Ioannis Gounaris

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Giannis Gounaris
Personal information
Full name Ioannis Gounaris
Date of birth (1952-07-06) 6 July 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Thessaloniki, Greece
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1982 PAOK 376 (8)
1982–1986 Olympiacos 50 (0)
Total 426 (8)
National team
1971–1983 Greece 27 (0)
Teams managed
1988 Olympiacos
1988–1989 Olympiacos (assistant)
1989 Olympiacos
1989–1990 Xanthi
1991–1992 Xanthi
1992 PAOK
1994 Xanthi
1994–1995 Naoussa
1996 Doxa Dramas
1997 Kastoria
1998 Panserraikos
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ioannis Gounaris (Greek: Γιάννης Γούναρης; born 6 July 1952) is a retired Greek footballer and coach.


Born in Thessaloniki, Gounaris was a right back who played for PAOK FC and Olympiacos FC in the 1970s and 80s.[1] He earned 27 caps for the Greek National team, and participated in Euro 1980.

In the early 1970s Gounaris became known for his plowing runs down the whole right wing, transitioning defence into offence. His partnership with PAOK's left fullback Kostas Iosifidis became formidable not only for PAOK, but for the Greek National team as well. The two backs played a vital role in the team that won PAOK its first ever championship. The duo would go on to play in seven cup finals for PAOK, from 1970 through to 1978. Although Iosifidis decided to remain at PAOK for the duration of his career, Gounaris transferred to PAOK's most fierce rival Olympiacos F.C., once his twelve-year contract expired. PAOK's fans never forgave him for what they saw as betrayal, but his fatal crosses and unceasing runs down the flank ensured that he would always be part of the club's history.

After his retirement as a football player, he went on to manage PAOK F.C. in the 1990s, as well as having a very brief tenure with Olympiacos F.C.[2] He end his career with Makedonikos F.C. in 1987.[3]


  1. ^ Kolokotsios, Lambros (1 November 2010). "Archived copy" Αθλητικοί Φάκελοι (ΓΟΥΝΑΡΗΣ) [Sporting Capsules (Gounaris)] (in Greek). Evrytania News. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Olympiakos's 10 Shortest Lived Managers". Retrieved 6 August 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Λιαλιάτσης, Γιάννης (Lialiatsis, Giannis) (11 July 2011). "Το καμάρι της Νεάπολης" (in Greek). OnSports. Retrieved 23 March 2018.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Anthimos Kapsis
Greece captain
Succeeded by
Nikos Anastopoulos