Giorgos Kalafatis

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Giorgos Kalafatis
Personal information
Date of birth (1890 -03-17)17 March 1890
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Date of death 19 February 1964(1964-02-19) (aged 73)
Place of death Athens, Greece
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1905-1906 Ethnikos G.S.
1906-1907 Panellinios G.S.
1908-1923 Panathinaikos F.C.
National team
1919–1920 Greece 5 (0)
Teams managed
1914-1916 Panathinaikos
1917-1923 Panathinaikos
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Giorgos Kalafatis (in Greek: Γιώργος Καλαφάτης, born in 1890[1] in Exarcheia, Athens - a few hundred meters away from Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium - was a Greek footballer, manager, track and field athlete and the founder of Panathinaikos.

Sports career[edit]

The Greek national team for the Inter-Allied Games in Paris, 1919. Kalafatis is seated, second from right.

Being a big athletic talent, he distinguished himself in track and field sports. But football was his big passion. He played for Ethnikos G.S. Athens and when his later club Panellinios decided to discontinue its football team, Kalafatis together with 40 other athletes broke away and established in February 1908 the first team of Panathinaikos, named Podosfairikos Omilos Athinon (POA) at the time.[2]

Apart from Giorgos Kalafatis, other establishing members of POA were: his brother Alexandros who was the first president, Emmanouil Chrysis, Dimitris Doukakis, Periklis Mpoumpoulis, Granitsas, Mantzakos, Papageorgiou, Gaetas, Demertzis, Stavropoulos, Paschos, Misakian, Reppas, Sapounias, Garoufalias.[3]

In 1919, he was a member of the Greek national team that participated in the Inter-Allied Games in Paris. He was also a player/manager for Greece in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp.

Kalafatis played football until the early '20s. After he retired, he remained in Panathinaikos as an official.

Personal life[edit]

While being an athlete, he graduated from the Health Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He pursued a career in the Hellenic Navy, taking part in the Balkan Wars and in World War I and reaching up to the rank of Rear Admiral.

He died on 19 February 1964.