Ethnikos Piraeus F.C.

Ethnikos Piraeus 1923 F.C.
Full name Ethnikos Piraeus 1923
Εθνικός Πειραιώς 1923
Founded 1923
Ground Municipal Ground of Moschato
Moschato, Greece
Ground Capacity 2.500
Chairman Greece Alexis Aggelopoulos
Manager Greece Thimios Georgoulis
League Gamma Ethniki
2015-16 Gamma Ethniki (Group 4), 4th
Website Club home page
Active departments of
Ethnikos Piraeus
Football Basketball Volleyball
Waterpolo Swimming Field Hockey

Ethnikos Piraeus 1923 F.C. (Greek: Εθνικός Πειραιώς) is a Greek professional football club based in Piraeus. They have had a turbulent recent history, and are currently competing in the third division Football League 2.


In 1923 the Piraeus-based football club Athletic and Football Club of Piraeus (Greek: Αθλητικός και Ποδοσφαιρικός Σύλλογος Πειραιώς), winner of the 1924 Athens-Piraeus Regional Championship,[1] split into two.[2][3]

From the break-up, one group, led by Giorgos Chatziandreou, brothers Kostas and Dimitris Ferlemis, and Christos Peppas, ultimately formed Omilos Filathlon Piraeus – Faliro (Greek: Όμιλος Φιλάθλων Πειραιώς – Φαλήρου), meaning Fans' Club of Piraeus and Faliro in 1924, and then changed the name to Ethnikos O.F.P.F. in 1925[2][3] the other group, led by Yiannis Andrianopoulos and his five brothers, formed the club that evolved into Olympiacos CFP in 1925.[4]

Ethnikos O.F.P.F., colloquially referred to as Ethnikos Piraeus, is a multi-sport club with teams competing in football,[5] water polo,[6] volleyball[7] and basketball.[8]

The club's most significant teams, in terms of history and success, are their football and water polo teams, though football is by far the more popular sport.


Panhellenic Championship years

Prior to 1959–60 Greek football was played in regional championships (Athens, Piraeus, and Thessaloniki championships and/or North and South championships) and then the top teams from each region would advance to play for the National Championship. In some pre-War years a traditional Final match was played between 2 regional champions, but generally the Panhellenic Championship was played as a final round-robin between at least 3 teams.[1]


Ethnikos was Piraeus Champion in 1927–28, but lost the National Championship to Aris. The following year Ethnikos was Piraeus Champion once again, but the National Championship was not played.

In 1932–33 Ethnikos won the Greek Cup, the club’s only major title. Ethnikos eliminated Apollon in the Quarterfinals and Olympiacos in the Semifinals before meeting Aris in the Final. Ethnikos and Aris played to a 2–2 draw in Thessaloniki, but Ethnikos won the replay 2–1 and took the Cup.

In 1934–35 Ethnikos was again Piraeus Champion, and then champion of the South Division, while Aris was champion of the North Division, but Ethnikos and Aris were prevented from playing each other for the National Championship.

Ethnikos won another Piraeus Championship in 1938–39, but lost the South Division by 2 points, just missing out on a chance to play for the National Championship.

Ethnikos reached the Semifinals of the Greek Cup in 1938–39 and 1939–40, but lost to PAOK and Panathinaikos, respectively.

1950s: the Puskás affair

Žarko Mihajlović, coach of the team (1958)

The Ethnikos teams of the mid- to late-1950s are considered by many to be Ethnikos’ greatest teams.

In 1955–56 Ethnikos finished 2nd in Greece, just 1 point behind champions Olympiakos.

In 1956–57 a scandal robbed Ethnikos of the National Championship. With 4 matches left in the National Championship, Ethnikos was favorite for the title, and next on the schedule was Olympiakos, who Ethnikos had already defeated earlier in the season. Prior to the Olympiakos match though, Ethnikos was disqualified from the championship, on the accusation of professionalism, as they had allegedly been in contact with Hungarian stars Ferenc Puskás and Sándor Kocsis. Ethnikos was docked 4 points and not allowed to play the final 4 matches of the season, and Olympiakos took the championship.[1]

Alpha Ethniki years

From 1959–60 the Greek championship changed to its modern form and the first division became known as Alpha Ethniki (usually noted as A' Ethniki). Since 1959–60 Ethnikos is tied for the 8th-most first division participations with 36, along with OFI and Apollon. Ahead of Ethnikos are traditional powers Olympiakos, Panathinaikos, AEK and PAOK (all of whom have competed in the first division every season except AEK for two seasons recently) as well as Iraklis, Aris and Panionios. (In 2006–07 the first division was renamed from A' Ethniki to Super League).


