were promoted for their first ever time to semi-professional Gamma Ethniki after winning the championship in Delta Ethniki's 6th Group.

However, their debut in the division was not ideal and they were relegated again in the 4th tier of Greece after finishing last in their group in 2006 - 2007 season.

They re-won the title in their group the next season, though, and were instantly repromoted to Gamma Ethniki were they stabilized. In 2011- 2012 season the team achieved its highest ever position finishing 3rd in their group and competing in the promotion Play-Offs without success.

Beta Ethniki[edit]

After finishing 7th in the Northern Group of 2013 Gamma Ethniki Zakynthos was promoted to Beta Ethniki , being favoured by HFF's decision to increase the number of teams in the upper division , and the inability of a number of other clubs to support their participation to the upcoming Beta Ethniki season due to financial problems. This led to an increased number of teams from the 3rd division being promoted with Zakynthos being amidst them , as it was made official in July 2013.

Zakynthos made their first Beta Ethniki appearance playing in the Northern Group where they finished 9th, managing to avoid relegation with ease. The next season it was the most successful in the team's history as they managed to finish 5th in their group, their highest position ever.

In season 2015-16 , Beta Ethniki merged again in one group of 18 clubs with Zakynthos taking part for 3rd straight season in the division. However , the club experienced financial problems and they faced the deduction of 3 points that proved to be costly in their relegation battle. They ended up finishing 15th , just one point away from safety and they returned to amateur divisions.

To this day, the 2nd tier of Greece , is the highest level of football that APS Zakynthos has ever competed.

Return to Gamma Ethniki[edit]

After being relegated from Beta Ethniki they returned to Gamma Ethniki, the 3rd highest level of football in Greece, where they will be competing for the 2016-17 season.

Current squad[edit]

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 Dimitrios Politis
4 Greece DF Konstantinos Kyriakidis
5 Greece DF Giannis Kallivokas
6 Greece DF Alexandros Kabouris
7 Morocco MF Jaouad Zairi
8 Greece MF Rafail Pettas
9 Greece FW Nikolaos Lekkas
11 Greece FW Giannis Vythoulkas
14 Greece FW Theofilos Samaris
16 Greece MF Stefanos Geranios
17 Belgium FW Allan Meddour
20 Greece MF Dimitrios Anastasiadis
21 Greece MF Sotiris Zelios
22 Greece DF Nikolaos Pettas
No. Position Player
27 Greece MF Dimitrios Kovatsis
28 Greece MF Panagiotis Tavtaridis
29 Greece FW Leonidas Kostoulas
33 Greece DF Thomas Graikos
45 Greece MF Vasilios Dontsos
80 Greece MF Giannis Balabanos
90 Albania MF Olsi Vulka
91 Greece FW Konstantinos Kardaris
99 Canada GK Amraj Lally

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Notes
1977/78 3 Ethniki Erasitechniki 18th Relegated, -2 pts
1978/79 4 Local Championships 1st Champions, Promoted
1979/80 3 Ethniki Erasitechniki 6th
1980/81 3 Ethniki Erasitechniki 18th -12 points
1981/82 3 Ethniki Erasitechniki 14th Relegated, -6 pts
1982/83 4 Delta Ethniki -
1983/84 4 Delta Ethniki 12th
1984/85 4 Delta Ethniki -
1985/86 4 Delta Ethniki 2nd
1986/87 4 Delta Ethniki 7th Relegated
1987/88 5 Local Championships 1st Champions
1988/89 5 Local Championships 1st Champions, Promoted
1989/90 5 Delta Ethniki 9th
1990/91 4 Delta Ethniki 14th
1991/92 4 Delta Ethniki 17th Relegated
1992/93 5 Local Championships 1st Champions, Promoted
1993/94 4 Delta Ethniki 12th Relegated
1994/95 5 Local Championships 1st Champions, Promoted
1995/96 4 Delta Ethniki 15th Relegated, -6 pts
1996/97 5 Local Championships 1st Champions, Promoted
Season Tier Division Place Notes
1997/98 4 Delta Ethniki 4th
1998/99 4 Delta Ethniki 3rd
1999/00 4 Delta Ethniki 9th
2000/01 4 Delta Ethniki 6th
2001/02 4 Delta Ethniki 9th
2002/03 4 Delta Ethniki 6th
2003/04 4 Delta Ethniki 7th
2004/05 4 Delta Ethniki 3rd
2005/06 4 Delta Ethniki 1st Champions, Promoted
2006/07 3 Gamma Ethniki 18th Relegated
2007/08 4 Delta Ethniki 1st Champions, Promoted
2008/09 3 Gamma Ethniki 6th
2009/10 3 Gamma Ethniki 4th
2010/11 3 Gamma Ethniki 13th
2011/12 3 Gamma Ethniki 3rd Promotion Play-Offs
2012/13 3 Gamma Ethniki 7th Promoted
2013/14 2 Football League 9th
2014/15 2 Football League 5th Relegation Play-Offs
2015/16 2 Football League 15th Relegated, -3pts
2016/17 3 Gamma Ethniki

Honours[edit]

APS Zakynthos has , traditionally , been the strongest football club in the island of Zakynthos. They are the team with the most wins of the Zakynthos Local Championships' Top Division and domestic cup.

The club has also emerged as one of the best teams in the regions of the Ionian Islands and Western Greece during the last years , having won the title twice in their regional group in Delta Ethniki.

Winners (2): 2005-06, 2007-08
Winners (5) – record: 1987-88, 1988-89, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1996-97
Winners (18) – record: 1987-88, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08
  • Elis Local Division
Winners (3): 1972-73, 1974-75, 1978-79
  • Elis Local Cup
Winners (2): 1972-73, 1976-77

Notable players[edit]

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