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Encyclopedia > Giorgos Karagounis
Karagounis
Personal information
Full name Giorgos Karagounis
Date of birth March 6, 1977 (1977-03-06) (age 30)
Place of birth    Pyrgos, Greece
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Panathinaikos
Number 21
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1995-1996
1996-1998
1998-2003
2003-2005
2005-2007
2007-
Panathinaikos
Apollon Smyrnis
Panathinaikos
Internazionale
Benfica
Panathinaikos
0 (0)
55 (9)
118 (25)
32 (3)
67 (3)
3 (1)   
National team2
1999- Greece 63 (4)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of June 2006.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of June 17, 2007.
* Appearances (Goals) Image File history File links Giorgos Karagounis File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Pyrgos (Greek: Πύργος) is the capital of the Prefecture of Elis in Greece. ... The Midfield in relation to the football positions In association football, a midfielder is a player whose position of play is midway between the attacking strikers and the defenders (highlighted in blue on the diagram). ... See also: Panathinaikos Panathinaikos FC, also known as PAO or Panathinaikos AO (Greek: ΠΑΟ - Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος - Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos), the Pan-Athenian Athletic Club, is a Greek association football club based in Athens, Greece. ... See also: Panathinaikos Panathinaikos FC, also known as PAO or Panathinaikos AO (Greek: ΠΑΟ - Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος - Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos), the Pan-Athenian Athletic Club, is a Greek association football club based in Athens, Greece. ... This article belongs in one or more categories. ... See also: Panathinaikos Panathinaikos FC, also known as PAO or Panathinaikos AO (Greek: ΠΑΟ - Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος - Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos), the Pan-Athenian Athletic Club, is a Greek association football club based in Athens, Greece. ... Internazionale Milano Football Club is an Italian football club based in Milan, which plays in the Serie A (first division). ... Benfica is a civil parish of the Portuguese capital, Lisboa (Lisbon). ... See also: Panathinaikos Panathinaikos FC, also known as PAO or Panathinaikos AO (Greek: ΠΑΟ - Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος - Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos), the Pan-Athenian Athletic Club, is a Greek association football club based in Athens, Greece. ... For other uses, see June (disambiguation). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Greece Greece
European Championships
Gold 2004 Portugal Greece

Giorgos Karagounis (Greek: Γιώργος Καραγκούνης; born March 6, 1977, in Pirgos, Greece) is a midfielder currently playing for Panathinaikos FC and Greece. He scored the first goal in Greece's win over Portugal in the 2004 European Football Championship. Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Pyrgos is an archaeological site of the Minoan civilization near Myrtos in the municipality of Ierapetra on the south coast of Crete. ... The Midfield in relation to the football positions In association football, a midfielder is a player whose position of play is midway between the attacking strikers and the defenders (highlighted in blue on the diagram). ... See also: Panathinaikos Panathinaikos FC, also known as PAO or Panathinaikos AO (Greek: ΠΑΟ - Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος - Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos), the Pan-Athenian Athletic Club, is a Greek association football club based in Athens, Greece. ... Euro 2004 Logo The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called Euro 2004, was held in Portugal between 12 June and 4 July 2004. ...


He is a no-nonsense tackler with a deft touch. For many football supporters in his homeland, Karagounis represents everything that is good about the modern Greek game. His rugged style of play, combined with his rather small stature, has earned him comparisons with legendary Greek midfield player Mimis Domazos. The Generals photo against Olympiakos in 1971 match at Karaiskaki Mimis Domazos (born 22 January 1942) is a Greek footballer (central attacking midfielder) born in Abelokipi, Athens. ...

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Clubs

He joined Panathinaikos FC as a youngster but was allowed to leave for Apollon Smirnis FC, where he was a regular scorer over two seasons before returning to the Athens club, where he was a fixture in the senior team for the next five years. Although Panathinaikos did not win an Alpha Ethniki title during these years, the team was always a contender, and it had good runs in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup, and Karagounis scored some big goals for the team. He scored six times in 24 Alpha Ethniki games in his first season back with the Greens and in 2000/01 he appeared in all 12 of Panathanaikos' UEFA Champions League games, scoring a memorable goal from a direct free-kick against Manchester United FC at Old Trafford. See also: Panathinaikos Panathinaikos FC, also known as PAO or Panathinaikos AO (Greek: ΠΑΟ - Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος - Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos), the Pan-Athenian Athletic Club, is a Greek association football club based in Athens, Greece. ... The Alpha Ethniki (Greek: ; First National Division) is the highest professional football league in Greece. ... The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... The UEFA Cup (also known as European Cup 3, CE3 or C3) is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ... The Alpha Ethniki (Greek: ; First National Division) is the highest professional football league in Greece. ... The 2000-01 season of the European UEFA Champions League football club tournament was won by Bayern Munich on penalties against runners-up Valencia CF. It was their fourth UEFA Champions League win. ... The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... A direct free kick A direct free kick is a method of restarting play in a game of association football (soccer) following a foul. ... Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... Old Trafford Football Stadium (given the nickname The Theatre of Dreams by Bobby Charlton) is the home of Manchester United F.C., one of the most famous football clubs in the world. ...


