Panetolikos F.C.

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Panetolikos F.C.
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Full name ΠΑΕ Παναιτωλικός Γυμναστικός Φιλεκπαιδευτικός Σύλλογος
Nickname(s) Kanarinia (Canaries)
Titormus
Cyanokitrinoi (Cyan-Yellows)
Founded 1926
Ground Panetolikos Stadium
Agrinio, Greece
Ground Capacity 7,000
Owner Fotis Kostoulas
Chairman Fotis Kostoulas
Manager Makis Chavos
League Superleague Greece
2015–16 Superleague Greece, 11th
Website Club home page

Panetolikos F.C. (Greek: ΠΑΕ Παναιτωλικός), or with its full name Panaetolikos Gymnastikos Philekpaideutikos Syllogos (Greek: Παναιτωλικός Γυμναστικός Φιλεκπαιδευτικός Σύλλογος, Pan-Aetolian Gymnastic and Educational Club), is an association football club based in Agrinio, Greece. It was founded in 1926 and is considered one of the historical clubs in Greece, having participated so far in the Greek First Division six times (1976, 1977, 2011,2013, 2014, and 2015). Some of the most well known players that started their career in the club are Stratos Apostolakis, former Greek recordman in international caps (96), and Petros Michos.

The club's symbol is Titormus, the ancient Aetolian hero and their motto is Τίτορμος Αιτωλός Ούτος Άλλος Ηρακλής, translated as Titormus the Aetolian is another Heracles.

Honours[edit]

National (7)

  • Beta Ethniki (Second Division)
    • Championships (2): 1975, 2011
  • Gamma Ethniki (Third Division)
    • Championships (3): 1985, 1992, 1996
  • Delta Ethniki (Fourth Division)
    • Championships (2): 1989, 2004

Regional (2)

  • Mainland Greece Championship
    • Championship (1): 1955
  • Youth Team, South Greece championship, 2nd and 3rd National Division
    • Championship (1): 2007

League performances[edit]

Season Categ. & Pos. W–D–L Goals Points Season Categ. & Pos. W–D–L Goals Points Season Categ. & Pos. W–D–L Goals Points Season Categ. & Pos. W–D–L Goals Points
1962–63 Beta Ethniki 3rd 15–8–5 40–16 71 1979–80 Beta Ethniki 5th 17–5–16 56–36 39 1996–97 Beta Ethniki 4th 17–11–6 53–30 62 2013-14 Superleague 8th 11–9–14 32–33 42
1963–64 Beta Ethniki 6th 15–4–9 47–30 62 1980–81 Beta Ethniki 7th 14–10–14 36–34 38 1997–98 Beta Ethniki 6th 14–11–9 55–42 53 2014-15 Superleague 7th 14–10–10 41–28 52
1964–65 Beta Ethniki 2nd 18–6–9 49–23 75 1981–82 Beta Ethniki 9th 15–11–12 44–36 41 1998–99 Beta Ethniki 13th 11–8–15 43–57 41 2015-16 Superleague 11th 9–8–13 30–46 35
1965–66 Beta Ethniki 3rd 14–9–7 42–25 67 1982–83 Beta Ethniki 3rd 21–6–11 53–33 48 1999–00 Beta Ethniki 8th 14–8–12 43–34 50
1966–67 Beta Ethniki 7th 15–9–10 45–32 73 1983–84 Beta Ethniki 17th 13–9–16 39–40 35 2000–01 Beta Ethniki 11th 12–6–12 39–45 42
1967–68 Beta Ethniki 5th 12–8–10 39–30 62 1984–85 Gamma Ethniki 1st 21–14–5 64–28 56 2001–02 Gamma Ethniki 15th 6–7–17 24–46 25
1968–69 Beta Ethniki 7th 14–7–13 45–40 69 1985–86 Beta Ethniki 10th 14–9–15 49–53 37 2002–03 Delta Ethniki 2nd 23–6–1 68–8 76
1969–70 Beta Ethniki 6th 15–7–12 47–33 71 1986–87 Beta Ethniki 16th 13–10–15 39–56 36 2003–04 Delta Ethniki 1st 27–2–1 81–8 83
1970–71 Beta Ethniki 3rd 17–7–10 46–30 75 1987–88 Gamma Ethniki 9th 15–9–10 46–32 37 2004–05 Gamma Ethniki 9th 14–3–15 38–32 45
1971–72 Beta Ethniki 18th 11–11–16 28–40 71 1988–89 Delta Ethniki 1st 22–4–8 72–27 48 2005–06 Gamma Ethniki 7th 12–9–11 33–27 45
1972–73 Regional 1st 1989–90 Gamma Ethniki 8th 14–10–14 45–40 38 2006–07 Gamma Ethniki 4th 15–13–6 56–33 58
1973–74 Beta Ethniki 8th 17–8–13 47–31 42 1990–91 Gamma Ethniki 5th 13–11–10 32–28 37 2007–08 Gamma Ethniki 3rd 18–8–8 58–28 62
1974–75 Beta Ethniki 1st 22–10–6 75–27 54 1991–92 Gamma Ethniki 1st 19–8–7 50–27 46 2008–09 Gamma Ethniki 2nd 21–7–6 56–14 70
1975–76 Alpha Ethniki 15th 3–13–14 17–41 19 1992–93 Beta Ethniki 17th 10–8–16 31–46 38 2009–10 Beta Ethniki 7th 13–11–10 43–36 50
1976–77 Alpha Ethniki 17th 9–8–17 25–51 26 1993–94 Gamma Ethniki 8th 10–16–8 45–35 46 2010–11 Beta Ethniki 1st 23–6–5 47–19 75
1977–78 Beta Ethniki 15th 13–10–15 65–49 36 1994–95 Gamma Ethniki 8th 10–16–8 45–35 46 2011–12 Superleague 15th 7–7–16 23–37 28
1978–79 Beta Ethniki 5th 17–7–14 48–46 41 1995–96 Gamma Ethniki 1st 20–7–7 61–33 67 2012–13 Beta Ethniki 4th 20–13–7 55–23 73
  • Point system: 1959–60 to 1972–73: 3–2–1. 1973–74 to 1991–92: 2–1–0. 1992–93 onwards: 3–1–0.

