Ioannis Kyrastas

Ioannis Kyrastas
Personal information
Full name Yiannaros
Date of birth October 25, 1952
Place of birth    Athens, Greece
Date of death    April 1, 2004(2004-04-01) (aged 51)
Place of death    Athens, Greece
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
0000–1972 Olympiacos Piraeus
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Olympiacos Piraeus
Panathinaikos FC
223 (?)
145 (?)   
National team
1974–1985 Greece 046 (?)
Teams managed

Ethnikos Piraeus
Panathinaikos FC
Iraklis FC
Panathinaikos FC

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

Ioannis Kyrastas (Greek: Ιωάννης Κυράστας) (25 October 1952 - 1 April 2004) was a Greek footballer and football manager.

Club career

Kyrastas was born in Piraeus and started his career in Olympiacos, where he played his first game in 10 December 1972 against Kavala. With Olympiacos he played 223 games, 16 of them in European competitions, and won 5 Greek Championships and 3 Greek Cups.

In 1981 he went, together with Mike Galakos, to archrival Panathinaikos, where he played in 145 games, 14 of them in European competitions, and won 2 Greek Championships and 3 Greek Cups. He retired in 1986 after playing his last game against Aris in November.

He also played for the Greek national team in 46 games, from 15 November 1974 to 19 May 1985. He also played in the 1980 UEFA European Championship.
[edit] Career as coach

After retiring, he became a coach. Starting in the 1987-1988 season and until 2001 he successfully coached many teams, including Ethnikos Piraeus, Paniliakos, Panionios FC, Iraklis and finally Panathinaikos. After his second time as coach of Panathinaikos, he retired from coaching.


Kyrastas was admitted on 5 March 2004 to hospital with septicaemia, after being infected with the rare Fournier gangrene. Kyrastas's condition was said to be improving, but on Tuesday, 30 March he went into a decline from which he was not to recover. He died on Thursday, 1 April 2004 at the age of 51.

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