Former Greece, US national coach Panagoulias dies

Former Greece, US national coach Panagoulias dies

Published Jun. 19, 2012 8:56 a.m. ET

Greece's football federation says Alketas Panagoulias, who coached the national team at its first World Cup and European Championship, has died. He was 78.

Greek media reports say Panagoulias died Monday at his home in Vienna, Virginia.

Panagoulias coached Greece at the 1980 European Championship and 1994 World Cup, where the team was eliminated after conceding 10 goals and scoring none.

A former Aris Thessaloniki player, Panagoulias also led the United States national team from 1983-85 and the U.S. Olympic side.


Greek Football Association head Sofoklis Pilavios said Tuesday that Greece's players will wear black armbands during the Euro 2012 quarterfinal against Germany in Poland on Friday.

Pilavios says he has asked UEFA that a minute's silence be held before the match.