Yannis Anastasiou

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Yannis Anastasiou
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Personal information
Date of birth (1973-03-05) 5 March 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Arta, Greece
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Atromitos (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Preveza 32 (13)
1991–1996 Ethnikos Piraeus 106 (25)
1996–1999 OFI 82 (22)
1999–2000 Anderlecht 23 (9)
2000–2004 Roda JC 114 (48)
2004–2006 Ajax 32 (7)
2006–2007 Sparta Rotterdam 16 (1)
2007–2008 Omniworld 11 (2)
Total 416 (127)
National team
1998–1999 Greece 5 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2015 Panathinaikos
2016–2017 Roda JC
2017 Kortrijk
2018–2019 AC Omonia
2019– Atromitos
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yannis Anastasiou (born 5 March 1973) is a Greek football manager and former footballer, who has been the head coach of Atromitos since May 2019.

As a player, Anastasiou played as a striker, and was active professionally in Greece, Belgium and the Netherlands. He also represented the Greece national team at senior international level.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Arta, Anastasiou played professionally in Greece, Belgium and the Netherlands for PAS Preveza, Ethnikos Piraeus, OFI Crete, Anderlecht, Roda JC, Ajax, Sparta Rotterdam and Omniworld.[1][2]

He also earned five caps for the Greece national team between 1998 and 1999.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement from football in 2008, Anastasiou joined Panathinaikos as an assistant to manager Henk ten Cate.[3] In 2011, he left Greece for the Netherlands as assistant coach for Jong Ajax, the reserve team of Ajax. After two years, Anastasiou joined English club Reading in January 2013 as a first team coach; he had first met their manager Brian McDermott in June 2012 while completing his UEFA Pro License.[4] His stay at Reading lasted just two months, and he left the club following the departure of McDermott on 11 March 2013.[5]


Anastasiou was named manager of Panathinaikos in May 2013.[6] In his first year, the team won the Greek Football Cup with a 4–1 victory against PAOK in the final.[7] During that year, he also led the team in a 3–0 victory against Olympiacos, a record away victory in the derby.[8] In the Superleague Greece, the team finished fourth in the regular season and first in the play-offs, qualifying for next year's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.[9] In February 2015, he was named Manager of the Year for 2014.[10]

In the 2014–15 season, Panathinaikos was eliminated in the Champions League third qualifying round by Standard Liège with an aggregate score of 1–2.[11] The team succeeded in entering the UEFA Europa League group stage, finishing last in Group E, against Dynamo Moscow, PSV and Estoril.[12] In the domestic league, Panathinaikos finished second behind Olympiacos in the league and first in the play-offs.[13] On 24 May 2015, Anastasiou managed his 100th game at the side of Panathinaikos, against Atromitos.[14]

In the beginning of the 2015–16 season, the team failed to qualify in the Europa League group stage, getting eliminated by Gabala in the play-offs.[15] On 2 November 2015, Panathinaikos announced the termination of his contract on terms of mutual consent.[16]


On 18 June 2016, Anastasiou signed a one-year contract as manager of Dutch Eredivisie side Roda JC, for whom he was also active as a player from 2000 until 2004.[17]

On 24 April 2017, Belgian side KV Kortrijk announced the signing of Anastasiou as their head coach, moving from Roda to Kortrijk at the end of the 2016-17 season.[18]

Anastasiou led Roda to a 17th-place finish in the Eredivisie, which meant that Roda had to play promotion/relegation play-offs. However, on 23 May 2017, midway through the play-offs, Anastasiou was sacked as manager of Roda.[19]


At Kortijk, Anastasiou was sacked on 8 November 2017 with the team in penultimate position in the league, just one point above last place.[20]

AC Omonia[edit]

He became manager of AC Omonia in November 2018.[21]

Atromitos F.C.[edit]

On 23 May 2019, Anastasiou has become the new head coach of Atromitos, penning a one-year deal with the Peristeri club.[22]








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  15. ^ uefa.com. "UEFA Europa League 2015/16 – History – Panathinaikos – UEFA.com". UEFA.com. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  16. ^ "The end of cooperation with Anastasiou". pao.gr. 2 November 2015.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Yannis Anastasiou nieuwe hoofdtrainer Roda JC". rodajc.nl. 17 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Anastasiou nieuwe hoofdcoach". kvk.be. 24 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Geen rol meer voor Anastasiou, Huub Stevens toegevoegd aan technische staf Roda JC". rodajc.nl. 23 May 2017.
  20. ^ "KV Kortrijk zet de samenwerking met Anastasiou stop" [KV Kortrijk ends cooperation with Anastasiou] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 8 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Greece - Y. Anastasiou - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com.
  22. ^ Μαϊ. 2019 20:27, Επιμέλεια: Δημήτρης Σαμόλης Δημοσίευση: 23. "Ατρόμητος: Κατέληξε σε Αναστασίου". www.sport24.gr.
  23. ^ "Netherlands – Champions". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 14 July 2016.