Panetolikos Football Club (Greek: ΠΑΕ Παναιτωλικός), or with its full name Panetolikós Yimnastikós Filekpedeftikós Síllogos (Greek: Παναιτωλικός Γυμναστικός Φιλεκπαιδευτικός Σύλλογος; Pan-Aetolian Gymnastic and Educational Club), is a Greek professional football club based in Agrinio, Greece. Panetolikos was founded in 1926 and is considered one of the historical clubs in Greece, currently participating in the Greek First Division. Some of the most well known players that started their career in the club are Stratos Apostolakis, former Greek recordman in international caps (96), and Petros Michos.
|Full name||Pan-Aetolian Gymnastic and Educational Club|
|Founded||9 March 1926|
|Head coach||Traianos Dellas|
|League||Super League Greece|
|2020–21||Super League Greece, 13th|
Team colors are yellow and blue. The club's symbol is Titormus, the ancient Aetolian hero and their motto is "Τίτορμος Αιτωλός Ούτος Άλλος Ηρακλής" (Títormos Etolós Oútos Állos Iraklís), translated as Titormus the Aetolian is another Heracles.
Formation and early yearsEdit
Panetolikos was founded on Tuesday March 9, 1926 with the purpose, as stated in its statutes: "The development and intensification of Gymnastic and Racing, The -ETHIC- supervision and the possible after-school education of minors, through childhood and EASTERN or Sunday schools". People had the idea of creating the club they did the act: "Healthy mind in a healthy body". The unprecedented thought and goal of the founders, to provide education to the needy children through its Night Schools, added in its title the word "Educational Educator" and became an example to imitate all the Associations in Greece. Beyond sports, his social offer was enormous in very difficult times. Hundreds of poor children learned letters at Night Schools that worked and cared for themselves in society. This athletico-social organization has written glory pages for Agrinio. Sections of classic sports, volleyball, basketball, shooting, etc. were created although its football team was the one loved by Aetolians and Akarnans.
In the season 1954–55, Panetolikos participated for the first time in his history at the Pan-Hellenic Championship, as the club finished in the first position of the southern group of the regional championship as one of the six teams that took part in his final stage. In the 1960s, Panetolikos played in the Second National Championship and after relegation to the local (1972), he returned dynamically. In the spring of 1975 celebrates the rise to Alpha Ethniki. Panetolikos fought two seasons (1975–1977) and followed an unsuccessful return attempt. It followed for about twenty years where it was in the smallest category to return to the period 1975–76. In the first class, Panetolikos remained in the following year (1976–77), but then returned to the lower classes where the club remained for more than 30 years. Seven years later, Panetolikos was relegated from the 2nd and in the period 1984–85, Panetolikos conquered the championship of Gamma Ethniki.
Panetolikos winning Delta Ethniki's championship in 1989, Gamma Ethniki's championship in 1992 and 1996, and one year after Panetolikos touches the dream of returning to Alpha Ethniki, which the powerful of the season deprives him. The new millennium finds him on a downward course and is relegated to Delta Ethniki.
In the summer of 2005, the new Greek owner Fotis Kostoulas, coming from Sweden and wanting to take the reins of the city team from which he came, presented his plans for the future of the club and followed a radical refurbishment of the stadium. More specifically, the following projects were completed by the end of 2006: new turf, construction of a shelter above the western pit, renovation of the interior (changing rooms, cafe-bar, clubs, boutique shops), construction of new newspapers and suites, On the two platforms, regeneration of the surrounding area. In addition, in 2009, a new roofed frieze was built with a capacity of about 120 distinct seats above the small east stand.
2008–09 Season: Promotion to Second DivisionEdit
Panetolikos won an epic play-offs tie against fellow third-tier side Rodos to win promotion to the Beta Ethniki for the 2009–10 season. The tie was played in Athens at the Nea Smyrni Stadium, in front of full house, with 8,000 loyal fans traveling from Agrinio to support the team. After going down 1–0 early, the team staged an impressive fight back to win the game 2–1 with two goals in the last 5 minutes. Scenes of joy followed as one of the better-supported teams in rural Greece won promotion. Now in the Football League, Panetolikos continue to get terrific support, both home and away.
