Yiannis Gounaris was a Greek footballer, PAOK's right wing defender from 1970 until 1982. Born on July 6, 1952, he started his football career with Doxa Neapolis, a fourth division Thessaloniki local football team.
In the summer of 1982, Gounaris joined PAOK's rivals Olympiakos and played for them until the 1986 season. He finished his career at Makedonikos Neapolis FC in 1987 after he was relegated with his club.
After his playing career was over, Gounaris took to coaching. His most memorable assignment was taking Olympiakos to within a game of the 1989 championship. He quit after losing the penultimate game of that season to AEK, a loss he might have contributed to by taunting AEK's players as "unmanly" prior to the match.