Panathinaikos Athens (soccer)

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Basic data
Surname Panathinaikos AO
Seat Athens
founding February 3, 1908
Colours green white
president Manos Mavrokoukoulakis
First soccer team
Head coach Dani Poyatos
Venue Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium
Places 16,620
league Super League
2019/20 4th Place

Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (short form: PAO) ( Greek : Παναθηναϊκός listen ? / I , ΠAOAudio file / audio sample ) also refers to the football department of Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (all-Athens sports club) from Athens . Panathinaikos currently plays in the Greek Super League , the top division in the country and is one of the most successful clubs in the country. The club, which was founded in 1908, had its greatest international success in 1971, when it made it to the final of the European Cup , the predecessor of today's UEFA Champions League. Panathinaikos is known for its excellent youth work and since the founding of the youth academies has produced a number of players who have enjoyed great success at home and abroad.


1908–1924: The first steps

The young Giorgos Kalafatis gathered around 40 athletes in Athens in February 1908 in order to found a sports club. This should also offer football , which had not succeeded in other clubs at that time, as the society at that time could not gain anything from football. The newly founded club was called Podosferikos Omilos Athinon (POA) and is the forerunner of today's football club.

The first president of the association was Alexandros Kalafatis. His younger brother Giorgos took the position of coach and captain of the team. In December of the same year, the team traveled to Trikala for the first time for a football tournament . In the Panthesse Games, they beat Piraikos, a team from the port city of Piraeus, with a clear 9-0. In 1910 the association was renamed Panellinios Podosferikos Omilos (PPO), before it changed its name again just eight years later in 1918 and was called Panellinios Podosferikos kai Agonistikos Omilos (PPAO). In the meantime, three of the greatest athletes in its history have joined the club: Apostolos Nikolaidis , Loukas Panourgias and Michalis Papazoglou began their club membership as athletes, before later steering the fortunes of PAO as its president for more than half a century.

In addition to the renaming, it was decided in 1918 to change the club's colors. While the players were still wearing white shirts and black pants up to this point in time, it was from then on the color green that characterizes the appearance of Panathinaikos to this day. At the same time, the three-leaf clover was introduced by Michalis Papazoglou as a club emblem . In 1919 Giorgos Kalafatis traveled to Paris, where he took part in competitions as a member of the Greek national team. On his way home, he brought the first professional football shirts with him.

Panathinaikos in 1921

In 1921, the city of Athens gave the association the site on which the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium is now located. While more and more sports departments were gradually established here and the stadium was expanded further, the last, and still valid, renaming of the club to its current name Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (PAO) took place in 1924 .

1925–1932: The "Golden Team"

At the end of the 1920s, Greek football was largely the same as it is today: Panathinaikos and AEK had the predominant position in Athens, Olympiakos and Ethnikos in Piraeus and Aris and Iraklis in Thessaloniki. Although PAO was able to win five of the first six Athens city championships, it was not enough for one of the two Greek championships.

The big hour of Panathinaikos finally struck in 1930: For the first time the three best teams in the country met in a final tournament. The interest of the audience had risen sharply in the meantime and Greek football experienced its first heyday. Many stars that have not been forgotten to this day filled the stadiums and the league saw increasing attendance figures. One of the protagonists was Angelos Messaris (1910–1978): The Cape Town- born striker returned to Athens with his parents in 1927 and initially played for Goudi, the oldest football club in Athens. During one of his games he was noticed by the then PAO coach Forner, who advocated Messari's commitment. So he switched to Panathinaikos in 1930 and, despite his very young age, saw himself as the team captain of the "Golden Team", which included players like Antonis Migiakis , Mimis Pierrakos, Diomidis Simeonidis, Konstantinos Andritsos or Dimitrios and Konstantinos Baltasis.

Panathinaikos in 1930

The first game of the finals between Aris and Olympiakos ended with a clear 5-0 victory for the team from Piraeus, who traveled to the match against Panathinaikos on June 1, 1930, with confidence. 10,000 spectators, a very large number for the time, watched this game, which has not been forgotten to this day. PAO won 8-2 against Olympiakos after goals from Messaris (2), Pierrakos (2), Simeonidis (2), Migiakis and an own goal by Olympiakos. In the second game of the final round PAO defeated Aris 4-1 in Thessaloniki and thus laid the foundation for the first Greek championship, as the second legs were subsequently won. It is worth mentioning the fact that the second leg against Olympiacos had to be played in Thessaloniki, as the police in Piraeus could not ensure that the game was played safely. Panathinaikos also won this match (2: 1) and thus finally secured the championship.

Another special date for Panathinaikos was April 26, 1925: For the first time in the club's history they competed against a foreign club. Opponents were the Yugoslav team Vittoria Zagreb , from which they separated 1: 1 in a draw. The first victory came a year later against Kapfenberger SV (1-0).

1933–1945: The "Dark Years"

After the first championship, and given the young and talented players, it looked like Panathinaikos would dominate Greek football for the next few years. However, nothing should come of this to the disappointment of the club's supporters. The beginning of this dark chapter in the club's history was a conflict between Angelos Messaris and Apostolos Nikolaidis . Messaris wanted to enroll at the University of Athens , but failed three times in this attempt despite the fact that he was an excellent student . Messaris speculated that the influential Nikolaidis caused the rejections to get him to focus only on the sport.

Messaris then made the momentous decision for the club to end his career at the age of just 22. The supporters were appalled by this decision, and hundreds of people moved to his property to change his mind. Messaris was not deterred, however, and stuck to his decision. Even if he was only active for Panathinaikos for a short time, Messaris managed to build a myth around his name that continues to this day. The actor, who died in 1978, is still one of the most popular players of all time at PAO.

With Angelos Messari's departure, Panathinaikos fell into a sporting no man's land. In the following years and until the Second World War , the team could not win another championship. In addition to the poor sporting performance, quarrels on the board caused continued unrest in the club. The highlight was the removal of Giorgos Kalafati from all offices and his removal from the membership lists by Apostolos Nikolaidis. This decision was later reversed, but it shows the situation the club was in at that time. Little was left of the “Golden Team”, and only the cup win in 1940 could give the supporters a little consolation.

1946–1958: The post-war period

The years after World War II did not prove particularly successful for Panathinaikos. From 1946 to 1948, the club even failed to qualify for the championship finals for three consecutive seasons. Even if some of the best Greek players at the moment such as B. Konstantinos Linoxilakis, Lakis Petropoulos or Anastasios Kritos were under contract with the club, the yield of titles was rather low. Until the establishment of the A Ethniki , the highest Greek league, these were two championships (1949 and 1953) and two cup wins (1948 and 1955). The number of spectators at the home games of Panathinaikos was remarkable for this period. Despite the low sporting success, the stadium was almost always sold out for years, regardless of the opponent.

1959–1970: The Decade of Domination

At the end of the 1950s, Panathinaikos was in the final phase of a time that was not very successful in terms of titles and was looking to the future with confidence for the first time in a long time. On the one hand, this was due to the fact that the club's internal political problems were resolved and the fact that it never lost the support of its fans.

When the first A Ethniki Championship was finally held in 1959–1960 , PAO provided one of the youngest and most talented cadres of the time. In addition to Andreas Papaemmanouil, Michalis Voutsaras, Georgios Andreou, Dimitrios Theofanis and Konstantinos Linoxilakis, this was above all a player who, like no other, managed to put his stamp on Greek football, and Panathinaikos in particular. This player who is still considered the best Greek footballer of all time and who after years was able to close the gap that Messaris left behind was Dimitrios Domazos . With Domazos, who was to become the captain and top performer of his team for the next 20 years, Panathinaikos won the first three A Ethniki championships in a row (1960 to 1962) as well as nine championships and three cups in total.

Mimis Domazos

In 1963 the Yugoslav Stjepan Bobek took over the coaching position at Panathinaikos and was the first to introduce the 4-3-3 system in Greece. With the engagements of Takis Ikonomopoulos , Aristidis Kamaras and above all Takis Loukanidis, PAO finally provided what many experts consider the strongest squad in Greek football history. The championship of 1964 was an expression of the playful superiority of this team, which could be won without losing a single game - to this day unique in Greek history. On September 30, 1964, Panathinaikos became the first Greek team to qualify for the second round of the European Cup after defeating Irish representatives Glentoran FC 3-2 after a 2-2 away draw in Athens in the first round . In the following season, Panathinaikos secured the championship and only lost one game. In the period from January 17 to May 16, 1965, the club remained in twelve consecutive games and for a total of 1088 minutes without conceding a goal, which is still the best in the Greek league today. In 1968 Bobek finally left the team after the differences between him and some of the players grew. His office was taken over by Lakis Petropoulos who was Bobek's assistant coach up to this point. After the obligations of Antonis Antoniadis , Konstantinos Eleftherakis , Gonios, Grammos, Anthimos Kapsis and Dimitriou, players who were to ensure the club's greatest international triumph just a few years later, he managed the first double in the club's history (1969) and another championship to achieve (1970). When the Hungarian Ferenc Puskás took over as coach in May 1970 , the time had come for Panathinaikos to make a breakthrough on a European level.

