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Fostiras
Full nameFostiras Football Club
Nickname(s)Slayer of Giants (Φονέας των Γιγάντων)
Founded12 December 1926; 95 years ago (1926-12-12)
GroundSpyros Gialampidis Stadium
Capacity4,000
ChairmanEleftherios Charbatsis
ManagerParis Andralas
LeagueGamma Ethniki
2019–20Gamma Ethniki, 3rd
WebsiteClub website

Fostiras Football Club (Greek: Α.Π.Ο. Φωστήρας Ταύρου) is a Greek football club based in Tavros, a suburb of Athens, Greece. They play in the Gamma Ethniki, the fourth tier of the Greek football league system. They played Alpha Ethniki between 1960 and 1963 and again between 1970 and 1974.

History

First years

In 1926, a football club was established in the area of Neon Sfagion in the municipality of Tavros, owned by Emmanouil Benakis and the majority of Asia Minor refugees, following the decision of young football refugees. Among others were: Sp. Gialampidis, G. Vavoulas, Th. Vafiadis, C.E. Apostolidis, Vafiadis, I. Mavropoulos, K. Mavropoulos, Panag. Papadopoulos, G. Axarlis, St. Moschidis, Chr. Chatzopoulos, G. Zarifis, etc. The general leader and driving force of the club was G. Vavoulas, due to its rapid development and its establishment as a major sports club in the district. The name of the group was inspired by Chr. Hatzopoulos from Constantinople. It may have been inspired by the name Fostir that existed in the Constantinople during the 1923-24 season. The colours of the club were defined as yellow and black, which were Byzantine colours. The club's original emblem was the palm tree which was later abolished because it was associated with the 1967 junta.

The first match of the club mentioned was on 30 January 1927 against Atromitos Neapolis (Exarchia) and ended 2-2. Relates to:

"The Atromitos (Neapolis) and Fostir (Sfagion) teams met at the Neon Sfagion stadium. After a nice match they showed a 2-2 draw. Atromitos played with: Tzonakis, Kampouropoulos G. Angelatos and A. Melanitis and from Fostir, Vafoulas and Markopoulos." Initially there was no BoD. and the players were also the management. Later, the Board of Directors was created and Char. Vafiadis was the first president. Vafiadis from 1927 to January 1930 and at that time had about 150 members. Vafiadis was succeeded by F. Katsinas as president of the club.

Until their official recognition and participation in the official championships, they played in a multitude of friendly matches with the official and non-Athenian clubs of Piraeus, for the most part. The first team of Fostiras, which remained almost the same until the beginning of the 1930s, consisted of the following players: S. Ladonikolas, Zaridis, I. Mavropoulos, O. Christofidis, Th. P. Papadopoulos, S. Moschidis, T. Vafiadis, Halvas, Sarigoulis, S. Diamantopoulos, K. Mavropoulos, G. Perivolarakis. In 1930, they were coached by Paschalidis. This team gradually gained a great reputation, as it remained unbeaten in matches with unofficial clubs until 1930. It began to invite nearby areas, such as Chalkida (where it defeated Olympic champion 4-3), Salamis (where it beat the local Salamis Association 5-0). In 1928 he finished 2nd in tournaments of 24 independent clubs. By the summer of 1930, they joined ESPA had scored 32 wins, 3 draws and only one defeat and had a goal difference of 119-26. In some of his victories he has scored impressive goals, such as: Doxa Koukaki 6-0, Ethniki Kolonos 6-3, Akrites Drapetsona 4-0, Pera Club 5-0, Niki Plakas 6-3, Petralona 3-0, Chalkidona 4-1, 2nd Apollo Athens 3-1, Neapolis 10-0 Union, Philadelphia 5-0 Union, Thissio Union 4-0, Neo Astir Peristeri 3-0 etc.

The Athletic Association of Neon Sfagion: Fostiras' main competitor in the district was the "Athletic Association of Neon Sfagion" (AEN), from which it suffered its first defeat in 1930 by 1-2, since then was undefeated. AEN was founded in September 1929 by brothers Stefanos, Nikolaos and Panagis Kristalidis, Ant. Antoniadis and Eleftherios Iatrellis. They immediately set up their own regular-sized stadium and started racing with other unofficial clubs. In the 1929-30 season, they had 10 wins, 6 draws and 3 defeats. Most impressive was the win over Fostiras, who was undefeated for three years. In the core team of AEN G. Zarifis (goalkeeper), K. Baketatzis, Al. Kalafatis (defenders), N. Lazaratos, Ant. Pouloudis, Evang. Fournakis (midfielders), M. Krystallalidis, N. Eleftheriadis, N. Voutsas, I. Serafimidis, Styl. Thravalos (forwards).

