Atromitos Football Club (Greek: Π.Α.Ε. Α.Π.Σ. Ατρόμητος Αθηνών, PAE APS Atromitos Athinon), also simply known as Atromitos (literally meaning "Fearless"), is a Greek professional football club based in Peristeri, Athens that plays in the Super League. It was founded in 1923 and its home ground is Peristeri Stadium.
|Full name||Π.Α.Ε. Α.Π.Σ. Ατρόμητος Αθηνών|
(APS Atromitos Athens Football Club)
|Founded||31 May 1923|
|Head coach||Savvas Pantelidis|
|League||Super League Greece|
|2019–20||Super League Greece, 8th|
In recent years, Atromitos has established itself as one of the most competitive and strong clubs in Greece. They were runners-up of the Greek Cup in 2011 and 2012 and have had breakthrough runs in the league, finishing 4th in 2011–12, 3rd in 2012–13, 4th in 2013–14 and 4th as well in 2014–15 and 2018–19. Their best performance in the league has been third place, which they have achieved in the 1928 and 2013 seasons of the Greek Championship.
Atromitos was officially founded on 31 May 1923 when Kalomvounis, Petos, Glykofridis, Stathopoulos, Synodinos, Rigopoulos, Stamatopoulos, and other students living in Victoria Square, (which was then called Kyriakou Square) decided to form a football team. That same year, Vaggelis Stamatis, a mathematics teacher and member of the Panhellenic football league, joined Atromitos' administration board – because of his prominence in pre-war Greek football history, Stamatis' involvement increased the new team's stature in Athenian football.
First league stepsEdit
In 1924, Atromitos was accepted into the Greek football league. At the time, Atromitos played at Aris Park, which was the home ground of Panellinios and Panathinaikos. During their first season in the league's first division, they ended in third place behind Panathinaikos and AEK. In 1928, they defeated Goudi 4–3 in the final game at Rouf Stadium to become champions of Athens. That same year, they took part in the first Panhellenic Championship as Athens champions, which was organised by the HFF. On 24 May 1928, they were beaten 3–1 by Aris Thessaloniki (who later became champions) in an away game, and were defeated again on 3 June by Ethnikos Piraeus (5–0). On 10 June, they managed a draw at home against Ethnikos (1–1), before losing again to Aris 3–1 seven days later. Overall in the national championship, Atromitos finished third.
During the following two years, Atromitos stayed in the upper part of the first division of Athens, and in 1929, they finished third behind Panathinaikos and AEK. They repeated the feat in 1930 but they were relegated from the first division of Athens in 1931, as they came last with only one point.
Move to PeristeriEdit
In 1932, Ioseph Chourouktsoglou and Nikolaos Epioglou decided to move Atromitos to Peristeri. Earlier, it was located in the same area as Panathinaikos, and they had found it hard to establish a large fan base or develop a unique identity. There, they formed a merger with the local team of Astir Peristeriou (meaning "Star"), from which comes the crest of Atromitos, a blue star.
Before occupation of Greece, they played again in Panhellenic championship in the season of 1938–39.
Atromitos played in the second division until May 1972 when, under the coaching of Savvas Papazoglou, they were re-promoted to the first level. It proved a change too hard to handle, and they were demoted the following year. In 1975, a better-prepared Atromitos returned to the first division with a large fanbase, and ended the year in 13th place, securing their spot in the top flight. In 1976, they improved to end the season in 9th place, the best in the club's history. But, they were relegated in 1977.
By 1981, Atromitos had succeeded in attracting renowned players such as Stylianopoulos, Álvarez, Toskas and Athanasopoulos. However, despite high expectations, the club finished last in the top flight, and once more returned to the lower divisions. After years of playing in the third division, Atromitos won promotion back to the second division in May 2002 by beating Levadiakos at Patras Stadium. The team played again in the top flight between 2005–2008 by merging with Chalkidona and returned to the top flight after playing one season in the second division in 2008–09.
In the 2010–11 season, Atromitos made a historic run to the Greek Cup Final. However, they lost 3–0 to AEK.
Atromitos finished the 1st half of the season in 4th place, together with Asteras Tripolis and 14 points from the top, but 4 points from 6th place, that doesn't redirect to the playoffs. On 6 January 2013, at the debut of Nikos Anastopoulos in the coaching position and the Portuguese footballer Fabio, Atromitos beat Kerkyra 2–0, with two headers. From Sokratis Fytanidis at the 26th minute and from Stathis Tavlaridis at the 31st minute. In other words, the win was awarded to the team by the two centre backs. The team stayed in 4th with Asteras Tripolis, but now 6 points from the 6th place. One matchday later, they managed to get the 0–0 from PAOK at Toumba, retaining the 6 points difference from PAS Giannina. On Matchday 18, they beat Platanias 1–0, getting to be only 3 points from 2nd place. The goal was scored by Eduardo Brito.
