Ionikos Football Club (Greek: ΠΑΕ Ιωνικός) is a Greek professional football club based in Nikaia, Greece, currently competing in the Super League Greece 2, the second tier of the Greek football league system.

Full nameF.C. Ionikos Nikaia 1965 A.C.
Founded29 June 1965; 58 years ago
GroundNeapolis Public Stadium
OwnerGiannis Tsirigotis
ChairmanGiannis Tsirigotis
ManagerDimitrios Spanos
LeagueSuper League Greece 2
2022–23Super League Greece, 13th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

From 1989 to 2007 Ionikos spent 16 out of 18 seasons in the Super League.[1] During that span Ionikos finished as high as 5th-place in the league (on two occasions),[2][3] was a finalist in the Greek Cup,[4] and participated in the UEFA Europa League.[5]

The club's colours are blue and white.

History edit

Foundation edit

Ionikos was established in 1965, from a merger of local clubs Nikaia Sports Union and Aris Piraeus, with Alex Meraklidis as new club's first president.[6] The club's early years were not easy, but, with the support of its fans, Ionikos slowly improved through the 1970s and 1980s and eventually reached the top division in 1989.[6]

The club's first promotion to the top flight was accompanied by unexpected problems—Dimitris Melissanidis withdrew as chairman, and the club needed 50 million drachmas to participate in the championship.[6] Businessman Nikolaos Kanellakis stepped forward to provide the needed sum and become the club's new chairman.[6]

Nikos Kanellakis edit

Kanellakis' arrival would be the beginning of the club's greatest era—from the 1989 promotion, Ionikos would spend 16 of the next 18 seasons in the Greek top flight, up until 2007, and during that time the team would finish as high as 5th-place in the league (on two occasions), reach a Greek Cup Final, and compete in the UEFA Europa League.[6]

Greek Cup Final 2000 edit

Ionikos' UEFA Cup appearance came in the 1999–00 season—the opposition was French side Nantes, and Ionikos lost both home and away matches, 1–3 and 0–1, respectively.[6] Ionikos reached the Greek Cup Final later that same season, where they came up against traditional power AEK, and, despite a valiant Ionikos effort, AEK won the match, 3–0.[6]

On 21 April 2004 Ionikos experienced the most tragic moment of his history, when Nikolaos Kanellakis, the club's chairman for 14 years, died.[6] Hundreds of Ionikos supporters—as well as other sports fans—attended Kanellakis' funeral, where the flag of Ionikos covered the coffin of the late chairman. Nikolaos' son Christos took his father's place as chairman.

Relegation to Second League edit

Ionikos' long run in the top flight ended in the 2006–07 season, when the team finished in 16th-place in the Super League and was relegated back to Beta Ethniki. Ionikos has spent the last two seasons in Beta Ethniki, finishing 5th and 4th place, respectively, as the club tries to rejoin the top flight.

Return to the Top League edit

For the upcoming season, 2021–22, they will compete once again in the Greek top league, 2021–22 Super League Greece, having gained promotion, and after successfully getting licensed to compete in the top league's new season.[7]

Stadium edit

Ionikos plays its home matches at Neapolis Public Stadium (Greek: Γήπεδο Νεάπολης), located in Nikaia, a suburb of Piraeus. The stadium was completed in 1965, and had its latest redevelopment in 2000.[8] It currently has a seating capacity of 5,500, but record attendance is 6,565 for a match against Olympiacos in 1990.[8]

Ionikos' organized supporters gather in Gate 3 at Neapoli Stadium.