1970–1971: Wembley myth

Panathinaikos, Wembley Stadium
Line up of the two teams in the final

June 2, 1971 remains a special date in the history of Panathinaikos to this day. As the first and so far only Greek team, PAO managed to qualify for the final of the European Cup. The opponent in London's venerable Wembley Stadium was Ajax Amsterdam , and the majority of the population back home kept their fingers crossed for the "Greens". According to the match reports at the time, PAO played courageously in front of 25,000 fans who traveled with them, but lost 2-0 to the favored Dutchmen, who had stars such as Johan Neeskens , Johan Cruyff and Arie Haan under contract. On the way to the final Panathinaikos had against Jeunesse Esch (Luxembourg; 2: 1, 5: 0), Slovan Bratislava (Czechoslovakia; 3: 0, 2: 1), FC Everton (England; 1: 1, 0: 0) and Red Star Belgrade (Yugoslavia; 1: 4; 3: 0) prevailed.

The players in this team, trained by Ferenc Puskás , were:
Ikonomopoulos , Tomaras, Kapsis, Sourpis, Vlachos, Kamaras , Eleftherakis , Grammos, Antoniadis , Domazos and Filakouris.

In the same year Panathinaikos also played against Nacional Montevideo for the World Cup after Ajax Amsterdam had decided not to participate. After a 1-1 draw in Athens, Montevideo finally won the second leg 2-1, securing the trophy in front of their home crowd.

1972–1980: Between Wembley and the professional league

Juan Ramon Veron

After participating in the finals, the club's management assumed that similar or even greater deeds would follow in the period that followed. A strong squad and the euphoria of the last few years made those responsible for their sporting goals high. However, the desired successes did not turn out as hoped, so that only two championships (1972 and 1977) and a cup title (1977) could be booked. In 1978, PAO was repeatedly able to make a name for itself internationally when Slavia Sofia was beaten in the final for the Balkan Cup (0-0, 2-1).

At the same time, however, the club faced financial problems for the first time in its history. In the summer of 1979, the Vardinogiannis family finally took over all the shares * in the club and the ownership of the most famous Greek soccer club was transferred to the shipowner and media mogul Vardis Vardinogiannis . In 1980 the professional league was finally introduced in Greece, which PAO won for the first time in 1984.

* Under Greek law, all professional clubs must be public companies. However, the shares are not, as is usual, publicly traded on the stock exchange. Only when an association is up for sale can it change hands, usually as a complete package.

1981–1996: European successes and Greek triumphs

Juan Ramon Rocha

After the introduction of the professional league, Panathinaikos had a number of national successes. In addition to winning six championships (1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996) and nine cup wins (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995), PAO was also able to bring the Greek Supercup to Athens three times ( 1988, 1993, 1994). In 1982 they lost the championship after a tie and despite a better goal difference to Piraeus, who won the playoff with 2-1. In the regular season, the two teams had previously drawn 1: 1 apart. Outstanding during this period was the championship of 1995 when Panathinaikos set two records that are still valid today. In addition to the 16 point lead over the second in the table, the championship was won six game days before the end of the season. At the same time, respectable successes were regularly achieved in European competitions.

Since then, PAO has been the most consistent and successful team in Greece in the European Cup competitions with good performances in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup . The most successful year in this phase was 1996, when the club made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League and won 1-0 against Ajax Amsterdam there in Amsterdam. In the second leg, however, the team finally lost 3-0 and thus missed another participation in the final for the highest European football award for club teams.

1997–2007: The lean years

While the club continued to attract attention in Europe, the domestic league got worse from year to year from 1996 onwards. Constant coaching changes, unrest in the club management and a high fluctuation of players let the connection to the national top tear off, so that PAO could not win a title for seven years.

Greek postage stamp with the PAO club logo

Inferior players as well as the not entirely undisputed decisions of the referees in the key games stood in the way of success. Internationally, however, the club continued to make a name for itself. PAO qualified for the second group stage of the Champions League in 2001 and a year later in the 2001/02 season they even made it to the quarter-finals of the same competition under coach Ioannis Kirastas, who died in 2004, and his successor Sergio Markarian. In the first group stage of the Champions League, PAO finished first in front of FC Arsenal , RCD Mallorca and FC Schalke 04 and qualified for the second group stage. There they finished second behind Real Madrid and ahead of FC Porto and Sparta Prague . In the quarter-finals, the "Greens" then narrowly eliminated against FC Barcelona (1: 0; 1: 3). In 2003 Panathinaikos started in the UEFA Cup and played their way up to the quarter-finals where they were eliminated from eventual title winners FC Porto despite an away win. In the previous season, the club lost a championship again despite a tie to Piraeus. The decisive factor this time was the worse goal difference in a direct comparison of the two teams (3: 5). Only in 1998, after many years, did the club fail to qualify for a European competition.

Players during the 2007/08 season preparation

The long national dry spell without a title win could Panathinaikos end only in 2004 under the coach Itzhak Shum . After defeating Olympiacos 3-1 in the cup final, the championship followed a few weeks later and thus the seventh double in the club's history. At the European level, the club fell far short of its own expectations. The former fear of favorites had to accept some very significant defeats, which widened the gap between the fan base and the board.

2008: 100 years of Panathinaikos

Anniversary jersey

In 2008, a century after it was founded by Georgios Kalafatis, Panathinaikos celebrated its 100th anniversary on February 3, 2008. A series of events, celebrations and friendly matches took place throughout the year on this occasion. At the first competitive match of the calendar year, the club presented its jubilee jersey, which was to commemorate both the beginnings of the team and the greatest international success to date, the European Cup final in 1971.

In terms of sport, the anniversary year started promisingly for Panathinaikos. In the second half of the 2007/08 season they started as leaders of the Greek championship. In the national cup competition they had qualified for the quarter-finals and in the UEFA Cup the club had successfully survived the group stage. Despite these good starting conditions, the club did not manage to end the season with a title. In the championship they finished third after the regular season and went into second place in the first playoff round. This ended PAO, after four wins and two draws, as the winner and thus at least secured participation in the UEFA Champions League of the following season.

Djibril Cissé

The playful championship and the fact that they were eliminated in the cup against Piraeus, of all places, caused great resentment among the club's fan base. If there were repeated rallies against the club management during the season, these have now reached new dimensions. On April 13th, around 40,000 supporters of the club gathered on Leoforos Alexandra, the main artery in front of the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, to demonstrate peacefully against the Vardinogiannis family who owned the club. Just a few weeks earlier, under the chairman of the MIG Andreas Vgenopoulos, a number of financially strong supporters of the association had gathered to found the "PEK" (Παναθηναϊκή Ενωτική Κίνηση, Panathinaiki Enotiko Kinima, Unifying Movement of Panathinaikos) . The aim of this movement was to urge the current club president Ioannis Vardinogiannis to open the doors of the club for the PEK and to give them a say in the club and the opportunity to contribute financially. In addition to Vgenopoulos, the most important members of this movement included the pharmaceutical entrepreneurs and brothers Pavlos (owner and president of the basketball department of Panathinaikos ) and Athanassios Giannakopoulos (president of the umbrella organization), as well as the shipowner Nikolaos Pateras. In view of this pressure, Vardinogiannis announced at a press conference on April 22nd that it would approve an increase in the share capital by 80 million euros. The Vardinogiannis family now owned 50% of the shares, while 10% (according to Greek law) remained with the umbrella organization. From then on, the remaining 40% were mainly shared by Vgenopouos, Pateras and the Giannakopoulos brothers. At the same time Vardionogiannis resigned as president of the association and handed over this office to Nikolaos Pateras.