For the 2015–16 season, Atromitos has achieved an important qualification to the UEFA Europa League playoffs after recording two wins against AIK Stockholm, 3–1 in the first game in Sweden and 1–0 in the rematch at Peristeri Stadium. There they faced highly rated Fenerbahçe S.K. of Turkey. They lost 0–1 in the first match at Peristeri Stadium and 0–3 in the rematch in Turkey and were eliminated.
Damir Canadi's eraEdit
At 21 June 2017, Atromitos announced Damir Canadi as the new head coach of the club. At 23 October 2017, Atromitos won AEK 0–1 in an away game and then recognition began. Atromitos finished 4th at the 2017–18 season.
On 20 March 2017, announced that Canadi will manage the club also for the 2018–19 season.
Crest and coloursEdit
The home ground of Atromitos was once well-maintained but has been recently neglected. In its early days, Peristeri had grown to become the fourth largest municipality in Greece. The first club home ground was the grounds of "Bravery", which was located beyond the last shanty town of Evangelistria.
In 1953, Atromitos moved to their present location, which contained only central stands for the spectators; the changing rooms consisted of a small room at the end of the stands. Much later, a larger stand was built with a capacity of 6,000 spectators. It was also used for non-football purposes, such as musical performances.
During the chairmanship of Victor Mitropoulos in EPAE, blue and white plastic seats were installed in the central stand. Before the Athens Olympics, Atromitos installed floodlights and renovated the running track so the ground could be used as a coaching facility during the Olympic Games. Under the football ground there are spaces and facilities for activities such as wrestling, chess and boxing.
Repairs to fragile parts of the stadium due to humidity and earthquake damage are expected to be carried out.
Since summer of 2007, Atromitos possesses a modern Sports Complex, located in the center of Peristeri. During the summer of 2004, this same Sports Complex has been used as the Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall and includes a 3,000 spectators main pitch, an auxiliary pitch as well as a 5-a-side pitch, such as the club's offices.
Plus, Atromitos possess installations situated on NATO Avenue, in the Aspropyrgos area. The Aspropyrgos training center includes a football pitch, dressing rooms, a fully equipped gym and a massage area. The Aspropyrgos football pitch is also being used by the Atromitos U-21 and U-17 youth teams.
Atromitos are based in western Athens and their main supporters club is called "Fentagin". Founded in 1980, they have a space underneath the stands. They are dedicated to support the local football club and their anti-fascist and anti-racist ideas and actions. The younger element of the support are known as the "Little Atoms".
- As of 26 January 2021
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Honours and AchievementsEdit
- Football League (Second Division)
- Gamma Ethniki (Third Division)
- Winners (1): 1988
- Delta Ethniki (Fourth Division)
- Winners (1): 1998
- Athens FCA Regional Championship
Seasons in the 21st centuryEdit
|2001–02||Gamma Ethniki||5th||GS||Promoted to Beta Ethniki|
|2004–05||Beta Ethniki||15th||2R||Relegated to Gamma Ethniki, but merged with Chalkidona
and took their place in Alpha Ethniki
|Atromitos merged with Chalkidona|
|2005–06||Alpha Ethniki||7th||4R||Qualified to Uefa Cup|
|2007–08||Super League||14th||SF||Relegated to Beta Ethniki|
|2008–09||Beta Ethniki||1st||4R||Promoted to Super League|
|2011–12||Super League||4th||RU||Qualified to Uefa Europa League|
|2012–13||Super League||3rd||3R||Qualified to Uefa Europa League|
|2013–14||Super League||4th||QF||Qualified to Uefa Europa League|
|2014–15||Super League||4th||GS||Qualified to Uefa Europa League|
|2017–18||Super League||4th||QF||Qualified to Uefa Europa League|
|2018–19||Super League||4th||R16||Qualified to Uefa Europa League|
Best position in bold.
Key: 3R = Third Round, 4R = Fourth Round, 5R = Fifth Round, GS = Group Stage, QF = Quarter-finals, SF = Semi-finals, RU = Runner-up.
|Head coach||Savvas Pantelidis|
|Assistant coach||Manu Hervás|
|Goalkeeper coach||Chrysostomos Veniamin|
|Fitness coach||Sotiris Roussis|
|Fitness coach||Giorgos Pidoulas|
|Medical Director||Nikolaos Piskopakis|
|Exercise Physio||Georgios Ziogas|
|Team Manager||Nikos Lazaridis|
European competitions recordEdit
Last update: 14 August 2019
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||PO||Newcastle United||1–1||0–1||1–2|
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||PO||AZ||1–3||2–0||3–3 (a)|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||3Q||FK Sarajevo||1–3||2–1||3–4|
|2015–16||UEFA Europa League||3Q||AIK||1–0||3–1||4–1|
|2018–19||UEFA Europa League||2Q||Dynamo Brest||1–1||3–4||4–5|
|2019–20||UEFA Europa League||2Q||DAC Dunajská Streda||3–2||2–1||5–3|
- 1R: First round
- 2Q: Second qualifying round
- 3Q: Third qualifying round
- PO: Play-off round
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- Official website (in English and Greek)
- Atromitos at Super League (in English and Greek)
- Atromitos at UEFA