Katidis with Greece in 2012 UEFA Euro U19
|Date of birth||12 February 1993|
|Place of birth||Salonica, Greece|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Giorgos Katidis (Greek: Γιώργος Κατίδης; born 12 February 1993) is a Greek association football player who played for AEK Athens F.C. in the Greek Superleague, as a midfielder; he is now playing for Novara Calcio.
Katidis rose through the youth ranks at Aris and managed to make his debut for the team at 17 years old.
Katidis created an international controversy on 16 March 2013, when he gave what appeared to be an Nazi-style salute after scoring the winning goal against Veria. His action drew condemnation from politicians, fans and the media, forcing him to tears in the dressing room. He later told the public he was unaware of the gesture's connotations, stating that he just wanted to dedicate the goal to a colleague in the stands. AEK's German coach Ewald Lienen said "the player doesn't have an idea about politics". As a result of the salute, the Hellenic Football Federation voted unanimously to give Katidis a lifetime ban from all Greek national teams and he was fined €50,000. He was furthermore suspended by AEK for the rest of the season.
Katidis quickly became under 17, under 19 and then 21 captain of Greece due to excellent performances while he was still playing for Aris FC. He was the captain of the under 19 team that lost in the final to Spain in the European under 19 Championships in 2012 in Estonia.
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