Club Profile: Panathinaikos Athens

Aug 31, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
Club Profile: Panathinaikos Athens

Panathinaikos Athens comes off a transition season in which the team managed to stay fully competitive and make the most of its combination of experienced stars and up-and-coming talents. Panathinaikos won the Greek Cup, made it to the Greek League finals and reached the Euroleague playoffs for the fifth consecutive season before losing to CSKA Moscow in four games. Great team efforts helped Panathinaikos fight for all goals - eight players averaged 7 points or better in Euroleague action, but none reached 11 points per game. A long time superpower in Greek sports, Panathinaikos first took charge of the local basketball scene with 12 domestic titles over a 17-year stretch between 1967 and 1984. After a dry period, Panathinaikos bounced back to become a top team in European basketball. In 1996, Panagiotis Giannakis, Dominique Wilkins and Fragiskos Alvertis came together and secured the first Euroleague title by a Greek team. A few years later, the club started a new streak of collecting league crowns at home. In 2000, already led by head coach Zeljko Obradovic, Panathinaikos lifted its second Euroleague trophy in Thessaloniki with a win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, and the Greens won it all again in 2002 by upsetting Virtus in Bologna. It all clicked for Panathinaikos again in the 2006-07 campaign. It would prove to be one for the history books as Panathinaikos knocked off defending champion CSKA 93-91 in the 2007 Euroleague Championship Game - an instant classic played in Athens. Two years later the Greens put their name on the title again with Vassilis Spanoulis earning Final Four MVP honors in Berlin in one of the most exciting finals in basketball history. In a 2010-11 season to remember, Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP Dimitris Diamantidis shined as the Greens turned away defending champ Regal FC Barcelona in the playoffs and then downed Maccabi Electra in Barcelona for its sixth Euroleague title. During 2011-12 season, Panathinaikos lost a tough Euroleague semifinal and saw its streak of nine Greek League championships come to an end. That season also marked the end of the Coach Obradovic era. Panathinaikos was one win away from returning to the Final Four in 2013 and 2014, but stayed strong in Greece with back-to-back league and cup doubles. The numbers say it all about the Greens' tradition and power - 23 domestic trophies and five Euroleague crowns since 2000 cement Panathinaikos’s status aso a powerhouse that always challenges for every title available.

2014-15 Results - Euroleague: Playoffs; Greek League: finalist; Greek Cup: winner.

Nikos Pappas celebrates - Panathinaikos Athens - EB14