We care about football

Greek football mourns Panagoulias

Published: Tuesday 19 June 2012, 13.16CET
Alketas Panagoulias, who led Greece to their first major tournament at the 1980 UEFA European Championship and maiden FIFA World Cup 14 years later, has died aged 78.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
from Legionowo
Greek football mourns Panagoulias
Alketas Panagoulias in 1993 ©Getty Images
 
Published: Tuesday 19 June 2012, 13.16CET

Greek football mourns Panagoulias

Alketas Panagoulias, who led Greece to their first major tournament at the 1980 UEFA European Championship and maiden FIFA World Cup 14 years later, has died aged 78.

Alketas Panagoulias, the coach who led Greece to their first ever major tournament at the 1980 UEFA European Championship, has died at the age of 78 at his home in Washington DC.

After beginning his career as a left-back for Aris Thessaloniki FC in 1951, Panagoulias's first coaching role came with New York outfit Greek American Atlas. He became assistant to Greece coach Billy Bingham in 1972 and a year later took the reins, guiding the side to the eight-team UEFA European Championship final tournament in Italy in 1980.

Successful spells with Olympiacos FC and the United States national team preceded Panagoulias's second spell in charge of his homeland, whom he guided to a first FIFA World Cup appearance in the US in 1994. He held the record of 74 matches in charge of Greece before being surpassed by Otto Rehhagel in 2007.

Hellenic Football Federation President Sofoklis Pilavios gave UEFA.com his thoughts on Panagoulias's passing: "It's a big loss. He was a great personality both in sport and the politics of sport. He was the pioneer that led the Greek football team to their first ever big successes."

Last updated: 13/02/14 10.52CET

Related information

Member associations
Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/about-uefa/history/obituaries/newsid=1827271.html#greek+football+mourns+panagoulias

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.