Panellinios GS Athens (in Greek: ΠΑΝΕΛΛΗΝΙΟΣ ΓΣ) is an athletic club located in Kypseli, Athens, Greece and founded in the year 1891. It 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).
Basketball team history
"The Golden Five"
The athletic union's professional basketball club Panellinios Athens BC
competes in the top men's professional basketball league in Greece, the A1 Ethniki
and 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 1940's but could not because the league was temporarily disbanded because of World War II
. In the early 1950's era the team was called "The Golden Five" (Hrisi Pentada) (Themis Cholevas
, Panagiotis Manias
, 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 BC would have won several Euroleague championships as many considered Panellinios BC 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 Vasilis Goumas that was the leader of the team. The basketball club also finished the runner-up in the Greek Basketball Cup in 1987.
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 BC returned to the Greek A1 League
led by Marijan Kraljevic
and the Soulis brothers. The A1 Ethniki is one of the top domestic professional basketball leagues in the world along with the NBA
, the Spanish League
, and the Italian League
In 2006 the team advanced to the playoff round of the A1 Ethniki led by Dimitrios Tsaldaris, Damir Mulaomerovic and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, finishing 6th in the league after losing in the playoffs to Aris BC. 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 BC 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 ULEB Cup is the second highest level of pro basketball in Europe after the Euroleague.
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