Panachaiki 1891 Football Club is a football club based in Patras, Greece. Founded in 1891, they have reached the Greek Cup semi-finals twice, as well as the quarter-finals on ten occasions. Moreover, they were the first Greek club outside Athens and Thessaloniki to represent Greece in a European competition, the 1973–74 UEFA Cup. Panachaiki FC is the football department of a multi-sport club. In 1979, the department became independent, they have played their home games in various grounds since their first official game in 1899 the Kostas Davourlis Stadium, their traditional home ground, the Pampeloponnisiako Stadium. The history of Panachaiki began in 1891. In 1894, a rival sports club, Gymnastiki Eteria Patron, was founded in Patras by former Panachaikos' members; the football department was founded in 1899 by a Brit, Arthur Morphy, played its first friendly game against a team of British sailors the same year, winning 4–2. Since 1902, he has created a football team and the Gymnastics Company, giving many friendly games to each other and the other clubs of Patras that were created.
The first divisions of Panachaiki were founded in 1923. The players on the football team were athletes from the Club's other departments, Italian immigrants and members of the British community of Patras, such as Poulos Ant. Antonopoulos Themist. Martijian Mardik, Liakopoulos A. Goliidis A. Konstantinos K. Kostopoulos Eleftherias, Katsanos G. Dilon Edouardos, McLin, Ochan Ochanian, Evangelion Stavros, Belegris Chr. Moulas A. Kekkos P. Kostopoulos P. Maniatopoulos Andreas, Argyropoulos Andreas, Schinas K. Kostopoulos Al. Moushochoritis Andr. Sukovetis G. and others. Due to the lack of rivals, the first games were made with the crews of foreign warships arriving in Patras. In 1924, Panachaiki had two equivalent soccer teams, A and B, since both the Panachaikos and the Gymnastics Company had football sections; as a result, some players created other clubs in the years to come. At the same time, in 1922, with the Asia Minor Catastrophe, thousands of refugees arrive in Patras, bringing with them their love for football establishing several new football clubs.
This situation has as a consequence the secession of the associations by SEGAS and the establishment of the Hellenic Football Federation of Patras in 1927. Since 1927, the new association has begun the organization of a championship, in which Panachaiki is the leading player and which conquers many times until 1959, when the National Football Federation. Before the FCA Patras the championship was organized by Panachaiki, from 1923–24 to 1925–26. At that time, the Greek championship was a tournament of the Athens and Thessaloniki champions, with the Hellenic Football Federation for many years has excluded provincial groups. Patras, due to disagreements of the clubs and disobedience to the Epirus Achaia, failed to organize a regular championship and this resulted in her exclusion from the Greek championship. Regardless of this, the Athenian clubs held friendly games in the city, culminating on August 11, 1945, when Panachaiki confronted Greece on its field and was defeated by 7–1. In 1928, Panachaiki faced Panathinaikos, who won with 4–3, in 1929 AEK losing 0–1, 0–2 and 0–6, while against Olympiacos he was defeated the same year 2–5, in 1930 1–7 and in 1934 0–7.
The significant difference in capacity was due, among other things, to the fact that the Athens and Piraeus teams had a 25-year football tournament with tournament events. Other Athens-friendly teams: 27/3/1927 Panachaiki 2–3 Peloponnese Athens - 27/11/1927 Panachaiki 3–1 AT Group Atromitos - 18/4/1928 Panachaiki 2–3 Greek-Russian - 25/4/1928 Panachaiki 5–2 Piraeus Group of Fans - 2/7/1928 Panachaiki 5–3 Bank of America Group - 25/12/1928 Atromitos Athens 5–1 Panachaiki - 14/1/1929 National 0–0 Panachaiki - 29/6/1929 Palaio Faliro 2–3 Panachaiki - 2/12/1929 Panathinaikos 3–0 Panachaiki - 3/1/1930 Piraeus Defense 1–0 Panachaiki. In 1940, Greece stops every sporting activity; some friendly games are played during the occupation. Upon the end of the war, the local championship is restarted. During the Greek-Italian war the following athletes of Panachaiki fell: Kapatos Fotis, Niaros Dimitris, Polymeris Nikos, Tsiros Philipas, Mavromatis. During this period Panakaiiki participates in the Patras Championship by giving some chronic qualifying matches to the Pan-Hellenic Championship, without success.
