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Panathinaikos - A few words about the team we support

Post by violently-happy » Tue 24 May , 2005 19:47

Panathinaikos

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Panathinaikos AC (PAO)
Panathinaikos Athletic Club emblem
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Established: January 1, 1908
Club colours: Green, or green and white
Members: 11,000
President: Argyris Mitsou
Coach: Victor Munoz
Stadium: Athens Olympic Stadium (capacity 74.000)
Address: Panathinaikos

12 Irodou Attikou
Athens GR-151 24 Greece
Tel.: +30 210 8093630
Fax: +30 210 8093644
Website: www.pao.gr

Panathinaikos Sports Club (Greek: Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος, Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos, i.e. Pan-Athenian Athletic Club) is the biggest and most historical sport club in Greece, in terms of number of departments established (21) and overall titles won by them (482). PAO (Panathinaikos is often referred to by its initials) was founded by George Kalafatis in 1908, when he and forty athletes decided to break away from Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos when the club refused to form a football team. The club emblem is the three-leaf clover in green.

Panathinaikos initially consisted of a single department, the football team. Before the club took the name P.A.O. it was called P.O.A (Athens Football Club). In 1909 it changed to P.P.O. (Panhellenic Football Club) and finally, in 1924 to the well known name of P.A.O. (Panathenian Athletic Club). Over the years Panathinaikos has established departments in 21 sports. Some of them are:

*Athletics (track and field) and Volleyball, established in 1919
*Basketball, established in 1922
The basketball team is a major force on the European stage, having won the continent's top club competition, the Euroleague, three times (1996, 2000, 2002)
*Table-Tennis, established in 1924
*Cycling, established in 1928
*Swimming and Water Polo, established in 1930
*Boxing, established in 1946
*Diving, established in 1947
*Chess and Weightlifting, established in 1959
*Fencing, established in 1960
*Gymnastics, established in 1962
*Water Skiing, established in 1963
*Wrestling, established in 1965

Panathinaikos is the most successful Greek football club in European competitions, having participated in one European Champions Cup Final (1971 at Wembley Stadium, London, where they lost 2-0 to Ajax Amsterdam) and having twice reached the semifinal of the same competition (later renamed the Champions' League): in 1985 against Liverpool and in 1996 against Ajax.

Titles
(football only)

Championships (22x)
1911, 1916, 1921, 1930, 1949, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004

Cups (16x)
1940, 1948, 1955, 1967, 1969, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2004

Greek Super Cup (4x)
1970, 1988, 1993 and 1994

Domestic Double
1969, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1991, 1995, 2004

Balkan Cup (1x)
1978

Finalist of the European Champions Cup (former Champions League) and of the Intercontinental Cup
1971