As a result of this capital increase, the club invested more than any other Greek club in the summer of 2008. Approx. 23 million were spent on player transfers alone, with the Brazilian international Gilberto Silva being the most notable newcomer. With the Dutchman Henk ten Cate finally came a new coach. Under him, PAO managed to build on old successful times on the European stage by the end of the year, after the team beat Inter Milan and Werder Bremen away and qualified as group winners for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. In the following season, the club was reinforced again by a number of well-known newcomers. In addition to the French Djibril Cissé , the Greek national players and European champions from 2004 Konstantinos Katsouranis and Georgios Seitaridis as well as the Argentine Sebastián Leto from Liverpool FC . Led by these players, the club reached its 20th championship and, after winning the cup competition, achieved the eighth double in the club's history.

2011 until today: The rebuilding

In 2011 the club faced major financial difficulties. In addition to the Greek economic crisis, which PAO brought in lower audience, sponsorship and TV income, the main reason for this was the disagreement of the club's management about how to deal with this crisis. As a result, Panathinaikos felt compelled u. a. Surrender the crowd favorite and top performer Cissé for the club's record transfer fee of 5.8 million euros to Lazio Rome and national goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas to US Palermo in order to reduce the running budget costs. Panathinaiko's problems during this period became particularly evident in the fact that the association was headed by six different presidents between May 2010 and January 2011, i.e. a little over six months. After the board resigned in spring 2012, the Greek media entrepreneur Ioannis Alafouzos presented a concept that provided for the financial restructuring of the association. The core of his plan was to take over the shares of the Vardinogiannis family. Furthermore, unlike its predecessors, his concept envisaged participation for simple supporters of the association for what purpose the Panathinaiki Simachia (Παναθηναϊκή Συμμαχία, Panathinaikos Alliance) was founded.

Graffiti at the entrance to Gate 13

From July 2nd, 2012, it was possible for the broad fan base to register via membership and thus contribute to the recovery of the association. In addition to a number of prominent personalities, former and then active players such as u. a. Jean-Alain Boumsong , Sotirios Ninis , Gilberto Silva and Djibril Cissé were among the members from the very beginning. On July 18, 2012, the Vardionogiannis family, which had owned the association since 1979, handed over their shares to the Panathinaiki Simachia. After the subsequent 2012/2013 season could only be finished in sixth place in the table after several coach changes, Panathinaikos failed to qualify for participation in an international competition for the first time in many years. In May 2013 Ioannis Anastasiou took over the post of team coach. The former international striker and player from Ajax Amsterdam relied more and more on the club's youngsters in his squad formation in the summer of 2013 and, with Panathinaikos, had the youngest squad in the Greek league on average. They were supported by the experienced professionals Marcus Berg , Mladen Petrić , Danijel Pranjić and Gordon Schildenfeld , who were formerly also active in the German Bundesliga . PAO finished his first season under Anastasiou in fourth place, but with the convincing 4-1 final win over PAOK Thessaloniki in the cup final, the club was able to show the first title win since 2010 and the first under the new club management.

Panathinaikos and the national team

Greece's record international Karagounis in the national

The Panathinaikos players have been the backbone of the Greek national team since its inception . From the youth teams to the men's selection, players such as Linoxilakis, Ikonomopoulos , Domazos , Saravakos , Basinas or Karagounis were among the top performers. PAO is also particularly successful in its youth work. For example, there were four players in the squad for the 2004 European champions, Greece: Basinas, Chalkias , Karagounis and Goumas , who come from their own PAO youth team. With Nikopolidis , Seitaridis , Fyssas , Georgiadis and Papadopoulos there were five other players in the squad who were under contract with Panathinaikos or who made their big breakthroughs there.

In the decisive play-off game in Ukraine for participation in the 2010 World Cup , Panathinaikos provided seven of the 14 players used. In detail, these were Tzorvas , Spyropoulos , Vyntra , Karagounis , Katsouranis , Tziolis and Salpingidis . With Kyrgiakos and Gekas , two more players came into play who made the breakthrough at Panathinaikos.

In qualifying for the European Football Championship 2012 , Panathinaikos again made up the largest part of the national team with seven players with Karagounis, Katsouranis, Ninis, Seitaridis, Spyropoulos, Tzorvas and Vyntra.

In addition to the many players that Panathinaikos have played for the national team to this day, the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium , which is privately owned by the club, was home to many games of the Greek national team.


Until 1922 Panathinaikos had no stadium or sports field of their own. Games and training units therefore took place in places owned by the city.

Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium

View of the west curve with the famous Gate 13

From 1922 the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, popularly known as “Leoforos”, was home to the largest Athens football club. After the first grandstand was built in 1928, all of the club's major national and international meetings took place there over the next 50 years or so. In 1938 it was the first Greek stadium to have a floodlight system, and 20 years later, in 1958, it was the first stadium in the country to have a turf. In 1984 Panathinaikos finally left the home stadium for the first time in its history to move to the then newly built Athens Olympic Stadium . In 2000, the club carried out modernization work on the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium for seven million euros, and Panathinaikos returned to his old place of work until the end of the 2004/05 season. The high demands placed by UEFA on the stadiums for the UEFA Champions League games did not allow any further matches, and Panathinaikos was forced to move to the Olympic Stadium again. In the summer of 2007 the association decided again to return to the "Apostolos Nikolaidis". On this occasion, the stadium was repeatedly subjected to extensive modernization work. Although it was originally planned to play at the old place of work until the new stadium was completed, Panathinaikos only stayed at Leoforos until the end of the 2007/08 season.

A return to the Leoforos came in the summer of 2013. The club management under President Ioannis Alafouzos was no longer willing to pay the high rental costs for the Olympic Stadium, not least because of the tight financial situation of the club.

Athens Olympic Stadium

Athens Olympic Stadium

The Athens Olympic Stadium (popularly called OAKA) bears the name of Spyridon Louis , the winner of the first modern Olympic marathon (1896). Construction began on January 7, 1980 and lasted until September 1982. Before the Olympic Games, the stadium was completely rebuilt and modernized; the costs for this amounted to 156 million euros. The stadium was given a 17,000 tonne roof made of polycarbonate panes designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava . This 25,000 m² polycarbonate roof, the largest in the world, was completed shortly before the official reopening on July 30, 2004 and covers a total of 95% of the seats. The stadium is located within a sports complex in Marousi , ten kilometers northeast of central Athens. This is served by line 1 of the Athens subway.

After Panathinaikos played its home games in the Olympic Stadium from 1984 to 2000, the stadium, which was modernized for the Olympic Games in Athens , was home to the "Greens" from summer 2005 to 2007 and between 2008 and 2013. The Olympic Stadium, which one had to share with AEK Athens , was originally only intended to be a temporary solution until the new stadium should be completed.

New stadium construction

Model of the new arena

Plans that include building a new stadium have been considered by the club since the 1990s. The search for a suitable location and the financing of the project have so far been extremely difficult. The city of Athens categorically ruled out a new stadium to replace the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium, as the property is located in one of the most densely populated districts of Athens . In the search for alternatives, construction measures in the districts of Goudi and Helliniko were considered. While the first solution was favored by the fans due to its geographical proximity to the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, considerations for a new building in Helliniko met with great resistance from the club's supporters. Although the Helliniko with its competition ports from the time of the Olympic Games , in the middle of which the stadium was to be built, is located in a suburb of Athens, the tradition-conscious supporters insisted on a solution within the Athens district.

After negotiations with the city of Athens, which lasted for several years, an agreement was finally reached on a new stadium in the Athens district of Votanikos, which is located approx. 2.5 km west of the city center. Originally a sports complex was to be built here by 2010, which in addition to a football stadium, multi-purpose sports halls for the basketball and volleyball departments and a swimming pool for the water polo department, also includes sports facilities for all the other departments of the club. According to these plans, the football stadium should be the first to be completed. The capacity should be around 46,000 spectators. The Marfin Investment Group acquired the stadium's naming rights .

Work on the stadium has not yet started. Especially at the beginning it was protests by affected residents that led to long-term court hearings, but later the economic crisis in Greece hit the association so that the new building in the Votanikos district was a long way off.

The association is currently investigating the phased expansion of the Leoforos Alexandras with the aim of later having a capacity of 30,000 spectators.

Training ground

Entrance to the former training ground in Peania

Between 1981 and 2013 Panathinaikos used the training ground in Peania, which was the first of its kind in Greece. The site to the east of the city center near Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos Airport is still one of the most modern in Europe. In addition to the training facilities for the professional team, the club's youth academy was also on site.

The training area includes four grass pitches, two of which have floodlights, and an artificial turf pitch. In addition to the training areas, there are also office buildings, strength and treatment rooms, a swimming pool and a residential unit with 27 double rooms, a restaurant, conference and relaxation rooms. The seven hectare training ground is owned by the Vardinogiannis family.