After Panathinaikos missed out on the Greek championship to Olympiacos CFP by virtue of an inferior head-to-head record in 2003, Karagounis opted for a move to Internazionale Milano in summer 2003. Karagounis played a pivotal part for Inter during his first season at the club, where he played in all European fixtures, and his performance in Euro 2004 had improved his standing in the team for next year. He scored the first goal of this tournament against Portugal, helping Greece win 2-1, but was suspended as the hosts were beaten again in the final. However, Giorgos was not able to establish himself at a key player in Internazionale during his second season at the club, spending most of the matches in the subs bench or not even included in his manager's options. Olympiacos CFP is a Greek football club, part of the Olympiacos sports club founded in 1925, which plays in the port city of Piraeus. ... Football Club Internazionale Milano is an Italian football club based in Milan, which plays in the Serie A (first division). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2005, he moved to Portugal to play for S.L. Benfica based at Estádio da Luz, precisely the same stadium where he won the Euro 2004 final for Greece. Karagounis said; "I like Benfica it's such a big club and I am honoured that they have great faith in me. I'm sure that my fellow Greeks are happy about my move here at Benfica". On July 2006 Karagounis scored a magnificent chip shot right out of the 18 yard line against FC Shakhtar Donetsk this gave Benfica a 2-0 win. Karagounis' first season at Benfica was rough, as the Greek had trouble establishing as a key player. However, he achieved such a status on his second season at the club, throwing excellent performances, this time managed by Fernando Santos, who already knew Giorgos from Panathinaikos. Now, after a good two-year stay with Benfica, Karagounis seemed ready to return to play in Greece, again for Panathinaikos. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Benfica (disambiguation). ... The emblem of Benfica at the entrance to the stadium The Estádio da Luz (pron. ... Euro 2004 Logo The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called EURO 2004, was held in Portugal between 12 June and 4 July 2004. ... FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukrainian: ) is a Ukrainian professional football club, playing in the city of Donetsk, the capital of Donetsk region. ... Benfica is a civil parish of the Portuguese capital, Lisboa (Lisbon). ... For other uses, see Benfica (disambiguation). ... Fernando Manuel Costa Santos is a Portuguese football manager, born 19th October 1954 in Lisbon, Portugal. ... Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (Greek: Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος,  ), widely known both as Panathinaikos or PAO, is a Greek multisport club based in Athens, Greece. ...


Coming home

Karagounis was rumored to be experiencing family problems. Allegedly, the player's family wasn't able to adapt to life in Lisbon and wished to move away from Portugal. Karagounis' contract with the Portuguese outfit was due to expire in July 2008, but the player and his manager negotiated his immediate departure. "Typara" was rumored to have several invitations from his home country Greece and from Italy, where he has played for two seasons. However, after his release from Benfica Giorgos immediately signed a contract with Panathinaikos for the next three years. For other uses, see Lisbon (disambiguation). ...


Free-kick expert

Karagounis is a fine taker of free-kicks, usually in charge of those plays for the national team and at his former/new club Panathinaikos. Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (Greek: Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος,  ), widely known both as Panathinaikos or PAO, is a Greek multisport club based in Athens, Greece. ...


National team

Karagounis captained Greece's entry to the 1998 UEFA Under-21 Championship, and the team came very close to winning, losing 1-0 to Spain in the final. After that, he soon became a regular on the national team. He has earned 63 caps so far in his career, scoring 4 goals. He made his first full international appearance against El Salvador in 1999 and went on to appear in qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. After winning Euro 2004, Karagounis continued to play on regular basis for Greece both in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign and in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. The UEFA U-21 Championship 1998, which spanned two years (1996-98), had 46 entrants. ... Listed below are the dates and results for the 2002 World Cup qualification rounds for Europe. ... Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for UEFA teams. ... Final kick-off The 2005 Confederations Cup football tournament was held in Germany, between June 15 and June 29, 2005. ...

Honours

The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called Euro 2004, was held in Portugal between June 12 and July 4, 2004. ...

External links

  • http://www.record.pt || Karagounis wants to leave Benfica due to family problems

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NodeWorks - Encyclopedia: Giorgos Karagounis (229 words)
Giorgos Karagounis (Greek: Γιώργος Καραγκούνης; born March 6, 1977, in Pirgos, Greece) is a midfielder for Inter Milan and Greece.
Although Panthinaikos did not win an A' Ethniki title during these years, the team was always a contender, and it had good runs in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup, and Karagounis scored some big goals for the team.
Karagounis captained Greece's entry to the 1998 UEFA Under-21 Championship, and the team came very close to winning, losing 1-0 to Spain in the final.
Tiscali Sport Euro 2004 (250 words)
Greece midfielder Giorgos Karagounis shrugged off the booking that means he will miss Sunday's Euro 2004 final with Portugal and insisted he was delighted to have played his part in the run to the final that even coach Otto Rehhagel considers to be a fairytale.
Karagounis has sweet memories of playing Portugal - it was his goal after six minutes that put the Greeks en route to their 2-1 win over the tournament hosts at the Estadio do Dragao last month.
Greece booked their place in the final in even more dramatic circumstances when Traianos Dellas scored a header against the Czech Republic which was technically a silver goal but had more the hallmark of a golden goal as referee Pierluigi Collina declared the game over before the match could be restarted.
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