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Yiannis Andrianopoulos
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Full name Γιάννης Ανδριανόπουλος
Date of birth 1900
Place of birth    Greece Piraeus, Greece
Date of death    November 6, 1952
Playing position Attacking Midfielder ,Second Striker
Youth career
1915-1918 Peiraikos Syndesmos FC
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Peiraikos Syndesmos FC
Athletic and Football Club of Piraeus
Olympiacos Omilos Filathlon Peiraia
Olympiacos FC
National team
1920 Greece Greece
Teams managed
1925-1927 Olympiacos FC

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Yiannis Andrianopoulos (1900 – November 6, 1952[1]) was a Greek Football Legend and one of the founding members of Greece's most successful football club, Olympiacos CFP.


Club career

Born in Piraeus, Greece, Yiannis began his career at the age of 18, playing for home town club Peiraikos Syndesmos FC. Here Yiannis earned his first taste of success, winning an unoffcial Greek Championship in 1923.Peiraikos Syndesmos FC merged with Peiraiki Enosis FC in January 1924 and the Athletic and Football Club of Piraeus was formed.Yiannis was part of the new team and helped them win the 1924 Athens-Piraeus championship.

Olympiacos FC

The same year around Autumn , the new club split in two different clubs: One team, led by the Andrianopoulos brothers and goalkeeper Kostas Klidouchakis formed Olympiakos Omilos (which evolved into Olympiakos FC[2]) while the other, led by Kostas Ferlemis, Christos Peppas and Giorgos Hadjiandreou merged with an independent club named "Young Boys" to form Peiraikos Omilos(which evolved into Ethnikos Peiraios FC).

Following a series of mergers between other Piraeus and Athens based clubs, as well as an Athens football Championship, Yiannis and his brothers went on to create Olympiacos FC in March 1925.Yiannis, Giorgios, Dinos and Vasilis, Leonidas went on to make the newly formed Piraeus Club famous throughout Greece[3].He had also two other brothers Aristides and Stelios Andrianopoulos were they playing in other Peiraias football clubs.

Yiannis was the oldest of seven brothers who like him, would go on to become famous footballers in the Olympiacos' ranks.As a result, Yiannis and his brothers earned Olympiacos the name Thrylos meaning "Legend" in Greek, a nickname which the club carries to this day. Yiannis was certainly the brother who made the biggest impact towards the club, even becoming a player-coach; Olympiacos' first coach, from 1925 until 1927. In 1929, Yiannis retired from football, and became Olympiacos' president for 3 years.


Yiannis played for the Greece national team at the 1920 Olympics. His brothers at Olympiakos also played for Greece in 1929 and 1930.


  • Olympiacos First Manager
  • Olympic Football Tournament Final [4]
  • President of Olympiacos (1929-1932)
  • President of E.P.S.P & Hellenic Football Federation




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