In May 2013, Panathinaikos announced that they had acquired only about 2.5 km southwest of the training camp "Apilion" near Koropi and another 5 hectares of land for a total of 10 million euros. This step was taken because the club management was no longer willing to continue paying the high rental costs of 1.2 million euros per season for the training camp in Peania to the Vardinogiannis family.

The new training camp has two natural and one artificial turf pitches as well as six other small-field facilities, all of which have floodlights. In addition to the training grounds, there is also a swimming pool (eight lanes, 25 m long), tennis courts, changing, strength and treatment rooms as well as a restaurant and a cafeteria.

In April 2014 it was announced that the training area would be expanded by three more grass pitches.

In October 2016, the club announced that it would temporarily return to the old training ground in Peania until the expansion measures on their own premises were completed.

Panathinaikos in the media

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Root formation 2019/2020 (4-3-3)

In the Greek mass media , Panathinaikos Athens is represented as well as hardly any other Greek team. With I Prasini there is a sports newspaper that appears nationwide every day. I Prasini pursues the interests of the association and supports its policy. The daily newspapers Athlitiki Icho, Derby and the Prasinos Tipos, which used to be available weekly, are no longer in circulation .

All football division matches are televised. For the 2017/18 season, the matches in the Greek Cup and the Super League will be broadcast by the state television company ERT (Elliniki Radiophonia Tileorassi) . In addition, almost all of the club's preparatory and friendly matches are broadcast.

The magazine Prasinos Palmos is no longer broadcast . This ran weekly on the private broadcaster High TV until 2010 and lasted around two hours. In addition to the football department's affairs, the broadcast also included topics relating to the club's other sports departments.


Transfers 2020/21

Arrivals Aitor Cantalapiedra ( FC Twente Enschede ) Dimitrios Emmanouilidis ( Panionios Athens ) 1 Fotis Ioannidis ( Levadiakos ) Theofanis Mavrommatis ( SønderjyskE Fodbold ) 1 Facundo Sánchez ( Estudiantes de La Plata ) Fran Vélez ( Aris Thessaloniki ) Lucas Villafáñez ( Monarcas Morelia ) António Xavier ( CD Tondela )
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Departures Konstantinos Apostolakis ( APOEL Nicosia ) Christos Donis (destination unknown) Emanuel Insúa ( AEK Athens ) Mattias Johansson ( Gençlerbirliği Ankara ) Dominik Nagy ( Legia Warsaw ) 1 João Nunes ( Puskás Akadémia ) Mark Sifneos ( FC Chiasso ) Anuar Tuhami ( Real Valladolid ) 1 Georgios Vagiannidis ( Inter Milan ) Nikolaos Vergos ( Panetolikos ) Ghayas Zahid ( APOEL Nicosia ) 1

1 was on loan

Current squad

Back number Surname nationality born in the team since Contract until Last club SL games * SL goals * status
1 Sokratis Dioudis GreeceGreece 02/03/1993 2017 (S) 2023 Aris Thessaloniki 128 0
15th Vasilios Xenopoulos GreeceGreece 05/20/1998 2016 (S) 2021 own youth 3 0
27 Konstantinos Kotsaris GreeceGreece 07/25/1996 2017 (S) 2021 Omonia Nicosia 5 0
71 Nikolaos Christogeorgos GreeceGreece 03/01/2000 2018 (S) 2021 own youth 1 0
4th Dimitrios Kolovetsios GreeceGreece 10/16/1991 2017 (S) 2022 AEK Athens 202 5
5 Bart Schenkeveld NetherlandsNetherlands 08/28/1991 2019 (S) 2021 Melbourne City FC 29 1
12 Ilias Chatzitheodoridis GreeceGreece 05/11/1997 2018 (S) 2023 Brentford FC 43 3
23 Evangelos Theocharis GreeceGreece 07/06/1998 2017 (S) 2022 own youth 8th 0
24 Theofanis Mavrommatis GreeceGreece 01/16/1997 2020 (S) 2022 SønderjyskE Fodbold 21st 0
44 Achilleas Poungouras GreeceGreece 12/13/1995 2018 (S) 2023 PAOK Thessaloniki 66 0
47 Vasilios Zagaritis GreeceGreece 05/04/2001 2019 (W) 2021 own youth 7th 0
Facundo Sánchez ArgentinaArgentina 07.03.1990 2020 (S) 2022 Estudiantes de La Plata 0 0 A.
Fran Vélez SpainSpain 06/23/1991 2020 (S) 2023 Aris Thessaloniki 47 5
7th Dimitrios Kolovos GreeceGreece 04/27/1993 2019 (S) 2022 Omonia Nicosia 124 24 N
8th Yassin Ayoub MoroccoMorocco NetherlandsNetherlands 03/06/1994 2020 (S) 2023 Feyenoord Rotterdam 6th 0
11 Anastasios Chatzigiovannis GreeceGreece 05/31/1997 2016 (S) 2022 own youth 85 12
17th Uffe Bech DenmarkDenmark 01/13/1993 2019 (S) 2022 Hannover 96 14th 1 N
18th Ioannis Bouzoukis GreeceGreece 03/27/1998 2017 (S) 2022 own youth 61 5
21st Dimitrios Kourbelis GreeceGreece 11/02/1993 2017 (W) 2023 Asteras Tripoli 199 7th C / N
37 Andreas Athanasakopoulos GreeceGreece 11/27/2001 2018 (S) 2022 own youth 5 0
55 Sotirios Alexandropoulos GreeceGreece 11/26/2001 2019 (S) 2022 own youth 10 0
58 Dimitrios Serpezis GreeceGreece 03/14/2001 2017 (S) 2022 own youth 6th 0
Lucas Villafáñez ArgentinaArgentina ParaguayParaguay 08/04/1991 2020 (S) 2022 Monarcas Morelia 91 20th A.
9 Federico Macheda ItalyItaly 08/22/1991 2018 (S) 2021 Novara Calcio 59 24
19th Juan José Perea ColombiaColombia 02/23/2000 2019 (S) 2021 FC Porto 23 3 A.
20th Dimitrios Emmanouilidis GreeceGreece October 24, 2000 2020 (S) 2022 Panionios Athens 31 6th
22nd Aitor Cantalapiedra SpainSpain 02/10/1996 2020 (S) 2023 FC Twente Enschede 0 0
54 Spyros Tzavidas GreeceGreece 08/21/2001 2019 (S) 2022 own youth 1 0
77 Christian Konan ItalyItaly Ivory CoastIvory Coast 07/12/1999 2020 (W) 2022 Levadiakos 0 0
77 Antonio Xavier PortugalPortugal 07/06/1992 2020 (S) 2023 CD Tondela 0 0
99 Anargyros kampetsis GreeceGreece 05/06/1999 2018 (S) 2021 Borussia Dortmund II 38 2
Carlitos SpainSpain 06/12/1990 2020 (W) 2023 al-Wahda 0 0
Fotis Ioannidis GreeceGreece 01/10/2000 2020 (S) 2024 Levadiakos 22nd 2

S = summer transfer
W = winter transfer

A = non-UEFA foreigners (only five per club admitted in Greece)
C = team captain
L = loan
N = national player

As of August 22, 2020

Awarded Players

Surname nationality born position lent to
Georgios Angelopoulos GreeceGreece 02/25/1997 midfield AE Sparti
Antonis Ikonomopoulos GreeceGreece 05/09/1998 Defense AE Sparti
Yohan Mollo FranceFrance 07/18/1989 midfield US Orléans
Christos Shehu GreeceGreece AlbaniaAlbania 03/01/2000 Storm Bologna FC
Fausto Tienza SpainSpain 01/08/1990 midfield Gimnàstic de Tarragona

Significant or famous former players

→ More precise and more data on the former key performers can be found on Panathinaikos Athens (football) / names and numbers .

