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Panajot Pano (7 March 1939 – 19 January 2010) was an Albanian football player. He started his career as a goalkeeper in the SK Tirana youth academy, but he became the most prolific centre-forward of their arch-rivals, Partizani Tirana. During his eighteen-year career he played 24 matches with the Albanian national football team and was awarded the Albanian UEFA Jubilee Award.


Pano was born in Durrës,[1] Albania from ethnic Greek parents (Greek: Παναγιώτης Πάνου Panagiotis Panou).[3]

He won four Albanian championships with Partizani Tirana, five Albanian Cups, and in 1970, the Balkans Cup. On the international front, he played 25 times (3 goals) for the Albania national football team.

In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Albania by the Football Association of Albania as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.[4]

On 6 March 2009, Pano received the order Honor of the Nation from the President of Albania, Bamir Topi. This was the first time in the history of Albania that a footballer was honored with the Honor of the Nation order.

He died at 70 in Jacksonville, (Florida, USA) on 19 January 2010 after suffering a heart attack.[2]

His son Ledio Pano, became also a well known football player and played for the football clubs of Partizani, Luftëtari, Xanthi FC and Pas Ioannina. He was also capped several times with Albania[5][6][7][8]
Goals in Albanian championships
Season Team Goals
1958 SK Tirana 2
1959 SK Tirana 6
1960 Partizani 7
1961 Partizani 14
1962–63 Partizani 17
1963–64 Partizani 10
1964–65 Partizani 7
1965–66 Partizani 6
1966–67 Partizani 10
1968 Partizani 17
1969–70 Partizani 11
1970–71 Partizani 17
1971–72 Partizani 9
1972–73 Partizani 4
1973–74 Partizani 7

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"Sporti Shqiptar Online". Sportishqiptar.com.al. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
World Council of Hellenes Abroad Day of National Mourning in Honour of the Greek Albanian Footballer Panajot Pano,
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"Ledio Pano". Bundesliga.weltfussball.at. 1968-05-23. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
"Football : Ledio Pano". Footballdatabase.eu. 1968-05-23. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
"Ledio Pano - Steckbrief". SPOX.com. 1968-05-23. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
"UEFA EURO 2012". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2010-09-10.

External links

UEFA.com article on Albania's Golden Player
Albania Sport
Ndahet nga jeta Panajot Pano

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