Panellinios B.C.

Panellinios B.C. (Greek: Πανελλήνιος K.A.E.) or Panellinios Basket, is a professional basketball club that is located in Athens, Greece. The club was founded in 1929.[citation needed]

Panellinios Basket
Panellinios Basket logo
NicknameThe Club of the Olympic Winners
FoundedParent Athletic Club: 1891
Basketball Club: 1929
HistoryPanellinios B.C. Athens
Panellinios B.C. Lamia
Panellinios B.C. Athens
ArenaPanellinios Indoor Hall
LocationAthens, Greece
Team colorsBlue and White
ChampionshipsGreek Championship (6):
1929, 1939, 1940, 1953, 1955, 1957
Greek 2nd Division (2):
(1987, 2004)
European Club Championship (2):
1955 Brussels Tournament
1956 San Remo Tournament

The name Panellinios can be translated as Pan-Hellenic in English, and can be interpreted to mean "The Greek Nation". B.C. stands for basketball club. So the club's name can be interpreted to mean "The National Basketball Club". The Greek multi-sports club Panathinaikos A.O. was founded by Panellinios G.S. athletes. The club was previously owned by the Greek businessman Minos Kyriakou.



The parent athletic club, Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos, was founded in Athens in 1891, making it one of the oldest sports clubs in Europe. It had a team of gymnasts compete at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. The team's leader was Sotirios Athanasopoulos. Members included Nikolaos Andriakopoulos, Petros Persakis, Thomas Xenakis, and 29 others. The team placed second out of the three teams in the parallel bars team event, earning a silver medal (retroactively awarded by the International Olympic Committee, as the awards at the first Olympic Games differed from the gold, silver, bronze format used later).

The Greek multi-sport club Panathinaikos was founded by Giorgos Kalafatis in 1908, when he and 40 other athletes decided to break away from Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos, following the club's decision to discontinue its football team. In 1929, the athletic association's basketball department, Panellinios B.C. Athens was founded, and that same year the club won the Athens basketball championship.

The "Golden Five" eraEdit

Panellinios has been the top-tier level Greek League's champion 6 times, in the years 1929, 1939, 1940, 1953, 1955, and 1957. In the club's early years, it featured the player Missas Pantazopoulos. The club would have likely won several more Greek championships during the 1940s, but could not because the league was temporarily disbanded because of World War II. In the early 1950s era, the team was called "The Golden Five" ("Chrysi Pentada" in Greek), or "The Fabulous Five".[1] "The Golden Five" consisted of Themis Cholevas (PG), Dinos Papadimas (SG), Mimis Stefanidis (SF), Panos Manias (PF), and Aristeidis Roubanis (C).[2] "The Golden Five" dominated not only Greek club basketball, but European club basketball in general. The Panellinios team also headlined the Greek 1952 Summer Olympics basketball team. Although the EuroLeague, then known as the FIBA European Champions Cup, was not formed until the 1958 season, it is widely believed that had it been formed earlier, that Panellinios would have won several EuroLeague championships, as many considered Panellinios to be the best club team in Europe during the early-to-mid 1950s. In that era, the head coach of the team was Nikos Nissiotis.

During that era, Panellinios took part in the biggest international club tournaments in Europe, the predecessor tournaments of the EuroLeague, that were then held instead of the EuroLeague tournament. The club advanced to the final of the 1954 San Remo Tournament, which they lost 81–74 to the Italian League club Olimpia Milano. Panellinios then won the 1955 Brussels Tournament, by defeating the Yugoslav League club Red Star Belgrade in the final, by a score of 91–67. Panellinios also won the 1956 San Remo Tournament, by defeating the Italian League club Virtus Bologna, by a score of 67–37.

In the inaugural 1958 season, the European 1st-tier level European Champions Cup (now known as the EuroLeague) was formed. By that time, the team was coming to the end of The Golden Five era, as only 2 players of The Golden Five remained on the team. The club was eliminated from the competition, after losing its series against Steaua SA Bucarest 2 games to 0, by scores of 63–60 and 75–72. During that era, the team also featured the great scorer Antonis Christeas and Georgios Moschos.