The team during the war coached Reveliotis-Zoumpos. In 1954, Panachaiki participates for the first time in the Pan-Hellenic Championship and occupies the 6th and last place. In 1955, Panetolikos was eliminated in the qualifiers of the Southern Greece Championship, in 1956 he took third place in the South Championship behind Olympic and National Piraeus with 13 points, while in 1957 he is again third in the South Championship. 1958 is second in the South, 1959 is excluded in the qualifiers from Panegialios in the South Championship, as in 1960. In order to compete a team in qualifying for the league of southern Greece had to conquer the local first, as Panahaiki did all of them the years. After the South or Northern Greece Championship, the final phase of the Greek Championship was followed; the case of Panegialios and Panetolikos, belonging to the same association, was due to the fact that the EPPS of Patras organized two championships, one for the teams of Patras and one for the groups of the Region.
Thus, the associatio
Vasil Shkurti is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Kukësi. Born in Chania, Shkurti played youth football for four clubs, including Ajax and Lazio, he arrived at the latter in January 2010 as compatriot Igli Tare acted as the club's director of football. In the 2010–11 season, Shkurti made his senior debut, representing Panionios in his country of adoption but being loaned by the Superleague side to Thrasyvoulos in January 2011. One year he moved to Portugal with lowly Vilaverdense, the following campaign he signed with Tondela in that nation's Segunda Liga, led by former Benfica and Portugal great Vítor Paneira. Shkurti did not settle with any team in the following years, representing in quick succession Roda, Niki Volos, Asteras Tripoli and Skoda Xanthi and Aris Limassol from the Cypriot First Division. On 8 September 2017, Shkurti joined Albanian Superliga side Luftëtari on a one-year contract– as the transfer was done after the deadline, he remained ineligible to play for the club until the next transfer window.
He made his competitive debut on 31 January 2018 in a 0–3 away loss against Laçi for the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Albanian Cup, first appeared in the league four days in the goalless draw to Lushnja. Shkurti scored his first goals on 10 February 2018, in the 3–2 win at Teuta Durrës. On 1 March, he netted the lone goal at Flamurtari to help the team climb to sixth place giving them the first win at Vlorë in 40 years. On 3 January 2019, Shkurti moved to Kukësi on a two-year deal, he was presented the following day, alongside his former teammate Eduart Rroca. As of 1 March 2018 Vasil Shkurti at the Albanian Football Association Vasil Shkurti at TheFinalBall Vasil Shkurti at ForaDeJogo Vasil Shkurti at Soccerbase
Ethnikos Piraeus F.C.
Ethnikos Piraeus 1923 Football Club is a Greek professional football club based in Piraeus. The club was official formed in 1923 as Ethnikos Omilos Filathlon Piraeus Faliro, played its first competitive match in 1923 for the Piraeus Football Clubs Association championship, where they lost their first title competing for from A. P. S. P. Ethnikos Piraeus was one of the founding members of Hellenic Football Federation in 1926, is one of six clubs, including AEK Athens, PAOK, Aris Thessaloniki and Olympiacos, never to have been relegated from the league until 1990, they have been involved in international football playing a number of friendlies against famous clubs such as Inter Milan, Galatasaray S. K. and Hungary national football team in the 1950s, participated in the Balkans Cup on two occasions. They have had a turbulent recent history, are competing in the third division Football League 2. Known as the club of the upper classes of Piraeus, Ethnikos was established in 1923 from a merger of local sides - Peiraikos Omilos FC and elements of Omilos Filathlon Piraeus - as Omilos Filathlon Piraeus - Faliro -meaning Fans' Club of Piraeus and Faliro- after the Piraeus-based football club Athletic and Football Club of Piraeus, winner of the 1924 Athens-Piraeus Regional Championship, split into two.
From the break-up, one group, led by Giorgos Chatziandreou, brothers Kostas and Dimitris Ferlemis, Christos Peppas formed Omilos Filathlon Piraeus – Faliro, meaning Fans' Club of Piraeus and Faliro in 1924, changed the name to Ethnikos O. F. P. F. in 1925 the other group, led by Yiannis Andrianopoulos and his five brothers, formed the club that evolved into Olympiacos CFP in 1925.. Ethnikos O. F. P. F. Colloquially referred to as Ethnikos Piraeus, is a multi-sport club with teams competing in football, water polo and basketball; the club's most significant teams, in terms of history and success, are their football and water polo teams, though football is by far the more popular sport. Prior to 1959–60 Greek football was played in regional championships and the top teams from each region would advance to play for the national championship. In some pre-War years a traditional Final match was played between 2 regional champions, but the Panhellenic Championship was played as a final round-robin between at least 3 teams.
