Takis Lemonis

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Panagiotis Lemonis
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Personal information
Full name Panagiotis 'Takis' Lemonis
Date of birth (1960-01-13) 13 January 1960 (age 58)
Place of birth Colonus, Athens, Greece
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1972–1976 Ethnikos Ellinoroson
1976–1978 Αttikos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1987 Olympiacos 174 (22)
1987–1991 Levadeiakos 118 (24)
1991–1993 Panionios 28 (3)
Total 320 (49)
National team
1982–1983 Greece 2 (0)
Teams managed
1996–2000 Asteras Zografou
2000–2002 Olympiacos
2002–2003 APOEL
2004–2005 Kallithea
2005–2006 Levadeiakos
2006 Skoda Xanthi
2006–2008 Olympiacos
2008–2009 Panionios
2009–2010 Omonoia
2010–2011 Panionios
2012 Panetolikos
2013 Levadiakos
2015–2016 Al Raed
2017 Olympiacos (interim)
2017–2018 Olympiacos
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Takis Lemonis (Greek: Τάκης Λεμονής; born 13 January 1960) is a former Greek football player and current manager, most recently at the helm of Olympiacos. He is nicknamed "Sir Takis" due to his memorable performances at European competitions as a manager of Olympiacos and he is an all-time favourite of the fans.

Playing career[edit]

Takis Lemonis played for local club Attikos before playing for Olympiakos from 1978 until 1987. He also played for Levadiakos (1987 - 1991) and Ιonikos 1992, Panionios (1992 - 1993),finishing his career in Ethnikos at 1994. During his playing career, Lemonis was capped twice by the Greek national football team.

Coaching career[edit]

Having stopped football as a player, Lemonis studied coaching in England and, in 1996, became head coach at Asteras Zografou. In 2000, he returned to Olympiakos as the assistant coach and, after the dismissal of Ioannis Matzourakis, as head coach. Lemonis had domestic success at Olympiakos by winning two championships in a row.He left the team in October 2002. He has since coached APOEL F.C. in Cyprus (2003), Kallithea FC (2005) and Levadiakos upon their return to the Alpha Ethniki for the 2006 season.

Olympiakos under the leading of Takis Lemonis won the championship with 12 points difference in 2001 and beat AEK in a match practically final of the championship with a 4-3 in an impressive match in April 2002. He also won AEK 6-1 and Panathinaikos 1-4 in Leoforos, Panathinaikos' historical castle, which together with this season's 4-0 against Panathinaicos again are the biggest domestic victories a Greek team has ever achieved during the last 20 years. Those victories gave him the nickname sir takis.

In September 2006, Lemonis once again replaced Ioannis Matzourakis, this time as coach of Xanthi FC. He resigned in December 2006 and, later that month, signed a six months contract and replaced Trond Sollied as the head coach of Olympiakos.

Although Olympiacos was eventually crowned champion, the loss of the derby of the eternal enemies, the disqualification by a lower division club in the Greek Cup and the loss of Rivaldo led Olympiacos fans to boo Lemonis, Sokratis Kokkalis (the chairman of the club) and the players. However, the chairman decided to extend Lemonis's contract for two more years which keeps Lemonis in the club until summer 2009. The 2007-08 season started badly with Olympiacos losing points in the Greek Superleague and drawing with Lazio at home. The away match with Werder Bremen was critical for Lemonis. However, Olympiacos prevailed 1-3 (his first win in an away Champions League match) and Lemonis was given an extension. Lemonis was doing better on his second spell with Olympiacos, leading the way to a second away victory in Champions League away game against SS Lazio, a home win of 3-0 against Bremen (6-1 tally in favor of Olympiakos between the two teams), and a dominant 4-0 win against Panathinaikos in the Greek Cup eighth-finals.

As coach of Olympiacos, Lemonis has achieved a great amount in both their domestic and UEFA Champions League campaigns. He achieved Olympiacos' greatest margin of victory in the competition by defeating Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 in 2002-03. In his second reign as coach, Lemonis gave Olympiacos their first away win in the competition against SV Werder Bremen, and a trip to the Round of 16 for only the second time in their history in 2007-08.

On 12 November 2008, Lemonis signed a contract for rest of the 2008-09 season and replaced Ewald Lienen as the head coach of Panionios. He finally resigned on 3 December 2008 after the refuse of the Panionio's board to accept his request to dismiss three members of Panionio's coaching and management staff.[1]

On 17 March 2009, he signed a two-year contract with Omonia.[2] In 2010, Lemonis led Omonoia to its 20th Championship. He returned to Greece coaching Levadiakos, Panetolikos and Panionios.

On 23 March 2017, Lemonis returned to Olympiacos for a third managerial stint, signing a contract until the end of the season.[3] He won his fifth championship with Olympiacos.

On 25 September 2017, Lemonis returned to Olympiacos for a fourth managerial stint, after Besnik Hasi was released from Olympiacos.[4] Despite being credited with conducting the team from 5th place to the lead in the Superleague league table before Christmas, he was relieved of his duties on 4 January 2018, while being offered the opportunity to remain at the club through an alternative staff role;[5] alleged reasons for his dismissal were his difficulties in handling the dressing room and employing well-defined tactical plans[6], as well as his passive Champions League mentality with an objective of not recording heavy losses rather than being competitive against stronger opposition.[7]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 4 January 2018
Team From To Record
M W D L Win % Ref.
Olympiacos 25 November 2000 9 October 2002 62 41 11 10 066.13
APOEL 1 January 2003 30 June 2003
Paniliakos 13 December 2003 12 May 2005 45 12 15 18 026.67
Levadiakos 1 July 2005 30 June 2006 25 7 4 14 028.00
Skoda Xanthi 4 October 2006 20 December 2006 9 5 2 2 055.56
Olympiacos 29 December 2006 11 March 2008 49 30 15 4 061.22
Panionios 12 November 2008 2 December 2008 1 0 0 1 000.00
Omonia 17 March 2009 4 October 2010 47 29 11 7 061.70
Panionios 10 December 2010 22 November 2011 27 6 13 8 022.22
Panetolikos 9 February 2012 11 April 2012 9 2 1 6 022.22
Levadiakos 18 May 2013 14 October 2013 8 2 2 4 025.00
Al Raed 3 September 2015 1 February 2016 13 3 4 6 023.08
Olympiacos 23 March 2017 8 June 2017 7 5 1 1 071.43
Olympiacos 25 September 2017 4 January 2018 18 10 2 6 055.56
Total 318 152 81 85 047.80

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Olympiacos

Manager[edit]

Olympiacos

Omonia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Takis Lemonis Leaves Panionios". Goal.com. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  2. ^ "Lemonis called in to rescue Omonia's season". uefa.com. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  3. ^ "Προπονητής του Ολυμπιακού ο Τάκης Λεμονής". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  4. ^ "Ανακοίνωσε την πρόσληψη Λεμονή ο Ολυμπιακός". www.sport24.gr. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Τέλος ο Λεμονής από τον Ολυμπιακό. Αναλαμβάνει ο Γκαρσία, με Κόντη στη Λάρισα". Newsit.gr (in Greek). 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  6. ^ "Χαμός με Λεμονή: Τι έγινε στα αποδυτήρια και τα τραγικά λάθη που τον «καθαρίζουν» | Sportdog Team". Sportdog.gr - Αθλητικά Νέα | Ειδήσεις | Sport. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  7. ^ "Πολύ άδικο για τον Λεμονή όλο αυτό..." Contra.gr. Retrieved 2018-01-04.