Georgios Efrem

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Georgios Efrem
Georgios Efrem vs Catania.jpg
Giorgos Efrem in 2011.
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Limassol, Cyprus
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
APOEL
Number 7
Youth career
2002–2004 Apollon Limassol
2004–2007 Arsenal
2007–2009 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Rangers 0 (0)
2009 Dundee (loan) 8 (2)
2009–2014 Omonia 134 (25)
2014– APOEL 11 (1)
National team
2008–2011 Cyprus U19 11 (4)
2008–2011 Cyprus U21 4 (2)
2009– Cyprus 28 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014

Georgios Efrem (Greek: Γεώργιος Εφραίμ; born 5 July 1989 in Limassol) is a Cypriot footballer who plays as a winger for APOEL and the Cyprus national team. He is a product of Arsenal F.C. Academy.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Efrem began his career as a 15-year old with Arsenal in 2004, and was a regular in their reserve and youth sides. However, he was unable to break into the first team, and so moved to Rangers in May 2007.[2] He soon became a regular in the reserve team and was loaned out to Scottish First Division side Dundee to gain some first team experience on 1 February 2009.[3] Efrem scored on his debut against Livingston a week later.[4] He was released on 1 June 2009 by Rangers and signed with Omonia.[5]

Omonia[edit]

Efrem had an excellent start with his new club in season 2009–10, leading Omonia to its 20th championship. In the same year, Cyprus Football Association awarded Efrem the Best Youth Player Award for the 2009–10 season. During his five-year spell with Omonia, he managed to win one championship, two Cups and two Super Cups. He also appeared in 134 league matches and scored 25 goals.

APOEL[edit]

On 6 June 2014, Efrem signed a three-year contract with APOEL.[6] He made his APOEL debut against HJK Helsinki at Sonera Stadium on 30 July 2014, in a 2–2 first leg draw for the third qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League.[7] He scored his first official goal with APOEL on 30 November 2014, netting the only goal in APOEL's 1–0 win against his former team Omonia for the Cypriot First Division.[8] Efrem also appeared in five group stage matches in APOEL's 2014–15 UEFA Champions League campaign.[9]

International career[edit]

He has represented Cyprus at all youth levels and captained the Cyprus under-21 team. In March 2009, he was called up to the Cyprus national team squad and in September 2009, he made his first two appearances.

On 16 November 2014, Giorgios Efrem scored a hat-trick against Andorra in a 5–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying win and made history by becoming Cyprus' first international player to score three goals in a single game.[10]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Omonia

Individual[edit]

  • Youth player of the Season (Cyprus): 2009–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Un fost "tunar" la Giurgiu". Gazeta Sporturilor. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Walter backs Murray on cash charge". Evening Times. 30 May 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Rangers' Efrem on loan to Dundee". BBC Sport. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Livingston 1–2 Dundee". BBC Sport. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rangers ace Pedro Mendes: I’m not going anywhere". Evening Times. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2013. [dead link]
  6. ^ Σύναψη συμφωνίας με Γιώργο Εφραίμ [Agreement with Giorgos Efrem] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "APOEL comeback halts ten-man HJK". UEFA. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  8. ^ ΑΠΟΕΛ 1-0 ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ [APOEL 1-0 OMONIA] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "APOEL FC Squad". UEFA. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Leonidou, John (16 November 2014). "Efrem powers Cyprus to Andorra triumph". UEFA. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 

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