Panathinaikos women's volleyball

Panathinaikos AC Women's Volleyball Team is a Greek volleyball team, part of the major Athens-based multi-sport club Panathinaikos A.O. The department was founded in 1969 and is the most successful women's volleyball team in Greece, in terms of Greek Championships won. They have won a record 24[1] Championships, 6 Cups, with 5 Doubles, while they hold the record for finishing undefeated the Championship 8 times (1971-1973, 1978, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2007). They hold also the record of 68 straight wins in the league including the play-offs.

Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos A.O. logo.svg
NicknameFine Girls
Amazons
Founded1926
GroundMaroussi Saint Thomas Indoor Hall
(Capacity: 1,700)
ChairmanPanagiotis Malakates
Head CoachBranko Gajić
LeagueGreek Women's Volleyball League
2021–221st (Champions)
WebsiteClub home page
Uniforms
Home
Away
Championships
24

They have also reached four times a European final four and two times a European final (2000 and 2009). The team currently plays in Panellinios Indoor Hall.

In 2017, the club was relegated due to serious financial problems. They stayed inactive in the 2017–18 season.

Apart from the Greek players, who have traditionally been the backbone of Greece's national team, some of the greatest players in European volleyball that have played for the team over the years include Ruxandra Dumitrescu, Brižitka Molnar, Tammy Mahon, Jelena Lozancic, Olga Tocko, María Fernández, Sanja Tomasević and others.

The club has retired the jersey number 9 in honour of the team's legendary captain Ruxandra Dumitrescu.

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

  • Greek Championship (record): (24)[1]
    • 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2022
  • Greek Cup: (6)
    • 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2022
  • Double: (6)
    • 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2022

EuropeanEdit

Current women's volleyball squadEdit

Season 2022–23[2]

Number Player Position Birth Date Height (m)
1   Irini Hatziefstratiadou Middle Blocker 02/09/1995 1.85
2   Anastasija Ivković Opposite 03/02/2005 1.89
4   Adora Anae Outside Hitter 01/10/1996 1.85
5   Asimina Nikologianni Outside Hitter 04/06/1999 1.80
6   Maret Grothues Outside Hitter 16/09/1988 1.80
10   Athina Papafotiou Setter 23/08/1989 1.81
11   Martha Anthouli Opposite 19/08/2004 2.02
12   Eleana Politi Libero 11/07/1996 1.73
13   Panagiota Rogka Libero 04/07/1987 1.67
14   Natalia Metaxa Middle Blocker 08/06/1992 1.82
18   Lydia Merkouri Setter 30/12/1997 1.83
20   Sofija Medić Middle Blocker 10/01/1991 1.84

Technical and managerial staffEdit

Staff
Head Coach   Branko Gajić
Assistant coach   Dimitris Markakis
Statistician   Dimos Avtzioglou
Trainer   Leonidas Christakidis
Physiotherapist   Vasilis Aggelou
Team Manager   Nikos Lazos

Retired numbersEdit

Panathinaikos women's volleyball retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure
9    Ruxandra Dumitrescu Outside Hitter 2003–2010

Selected former playersEdit

Selected former coachesEdit

Historical performance in the leagueEdit

Panhellenic Championship A' National A1 Division Pre League A1 Division
Pos. 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3
4 4 4
5 5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

PositionsEdit

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Times 24 15 6 2 1

International recordEdit

Season Achievement Notes
Champions Cup
1993-94 Quarter-final eliminated by Matera
Cup Winners Cup
1994-95 Final Four 4th place
1995-96 7th place
1999-00 Final 2nd place, defeated by Perugia
CEV Cup
1980-81 Final Four 4th place
Challenge Cup
2008-09 Final 2nd place, defeated by Vini Monteschiavo Jesi
2009-10 Quarter-final eliminated by Asterix Kieldrecht

SponsorshipsEdit

  • Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer: Macron
  • Golden Sponsor: OPAP
  • Official Sponsor: Hygeia Medical Center,Protergia, Smile Acadimos, Avance Car Rental"

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b sunTech s.a. (2022-05-12). "Η Χρυσή Βίβλος της Volley League Γυναικών". ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΟΜΟΣΠΟΝΔΙΑ ΠΕΤΟΣΦΑΙΡΙΣΗΣ (in Greek). Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  2. ^ ΒΟΛΕΙ ΓΥΝΑΙΚΩΝ ΡΟΣΤΕΡ. pao1908.com (in Greek). Retrieved 17 October 2020.

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