Skoda Xanthi F.C. (Greek: Π.Α.Ε. Skoda Ξάνθη Αθλητικός Όμιλος – PAE Skoda Xanthi Athlitikos Omilos), or F.C. Skoda Xanthi Athletic Club, 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, Aspida and Orfeas. The name of the team was Xanthi Athletic Club, officially up to 1992. 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.

The club is well set up in terms of their financial support and youth setup. FC Skoda Xanthi participated in the UEFA Cup in 2001–02, 2005–06, and 2006–07 seasons. In the 2004–05 season, Skoda Xanthi finished fourth in the First Division (today Super League), the club's best performance in many years.

Xanthi first played in the first division in 1989.

Xanthi left their old stadium, the Skoda Xanthi Stadium (capacity 9,500), located in 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 only has 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.

Head coach: Marinos Ouzounidis
Assistant coach: Paris Zouboulis
Goalkeeper coach: Alekos Maladenis
Physio: Karel Malis

Current squad

As of 18 April 2011 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 France GK Jody Viviani
4 Greece DF Manolis Bertos
5 Greece MF Dimos Baxevanidis
6 Brazil MF Edimar
7 Argentina FW Mauro Poy (Second vice-captain)
8 France MF Stéphane Darbion
9 Greece FW Dimitrios Souanis
10 Serbia FW Marko Markovski
11 Brazil MF Marcelinho
14 Greece MF Petros Mandalos
15 Romania MF Bogdan Mara
16 Greece MF Theodoros Vasilakakis
17 Greece FW Panagiotis Vlachodimos
18 Greece DF Stavros Stathakis

No. Position Player
21 Greece MF Konstantinos Fliskas (First vice-captain)
23 Greece MF Dimitris Komesidis
25 Greece DF Spyros Vallas (Captain) Αρχηγός ποδοσφαιρικής ομάδας
27 Greece GK Juri Lodigin
31 Greece MF Nikolaos Tsoumanis
33 Greece GK Sotirios Lymperopoulos (Third vice-captain)
34 Greece FW Vlasis Kazakis
44 Poland DF Michał Stasiak
66 Portugal MF Dani
70 Romania MF Emil Dică
77 Greece MF Pavlos Katharios
82 Austria GK Michael Gspurning
88 Republic of Macedonia FW Marjan Altiparmakovski
91 Greece GK Zaropoulos Michalis

For recent transfers, see List of Greek football transfers summer 2011
Retired Number

13 – in honour of Olubayo Adefemi a Skoda Xanthi player that died in 2011 in a car accident.

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player

No. Position Player
Foreign players

Only five non-EU nationals can be registered in the Greek Super League. Foreign players with an EU passport are registered as EU nationals.

EU nationals

France Jody Viviani
Austria Michael Gspurning
Romania Emil Dică
Poland Michał Stasiak

EU nationals (Dual citizenship)

Argentina Italy Mauro Poy
Moldova Russia Greece Juri Lodigin
Republic of Macedonia Croatia Marjan Altiparmakovski

Non-EU nationals

Brazil Marcelinho
Serbia Marko Markovski
Jordan Odai Al-Saify

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.

Angola Francisco Zuela
Austria Roman Wallner
Brazil Veridiano Marcelo
Cameroon Christian Bekamenga
Canada Tomasz Radzinski
Chile Gamadiel García
Chile Eros Pérez
Cyprus Alexandros Garpozis
Cyprus Costas Elia
Cyprus Savvas Poursaitidis
Georgia (country) Levan Maghradze

Greece Antonis Antoniadis
Greece Paraskevas Antzas
Greece Nikos Kostenoglou
Greece Athanasios Kostoulas
Greece Thomas Kyparissis
Greece Marinos Ouzounidis
Greece Christos Patsatzoglou
Greece Vasilis Torosidis
Greece Spyros Vallas
Greece Stylianos Venetidis
Greece Zisis Vryzas

Greece Akis Zikos
Guinea Abdoul Salam Sow
Iran Ali Reza Mansourian
Jordan Odai Al-Saify
Liberia Kelvin Sebwe
Madagascar Franck Rabarivony
Mexico Mariano Trujillo
Morocco Abderrahim Ouakili
Nigeria Olubayo Adefemi
Nigeria Victor Agali
Palestinian territories Roberto Kettlun

Peru Piero Alva
Poland Rafał Grzelak
Poland Emmanuel Olisadebe
Poland Marek Zieńczuk
Senegal Ismail Ba
Slovakia Juraj Buček
Slovakia Vladimír Janočko
Slovakia Zdeno Štrba
Slovakia Peter Štyvar
Tunisia Nabil Taïder
Zambia Christopher Katongo
Netherlands George Boateng

See also Category:Skoda Xanthi F.C. players.

Former coaches

Austria Kurt Jara (1996–97)
Greece Ioannis Matzourakis (1996–1999)
Greece Nikos Karageorgiou (2001–05)
Greece Ioannis Matzourakis (2004–06)
Greece Takis Lemonis (2006)
Greece Savvas Kofidis (2006–07)
Norway Jörn Andersen (2007)
Greece Nikolaos Kechagias (2007)
Belgium Emilio Ferrera (2007)
Greece Nikolaos Kechagias (2007–08)
Greece Ioannis Matzourakis (2008)
Greece Georgios Paraschos (2008–09)
Germany Wolfgang Wolf (2009)
Greece Kostas Konstantinidis (int.) (2009)
Greece Ioannis Matzourakis (2009–10)
Greece Nikolaos Kechagias (2010)
Greece Giorgos Paraschos (2010)
Greece Nikolaos Papadopoulos (2010–11)
Greece Marinos Ouzounidis (2011-

Former personnel


Greece Yiannis Ispirlidis (2000–04)
Greece Marinos Ouzounidis (2004–08)

Director of Sport

Germany Hannes Bongartz (2006–07)

League history

1967 – 85: Division 2
1985 – 86: Division 3
1986 – 89: Division 2
1989 – present: Division 1 Super League Greece

European matches
Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2003–04 UEFA Cup 1st Round Italy Lazio 0–0 0–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1st Round England Middlesbrough 0–0 0–2
2006-07 UEFA Cup 1st Round Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 3-4 1–4

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