Angelos Charisteas

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Angelos Charisteas
Charisteas 2008.jpg
Charisteas in 2008
Personal information
Full name Angelos Charisteas
Date of birth (1980-02-09) 9 February 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Strymoniko, Greece
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker, Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Aris 87 (19)
1998–1999 Athinaikos (loan) 7 (1)
2002–2005 Werder Bremen 66 (18)
2005–2006 Ajax 31 (12)
2006–2007 Feyenoord 28 (9)
2007–2010 1. FC Nürnberg 57 (8)
2009 Bayer Leverkusen (loan) 13 (1)
2010 Arles-Avignon 7 (0)
2011 Schalke 04 4 (1)
2011–2012 Panetolikos 24 (4)
2013 Al Nassr 7 (1)
Total 331 (74)
National team
2001–2011[1] Greece 88 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Angelos Charisteas (Greek: Άγγελος Χαριστέας, pronounced [ˈaɲɟelos xariˈste.as]; born 9 February 1980) is a Greek footballer.

Charisteas had a crucial role in the UEFA Euro 2004, won by Greece, scoring three vital goals, including the one in the final against Portugal.

Club career[edit]

Aris Thessaloniki[edit]

After a few years playing for non-league Strimonikos Serron, Charisteas eventually started his professional career with Greek side Aris Thessaloniki. It was during his first season at Aris that Charisteas started making a name for himself, scoring twice in nine matches as they won the Greek second division in 1997–98. Charisteas started well in his first season in the Greek top league and got further noticed when he scored twice in the local derby against Thessaloniki rivals PAOK. The striker made twelve appearances in the Alpha Ethniki – six as a substitute – before a loan at Athinaikos in 1998–99. He returned to Aris the following season and made his European debut in a UEFA Cup defeat by Celta de Vigo at the age of 19. Charisteas was continuously developing and in the 2000–01 season, where he scored seven goals.

Werder Bremen[edit]

Having been watched by scouts from a number of Europe's leading sides, he was signed by German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in the summer of 2002. He had a successful first season scoring nine goals in 31 appearances in the Bundesliga and two goals from four games in the UEFA Cup. Then in 2003–04, Werder Bremen won the Bundesliga and the German Cup with Charisteas scoring four goals from 24 appearances.

Ajax[edit]

During the 2004–05 season, Charisteas scored five goals in 11 matches for Werder Bremen, before moving to the Netherlands to play for Ajax for a reported fee of €4.5 million. Greece manager Otto Rehhagel had publicly urged Charisteas to try to move to another club during the January 2005 transfer window, in order to get more first-team action. Ajax fitted the bill, as they were hoping to find a replacement for Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, who had been sold to Juventus. Charisteas made his Ajax debut on 23 January 2005 against FC Utrecht and scored his first goal four days later against SC Heerenveen. However, he only managed three more games all season. Charisteas netted home eight goals in the 2005–06 season, which included a late winner against Vitesse. Charisteas missed Greece's crucial match in the World Cup qualifying due to a head injury received after colliding with Arsenal's Kolo Touré in a Champions League match which Ajax lost 2–1.

Under new Ajax manager Henk ten Cate, Charisteas was the 5th striker behind Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Ryan Babel, Markus Rosenberg, and Rydell Poepon. Ten Cate explained this by saying that Charisteas is a great striker for the 4–4–2 formation, but not for the 4–3–3 formation, which is played for Ajax.

Feyenoord[edit]

Despite stating that he was only interested in a move to England or Germany, Charisteas signed for arch-rivals Feyenoord in Rotterdam on 31 August 2006, the final day of the summer transfer window. This move caused a great deal of agitation in Rotterdam with parts of Het Legioen, stating that they did not want an Ajax player at their club, protesting the move at De Kuip with the chant "Wij willen geen neus." (translated as: "we don't want a nose," nose being derogatory slang for Ajax players) and demanded that chairman Jorien van den Herik resign. Despite the protests, Charisteas made his debut for Feyenoord on 10 September against Sparta Rotterdam and played the full game. He eventually scored his first goal for his new club in his tenth game. Although he seemed to have convinced some fans at a certain point, Charisteas never enjoyed a good relationship with Feyenoord supporters. He finished the season having played a total of 28 games for Feyenoord, netting nine goals.