FCA Athens first participations

Fostir of Neon Sfagion in 1931 officially joined the FCA Athens as a recognized association and started its official racing course from the Division III championship season 1931-32. The first official championship match in its history was against SA. Halandri in Chalandri on October 25, 1931 for the premiere of the Division C championship, where he won 2-2. In the 1938-39 season, he won promotion to the Second Division of the FCA Athens, where it fought until the last pre-war season 1940-41, interrupted by the war. He began to create his legend in the early post-war years, when he first joined the FCA Athens, where he fought successfully throughout the 1950s and 1960s, with opponents of AEK, Panathinaikos, Apollon Athens, Panionios, Egaleo, Athinaikos, Atromitos Peristeri etc.

Slayer of Giants

In the first postwar period in the team were: Spyros Gialampidis, Stamatis Tsiskakis, Dimitsanas, Pilatos, Chatzigiannis, Mantalopoulos, Bebis, Neofytou, Mylonakis, Fabritsis, Kaparitsis, Dimasanitsis, Kaparatzian, Tsalavoutas, Tsalatzis Pavlidis, Exapichidis, Bobotas etc. At that time he managed to retain the A Division, having defeated the major league teams. It was then that he was given the nickname he still holds today: "Giants killer". The first mention of this nickname is in June 1949, in a poem proclaimed by the club's special secretary Manikas, at the season's farewell party to seventy more friends of the club:

Fostir for all is a brilliant ornament, divine is one of the most ancient with a history club. In the beginning he got into big stadiums and swallowed so much bitterness and so much more. But he never despaired and never did as everyone confessed to the Giants Slayer.

Their best season at FCA Athens were:

1945-46: 4th with 36 points, just two behind AEK champion and Asteras champion and one of Panathinaikos champions, in perhaps the most exciting championship in ESPA history.

1948-49: 3rd to 36th, five behind champion Panathinaikos and three behind Panionios

1951-52: 4th to 19b.

1955-56: 2nd with 29 b. It was the best season in its history. He qualified for the final of the 1955-56 Greek Championship, where he competed in the second group (central) and finished 4th in 5 teams.

They also had a significant presence in the Greek Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals four times:

1948-49: Olympiacos eliminated on repeat: 3-3, 1-4

1952-53: Olympiacos again beats 1-3

1956-57: Panathinaikos is eliminated by 1-2

1957-58: Wrestled by Doxa Drama 1-3.

Stadium

The stadium of Fostiras is the Tavros Stadium (or Spyros Gialampidis Stadium), with a capacity of 4,000 spectators. It belongs to the Municipality of Tavros and is close to the train lines. It was named "Spyros Gialampidis" in honor of Fostiras' former player.

It was built in 1969 and has an official spectator record of 11,000 in a game against Olympiacos race in 1971. Unofficially, the number is likely to be higher, as in many games people used to enter the fences. It features two wooden removable stands, which were installed in 2002, replacing older ones. Despite its layout, reminiscent of the 1960s, it has a boutique, a café and a clubhouse.

Nickname

Fostiras gained their "Slayer of the Giants" nickname in the 1940s because of their fighting spirit against stronger opponents.

Supporters

Fostiras' fans named Yellow Army Gate 2 where they are twins with the fans of Nea Ionia (Refugees Gate 2).

Honours

Football League Greece

Gamma Ethniki

Delta Ethniki

Athens FCA Cup

Athens FCA League

Players

Current squad

As of 23 January 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Greece GRE Thomas Dedes
DF Greece GRE Vasilis Patsatzoglou
DF Greece GRE Vangelis Bitaxis
DF Greece GRE Alexandros Diamantopoulos
DF Greece GRE Georgios Bibisidis
MF Greece GRE Savvas Iliadis
MF Greece GRE Giannis-Alexandros Stogios
MF Greece GRE Vasilis Asimakis
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Daniel Arcilesi
MF Greece GRE Konstantinos Skaros
MF Greece GRE Giannis Marinou
MF Greece GRE Alexandros Konstantinidis
MF Greece GRE Argyris Samios
FW Greece GRE Georgios Theos
FW Greece GRE Giannis Simosis
FW Greece GRE Nikos Bernidakis

Technical and medical staff

Technical staff
Head coach Greece Paris Andralas
Assistant coach
Assistant coach

Board of Directors

Technical staff
President Greece Eleftherios Charbatsis
Vice-President Greece Nikolaos Vidalis
General Manager Greece

Sources