2010–11 Season: Promotion to the Super LeagueEdit
After terrific performances inside and outside Agrinio, Panetolikos won the last three critical matches (Ethnikos-Panetolikos 0–1, Panetolikos-Diagoras Rodou 3–0 and Ilioupoli-Panetolikos 2–3) and promoted to Super League. The team's 2010 performances have set new records for the Football League championship: point record (75 gathered after 34 games), away wins record (10 wins out of 23 total). Panetolikos had celebrated their promotion at home with a Friendly match against Panionios, a Super League team, on 20 May 2011.
2011–12 Season: Demotion to the Football LeagueEdit
After a very bad second round of results at the Super League, Panetolikos demoted to the Football League. The chairman of the club, Mr. Kostoulas after seven years, resigned from his position. After this, the whole board resigned. Most of the players left the club, said that they wanted to return to their countries, or they want to play for other teams with better contracts.
2012–13 Season: Promotion to the Super LeagueEdit
With Mr. Kostoulas again as a president, Panetolikos got promoted to the Super League via play-offs after six difficult games, especially the last one with Olympiacos Volos, which Panetolikos won 1–2. After the end of the game, the city of Agrinio celebrated the promotion until dawn.
2013–14 & 2014–15 SeasonsEdit
2015–16 & 2016–17 SeasonsEdit
The team finished at 8th place with good performances.
Panetolikos Stadium (Greek: Γήπεδο Παναιτωλικού -Gipedo Panetolikou) is a football stadium in Agrinio, Greece. It is currently used for football matches, mainly as the home stadium of Panetolikos. It is located at Prousiotissis Street and it holds 7,500 people. Its highest attendance was 11,012 people during a match against Olympiacos in 1977. There are plans to increase the seating capacity of the stadium to 8,800 spectators. Nowadays the average attendance is 6,000.
Panetolikos Stadium has three stands. It has been used as a football ground since 1930, however, the first stand (the small one) was not constructed until the mid-1950s. The main west stand was built in the 1970s. Unfortunately, in the years that followed little else happened to the stadium, which gradually fell into disrepair. This was the situation until 2005, when the new owner of the club, Fotis Kostoulas, revealed his plans for the complete reconstruction of the stadium.
Stadium Situation: 2006–2011
The stadium features plastic seats, the club's offices, Panetolikos' boutique and coffee shops.
2006: The big stand was completely renovated, a brand new stand with a modern roof.
2010: The small stand was renovated, in the center a second level of seats with a roof was added.
2011: Works have begun after the promotion of the team to Super League in order to increase the capacity of the stadium by 1,400 seats approximately. Plus, additional lighting was added. Recently the lighting has finished, with the power of each light at 1,600 lux, which more than satisfies the Greek Super League and UEFA's 4 stars (where a team can play UEFA Champions League games) requirements.
2017: Scoreboard is added, completing the current renovation plans.
2019: Recently the Region of Western Greece has approved plans of further upgrade of the stadium, with the adding of exhibition centers, new seating stands and many other features.
Panetolikos' training center, named "Emileon", in Municipal Apartment of Dokimi, Agrinio. Emileon, the training center that escapes from Greek standards and is approaching the European. Α real jewel, not only for the "canaries", but also for Greek sports as a whole. A jewel made by the president of Panetolikos, Fotis Kostoulas. Soccer fields, swimming pools, courts, tennis, basketball and beach volleyball create a unique place. A place that is enjoyed not only by the football players, but also by the citizens of Agrinio.
Even though Agrinio is a small city, Panetolikos supporters known as "The Warriors" & "Guerreros" are known for their loyalty to their team. Supporters can roughly be categorized to Gate 6 which represents the most radical and young part of the team's fanbase and other fan unions which attract less radical and older Panetolikos fans. First division promotion has set in motion more Panetolikos fan clubs in Aetoloakarnania and northern Greece (Thessaloniki). Up until now, the prestigious fan clubs of the team are:
- 1. Warriors (Fan club in Agrinio, since 1981)
- 2. Guerreros (Fan club in Athens)
- 3. Brooklyn (Fan club in Agrinio, area of St. Demetrius)
Other fan clubs
- 4. LE.FI.PA. (Club of Panetolikos Fans in Agrinio)
- 5. S.F.P (Club of Panetolikos Supporters in Agrinio)
Panetolikos was given the nickname The Canaries (Greek: Τα καναρίνια) in the 1960s, due to the team's colour. Panetolikos is very proud of its nickname, thus its mascot is a canary with the name PANETOS.