During the 1960s Ethnikos’ best league finishes were 5th in 1962–63 and 6th in 1960–61 and 1967–68. From 1960–61 to 1968–69 Ethnikos never finished outside the top 10.

Ethnikos reached the Semifinals of the Greek Cup twice during the 1960s. In 1967–68 Ethnikos lost in the Semifinals to Panathinaikos. The following year Ethnikos came desperately close to another Cup Final – after defeating PAOK 5–4 in the Quarterfinals, Ethnikos lost to Olympiacos 4–3 after extra time in the Semifinals.


In 1974–75 Ethnikos made its best challenge for the league championship in the modern era. That season Ethnikos was winter champion, going undefeated through the first half of the season, but they could not keep up the pace and ultimately finished 4th (1 point behind PAOK for 3rd place and a UEFA Cup berth), while Olympiacos took the championship.

Though never making another legitimate challenge for the league championship, Ethnikos remained consistently competitive during the 1970s, never finishing outside of the top 10.

Ethnikos twice had the league’s top scorer during the 1970s: in the 1974–75 Roberto Calcadera’s total of 20 goals was tied for league-best with Panathinaikos’ Antonis Antoniadis and in 1976–77 Thanasis Intzoglou led the league with 22 goals.

Ethnikos’ two best runs in the Greek Cup in the 1970s were halted by PAOK. In 1972-72 Ethnikos lost to PAOK 3–2 in the Semifinals and in 1976–77 Ethnikos was defeated by PAOK in the Quarterfinals.


Ethnikos made decent 7th-place finishes in 1979–80 and 1980–81, but the team would mostly struggle through the rest of the 1980s.

In 1983–84 and 1985–86 Ethnikos reached the Quarterfinals of the Greek Cup but was then eliminated by Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, respectively.

In 1986–87 Ethnikos made a very mediocre 10th-place finish, but late in the season earned one of their more memorable results – winning 6–3 away to Panathinaikos.

The 1987–88 team was the last truly competitive Ethnikos team to date. That year Ethnikos tried to make a run at a UEFA Cup berth, but ultimately fell short and finished 7th. The 7th-place finish though was good enough to take some satisfaction from finishing ahead of Olympiacos, who finished 8th.

In the 1988–89 season Ethnikos made a good run in the Cup, reaching the Semifinals before being eliminated by Panathinaikos, but in the league the team finished in the bottom 3 and was relegated to Beta Ethniki for the first time in their history.

Relegation from Alpha Ethniki


After being relegated from Alpha Ethniki for the first time in 1989, Ethnikos bounced between A' and B' Ethniki throughout the 1990s. Since a last place finish in 1998–99 though, Ethnikos has not managed to return to A' Ethniki.

The Ethnikos teams of the 1990s included several young players who would leave the club and become star players elsewhere, such as Michalis Kapsis, Yannis Anastasiou and Andreas Niniadis.


After the 1999–00 season Ethnikos fell from Beta Ethniki to Gamma Ethniki for the first time. The club’s ultimate low point came when it fell from Gamma Ethniki and spent the 2003–04 season in Delta Ethniki.

In summer 2004 Ethnikos merged with A.O. Mani, the club maintained Ethnikos' logo and colors and continued to be based in Piraeus, but in name became Ethnikos Piraeus – A.O. Mani.[3] Ethnikos fans were very upset with the name change, but that problem was eventually solved, as the club was officially renamed Ethnikos Piraeus in 2007.[9]

In 2005–06 Ethnikos earned promotion back to Beta Ethniki in the final minute of the final match of the season. With time expiring, a free kick goal from Eduardo Sander Da Silva against Messiniakos made the final score 1–1 and gave Ethnikos the point needed for promotion.[10]

Since 2006–07 Ethnikos had remained in B' Ethniki. They were forcibly relegated to the Delta Ethniki for the 2011/12 season but finished tenth in Group 9 and were relegated to the local amateur leagues at the 5th level of the Greek football pyramid, the lowest in their history, for the 2012/13 season.



