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Panionios
Panionios FC.png
Full name ΠΑΕ Πανιώνιος Γ.Σ.Σ.
(Gymnastics Club of Smyrna in Ionia all together)
Nickname(s) Κυανέρυθροι (Blue-Reds)
Ιστορικός (Historic)
Πάνθηρες (Panthers)
Short name PGSS
Founded 14 September 1890; 126 years ago (1890-09-14)
as Orpheus Smyrni
Ground Nea Smyrni Stadium
Ground Capacity 11,700
Owner(s) Nikos Zamanis (33.5%)
Christos Daras (33.5%)
Chairman Christos Daras
Manager Michalis Grigoriou
League Superleague Greece
2016–17 Superleague Greece, 5th
Website Club website
Current season

Panionios G.S.S. FC (Greek: ΠΑΕ Πανιώνιος Γ.Σ.Σ.), or with its full name Panionios Gymnastikos Syllogos Smyrnis (Greek: Πανιώνιος Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Σμύρνης, Pan-Ionian Gymnastics Club of Smyrna) is a Greek association football club based in Nea Smyrni suburb of Athens, part of Panionios G.S.S. multi-sport club. Founded in 1890 in Smyrna (current day İzmir) as Orpheus Smyrni, it is the oldest and one of the most historic Greek teams.

In the wake of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–22) and the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, Panionios 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.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The club was founded in 1890 in Smyrna (Σμύρνη) currently İzmir, under the name of "Orpheus Music and Sports Club"[citation needed] by part of the Greek population living in the city during the Ottoman era. 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.[citation needed] Members of the Panionios sports club represented Greece in all international track & field games until these developed in the modern Olympic Games.

After the Greek military defeat in 1922 the club was forced to transfer firstly in Athens and later to the Athenian suburb of New Smyrna where lots of the population of Smyrna immigrated. The club has a tradition of cultivating all major sports and 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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] On November 12, 2008 Greek coach Takis Lemonis was hired [4] 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.[5][6] 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.

1908
1924
1930
2012
2013–14 (A)
2014–15 (A)
2016–17

Current sponsorships:

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

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

European[edit]

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 Olympiakos, 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 Currently Participating
UEFA Intertoto Cup
2008 Third Round eliminated by Napoli

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 August 2017 [8]

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

No. Position Player
1 Greece GK Lefteris Astras
3 Greece DF Giorgos Saramantas
4 Greece DF Vasilis Patsatzoglou
5 Greece DF Giannis Kargas
6 Greece DF Evangelos Oikonomou (vice-captain)
7 Greece MF Panagiotis Korbos (Captain)
11 Greece FW Lazaros Lamprou (on loan from PAOK)
12 Slovenia GK Matic Kotnik
13 Cameroon DF Jérôme Guihoata
14 Greece DF Dimitris Stavropoulos
17 Germany FW Samed Yeşil
19 Greece MF Giorgos Masouras
22 Greece DF Thanasis Papageorgiou
No. Position Player
23 Greece FW Gerasimos Voukelatos
25 Greece MF Angelos Piniotis [9]
28 Iran DF Ehsan Hajsafi
29 Cameroon DF Banana Yaya
37 Greece DF Valentinos Vlachos
45 Greece MF Spyros Glynos
64 Greece MF Nikos Katharios
72 France MF Kevin Tapoko
73 Greece GK Georgios Bantis
77 Iran MF Masoud Shojaei
88 Greece DF Kyriakos Savvidis
96 Albania FW Fiorin Durmishaj
TBD Austria MF Srđan Spiridonović
TBD Cape Verde MF Sérgio Semedo

Out on loan[edit]

As of 17 August 2017

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

No. Position Player
Greece DF Christos Tasoulis (to France RC Lens)[10]
No. Position Player
Albania MF Damian Gjini (to Kissamikos)[11]

B-list players[edit]

As of 17 August 2017 [12]

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

No. Position Player
40 Greece FW Marios Anastopoulos
47 Greece FW Andreas Antonakopoulos
No. Position Player
48 Greece MF Giannis Oikonomidis

Personnel[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
President Greece Christos Daras
Vice–President Greece Pantelis Tsilalidis
Board Member 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 Antonis Kokkinakis
Board Member Greece Nektarios Katsigiannis
Board Member Greece Aristides Ntousias
Football Department Coordinator Greece Nikos Zamanis

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Michalis Grigoriou Greece
Assistant Coach Giannis Georgiadis Greece
Assistant Coach Vasilis Kalogiannis Greece
Fitness Coach Giannis Georgiadis Greece
Goalkeepers Coach Vangelis Filippis Greece
Team Manager Dimitris Nalitzis Greece
Head Scout Antonis Manikas Greece

Former coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Panionio's History". Panionio's Official Website. 
  2. ^ "Panionio's New Stadium". 
  3. ^ "Panionio's Official Announcement". Panionio's Official Website. November 11, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Panionio's Official Announcement" (in Greek). Panionio's Official Website. November 12, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Takis Lemonis Leaves Panionios". Goal.com. December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Panionio's Official Announcement" (in Greek). Panionio's Official Website. December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Statistics". Panionio's Official Website. 
  8. ^ "Panionios squad" (in Greek). Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "THE SQUAD FOR CORFU" (in Greek). Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Official: Christos Tasoulis joins RC Lens!" (in French). Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Gjini, the next one" (in Greece). Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Panionios GSS squad". Retrieved 17 August 2017. 

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