Kallithea F.C.

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Kallithea
Kallithéa FC Logo.png
Full name Π.Α.Ε. Γ.Σ. Καλλιθέα
Gymasticos Syllogos Kallithea
Nickname(s) I Blé (The Blues)
Founded 1966; 52 years ago (1966)
Ground Gregoris Lambrakis Stadium
Capacity 4,200 [1]
Chairman Konstantinos Salevris
League Gamma Ethniki
2017–18 Football League, 16th (relegated)
Website Club website

Kallithea F.C. (Greek: Γ.Σ. Καλλιθέα) is a Greek professional football club based in Kallithea, currently competing in the Football League (see Greek football league system).

Background[edit]

The club's full name is Gymnastikos Syllogos Kallithea (Greek: Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Καλλιθέα), meaning Gymnastic Club of Kallithea, which is shortened to G.S. Kallithea (Greek: Γ.Σ. Καλλιθέα).

The club was founded on 18 August 1966, from the merger of five local clubs: Esperos, Iraklis, AE Kallitheas, Kallithaikos, and Pyrsos.[2]

The five stars in Kallithea's club logo represent the five founding clubs.

History[edit]

League[edit]

Kallithea's first season of competitive football was in 1966–67 in the third tier of Greek football. In 1969, the club earned promotion to the second division, for the first time.

In 2002 Kallithea achieved promotion to top flight, for the first time. The first match there in the club's history was a 1–0 loss to Olympiacos at Georgios Kamaras Stadium, on 25 August 2002. The club's first win in the competition came on 14 September, a 3–2 upset of PAOK F.C. at Toumba Stadium, thanks to two goals from Theofanis Gekas.

After a 9th-place finish in 2004–05, Kallithea was relegated back the following season. In 2006–07 and 2007–08, the club finished 7th and 6th in the second level, respectively.[3]

Cup[edit]

Kallithea has reached as far as the quarterfinal stage of the Greek Cup on five occasions: in 1969–70 (eliminated by Aris Thessaloniki), in 1978–79 (eliminated by Panachaiki FC), in 1986–87 (by OFI Crete, who won the competition that year),in 2001–02 (ousted by Olympiacos) and in 2009–10 (eliminated by Panathinaikos,who won the double that year).[4]

Crest and colours[edit]

Crest[edit]

The first emblem of Kallithea consisted of four circles representing the four groups of the merger of 1966. With the addition of Pyrsos in 1967 the circles became five, which caused problems with the Hellenic Olympic Committee. So a new mark was introduced: the shield of an ancient Greek warrior and the five stars in a diagonal line. The emblem of Kallithea reflects the unification of five clubs in the region in 1966, from which the current team emerged. The five teams were Esperos Kallitheas, Iraklis Kallitheas, SA Kallithea, Kallithaikos and Pyrsos Kallitheas. Their twinning and portrayal of the team signifies the peaceful coexistence of all groups but also the tranquility in the area. The glitter of stars adds strength and glamor to the team's effort.

Colours[edit]

As far as the selection of colours is concerned, they could not be anything other than white and blue, the Greek colours, since the initial movement of the local clubs aimed at the dynamic presence, which was easier to do under the blue-white flag. Of course, it is worth noting that both the white and the blue were the colors of the two main groups of the merger, ie Esperos Kallitheas and Iraklis Kallitheas.

Stadium[edit]

Kallithea plays its home matches at Gregoris Lambrakis Stadium in Kallithea. The stadium was built in 1970, and currently has a seating capacity of 4,250.[5]

The ground is commonly referred to by its nickname, El Paso. The site of the stadium used to be a quarry, explaining the tall rock lining the north end of the stadium. When the stadium was being built in the 1960s, Clint Eastwood's Spaghetti Westerns were very popular in Greece, and the stadium's nickname is a reference to Eastwood's 1965 film For a Few Dollars More (which had the Greek title Duel in El Paso), as the stadium's backdrop reminded people of the scenery in the movie.[5]

Honours[edit]

Domestic Titles and honours[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 August 2017