Ethnikos lost the national championship to Aris. The following year Ethnikos was Piraeus Champion once again, but the national championship was not played. In 1932 -- 33 Ethnikos won the club's only major title. Ethnikos eliminated Apollon in the Quarterfinals and Olympiacos in the Semifinals before meeting Aris in the Final. Ethnikos and Aris played to a 2–2 draw in Thessaloniki, but Ethnikos won the replay 2–1 and took the Cup. In 1934–35 Ethnikos was again Piraeus Champion, champion of the South Division, while Aris was champion of the North Division, but Ethnikos and Aris were prevented from playing each other for the national championship. Ethnikos won another Piraeus Championship in 1938–39, but lost the South Division by 2 points, just missing out on a chance to play for the national championship. Ethnikos reached the Semifinals of the Greek Cup in 1938–39 and 1939–40, but lost to PAOK and Panathinaikos, respectively; the Ethnikos teams of the mid- to late-1950s are considered by many to be Ethnikos’ greatest teams.
In 1955–56 Ethnikos finished 2nd in Greece, just 1 point behind champions Olympiacos. In 1956–57 a scandal robbed Ethnikos of the national championship. With 4 matches left in the national championship, Ethnikos was favorite for the title, next on the schedule was Olympiacos, who Ethnikos had defeated earlier in the season. Prior to the Olympiacos match though, Ethnikos was disqualified from the championship, on the accusation of professionalism, as they had been in contact with Hungarian stars Ferenc Puskás and Sándor Kocsis. Ethnikos was docked 4 points and not allowed to play the final 4 matches of the season, Olympiacos took the championship. From 1959–60 the Greek championship changed to its modern form and the first division became known as Alpha Ethniki. Since 1959–60 Ethnikos is tied for the 8th-most first division participations with 36, along with OFI and Apollon. Ahead of Ethnikos are traditional powers Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK and PAOK as well as Iraklis and Panionios.. During the 1960s Ethnikos’ best league finishes were 5th in 1962–63 and 6th in 1960–61 and 1967–68.
From 1960–61 to 1968–69 Ethnikos never finished outside the top 10. Ethnikos reached the Semifinals of the Greek Cup twice during the 1960s. In 1967–68 Ethnikos lost in the Semifinals to Panathinaikos; the following year Ethnikos came close to another Cup Final – after defeating PAOK 5–4 in the Quarterfinals, Ethnikos lost to Olympiacos 4–3 after extra time in the Semifinals. In 1974–75 Ethnikos made its best challenge for the league championship in the modern era; that season Ethnikos was winter champion, going undefeated through the first half of the season, but they could not keep up the pace and finished 4th, whi
The Greeks or Hellenes are an ethnic group native to Greece, southern Albania, Turkey, Egypt and, to a lesser extent, other countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. They form a significant diaspora, with Greek communities established around the world. Greek colonies and communities have been established on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea, but the Greek people have always been centered on the Aegean and Ionian seas, where the Greek language has been spoken since the Bronze Age; until the early 20th century, Greeks were distributed between the Greek peninsula, the western coast of Asia Minor, the Black Sea coast, Cappadocia in central Anatolia, the Balkans and Constantinople. Many of these regions coincided to a large extent with the borders of the Byzantine Empire of the late 11th century and the Eastern Mediterranean areas of ancient Greek colonization; the cultural centers of the Greeks have included Athens, Alexandria and Constantinople at various periods. Most ethnic Greeks live nowadays within the borders of Cyprus.
The Greek genocide and population exchange between Greece and Turkey nearly ended the three millennia-old Greek presence in Asia Minor. Other longstanding Greek populations can be found from southern Italy to the Caucasus and southern Russia and Ukraine and in the Greek diaspora communities in a number of other countries. Today, most Greeks are registered as members of the Greek Orthodox Church. Greeks have influenced and contributed to culture, exploration, philosophy, architecture, mathematics and technology, business and sports, both and contemporarily; the Greeks speak the Greek language, which forms its own unique branch within the Indo-European family of languages, the Hellenic. They are part of a group of classical ethnicities, described by Anthony D. Smith as an "archetypal diaspora people"; the Proto-Greeks arrived at the area now called Greece, in the southern tip of the Balkan peninsula, at the end of the 3rd millennium BC. The sequence of migrations into the Greek mainland during the 2nd millennium BC has to be reconstructed on the basis of the ancient Greek dialects, as they presented themselves centuries and are therefore subject to some uncertainties.