After the "Golden Five" eraEdit

The team stayed in the top Greek basketball division for 23 straight years, starting in 1963, when the league was re-formed into a new format. The club finished third in the top Greek League in both 1970 and 1978. During this era, it was the legendary Greek player Vassilis Goumas, that was the leader of the team. In the 1970–71 season, Panellinios player Paraskevas Tsantalis, scored 73 points in a Greek Basket league game against Panionios.

The club also finished as the runner-up in the Greek Cup in 1987. Panellinios also participated in the European 2nd-tier level FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup (Saporta Cup), and in the European 3rd-tier level FIBA Korać Cup competition, several times during the 1970s and 1980s.

Rise and return to First Greek DivisionEdit

The club struggled in the 1990s, and was mired in the third and fourth divisions of the Greek lower leagues. New management came to the organization in 1999, when Minos Kyriakou took over the club, and the club would eventually again begin to establish itself as a strong presence in Greek basketball. In 2004, Panellinios returned to the top-level Greek League, after earning a league promotion, led by Marijan Kraljević and the Soulis brothers.

In 2006, the team advanced to the playoff round of the Greek League, led by Dimitrios Tsaldaris, Damir Mulaomerović and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, and finished 6th in the league, after losing in the playoffs to Aris. In 2007, the club finished in 5th place in the league, with players such as Mamadou N'Diaye, Michalis Pelekanos, Gary Trent, and Anthony Goldwire. The team lost to Panionios in the playoffs, but in finishing 5th in the Greek League, qualified for the new European 2nd-tier level EuroCup competition, for the first time in club history.

In 2010, the club moved from Athens, where it had been based for 81 years, to the city of Lamia.[3] In March 2010, Minos Kyriakou, withdrew from the club's ownership position.[4] In 2011, the club moved back to Athens.

Relegation and recent yearsEdit

In the 2011–12 season, the Greek Professional Sports Committee stripped Panellinios of its professional licence, because the club faced economic problems. In addition, the club wasn't accepted by the lower tiers of the Greek basketball league system, and thus didn't play in any league during that season.[5][6] The next season (2012–13), Panellinios played in the A ESKA Category (the First Athenian Regional Division).[7] But the team's presence in the league wasn't successful. It finished in last place, and was relegated to the B ESKA Category.

In EuropeEdit


Panellinios flag

The club plays its Greek League home games at Panellinios Indoor Hall, a small arena with a capacity of 1,800.[8] and played its EuroCup home games at either the 4,000 capacity Indoor Hall Peristeriou, or at the Hellinikon Olympic Arena, which has a capacity of 15,000.[9]

When the club moved to Lamia, its domestic Greek League and EuroCup home games were hosted at the Lamia Arena, which has a seating capacity of 5,000.[10]

Honours and titlesEdit

European competitionsEdit

  • European International Club Tournament
Champions (2): 1955 Brussels Tournament, 1956 San Remo Tournament
Runners-up (1): 1954 San Remo Tournament
Final Four (1): 2009–10

Domestic competitionsEdit

Champions (6): 1928–29, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1956–57
Runners-up (4): 1934–35, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1953–54
Runners-up (1): 1986–87
Champions (2): 1986–87, 2003–04
Champions (1): 1998–99


