Thanasis Giannakopoulos: “I can’t imagine Panathinaikos playing with Murcia and the rest”

2018-05-11T21:30:32+00:00 2018-05-11T22:20:27+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

11/May/18 21:30

The former president of Panathinaikos can’t picture the club away from EuroLeague.

By Eurohoops team/

Former Panathinaikos chairman Thanasis Giannakopoulos (current owner Dimitris’ uncle) talked about the future of the team next season, especially in regards with the big question lingering and the “hot” topic of recent weeks: In which competition will Panathinaikos play in 2018-2019?

“I can’t imagine Panathinaikos playing in an inferior competition with Murcia and the rest,” Giannakopoulos said when asked if Panathinaikos will leave EuroLeague by Greek Cosmote TV. “But EuroLeague should add some water in their wine.”

“The season was positive for Panathinaikos. But apart from “good”, there’s always the “better”. I have no differences with Dimitris, I help him and support him in any way I can. He’s proven to be an even more passionate Panathinaikos fan than me and his father Pavlos,” Giannakopoulos also said.

“The hunt that they do for Panathinaikos is incredible. But I can’t imagine Panathinaikos far from the other big clubs in Europe. I hope that they will put some water in their wine and a solution will be found,” he added. “Panathinaikos should be vindicated and stay in the top-tier competition of Europe.”

Thanasis Giannakopoulos served as Panathinaikos president from 2002 to 2012, a period in which the club won three EuroLeague titles and numerous domestic trophies. He and his brother Pavlos won the EuroLeague “Executive of the Year” award in 2011.

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