Panionios F.C.

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Full name Πανιώνιος Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Σμύρνης
Paniόnios Gymnastikόs Sýllogos Smýrnis
(Pan-Ionian Gymnastic Club of Smyrna)
Founded 14 September 1890; 127 years ago (1890-09-14)
as Orpheus Smyrni
Ground Nea Smyrni Stadium
Ground Capacity 11,700
Owner(s) Nikos Zamanis & Christos Daras (67%)
Chairman Christos Daras
Manager José Anigo
League Super League
2017–18 Super League, 7th
Website Club website
Current season

Panionios G.S.S. Football Club (Greek: ΠΑΕ Πανιώνιος Γ.Σ.Σ. (Πανιώνιος Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Σμύρνης, Panionios Gymnastikos Syllogos Smyrnis), the Pan-Ionian Gymnastics Club of Smyrna, but more commonly known as Panionios F.C. or simply Panionios, is a Greek association football club based in Nea Smyrni, Athens. Part of Panionios G.S.S. (founded in 1890 in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire), Panionios F.C. is the oldest Greek football club.

In the wake of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–22) and the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, the multi-sport club Panionios G.S.S. was transferred to Athens. They have won two Greek Cups (in 1979 and 1998), while they were runners-up in the Greek Championship during the 1950–51 and 1970–71 seasons. They have won also the 1971 Balkans Cup and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1998–99 season.

The team currently competes in the Super League Greece. They play their home games in Nea Smyrni Stadium with a capacity of 11,700 seats.


Early years[edit]

The club was founded in 1890 by a part of the sizeable Greek population of Smyrna (Greek: Σμύρνη), under the name of "Orpheus Music and Sports Club".[1] In 1893, some Orpheus members keen on sports formed a separate organization, the "Gymnasion Club", and started holding yearly sports competitions. In 1898, Orpheus and Gymnasion merged again to form Panionios GSS.[2] Members of Panionios represented Greece in all international track and field games until these developed in the modern Olympic Games.

After the Greek military defeat in 1922 the club was forced to transfer, firstly to Athens and later, to the Athenian suburb of New Smyrna, where much of the population of Smyrna re-settled. The club aleays had a strong tradition of cultivating all major sports; it was the first Greek club to establish a track and field division for women, in 1925. Another major example of the club's contribution to Greek sports rests in the fact that it was Panionios that introduced Basketball and Volleyball in Greek sports society.

With the gradual transformation of men's football and basketball into professional sports, Panionios FC and Panionios BC became privately owned clubs operating under the auspices of the traditional "amateur sports" Panionios GSS. To date, Panionios remains the only sports club in Greece that was awarded the Golden Cross from the Athens Academy as a recognition of the club's rich and continuous enrichment of Greek sports.[3]

Recent years[edit]

Panionios has spent nearly its entire history in the Greek First Division (now called 'Superleague'), having missed out from competing in Greek football's top division only twice in its more than 100-year history[citation needed] . Within this, Panionios rose quite often to high levels, with top achievement in terms of the league being the 2nd position that the club reached in 1971, losing the title from AEK Athens.

Panionios has produced all three major Greek strikers of the 1980s, namely Nikos Anastopoulos (later of Olympiakos), Thomas Mavros (later of AEK Athens), and Dimitris Saravakos (later of Panathinaikos). Other notable players coming out of the club in the 1990s include Nikos Tsiantakis (later of Olympiacos) and Takis Fyssas, later of Panathinaikos, Benfica and member of Greek national team. Within the 2000s another five Greek national team players came out from the club, namely Alexandros Tziolis, Evangelos Mantzios, Nikos Spiropoulos, Grigoris Makos and Giannis Maniatis.

The club had faced financial difficulties which triggered the transfer of the ownership to the municipality of Nea Smyrni in 1992. Those difficulties remained all through the 1990s forcing the team's league performance to drop. Yet, it remained in a high level and managed to win the Greek Football Cup competition in 1998 and participate successfully in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup the year after, reaching the quarter-finals. In December 2001 large part of the club's shares moved away from the Municipality back to private hands, where working around bankruptcy legislation the club was renamed to Neos Panionios FC, to avoid the threat of relegation from the first division.

Constantinos Tsakiris period[edit]

In 2004, shipowner Constantinos Tsakiris was elected president of the "amateur sports" Panionios GSS. Panionios won the women's Basketball Championship in 2006, the club's first in a team sport, and the women's volleyball team advanced to the first division. In 2006, Tsakiris acquired 85% of Neos Panionios FC stock and started restructuring the team from scratch. He changed the name of the club back to the original Panionios GSS FC and hired German coach Ewald Lienen who, during his first year created a team that made it to the top 5 of the Greek Super League and on to the UEFA Cup. Tsakiris has also unveiled an ambitious plan to have the aging football ground and athletics track demolished, and build a modern multi-sport arena in its place. Apart from a 12,000 capacity football stadium, the proposed complex would include facilities for basketball, volleyball, aquatic sports, track & field, boxing, gymnastics, wrestling and more.[4]

On the summer transfer window of 2008, the club signed Uruguay national team members Álvaro Recoba and Fabián Estoyanoff, but shortly after Lienen resigned by mutual consent on November 11, 2008, reason being disagreement with the Panionio's board.[5] On November 12, 2008 Greek coach Takis Lemonis was hired [6] and resigned on December 3, 2008 after the refuse of Panionio's board to accept Lemoni's request to dismiss three members of Panionio's coaching and management staff.[7][8] Assistant coach Joti Stamatopoulos lead the club until the end of the season. He was replaced by Belgian manager Emilio Ferrera.

