Asteras Tripoli F.C.

Asteras Tripolis
Full name Αθλητικός Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Αστέρας Τρίπολης
(Athletic Gymnastics Society Asteras Tripolis)
Nickname(s) "The Yellow-Blue"
"Arkades" (Arcadians)
Founded 1931 (1931)
Ground Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium
Tripoli, Greece
Ground Capacity 7,616
Owner(s) Dimitris Bakos
Giannis Kaimenakis
Chairman Georgios Borovilos
Manager Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos
League Superleague Greece
2015–16 Superleague Greece, 7th
Website Club home page

Asteras Tripoli Football Club (Greek: "Αστέρας Τρίπολης", transliterated "Asteras Tripolis", translated "Star of Tripoli") is a Greek football club from the town of Tripoli in Arcadia, Greece. The club was founded in 1931 and since the 2007–08 season, they have played in Superleague Greece, the top professional league in Greece.


Early years

Asteras was founded in 1931, in the area near Tripoli's railway station and was formally recognised forthwith. However, the club stayed inactive and during 1932 all football clubs in Tripoli were temporarily dissolved. At the same time, Minas Tsavdaris founded a football club and named it "Keramikos" after his home area.[1] Despite his efforts, Keramikos was never formally recognised, and in 1938 Tsavdaris decided to transfer all of the club's players to Asteras Tripolis, which was still legally recognised.[1] This signified the revival of the club and Asteras managed to compete in the inaugural season (1939–40) of the regional Arcadian League. However, the subsequent German occupation of Greece ended all league competitions abruptly and the club was dissolved once again.

Post-World War II

After World War II, Asteras was reformed under the name "Neos Asteras" and was accordingly recognised by Tripoli's courts on 23 June 1947.[1] Asteras won five consecutive titles in the Arcadian League (1957–62). The team won consecutive promotions and managed to play for two seasons in the Greek Second Division (1961–63), thus becoming the first team from Tripoli to ever participate in such a high division.[1] In the summer of 1963, Asteras merged with Aris–Atromitos and the new team was named "Athlitikos Omilos Tripolis" (Athletic Club of Tripoli, AOT). AOT's function was based in Asteras' statute and the new club continued its activities until 1968, when it was dissolved once again and was subsequently merged with Arcadikos to form Panarkadikos.

Recent history and era of success

Asteras was reformed again in 1978.[1] The club participated in the regional Arcadian League until 2003. At 2001 the club entered a new era and led an outstanding streak of performances. They remained unbeaten at home for over 5 years (from 2001 to November 2006) and they managed to move up four divisions, earning the promotion for the Greek Super League as Second Division champions on 12 May 2007.

Asteras made a spectacular start in their first season in the Super League. Their first ever win was against Panathinaikos (1–0[2] in Tripoli) and their first away win against OFI in Crete (3–0).[3] The season was marked by some outstanding performances with the most memorable being the 1–0 home victory against champions Olympiacos. They also managed to win 2–1 against AEK Athens and 2–0 against PAOK at home. Asteras Tripolis became the first and only newly promoted Superleague team that managed to beat Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, PAOK (home and away) and AEK Athens in its first ever appearance in the top division.

Coach Paulo Campos left Asteras on 24 February 2008 with assistant manager Panagiotis Tzanavaras taking over for the rest of the 2007–08 season. Asteras finally ended 7th, missing the European spot in the last games. In the summer of 2008 Asteras announced Carlos Carvalhal as their new manager. He was sacked in mid-season due to poor results which led the team near the relegation zone.[4] He was succeeded by former AEK Athens caretaker manager, Nikos Kostenoglou. In 2009 Asteras signed the Argentine former Internazionale assistant Mario Gómez as their new coach.

The 2012–13 season was the most successful in Asteras' history. They finished third in the Super League (and fourth in the play-offs), securing a place for the 2013–14 Europa League. Meanwhile, they reached the first Greek Cup final in their history, losing 1–3 to Olympiacos after extra time.[5]

Historical kits and Crest

Emblem versions


1978 [6]

2005–06 Gamma Ethniki winners [7]

2006–08 Beta Ethniki winners [8]

First match in Superleague Greece [9]

2009–11 [11]

2013–14 [13]

2014–15 UEFA Europa League Group stage [14] and 3d position






Kit suppliers

Kit provider Period


Asteras Tripoli's fans

Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium (formally Asteras Tripolis Stadium) is a privately owned football stadium in Tripoli, Greece. Its capacity is 7,600. The stadium was renamed on 22 November 2012 in honour of the hero of the Greek War of Independence, Theodoros Kolokotronis. But the club proposed a new stadium, the New Asteras Tripolis Stadium