Greek players

The following is a selection of major or well-known players who have been under contract with Panathinaikos in the past. In addition to the period and position of the game, the number of games played for PAO and goals scored in the national championship are given. When listing the national titles, only those are taken into account that fall within the period in which the respective players were active at Panathinaikos. For active players, all information is correct as of November 12, 2010.

five-time top scorer in the Greek league (1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975); Finalist of the European Champion Clubs' Cup 1971; Finalist World Cup 1971; top scorer of the 1971 European Cup, Greek national player; with a total of 180 goals scored, Antoniadis is in second place on the all-time best list of PAOs; With a total of 187 goals scored, Antoniadis is fifth on Greece's all-time best list
Titles: four championships, two cup wins, one Supercup, Balkan Cup
96-time national player, World Cup participant in 1994, Champions League semi-finalist in 1996
Title: three championships, four cup wins, three Supercups
coming from one's own youth; Champions League semi-finalist 1996; longtime team captain; 100-time national player; European Champion 2004; European Championship participant 2008
Title: two championships, one cup win, one Supercup
longtime team captain, finalist of the European Cup in 1971; Finalist World Cup 1971; with 503 games played Domazos is number one on the all-time PAO best list; with 536 completed games Domazos is number one on the all-time best list of Greece; with a total of 134 goals scored Domazos is in third place on the all-time best list PAOs; 51 times national player
Titles: nine championships, three cup wins, one Supercup, Balkan Cup
Finalist of the European Champion Clubs' Cup 1971; Finalist World Cup 1971; with 307 completed games, Eleftherakis is number one on the all-time PAO best list; with a total of 85 goals scored, Eleftherakis is fifth on the all-time PAO best list; 34-time national player
Titles: four championships, two cup wins, one Supercup, Balkan Cup
Finalist of the European Champion Clubs' Cup 1971; Finalist World Cup 1971
Title: three championships, two cup wins, one Supercup
coming from one's own youth; longtime team captain; Champions League semi-finalist 1996; 44-time national player; European Champion 2004; European Championship participant 2008
Title: three championships, three cup wins, one Supercup
Finalist of the European Champion Clubs' Cup 1971; Finalist World Cup 1971; 1965 remained with Panathinaikos for 1088 minutes without conceding (Greek league record); 25-time national player
Title: five championships, two cup wins, one Supercup
Founding father of Panathinaikos
Champions League semi-finalist 1996; 72-time national player, participant in the 1994 World Cup
Title: four championships, six cup wins, three Supercups
coming from one's own youth; longtime team captain; record-breaking Greek national player; European Champion 2004; European Championship participant 2008 and 2012; World Cup participant 2010
Title: two championships, one cup win
coming from one's own youth; 27-time national player
Title: three championships, four cup wins
Champions League semi-finalist 1996; 26-time national player; World Cup participant in 1994
Title: four championships, five cup wins, two Supercups
Champions League semi-finalist 1996; longtime team captain; 90 times national player; European Champion 2004; European Championship participant 2008
Title: five championships, five cup wins, three Supercups
58 times national player; European Championship participant 1980
Title: three championships, four cup wins, one Supercup
78 times national player; World Cup participant in 1994
Title: three championships, six cup wins, two Supercups

Other important or well-known players are the 2004 European champions Konstantinos Chalkias , Panagiotis Fyssas , Georgios Georgiadis , Dimitris Papadopoulos and Georgios Seitaridis , Maik Galakos , Theofanis Gekas , Sotirios Kyrgiakos , Nikos Liberopoulos and Evangelos Mantzios as well as other actors like Georgios Mantzios , who were also active in Germany Delikaris, Georgios Donis , Christos Dimopoulos Aristidis Kamaras, Georgios Kapouranis, Anthimos Kapsis, Ioannis Kyrastas, Kostantonos Linoxilakis, Takis Loukanidis, Angelos Messaris , Apostolos Nikolaidis , Nikos Nioplias , Loukas Panourgias, Dimitrios Salpingidis , Konstantinos Tsiklitiras and Nikolaos Vamvakoulas.

Foreign players

The most important foreign football player who was ever active for Panathinaikos Athens is likely to be the Pole Krzysztof Warzycha . The center forward and 50-time national player moved to PAO in 1989 and was there under contract until 2004. He scored 244 goals in 390 first division games, making him the most successful goalscorer in the club's history. With Panathinaikos, Warzycha was able to win the championship and the cup five times and the Supercup twice. In 1996 he also reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with the club.

Another important player of international stature is Gilberto Silva . The former team captain of the Brazilian national soccer team and world champion from 2002 was under contract with Panathinaikos between 2008 and 2011 and was able to win the Greek club cup once in addition to a championship.

The French Djibril Cissé was under contract with Panathinaikos between 2009 and 2011. During this period, the French international and Champions League winner in 2005 won the Greek championship as well as the cup and was also top scorer in the Greek league twice.

Outstanding in the club's history was also Velimir Zajec who was under contract with the Athenians between 1984 and 1988. His transfer to the Greeks caused a sensation, especially as Zajec was promoted to captain of the Yugoslav national football team at this point and top European clubs from Spain and Italy were interested in signing the Libero. At Panathinaikos, Zajec won a championship and two cups.

Other important players from the Latin American market were, besides the Brazilians Flávio Conceição and Júlio César da Silva, above all the Argentinians Oscar Alvarez, Juan José Borrelli , Juan Ramón Rocha and Juan Ramón Verón . The role of Borelli was outstanding. Between 1991 and 1996 the playmaker PAO led to two championships, three cup wins, two Supercups and in 1996 made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Borelli scored 26 goals in 86 first division games.

Other famous or important players were the Croats Aljoša Asanović , Igor Bišćan , Robert Jarni , Mladen Petrić , Danijel Pranjić and Goran Vlaović , the Poles Emmanuel Olisadebe and Józef Wandzik , the Dane René Henriksen , the Swede Marcus Berg and Hélder Postiga and Paulo Sousa from Portugal and Champions League winners Luis García and Victor from Spain and Michael Essien from Ghana .

The Germans Markus Münch , Karlheinz Pflipsen , Marco Villa , Walter Wagner and Jens Wemmer as well as the Austrian Andreas Ivanschitz have played for Panathinaikos from the German-speaking countries .


Current coaching staff

function Surname nationality
Trainer Dani Poyatos SpainSpain
Assistant coach Marcel Sans SpainSpain
Goalkeeping coach Josep Pascual Traba SpainSpain
Fitness trainer Miquel Gomila SpainSpain
technical director Xavi Roca SpainSpain
Team manager Grigoris Papavasiliou GreeceGreece