Nürnberg[edit]

On 6 July 2007, 1. FC Nürnberg confirmed a deal with Feyenoord to sign Charisteas on a four-year deal worth €2.5 million. Charisteas scored his first two official team goals in a 6–0 victory against fourth division club SC Victoria Hamburg.

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

On 2 February 2009, he was loaned out to Bayer Leverkusen until the end of the season, helping the team to reach the final of the German Cup.

Nürnberg[edit]

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, he returned to the newly promoted Nürnberg. His first goal of the season came on 12 March 2010, when he scored the winning goal in the 1–2 away win against Hertha BSC, helping Nürnberg to avoid the relegation, before Otto Rehhagel called him up to the Greece national team for the 2010 World Cup.

Arles-Avignon[edit]

On 10 August 2010, Charisteas signed for Arles-Avignon, along with teammate Angelos Basinas.[2] He made his debut on 21 August 2010 in a 1–2 away defeat against Toulouse.[3] Charisteas made a total of seven appearances, scoring no goals, before his contract was terminated on 26 November 2010.

Schalke 04[edit]

On 30 January 2011, Schalke 04 formalized his arrival. Charisteas signed a contract on 30 June 2011, until the end of the season. In his debut match for Schalke 04, he scored the second goal in a 2–1 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt. It was his first touch of the ball, having been on the pitch for only 52 seconds. On 13 April 2011, Charisteas reached the semi-finals of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League with Schalke 04, beating in the quarter-finals the defending champion Internazionale, Charisteas replaced the Brazilian Edu in the 32nd minute of the second half. Schalke 04 and Charisteas reached a result never achieved before.

On 21 May 2011, Charisteas won the German Cup with Schalke 04.

Panetolikos[edit]

On 27 July 2011, Charisteas signed a one-year contract with Panetolikos. His first goal of the season came on 14 September 2011 when he scored the winning goal in the 1–0 home win against Asteras Tripolis.

Al Nassr FC[edit]

After interest from Inter Milan, reported in the newspaper Corriere dello Sport, on 17 February 2013, Charisteas signed a one and a half year contract with Al Nassr FC. Charisteas played his debut in the final of the 2012–13 Saudi Crown Prince Cup against Al-Hilal FC on 22 February 2013. After 90 minutes penaltys had to be taken and Charisteas missed the fourth.

International career[edit]

Having been a regular player for the Greek Under-21 side, Charisteas made his senior international debut in February 2001 in a 3–3 draw against Russia. His impact was immediate as he scored two of the goals for Greece that day. His prolific goal scoring continued, eventually helping his team qualify for the Euro 2004.

Charisteas scores for Greece in the Euro 2004 final against Portugal on 4 July

During the victorious Euro 2004 campaign, Charisteas scored three goals: one in the group stage against Spain, one against France in the quarterfinals and the winning goal against Portugal in the final. His contribution to the team and his impact in the competition was further recognised when he was named in the Euro 2004 All-star Team and he was also nominated for Ballon d'Or award, where he finished 11th in votes.

In January 2007, Charisteas told Dutch football magazine Voetbal International that winning Euro 2004 was an unbelievable experience which he would not swap for all the money in the world: “Even in 50 years time, everybody will remember that I scored the goal which made Greece the champions of Europe. We wrote history and my life changed completely at that point.”

In the qualifying rounds for Euro 2008, Charisteas scored three goals, helping Greece to automatically qualify for the competition with two games left. He would go on to be one of the few Greek players who performed well at Euro 2008, scoring the defending champions' only goal of the tournament in the 2–1 defeat to Spain. He also scored 4 goals for his country in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Charisteas was part of the squad that travelled to South Africa for the final tournament, where he played one game and he was the only player with Giourkas Seitaridis, Kostas Katsouranis, Georgios Karagounis and the goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias to participate in 2 European Championships and a World Cup.

Charisteas was called up again on 8 October 2011 for the qualification match against Croatia, and on 11 October 2011, where he scored the winning goal in the 85th minute in Georgia, securing a 2–1 victory which sent Greece automatically to the Euro 2012 Championships. With this goal, Charisteas score in three qualifiers for European Championships and for three consecutive World Cups, became the only player to reach that in the Greek national team and probably the only one in Europe.

Charisteas also became the second top scorer for the Greece national team with 25 goals, four less than the retired Nikos Anastopoulos.

