Former US men's coach Panagoulias dies

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Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 1:07 AM

VIENNA, Va. (AP) — Former U.S. men's team head coach Alketas "Alkis" Panagoulias has died. He was 78.

USA Soccer and the Greek Football Association confirmed Tuesday that he died on Monday.

A native of Greece, Panagoulias led the U.S. men from 1983-85, and also guided the 1984 Olympic team. He later managed Greece from 1992-94 and led his country to its first World Cup appearance in 1994.

The Americans went 6-5-7 with Panagoulias as coach. At the time, Panagoulias' six wins were the second-highest total for a U.S. head coach.

Greek players will wear black armbands during the Euro 2012 quarterfinal against Germany on Friday.

A funeral for Panagoulias will be held on Friday in Falls Church, Va.

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