Under the Tsakiris presidency, the club built its own training facility just outside Athens in the region of Koropi. The training ground is operating since 2008 but was fully completed in 2009.

Crest and colours[edit]

Panionios' colours are blue, red and white, mainly used as trim or as an alternative. The first emblem of Panionios in Smyrna was a figure of Nike. On the appearances of the team there was a characteristic diagonial strip, which can be seen today in the crest of the team.

2013–14 (A)
2014–15 (A)

Current sponsorships:

  • Great Shirt Sponsor:
  • Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer: Luanvi




European matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1964–65 Rapan Cup Group C1 Sweden Malmö FF 1–1 1–5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 2–2*
France Toulouse 0–3*
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1st Round East Germany Hansa Rostock 2–0 0–3
UEFA Competitions
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1st Round Spain Atlético Madrid 1–0 1–2
2nd Round Hungary Ferencváros 0–2 0–6
1979–80 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1st Round Netherlands Twente 4–0 1–3
2nd Round Sweden IFK Göteborg 1–0 0–2
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1st Round France Toulouse 0–1 1–5
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1st Round Finland FC Haka 2–0 3–1
2nd Round Cyprus Apollon Limassol 3–2 1–0
Quarter-finals Italy Lazio 0–4 0–3
2003–04 UEFA Cup 1st Round Denmark FC Nordsjælland 2–1 1–0
2nd Round Spain Barcelona 0–3 0–2
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1st Round Italy Udinese 3–1 0–1
Group stage England Newcastle United 0–1 4th
Portugal Sporting CP 1–4
Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 5–2
France Sochaux 0–1
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1st Round France Sochaux 0–1 2–0
Group stage Sweden Helsingborgs IF 1–1 4th
Turkey Galatasaray 0–3
Austria Austria Wien 1–0
France Bordeaux 2–3
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2nd round Serbia OFK Beograd 3–1 0–1
3rd round Italy Napoli 0–1 0–1
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 2nd qualifying round Slovenia ND Gorica 2–0 3–2
3rd qualifying round Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–1 0–1
  • In the summer of 1964 Panionios took part in the Cup Rapan in place of Olympiacos FC, who retired after two games, against Toulouse (2–4) and Dinamo Zagreb (0–4). The results were calculated in the standings without replay for Panionios. Panionios so had three games: two at home Kaftantzoglio Stadium, which had a lights away with Malmo. The away game against Toulouse, which refused to be played by Olympiacos, ended 3–0 for the French team.

European record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
1979–80 Second Round eliminated by IFK Göteborg
1998–99 Quarter-finals eliminated by Lazio
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
1971–72 Second Round eliminated by Ferencváros
1987–88 First Round eliminated by Toulouse
2003–04 Second Round eliminated by Barcelona
2007–08 Group Stage 4th position in Group H
2017–18 Third Qualifying Round eliminated by Maccabi Tel Aviv
UEFA Intertoto Cup
2008 Third Round eliminated by Napoli


Current squad[edit]

As of 11 August 2018 [10][11]

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

No. Position Player
1 France GK Jérémy Malherbe
2 Saudi Arabia DF Amiri Kurdi
3 Greece DF Giorgos Saramantas
4 France DF Maxime De Taddeo
5 Brazil DF Luiz Gustavo Domingues
6 Australia MF Peter Makrillos
7 Greece MF Panagiotis Korbos (captain)
8 Netherlands MF Roland Alberg
9 Albania FW Fiorin Durmishaj
10 Austria FW Srđan Spiridonović
11 France MF Oumar Camara
12 Slovenia GK Matic Kotnik
14 Greece DF Dimitris Stavropoulos
16 Greece MF Giannis Oikonomidis
No. Position Player
17 Germany FW Samed Yeşil
19 Greece FW Giorgos Masouras (vice-captain)
22 Greece DF Thanasis Papageorgiou
23 Greece MF Sotiris Tsiloulis
28 Serbia GK Filip Manojlović (on loan from Getafe)
29 Cameroon DF Yaya Banana (on loan from Olympiacos)
32 Albania DF Antonio Miko
33 Slovenia DF Milan Kocić
60 Mali MF Abdoulaye Keita
94 Algeria MF Gianni Seraf
Greece DF Vasilios Rentzas
France MF Sofiane Sidi Ali
Uruguay MF Sebastián Píriz

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 FW Gerasimos Voukelatos (at Platanias until 30 June 2019)



Position Staff
President Greece Christos Daras
Vice–President Greece Pantelis Tsilalidis
Board Member/Football Department Coordinator Greece Nikos Zamanis
Board Member Greece Andreas Zamanis
Board Member Greece Nikos Migopoulos
Board Member Greece Giorgos Apostolopoulos
Board Member Greece Giorgos Giomataris
Board Member Greece Nektarios Katsigiannis
Board Member Greece Aristides Ntousias

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head Coach José Anigo France
Assistant Coach Bernard Rodriguez France
Fitness Coach Vasilis Kalapotharakos Greece
Goalkeepers Coach Georgios Souloganis Greece
Team Manager Dimitris Nalitzis Greece
Head Scout Antonis Manikas Greece

Former coaches[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Panionio's History". Panionio's Official Website. Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. 
  4. ^ "Panionio's New Stadium". Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Panionio's Official Announcement". Panionio's Official Website. November 11, 2008. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Panionio's Official Announcement" (in Greek). Panionio's Official Website. November 12, 2008. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Takis Lemonis Leaves Panionios". December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Panionio's Official Announcement" (in Greek). Panionio's Official Website. December 3, 2008. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Statistics". Panionio's Official Website. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. 
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