Historical trainer list

Surname nationality from to
John Cyril Campbell EnglandEngland 1908 1914
Giorgos Kalafatis Kingdom of GreeceKingdom of Greece 1918 1924
Apostolos Nikolaidis Second Hellenic RepublicSecond Hellenic Republic 1924 1928
Miklos Forner Hungary 1918Hungary 1928 1929
Jozsef Kinsler Hungary 1918Hungary 1929 1939
Antonis Migiakis Kingdom of GreeceKingdom of Greece 1945 1948
Joseph Beach AustriaAustria 1948 1949
Antonis Migiakis Kingdom of GreeceKingdom of Greece 1949 1950
Harry Game EnglandEngland 1950 1953
Svetislav Glišović YugoslaviaYugoslavia 1953 1958
Antonis Migiakis EnglandEngland 1959 1960
Harry Game EnglandEngland 1960 1963
Stjepan Bobek YugoslaviaYugoslavia 1963 1967
Béla Guttmann Hungary 1957Hungary 1967 1968
Lakis Petropoulos Kingdom of GreeceKingdom of Greece 1968 1970
Ferenc Puskás Hungary 1957Hungary 1970 1974
Stjepan Bobek YugoslaviaYugoslavia 1975 1975
Aimore Moreira Brazil 1968Brazil 1976 1976
Kazimierz Górski Poland 1944Poland 1976 1978
Lakis Petropoulos GreeceGreece June 1979 November 1979
Gavrilos Gazis GreeceGreece November 1979 December 1979
Bruno Pesaola ArgentinaArgentina / ItalyItaly December 1979 June 1980
Ronnie Allen EnglandEngland June 1980 September 1980
Andreas Papaemanouil GreeceGreece September 1980 October 1980
Helmut Senekowitsch AustriaAustria October 1980 June 1981
Lakis Petropoulos GreeceGreece June 1981 June 1982
Ștefan Kovács Romania 1965Romania June 1982 March 1983
Andreas Papaemanouil GreeceGreece March 1983 April 1983
Konstantinos Tsakos GreeceGreece April 1983 June 1983
Jacek Gmoch Poland 1980Poland June 1983 June 1985
Petr Packert CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia June 1985 June 1986
Tomislav Ivić Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia June 1986 September 1986
Vasilios Daniil GreeceGreece September 1986 January 1988
Ioannis Kalogeras GreeceGreece January 1988 January 1988
Gunder Bengtsson SwedenSweden January 1988 November 1989
Christo Bonew Bulgaria 1971Bulgaria November 1989 September 1990
Vasilios Daniil GreeceGreece September 1990 June 1992
Ivica Osim Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992Bosnia and Herzegovina June 1992 March 1994
Juan Ramón Rocha ArgentinaArgentina March 1994 October 1996
Maik Galakos GreeceGreece October 1996 October 1996
Velimir Zajec CroatiaCroatia October 1996 June 1997
Nikolaos Karoulias GreeceGreece June 1997 June 1997
Vasilios Daniil GreeceGreece June 1997 March 1999
Juan Ramón Rocha ArgentinaArgentina March 1999 June 1999
Ioannis Kirastas GreeceGreece June 1999 June 2000
Angelos Anastasiadis GreeceGreece June 2000 February 2001
Efstratios Apostolakis GreeceGreece February 2001 June 2001
Ioannis Kirastas GreeceGreece June 2001 December 2001
Sergio Markarian UruguayUruguay December 2001 June 2002
Fernando Santos PortugalPortugal June 15, 2002 October 16, 2002
Sergio Markarian UruguayUruguay October 17, 2002 May 27, 2003
Itzhak Shum IsraelIsrael June 3, 2003 4th October 2004
Zdeněk Ščasný Czech RepublicCzech Republic October 5, 2004 February 4, 2005
Panagiotis Filakouris GreeceGreece February 5, 2005 February 14, 2005
Alberto Malesani ItalyItaly February 15, 2005 May 15, 2006
Hans Backe SwedenSweden May 15, 2006 September 16, 2006
Jasminko Velic Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 17th September 2006 October 8, 2006
Víctor Muñoz SpainSpain October 9, 2006 May 25, 2007
José Peseiro PortugalPortugal June 5, 2007 May 14, 2008
Henk ten Cate NetherlandsNetherlands June 13, 2008 December 8, 2009
Nikolaos Nioplias GreeceGreece December 8, 2009 November 15, 2010
Jacek Gmoch PolandPoland November 15, 2010 November 20, 2010
Jesualdo Ferreira PortugalPortugal November 20, 2010 November 14, 2012
Juan Ramón Rocha ArgentinaArgentina November 14, 2012 January 7, 2013
Fabriciano González SpainSpain January 8, 2013 March 31, 2013
Ioannis Vonortas GreeceGreece March 31, 2013 13th of May 2013
Ioannis Anastasiou GreeceGreece 13th of May 2013 November 2, 2015
Andrea Stramaccioni ItalyItaly November 9, 2015 December 1, 2016
Marinos Ouzounidis GreeceGreece December 1, 2016 May 2018
Georgios Donis GreeceGreece 3rd July 2018 19th July 2020
Dani Poyatos SpainSpain 20th July 2020



The following is a list of all presidents since the foundation of the association. The longest term of office is Georgios Vardinogiannis, who was President of the Panathinaikos Football Department for 21 years between June 1979 and May 2000.

The media entrepreneur Ioannis Alafouzos has headed the association since September 25th.

president from to
Alexandros Kalafatis 1908 1908
Marinos Marinakis 1908 1909
Euthymios Chrysis 1910 1910
Georgios Vratsanos 1911 1911
Ioannis Masvoulas 1912 1912
Georgios Gennimatas 1913 1913
Georgios Tsochas 1914 1918
Christos Merisimitzakis 1919 1919
Nikolaos Kyriakidis 1920 1920
Georgios Chatzopoulos 1921 1921
Panos Savvidis 1922 1923
Pantelis Karasevdas 1924 1926
Dimitrios Damaskinos 1927 1927
Pantelis Karasevdas 1928 1930
Nikolaos Ksiros 1931 1933
Georgios Giannoulatos 1934 1934
Georgios Tsochas 1935 1936
Konstantinos Kotzias 1937 1939
Georgios Kozonis 1940 1940
Evangelos Stamatis 1941 1944
Konstantinos Kotzias 1945 1951
Ioannis Moatsos 1952 1961
Loukas Panourgias 1962 1966
Matthaios Koumarianos 1967 1968
Georgios Asimakopoulos 1969 1969
Georgios Merikas 1970 1970
Dimitrios Chamosfakitis 1971 1971
Mikhail Kitsios 1971 1972
Spyridon Anestis 1973 1973
Ioannis OIkonomopoulos 1974 1974
Apostolos Nikolaidis 1974 1979
Jack Nikolaidis 1979 1979
Georgios Vardinogiannis June 1979 May 2000
Angelos Filippidis May 2000 May 2003
Stilianos Spanoudakis May 2003 June 2003
Argiris Mitsou June 2003 May 2008
Nikolaos Pateras May 26, 2008 May 21, 2010
Dimitrios Gontikas May 21, 2010 July 13, 2010
Nikolaos Konstantopoulos July 13, 2010 September 8, 2010
Nikolaos Pateras September 8, 2010 December 20, 2010
Ioannis Vekris December 20, 2010 January 2011
Dimitris Gontikas January 2011 September 25, 2012
Ioannis Alafouzos September 25, 2012 29th September 2017
Vasilios Konstantinou 29th September 2017


Clubhouse of a fan club in Gyzi , Athens

Panathinaikos was the first club in Greece to have an organized fan base. In 1966 a group of young Panathinaikos fans founded the so-called Gate 13 . The aim was to get tickets for games more easily and to prevent the opposing supporters from infiltrating their own fan scene. The name was based on the entrance that the audience used to get to the block of the same name on the west stand of the local Apostolos-Nikolaidis Stadium .

Gate 13 was very well organized and continued to develop in the following years, not least thanks to the European cup successes of the soccer team. In addition to Gate 13, there were also other fan clubs that mainly used the name of their respective district for their names.

A prominent point in the history of PAO's fan scene was the 80s. As there were riots at soccer games in Greece in previous years, the then club president Georgios Vardinogiannis decided to dissolve and ban the various groups at Gate 13 and replace them to found the so-called PA.LE.FI.P. From then on, this was the only fan group officially recognized by the club. Part of the scene opposed this policy and acted again under the name Gate 13 from 1986 . At this time the "Green Club" was founded, which was renamed the "Green Cockneys Club" shortly afterwards. In 1988 the "Mad Boys" and in 1991 the "Zografou" fan club were founded. In 1993 they joined together under the name “Athens Fans” before the Mad Boys split off again in 1995. In 1997 the club's management tried for the last time to smash all fan groups except for PA.LE.FI.P, but this time too this attempt was unsuccessful. So Gate 13 still exists today and dominates the scene in Panathinaiko's fan scene through its appearance and choreography.

There are currently around 40 Panathinaikos fan clubs in Athens, the number of which varies between 60 and 700. A total of 7,000 members are counted in the city of Athens alone. In the rest of Greece there are another 50 fan clubs. Most of these clubs have their own premises which are maintained through membership fees and the sale of merchandise items. Most of the members come from the part of town in which the fan club is located.

Fan friendships

Fan choreo

Since the Champions League game at Sturm Graz in the 2000/01 season, the supporters of Panathinaikos Athens have been close friends with the members of the Ultras Rapid from SK Rapid Vienna . This intense friendship is now referred to by both sides as a "brotherhood". Members of the Ultras Rapid and Gate 13 attend the games of the other club and can often be found on trips away.

In addition to the close friendship with the Ultras Rapid, there are very good contacts to the groups Orgullo Vikingo ( Real Madrid ), Bothwell Emerald CSC ( Celtic Glasgow ), Shamrock Rovers Ultras ( Shamrock Rovers ), Barabajare ( Hammarby IF ), BOYS Zurich ( FC Zurich) ) and Torcida Verde ( Sporting Lisbon ). (CUCS ASROMA) There are no fan friendships with Greek clubs.

Fan rivalries

The biggest opponent and arch rival of Panathinaikos fans is the unloved local neighbor Olympiacos Piraeus . This aversion can mainly be explained by their origin. In addition to their origins, the Attic basin , both clubs also have a large number of sports departments in which the respective fans of the two clubs meet regularly. Derbies between these two clubs have been arousing great emotions for decades and it is not uncommon for riots between the two fan camps.

Another big rival is the second largest Athens club AEK . Here, too, the reasons are mainly to be found in the geographical proximity and the size of the two clubs.

Outside Athens, only the teams PAOK and Aris from Thessaloniki are seen as real rivals.

coat of arms

Anniversary emblem

The club's coat of arms shows the three- leaf clover, typical of Panathinaikos, on a white background, which has been used by all sports departments of the club since 1918.