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Season Greek League Greek Cup Europe Head coach Roster
1928–29 Champion Christos Svolopoulos, Dimitris Sidiropoulos, Evangelinos, Sfikas, Spyridakis, Alexandros Sidiropoulos, Symeonidis, Skepers
1934–35 Finalist
1938–39 Champion Missas Pantazopoulos, Christos Svolopoulos, Symeonidis, Skylogiannis, Floros, Kostopoulos, Eleftheroudakis, Naslas, Levantinos
1939–40 Champion Missas Pantazopoulos, Christos Svolopoulos, Symeonidis, Skylogiannis, Floros, Kostopoulos, Eleftheroudakis, Naslas, Levantinos
1949–50 Finalist Nikos Nissiotis Themis Cholevas, Dinos Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Panos Manias, Aristeidis Roubanis
1950–51 Finalist Nikos Nissiotis Themis Cholevas, Dinos Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Panos Manias, Aristeidis Roubanis
1952–53 Champion Nikos Nissiotis Themis Cholevas, Dinos Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Panos Manias, Aristeidis Roubanis
1953–54 Finalist European Club Championship
Nikos Nissiotis Themis Cholevas, Dinos Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Panos Manias, Aristeidis Roubanis
1954–55 Champion European Club Championship
Nikos Nissiotis Themis Cholevas, Dinos Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Panos Manias, Aristeidis Roubanis, Antonis Christeas
1955–56 Not held European Club Championship
Nikos Nissiotis Themis Cholevas, Dinos Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Panos Manias, Aristeidis Roubanis, Antonis Christeas
1956–57 Champion Nikos Nissiotis Themis Cholevas, Dinos Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Panos Manias, Aristeidis Roubanis, Antonis Christeas, , Georgios Moschos, Sakkelis, Mavroleon, Karvelas, Makrinikolas, Dimitris Lekkas
1957–58 _ EuroLeague
Last 32
Nikos Nissiotis Themis Cholevas, Dinos Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Antonis Christeas, Mavroleon, Georgios Moschos, Sakkelis, Dimitris Lekkas, Makrinikolas, Ieremiadis, Drulias, Anagnostopoulos, Karakasis, Karvellas
1969–70 3rd place _ _ Vassilis Goumas, Paraskevas Tsantalis, Elias Vlavakis, Vassilis Giousmas
1974–75 _ Korać Cup
Last 32
Vassilis Goumas, Maragos, Paraskevas Tsantalis, Andreas Haikalis, Sarantis Papachristopoulos, Passaris, Dimitris Lekkas, Elias Vlavakis, Evthimiou
1975–76 _ Last 32 Korać Cup
Last 16
Vassilis Goumas, Manolas, Maragos, Koligris, Evthimiou, Dimitris Lekkas, Sarantis Papachristopoulos, Kallas, Lignos, Andreas Haikalis, Elias Vlavakis
1977–78 3rd place Last 16 Korać Cup
Last 16
Vassilis Goumas, Sarantis Papachristopoulos, Kalas, Sotos, Kaligros, Paraskevas Tsantalis, Elias Vlavakis, Andreas Haikalis
1978–79 _ Last 8 Korać Cup
Last 32
Vassilis Goumas, Sarantis Papachristopoulos, Maragos, Andreas Haikalis, Laskaris, Koligris, Triantafillou
1980–81 _ Last 16 Korać Cup
Last 32
Maragos, Barbas, Halatsiadis, Triantafillou, Koligris, Sarantis Papachristopoulos, Kirmanis, Evthimiou, Nikolakopoulos, Anagnostou
1986–87 2nd Division Champion Finalist Nikos Pavlou Giannopoulos, Antonis Stamatis, Vassilis Dakouris, Albert Mallach, Christos Tsekos, Andreas Papandraklakis, Kostas Katsimpas, Stamatis Tsapralis, Kimon Kokorogiannis, Andreas Zafeiropoulos
1987–88 9th place Semifinalist Cup Winners' Cup
Last 32
Andreas Papandraklakis, Stamatis Politis, Stamatis Tsapralis, Christos Tsekos, Antonis Stamatis, Albert Mallach, Andreas Zafeiropoulos, Kostas Katsimpas, Vassilis Dakouris, Kimon Kokorogiannis
