Asteras Tripoli F.C.

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Asteras Tripolis
Asteras Tripolis.svg
Full name Αθλητικός Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Αστέρας Τρίπολης
(Athletic Gymnastics Society Asteras Tripolis)
Nickname(s) "The Yellow-Blue"
"Arkades" (Arcadians)
Founded 1931; 86 years ago (1931)
Ground Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium
Tripoli, Greece
Ground Capacity 7,616
Owner(s) Dimitris Bakos
Giannis Kaimenakis
Chairman Georgios Borovilos
Manager Staikos Vergetis
League Superleague Greece
2015–16 Superleague Greece, 7th
Website Club home page

Asteras Tripoli Football Club (Greek: "Αστέρας Τρίπολης", transliterated "Asteras Tripolis", translated "Star of Tripoli") is a Greek football club from the town of Tripoli in Arcadia, Greece. The club was founded on March 26, 1931 and since the 2007–08 season, they have played in Superleague Greece, the top professional league in Greece.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Asteras was founded in 1931, in the area near Tripoli's railway station and was formally recognised forthwith. However, the club stayed inactive and during 1932 all football clubs in Tripoli were temporarily dissolved. At the same time, Minas Tsavdaris founded a football club and named it "Keramikos" after his home area.[1] Despite his efforts, Keramikos was never formally recognised, and in 1938 Tsavdaris decided to transfer all of the club's players to Asteras Tripolis, which was still legally recognised.[1] This signified the revival of the club and Asteras managed to compete in the inaugural season (1939–40) of the regional Arcadian League. However, the subsequent German occupation of Greece ended all league competitions abruptly and the club was dissolved once again.

Post-World War II[edit]

After World War II, Asteras was reformed under the name "Neos Asteras" and was accordingly recognised by Tripoli's courts on 23 June 1947.[1] Asteras won five consecutive titles in the Arcadian League (1957–62). The team won consecutive promotions and managed to play for two seasons in the Greek Second Division (1961–63), thus becoming the first team from Tripoli to ever participate in such a high division.[1] In the summer of 1963, Asteras merged with Aris–Atromitos and the new team was named "Athlitikos Omilos Tripolis" (Athletic Club of Tripoli, AOT). AOT's function was based in Asteras' statute and the new club continued its activities until 1968, when it was dissolved once again and was subsequently merged with Arcadikos to form Panarkadikos.

Recent history and era of success[edit]

Asteras was reformed again in 1978.[1] The club participated in the regional Arcadian League until 2003. At 2001 the club entered a new era and led an outstanding streak of performances. They remained unbeaten at home for over 5 years (from 2001 to November 2006) and they managed to move up four divisions, earning the promotion for the Greek Super League as Second Division champions on 12 May 2007.

Asteras made a spectacular start in their first season in the Super League. Their first ever win was against Panathinaikos (1–0[2] in Tripoli) and their first away win against OFI in Crete (3–0).[3] The season was marked by some outstanding performances with the most memorable being the 1–0 home victory against champions Olympiacos. They also managed to win 2–1 against AEK Athens and 2–0 against PAOK at home. Asteras Tripolis became the first and only newly promoted Superleague team that managed to beat Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, PAOK (home and away) and AEK Athens in its first ever appearance in the top division.

Coach Paulo Campos left Asteras on 24 February 2008 with assistant manager Panagiotis Tzanavaras taking over for the rest of the 2007–08 season. Asteras finally ended 7th, missing the European spot in the last games. In the summer of 2008 Asteras announced Carlos Carvalhal as their new manager. He was sacked in mid-season due to poor results which led the team near the relegation zone.[4] He was succeeded by former AEK Athens caretaker manager, Nikos Kostenoglou. In 2009 Asteras signed the Argentine former Internazionale assistant Mario Gómez as their new coach.

The 2012–13 season was the most successful in Asteras' history. They finished third in the Super League (and fourth in the play-offs), securing a place for the 2013–14 Europa League. Meanwhile, they reached the first Greek Cup final in their history, losing 1–3 to Olympiacos after extra time.[5]

Historical kits and Crest[edit]

Emblem versions[edit]

Asteras logo history

First[edit]

Alternative[edit]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit provider Period
Umbro logo13.png
Umbro
2000s–06
Lotto logo.jpeg
Lotto
2006–12
Logo NIKE.svg
Nike
2012–present

Stadium[edit]

Asteras Tripoli's fans

Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium (formally Asteras Tripolis Stadium) is a privately owned football stadium in Tripoli, Greece. Its capacity is 7,600. The stadium was renamed on 22 November 2012 in honour of the hero of the Greek War of Independence, Theodoros Kolokotronis. But the club proposed a new stadium, the New Asteras Tripolis Stadium

Superleague Greece record[edit]