On the occasion of the upcoming 100th anniversary, the association announced an open competition at the beginning of 2007 with the requirement to create an anniversary emblem. The winning design was presented on December 7, 2007. It shows a four-leaf clover consisting of several hearts , which is reminiscent of the number 100, comes from Nikolaos Karokis and has since been depicted on jerseys together with the traditional coat of arms.


Panathinaikos hymn comes from Georgios Mouzakis (born August 15, 1922 - August 27, 2005) from 1958. Georgios Ikonomidis wrote the text.

Σύλλογος μεγάλος δεν υπάρχει άλλος
δεν υπάρχει άλλος πιο δυναμικός.
Kαι χιλιάδες φίλοι μόλις δουν τριφύλλι
ζήτω λένε ο Παναθηναϊκός.

Παναθηναϊκέ, Παναθηναϊκέ,
Παναθηναϊκέ μεγάλε και τρανέ.
Παναθηναϊκέ, Παναθηναϊκέ,
πρωταθλητή σ'όλα τα σπορ παντοτινέ.

Σ'έχουνε δοξάσει οι γνωστοί σου άσσοι
που λεβέντες είναι όλοι με καρδιά.
Χαίρεται η Ελλάδα που έχει τέτοια ομάδα
που της νίκης έχει πάντα τα κλειδιά

Παναθηναϊκέ, Παναθηναϊκέ,
Παναθηναϊκέ μεγάλε και τρανέ.
Παναθηναϊκέ, Παναθηναϊκέ,
πρωταθλητή σ'όλα τα σπορ παντοτινέ.


There is no team as big as you,
there is no other team as dynamic.
And thousands of followers, as soon as they see the shamrock,
cheer "long live Panathinaikos"

Panathinaikos, Panathinaikos,
Panathinaikos you great and glorious.
Panathinaikos, Panathinaikos,
eternal master of all sports.

You were honored by your famous stars,
who are all heroes with big hearts.
The whole of Greece is happy to have such a club that
always has the keys to victory.

Panathinaikos, Panathinaikos,
Panathinaikos you great and glorious.
Panathinaikos, Panathinaikos,
eternal master of all sports.


First division positions of Panathinaikos at the end of the season

In total, the Panathinaikos Athens soccer team won 50 titles, making it one of the most successful departments of the club. Panathinaikos was able to achieve the Greek double eight times . Between 1924 and 1959, the club was also able to win the Athens City Championship 17 times.

  • Greek master (20 ×): 1930, 1949, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2010
  • Greek cup winners (18 ×): 1940, 1948, 1955, 1967, 1969, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2010, 2014
  • Supercup (4 ×): 1970, 1988, 1993, 1994
  • Balkan Cup (1 ×): 1977
  • SEGAS championships (6 ×): 1909, 1911, 1912, 1915, 1921, 1922
  • Great Greece Cup (1 ×): 1970
  • Double winners (8 ×): 1969, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1991, 1995, 2004, 2010
  • Athens City Championships (17 ×): 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1939, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959

Statistics and records

Games played

The following list shows the players with the most stakes in the top Greek league.

space player Calls Period
1 GreeceGreece Dimitrios Domazos 503 1959-1978
2 PolandPoland GreeceGreece Krzysztof Warzycha 390 1989-2004
3 GreeceGreece Konstantinos Antoniou 324 1977-1981
4th GreeceGreece Anthimos Kapsis 318 1968-1985
5 GreeceGreece Konstantinos Eleftherakis 307 1968-1980
6th GreeceGreece Aristidis Kamaras 304 1961-1973
7th GreeceGreece Panagiotis Ikonomopoulos 303 1964-1976
8th GreeceGreece Frangiskos Sourpis 302 1962-1973
9 GreeceGreece Konstantinos Mavridis 297 1982-1995
10 GreeceGreece Vasilios Konstantinou 289 1964-1982

Goals scored

The following list shows the players with the most goals in the top Greek league. With his 244 goals, Warzycha is the second most successful striker in the top Greek league across all leagues.

space player Gates Period
1 PolandPoland GreeceGreece Krzysztof Warzycha 244 1989-2004
2 GreeceGreece Antonis Antoniadis 180 1968-1988
3 GreeceGreece Dimitrios Domazos 134 1959-1978
4th GreeceGreece Dimitrios Saravakos 128 1984-1994
5 GreeceGreece Konstantinos Eleftherakis 85 1968-1980
6th GreeceGreece Andreas Papaemmanouil 79 1958-1969
7th GreeceGreece Nikos Liberopoulos 72 1996-2003
- SwedenSweden Marcus Berg 72 2013-2017
9 GreeceGreece Georgios Georgiadis 60 1993-1998
10 GreeceGreece Takis Loukanidis 59 1961-1969

Most expensive transfers in the club's history

Most expensive sale in the club's history: Djibril Cissé
space player Transfer fee from season
1 Cyprus RepublicRepublic of Cyprus Michalis Konstantinou 15.0 1 GreeceGreece Iraklis Thessaloniki 2001/02
2 FranceFrance Djibril Cissé 08.0 FranceFrance Olympique Marseille 2009/10
3 BrazilBrazil Marcelo Mattos 07.0 2 BrazilBrazil Corinthians São Paulo 2007/08
4th ArgentinaArgentina Sebastian Leto 04.5 EnglandEngland Liverpool FC 2009/10
5 GreeceGreece Konstantinos Katsouranis 03.3 PortugalPortugal Benfica Lisbon 2009/10
space player Transfer fee to season
1 FranceFrance Djibril Cissé 5.8 ItalyItaly Lazio Rome 2011/12
2 GreeceGreece Georgios Seitaridis 5.0 3 PortugalPortugal FC Porto 2004/05
3 SwedenSweden Marcus Berg 3.3 United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates al Ain Club 2017/18
4th GreeceGreece Sotirios Kyrgiakos 003.125 ScotlandScotland Glasgow Rangers 2004/05
5 GreeceGreece Charis Mavrias 3.0 EnglandEngland Sunderland AFC 2013/14
Sums in millions of euros
1 In addition to the transfer fee, three players moved from Panathinaikos to Iraklos.
2At the beginning of the 2007/08 season, PAO acquired 25% of the rights to the player for 3.2 million euros. In the following year another 65% was acquired for 3.8 million.
3Panathinaikos received a total of € 5 million for Seitaridis. Initially € 3 million directly from the transfer to FC Porto and 20% from the resale to Dynamo Moscow (€ 2 million).

Top scorer

So far, Panathinaikos has been the top scorer in the top Greek league 15 times . While Antonis Antoniadis holds the Greek record with five awards, Krzysztof Warzycha's three first places represent the best mark for a non-Greek player.

player season Gates
Greece 1970Greece Antonis Antoniadis 1969/70
GreeceGreece Georgios Charalampidis 1981/82 21st
GreeceGreece Dimitrios Saravakos 1990/91 23
PolandPoland Krzysztof Warzycha 1993/94
GreeceGreece Nikos Liberopoulos 2002/03 16
GreeceGreece Theofanis Gekas 2004/05 18th
FranceFrance Djibril Cissé 2009/10
SwedenSweden Marcus Berg 2016/17 22nd


  • Best placement: 1st (17 times since the introduction of the A 'Ethniki)
  • Worst place: 11th (2017/2018 season)
  • Biggest home win: 9-1 against Edessaikos (December 6, 1992)
  • Biggest away win: 6-0 against Panionios (June 3, 1973 and January 15, 1995) and Ethnikos Piraeus (May 11, 1969)
  • Biggest home defeat: 3-6 against Ethnikos Piraeus (May 17, 1987)
  • Biggest away defeat: 6-0 against Iraklis Thessaloniki (December 30, 1979)

Sponsors and suppliers

Shirt from the 2002/03 season
Current shirt sponsor: OPAP

Panathinaikos Athens first appeared in the 1983/84 season with a shirt sponsor. The French automobile company Citroën became the first and so far only foreign company to become the club's main sponsor. Between 1985 and 1999 the Greek insurance company Interamerican took over the successor for 14 years. To date, this represents the longest contract term for the association with a main sponsor.

Between 1995 and 2015, the German sporting goods manufacturer adidas equipped the Athenians for over 20 years . From the 2017/2018 season onwards, Panathinaikos will be equipped by Nike .

