Themis Rigas

Themis Rigas (Greek: Θέμης Ρήγας; born 1945 - died 13 January 1984), popularly nicknamed The Train, was a Greek footballer (winger) born in Patras. One of the fastest and most talented wingers of his generation, he was a member of the great Panachaiki football team that impressed Greece in the seventies and qualified to the 1974 UEFA Cup.[2] In 1974, he played abroad in the National Soccer League with Toronto Homer.[3]

Themis Rigas
Personal information
Date of birth 1945
Place of birth Patras, Greece
Date of death 13 January 1984
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Winger
Youth career
1960–1962 Apollon Smyrnis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1963 Panachaiki FC
1963–1964 Olympiacos Patron
1964–1965 Panachaiki FC
1965–1967 Thyella Patron
1967–1973 Panachaiki FC 83 (12)
1974 Toronto Homer
1974–1976 Panachaiki FC 58 (9)
1976 Toronto Metros-Croatia[1] 10 (0)
1976–1977 Patrai
1977–1979 Panachaiki FC 24 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He died in a domestic accident in 1984, at the age of 39, leaving behind him the Panachaiki family without one of its most eminent members.


Themis Rigas had 165 First Division appearances for Panachaiki and scored 23 goals.


  1. ^ "NASL-Themis Rigas".
  2. ^ rsssf
  3. ^ "Eagles, Homer stay unbeaten, tie 1-1 before 10,951 fans". The Globe and Mail. 20 May 1974. p. S8.