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Panathinaikos
EmblemPAO.png
Nickname The Trifolium
The Greens
The Great Club
Founded 1919
Ground Panellinios Indoor Hall
Athens, Greece
(Capacity: 1,700)
Chairman Greece Dimitris Kassaris
Manager Greece Dimitris Andreopoulos
League Greek Volleyleague
2015–16 5th
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Panathinaikos V.C. (Greek: ΤΑΑ Παναθηναϊκός Α.Ο.), also known simply as Panathinaikos, or with its full name Panathinaikos A.O. (Greek: Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος, transliterated "Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos", Panathenaic Athletic Club) is the professional volleyball team of the major Athens based multi-sport club Panathinaikos A.O.. Founded in 1919, it is one of the oldest and most successful volleyball clubs in Greece. They have won 18 Greek Championships finishing 6 times undefeated (1962–63, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1974–75), 6 Greek Cups and 1 Greek Super Cup. They have reached also twice the CEV Cup final (1979–80, 2008–09).

Notable Greek player have played for the team, while foreign world-class players that have played with the club include Dante Amaral, Marcelo Elgarten, André Nascimento, Frank Depestele, Liberman Agamez, Peter Pláteník, Jakub Novotný, Plamen Konstantinov, Boyan Yordanov, Björn Andrae, Andrija Gerić, Clayton Stanley, Ernardo Gómez, Renaud Herpe, Guillaume Samica, Dawid Murek, Paweł Zagumny and Łukasz Żygadło.

History[edit]

The volleyball department of Panathinaikos was founded in 1919 and is one of the first in Greece. With the participation of Giorgos Kalafatis in the Inter-Allied Games of Paris in 1919, and the informations he collected, the sport became more known in Greece. The same year the officials of the club decided the creation of a volleyball team.

The first dynamic presence of the team is dated back in the years 1927–29 with many popular players of the time such as the founder Giorgos Kalafatis, the historical member of the board Apostolos Nikolaidis, as well as players such as Athanasios Aravositas, Goumas, Arg. Nikolaidis, Papageorgiou and Papastefanou. In the following years the interest for volleyball became less until before World War II when Panathinaikos presented a powerful team with leader players such as Lambrou, Vallidis, Momferatos, Tzoumanis, Proselentis, Lykouris, Kakridis and more.

During the 60’s and 70’s, Panathinaikos' volleyball club won many titles and honors due to the fact that the team roster has always included some of the leading volleyball players and coaches in Greece. The first and most popular generation of players of 60’s was Andreas and Nikos Bergeles, as well as Iliopoulos, Leloudas, Chasapis, Emmanouil, Perros and Fotiou who opened the road for the next generations. Notable coaches of this era was the leading figure of the department Gerasimos Theodoratos, the Yugoslavian Sava Grozdanović and later the ex-player of the team Andreas Bergeles.

The most important achievement of the team was the participation in the final of the European Cup in 1980 with Grozdanović as coach and players such as Georgantis, Agrapidakis, Iliopoulos, Papadopoulos, Malousaris, Gountakos, Astras, Kokkinaras and Koliopoulos. In the following years, Panathinaikos team continued to dominate the Greek championship with Janusz Badora as coach and players such as Kazazis, Tentzeris, Gontikas, Galakos, Dimitriadis, Margaronis, Karamaroudis and Andreopoulos.

Two of the most successful periods have been 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons, when Panathinaikos won 2 consecutive championships with Stelios Prosalikas as head coach and Andreopoulos, Triantafillidis, Filippov, Spanos, Hatziantoniou, Ouzounov, A. Kovacev, S. Kovacev, Karamaroudis, Mavrakis, Konstantinidis, Zakynthinos, Koutouleas, Tonev as players.

In 2001 the department became professional under the presidency and financial support of Vlassis Stathokostopoulos and later Thanasis Giannakopoulos.

In 2004 the team won the Championship with the ex-player Stelios Kazazis as coach. WIth the Brazilian star-player Dante Amaral and Marcelo Elgarten, they made a strong team and finished again first in 2006, while they reached again the final of the European Cup in 2009.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

European[edit]

  • Shield of the European Union.svg CEV Cup
    • Runners-up (2): 1980, 2009

Current men's volleyball squad[edit]

As of 14 October 2016

Shirt No Player Birth Date Height [cm] Position
1 Greece Athanasios Maroulis (1988-07-09) July 9, 1988 (age 28) 188 Setter
2 Cuba Osniel Melgarejo (1997-12-18) December 18, 1997 (age 19) 195 Outside Hitter
3 Greece Theologos Daridis (1991-07-18) July 18, 1991 (age 25) 177 Libero
4 Greece Dimitris Charalampidis (1991-03-06) March 6, 1991 (age 26) 200 Middle Blocker
5 Greece Ionas Rezk (1991-01-25) January 25, 1991 (age 26) 189 Setter
6 Greece Theofanis Rousopoulos (2000-07-21) July 21, 2000 (age 16) 190 Setter
7 Greece Thomas Dimitriadis (1992-04-09) April 9, 1992 (age 24) 192 Outside Hitter
8 Serbia Lazar Ćirović (1992-02-26) February 26, 1992 (age 25) 200 Outside Hitter
9 Greece Giorgos Siros (1990-10-16) October 16, 1990 (age 26) 183 Libero
10 Argentina José Luis González (1984-12-27) December 27, 1984 (age 32) 206 Opposite
11 Greece Christos Mpelos (1980-06-29) June 29, 1980 (age 36) 197 Opposite
12 Brazil Víctor Rangel (1990-10-29) October 29, 1990 (age 26) 208 Middle Blocker
13 Greece Charis Andreopoulos (2001-01-23) January 23, 2001 (age 16) 192 Outside Hitter
14 Greece Sotiris Pantaleon (1980-06-21) June 21, 1980 (age 36) 202 Middle Blocker
15 Greece Petros Kalas (1994-07-23) July 23, 1994 (age 22) 190 Outside Hitter
16 Greece Alexandros Kechagias (2000-03-02) March 2, 2000 (age 17) 183 Libero
17 Greece Dimitris Paleologos (2000-04-24) April 24, 2000 (age 16) 192 Outside Hitter

