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Panellinios GS Athens
Panellinios GS Athens ΠΑΝΕΛΛΗΝΙΟΣ ΓΣ logo
Nicknames The Club of Olympic Winners
The Club of Olympians
Leagues Greek League
Greek Cup
Founded 1929
Arena Panellinios Indoor Hall
(seating capacity: 1,200)
Hellinikon Olympic Arena
(seating capacity: 15,000)[1]
Location Athens, Greece
Team colors Blue and White
President Minos Kyriakou
Head coach Ilias Zouros
Championships Greek Championships (6):
1929, 1939, 1940, 1953, 1955, 1957
A2 Championships (2):
(1987, 2004)
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Panellinios GS Athens (in Greek: ΠΑΝΕΛΛΗΝΙΟΣ ΓΣ) or Panellinios BC is a professional basketball club located in Athens, Greece and founded in the year 1929, making it one of the oldest basketball clubs in Europe. The club competes in the Greek A1 League.



The parent athletic club, Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos, was founded in the year 1891, making it one of the oldest sports clubs in Europe and 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 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 large Greek multi-sport club Panathinaikos was founded by George Kalafatis in 1908, when he and 40 other athletes decided to break away from Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos, following the club's refusal to form a football team. In the year 1929, the athletic association's basketball department, Panellinios Athens BC was founded.


"The Golden Five"

Panellinios has been the league's champion 6 times in the years 1929, 1939, 1940, 1953, 1955, and 1957. 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" (or Hrisi Pentada in Greek) (Panagiotis Manias,Themis Cholevas, Kostas Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Aristidis Roubanis) and dominated not only Greek basketball, but European basketball in general. The Panellinios team headlined the Greek 1952 Olympic Team. Although the Euroleague, then known as the European Champions Cup was not formed until the basketball season 1957-58, it is widely believed that had it been formed earlier that Panellinios would have won several Euroleague championships as many considered Panellinios the best team in Europe during the early-to-mid 1950s. The team was led in these years by the great scorer Antonis Christeas.

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 league in both 1970 and 1978. During this era it was Vassilis Goumas that was the leader of the team. The basketball club also finished the runner-up in the Greek Cup in 1987.

Recent history

The club struggled in the 1990s and was mired in the second and third divisions of the Greek pro league. New management came to the organization in 1999 and the franchise would eventually again begin to establish itself as a strong presence in Greek basketball. In 2004, Panellinios returned to the Greek A1 League led by Marijan Kraljevic and the Soulis brothers.

In 2006, the team advanced to the playoff round of the A1 led by Dimitrios Tsaldaris, Damir Mulaomerovic and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, finishing 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 A1 League qualified for the ULEB Cup competition for the first time in franchise history.


The club plays its Greek League home matches at Panellinios Indoor Hall, a small arena with a capacity of 1,200.[2] Panellinios plays its European cup home game matches at the Hellinikon Olympic Arena, which has a capacity of 15,000.[1]


Panellinios Athens BC roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
SF 17 Greece Kolokas, Markos 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
PG 12 Bulgaria Blakney, Roderick 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
PF 14 United States Davis, Josh 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
SF 9 United States Smith, Devin 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
PF 10 Greece Petroulas, Alexandros 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
SG 5 Greece Papamakarios, Manolis 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
PG 7 Greece Kalaitzis, Georgios 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
SG 18 Greece Kompodietas, Dimitrios 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
C 16 Montenegro Ostojic, Djuro 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)
SF - Greece Georgallis, Ioannis 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
PG 4 Greece Xanthopoulos, Vasilios 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
SG 6 Greece Charalampidis, Konstantinos 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
C 15 Greece Vougioukas, Ian 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)
PF 8 United States Johnsen, Britton 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
C 19 Greece Tsakaleris, Efthymios 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Head coach
  • Greece Ilias Zouros
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (*) Playing only in Euroleague
  • (INJ) Injured

Roster • updated 2009-07-31

Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve Inactive
C Ian Vougioukas Djuro Ostojic Efthymios Tsakaleris
PF Britton Johnsen Josh Davis Alexandros Petroulas
SF Devin Smith Ioannis Georgallis Markos Kolokas
SG Manolis Papamakarios Konstantinos Charalampidis Dimitrios Kompodietas
PG Roderick Blakney Vasilios Xanthopoulos Georgios Kalaitzis

