Under-15’s season finally to kick off
It may be late, close to being cancelled and missing a few teams, but at last the Under-15’s Super League season gets underway this weekend. PAOK welcome Larissa for a match at Souroti on Sunday 06.10 at 16.00.
Unfortunately, mainly for financial reasons, several teams have decided not to participate in the championship this season. As a result, the second group is made up of five teams (PAOK, Aris, Xanthi, Larissa, & PAS Ioannina). Although PAS are not in the Super League, they still have the right to take part.
The Super League Under-15’s championship is optional and 11 teams from the men’s Super League members, as well as the Under-15 teams from PAS Ioannina and Apollo Smyrni, will take part in total.
In the first group there will be three rounds of fixtures, which means 21 matches, while in the second group there will be four rounds of fixtures, i.e. 20 races. The first group includes Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK, Atromitos, Panionios, Apollo Smyrnis, Asteras Tripolis and OFI.
At the end of the regular season, the first two teams from each group will compete in qualifying matches (final stage) to decide the title winners.
Since 2013, when the Super League started with the Under-16 age group, PAOK has claimed the title three times (2014-15, 2016-17, 2018-19), while Olympiacos have won it twice (2013-14, 2015-16) and Panathinaikos once (2017-18).
* The duration of Under-15 matches is set at two halves of 40 minutes each.
* Football players up to 15 years old (born on 01.01.2005 and onwards) are eligible to participate.
PAOK Under-15 team profile
This year’s Under-15 team – which includes players born in 2005 – is a team that has kept most of the spine of last year’s title Macedonian regional league title-winning group in the Under-15 class (a reminder that PAOK teams in the local championships player against age groups that are one year older), while the team has also welcomed several new talented additions.
Many of the young players in the current group live in the «PAOK House». Those players are: Papaevangelou, Theodosiadis, Goumas, Ignatiou, Giatzidis, Adam, Ganopoulos, Pasachidis, Kastidis, Leka, Filon, Deligiannis.
In addition, the players who have played at national level are: Angelidis, Theodosiadis, Kotsas, Panagiotidis, Vassiliadis, Leka, Ignatiou, Goumas, Filon, Kastidis.
The Under-15 squad for the 2019-20 season are as follows:
Goalkeepers: Spyros Angelidis, Ioannis Batos
Defenders: Charalambos Georgiadis, Dimitrios Papaevangelou, Athanasios Panagiotidis, Panagiotis Theodosiadis, Nikolaos Deligiannis, Taxiarchis Filon, Konstantinos Skourtis, Vassilios Pasadidis, Konstantinos Pasachidis
Midfielders: Konstantinos Goumas, Stefanos Aliferopoulos, Dimitrios Kotsas, Christos Almyras, Panagiotis Pekridis, Konstantinos Ignatiou, Minas Vassiliadis, Athanasios Giatzidis, Mario Lekas
Forwards: Nikolaos Mavris, Gustavo Varela, Manolis Ibrahim, Ioannis Koutsioudis, Alexandros Adam, George Ganopoulos
The Under-15 coaching staff are as follows:
Coach: Alexandros Alexiadis
Assistant Coach: Ebenezer Hagan
Fitness trainer: Mert Isbilir
Goalkeeper coach: Dimitrios Kryonas
Video analyst: Ilias Galanopoulos
Physiotherapist: Michael Kostidis
Carers: Yevgeny Rumyantsev, Jacob Galinos
General Manager: Stavros Sarafis