2003–04 2nd Division Champion Last 42 Manos Manouselis Makis Dreliozis, Dimitris Koronis, Michalis Yfantis, Ilias Tsopis, Marijan Kraljević, Labros Kanellopoulos, Dinos Tzialas, Alexis Tsamatos, Vangelis Morfis, Nikos Kritsalos, Tassos Kantartzis, Georgios Limniatis, Ioannis Sakellariou, Georgios Bozikas
2004–05 12th place Last 16 Manos Manouselis,
Kostas Petropoulos
Gary Trent, Miroslav Berić, Aleksandar Ćapin, Bariša Krasić, Éric Struelens, Rick Rickert, Georgios Maslarinos, Makis Dreliozis, Georgios Bozikas, Roundy Garcνa, Tassos Kantartzis, Christos Liggos, Ioannis Sakellariou, Alexis Tsamatos, Ilias Tsopis, Jitim Young, Ryan Robertson, Mikel Nahar, Jan-Hendrick Jagla, Vangelis Morfis, Dinos Tzialas
2005–06 5th place Last 16 Argyris Pedoulakis Damir Mulaomerović, Jamel Thomas, Dylan Page, Britton Johnsen, Robert Gulyas, Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, Stevan Nađfeji, Dimitrios Tsaldaris, Tassos Kantartzis, Jovan Koprivica, Georgios Maslarinos, Vangelis Morfis, Kostas Paschalis, Ioannis Sakellariou, Ivan Tomas, Alexis Tsamatos, Ilias Tsopis, Juan Mendez, Christos Liggos, Alkiviadis Pappas
2006–07 5th place Last 16 Vangelis Mageiras,
Georgios Kalafatakis
Anthony Goldwire, Michalis Pelekanos, Nikos Oikonomou, Mamadou N'Diaye, Andrae Patterson, Malik Dixon, Nikos Argyropoulos, Dragan Ćeranić, Ioannis Georgallis, Sotirios Karapostolou, Stevan Nađfeji, Pantelis Papaioakeim, Alekos Petroulas, Damir Rančić, Ioannis Sakellariou, Gary Trent, Dubravko Zemljić, Agi Ibeja, Marko Jovanović, Panagiotis Spiliopoulos, Nikos Pappas
2007–08 6th place Semifinalist ULEB Cup
Regular Season
Ilias Zouros Anthony Grundy, Jurica Golemac, Lewis Sims, Georgios Apostolidis, Nikos Argyropoulos, Mamadou N'Diaye, Đuro Ostojić, Damir Rančić, Vangelis Sklavos, Márton Báder, Milan Dozet, Dimitris Kalaitzidis, Vangelis Karampoulas, Tre Kelley, Pantelis Papaioakeim, Alekos Petroulas, Ioannis Sakellariou, Melvin Sanders, Nikos Pappas
2008–09 6th place Last 8 EuroCup
Last 16
Ilias Zouros Anthony Grundy, Jurica Golemac, Manos Papamakarios, Georgios Kalaitzis, Đuro Ostojić, Ivan Radenović, Vladimir Petrović-Stergiou, Nikos Makris, Dimitris Kalaitzidis, Ioannis Sakellariou, Alekos Petroulas, Brad Newley, Stevan Nađfeji, Dimitrios Kompodietas, Mustafa Shakur
2009–10 4th place Last 8 EuroCup
Ilias Zouros Ian Vougioukas, Đuro Ostojić, Efthymios Tsakaleris, Chris Owens, Josh Davis, Markos Kolokas, Devin Smith, Ioannis Georgallis, Alekos Petroulas, Manos Papamakarios, Kostas Charalampidis, Dimitrios Kompodietas, Roderick Blakney, Georgios Kalaitzis, Vassilis Xanthopoulos, Britton Johnsen
2010–11 12th place Last 8 EuroCup
Last 16
Thanasis Skourtopoulos Torin Francis, Đuro Ostojić, Efthymios Tsakaleris, Steven Smith, Vangelis Sklavos, Markos Kolokas, Joe Krabbenhoft, Georgios Kalaitzis, Ioannis Karathanasis, Manos Papamakarios, Samo Udrih, Dimitrios Kompodietas, Maurice Bailey, Vassilis Xanthopoulos, Andre Brown, Damir Rančić, Derrick Byars, Vlado Šćepanović

Notable playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.


Head coachesEdit

Head Coach Years
  Nikos Nissiotis
  Michalis Kyritsis
  Christos Iordanidis
  Nikos Pavlou
  Manos Manouselis
  Kostas Flevarakis
  Kostas Diamantopoulos
  Kostas Petropoulos
  Argyris Pedoulakis
  Vangelis Mageiras
  Georgios Kalafatakis
  Ilias Zouros
  Thanasis Skourtopoulos


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