Honors and titles


Season A1 Ethniki Cup Europe Coach Roster
1928-29 Champion - - Nikos Nisiotis Christos Svolopoulos, Dimitris Sidiropoulos, Evagelinos, Sfikas, Spiridakis, Alexandros Sidiropoulos, Symeonidis, Skepers
1938-39 Champion - -
1939-40 Champion - -
1949-50 Finalist - -
1950-51 Finalist - -
1952-53 Champion - - Themis Cholevas, Panagiotis Manias, Kostas Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Aristidis Roubanis
1953-54 Finalist - -
1954-55 Champion - - Antonis Christeas
1956-57 Champion - - Antonis Christeas, Themis Cholevas, Kostas Papadimas, Mimis Stefanidis, Sakkelis, Mavroleon, Karvelas, Moshos, Makrinikolas, Lekkas
1957-58 _ - Euroleague Last 32
1969-70 3rd place _ _ Vasilis Goumas
1974-75 _ - Korac Cup Last 32 Vasilis Goumas
1975-76 _ Last 32 Korac Cup Last 16 Vasilis Goumas
1977-78 3rd place Last 16 Korac Cup Last 16
1978-79 _ Last 8 Korac Cup Last 32
1980-81 _ Last 16 Korac Cup Last 32
1986-87 _ Finalist Cup Winners' Cup Last 32 Nikos Pavlou Giannopoulos, Stamatis, Dakouris, Malah, Tsekos, Pandraklakis, Katsibas, Tsapralis, Kokorogiannis, Zafiropoulos
1987-88 9th place Last 4 Cup Winners' Cup Last 32
2004-05 12th place Last 16 - Manos Manouselis,
Kostas Petropoulos
Gary Trent, Miroslav Beric, Aleksandar Capin, Barisa Krasic, Eric Struelens, Rick Rickert, Giorgos Maslarinos, Prodromos Dreliozis, Giorgos Bozikas, Roundy Garcνa, Tasos Kantartzis, Christos Liggos, Giannis Sakellariou, Alexis Tsamatos, Ilias Tsopis, Jitim Young, Ryan Robertson, Mikel Nahar, Jan-Hendrick Jagla, Vagelis Morfis, Kostas Tzialas
2005-06 5th place Last 16 - Argyris Pedulakis Damir Mulaomerovic, Jamel Thomas, Dylan Page, Britton Johnsen, Robert Gulyas, Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, Stevan Nadjfei, Dimitris Tsaldaris, Tasos Kantartzis, Jovan Koprivica, Giorgos Maslarinos, Evangelos Morfis, Kostas Paschalis, Giannis Sakellariou, Ivan Tomas, Alexis Tsamatos, Ilias Tsopis, Juan Mendez, Christos Liggos, Alkiviadis Pappas
2006-07 5th place Last 16 - Vagelis Magiras,
Giorgos Kalafatakis
Anthony Goldwire, Michalis Pelekanos, Nikos Ekonomou, Mamadou N'Diaye, Andrae Patterson, Malik Dixon, Nikos Argyropoulos, Dragan Ceranic, Giannis Georgalis, Sotiris Karapostolou, Stevan Nadjfei, Pantelis Papaioakim, Alexandros Petroulas, Damir Rancic, Giannis Sakellariou, Gary Trent, Dubravko Zemljic, Agi Ibeja, Marko Jovanovic, Panagiotis Spiliopoulos, Nikos Pappas
2007-08 6th place Last 4 ULEB cup Regular Season Elias Zouros Anthony Grundy, Jurica Golemac, Lewis Sims, Giorgos Apostolidis, Nikos Argyropoulos, Mamadou N'Diaye, Djuro Ostojic, Damir Rancic, Vangelis Sklavos, Marton Bader, Milan Dozet, Dimitris Kalaitzidis, Vangelis Karaboulas, Tre Kelley, Pantelis Papaioakim, Alexandros Petroulas, Giannis Sakellariou, Melvin Sanders, Nikos Pappas
2008-09 6th place Last 8 Eurocup Last 16 Elias Zouros Anthony Grundy, Jurica Golemac, Manolis Papamakarios, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Djuro Ostojic, Ivan Radenović, Vlado Petrovic, Nikos Makris, Dimitris Kalazitzidis, Giannis Sakellariou, Alexandros Petroulas, Brad Newley, Stevan Nadjfeji, Dimitris Kompodietas, Mustafa Shakur
2009-10 A1 Ethniki 2009-10 Last 8 Eurocup Elias Zouros

Notable players

Notable coaches


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