Ethnikos currently plays its home matches at the Helliniko Olympic Complex in Ellinikon,[11] located approximately 8 kilometres south of the center of Athens, near Glyfada on the Mediterranean coast.[12]

The complex was built on the site of the former Ellinikon International Airport for the staging of the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Paralympics,[12] and consisted of the following venues: Helliniko Indoor Arena (Basketball and Team handball); Helliniko Fencing Hall; Olympic Hockey Stadium (Field hockey); Helliniko Baseball Centre; Helliniko Softball Centre; and Helliniko Slalom Centre (Whitewater slalom).[13]

In August 2007 Ethnikos President Nikos Pirounias finalized a deal with the City of Ellinikon for use of the complex for 3 years with an option for a further 3 years.[14] The Olympic Baseball Centre's main stadium underwent renovations for football use, and Ethnikos began playing matches there during the 2007–08 season; the team played its first official match in its new home on October 20, 2007.[11] The facility became known as Elliniko Stadium, and is commonly referred to as Elliniko.

The complex also includes new training pitches for both Ethnikos' first team and youth team.[11]

Ahead of the 2008–09 season renovations continued and seating capacity was increased to 9,000.[11]


Karaiskakis Stadium in the Faliro area of Piraeus, commonly referred to as Karaiskaki, is the traditional home of both Olympiacos and Ethnikos,[15] but only Olympiacos has played there since the stadium was leveled and rebuilt purely at Olympiacos' expenses ahead of the 2004 Summer Olympics.[16]

In 2002 Olympiacos President Socratis Kokkalis, in announcing the project to rebuild Karaiskakis, said, "It is our wish that [the new stadium] will also be used by Ethnikos F.C., as Karaiskaki is the historic home of both [Olympiacos and Ethnikos]".[17]

Despite that statement, all of the new stadium's seats were painted Olympiacos' red,[16] rather than a neutral color.

When the new Karaiskakis was completed in 2004, Ethnikos was struggling in Gamma Ethniki, and did not move into the stadium; the team instead continued to play most of its home matches in Korydallos Stadium, a small stadium in the Korydallos area of Piraeus, which is the traditional home of Proodeftiki F.C..

In 2005–06 Ethnikos moved to Georgios Kamaras Stadium in Rizoupoli (where Olympiacos played its home matches during the Karaiskakis renovations),[18] and played there up until the move to Elliniko in 2007.

Despite a clause in the contract of Olympiacos's long-term lease of the stadium, which states that Ethnikos may return to Karaiskaki whenever they wanted, without sharing any significant stadium-related costs, the team has opted not to return to Karaiskaki in the near future. The Chairman of Ethnikos has stated that when the team returns to the top division, the issue of returning to Karaiskaki will be revisited.

Karaiskakis Stadium is owned by the Hellenic Olympic Committee.[16]


Main article: Piraeus derby
Ethnikos winner's cup team in 1933

Since the two clubs were established in the mid-1920s, Ethnikos' traditional local rival has been Olympiacos CFP, one of the two most popular and successful multi-sport clubs in Greece along with Panathinaikos.[19][20]

While a legitimate rivalry between Ethnikos and Olympiacos still exists in water polo (Ethnikos Piraeus Water Polo Club has won the most Greek water polo championships of any club, while Olympiacos Water Polo Club has won the second-most),[21] that is no longer the case in football.

Ethnikos and Olympiacos F.C. were more or less evenly matched and had great battles for Piraeus supremacy in the 1920s and 1930s,[1] but thereafter Olympiacos became increasingly more powerful and successful; Ethnikos has not defeated Olympiakos in a league match since the 1985–86 season and has not finished above Olympiakos in the league standings since the 1987–88 season.

