Yiannis Gounaris

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Yiannis Gounaris while playing with PAOK
Yiannis Gounaris in 2005 photo

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.

In his career, Gounaris appeared in a total of 426 top league games. He was capped 27 times by the National Football Team of Greece.

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.

Other coaching assignments included: Niki Volos, PAS Giannina, Panthrakikos and more recently Lamia FC.