Niki Volos F.C.

Niki Volou Football Club (Greek: ΠΑΕ Νίκη Βόλου) is a Greek professional football club based in the city of Volos, in the region of Magnesia, Greece. The club currently competes in the Super League 2, the second tier of Greek football. It is the most historic team in Volos, according to the fans of the club, since it holds 26 titles in its potential, hence the only 6 entries in the First National Division.

Niki Volou
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Full nameNiki Volou Football Club
Founded19 August 1924; 98 years ago (1924-08-19)
GroundPanthessaliko Stadium
Capacity22,700
OwnerAlexis Papaconstantinou
ChairmanNikos Papaconstantinou
ManagerAlekos Vosniadis
LeagueSuper League Greece 2
2021–22Super League Greece 2, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Niki Volou was founded on 19 August 1924 as Gymnastic Club of Volos' Refugees or Refugee Gymnastic Association, by Greek refugees who came from Asia Minor.

Niki participated for the first time in the championship of the first category before the establishment of the First National, as in 1953–54 she was the winner of the Northern Group and this gave her the ticket for the final phase of the National Division Championship 1953–54, Six teams (Athens (2) – Piraeus – Thessaloniki – North – South) took the 5th place with 16 points, ahead of Panahaiki, who finished the championship with 13.

Niki won for the first time in the 1961 Greek FCA Winners' Championship, where she had 5 appearances in the big league. In 1966 it was devalued to the Beta Ethniki and since then it has been trying to regain its rise to the big category, which eventually succeeded 48 years later, in 2014–15. In 1976 he won the Amateur Cup.

In recent years he has been fighting in the Beta Ethniki Championship and in the 2006–07 season he finished last and deferred to the Third National. In the 2012–13 season he was back in the Beta Ethniki Championship, and in the following year (2013–14) after the play-offs he won the first place that led to the Super League after 48 years of absence. Unfortunately, on 10 December 2014, the club of Thessaly left the championship due to the inability of the administration to cover the financial obligations that had been created, leaving all the players that belonged to its staff to be released as free. From 2015 he competes in the Gamma Ethniki.

Crest and coloursEdit

 
Historical crest
 
Team's crest until 2015

Niki Volos crest displays the goddess Nike as depicted in the statue Winged Victory of Samothrace. The image of the goddess was the original emblem of the Smyrna-based athletic club Panionios, one of the most popular Greek athletic clubs of Ionia, before it was uprooted and re-established in Athens after the Greco-Turkish War. The founding members of Niki Volou FC, many of them refugees from Smyrna (now Izmir) and the surrounding region, decided to restore the emblem as part of their new club.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 31 August 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   GRE Xenofon Panos
3 DF   CYP Stelios Demetriou
4 MF   ALB Neti Meçe
5 DF   GRE Manolis Aliatidis
8 DF   GRE Pavlos Kyriakidis
9 MF   GRE Andreas Vlachomitros
10 MF   ARG Lucas García
12 GK   GRE Kostas Peristeridis
15 DF   GRE Thomas Tsimpoukas
17 DF   GRE Giannis Kyritsis
19 FW   ARG Antonio Rojano
20 FW   GRE Thomas Vasiliou
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   GRE Stavros Tsoukalas
22 DF   GRE Panagiotis Panagiotidis
26 DF   GRE Vangelis Andreou
27 MF   SRB Athanasios Stojnović
28 GK   SRB Vladimir Bajić
31 FW   GRE Paschalis Kassos
44 DF   GRE Christos Gromitsaris
66 FW   GRE Christos Tzioras
99 FW   GRE Nikos Kouskounas
MF   BRA Bruno
MF   EQG Josete Miranda
FW   EQG Óscar Siafá
DF   GRE Pavlos Logaras (on loan from PAOK B)

HonoursEdit

LeaguesEdit

AchievementsEdit

LeaguesEdit

CupsEdit

Seasons in the 21st centuryEdit

Season Category Position Cup
2000–01 Delta Ethniki (4th division) 3rd
2001–02 Delta Ethniki (4th division) 1st
2002–03 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 4th 1R
2003–04 Beta Ethniki (2nd division) 6th 1R
2004–05 Beta Ethniki (2nd division) 4th 2R
2005–06 Beta Ethniki (2nd division) 10th QF
2006–07 Beta Ethniki (2nd division) 18th 5R
2007–08 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 10th 2R
2008–09 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 7th 2R
2009–10 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 11th 1R
2010–11 Football League 2 (3rd division) 11th 1R
2011–12 Football League 2 (3rd division) 2nd 2R
2012–13 Football League (2nd Division) 5th 3R
2013–14 Football League (2nd division) 1st 3R
2014–15 Super League (1st division) 17th GS
2015–16 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 3rd
2016–17 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 6th
2017–18 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 2nd
2018–19 Gamma Ethniki (3rd division) 2nd GS
2019–20 Football League (3rd Division) 5th 3R
2020–21 Football League (3rd Division) 8th Cancelled
2021–22 Super League 2 (2nd Division) 5th R16

Key: 1R = First Round, 2R = Second Round, 3R = Third Round, 4R = Fourth Round, 5R = Fifth Round, GS = Group Stage, QF = Quarter-finals, SF = Semi-finals.

SupportersEdit

The club's most famous supporters group is the one consisting of members from "Blue Club", fan club established in 1985, the so-called Indians. The fan club is also recognized as "Blue Club Panagiotis Ntokouzis", named after one of the founding members of the fan club who died in a motorcycle accident. Another club, particularly famous among the majority of Greek ultras, is the "Blue Angels club 1994" established in 1994.

Notable supportersEdit

FriendshipsEdit

SponsorshipsEdit

  • Great Shirt Sponsor: Car.gr
  • Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer: Macron
  • Golden Sponsor: TBA

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