Antonis Petropoulos

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Antonis Petropoulos
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-01-28) 28 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Gera, Greece
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
OFI Crete
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Egaleo 27 (4)
2004–2005 Keratsini (loan) 27 (5)
2005–2006 Haidari (loan) 25 (4)
2007–2013 Panathinaikos 51 (12)
2008–2009 OFI Crete (loan) 10 (4)
2013 AEK Athens 13 (3)
2013–2014 Apollon Smyrnis 27 (12)
2014– OFI Crete 1 (1)
National team
2004–2005 Greece U-19 14 (5)
2005–2008 Greece U-21 14 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 January 2013

Antonis Petropoulos (Greek: Αντώνης Πετρόπουλος born 28 January 1986 in Athens, Greece) is a Greek footballer currently playing for OFI Crete. He was also part of Greece U-21 team.

Club career[edit]

Egaleo[edit]

Petropoulos scored 4 goals in total, 3 of them in his last two games with Egaleo.[1] He scored his first goal against Kerkyra FC in 2006,[2] and 2 goals against Ethnikos Asteras in 2008.[3]

OFI Crete[edit]

Petropoulos joined the Cretan side on a loan deal from Panathinaikos FC.[4] He scored 4 goals in total, 1 against Veria FC.[5]

Panathinaikos[edit]

On January 2008, Petropoulos joined Panathinaikos FC signing a contract with a minimum release fee clause of €6,000,000[6] and a year later has signed a new 3-year contract with the club. Petropoulos is believed to have signed a deal that could see his annual wage rise from €45,000 to €150,000. The striker spoke of his pleasure at having resigned with the club following the completion of the deal. “I am extremely happy to stay at Panathinaikos,” Petropoulos said. “I want to play at this club for many more years. I want to thank my coach, Henk Ten Cate and the management; I will fight to justify the confidence they have shown in me.”[7] He scored 7 times in the 08/09 season, however he remained in the bench for the whole of 09/10 season as Djibril Cissé was the main offence choice. Due to a Cisse injury, he started the premiere of the Greek Superleague 2010–2011 against Xanthi, where he scored the only goal for Panathinaikos in a match that ended 1–1. On 19 December 2012 he played and scored against Proodeftiki F.C. in the Greek cup for his last time with Panathinaikos.

A.E.K.[edit]

After the mayhem of transfer deadline day, a reminder – perhaps – that the best things in life are free. Unable to get regular football in five years at Panathinaikos, Petropoulos was released and immediately signed by stricken giants AEK Athens, bottom of Greece Super League with three wins in 15 top-flight matches. Petropoulos became the 19th player who transferred from Panathinaikos F.C. to rivals AEK F.C..

However, since his debut in the 3-1 loss at Asteras Tripolis in early January, he has scored in each of AEK's next three games, with the resulting seven points lifting his side – never relegated – to 12th in the 16-team competition. More specifically, he scored his first goal in a Superleague Greece match against Skoda Xanthi F.C.. He scored another goal against Aris F.C. on 20 January with a great header after a cross by Michalis Pavlis He scored for third match in a row against OFI. "I don't even want to utter the word 'relegation' – we are talking about AEK and I cannot imagine a league without AEK," said Petropoulos, who celebrated his 27th birthday on Monday. "I feel better now going onto the pitch because I am playing for a club who believe in me. I have nothing to prove. I know who I am and I always do my best."[8]

Apollon Smyrni[edit]

On 20 June 2013 Petropoulos, after the relegation of his former team AEK, signed a €130,000 one year contact with the newcomer in Greece Super League.[9]

On 18 August 2013, Petropoulos made his debut with his new team and scored one goal in a 2-1 home victory against Aris. Besides the fact that Apollon Smyrni did not avoid relegation, Petropoulos has the best year in his career by scoring 12 goals. As a result of his exceptional year, Metz, Chievo and Hellas Verona are interested in him.[10]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League League Cup Continental Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Egaleo 2003–04 Alpha Ethniki 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Keratsini 2004–05 Gamma Ethniki 27 5 2 0 29 5
Haidari 2005–06 Beta Ethniki 25 4 2 1 27 5
Egaleo 2006–07 Superleague Greece 23 4 2 0 25 4
Panathinaikos 2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
OFI 10 4 2 1 12 5
Panathinaikos 2008–09 14 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 17 5
2009–10 6 0 3 0 1 0 10 0
2010–11 11 4 1 0 2 0 3 0 17 4
2011–12 12 3 1 0 2 0 2 1 17 4
2012–13 8 1 2 1 4 0 14 2
AEK Athens 13 3 0 0 13 3
Apollon Smyrnis 2013–14 25 12 2 0 27 12
Career total 178 44 19 3 9 1 6 1 212 49

1Includes Greek Superleague playoffs.

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