Panetolikos was also given the nickname Titormus, from the ancient hero.
- Football League (Second Division)
- Championships (2): 1975, 2011
- Gamma Ethniki (Third Division)
- Championships (3): 1985, 1992, 1996
- Delta Ethniki (Fourth Division)
- Championships (2): 1989, 2004
- Mainland Greece Championship
- Championship (1): 1955
- Youth Team, South Greece championship, 2nd and 3rd National Division
- Championship (1): 2007
Crest and coloursEdit
Panetolikos crest depicts Titormus, the ancient hero of Aetolia. The club's motto (also depicted on the crest) is Τίτορμος Αιτωλός Ούτος Άλλος Ηρακλής, translated as Titormus the Aetolian is another Heracles. The colours of the team are yellow and blue or cyan.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit
|Period||Kit Manufacturer||Shirt Sponsor|
|1983–86||New Balance||New Balance|
|1992–93||Lotto||National Insurance Company|
|2007–08||Lotto||NBGI Private Equity|
- Great Shirt Sponsor: Car.gr
- Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer: Givova
- Golden Sponsor: N/A
- As of 14 January 2021
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loanEdit
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Majority owner||Fotis Kostoulas|
|Board Member||Kostas Takos|
|Board Member||Georgios Sotiropoulos|
|Board Member||Kostas Giotopoulos|
|Board Member||Panagiotis Kapsalis|
|First team staff|
|Sport director||Makis Belevonis|
|Head coach||Traianos Dellas|
|Assistant coach||Vasilis Borbokis|
|Goalkeeper coach||Vasilis Kliafas|
|Sports science & medicine manager||Antonis Tsatsos|
|Strength & conditioning coach||Dimitris Bouroutzikas|
|Under-20s & academy coaching staff|
|Academy goalkeeping coach||Vacant|
|Under 20s lead coach||Georgios Tarasis|
|Under 17s lead coach||Dimitris Theodosiou|
|Under 15s lead coach||Alexandros Rigas|
|Season||Categ. & Pos.||W–D–L||Goals||Points||Season||Categ. & Pos.||W–D–L||Goals||Points||Season||Categ. & Pos.||W–D–L||Goals||Points||Season||Categ. & Pos.||W–D–L||Goals||Points|
|1962–63||Beta Ethniki 3rd||15–8–5||40–16||71||1979–80||Beta Ethniki 5th||17–5–16||56–36||39||1996–97||Beta Ethniki 4th||17–11–6||53–30||62||2013–14||Super League 8th||11–9–14||32–33||42|
|1963–64||Beta Ethniki 6th||15–4–9||47–30||62||1980–81||Beta Ethniki 7th||14–10–14||36–34||38||1997–98||Beta Ethniki 6th||14–11–9||55–42||53||2014–15||Super League 7th||14–10–10||41–28||52|
|1964–65||Beta Ethniki 2nd||18–6–9||49–23||75||1981–82||Beta Ethniki 9th||15–11–12||44–36||41||1998–99||Beta Ethniki 13th||11–8–15||43–57||41||2015–16||Super League 11th||9–8–13||30–46||35|
|1965–66||Beta Ethniki 3rd||14–9–7||42–25||67||1982–83||Beta Ethniki 3rd||21–6–11||53–33||48||1999–00||Beta Ethniki 8th||14–8–12||43–34||50||2016–17||Super League 11th||8–7–15||29–40||31|
|1966–67||Beta Ethniki 7th||15–9–10||45–32||73||1983–84||Beta Ethniki 17th||13–9–16||39–40||35||2000–01||Beta Ethniki 11th||12–6–12||39–45||42||2017–18||Super League 8th||9–8–13||31–40||35|
|1967–68||Beta Ethniki 5th||12–8–10||39–30||62||1984–85||Gamma Ethniki 1st||21–14–5||64–28||56||2001–02||Gamma Ethniki 15th||6–7–17||24–46||25||2018–19||Super League 9th||10–6–14||34–48||36|
