Panathinaikos BC

Panathinaikos Basketball Club (Greek name: Κ.Α.Ε. Παναθηναϊκός, transliterated into English: K.A.E. Panathinaikos) is the basketball team of the Athens-based Greek sport club Panathinaikos. It is owned by pharmaceutical magnates Pavlos and Thanassis Giannakopoulos. It was founded in 1922 and has developed into the most successful basketball team in Greece and among the best in Europe. They have won 28 national championships, 10 Greek Cups, 4 European Championships and 1 Inter-continental Cup.

Legends of world basketball have played with the club (Dominique Wilkins, Byron Scott, Dino Radja, Dejan Bodiroga, Nikos Galis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Stojan Vrankovic, Fanis Christodoulou, Antonio Davis, Zeljko Rebraca among others). Those players, along with the successful management of Pavlos Giannakopoulos, have made Panathinaikos one of the most successful and well-known teams of the last decade and a half in the continent and the only one that has won four Euroleague titles after the Final Four format was established.

On April 1996 in Paris Final Four (F4), Panathinaikos was the first Greek team to win the European Championships (now Euroleague), beating FC Barcelona in a unique final tournament, by 67-66. In September of the same year the team also won the Inter-continental cup, prevailing by 2-1 wins over Olimpia Venado Tuerto of Argentina (83-89, 83-78, 101-76). In 2000 in Thessaloniki F4, Panathinaikos were the Champions of Europe for the second time, beating Maccabi Tel-Aviv 73-67 in the final. In 2002 in Bologna F4, Panathinaikos brought to Athens the most prestigious European trophy for the third time, beating hosts Kinder Bologna 89-83 in the final. In 2007 F4, which was held in its home court in Athens, Panathinaikos became European Champions for the fourth time, beating defending champions CSKA Moscow 93-91 in the final.

Panathinaikos has advanced to the F4 of the Euroleague or its predecessors another four times: Tel Aviv in 1994 (3rd), Zaragoza in 1995 (3rd), Paris in 2001 (2nd), Moscow in 2005 (3rd). Other significant successes are: the two participations in the semifinals of the Cup Winners Cup (1969, 1998), the course up to the semi-finals of the Champions Cup for the season 1971-72 (eliminated by Ignis Varese (78-70, 55-69). In the 1981-82 season, Panathinaikos participated in the finals of the Champions Cup of that time, eliminating consecutively CSKA Moscow and Levski Sofia teams.

The team, which is famous for it's fans passionate support, also holds the highest attendance record in the Euroleague, which is 20,000 fans, achieved in a home match in OAKA against Benetton Treviso on March 29, 2006, for the second phase of the 2005-06 Euroleague. An attendance of 18,900 fans has also been achieved three times in home matches of the Greens, against Efes Pilsen in 2005 and TAU Ceramica (twice) in 2006.

Current Squad

As of June 2007

Number Player Position Height (m)

4 Fragiskos Alvertis (C) SF/PF 2.06
6 Dimitris Papanikolaou SF 2.02
7 Sani Bečirović PG/SG 1.95
8 Michael Batiste PF 2.04
10 Nikos Hatzivrettas SG/SF 1.96
11 Dimosthenis Dikoudis PF 2.06
12 Kostas Tsartsaris PF/C 2.09
13 Dimitris Diamantidis PG 1.96
14 Vasilis Xanthopoulos PG 1.88
15 Dejan Tomašević C 2.08
16 Dušan Šakota SF/PF 2.09
18 Miloš Vujanić PG 1.90
19 Robertas Javtokas C 2.10
Stratos Perperoglou SF 2.03
Kennedy Winston SF 1.98

