New era, same goals
We profile Atromitos ahead of our upcoming Matchday 3 Super League contest against the Peristeri club.
It’s fair to say that the last two years can be described as … dreamlike. With Damir Canadi at the helm, Atromitos managed to assemble an excellent team which was able to go toe-to-toe with the top teams in the country, twice winning a European place.
The Austrian coach decided to leave over the summer and accept a new challenge at FC Nürnberg. It was a big blow to the Peristeri club. However, the decision from the board was clear: the team’s philosophy should not change.
The first move was to find a new coach, and Yiannis Anastasiou was brought in. The Greek technician returned home after a spell in Cyprus and took over Atromitos in order to continue the work of his predecessor and to keep the team among the leading pack.
The squad has also undergone some radical changes. An important group of players, made up of Mujakic, Vasilakakis, Sakic, Warda, Koulouris, Chatziisaias, Bruno and Karasalidis, left the club. And, they were replaced by Vellios, Charisis, Giakoumakis, Farley, Goutas, Kahila, Talocha, and Androutsos. Also, on the last day of the free agent transfer window, Atromitos announced the acquisition of Gallo and Baena.
The new squad has plenty of quality, but surely the first thing the team needs is to develop the chemistry between the players. At the same time, Atromitos have managed to keep the average age of the squad at a youthful level.
Atromitos started the season impressively with two wins over Dunajská Streda in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, but they were eliminated by Legia Warsaw.
The start to the Super League has not gone according to play so far. Atromitos drew 1-1 at home to Larisa, and followed that up with another 2-2 at Lamia.