Xanthi F.C.

Xanthi FC
Full name Athlitikos Omilos Xanthi
Founded 1967
Ground Xanthi FC Arena
Xanthi, Greece
Ground Capacity 7,361
Owner Christos Panopoulos
Chairman Aristeides Pialoglou
Manager Răzvan Lucescu
League Superleague Greece
2015–16 Superleague Greece, 13th
Website Club home page

Xanthi F.C. (Greek: Αθλητικός Όμιλος Ξάνθη Π.Α.Ε., Athletic Club Xanthi F.C.) is a Greek football club, based in the city of Xanthi. The club currently competes in the Super League Greece.


The club was formed in 1967 from the merger of two local clubs: A.P.S. Aspida Xanthi (was founded in 1922) and Orfeas (was founded in 1903). The name of the team was Xanthi Athletic Club, officially up to 1991. In 1991, Viamar S.A., the official importer of Skoda vehicles in Greece, bought the club from its previous owner and renamed it to Skoda Xanthi Athletic Club. In 2016 the cooperation was ended and the club's name returned to its original.

The club is well set up in terms of their financial support and youth setup. Xanthi participated in the UEFA Cup or Europa League in 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07 and 2013–14 seasons. In the 2004–05 season, Xanthi finished fourth in the A Ethinki (first division, today Super League), the club's best performance in many years.

Xanthi's first appearance in the first division was in 1989.


Xanthi left their old stadium, the Skoda Xanthi Stadium (capacity 9,500), located near the centre of the city, for the Skoda Xanthi Arena in 2004. Their new stadium sited 8 km outside the city, near Pigadia village, has a capacity of 7,422, however has only 3 stands. When the final stand is finally built, the new capacity will be around 9,000 seats.

Their appearance in the UEFA Cup saw them drawn in the qualifying rounds against English club Middlesbrough, who went on to reach the UEFA Cup final against Sevilla. Xanthi drew bravely 0–0 in the second leg, with Emerson making a return to the Riverside Stadium.


Greek Football Cup

League history


European matches

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2002–03 UEFA Cup First round Italy Lazio 0–0 0–4 0–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup First round England Middlesbrough 0–0 0–2 0–2
2006–07 UEFA Cup First round Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 3–4 1–4 4–8
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Northern Ireland Linfield 0–1 2–1 (aet) 2–2
Third qualifying round Belgium Standard Liège 1–2 1–2 2–4

Current squad

As of 4 July 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
1 Italy GK Luigi Cennamo
2 Greece DF Thanasis Papageorgiou
3 Portugal DF Hélder Pereira
4 Greece DF Aristotelis Karasalidis
5 Greece DF Dimos Baxevanidis
6 Spain MF Pablo de Lucas
7 Greece MF Panagiotis Triadis
8 Greece MF Kontsantinos Kostas
9 Tunisia FW Hamza Younés
10 Algeria FW Karim Soltani
11 Argentina MF Adrián Lucero
15 Greece DF Okan Hatziterzoglu
16 Greece MF Theodoros Vasilakakis
17 Brazil DF Wallace
No. Position Player
19 Greece FW Antonis Ranos
20 Serbia GK Živko Živković
21 Greece DF Konstantinos Fliskas (captain)
22 Serbia MF Đorđe Lazić
23 Spain FW Dani Nieto
24 Greece MF Petros Orphanides
25 Croatia MF Tomislav Tomić
26 Greece MF Lazaros Orphanides
30 Romania FW Ovidiu Herea
31 Greece DF Christos Lisgaras
33 Greece DF Stratos Svarnas
37 Brazil FW Christopher
66 Mauritania DF Khassa Camara
91 Greece GK Michalis Zaropoulos

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

Retired Numbers

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

No. Position Player
13 Nigeria DF Olubayo Adefemi (posthumous honor)
14 Australia FW Sakis Theodoropoulos
56 Ivory Coast DF Steve Gohouri (posthumous honor)

Notable former players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.


Technical staff

Former personnel


Director of Sport

Coach history


  1. Abbink, Dinant & Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (2003-08-07). "Greece – Final Tables 1959–1999". RSSSF.
  2. Abbink, Dinant & Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (2005-05-18). "Greece – List of Second Level Final Tables". RSSSF.
  3. "Skoda Xanthi squad" (in Greek). Superleague Greece. Retrieved 23 March 2012.

External links

Official Sites
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