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Hellas S.C. History
 

Organized soccer in the Greek community has been in existence for over 5 decades in the city of Winnipeg. The founding members of Greek soccer in Winnipeg were Bill Papas and Mary Kelekis, who compiled a team together in 1959 and named it the 'Olympians'. In 1961 the responsibility of running the 'Olympians' was given to John Scouras and Eugenis Papadakis. The 'Olympians played in The Division Greater Winnipeg up until 1969 and then joined with the Manitoba Central Soccer League. At that point John Scouras took on the responsibilities of manager, coach, and even waterboy up until 1974-75.

In 1975 the team changed its name to 'Hellas' - which is another term for Greece - and began in the 'fourth division' in the MCSL. The team was conducted by Leo Mikos, Bill Tsaboukos, and Gus Angelopoulos along with John Scouras. The Hellas Soccer Club was prosperous and continually improved from year to year. The team ultimately reached the 'first division' in the MCSL, which at that time was the top division in Manitoba. In 1981, the new management of Bill Saitis, George Michalopoulos, Pileas Economou, and Gus Angelopoulos took over and lead Greek soccer into its third decade. The team continued to excel under this management. In 1988 the team was handed over to Nick Papadopoulos along with George Ifandis, who acted as player and coach. The Hellas Soccer Club competed in the first division until the 1993-94 season, when the team placed first and advanced to the premier division of the MCSL.

In the 1994-95, John Vagianos became president and Pileas Economou became vice president and held their titles for 10 years. After two years in the 'premier division' the team decided to enter the Molson Super Soccer Alliance where they competed for several years. In 2001 Hellas joined the newly formed Manitoba Major Soccer League and was led to their first provincial Cup final by coach Gus Vilas.

In 2003 George Ifantis took over as team president and the board of directors continued to grow with the likes of Georgia Kostakos, Tom Papagiannopoulos, Tony Bakir, Frank Porpiglia, Paul Kostas, Paul Simeonidis, Pileas Economou, and Angelo Charalabopoulos. Angelo is a long standing Treasures and Equipment Manager of the Team. Hellas is one of the only teams in the province to have a formal board of directors. In 2006 The Hellas Soccer Club launched a new website, created and donated by John Sarantidis, which continues to be the most popular site in the Manitoba Major Soccer League and has created great exposure for the team. Also in 2006 Hellas was led to their second provincial cup final by Head Coach Ralph Backe and finished as runner up. Some other coaches in the new millennium along with Kostas Vilas and Ralph Backe were Dave Holbrook, Cesar Sacco and Patrick Distefani. Patrick led the Hellas Soccer Club to their first ever Provincial Cup Championship in 2008 and first ever visit to the Nationals which were in PEI. The team finished in 8 th Place at the Nationals. In 2009 Kostas Vilas returned as Head Coach and helped the team repeat as Provincial Champions and to win their first ever National Chamionship!

Presently George Ifandis remains the President and Kostas Vailas the Head Coach. The team expects to achieve as much success as they've had in their rich history. The Hellas Soccer Club continues to be supported by the Greek community of Winnipeg. The community strongly feels that soccer is a good way to keep the Greek youth together, introduce others to the Greek culture, and represent the rich Greek tradition in Winnipeg. OPA!

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MMSL 2014 Standings
Team
GP
Pts
1
Ital-Inter S.C.
6
16
2
Winnipeg Lions S.C.
6
15
3
Grant Mill Sword
6
10
4
Hellas S.C.
5
9
5
NKMB Saints
7
8
6
Winnipeg Juventus
5
6
7
Lucania S.C.
5
5
8
Germania
5
5
9
Winkler Storm
7
4
10
World Soccer Academy
6
1
Hellas S.C. Top Scorers
Player
GP
Goals
1
Kurbegovic, Edin
4
2
2
Attiglah, Fred
3
1
3
Findlay, Thomas
4
1
4
Foderaro, Tom
4
1
5
Lima, Kairus
4
1
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