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Dean Gardikiotis
2 Greece DF Konstantinos Valmas (on loan from Panathinaikos)
5 Mali DF Drissa Diakité
6 Portugal DF Braima Candé
7 Greece FW Nikolaos Stamatakos
8 Albania MF Gertin Hoxhalli (on loan from AEL)
9 Albania MF Oresti Mako
11 Brazil FW Pablo
12 Greece GK Nikolaos Stavrianos
14 Greece MF Savvas Iliadis
17 Greece FW Leonidas Kyrizakis
No. Position Player
21 Greece MF Alexios Touroukis
22 Greece FW Michalis Kouiroukidis
24 Greece DF Nikolaos Patas
25 Greece DF Georgios Koutsopodiotis
33 Greece MF Nikolaos Kottas
34 Greece DF Giannis Pitsinos
35 Greece GK Christos Theodorakis (on loan from Atromitos)
38 Greece DF Theodoros Mingos (on loan from Panathinaikos)
77 Greece MF Vasilios Tabakis
97 Albania FW Aurel Gjeci
- Albania FW Tzemil Maskaj

Season to season[edit]

Sources:[6][7][8]

AE Kallithea (before the 1970s)[edit]

  • 1954–55: Division 3 – Group B (Athens FCA)

League and cup history[edit]

Iraklis Athens (before 1966)[edit]

Season Ath 1st Ath A2 Ath 2nd Ath 3rd Pts. Pl. W L T GS GA Diff.
1949–50[9] 4 36 19 31 16
1950–51[10] 12 36 19 22 35
1951–52[11] 12 33 19 26 32
1954–55[12] 10 43 21 31 28
1955–56[13] 1 61 23 59 26
1956–57[14] 12 30 22 28 49
1957–58[15] 13 42 26 29 49
1958–59[16] 9 51 26 34 28
1959–60[17] 7 61 26
1960–61[18] 19 64 42 40 82
1961–62[19] 14 47 30 41
1963–64[20] 7 52 26 28
1964–65[21] 2 60 26 48 25
1965–66[22] 12 50 28 34 46

Kallithaiikos (before 1966)[edit]

Season Ath 1st Ath A2 Ath 2nd Ath 3rd Pts. Pl. W L T GS GA Diff.
1946–47[23] 1 32 10 1
1947–48[24] 8 35 17 33 27 0.89
1948–49[25] 15 32 18 36 44
1949–50[9] 20 21 19 13 47
1950–51[10] 13 36 19 24 27
1951–52[11] 19 28 19 20 36
1954–55[12] 22 6 22 1 64

AE Kallitheas (before 1966)[edit]

Season Ath 1st Ath A2 Ath B1 Ath B2 Pts. Pl. W L T GS GA Diff.
1960–61[18] 7 36 29
1963–64[20] 9 57 30 58 67
1964–65[21] 9 63 30 45 40
1965–66[22] 12 62 34 53 73

After the merger[edit]

Season Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5 Tier 6 Tier 7 Tier 8 Pts. Pl. W L T GS GA Diff. Greek Cup
1967–68[26] 12 33 22 20 32 non-participant
1975–76[27] 1 (G1) 55 30 70 16 unknown
2009–10 2 (S) unknown

Historic results[edit]

  • Athens FCA Cup:

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.kallitheafc.gr/index.php?file=texts&title=Εγκαταστάσεις&menu=Η ΠΑΕ
  2. ^ "Greece – Mergers and name changes". RSSSF.
  3. ^ "Greece – List of second level final tables". RSSSF.
  4. ^ "Greece – Cup data (from Quarterfinals on)". RSSSF.
  5. ^ a b "Gregoris Lambrakis Stadium". Stadia.gr.
  6. ^ Abbink, Dinant; Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (2003-08-07). "Greece – Final Tables 1959–1999". RSSSF.
  7. ^ Abbink, Dinant; Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (2005-05-18). "Greece – List of Second Level Final Tables". RSSSF.
  8. ^ Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (2005-05-18). "Greece – List of Third Level Final Tables". RSSSF.
  9. ^ a b ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1949–50 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  10. ^ a b ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1950–51 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  11. ^ a b ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1951–52 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  12. ^ a b ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1954–55 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  13. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1955–56 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  14. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1956–57 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  15. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1957–58 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  16. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1958–59 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  17. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1959–60 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  18. ^ a b ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1960–61 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  19. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1961–62 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  20. ^ a b ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1963–64 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  21. ^ a b ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1964–65 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  22. ^ a b ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1965–66 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  23. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1946–47 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  24. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1947–48 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  25. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1948–49 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  26. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1967–68 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)
  27. ^ ΕΠΣ Αθηνών 1975–76 – Greek Wikipedia (in Greek)

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