Kalamata F.C.

Kalamata Football Club (Greek: Π.Σ. "Η Καλαμάτα") is a Greek professional football club based in Messenia, Kalamata. They compete in the Football League, the third tier of the Greek football league system. The club's home ground is the Kalamata Metropolitan Stadium.

Kalamata
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Full nameΠοδοσφαιρικός Σύλλογος "Η Καλαμάτα"
Nickname(s)Μαύρη Θύελλα (Black Storm)
Founded1967; 54 years ago (1967)
GroundKalamata Municipal Stadium
Capacity5,613
OwnerGeorge Prassas
ChairmanGeorge Prassas
ManagerNikos Anastopoulos
LeagueFootball League Greece
2019–20Football League Greece, 13th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Creation and early yearsEdit

Kalamata FC was formed in 1967 when local teams Apollon Kalamata FC and Kalamata Sports Club were forced to merge by the Greek Junta.[1] The Phoenix, which was the emblem of the dictatorship, was chosen as the team's crest and was removed after the Greek restoration of democracy in 1974.

HistoryEdit

The team has competed in the Greek first division seven times, in 1972–73, 1974–75, from 1995–96 to 1997–98, and from 1999–2000 to 2000–01.[2]

Kalamata F.C. achieved its first two promotions to the first division, in 1972 and 1974, under President Lykourgos Gaitanaros. Its first two promotions in the early 1970s are considered the team's first golden era.[citation needed] The team could not stick in the top flight though, and would not have a resurgence until the 1990s.

Businessman Stavros Papadopoulos bought the team in 1992, while the club was stuck in Gamma Ethniki, the third division. Upon his arrival, Papadopoulos began pouring a substantial amount of money into the club, and by 1995 the team had achieved promotion to the first division. The team dropped back to the second division for one season in 1997, but again achieved promotion to the first division the very next year, and remained in the top flight until Papadopoulos sold the team in 2000. After Papadopoulos' departure Kalamata fell to the second division and has since stayed in the lower divisions.

The Papadopoulos era of Kalamata F.C. saw the signing of many international players from Ghana, such as Samuel Johnson, Afo Dodoo, Ebenezer Hagan, Peter Ofori-Quaye and Derek Boateng. Johnson later transferred from Kalamata to Anderlecht and later played for Fenerbahçe, Hagan transferred to Iraklis and then to PAOK, Ofori-Quaye was sold for a club record US$3.5 million to Olympiacos, and Derek Boateng left for Panathinaikos. Kalamata FC is credited with starting the trend among Greek clubs of signing African talent since the late 1990s. The Papadopoulos era also saw the uncovering of a wealth of young Greek talent, including Greek international player Nikos Liberopoulos, who made his name at Kalamata before moving to Panathinaikos, and from there to AEK and Eintracht Frankfurt.

After being demoted to the second division in 1997, they eventually started to bring in young Brazilian talent, as well as some veterans of the biggest teams in Brazil. The Brazilians helped the team gain promotion to the first division right away in 1998. According to Brazilian media and insiders, Papadopoulos' son Daniil, a former high level amateur athlete in America, was supposedly instrumental in spotting some of the Brazilian talent and sending them to Kalamata FC.[citation needed] One of them, Hilton Assis (1999-2000), turned out to be the first cousin of Brazil and Barcelona FC super star Ronaldinho. Hilton was once a promising player in Brazil who starred for Internacional of Porto Alegre, but serious knee operations curtailed his career. When he was healthy he was Kalamata's top goal scorer, but he returned to the Brazilian first division after Papadopoulos sold the team.

Kalamata's long-standing rivals are Paniliakos and Egaleo, a poor and industrial suburb of Athens. Kalamata FC is also claimed to have some of the most passionate and dedicated fans in all of Greece.[citation needed]

Crest and coloursEdit

 
Historic crest

Kalamata F.C.'s official colours are black and white, and the team is known in Greece as the "Black Storm" (Mαύρη Θύελλα).

StadiumEdit

Kalamata plays its home matches at Kalamata Metropolitan Stadium in Kalamata. The stadium was completed in 1976, and currently has a seating capacity of 5,400.[3]

SupportersEdit

Kalamata F.C.'s most famous supporters' club is the "Bulldogs Fan Club".[4]

RivalsEdit

Kalamata's long-standing rivals are Paniliakos, located in Pyrgos in the western Peloponnese, and Egaleo, in Athens suburb of Egaleo. Messiniakos is Kalamata's cross-town rival, but Messiniakos generally competed in lower leagues.

SponsorsEdit

As for the 2019–20 the main sponsor of the team is the Greek electrical company Volterra SA and the kit provider is Capelli Sport.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 21 March 2021

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 Giannis Arabatzis
5 DF   GRE Alexandros Galitsios
6 MF   GRE Charalampos Pavlidis
7 MF   GRE Vasilis Triantafyllakis
8 MF   GRE Michalis Zacharopoulos (captain)
9 FW   BRA Felype Hebert
10 FW   NED Daoud Bousbiba
11 FW   GRE Konstantinos Iliopoulos
14 MF   GRE Alexandros Natsiopoulos
15 FW   SRB Marko Markovski
17 FW   GRE Vangelis Alexopoulos
19 DF   FRA Randy Mavinga
20 MF   GRE Theodoros Karoutis
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF   GRE Konstantinos Panagiotou
23 MF   GRE Nikos Anastasopoulos
24 DF   GRE Panagiotis Konstantinopoulos
31 MF   GRE Thanasis Papatolios
52 GK   GRE Konstantinos Kapoutaglis
62 DF   GRE Timotheos Tselepidis
75 DF   CIV Junior Bakayoko
78 MF   FRA Evan Salines
86 MF   BRA Chumbinho
88 GK   GRE Dimitrios Tairis
90 FW   GRE Florenc Keri
95 GK   GRE Vangelis Karachalios

On loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   GRE Konstantinos Psychogiannis (at AO Diavolitsiou until 30 June 2021)
GK   GRE Sotiris Papanikolos (at AO Diavolitsiou until 30 June 2021)
FW   GRE Ronaldo Kananaj (at Pamisos Messini until 30 June 2021)
FW   BRA Wesley da Silva (at AO Diavolitsiou until 30 June 2021)

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

League titlesEdit

Winners (2): 1971–72 (Group 1), 1973–74 (Group 2)
Winners (2): 1984–85, 2010–11

RegionalEdit

League titlesEdit

Winners (2): 1980−81, 2016−17

CupsEdit

Winners (4): 1953−54, 1982−83, 2016−17, 2017−18

League ParticipationEdit

European matchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3rd Round   FK Chmel Blšany 0−3 0–5

Notable Former ManagersEdit

Notable Former PlayersEdit

GreeceEdit

GhanaEdit

ArgentinaEdit

BrazilEdit

AlbaniaEdit

UruguayEdit

SerbiaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of Kalamata FC". fckalamata.gr. 2004-08-18.
  2. ^ "Greece - Final Tables 1959-1999". rsssf.com. 2003-08-03.
  3. ^ "Kalamata Stadium". Stadia.gr.
  4. ^ "Bulldogs Fan Club". Bulldogs Fan Club. Archived from the original on 2009-02-06.
  5. ^ "Greece - List of Second Division Champions". rsssf.com. 2004-06-03.

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