2008/09 Season: Promotion to Second Division[edit]

Panetolikos won an epic play-offs tie against fellow third tier side Rodos to win promotion to the Beta Ethniki for the 2009–10 season. The tie was played in Athens at the Nea Smyrni Stadium, in front of full house, with 8,000 loyal fans traveling from Agrinio to support the team. After going down 1–0 early, the team staged an impressive fight back to win the game 2–1 with two goals in the last 5 minutes. Scenes of joy followed as one of the better supported teams in rural Greece won promotion. Now in the Football League, Panetolikos continue to get terrific support, both home and away.

2010/11 Season: Promotion to Super League[edit]

After terrific performances inside and outside Agrinio, Panetolikos managed to win the last three critical matches (Ethnikos- Panetolikos 0–1, Panetolikos-Diagoras Rodou 3–0 and Ilioupoli-Panetolikos 2–3) and promoted to Superleague. The team's 2010 performances have set new records for the Football League championship: point record (75 gathered after 34 games), away wins record (10 wins out of 23 total). Panetolikos had celebrated their promotion at home with a Friendly match against Panionios, a Superleague team, on 20 May 2011.

2011/12 Season: Demotion to Football League[edit]

After a very bad second round of results at Superleague, Panetolikos demoted to Football League. The chairman of the club, Mr. Kostoulas after seven years, resigned from his position. After this the whole board resigned. Most of the players left the club, said that they wanted to return at their countries, or they want to play for other teams with better contracts.

2012/13 Season: Promotion to SuperLeague[edit]

With Mr. Kostoulas again as a president, Panetolikos managed to get promoted to Superleague via play-offs after six difficult games, especially the last one with Olympiakos Volou, which Panetolikos won 1–2. After the end of the game the city of Agrinio celebrated the promotion until dawn.

2013/14 Season[edit]

The team had its most successful year so far in the First Division, finishing in the 8th place. In 2014–15 season, form of the team improved and finished First Division as 7th.

Facilities[edit]

Panetolikos Stadium[edit]

Panetolikos Stadium (Greek: Γήπεδο Παναιτωλικού -Gipedo Panetolikou) is a football stadium in Agrinio, Greece. It is currently used for football matches, mainly as the home stadium of Panetolikos. It is located at Prousiotissis Street and it holds 7,500 people. Its highest attendance was 11,012 people during a match against Olympiakos in 1977. There are plans to increase the seating capacity of the stadium to 8,800 spectators. Nowadays the average attendance is 6,000.

Panetolikos Stadium has three stands. It has been used as a football ground since 1930, however the first stand (the small one) was not constructed until the mid-1950s. The main west stand was built in the 1970s. Unfortunately, in the years that followed little else happened to the stadium, which gradually fell into disrepair. This was the situation until 2005, when the new owner of the club, Fotis Kostoulas, revealed his plans for the complete reconstruction of the stadium.

Stadium Situation: 2006-2011

The stadium features plastic seats, the club's offices, Panetolikos' boutique and coffee shops.

2006: The big stand was completely renovated, a brand new stand with a modern roof.