Overview of all suppliers and jersey sponsors of Panathinaikos Athens:

Period Outfitter Shirt sponsor Branch
1983-1985 JapanJapan ASICS FranceFrance Citroën Automobile manufacturer
1985-1993 GreeceGreece Interamerican Insurance
1993-1995 ItalyItaly Robe di Kappa
1995-1999 GermanyGermany adidas
1999-2000 GreeceGreece Motor Oil Hellas Mineral oil company
2000-2001 GreeceGreece winbank Credit institution
2001-2006 GreeceGreece OTE telecommunications
2006-2011 GreeceGreece Cosmote telecommunications
2011-2015 GreeceGreece OPAP Sports betting provider
2015-2017 GermanyGermany puma
2017– United StatesUnited States Nike

Shareholder structure

As of March 6, 2019, 75.48% of Panathinaikos shares are owned by Ioannis Alafouzos (19.7% directly; 55.78 through his company Sortivo International Ltd). 12.29% are owned by Panathinaiki Simmaxia , and according to Greek legislation 10% are owned by the umbrella organization Panathinaikos AO . The remaining 2.23% are in free float.

shareholder number of stocks Percentage ownership %
Sortivo International Ltd. 11,069,981 55.78
Ioannis Alafouzos 03,909,639 19.70
Panathinaiki Simmaxia 02,439,433 12.29
Panathinaikos AO 01,984,451 10.00
Others 00441.002 02.23
total 19,844,506 100

Encounters with associations from German-speaking countries

Encounters with clubs from Germany

Since Panathinaiko's first international appearance in 1960 there have been eight Greek-German duels so far (as of April 2015). Of the total of 16 matches, PAO won six, seven were lost and three ended in a draw. Panathinaikos was also until 2007 the only Greek team in professional football that could win a competitive game on German soil. Outstanding is the series of five games in a row that they played unbeaten against German teams, four of them even victorious.

season competition Encounter* result
1964/65 European Champions Cup Panathinaikos - 1. FC Cologne
1. FC Cologne - Panathinaikos
1: 1
2: 1
1967/68 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup FC Bayern Munich - Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos - FC Bayern Munich
5: 0
1: 2
1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Panathinaikos - Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Panathinaikos
1: 4
1: 2
2000/01 UEFA Champions League Hamburger SV - Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos - Hamburger SV
0: 1
0: 0
2001/02 UEFA Champions League FC Schalke 04 - Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos - FC Schalke 04
0: 2
2: 0
2003/04 UEFA Champions League VfB Stuttgart - Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos - VfB Stuttgart
2: 0
1: 3
2005/06 UEFA Champions League Panathinaikos - Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen - Panathinaikos
2: 1
5: 1
2008/09 UEFA Champions League Panathinaikos - Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen - Panathinaikos
2: 2
0: 3

Encounters with clubs from Switzerland

season competition Encounter* result
1974/75 Uefa cup Grasshopper Zurich - Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos - Grasshopper Zurich

Encounters with clubs from Austria

season competition Encounter* result
1982/83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup FK Austria Vienna - Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos - FK Austria Vienna
1999/00 UEFA Cup Grazer AK - Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos - Grazer AK
2: 1
1: 0
2000/01 UEFA Champions League SK Sturm Graz - Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos - SK Sturm Graz
2: 0
1: 2
2009/10 UEFA Europa League Panathinaikos - SK Sturm Graz
SK Sturm Graz - Panathinaikos
1: 0
0: 1

Encounters with clubs from Luxembourg

season competition Encounter* result
1970/71 European Champions Cup Jeunesse Esch - Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos - Jeunesse Esch
1: 2
5: 0

Encounters with clubs from the GDR

season competition Encounter* result
1969/70 European Champions Cup FC Vorwärts Berlin - Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos - Vorwärts Berlin
2: 0
1: 1
1975/76 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Panathinaikos - Sachsenring Zwickau
Sachsenring Zwickau - Panathinaikos

* Only competitive games are listed

Overall balance

opponent Games Victories draw Defeats Gates
Germany 16 6th 3 7th 20:28
Switzerland 2 1 0 1 2: 3
Austria 8th 4th 0 4th 7: 9
Luxembourg 2 2 0 0 7: 1
GDR 4th 0 2 2 1: 5
total 32 13 5 14th 37:46

Women's department

Panathinaikos was one of the first clubs in Greece to set up a women's football division. Launched in early 1980, there were a number of friendly games against other women's teams and against some men's teams until 1982. Coach of this team were Spilios Zacharopoulos and Panagiotis Ikonomopoulos , goalkeeper of the Wembley team in 1971. At the end of 1982 the department was dissolved and the players founded the new club Doxa Piraeus which they ran independently until 1990. With the introduction of the official Greek women's championship by the Greek football association EPO (ΕΠΟ) , this team won four of the first five championships held.


All jerseys since the club was founded
  • In honor and in recognition of GATE 13 , the club's largest group of fans, the jersey with the number 13 has not been awarded at Panathinaikos since the beginning of the 2003/04 season. Goalkeeper Stefanos Kotsolis went down in club history as the last player to be awarded the “13” .
  • At the beginning of the 2000s, Antonios Nikopolidis , Stefanos Kotsolis and Alexandros Tzorvas were the three goalkeepers of the men's, U21 and U18 national teams of Greece in the Panathinaikos squad. The quartet was completed by Konstantinos Chalkias who, together with Nikopolidis, became European champion in Portugal in 2004 .
  • With officially 74,473 visitors, Panathinaikos holds the Greek audience record. Opponent was at a cup encounter in 1986 AEK Athens .
  • With an average of 44,972 spectators per match from the 1985/86 season, Panathinaikos holds the Greek league record.
  • Panathinaikos holds the record for the most draws in a season (15, 1979/80 season) and the lowest (1, 1997/98 season).
  • With the first division of Konstantinos Antoniou against Veria on February 2, 1978, Panathinaikos used the youngest player in Greek football history. Antoniou was 15 years, nine months and 14 days old at the time.
  • With the goal of Sotirios Ninis against Panionios Athens on January 27, 2007, Panathinaikos is the youngest scorer to date in a first division encounter in the Greek league since it received professional status in 1979. Ninis was 16 years, nine months and 24 days old at the time.
  • When Charis Mavrias played in the Champions League against Rubin Kazan on October 20, 2010, Panathinaikos played the youngest player in Greek football history in a European Cup game. Mavrias was 16 years, seven months and 30 days old at the time.
  • In 1969 Panathinaikos won the Greek club cup after drawing lots. The opponent in the final was Olympiacos Piraeus.
  • In addition to Olympique Lyon , Panathinaikos had the most players at the 2008 European Championship with ten players .
  • With 30,091 season tickets sold in the 2010/11 season, Panathinaikos holds the Greek record.
  • In a world rankings for club teams published by the IFFHS, Panathinaikos ranks 52nd, making it the highest-ranking Greek team for the period between 1991 and 2008.

Web links

Commons : Panathinaikos Athens  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b ( Memento from December 24, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Report on the jersey history on
  3. ^ Report ( memento of April 8, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) on
  4. ( Memento from December 22, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  5. ^ Report ( Memento of December 8, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) on
  6. ( Memento of May 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  7. “100 Years of Panathinaikos”, Sifis Votzakis, page 136
  8. ( Memento of May 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  9. ( Memento of May 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  10. Report on the European Cup game against Glentoran FC ( Memento from August 12, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) on
  11. ^ Report in Derby Sports on February 3, 2008
  12. Report ( Memento of May 31, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) on
  13. Report on
  14. ( Memento of May 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  15. Statistics on
  16. Handelsblatt of March 16, 2005 ( Memento of September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  17. Statistics on
  18. PEK press release ( memento of February 8, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) of July 18, 2008
  19. ^ Announcement about the resignation of President Gontikas (Greek)
  20. Report on Alafouzo's redevelopment concept (Greek)
  21. Stadium profile on
  22. ( Memento of February 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  23. ^ Announcement on the acquisition of the Apilion training camp
  24. Report on the new training center ( Memento from June 7, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  25. Report on the expansion of the training area (Greek)
  26. Coach chronicle on
  27. Stadionwelt - Issue 17, April / May 2006
  28. Information on the coat of arms ( memento of January 10, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) at
  29. ^ Report ( Memento of February 6, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) on
  30. Source on the 1970 Supercup win
  31. Source of the 1970 Supercup win at
  32. Documentation of the Segas championships on (Greek)
  33. Source on the Cup of Greater Greece (Greek)
  34. List of the Athens City Championships on (English)
  35. Eternal top scorer list on (Greek)
  36. Statistics on
  37. Report on the new supplier on (Greek)
  38. Shareholder structure on (Greek)
  39. Report on
  40. ^ Report on Mavria's record ( memento of October 21, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) at
  41. Cup history on
  42. Report on
  43. Report on
  44. World ranking according to the IFFHS