Alekos Sofianidis (Greek: Αλέκος Σοφιανίδης; 3 August 1933, Istanbul – 6 July 2010, Athens) was a Greek football player and manager. Sofianidis was a left back. He is known as Aleko Sofyanidis in Turkey.
Born in the Pera district of Istanbul, Sofianidis began his career at Pera Futbol Kulübü based in Istanbul. Before 1950 only minorities used to play for Pera Futbol Kulübü and Taksim Futbol Kulübü. In 1948, Sofianidis transferred to Beşiktaş J.K., winning the Istanbul League in 1949–50 season.
In the late 1950s, Sofianidis moved to Greece, and joined AEK Athens between 1950 and 1969. Sofianidis retired after the 1970 season as a player of Panachaiki F.C.. During his career, he played 240 Greek League games in total.
Sofianidis coached several Greek youth teams following his retirement from football in 1970. He was a gymnastics teacher by profession.
Sofianidis was appointed Greece manager in 1988. His first game was against Hungary (winning 3–0) on 15 November 1988. Greece played 7 times with Sofianidis as their manager, winning 3, drawing 1, and losing 3. He was also manager during the infamous friendly match between Greece and Turkey on 29 March 1989, losing 1–0. This was his last game with the Greece National Football Team.
A non-footballing issue
In 1968, when AEK Athens played Fenerbahçe S.K. in the Balkan Cup of 1968, Sofianidis did not accompany his club to Istanbul as he would have been liable for arrest by the Turkish authorities for failing to fulfill his military obligations.
In 2010, Sofianidis died after a long battle with cancer at age 73.
Turkish-born Greek footballers:
- Kolokotsios, Lambros (18 July 2010). "Αθλητικοί Φάκελοι (ΣΟΦΙΑΝΙΔΗΣ)" [Sporting Capsules (Sofianidis)] (in Greek). Evrytania News.
- "Εφυγε ο Αλέκος Σοφιανίδης" [Alekos Sofianidis has left] (in Greek). Contra.gr. 6 July 2010.