Superleague Greece record

Season League
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P
2007–08 1st 7 30 11 11 8 28 24 44
2008–09 1st 12 30 7 12 11 33 31 33
2009–10 1st 12 30 10 6 14 29 36 36
2010–11 1st 13 30 7 10 13 21 29 31
2011–12 1st 6 30 13 6 11 30 34 45
2012–13 1st 4 30 17 5 8 41 25 56
2013–14 1st 5 34 16 10 8 46 35 58
2014–15 1st 3 34 17 8 9 52 37 59
2015–16 1st 7 30 11 8 11 31 30 41

Notable wins

Season Match Score
2007–08 Asteras TripolisAEK 2–1
2007–08 Asteras TripolisOlympiacos 1–0
2007–08 Asteras TripolisPanathinaikos 1–0
2007–08 Asteras TripolisPAOK 2–0
2007–08 PAOKAsteras Tripolis 0–1
2008–09 Asteras TripolisAris 4–0
2009–10 Asteras TripolisAEK 2–0
2009–10 ArisAsteras Tripolis 0–1
2010–11 AE LarissaAsteras Tripolis 0–2
2011–12 Asteras TripolisOlympiacos 2–0
2011–12 PAOKAsteras Tripolis 2–3
2012–13 Asteras TripolisAEK 3–1
2012–13 Asteras TripolisPAOK 1–0
2013–14 Asteras TripolisOlympiacos 2–1
2013–14 Asteras TripolisPanathinaikos 1–0
2013–14 Asteras TripolisPAOK 2–1
2014–15 Asteras TripolisPAOK 3–0
2015–16 Asteras TripolisPAOK 2–1
2015–16 AEKAsteras Tripolis 0–1

European record

Last update: 10 December 2015

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2Q Azerbaijan Inter Baku 1–1 1–1 2–2 (4–2 p)
3Q Portugal Marítimo 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 3Q Austria Rapid Wien 1–1 1–3 2–4
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Finland RoPS 4–2 1–1 5–3
3Q Germany Mainz 05 3–1 0–1 3–2
PO Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–0 1–3 3–3 (a)
Group C England Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 1–5 3rd place
Turkey Beşiktaş 2–2 1–1
Serbia Partizan 2–0 0–0
2015–16 UEFA Europa League Group K Germany Schalke 04 0–4 0–4 3rd place
Cyprus APOEL 2–0 1–2
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1–1 0–1

Notable wins

Season Match Score
2014–15 Asteras TripolisMainz 05 3–1
2014–15 Asteras TripolisMaccabi Tel Aviv 2–0
2014–15 Asteras TripolisPartizan 2–0
2015–16 Asteras TripolisAPOEL 2–0


Domestic competitions

Divisional history in national level


Current squad

As of 10 August, 2016[16]

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

No. Position Player
1 Slovakia GK Tomáš Košický
2 Brazil MF Dudú
4 France DF Sonhy Sefil
5 Greece DF Kostas Triantafyllopoulos
6 Ivory Coast FW Cedric Gondo
7 Argentina FW Pablo Mazza
8 Greece DF Dimitris Kourbelis
9 Argentina MF Cristian Chávez
10 Greece FW Nikolaos Ioannidis
11 Argentina FW Nicolás Fernández
13 Greece MF Stavros Tsoukalas
14 Greece MF Giannis Tsiolis
17 Argentina MF Walter Iglesias
18 Greece DF Kostas Giannoulis
19 Greece MF Kosmas Tsilianidis
No. Position Player
20 Argentina FW Luis Fariña (on loan from Benfica)
21 Greece MF Elini Dimoutsos
22 Brazil MF Igor Carioca
23 Greece FW Nikos Kaltsas
25 Greece DF Manolis Bertos
27 Greece MF Giannis Kotsiras
30 Greece GK Giorgos Athanasiadis
31 Serbia MF Aleksandar Stanisavljević
54 Morocco MF Rachid Hamdani
62 Greece DF Giorgos Makrostergios
69 France DF Lionel Zouma
90 Italy GK Antonio Donnarumma
97 Greece DF Gerasimos Papangelis

Historical squads

2013 Greek Cup Final starting lineup vs. Olympiacos (4–5–1)

Affiliated clubs


  • Owner(s): Greece Dimitrios Bakos & Greece Giannis Kaimenakis
  • President: Greece Georgios Borovilos
  • 1st Vice-President Greece Nikolaos Bakos
  • 2nd Vice-President Greece Alexandra Kaimenaki

Technical staff

  • Manager:Greece Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos
  • Assistant Manager: Greece Dimitris Terezopoulos
  • Goalkeeper Coach: GreeceGiorgos Mountakis
  • Head Doctor: Greece Kostas Dimitrakopoulos
  • Physio: Greece Kostas Diamantopoulos

Managerial history


External links

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