2010: The small stand was renovated, in the center it was added a second level of seats with roof.

2011: Works have begun after the promotion of the team to Superleague in order to increase the capacity of the stadium by 1400 seats approximately. Plus, additional lighting was added. Recently the lighting has finished, with the power of each light at 1600 lux, which oversatisfy the Greek Superleague and UEFA's 4 stars (where a team can play UEFA Champions League games) requirements.

Supporters[edit]

Even though Agrinio is a small city, Panetolikos supporters known as "The Warriors" & "Guerreros" are known for their loyalty to their team. Supporters can roughly be categorized to Gate 6 which represents the most radical and young part of the team's fanbase and other fan unions which attract less radical and older Panetolikos fans. First division promotion has set in motion more Panetolikos fan clubs in Aetoloakarnania and northern Greece (Thessaloniki). Up until now, the prestigious fan clubs of the team are:

Gate 6

  • 1. Warriors (Fan club in Agrinio, since 1981)
  • 2. Guerreros (Fan club in Athens)
  • 3. Brooklyn (Fan club in Agrinio, area of St.Demetrius)

Other fan clubs

  • 4. LE.FI.PA. (Club of Panetolikos Fans in Agrinio )
  • 5. S.F.P (Club of Panetolikos Supporters in Agrinio)

Nicknames[edit]

Panetolikos was given the nickname The Canaries (Greek: Τα καναρίνια) in the 1960s, due to the team's colour. Panetolikos is very proud of its nickname, thus its mascot is a canary with the name PANETOS.

Panetolikos was also given the nickname Titormus, from the ancient hero.

Crest and colours[edit]

Panaitolikos crest depicts Titormus, the ancient hero of Aetolia. The club's motto (also depicted on the crest) is Τίτορμος Αιτωλός Ούτος Άλλος Ηρακλής, translated as Titormus the Aetolian is another Heracles. The colours of the team are yellow and blue or cyan.

Crest evolution[edit]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
1982–83 Diadora OPAP
1983–86 New Balance New Balance
1989–91 Asics OPAP
1991–92 Katsikis Keramopiia
1992–93 Lotto National Insurance Company
1993–94 Puma
1994–95 Adidas
1995–96 Pony
1996–98 Umbro
1998–00 Adidas
2000–01 Diadora Interamerican
2001–03 Puma OPAP
2003–04 Nike
2004–05 Puma Politeia Newspaper
2005–07 NEBB
2007–08 Lotto NBGI Private Equity
2008–11 OPAP
2011–13 Hummel Go Lucky
2013–14 Umbro
2014–15 Tempo Joker
2015–00 Joma Pame Stoixima

Current sponsorships:

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 February 2017[1]

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

No. Position Player
2 Greece DF Dimitris Koutromanos
3 Greece DF Alexandros Malis
4 Portugal DF Miguel Rodrigues
5 Greece DF Georgios Kousas
6 Argentina MF Federico Bravo
7 Argentina MF Fabián Muñoz
8 Brazil MF Farley Rosa
10 Mozambique FW Clésio
11 Greece FW Dimitris Papadopoulos
12 Greece DF Anastasios Papazoglou
14 Greece MF Grigoris Makos
15 Serbia FW Marko Markovski
16 Spain MF Álvaro Rey
17 Brazil MF Marcos Paulo
No. Position Player
19 Greece MF Tasos Tsokanis
20 Portugal DF Luís Rocha
22 Greece DF Giorgos Mygas
23 Greece FW Giorgos Vakrakos
24 Greece GK Andreas Kolovouris
28 Greece MF Stefanos Papoutsogiannopoulos
29 Greece FW Ilias Gianniotis
30 Brazil MF Diego Lopes (on loan from Benfica)
31 Greece GK Zacharias Kavousakis
44 Greece DF Dimitris Chantakias
55 Albania DF Enea Mihaj
82 Greece GK Dimitris Kyriakidis
96 Greece FW Stathis Vasiloudis

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Greece MF Giannis Kontogiannis (at Tilikratis)

Notable former players[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Ownership Greece Fotis Kostoulas
President Greece Gerasimos Belevonis
CEO Greece Gerasimos Belevonis

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Greece Makis Chavos
Assistant Coach Vacant
Fitness Coach Vacant
Goalkeepers Coach Greece Kostas Nikolaidis
Match Analyst Vacant
Team Manager Greece Makis Belevonis
Head doctor Greece Grigoris Zisis
Physio Greece Dimitris Ioannou
Physio Greece Christos Roussis
Physio Greece Spyros Fylaktos
Head Academy/U20 Coach Greece Giannis Dalakouras

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Panetolikos F.C. squad" (in Greek). Superleague Greece. Retrieved 2 February 2017.