Career statistics[edit]

[4]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Aris Thessaloniki Alpha Ethniki 9 2 1 0 - - 10 2
1998–99 12 4 2 0 - - 14 4
1998–99 Athinaikos Beta Ethniki 7 1 - - - - 7 1
1999–00 Aris Thessaloniki Alpha Ethniki 19 1 2 1 - - 22 2
2000–01 28 8 3 2 - - 31 10
2001–02 19 4 2 1 - - 21 5
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2002–03 Werder Bremen Bundesliga 31 9 3 1 - - 34 10
2003–04 24 4 3 1 - - 27 5
2004–05 11 5 1 0 - - 12 5
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Ajax Eredivisie 13 4 - - - - 13 4
2005–06 17 8 3 1 4 0 24 9
2006–07 1 0 - - - - 1 0
2006–07 Feyenoord Rotterdam 28 9 3 1 - - 31 10
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2007–08 1. FC Nürnberg Bundesliga 24 6 3 2 2 2 29 10
2008–09 2. Bundesliga 14 1 1 0 - - 15 1
2008–09 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 13 1 1 0 - - 14 1
2009–10 1. FC Nürnberg 19 1 2 1 - - 21 2
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
2010–11 Arles-Avignon Ligue 1 7 0 1 0 - - 8 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2010–11 Schalke 04 Bundesliga 4 1 1 0 1 0 6 1
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Panetolikos SuperLeague Greece 24 4 2 0 - - 26 4
Saudi Arabia League Crown Prince Asia Total
2012-13 Al Nassr Saudi Premier League 7 1 2 0 - - 9 1
Country Greece 97 21 12 4 - - 109 25
Germany 137 28 15 5 2 2 154 35
Netherlands 59 21 6 2 4 0 69 23
France 7 0 1 0 - - 8 0
Saudi Arabia 7 1 2 0 - - 9 1


Greece national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 7 4
2002 6 0
2003 10 3
2004 15 6
2005 10 1
2006 7 1
2007 6 2
2008 12 6
2009 8 0
2010 4 1
2011 3 1
Total 88 25

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 February 2001 Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium, Heraklion, Greece  Russia 2 – 3 3–3 Friendly match
2. 28 February 2001 Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium, Heraklion, Greece  Russia 3 – 3 3–3 Friendly match
3. 28 March 2001 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece  Germany 1 – 1 2–4 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
4. 6 October 2001 Old Trafford, Manchester, England  England 0 – 1 2–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
5. 2 April 2003 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0 – 1 0–2 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
6. 2 April 2003 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0 – 2 0–2 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
7. 11 June 2003 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Ukraine 1 – 0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
8. 3 June 2004 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 0 – 2 0–2 Friendly match
9. 16 June 2004 Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal  Spain 1 – 1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2004
10. 25 June 2004 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal  France 0 – 1 0–1 UEFA Euro 2004
11. 4 July 2004 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Portugal 0 – 1 0–1 UEFA Euro 2004 Final
12. 17 November 2004 Karaiskákis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Kazakhstan 1 – 0 3–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
13. 17 November 2004 Karaiskákis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Kazakhstan 2 – 0 3–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
14. 30 March 2005 Karaiskákis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Albania 1 – 0 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
15. 11 October 2006 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 – 1 0–4 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
16. 6 June 2007 Pankritio Stadium, Heraklion, Greece  Moldova 1 – 0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
17. 13 October 2007 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 – 0 3–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
18. 6 February 2008 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Finland 1 – 1 2–1 Friendly match
19. 18 June 2008 Wals Siezenheim Stadium, Salzburg, Austria  Spain 0 – 1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008
20. 6 September 2008 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 0 – 3 0–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
21. 11 October 2008 Karaiskákis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Moldova 1 – 0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
22. 11 October 2008 Karaiskákis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Moldova 3 – 0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
23. 15 October 2008 Karaiskákis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece   Switzerland 1 – 1 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
24. 25 May 2010 Stadion Schnabelholz, Altach, Austria  North Korea 1 – 2 2–2 Friendly match
25. 11 October 2011 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 1 – 2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Werder Bremen
Ajax
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Schalke 04

International[edit]

Greece

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (29 February 2012). "Angelos Charisteas - Goals in International Matches". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "ACAA: à la sauce grecque". Le Dauphiné Libéré (in French). 16 August 2010. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Toulouse v. Arles-Avignon Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 21 August 2010. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Angelos Charisteas at National-Football-Teams.com

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