A recent point of contention for Ethnikos fans has to do with Karaiskakis Stadium. Karaiskakis is the traditional home of both Olympiakos and Ethnikos,[15] but only Olympiacos has played there since the stadium was rebuilt for use in the 2004 Summer Olympics.[16]


As of 21 September 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Greece GK Vasilis Voutsinas (captain)
2 Greece DF Athanasios Gerolymos
6 Greece DF Tasos Stasinos
8 Greece DF Akis Stratakis (3rd captain)
9 Greece FW Georgios Manalis
11 Greece FW Fotis Souleles
13 Greece DF Ioakim Kalaitzidis
15 Albania DF Dimitris Mpena
16 Greece MF Dimitris Martinos
17 Greece MF Nasos Leonidopoulos
23 Greece MF Giannis Theodosiou
32 Greece MF Panagiotis Makris
33 Greece MF Efthymios Pavlakis

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
As of 8 September 2014
Greece DF Nikos Daskalakis (to Greece A.E. Nikaia)
Greece FW Andreas Minogiannis (to Greece A.O. Kastella)
Greece MF Tasos Bouraimis (to Greece Palaio Faliro F.C.)
Greece FW Alexandros Diakakis (to Greece Peramaikos)
Lebanon FW Giannis El Kandi (to Greece Peramaikos)

Out of team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Greece MF Kostas Salibasa

Standings, fixtures & results


Position Name
Head Coach Thimios Georgoulis
Assistant Coach Thomas Makris
Goalkeepers Coach Dimitris Diamantis
Head doctor Georgios Karachalios
Physio Vasilis Tzortzis


Domestic Titles and honors


Panhellenic Championship years (until 1959) [1]

  • 1924–25: Piraeus: 2nd
  • 1925–26: Piraeus: ?
  • 1926–27: Piraeus: ?
  • 1927–28: Piraeus: 1st / National: 2nd
  • 1928–29: Piraeus: 1st
  • 1929–30: Piraeus: 2nd
  • 1930–31: Piraeus: 4th / National: 7th
  • 1931–32: National: 4th
  • 1932–33: South: 4th
  • 1933–34: Piraeus: 1st / South: 3rd
  • 1934–35: Piraeus: 1st / South: 1st
  • 1935–36: National: 6th
  • 1936–37: Piraeus: 2nd
  • 1937–38: Piraeus: 2nd
  • 1938–39: Piraeus: 1st / National: 3rd
  • 1939–40: South: 4th
  • 1940–41: No championship
  • 1941–42: No championship
  • 1942–43: No championship
  • 1943–44: No championship
  • 1944–45: No championship
  • 1945–46: Piraeus: 2nd
  • 1946–47: Piraeus: 3rd
  • 1947–48: Piraeus: 4th
  • 1948–49: Piraeus: 2nd
  • 1949–50: Piraeus: 2nd
  • 1950–51: Piraeus: 2nd
  • 1951–52: Piraeus: 2nd
  • 1952–53: Piraeus: 2nd
  • 1953–54: Piraeus: ?
  • 1954–55: Piraeus: ?
  • 1955–56: Piraeus: 2nd / National: 2nd
  • 1956–57: Piraeus: 3rd / National: Disqualified
  • 1957–58: Piraeus: 3rd / National: 10th
  • 1958–59: Piraeus: 2nd / National: 2nd

(Note: National Championship not played in 1928–29 and 1934–35, seasons when Ethnikos won regional championships)

Alpha Ethniki/Super League years (since 1959–60) [22]

Since 1959–60:

Most appearances & goals

Most appearances (A' Ethniki)

Most goals (A' Ethniki)

Most appearances by a foreign player (A' Ethniki)

Most goals by a foreign player (A' Ethniki)


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  3. 1 2 3 "Greece – Mergers and Name Changes". 2004-08-18.
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  7. "Ethnikos volleyball news". (Greek).
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  10. "League, Ethnkos 1–1 Messiniakos". (Greek). 2006-05-17.
  11. 1 2 3 4 "Elliniko Stadium". (Greek).
  12. 1 2 "Helliniko Olympic Complex". BBC. 2004-07-15.
  13. "The stadia & arenas for 2004".
  14. "...Pirounias in Ellinikon". City of Ellinikon Official Site (Greek). 2007-09-17.
  15. 1 2 "Velodrome & Karaiskaki Stadium (1895 – 1964 – 2003)".
  16. 1 2 3 4 "Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium".
  17. "Karaiskaki Stadium". 2002-02-24.
  18. "Rizoupoli Stadium "Georgios Kamaras"".
  19. "All Time Champions". Hellenic Football Federation. Archived from the original on December 11, 2009.
  20. "Greek Cups Winners". Hellenic Football Federation.
  21. "Olympiacos 2008 Champion". 2008-05-02.
  22. "Greece – Final Tables 1959–1999". 2003-08-03.

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