Anagennisi Karditsa F.C.
|Full name||A.S. Anagennisi Karditsas 1904 PAE|
|2015–16||Football League, 8th|
One of the oldest clubs in Greek football, Anagennisi was formed in 1904 in the southwestern Thessalian city of Karditsa as the football department of the multisport club ASA (Greek: Αθλητικός Σύλλογος Αναγέννησης - Athlitikos Syllogos Anagennisis), the Athletic Association Anagennisi. The name of the club comes from the Greek word for Rebirth.
Playing in the independent Thessalian League from 1929 to 1962, it joined the newly established Greek second division in time for Season 1962-63. When the Greek football league became professional in 1979, the football department of ASA was reformed as a Football Public Limited Company, or PAE (Greek: ΠΑΕ - Ποδοσφαιρική Ανώνυμη Εταιρία / Podosferiki Anonymi Eteria) and continued to compete as PAE Anagennisi Karditsas (FC Anagennisi Karditsa).
One of the highlights in Anagennisi Karditsa's history is the victory over Olympiakos Piraeus for the Greek Cup in 1993-94 as well as the win against Paniliakos F.C. for the Greek semi-professional Cup final in 1981. In 2008 Anagennisi Karditsa reach the Gamma Ethniki play-off and beat Ilioupoli F.C. 2-0 in Athens to win promotion to Beta Ethniki.
Anagennisi Karditsa is a well-supported club by regional football standards, and their passion is very well known. They hold the record for the most fans to ever attend an away game for Gamma Ethniki in 2008, with 7.000 supporters in the play-off match against Ilioupoli. In 2008-09 season Anagennisi Karditsa had the fourth best average in attendance despite having only avoided relegation in the last fixture against Veria F.C..
Supporters & Rivalries
Anagennisi Karditsa's main rivals are Trikala F.C., from the neighbouring city of Trikala, and Ionikos F.C.. For many years, Anagennisi also maintained a bitter local rivalry with AOK. The fans have friendly relations with fans of Doxa Drama F.C. and Panetolikos F.C..
Anagennisi Karditsa currently plays its home games at the Municipal Stadium of Karditsa (Δημοτικό Στάδιο Καρδίτσας), located in the eastern part of Karditsa. In January 2010 the stadium capacity was extended to 9.500 seats. Club training facilities are located in the nearby southern borough of Rousso.
As of 1 September, 2016. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Players with two nationalities
- Andreas Stamatiadis (1973–74)
- Georgios Paraschos (1993)
- Vaios Karagiannis (2006-08 & 2010–unknown)
- Giannis Mangos (2016-present)