Panionios B.C.

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Panionios B.C.
Panionios B.C. logo
Nickname Historic
Leagues Greek Basket League
Greek Cup
Founded 1919
History Panionios G.S.S.
Chipita Panionios B.C.
Panionios B.C. Afisorama
Panionios B.C.
Panionios B.C. Forthnet
Panionios B.C.
Arena Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall
Arena Capacity 2,000
Location Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece
Team colors          
President Christos Vououserakis
Head coach Vangelis Ziagkos
2016–17 position Greek A2 Basket League, 1st (Promotion)
Championships 1 Greek Cup

Panionios B.C. (Greek: Πανιώνιος KAE), known in European competitions as Panionios Athens[1] is the Greek professional basketball club that plays its home games in Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece. The club is also widely known as Πανιώνιος Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Σμύρνης, or Panionios Gymnastikos Syllogos Smyrnis, which is the Pan-Ionian Gymnastic Club of Smyrna. This is usually abbreviated to the club name of Πανιώνιος Γ.Σ.Σ. Panionios B.C. is the basketball department of the Panionios Gymnastic Club that is based in Nea Smyrni, Athens.

Panionios B.C. has been a long-time club of the top-tier level Greek Basket League, which is considered one of the best national domestic basketball leagues in Europe. Panionios B.C. has also competed in the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague. For sponsorship reasons, the club has also been known as Panionios On Telecoms, and Panionios Forthnet. Recent previous owners of the club were Elias Lianos, the founder of Proton Bank, Antonis Margetis, and Ion G. Varouxakis.

Some of the well-known players that have played with the club over the years have included: Faidon Matthaiou, Takis Koroneos, Fanis Christodoulou, Boban Janković, P. J. Brown, Panagiotis Giannakis, Henry Turner, Thurl Bailey, Travis Mays, Žarko Paspalj, Byron Dinkins, Mitchell Wiggins, Theo Papaloukas, Jure Zdovc, Laurent Sciarra, Nikos Chatzis, Giorgos Sigalas, Angelos Koronios, Dimos Dikoudis, Nikos Oikonomou, Stratos Perperoglou, Michalis Pelekanos, Ender Arslan, Miloš Vujanić, Alex Stepheson, Errick McCollum, and Tyrese Rice, among others.



Early years[edit]

The basketball clubs' parent athletic union, the Panionios Gymnastic Club, was founded in 1890, in İzmir, Ottoman Empire (located today in the modern country of Turkey), making it one of the oldest sporting clubs in Europe. The sporting clubs' basketball department was founded in 1919. After the Greek military suffered defeat in the Greco-Turkish War in 1922, the club was transferred to the Athenian suburb of Nea Smyrni, in Greece.

The basketball department, Panionios B.C., began participation in the Greek Basket League starting in the 1928–29 season, and finished in second place in the league that year. Panionios B.C. finished in third place in the league the next year.

Rise of the club to prominence in Greek basketball[edit]

Panionios B.C. competed in the top-tier Greek basketball league, in consecutive years, from the 1981–82 season until the 2014–15 season. In the 1986–87 season, Panionios played in the championship finals series of the Greek League, losing out to Aris, and their two Greek basketball legends Nikos Galis and Panagiotis Giannakis (Giannakis would later go on to play for Panionios). In 1991, led by Fanis Christodoulou, the team won the Greek Cup title, by defeating PAOK by a score of 73–70. Panionios also played in the finals game of the Greek Cup in both 1977 and 1995. Ιn the 1993–94 season, after an exciting run in the European 3rd-tier level FIBA Korać Cup, and after scoring a couple of wins against Maccabi Elite in the quarterfinals, Panionios reached the semifinals, and played against PAOK Bravo. This marked the first civil conflict between Greek basketball clubs in European-wide competitions, ever.

The club finished in 3rd place in the Greek League in the 1995–96 season, under head coach Dušan Ivković, and thus qualified to the EuroLeague for the 1996–97 season. In the FIBA EuroLeague 1996–97 season, the team was coached by Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou. Two years later, in 1999, Panionios once again reached the semifinals of the FIBA Korać Cup, where they were again eliminated, this time from the super favorites of the tournament, FC Barcelona, which featured Sasha Djordjević.

In the Greek League 2007–08 season, Panionios, led by Ivan Zoroski, Giannis Kalampokis, and charismatic head coach Nenad Marković, finished in 3rd place in the Greek League. They came back from an 0–2 series deficit in the deciding best-of-five league third-place series against Maroussi, and won the series 3–2. That secured the team a place in the EuroLeague competition for the EuroLeague 2008–09 season. This marked the club's first EuroLeague appearance in more than a decade.[2]

Decline of the club[edit]

After the 2014–15 season, Panionios was relegated to the Greek 2nd Division, after 33 consecutive seasons with a presence in the top-tier level Greek Basket League.[3] For the 2015–16 season, Panionios preferred to play in the third-tier level semi-pro Greek B Basket League, due to financial difficulties.[4] They were promoted up to the Greek 2nd Division for the 2016–17 season. They won the Greek 2nd Division title for the 2016–17 season, and were promoted back up to the top-tier level league.