Technical and managerial staff[edit]

Staff
General Manager Greece Giorgos Alexandris
Head Coach Greece Dimitris Andreopoulos
Assistant coach Greece Pavlos Karamaroudis
Trainer Greece Vangelis Polymeropoulos
Club's doctor Greece Christos Diakosias
Head of rehabilitation Greece Napoleon Charisis
Physiotherapist Greece Apostolos Stafylopatis
Statistician Greece Dimitris Markakis

Selected former players[edit]

Selected former coaches[edit]

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
CEV Champions League
1995-96 7th place
1996-97 5th place
2007-08 Play-off 6
Cup Winners Cup
1976-77 Quarter-final
1979-80 Final defeated by Panini Modena, 2-3 sets in Athens
1981-82 Quarter-final
1983-84 Quarter-final
1987-88 Quarter-final
1988-89 Final four 3rd place
1989-90 Quarter-final
1990-91 Quarter-final
1991-92 Quarter-final
Top Teams Cup
2005-06 Final four 3rd place
CEV Cup
2001-02 Quarter-final eliminated by Asystel Milano
2002-03 Quarter-final eliminated by Tourcoing Lille Metropole
2003-04 Final four 4th place
2008-09 Final 2nd place

Historical performance in the league[edit]

Period Position W L Sets
1958-59 ?  ?  ?  ?
1959-60 ?  ?  ?  ?
1960-61 2nd 2 1 8–3
Period Position W L Sets
1961-62 3rd 3 2 12–6
1962-63 1st 5 0 15–0
1964-65 2nd 4 1 13–6
Period Position W L Sets
1964-65 1st 4 1 13–8
1965-66 1st 5 0 15–5
1966-67 1st 6 0 18–1
Period Position W L Sets
1967-68 2nd 5 1 15–5
Period Position W L Sets
1968–69 2nd 12 2 39–9
1969–70 1st 22 0 66–6
1970–71 1st 22 0 66–8
1971–72 1st 22 2  ;
1972–73 1st 21 1 65–12
1973–74 2nd 22 2  ;
1974–75 1st 22 0  ;
1975–76 2nd 13 2  ;
1976–77 1st 14 1  ;
1977–78 2nd 20 2  ;
1978–79 2nd 15 7  ;
1979–80 2nd 16 2 50–13
Period Position W L Sets
1980–81 2nd 18 4 59–20
1981–82 1st 21 1 64–8
1982–83 2nd 20 2 63–10
1983–84 1st 26 2 82–13
1984–85 1st 27 1 82–14
1985–86 1st 21 1 64–10
1986–87 2nd 20 2 61–12
1987–88 2nd 20 2 64–10
1988–89 2nd 17 3 53–17
1989–90 2nd 20 2 63–15
1990–91 2nd 16 5 50–19
1991–92 2nd 17 6  ;
Period Position W L Sets
1992–93 5th 11 10 43–36
1993–94 5th 13 9 48–37
1994–95 1st 25 4  ;
1995–96 1st 24 3 76–20
1996–97 4th 19 7 62–32
1997–98 4th 17 10 54–37
1998–99 7th 11 13 44–49
1999–00 7th 9 15 41–52
2000–01 3rd 18 9 59–37
2001–02 3rd 21 5 69–30
2002–03 3rd 17 9 59–41
2003–04 1st 23 5 71–32
Period Position W L Sets
2004–05 3rd 19 9 66–37
2005–06 1st 29 2 88–23
2006–07 2nd 25 5 80–27
2007–08 2nd 25 5 80–25
2008–09 2nd 25 6 79–39
2009–10 2nd 25 7 86–34
2010–11 3rd 16 8 56–34
2011–12 10th 5 19 29–61
2012–13 10th 6 19 34–62
2013–14 10th 11 16 42–58
2014–15 4th 16 11 59–48
2015–16 5th 13 9 45–39

Sponsorships[edit]

Historical uniforms[edit]

1980
2005
2010

Presidents[edit]

  • 2001-08: Vlassis Stathokostopoulos
  • 2008-09: Thanasis Giannakopoulos
  • 2009-11: Thodoris Liakopoulos
  • 2011: Stratos Sopilis
  • 2011-13: Chronis Akritidis
  • 2013-16: Manolis Ladoukakis
  • 2016-: Dimitris Kassaris

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]