There were at least two migrations, the first being the Ionians and Aeolians, which resulted in Mycenaean Greece by the 16th century BC, the second, the Dorian invasion, around the 11th century BC, displacing the Arcadocypriot dialects, which descended from the Mycenaean period. Both migrations occur at incisive periods, the Mycenaean at the transition to the Late Bronze Age and the Doric at the Bronze Age collapse. An alternative hypothesis has been put forth by linguist Vladimir Georgiev, who places Proto-Greek speakers in northwestern Greece by the Early Helladic period, i.e. towards the end of the European Neolithic. Linguists Russell Gray and Quentin Atkinson in a 2003 paper using computational methods on Swadesh lists have arrived at a somewhat earlier estimate, around 5000 BC for Greco-Armenian split and the emergence of Greek as a separate linguistic lineage around 4000 BC. In c. 1600 BC, the Mycenaean Greeks borrowed from the Minoan civilization its syllabic writing system and developed their own syllabic script known as Linear B, providing the first and oldest written evidence of Greek.
The Mycenaeans penetrated the Aegean Sea and, by the 15th century BC, had reached Rhodes, Crete and the shores of Asia Minor. Around 1200 BC, the Dorians, another Greek-speaking people, followed from Epirus. Traditionally, historians have believed that the Dorian invasion caused the collapse of the Mycenaean civilization, but it is the main attack was made by seafaring raiders who sailed into the eastern Mediterranean around 1180 BC; the Dorian invasion was followed by a poorly attested period of migrations, appropriately called the Greek Dark Ages, but by 800 BC the landscape of Archaic and Classical Greece was discernible. The Greeks of classical antiquity idealized their Mycenaean ancestors and the Mycenaean period as a glorious era of heroes, closeness of the gods and material wealth; the Homeric Epics were and accepted as part of the Greek past and it was not until the time of Euhemerism that scholars began to question Homer's historicity. As part of the Mycenaean heritage that survived, the names of the gods and goddesses of Mycenaean Greece became major figures of the Olympian Pantheon of antiquity.
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Rethymno is a city of 40,000 people in Greece, the capital of Rethymno regional unit on the island of Crete, a former Latin Catholic bishopric as Retimo and former Latin titular see. Rethymno was built during the Minoan civilization; the city was prominent enough to maintain urban growth. One of these coins is today depicted as the crest of the town: two dolphins in a circle; this region as a whole is rich with ancient history, most notably through the Minoan civilisation centred at Kydonia east of Rethymno. Rethymno itself began a period of growth when the Venetian conquerors of the island decided to put an intermediate commercial station between Heraklion and Chania, acquiring its own bishop and nobility in the process. Today's old town is entirely built by the Republic of Venice, it is one of the best-preserved old towns in Crete. From circa 1250 the city was the seat of the Latin Diocese of Retimo, renamed Retimo–Ario after the absorption in 1551 of the Diocese of Ario and as suppressed only after the Turkish conquest.
The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases and Hellenic-Roman remains, the small Venetian harbour and narrow streets. The Venetian Loggia houses the information office of the Ministry of Sports. A Wine Festival is held there annually at the beginning of July. Another festival, in memory of the destruction of the Arkadi Monastery, is held on 7–8 November; the city's Venetian-era citadel, the Fortezza of Rethymno, is one of the best-preserved castles in Crete. Other monuments include the Great Gate, the Piazza Rimondi and the Loggia; the town was captured by the Ottoman Empire in 1646 during the Cretan War and they ruled it for three centuries. The town, called Resmo in Turkish, was the centre of a sanjak during Ottoman rule. During the Battle of Crete, the Battle of Rethymno was fought between German paratroopers and the Second Australian Imperial Force and Hellenic Army. Although unsuccessful, the Germans won the battle after receiving reinforcements from Maleme in the Northwestern part of the island.
Today the city's main income is from tourism, many new facilities having been built in the past 20 years. Agriculture is notable for olive oil and other Mediterranean products; the municipality of Rethymno was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 4 former municipalities, that became municipal units: Arkadi Lappa Nikiforos Fokas RethymnoPopulation of Rethymno Rethymno is home to the following museums: Archaeological Museum of Rethymno Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno Municipal Gallery "L. Kanakakis" The Frantzeskaki Collection Museum of Sea Life at Rethymno Pandelis Prevelakis wrote Το χρονικό μιας πολιτείας, The Chronicle of my Town, a nostalgic depiction of Rethymno from the period of the Cretan State to the expulsion of the Cretan Turks. Rethymno hosted the international athletics meeting known as Vardinogianneia; the athletics meeting stopped in 2012 due to Greek financial crisis. Rethymno has many sport clubs with presence in Panhellenic championships of various sports.
