An important figure of Greek football passed away yesterday night. Alketas Panagoulias died at the age of 78 at his house in Virginia, USA, where he lived with his family.
Panagoulias was the coach of the Greek national football team who managed to take the team to the final rounds of the Euro 1980 championship in Italy and later in the 1994 World Cup in the USA. He also coached the Greek Olympiacos team, which won three championships under his aegis.
News of his death upset Greek-American football fans, since Alketas enjoyed a successful career as coach of the Hellenic Soccer Team of New York as well. Apart from the Greek national team, he coached the American team which took part in the Olympics in 1995.
His personal and professional life was documented in the book entitled From the White Tower to the White House. Readers have the chance to read about his career and his participation in the local football team Aris FC Thessaloniki, his international successes as head coach of Greek and American teams but also about his wife, his children and grandchildren who played a major role in his life.
His funeral will be held this Friday at St Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, Virginia.