Panathinaikos the youngest, Lamia the oldest in this season’s Super League
Panathinaikos have fielded the youngest team in the Greek Super League this season, with Lamia fielding the oldest. However, both have used their respective ages to great effect. AGONAsport investigates.
Two teams with two contrasting styles and ambitions are the youngest and oldest teams in this season’s Championship. Panathinaikos are the youngest with Giorgos Donis fielding a starting side with the average age of under 25 in 16 matches to date (out of 24 ). In other words, in almost 70% of games played so far this season, the Greens have played with a starting team with an average age of under 25.
Five Youngest Teams This Season
23/9/18 - Panathinaikos 23 years, 6 months and 25 days
16/9/18 - Panathinaikos 24 years, 0 months and 22 days
20/10/18 - Panathinaikos 24 years, 5 months and 9 days
9/12/18 - Panathinaikos 24 years, 6 months and 8 days
29/9/18 - Panathinaikos 24 years, 6 months and 9 days
On the 23rd of September, 2018 Panathinaikos became the youngest winning team in the League when they defeated Levadiakos 3-0 on home soil at OAKA.
Contrastingly, Lamia have fielded the oldest team in this season’s edition of the Championship. Makis Chavos took the reigns and kept the status quo of opting for experience. In 16 matches to date (out of 24 ), Lamia have fielded a starting team with an average age of over 30. On one occasion, they even fielded a team with an average age of over 31.
Five Oldest Teams This Season
27/1/19 - Lamia 31 years, 7 months and 2 days
7/10/18 - Lamia 31 years, 0 months and 10 days
16/12/18 - Lamia 30 years, 10 months and 13 days
21/1/19 - Lamia 30 years, 10 months and 10 days
27/8/28 - Lamia 30 years, 10 months and 6 days
On the 27th of January, 2019 Lamia became the oldest winning team in the League when they edged Atromitos at home 20-1 via a late penalty.
Looking beyond the numbers, it is interesting to observe the reasons behind this and the subsequent success relative to the ambitions of both clubs back in the summer.
Panathinaikos could only sign one foreigner over 23 in the summer transfer window due to the restrictions placed on the club for failing to obtain a licence to participate in this season’s competition. In contrast, they could sign an infinite amount of Greeks under 23. Donis also opted to blood several youngsters from the academy in to great effect. Panathinaikos have exceeded expectations so far this season, playing an entertaining style, as they climbed away from the relegation zone immediately courtesy of a great start, despite starting on -6.
On the other hand, Lamia’s main aim in the preseason would have been to avoid relegation and attempt to become a stable club in Greece’s top flight. In order to achieve this, the club signed many older players to bring the experience required to fight a relegation battle. This has worked to great effect to date, with the Kyanolefki currently in ninth spot and well clear of the drop zone. They continue to defy the odds and remain well-organised defensively.
Both clubs have used the respective ages in their squads to great effect, with both on course for respectable seasons relative to preseason ambitions.