Supporters and rivals edit

While Ionikos was competing in the lower divisions there were two main supporters' groups—the Association of Ionikos Supporters and the Fan Club of Agios Georgios.[9]

On Ionikos's promotion to the top division the Association of Ionikos Supporters Rangers Club was formed—or Rangers Club, for short—with headquarters in Elefterias Square in Korydallos.[9] Before Ionikos's first match in the top flight the Rangers Club organised a parade of 2,000 supporters from outside Rangers' headquarters to Stavros Mavrothalassitis Stadium, where Ionikos played its first three home matches of the 1989–90 season.[9] Two years later the supporters' club offices moved to Neapolis, and then in 1996 to Nikaia, before returning to Neapolis in 1999.[9] A second branch was established in Nikaia in 2004.[9]

Ionikos fans have a rivalry with the fans of the other topic club of Nikaia, Proodeftiki.

Ionikos fans have rivalries too with other nearby clubs, Egaleo, and Atromitos.

The Derby of Kokkinia edit

The football matches between Ionikos and Proodeftiki are called «The Derby of Kokkinia»

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 3 February 2024[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   GRE Panagiotis Bitzinis
2 DF   ALB Franc Ymeralilaj
3 DF   GRE Christos Tasoulis
4 DF   GRE Konstantinos Tsirigotis
5 MF   AUT David Cancola
6 MF   ARM Vasilios Poghosyan
7 FW   PAR Richard Salinas
8 MF   GRE Giannis Ikonomidis
9 FW   NGA Abiola Dauda
10 MF   GRE Panagiotis Linardos
11 FW   GRE Petros Giakoumakis
12 GK   SVN Matic Kotnik
14 DF   BUL Ivan Goranov
17 MF   ARG Matías Iglesias
20 MF   GRE Dimitrios Serpezis
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF   ALB Damian Gjini
23 MF   GRE Christos Ioannidis
24 DF   GRE Antonis Ikonomopoulos
25 DF   GER Nico Petras
26 DF   POR Hugo Sousa
27 DF   URU Gerónimo Bortagaray
29 MF   GER Michael Gardawski
30 FW   GRE Ierotheos Dritsas
32 MF   GHA Alhassan Wakaso
33 GK   GRE Georgios Christodoulis
35 GK   GRE Ioannis Gelios
44 DF   ISR Or Zahavi
75 FW   GRE Filippos Papanastasiou
77 FW   COL Juan Camilo Salazar
93 FW   COL Arley Rodríguez

Former players edit

List of managers edit

Oleg Blokhin is one of the biggest managers in the Ionikos' history

Ionikos managers from 1992 and henceforth.

1992–93   Nikos Alefantos
  Gerhard Prokop
  Sokratis Gemelos
1993–94   Sokratis Gemelos
1994–95   Hristo Bonev
  Oleg Blokhin
1995–96   Oleg Blokhin
1996–97   Oleg Blokhin
  Sokratis Gemelos
  Jacek Gmoch
1997–98   Jacek Gmoch
1998–99   Sergio Markarián
1999–00   Kostas Polychroniou
  Sokratis Gemelos
  Oleg Blokhin
2000–01   Oleg Blokhin
2001–02   Oleg Blokhin
  Sokratis Gemelos
2002–03   Jean-Michel Cavalli
  Jacek Gmoch
2003–04   Miloje Kljajević
  Vangelis Vlachos
2004–05   Vangelis Vlachos
  Alejandro Cáceres
2005–06   Sakis Tsiolis
2006–07   Sakis Tsiolis
  Augusto Inácio
  Giannis Chatzinikolaou
2007–08   Jorge Barrios
 Georgios Vazakas
  Nikos Anastopoulos
2008–09   Nikos Goulis
2009–10  Giannis Ioannou
 Stratos Voutsakelis
  Vasilis Vouzas
2010–11   Giannis Petrakis
  Leonidas Tsigaridas
  Miodrag Ćirković
  Nikos Maronitis
2011–12   Nikos Maronitis
2012–13   Nikos Frousos
2013–14   Markos Dimos
  Konstantinos Partheniou
2014–15   Ilias Kalopitas
  Stavros Iliopoulos
  Lefteris Vasiliadis
2015–16   Lefteris Vasiliadis
  Margaritis Chatzialexis
2016–17   Ilias Kalopitas
  Loukas Karadimos
2017–18   Loukas Karadimos
  Margaritis Chatzialexis
  Vangelis Laiveras
  Margaritis Chatzialexis
  Nikos Maronitis
2018–19   Konstantinos Anyfantakis
  Dimitrios Arnaoutis
2019–20   Dimitrios Arnaoutis
  Apostolos Charalampidis
2020–21   Dimitrios Spanos
2021–22   Dimitrios Spanos
2022–23   Dimitrios Spanos
  Michalis Grigoriou
2023–24   Georgios Simos

