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Full name ΠΑΕ Πανιώνιος Γ.Σ.Σ.
(Pan-Ionian Gymnastics Society of Smyrna)
Nickname(s) Κυανέρυθροι (Cyan-Reds)
Ιστορικός (Historic)
Πάνθηρες (Panthers)
Founded 14 September 1890; 128 years ago (1890-09-14), as Orpheus Smyrni
Ground Nea Smyrni Stadium
Athens, Greece
Ground Capacity 11,700
Owner(s) Nikos Zamanis (33.5%)
Christos Daras (33.5%)
Chairman Christos Daras
Head Coach Marinos Ouzounidis
League Superleague Greece
2015–16 Superleague Greece, 5th
Website Club home page
Departments of
Panionios G.S.S.
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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 Society 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 as Orpheus Smyrni, they are one of the oldest and 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.

Early history

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 history

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 to 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 quarterfinals. 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

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

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: Joker
  • Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer: Tempo
  • Official Broadcaster: NOVA Greece




European matches

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1964–65 Intertoto 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
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1st Round Spain Atlético Madrid 1–0 1–2
2nd Round Hungary Ferencváros 0–2 (bye) 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 0–1
Quarter-finals Italy Lazio 0–4 3–0
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
  • In the summer of 1964 Panionios took part in the Cup Rapanos 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

Season Achievement Notes
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
1979–80 Second Round eliminated by IFK Göteborg
1998–99 Quarter-finals eliminated by Lazio
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
UEFA Intertoto Cup
2008 Third Round eliminated by Napoli

Current squad

As of 18 January 2016''[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 Nikolaos Papadopoulos
3 Greece DF Christos Tasoulis
5 Greece DF Vasilis Patsatzoglou
6 Greece DF Evangelos Ikonomou
7 Greece MF Panagiotis Korbos
8 Greece MF Bruno Chalkiadakis
9 Greece FW Anastasios Karamanos (on loan from Olympiacos)
10 Greece MF Kenan Bargan
11 Iran FW Karim Ansarifard
12 Greece GK Lefteris Astras
13 Greece GK Sokratis Dioudis (on loan from Club Brugge)
14 Greece FW Anastasios Bakasetas
16 Greece DF Konstantinos Vlachos
No. Position Player
18 Greece MF Giorgos Bletsas
19 Greece MF Giorgos Masouras
20 Greece DF Leonidas Argyropoulos
21 Greece MF Manolis Siopis
22 Greece GK Andreas Gianniotis (on loan from Olympiacos)
23 Greece DF Stauros Mitkas
24 Greece DF Stelios Pozatzidis
26 Argentina MF Leonardo Villalba (on loan from Vélez Sarsfield)
33 Greece MF Fanis Tzandaris (on loan from Olympiacos)
37 Greece MF Valentinos Vlachos
44 Greece DF Spyros Risvanis
64 Greece MF Nikos Katharios

Notable former players

Former coaches

See also


  1. "Panionio's History". Panionio's Official Website.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Panionio's New Stadium".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Panionio's Official Announcement". Panionio's Official Website. November 11, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Panionio's Official Announcement" (in Greek). Panionio's Official Website. November 12, 2008. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Takis Lemonis Leaves Panionios". December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Panionio's Official Announcement" (in Greek). Panionio's Official Website. December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Statistics". Panionio's Official Website.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Panionios G.S.S. squad" (in Greek). Superleague Greece. Retrieved 9 September 2012. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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