Angelos Basinas

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Angelos Basinas
Basinas 2008.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-01-03) 3 January 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Chalkida, Greece
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfilder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2005 Panathinaikos 199 (44)
2005–2008 Mallorca 78 (1)
2008–2009 AEK Athens 17 (0)
2009–2010 Portsmouth 18 (0)
2010–2011 Arles-Avignon 8 (0)
Total 311 (45)
National team
1999–2009 Greece 100 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 April 2009

Angelos Basinas (Greek: Άγγελος Μπασινάς, born on 3 January 1976 in Chalkida, Greece) is a retired Greek international footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He can also operate as a central midfielder and centre-back. He is best remembered for his key role in the Greek national team that won the 2004 European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Panathinaikos[edit]

Average height Basinas started his career with Greek side Panathinaikos, during his time at Panathinaikos he won both the league and the Greek Cup in 2004. After a row broke out between Basinas, the manager and the Panathinaikos board over wages, Basinas was released on 21 September 2005, which brought an end to a career at the club which lasted over 10 years, during this time he made over 200 appearances for the club scoring many crucial goals both domestically and in European competitions.[1]

Mallorca[edit]

Although rumored to go to Birmingham City, Everton, AEK Athens and Olympiacos during the 2006 Winter transfer window, Basinas signed a contract with Mallorca preferring to leave Greece and join the Spanish Primera División. In the second half of the 05/06 season, Basinas completed a successful first period at Mallorca, helping to save the team from relegation proving a key part of the struggling teams survival. In his second year at the club he helped the team to finish in 7th position, one point from European qualification. He was released by Mallorca on 1 July 2008 after his 2½ years' contract came to an end.

AEK Athens[edit]

On 31 July 2008 he signed a 3-year contract of €1.4 million per annum with AEK Athens,[2] choosing the number 14. Despite the pre-season odds, AEK underachieved during the first half of the season and lost the title race too early, making Basinas favourable towards a new move during the winter transfer period.

Portsmouth[edit]

On 2 February 2009, Portsmouth confirmed the signing of Basinas on an eighteen month contract.[3] He made his debut for Portsmouth on 7 February 2009 against Liverpool. Just a few hours after his debut, manager Tony Adams, who brought Basinas in, was sacked by the club and replaced by Paul Hart. Under the new manager, Basinas hardly played and was benched for the rest of the season after only making 3 appearances for Portsmouth. Despite little playing time in his first season at Portsmouth, Basinas stated that he wanted to stay at the club.[4] When Avram Grant became the manager of the club, Basinas had continued to impress for Portsmouth when called upon and a poll among Portsmouth fans on 23 January 2010, showed that he's appreciated by the fans. 77% of fans believe that "Basinas has the creative touch and must play", while only 2% believed he should leave the club.[5] With Portsmouth Angelos Basinas achieved the 2010 FA Cup Final against Chelsea of Carlo Ancelotti.

AC Arles-Avignon[edit]

In the summer 2010, Angelos Basinas moved to Arles, with his teammate Angelos Charisteas, in the Ligue 1. He made his debut on 21 August 2010 in a 1–2 away defeat against Toulouse. Basinas made a total of five appearances in League 1 and French Cup. The contract was broken two months later.

International career[edit]

Basinas won his first cap in a 3–1 win over El Salvador on 18 August 1999 and scored his first goal in just his second match, also against El Salvador just two days later. He has remained a part of the national team setup since his debut and has been a regular since Otto Rehhagel took over in 2001.

He was a key player in Greece's upset European Championship victory, scoring a penalty in his country's 2–1 upset win over host team Portugal in the tournament's opening game. Basinas was a vital player in the hard working midfield of the Greek team throughout the tournament. In the final, Charisteas scored the winning goal for Greece against Portugal off a corner kick by Basinas, which saw Greece win the trophy.

After Theodoros Zagorakis retired, Basinas was selected to take the captains arm band. Basinas earned his 100th cap for Greece 1 April 2009 in a FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifier against Israel. At the time, he was only the second Greek player to achieve 100 national team appearances alongside Theodoros Zagorakis.

International career statistics[edit]

Greece national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 6 1
2000 9 0
2001 7 1
2002 9 0
2003 7 0
2004 15 1
2005 13 1
2006 8 0
2007 10 3
2008 13 0
2009 3 0
Total 100 7

[6]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 August 1999 Kavala National Stadium, Kavala, Greece  El Salvador 1–0 3–0 Friendly Match
2. 28 February 2001 Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium, Heraklion, Greece  Russia 3–3 3–3 Friendly Match
3. 12 June 2004 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Portugal 0–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2004
4. 9 February 2005 Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Denmark 2–0 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
5. 28 March 2007 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 0–1 0–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
6. 17 November 2007 Spyros Louis Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece  Malta 2–0 5–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
7. 21 November 2007 Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Panathinaikos

Portsmouth

International[edit]

Greece U-21

Greece

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Theodoros Zagorakis
Greece captain
2006–2009
Succeeded by
Giorgos Karagounis