Honours edit

Domestic edit

League titles edit

Winners (2): 1993–94, 2020–21
Winners (2): 1977–78 (Group 8), 1981–82 (Group 1)
Winners (1): 2012–13 (Group 9)
Winners (1): 1976–77 (Group 2)

Cups edit

Winners (1): 1981–82

Season-by-season edit

Since 1965–66:

Club records edit

Alpha Ethniki / Super League 1 edit

Last Update 19 May 2023

  • First participation: 1989–90
  • Total participations: 18
  • Wins: 169
  • Draws: 157
  • Losses: 242
  • Goals Scored: 620
  • Goals Conceded: 821
  • Record Win: Ionikos 5–0 OFI Crete in 1997–98
  • Record Loss: AEK Athens 6–0 Ionikos in 1995–96, Olympiacos 6–0 Ionikos in 2002–03, PAOK 6–0 Ionikos in 2022–23

Beta Ethniki / Super League 2 edit

  • First participation: 1965–66
  • Total participations: 26
  • Wins: 299
  • Draws: 224
  • Losses: 259
  • Goals Scored: 925
  • Goals Conceded: 849
  • Record Win: Ionikos 8–0 Bizani in 1966–67, Ionikos 8–0 Anagennisi Artas in 1974–75
  • Record Loss: Vyzas 7–0 Ionikos in 1971–72

Individual records edit

Appearances edit

Player Matches
  Giannis Xanthopoulos
  Georgios Daraklitsas
  Nikolaos Frousos
  Mohammad Afash
  Oliver Makor

Goals edit

Player Goals
  Kostas Kottakis
top scorer
  Nikolaos Frousos
  Craig Brewster
  Oliver Makor
  Giannis Xanthopoulos

Crest and colors edit

Crest evolution edit

Original kit edit

Ionikos's first home colours 1965
Ionikos's first away colours 1965
Ionikos's first Goalkeeper kit 1965

Kit evolution edit

2001–02 2002–03
2007–08 2008–09

European record edit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1999–00 UEFA Cup 1st Round   Nantes 1–3 0–1

References edit

  1. ^ "Greece – Final Tables 1959–1999". RSSSF. 2003-08-03.
  2. ^ "Greece −1997/98". RSSSF.
  3. ^ "Greece 1998/99". RSSSF.
  4. ^ "Greek Cup Finals". Hellenic Football Federation. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03.
  5. ^ "UEFA Europa League Season 1999–2000 First Round".
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "History". Ionikos F.C. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
  7. ^ ""Στη φυσική μας θέση": Η ευχαριστήρια απάντηση του Ιωνικού στο "καλώς ήρθες" της Super League" ["In our natural position": The thank-you response of Ionikos to Super League's "Welcome back"]. (in Greek). 8 June 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Neapoli Stadium".
  9. ^ a b c d e "Rangers History". Rangers Club. Archived from the original on 2008-01-09.
  10. ^ "Ρόστερ ΠΑΕ Ιωνικός". (in Greek). Online. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  11. ^ "Στον Ιωνικό ως το 2024 ο Ντμίτρο Τσιγκρίνσκι". Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  12. ^ "Player summary – Club career: Gurjinder Singh". Archived from the original on 26 March 2023. Retrieved 26 March 2023.

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