Season League
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P
2007–08 1st 7 30 11 11 8 28 24 44
2008–09 1st 12 30 7 12 11 33 31 33
2009–10 1st 12 30 10 6 14 29 36 36
2010–11 1st 13 30 7 10 13 21 29 31
2011–12 1st 6 30 13 6 11 30 34 45
2012–13 1st 4 30 17 5 8 41 25 56
2013–14 1st 5 34 16 10 8 46 35 58
2014–15 1st 3 34 17 8 9 52 37 59
2015–16 1st 7 30 11 8 11 31 30 41

Notable wins[edit]

Season Match Score
2007–08 Asteras TripolisAEK 2–1
2007–08 Asteras TripolisOlympiacos 1–0
2007–08 Asteras TripolisPanathinaikos 1–0
2007–08 Asteras TripolisPAOK 2–0
2007–08 PAOKAsteras Tripolis 0–1
2008–09 Asteras TripolisAris 4–0
2009–10 Asteras TripolisAEK 2–0
2009–10 ArisAsteras Tripolis 0–1
2010–11 AE LarissaAsteras Tripolis 0–2
2011–12 Asteras TripolisOlympiacos 2–0
2011–12 PAOKAsteras Tripolis 2–3
2012–13 AEKAsteras Tripolis 0–1
2012–13 Asteras TripolisAEK 3–1
2012–13 Asteras TripolisPAOK 1–0
2013–14 Asteras TripolisOlympiacos 2–1
2013–14 Asteras TripolisPanathinaikos 1–0
2013–14 Asteras TripolisPAOK 2–1
2014–15 Asteras TripolisPAOK 3–0
2015–16 Asteras TripolisPAOK 2–1
2015–16 AEKAsteras Tripolis 0–1
2016–17 Asteras TripolisAEK 3–2

European record[edit]

Last update: 10 December 2015

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2Q Azerbaijan Inter Baku 1–1 1–1 2–2 (4–2 p) Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Portugal Marítimo 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 3Q Austria Rapid Wien 1–1 1–3 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Finland RoPS 4–2 1–1 5–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Germany Mainz 05 3–1 0–1 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–0 1–3 3–3 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
Group C England Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 1–5 3rd place Symbol delete vote.svg
Turkey Beşiktaş 2–2 1–1
Serbia Partizan 2–0 0–0
2015–16 UEFA Europa League Group K Germany Schalke 04 0–4 0–4 3rd place Symbol delete vote.svg
Cyprus APOEL 2–0 1–2
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1–1 0–1


Notable wins[edit]

Season Match Score
2014–15 Asteras TripolisMainz 05 3–1
2014–15 Asteras TripolisMaccabi Tel Aviv 2–0
2014–15 Asteras TripolisPartizan 2–0
2015–16 Asteras TripolisAPOEL 2–0

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Divisional history in national level[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January, 2017[16]

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

No. Position Player
1 Slovakia GK Tomáš Košický
2 Brazil MF Dudú
3 Belarus DF Vital Hayduchyk (on loan from BATE Borisov)
5 Greece DF Kostas Triantafyllopoulos
6 Ivory Coast FW Cedric Gondo
7 Argentina FW Pablo Mazza
10 Greece FW Nikolaos Ioannidis
11 Greece FW Michalis Manias
13 Greece MF Stavros Tsoukalas
14 Greece MF Giannis Tsiolis
17 Argentina MF Walter Iglesias
18 Greece DF Kostas Giannoulis
19 Greece MF Kosmas Tsilianidis
20 Argentina FW Luis Fariña (on loan from Benfica)
21 Greece MF Elini Dimoutsos
23 Greece FW Nikos Kaltsas
No. Position Player
25 Greece DF Manolis Bertos
27 Greece MF Giannis Kotsiras
30 Greece GK Giorgos Athanasiadis
31 Serbia MF Aleksandar Stanisavljević
33 Ukraine DF Yevhen Selin
35 Greece DF Ilias Evangelou
54 Morocco MF Rachid Hamdani
62 Greece DF Giorgos Makrostergios
69 France DF Lionel Zouma
72 France MF Jourdain Assen
77 Greece DF Giorgos Kyriakopoulos
90 Italy GK Antonio Donnarumma
96 Brazil DF Igor Carioca
97 Greece DF Gerasimos Papangelis
98 Ukraine MF Nicholas Sereda

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
2 Brazil MF Dudú (to Nea Salamina)

Historical squads[edit]

2013 Greek Cup Final starting lineup vs. Olympiacos (4–5–1)

Affiliated clubs[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Owner(s): Greece Dimitrios Bakos & Greece Giannis Kaimenakis
  • President: Greece Georgios Borovilos
  • 1st Vice-President Greece Nikolaos Bakos
  • 2nd Vice-President Greece Alexandra Kaimenaki

Technical staff[edit]

  • Manager:Greece Staikos Vergetis
  • Assistant Manager: Greece Dimitris Terezopoulos
  • Goalkeeper Coach: GreeceGiorgos Mountakis
  • Head Doctor: Greece Kostas Dimitrakopoulos
  • Physio: Greece Kostas Diamantopoulos

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]