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 Super League Greece 2, the second 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; 56 years ago (1967)
GroundKalamata Municipal Stadium
Capacity4,496
ChairmanGeorge Prassas
ManagerIlčo Gjorgioski
LeagueSuper League Greece 2
2021–22Super League Greece 2, 3rd
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.

 
Kalamata FC team bus

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.

Crest and coloursEdit

 
Former crest of Kalamata F.C.

Kalamata F.C.'s official colours are black and white, and the team is known in Greece as the "Black Storm" (Μαύρη 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 1 January 2023

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 Georgios Ladas
2 DF   BRA Marcos Moser
4 DF   BEL Danny Lupano
7 MF   GRE Andreas Vasilogiannis
9 FW   GRE Christos Rovas
10 MF   GRE Andreas Tatos
11 MF   GRE Vasilios Triantafyllakis
14 MF   ARG Brian Benítez
15 FW   SRB Marko Markovski
16 GK   GNB Jonas Mendes
18 MF   GRE Achilleas Gotsis
19 DF   FRA Randy Mavinga
20 MF   GRE Alexandros Arnarellis
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 FW   GRE Giannis Pasas
24 DF   GRE Panagiotis Konstantinopoulos (captain)
31 MF   GRE Athanasios Papatolios
32 MF   GRE Vasilios Karagounis
39 MF   ENG Maleace Asamoah
48 MF   BRA Matheus Alves
50 DF   GHA Mark Asigba
57 MF   BRA Sidney
70 MF   GRE Orestis Ademaj
75 DF   FRA Junior Bakayoko
88 GK   GRE Dimitrios Tairis
95 GK   GRE Vangelis Karachalios
97 MF   GRE Theodoros Karoutis

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

League titlesEdit

Winners (2): 1971–72 (Group 1), 1973–74 (Group 2)
Winners (1): 2020–21 (South Group)
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

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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