Platanias F.C.

Full name Αθλητικός Όμιλος Πλατανιά Χανίων
(Athletic Club Platanias of Chania)
Nickname(s) Red Trifolium
Founded 15 March 1931 (1931-03-15)
Ground Perivolia Municipal Stadium
Chania, Greece
Ground Capacity 4,000
Owner(s) Stelios Varouxakis
Manolis Mathioulakis
Antonis Kokolodimitrakis
Chairman Manolis Mathioulakis
Manager Georgios Paraschos
League Superleague Greece
2015–16 Superleague Greece, 9th
Website Club home page

Athlitikos Omilos Platania Chanion (commonly referred to as Platanias F.C. or simply Platanias) is a Greek football club based in Platanias, Chania. The association was founded in 1931 by Antonis Varouxakis. The club currently competes in the Superleague for the first time in their history, after winning the promotion play-offs of 2011–12 Football League.


In 1942–43, AO Platanias struggled in the final Cup against the traditional rivals Talos but having significant absences, such as Galanis, who brought a gun wound in the abdomen.

Although Platanias lost the match, the final had a special importance because of the shirts of the players. The jerseys were made from Nazi flags that had been stolen from the warehouses of the Germans, and residents had turned into the athletic apparel seamstresses in the village. From this fact it was introduced the red on the jerseys of the team. With the same jerseys, the team competed even against football teams of German soldiers.

In 1945 the team languished due to heavy immigration and the civil war that caused many players to leave their homeland.

In 1958 the club was reestablished by Manolis Mathioulakis and first president Emmanuel Kallitsakis playing at local third category.

Then Platanias became a member of the Union of Football Associations of Chania and from the first year climbed category, where it remained until 1969.

In 1970 they played for the first time in the first "local category".

In 1971 Platanias had another important game against the Renaissance Chania (today Ionia), but because of the political situation of the time, the team was punished and remained inactive until 1975.

After the restoration in 1975, Platanias was reestablished, struggling to C local class, where they remained for two years and then went to B', where they played another two years before to play in the A category.

From 1980 begins the rise of Platanias, who participated in the National Amateur Championships (equivalent to the existing C "National") contestant in Greece.

After their first two matches, the team demoted and then took a radical renewal, with footballers inhabitants of Platanias.

In 1985 they moved category (D "National"), but relegated the same year. For three years they fought in the First local championship Chania.

In 1989 they went to the Fourth National class for two periods.

In 1993, after relegation, struggled for a year in the Regional Championship and won. After relegation in 2002 they fought in the local league.

Between 2002 and the period from 2008 to 2009, they played in Crete Regional Championship having a starring role collecting 305 points in total.

The best, by then, football year in the history of Platanias, was the 2008–09 and after a stunning season champion emerging regional championship.

The road to the top

In 2009–10 season, the team fighting for the first time to Gamma Ethniki and manages, after a long race effort, remain in class. Specifically, he won 38 points in all 34 games, finishing in 12th position in the league!

The next year 2010–11 Football League 2 Platanias out excellent performances and managed to finish in the 5th place. but gained promotion due to Koriopolis scandal, when many teams were relegated from the Football League.

The period 2011–12 at Football League starts with the best conditions for Platanias, who manages to stand out from the beginning and even won the title of "champion of winter." The last day finds Platanias in fifth in the standings with 60 points, while promotion play-offs of 2011–12 Football League the team of Chania making excellent appearances against Kallithea, Kalloni and Panachaiki to take first place and ascend to the Superleague, which is struggling in the period 2012–13 Superleague Greece, for the first time in their history, but also more generally in the history of Chania's football.

First season in Superleague

The first season in Superleague Greece, Platanias finished in 9th place with 36 points. He beat historical teams of the category such as Panathinaikos with 2 wins home & away (totally 3 with Greek Cup win), AEK with 1 home win & Aris with 2 wins home & away. The biggest impact of this season, is about eliminated Panathinaikos in Fourth Round of Greek Cup on a two-legged match.


Platanias' symbol is a red trifolium, probably from a designer's mistake who instead of a platanus foil, he designed a simple trefoil. The name of the village "Platanias" means "area of Platanus".


Platanias & Maleme Municipal Grounds

The municipal ground of Platanias, built in 1959 and still exists today, was built by the same residents who were using hoes to dig the field with donkeys carrying soil used to fill the field. However, at that time were working on the basis of Marathi and an employee, resident of Platanias, Kostas Tsigounakis, volunteered to help build the stadium using a machine – loader base. Today FC Platanias uses three pitches, two of which (grounds of Platanias and Maleme) belongs to Municipality of Platanias and one (Perivolia Municipal Stadium) in the Municipality of Chania. The ground of Platanias, which located within the village, have plastic turf of modern standards since 2008–09 period.