Below is alist of the main sport clubs of Rethymno. In the Rethymno Campus of the University of Crete are located the School of Philosophy, the School of Education, the School of Social and Political Sciences, the University Library of the University of Crete. On a yearly basis, there are about 8.000 students studying at "Galos" where the Campus and the Academic Institute of Mediterranean Studies are located. In Rethymnon is located the Department of Music Technology and Acoustics Engineering of the School for Applied Sciences of the Technological Institute of Crete with ~500 Students. In Rethymno, is located the international research Centre for Plasma Physics and Laser of the TEI of Crete. Royalty and politicsGeorgios Chortatzis, dramatist in Cretan verse Ahmed Resmî Efendi, Ottoman statesman and ambassador Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician Emetullah Rabia Gülnuş Sultan, valide sultanOtherStylianos Harkianakis, Archbishop of Australia Marcus Musurus and philosopher Athanasius III of Constantinople, Patriarch Pandelis Prevelakis, writer Manolis Xexakis and writer Nick Dandolos, professional poker player Rethymno is twinned with: Ayia Napa, Cyprus Castenaso, Italy Pushkin, Russia History of Crete List of settlements in the Rethymno regional unit Rethymnian Brewery Notes Rethymno travel guide from Wikivoyage http://www.explorerrethymno.gr Prefecture of Rethymno - Official website Rethymno The Official website of the Greek National Tourism Organisation
Bănel Nicoliță is a Romanian professional footballer of Romani descent. Nicoliță is nicknamed Jardel after the famous Mário Jardel of Brazil, he has been used on occasion as a right back. He is known for his electrifying pace and high work rate, he plays for Liga III side CS Făurei as a forward. He made his debut in Romanian Liga II. After, he joined Politehnica Timișoara, making his Divizia A debut at the age of 19. However, he made only 15 league appearances for the club before moving to Steaua București, at the beginning of 2005, he signed a 5-year contract with Steaua. Shortly after joining Steaua, Nicoliță won his first Liga I title upon his first season with the team, he is known as a humble and hard-working, though not technical and quickness are his strengths. In the spring of 2006, he scored twice in the match against Real Betis, his goals opening Steaua's door to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup, he scored again in the quarterfinals, this time against Rapid București to help his team reach the semifinals.
On 1 November 2006, he scored an own goal against Real Madrid in a Champions League encounter. For him and the Romanian side, this turned out to be decisive in the outcome of the match, he claimed. After a game with FC Argeș, Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor named him Bănelinho. On 27 August 2008, he has scored one goal in the match against Galatasaray, in the third qualifying round of UEFA Champions League, which sent Steaua București to the group stage for the third consecutive year. Starting with the 2010–11 season, Bănel was the new captain of Steaua, but with the arrival of new coach Ilie Dumitrescu, he soon gave his armband to Cristian Tănase. On 30 August 2011, Saint-Étienne announced on their official website that they had found agreement with Steaua for Nicoliță's transfer and that the player would fly to France and undergo a medical the following day. Being in his last year of contract with Steaua București the transfer fee was €700.000. He signed a contract worth €400.000 per year.
On 6 November he scored his first goal helping Saint-Étienne draw against second place Montpellier. In a game against Sochaux Nicoliță offered the assist for teenager Zouma to give Saint-Étienne the win. After only six months with the French team he became a leader scoring 3 goals and offering 3 assists after hist first 11 appearances. In February 2012 Nicoliță hit a rough patch, having a couple of not so convincing games, being described as monotonous. In March, he was sidelined for a couple of weeks, due to ligament problems, he recovered in late March 2012 and played in the games against Montpellier and Olympique Lyonnais, both 1–0 defeats. On 2 September 2013, Ligue 1 club FC Nantes confirmed Nicoliță was signed on a season long loan from Saint-Étienne, he made an assist for his first match against FC Sochaux. Nicoliță scored one goal, he used to be a Romanian U21 international. On 25 March 2008, he was decorated by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu for the results on Qualifying to EURO 2008 and qualification to UEFA Euro 2008 Group C with Medalia "Meritul Sportiv" — class II with two barret.
He was captain for the first time in the friendly against San Marino on 11 August 2011. Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal. Nicoliță is an ethnic Romani/Gypsy, one of six brothers raised by his mother in the small, impoverished town of Făurei, Nicoliță grew up determined to succeed and his speed and diligence on the field are proof of his unalloyed passion for the game. One of his brothers, Stelian is a professional footballer who played for CF Brăila and other teams in the lower leagues of Romania. Bănel and Stelian played together at their hometown team CS Făurei. Statistics accurate as of match played 2 September 2014 Official FCSB profile Bănel Nicoliță at RomanianSoccer.ro and StatisticsFootball.com Bănel Nicoliță at Soccerway