Coach: Željko Obradović


Selected Former Players

  • Marcelo Nicola
  • Pepe Sanchez
  • Hugo Sconochini
  • Arijan Komazec
  • Damir Mulaomerovic
  • Dino Radja
  • Stojko Vrankovic
  • John Amaechi
  • Aivar Kuusmaa
  • Tiit Sokk
  • Patrick Femerling
  • Michael Koch
  • Nikos Galis
  • Panagiotis Giannakis
  • Lazaros Papadopoulos
  • Antonis Fotsis
  • Takis Koronaios
  • David Stergakos
  • Liveris Andritsos
  • Dimitris Kokolakis
  • Giorgos Kolokithas
  • Apostolos Kontos
  • Memos Ioannou
  • Kostas Politis
  • Konstantinos Patavoukas
  • Kiriakos Vidas
  • Vassilis Spanoulis
  • John Korfas
  • Fanis Christodoulou
  • Giorgos Kalaitzis
  • Nikos Ekonomou
  • Oded Kattash
  • Pat Burke
  • Ferdinando Gentile
  • Ramūnas Šiškauskas
  • Dejan Bodiroga
  • Žarko Paspalj
  • Željko Rebrača
  • Vlado Scepanovic
  • Jaka Lakovič
  • Ferran Martinez
  • Ibrahim Kutluay
  • Alexander Volkov
  • Dominique Wilkins
  • Byron Scott
  • Antonio Davis
  • John Salley
  • Anthony Avent
  • Tracy Murray
  • Ariel McDonald
  • Darryl Middleton
  • Johnny Rogers
  • Edgar Jones
  • Byron Dinkins
  • Rodney Buford
  • Lonny Baxter


International Record

Season Achievement Notes

European Champions Cup

1971-72 Semi-final eliminated by Ignis Varese, 78-70 in Athens, 55-69 in Varese

1972-73 Semi-final eliminated by Academica Sofia, 84-78 in Athens, 57-76 in Sofia

1981-82 Final round 5th place

1993-94 Final four 3rd place in Tel Aviv

1994-95 Final four 3rd place in Zaragoza

1995-96 Winner won Barcelona 67-66 in Paris

1996-97 Semi-final eliminated by Olympiacos, 49-69 at home, 57-65 away

1998-99 Quarter-final eliminated by Teamsystem Bologna, 58-63 in Athens, 64-88 in Bologna

1999-00 Winner won Maccabi Tel-Aviv 73-67 in Thessaloniki

FIBA Suproleague

2000-01 Final defeated 81-67 by Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Paris

Euroleague

2001-02 Winner won Kinder Bologna 89-83 in Bologna

2004-05 Final four 3rd place in Moscow

2005-06 Quarter-final eliminated TAU Cerámica, 84-72 in Athens, 79-85 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, 71-74 in Athens

2006-07 Winner won CSKA Moscow 93-91 in Athens

Cup Winners Cup

1968-69 Semi-final eliminated by Dinamo Tbilisi, 81-67 in Athens, 71-103 in Tbilisi

1997-98 Semi-final eliminated by Stefanel Milano, 77-58 in Athens, 61-86 in Milan

Intercontinental Cup

1996 Winner 2-1 wins against Olimpia Venado Tuerto







Honours

  • Greek Championships: 28
    • 1946, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Greek Cups: 10
    • 1979, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1993, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • European Championships - Euroleague: 4
    • 1996, 2000, 2002, 2007
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1
    • 1996
  • Doubles: 5
    • 1982, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Triple Crown: 1
    • 2007

Women

Current Squad

Number Name Nationality Position Height(cm)

5 Evina Stamati Greece Guard 178
6 Maria Chalivelaki Greece Guard 169
7 Maria Gialitaki Greece Guard 169
8 Ekaterini Liaga Greece Guard 174
9 Caren Murd United States Center 197
10 Parthena Nikolaidou (C) Greece Center 189
? Trisha Skibbe United States Forward 185
12 Maria Xanthou Greece Forward 185
13 Filitsa Glimi Greece Forward 184
15 Sofia Kirakopoukou Greece Forward 185

Coach: Konstantinos Tsafaras


Selected Former Players

Evina Maltsi

Tracy Gahan

Honours

  • Greek Championships: 3
    • 1998, 2000, 2005
  • Greek Cup: 1
    • 2000
  • Double: 1
    • 2000

Panathinaikos BC


Leagues A1

Founded 1908

History 1908 - present

Arena Athens Olympic Indoor Hall

(capacity 19.200)

Location Athens, Greece

Team Colors Green and white

President Pavlos Giannakopoulos

Head Coach Željko Obradović

Championships (4) European Championships

(1) Intercontinental Cup

(28) Greek Championships

(10) Greek Cups

A1 Greek Basketball League 2006-2007

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