|1968–69||Beta Ethniki 7th||14–7–13||45–40||69||1985–86||Beta Ethniki 10th||14–9–15||49–53||37||2002–03||Delta Ethniki 2nd||23–6–1||68–8||76||2019–20||Super League 12th||6–11–16||30–48||29|
|1969–70||Beta Ethniki 6th||15–7–12||47–33||71||1986–87||Beta Ethniki 16th||13–10–15||39–56||36||2003–04||Delta Ethniki 1st||27–2–1||81–8||83||2020–21||Super League 13th||6–10–17||20–44||28|
|1970–71||Beta Ethniki 3rd||17–7–10||46–30||75||1987–88||Gamma Ethniki 9th||15–9–10||46–32||37||2004–05||Gamma Ethniki 9th||14–3–15||38–32||45|
|1971–72||Beta Ethniki 18th||11–11–16||28–40||71||1988–89||Delta Ethniki 1st||22–4–8||72–27||48||2005–06||Gamma Ethniki 7th||12–9–11||33–27||45|
|1972–73||Regional 1st||1989–90||Gamma Ethniki 8th||14–10–14||45–40||38||2006–07||Gamma Ethniki 4th||15–13–6||56–33||58|
|1973–74||Beta Ethniki 8th||17–8–13||47–31||42||1990–91||Gamma Ethniki 5th||13–11–10||32–28||37||2007–08||Gamma Ethniki 3rd||18–8–8||58–28||62|
|1974–75||Beta Ethniki 1st||22–10–6||75–27||54||1991–92||Gamma Ethniki 1st||19–8–7||50–27||46||2008–09||Gamma Ethniki 2nd||21–7–6||56–14||70|
|1975–76||Alpha Ethniki 15th||3–13–14||17–41||19||1992–93||Beta Ethniki 17th||10–8–16||31–46||38||2009–10||Beta Ethniki 7th||13–11–10||43–36||50|
|1976–77||Alpha Ethniki 17th||9–8–17||25–51||26||1993–94||Gamma Ethniki 8th||10–16–8||45–35||46||2010–11||Football League 1st||23–6–5||47–19||75|
|1977–78||Beta Ethniki 15th||13–10–15||65–49||36||1994–95||Gamma Ethniki 8th||10–16–8||45–35||46||2011–12||Super League 15th||7–7–16||23–37||28|
|1978–79||Beta Ethniki 5th||17–7–14||48–46||41||1995–96||Gamma Ethniki 1st||20–7–7||61–33||67||2012–13||Football League 4th||20–13–7||55–23||73|
- Point system: 1959–60 to 1972–73: 3–2–1. 1973–74 to 1991–92: 2–1–0. 1992–93 onwards: 3–1–0.
- Super League Greece (11): 1975–1977, 2011–2012, 2013–present
- Football League (30): 1962–1972, 1973–1975, 1977–1984, 1985–1987, 1992–1993, 1996–2001, 2009–2011, 2012–2013
- Gamma Ethniki (15): 1972–1973, 1984–1985, 1987–1988, 1989–1992, 1993–1996, 2001–2002, 2004–2009
- Delta Ethniki (3): 1988–1989, 2002–2004
Notable former playersEdit
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- "The...cage of yesterday and today" (in Greek). gazzetta.gr.
- "The projects on the Panetolikos Stadium are in progress" (in Greek). agrinionews.gr. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- "Electronic board at the Panetolikos Stadium" (in Greek). gazzetta.gr.
- "Emileon official website" (in Greek). emileon.gr.
- "EMILEON: Amusement Center for Agrinio and Panetolikos Training Center" (in Greek). eleftheriaonline.gr.
- "The ornament of Agrinio" (in Greek). gazzetta.gr.
- "The Warriors, Gate 6" (in Greek). warriors6.gr.
- "Guerreros' history" (in Greek). guerrerosathens.blogspot.com.
- "Panetolikos' mascot" (in Greek). agriniobestof.gr.
- "Titormus the Aetolian" (in Greek). agrinionews.gr.
- "Panetolikos F.C. squad" (in Greek). Super League Greece. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
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