The municipal ground of Maleme is land granted by the Greek Air Force in Platanias, who built the stadium with natural grass. Platanias played in this ground, until 2011–12 period. In these, indeed, installations, contains another ground, which like the ground of Platanias use for their workouts teams Academies FC Platanias. [1]

Perivolia Municipal Stadium

From the season 2012–13 the team competes in Perivolia Municipal Stadium of Chania, which took place in record time, extensive upgrading and modernization work at all levels to meet in full all the obligations set by the organizing principle of Superleague and NOVA TV. The Municipal Ground of Perivolia has now "morphed" into a modern football stadium, with two tiers (one of them covered), journalists theories, comfortable – brand new changing rooms for athletes and referees (female assistants are separate changing rooms), dispensary, gym, comfortable office for the observer of the match, great room for press conferences and other venues. [2]

Club sponsors

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2010–11 Macron Lotto
2011–12 Macron OPAP
2012–13 Macron Tzoker
2013–14 Macron Tzoker
2014–15 Macron Tzoker
2015–16 Macron
2016–17 Macron Pame Stoixima


Domestic Titles and honours

Winners (1): 2008–09

League Performance

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts
2008–09 Delta Ethniki 1 30 19 7 4 61 15 66
2009–10 Football League 2 12 32 10 9 13 32 36 39
2010–11 Football League 2 5 30 14 7 8 42 23 52
2011–12 Football League 5 34 17 9 8 41 20 60
2012–13 Superleague 9 30 10 6 14 29 42 36
2013–14 Superleague 14 34 10 8 16 39 48 38
2014–15 Superleague 9 34 12 8 14 32 30 44
2015–16 Superleague 9 30 10 9 11 32 30 39
2016–17 Superleague

Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; Pts = Points
Colors: Gold = winner; Green = promoted.

Professional history


Most appearances in professional divisions

Player Matches
Spain Juan Aguilera89
Greece Thomas Nazlidis86
Greece Dimitris Alkis79
Ghana Abdul Aziz Tetteh73
Greece Fanouris Goundoulakis72

Top-scoring players in professional divisions

Player Goals
Greece Thomas Nazlidis23
Greece Nikos Katsikokeris19
Spain David Torres18
Greece Markos Maragoudakis15
Serbia Luka Milunović10


Current squad

As of 2 September 2016[3]

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

No. Position Player
3 Greece DF Giannis Kargas
4 Serbia MF Filip Stanisavljević
5 Greece DF Christos Karipidis
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Ognjen Gnjatić
7 Greece MF Kostas Mendrinos (Vice-captain)
8 Argentina MF Juan Munafo
9 Greece FW Giorgos Manousos
10 Greece MF Athanasios Tsourakis
11 Greece FW Giorgos Giakoumakis (4th captain)
12 Greece GK Theodoros Lampiris
14 Greece MF Antonis Iliadis
20 Greece MF Fanouris Goundoulakis (Captain)
21 Greece GK Dimitris Kasotakis
22 Cameroon DF Yaya Banana
No. Position Player
23 Spain DF Raúl Llorente
25 Greece DF Giannis Stathis
26 Greece MF Thanasis Dinas
27 Brazil DF Vanderson (3rd captain)
32 Greece GK Dimitris Sotiriou
34 Ukraine DF Vitaliy Pryndeta
39 Greece FW Giannis Papanikolaou
77 Greece DF Alexandros Apostolopoulos
90 Spain MF Didac Devesa
92 Greece GK Antonis Kokkalas
97 Albania MF Renato Ziko
98 Greece FW Dimitris Skouloudakis
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Haris Dilaver

Out of squad

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

No. Position Player
1 France GK Kévin Olimpa

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

Platanias U20 Squad

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

No. Position Player
Greece GK Markos Kourakis
Greece GK Manolis Chnaris
Greece DF Abdul Weiss
Greece DF Abdel Santo
Albania DF Franko Lamge
Greece DF Christoforos Tsatsaronis
Greece DF Dimitris Koronakis
Greece DF Manolis Mpouchlis
Greece DF Georgios Konstantinidis
Greece DF Alexandros Spintzos
Greece DF Panagiotis Lampakis
Greece MF Dimitris Tsakmakis
Greece MF Evgenios Rousakis
No. Position Player
Greece MF Georgios Amarantidis
Greece MF Georgios Giannakidis
Greece MF Vasilis Mathioudakis
Greece MF Stelios Lekkas
Albania MF Irdis Merolli
Greece MF Manolis Vourtsanis
Greece MF Nikos Vasilakis
India MF Gurjinder Singh
Greece FW Vasilios Kokakis
Greece FW Petros Kamposos
Greece FW Antonios Amarantidis
Greece FW Manolis Papadakis

Club officials

Board of directors

Management staff
President & CEO Manolis Mathioulakis
Vice–President Antonis Kokolodimitrakis
Department Head Stelios Varouxakis
General Chief Dimitris Mathioulakis
Chief Executive Theofanis Xintavelonis
Technical Director Labros Maltezos
Secretary General Manolis Tsiritakis
Member Dimitris Alexakis
Member Christos Pramateutakis
Member Grigoris Kokolantonakis
Member Andreas Maraboutakis
Member Manolis Tzineurakis
Member Apostolos Apostolakis

Technical and medical staff

Technical staff
Head coach Georgios Paraschos
Assistant coach Panagiotis Gkoutsidis
Fitness coach Lewnidas Papadakis
Goalkeeper coach Giorgos Berneanou
Physio Michalis Kyvernitakis
Physio Katerina Kokologianni
Physio Pateros Giannis
Doctor Giannis Sfirakis
Carer Saridakis kostas
Carer Mpaxevanidis Lysimahos
Carer Mpaxevanidis Vaggelis

Notable former players


Bosnia and Herzegovina
Democratic Republic of Congo

Equatorial Guinea


Managerial history


This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/7/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.