Posted: Wednesday October 3, 2012 8:48 AM

Panathinaikos kicks captain Katsouranis off team

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) -Panathinaikos has kicked captain Costas Katsouranis off the team after the Athens club won only one of its five league matches this season.

The club announced its decision Wednesday after a morning training session ahead of a Europa League match against Tottenham on Thursday.

The Athens club lost its opening Group J match to Slovenian club Maribor 3-0 on Sept. 20.

The 33-year-old Katsouranis, deputy captain for Greece's national team, was a member of the winning squad at the 2004 European Championship.

Panathinaikos is currently in 12th place in Greece's 16-team league with four points from five matches - with two points deducted due to fan violence last season. Olympiakos leads the league with 15 points from five straight wins.
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