PAS Lamia 1964
Π.Α.Ε. Π.Α.Σ. Λαμία 1964|
(PAS Lamia 1964 Football Club)
|Nickname(s)||Kyanólefki (The Cyan-Whites)|
|Founded||1 June 1964|
|Ground||Lamia Municipal Stadium|
|2017–18||Super League, 13th|
PAS Lamia is a football club based in Lamia, Greece. It was founded in 1964. The club plays in the Super League, the first tier of Greek football. It plays its home matches at the Lamia Municipal Stadium.
Foundation and early years
On June 1, 1964, when the representatives of the clubs of Fthiotida decided to "carve out" a common course, A.S. Lamia was established. In order to reach the final decision, it took a long time and endless hours of negotiations. The "Queen of Fthiotida", as it is called, comes from the merger of Lamiakos and Palamiaki.
In 1961 Hellenic Football Federation decided that from the next season (1962–63) the 2nd National Division, at which Olympiacos Lamia would compete at that time, would consist of 60 teams divided into four groups and the champion from each group would also take the rally for the First National. As a result, at the end of the 1961–62 championship in a general assembly held by the members of Olympiacos Lamia (17/6/1962), they decided to propose to Palamiaki their merger and the creation of a new club and while initially the answer to the "yellow-black" was affirmative, their suggestion that the new group be called Palamiaky was not accepted and so "marriage ended in divorce".
The sinking of the negotiations with Palamiaki led to the new general assembly the members of Olympiacos (24/7/1962), where it was decided to merge the "redcurrants" with the Pamfthiotikos, named Lamiakos, who represented the prefecture in B National in the period 1963–64, but in the same year, the ticket for the category took and Palamiaiki as the champion of the National Team, with the result that Lamia was represented by two clubs in the category. This was also the time to create an association that would come from the union of the largest groups in the city.
On May 25, 1964, at the initiative of the then mayor of Lamia and the football players of the prefecture, a general meeting was held, which did not have the expected result, as it initially resulted in the creation of two new clubs of the AS. Lamia and the AS Thermopylae, however, a week later, on June 1, 1964, it was decided that the latter merged with AS. Ghoul.
Although the "Cyan-Whites" had reached six times near the First National, they had not managed to rise to the first category (until 2017). Nevertheless, their course over the years, combined with the remarkable appearances against the great forces of Greek football in the institution of the cup (2–1 and 1–0 with AEK and with Panathinaikos in the defeat of 1–5, but with the hosts leading to the 15th with Rizopoulos' head and accepting four goals after the first ten minutes of the extension), they have made PAS Lamia 1964 particularly popular in the prefecture of Fthiotida.
PAS Lamia came close to rising in the 2nd National Championship after many years in 2006–07, but eventually finished fourth. During the 2007–08 season and while there were administrative changes, the international player of AEK and Olympiacos, Daniel Batista, was recruited as a coach, but again he did not manage to distinguish himself, winning 13th place with difficulty, ensuring the stay in category 3, bringing 40 points, just 7 over the relegation zone. The following year (2008–09) they were downgraded to D National Division.
In the summer of 2012, Lamia merged with Agrotis Lianokladi, who at that time were in D Ethniki, replacing them in the category, renamed PAS Lamia 1964. In the period 2012–13 they finished first in the 4th group in the regional championship, leaving A.O. Karditsa 5 points behind. At the same time they also won the Cup of Fthiotida, defeating Achilles Domokos with 3–1 in the final.
The following year (2013–14) they finished first in their group at the Gamma Ethniki, ensuring the rise for the second division (Football League) in 2014–15. During the 2014–15 season they competed in the 2nd League of the Football League, where they gained the fourth position. The following year (2015–16) they were ranked fifth in the same championship.
Promotion to the Super League
First year in the Super League
In 2017–18 PAS Lamia had a very satisfying first year in the Super League. Getting some very good results, they gained the 13th place with 30 points, securing a spot in the 2018–19 Super League. Such results were: Asteras Tripolis–PAS Lamia 1–3, PAS Lamia–Panionios 1–0, PAS Lamia–Panathinaikos 1–1, PAS Lamia–Asteras Tripolis 1–0, Platanias–PAS Lamia 1–2, PAS Lamia–PAS Giannina 2–1. The highlight of the year was the elimination of Panathinaikos in the last 16 of the Greek Cup with a 4–2 aggregate (4–1 at home, 0–1 away).
- Football League 2
- Winners (2): 1972–73, 2013–14
- Delta Ethniki
- Winners (4): 1989–90, 1993–94, 1999–00, 2003–04
- Phthiotis FCA Championship
- Winners (1): 1972–73
- Phthiotis FCA Cup
- Winners (9): 1972–73, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2012–13
- As of 5 September 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- "History of the club" (in Greek). lamia1964.gr.
- "The transformation of Lamia's stadium" (in Greek). sport24.gr.
- "Football history of the city of Lamia" (in Greek). kaliterilamia.gr.
- "Merge of Agrotis Lianokladi-AS Lamia" (in Greek). evrytanika.gr. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- "Fiesta for the promotion in the Super League" (in Greek). speaker.gr.
- "Festivals for the promotion" (in Greek). speaker.gr. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- "Team's rewards for the promotion" (in Greek). mag24.gr. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
- "Apollon Smyrnis and Lamia celebrates their promotion to the Super League" (in Greek). lamiasports.gr.