History

Panathinaikos supporters Dionissios "Denny" and Dimitrios Chronopoulos (Son & Father) founded Panathinaikos Chicago in 2019 with the idea of forming a youth academy for the Chicagoland community - to feel closer for there love of Panathinaikos ( The most historic professional club in Greece ). Within the 1st year the academy grew from 1-30 children very quickly which led to the idea of fulfiling the football club pyramid structure from youth to the adult level. In 2020 during the COVID pandemic our application to the National Premier Soccer League (4th tier US Football ) was accepted and operations in bulding a competive first team began led by Player-Owner Dionissios "Denny" Chronopoulos. 

 

Although being amateur we tend to operate as professionally as we can, which led to being noticed and recognized by Panathinaikos Legends Giorgos Karagounis and Djibril Cisse.

 

Leading our mens team as head coach is former Greek National Under 21 Team Captain George Katsaros.

 

Notable players recruited for our first season are Captain John Austin Ricks (Syracuse University, San Jose Earth Quakes U18 Captain) , Yeison Esquivel ( Division 1 Professional in Costa Rica & Nicaragua, U17 Costa Rica National Team), Arsenios Dimitriou (APOEL U19, Cyprus U17 National Team), Jesus Cervantes (Diriguen FC) -1st Division Nicaragua) along with alot of local talent that attended our tryouts.

 

 With Denny Chronopoulos having ties with Djibril Cisse the project was proposed and there was immediate interest from the French Legend. After a year of communication back and forth an agreement was made for Djibril Cisse to have a small stint with our mens team and retire green- something we as a club take full pride of. Djibril Cisse has played in the top levels of France (Auxerre, Olympique Marseille), England (Liverpool - Uefa Champions League Winner, UEFA Super Cup Winner, FA Cup Winner), Greece (Panathinaikos - Superleague Champion, Greek Cup Champion) , Italy (Lazio) and in 2 World Cups (2002 ,2010). During his stay both sides are collaberating in hosting a youth summer camp July 26-27-28 an opportunity that doesnt too often.

 

PAO Chicago's official Team Aparrel in 2019-20 was Kappa Di Robbe.

As of 2021, Hummel is PAO Chicago's official Team Aparrel provider until 2023.