|Full name||Georgios Donis|
|Date of birth||22 October 1969|
|Place of birth||Frankfurt, West Germany|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Giorgos Donis (Greek: Γεώργιος Δώνης) born on 22 October 1969 in Frankfurt, West Germany) is a retired professional football player and the current manager of APOEL in the Cypriot First Division. He was the first ever Greek to play in the English Premier League. In England, he was also known as George Donis.
Giorgos Donis started his career with PAS Giannina in 1990, and after one successful year he moved to Panathinaikos. On 5 June 1996, after helping the Greek club reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, Donis moved to Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer, making use of the then recent Bosman ruling signing for 1.1 billion drachmas, a record amount for Greek players at the time. He had an erratic season with Blackburn, scoring twice against Everton. and Coventry City, before signing for Sheffield United. At United he scored once against Ipswich Town. He then headed back home to play for AEK Athens. Later he moved to England again, this time for Huddersfield Town where he ended his career.
After the end of his playing career, he turned to coaching. Starting in 2002, he leaded Zografou's club Ilisiakos in two consecutive promotions from 4th to 2nd Greek football level. He then made the move to Larissa, where after one season he managed to bring the team to the Greek Superleague from the second division and finish them in 8th place the following year. In 2007, Larissa finished only 10th in the league but he managed to bring them the Greek Cup after defeating Panathinaikos 2–1 in the final. In his first taste of European football management, his team Larissa defeated his former team Blackburn Rovers to reach the 2007–08 UEFA Cup group stages. He finished a great year in 6th place in the league, missing out on the season play-off's on goal difference.
On 25 April 2008, Donis stepped down as manager of Larissa and on May 14 he was appointed as head coach of AEK Athens. On 17 November 2008, AEK parted company with Giorgos Donis just six months after appointing the former Larissa manager, due to a string of poor performances and early knock out from the UEFA Cup.
In 2009, Giorgos Donis was appointed by Atromitos and at season 2010–11 he reached again the Greek Cup Final to lose 0–3 from his former team AEK Athens. Next year, Atromitos enjoyed another successful spell under his guidance, reaching the Greek Cup Final for a second consecutive time (losing 1–2 from Olympiacos at extra time), as well as participating at the Greek Superleauge play-offs.
On 31 May 2012, PAOK appointed Giorgos Donis as the new manager of the club, on a two-year contract, with immediate effect. On 28 April 2013, after a crucial defeat 0–2 and the elimination in the semi-final of Greek Cup by Asteras Tripolis, he sacked from being PAOK's manager by chairman Ivan Savvidis.
On 11 October 2013, Giorgos Donis signed a contract until the end of the 2013–14 season with the reigning Cypriot champions APOEL, replacing Paulo Sérgio who was fired on 4 October 2013. In his first season at APOEL, Donis achieved to win the double. He won his first title with APOEL on 21 May 2014, when he led his team to a 2–0 victory over Ermis Aradippou in the Cypriot Cup final. Ten days later, Donis won also the Cypriot First Division after APOEL's 1–0 away victory against AEL Limassol in the title deciding match and won his first league title in his managerial career.
Following a successful first season in the club, Giorgos Donis signed a one-year contract extension with APOEL on 26 June 2014. In August 2014, Donis led APOEL into the group stages of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, after eliminating HJK Helsinki (4–2 on aggregate) in the third qualifying round and trashing Aalborg BK 5–1 on aggregate in the play-off round of the competition. APOEL were drawn in Group F alongside Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax. Donis led his team to some great performances in the group stage, but APOEL managed to collect only one point after drawing 1–1 with Ajax at home. In their other five Group F matches, APOEL lost twice to Barcelona (0–4 at home, 0–1 away), lost twice to Paris Saint-Germain (0–1 at home, 0–1 away) and also lost to Ajax 0–4 away.
- As of 15 December 2014
|Ilisiakos||1 July 2002||30 June 2004||47||29||11||7||61.70|
|Larissa||1 July 2004||24 April 2008||152||63||40||49||41.45|
|AEK Athens||14 May 2008||17 November 2008||13||4||7||2||30.77|
|Atromitos||1 July 2009||30 May 2012||111||40||38||33||36.04|
|PAOK||1 June 2012||29 April 2013||42||26||9||7||61.90|
|APOEL||11 October 2013||—||67||41||14||12||61.19|
He made his debut for the Greek national football team on 22 December 1991, in his team 1–1 draw against Malta for the UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying round. He appeared in 24 matches and scored 5 goals during his international career with Grecce.
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- Unlikely Larissa take Greek Cup
- Larissa explain it all
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- Donis's brief tenure at AEK is over
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- Λύνεται το συμβόλαιο με Δώνη, παίζει και του Ιβάν
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- ΕΡΜΗΣ ΑΡΑΔΙΠΠΟΥ 0-2 ΑΠΟΕΛ (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
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- "APOEL ease past AaB and into group stage". UEFA. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- "Holders Real Madrid draw Liverpool in group stage". UEFA. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
- "Ajax thrash APOEL to finish third in Group F". UEFA. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- UEFA EURO 1992 - History - Malta-Greece
- Giorgos Donis at National-Football-Teams.com