GS Apollon Smyrni

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GS Apollon Smyrnis
Apollon Smyrni logo.png
Full nameGymnasticos Syllogos Apollon Smyrnis
Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Απόλλων Σμύρνης
NicknameElafra Taxiarchia (Light Brigade)
Colours          Cyan, White
ChairmanK. Papageorgiou

GS Apollon Smyrnis, full name Gymnasticos Syllogos Apollon Smyrnis, literally Gymnastics Society Apollon of Smyrna (Greek: Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Απόλλων Σμύρνης/ Γ.Σ. Απόλλων Σμύρνης) is a Greek multi-sport club based in Athens. Apollon originally was founded in Smyrni in 1891 and moved to Athens in 1922 after Asia Minor Disaster. The club has got departments in football, basketball, volleyball, waterpolo and other sports. The most successful section is the football team with long presence in A Ethniki. The home stadium of the club is in Rizoupoli, a district of Athens. The club's colours are blue and white and its emblem is the ancient God Apollo.


Apollon in Smyrni (1891-1922)[edit]

Apollon was founded in 1891.[1][2] The first members from the club belonged earlier to Orpheas Smyrnis, the ancestor of Panionios. The metropolitan bishop of Smyrni Chrysostomos was among the founders of Apollon. In 1894, three years after its foundation, Apollon acquired its own stadium. A few years later the stadium moved in the Smyrni's district of Agios Tryfonas. In 1904, Apollon organised the Apollonian Games, the annual athletics games in Smyrni. Athletes of all the nations in Smyrni take part in the Games besides Turks.[1] The football team of Apollon was founded in 1910 and it became the most popular and successful team of the club.[1][2]

Apollon in Athens (1922-today)[edit]

The football team of Apollon in 1924

In 1922, Apollon moved to Athens as result of Asia Minor Disaster and the expulsion of Greek population from Asia Minor. The club originally settled in Columns of the Olympian Zeus. In 1923, Apollon moved to Rouf, a district in the west of Athens. In 1946 the Greek Railway Company bought the area of Apollon in Rouf. The money from the selling was used for the buying an area in Rizoupoli where the new stadium of Apollon was built. The stadium started to be built in 1947 and it inaugurated in 1948.[3][4] In 2003, the stadium was named Georgios Kamaras after the name of the notable player of Apollon. Apollon was two times the finalist of the championship. Other achievements were the third place in the championship of 1963, and the presence in the final of the Greek Football Cup in 1996 when it was defeated by AEK. The Volleyball and Water Polo sections of Apollon have reached up to second division in their sports. In current season Volleyball and Water Polo[5] team play in A2 Ethniki (2nd-tier). The basketball team had played in Beta Ethniki in 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons and now it plays in Gamma Ethniki (4th tier).


Sport facilities[edit]

The football team plays in Giorgos Kamaras Stadium in Rizoupoli. The stadium belongs to Apollon and was built in 1948. The basketball and volleyball team play in Rizoupoli indoor arena and the Water polo team plays in natatorium of Galatsi.


Apollon men's football

Apollon boxing

  • Greek Championship, Men:
    • Winners (1): 1956


  1. ^ a b c "Η Ίδρυση". Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Στη Ριζούπολη, στο ιδιόκτητο κλειστό Γυμναστήριο μπάσκετ, η Κοπή της Πίτας". Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Ιστορικη αναδρομή". Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Ριζούπολη: Η γη της επαγγελίας του Απόλλωνα Σμύρνης". Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Β' ΑΝΔΡΩΝ: Πρωταθλητής ο Απόλλων Σμύρνης, ανέβηκαν και οι ΑΣ Απόλλο, Ηρακλής, ΓΣ Περιστερίου". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2015.

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