Panionios plays its domestic Greek League home games at Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall, a small arena owned by the Nea Smyrni municipality, with a capacity of 2,000. They have also used Glyfada Makis Liougas Sportshall, which has a capacity of 3,500.[5] They have also often played home games at the Hellinicon Olympic Arena, which has a capacity of 15,000.[6]

The municipality of Nea Smyrni has also approved the construction of a new modern-style multi-use indoor arena, Boban Janković Indoor Hall, named after Boban Janković, which will be built on the same location as the old Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall. The new arena is scheduled to be open for the 2019–20 season.


Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Panionios B.C. roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
C 1 Greece Dimakopoulos, Ioannis 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) 119 kg (262 lb) 22 – (1994-11-07)7 November 1994
SG 6 Greece Kapris, Fotis 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 18 – (1999-05-18)18 May 1999
G 7 Greece Michalos, Nikos (C) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 40 – (1977-05-21)21 May 1977
G 9 Greece Sakellariou, Vangelis 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 95.4 kg (210 lb) 28 – (1989-08-04)4 August 1989
G 13 Greece Karakechagias, Ioannis 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 81.5 kg (180 lb) 18 – (1999-08-13)13 August 1999
G/F 14 Greece Molfetas, Ioannis 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 106.4 kg (235 lb) 25 – (1992-01-28)28 January 1992
PF 22 United States Henderson, Esian 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 32 – (1985-06-14)14 June 1985
PF 25 Serbia Čupković, Slaven 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 105.4 kg (232 lb) 29 – (1988-06-23)23 June 1988
G/F 21 Greece Kamperidis, Georgios 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 90.5 kg (200 lb) 18 – (1999-10-01)1 October 1999
G 33 United States Woodson, Avery 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 23 – (1993-12-15)15 December 1993
C 34 Greece Sarikopoulos, Zisis 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 120 kg (265 lb) 27 – (1990-03-31)31 March 1990
G/F 35 Australia Steindl, Clint 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 28 – (1989-03-15)15 March 1989
C 53 United States Woods, Tony 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 113.4 kg (250 lb) 27 – (1990-01-24)24 January 1990
F/C 91 Greece Rallatos, Gregory 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 145 kg (320 lb) 31 – (1986-01-01)1 January 1986
G France Dallo, Boris 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 23 – (1994-03-12)12 March 1994
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • vacant
  • vacant
Team Manager

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 17 October 2017

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Zisis Sarikopoulos Tony Woods Ioannis Dimakopoulos
PF Slaven Čupković Esian Henderson Gregory Rallatos
SF Clint Steindl Ioannis Molfetas Georgios Kamperidis
SG Avery Woodson Nikos Michalos Fotis Kapris
PG Boris Dallo Vangelis Sakellariou Ioannis Karakechagias

Retired numbers[edit]


Panionios B.C. retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure Date Retired
4 Greece Fanis Christodoulou SF 1983–1997
8 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Boban Janković SF 1992–1993


Total titles: 5

Domestic competitions[edit]

Runners-up (1): 1986–87
Winners (1): 1990–91
Runners-up (2): 1976–77, 1994–95
Winners (3): 1973–74, 1980–81, 2016–17
Winners (1): 2015–16

European competitions[edit]

Semifinalist (2): 1993-94, 1998-99

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
Saporta Cup
2001–02 Quarter-finals eliminated by Anwil Włocławek, 83–74 (W) in Athens and 59–75 (L) in Włocławek
Korać Cup
1989–90 Quarter-finals eliminated by CSKA Moscow, 107–85 (W) in Athens and 53–106 (L) in Moscow
1992–93 Quarter-finals eliminated by Philips Milano, 78–79 (L) in Athens and 74–81 (L) in Milan
1993–94 Semi-finals eliminated by PAOK Bravo, 83–85 (L) in Athens and 64–82 (L) in Thessaloniki
1994–95 Quarter-finals eliminated by Stefanel Milano, 59–73 (L) in Milan and 82–73 (L) in Athens
1998–99 Semi-finals eliminated by FC Barcelona, 71–80 (L) in Athens and 61–91 (L) in Barcelona
2006–07 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by Akasvayu Girona, 68–76 (L) in Girona, 82–73 (W) in Athens and 49–83 (L) in Girona

Season by season results[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Greek Cup European competitions
Basket League
Round of 16
Basket League
Round of 16 3 FIBA EuroCup
Basket League
Quarterfinals 2 ULEB Cup
Basket League
Semifinals 1 Euroleague
Basket League
Basket League
Round of 16
Basket League
Round of 16
Basket League
Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup
Basket League
Semifinalist 2 Eurocup
Basket League
B Basket League 1st
A2 Basket League 1st

Notable players[edit]


Top players in games played and points scored in the Greek Basket League (since the 1992–93 season)[edit]

Panionios team leaders in games played and points scored, since the Greek Basket League became fully professional, starting with the 1992–93 season.

  • * Still active player with the team.
  • Last update: 6 October 2017
Rank Player Games Played
1. Greece Marios Batis 174
Rank Player Points Scored
1. Greece Georgios Diamantopoulos 2,676

See also[edit]


External links[edit]