Ieroklis Stoltidis

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Ieroklis Stoltidis
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Personal information
Full name Ieroklis Stoltidis
Date of birth (1975-02-02) 2 February 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Mavrodendri, Greece
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2003 Iraklis 234 (33)
2003–2010 Olympiacos 142 (20)
2010–2011 Kerkyra 27 (2)
Total 403 (55)
National team
1994-1998 Greece U21 18 (1)
2004 Greece Olympic 3 (1)
1999–2008 Greece 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 July 2007

Ieroklis Stoltidis (Greek: Ιεροκλής Στολτίδης; born 2 February 1975 in Mavrodendri), also known as "Iéro", is a retired Greek footballer, who played as a defensive midfielder. He's well known as a passionate, determined anchorman with tremendous mental and physical courage.

Club career[edit]

Stoltidis started out with Pontioi Kozanis FC in the fourth division before signing for Iraklis FC, where he spent eleven years. He made his Alpha Ethniki debut for the Thessaloniki-based club in December 1992 but did not become a regular until 1995/96. The following term he played UEFA Cup football for the first time. Stoltidis stood out in 2002/03 and was named the club's player of the season. In June, after 234 league matches, he left for Olympiacos CFP, signing a two-year contract. He was signed to replace Zé Elias at Olympiacos CFP.

Crucial goals against eventual champions Panathinaikos and AEK Athens in 2003/04 endeared him to supporters. Stoltidis also relished his first taste of UEFA Champions League football, scoring twice in five appearances. A regular in Dusan Bajevic's side in 2004/2005, he played 25 league matches and scored twice. He appeared in all 540 minutes of the Champions League campaign and scored the winner at home against eventual champions Liverpool FC. In the same season, he won the Alpha Ethniki as well as the Greek Cup with Olympiakos.

During the 2005/06 season, he started in the first eleven in the Greek El Clasico, Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos, and went on to score in Olympiakos' 0–2 victory. . Stoltidis finished the 2005/06 season with another Olympiakos double as well as the award for Greek Footballer of the Year. The 2007/08 season would once again prove successful for Stoltidis. One half of Takis Lemonis' defensive midfiled duo, Akis formed a strong partnership with Argentine International Cristian Raul Ledesma. Stoltidis also continued his streak of Champions League success, this time helping Olympiakos finish second and gaining entry into the Round of 16. Finishing the group stages with 3 goals and 2 assists, Stoltidis pulled off some of the most memorable performances of his career, most notably the 1–3 and 3–0 victories against Werder Bremen where Stoltidis found the back of the net three times. In 2010 he signed with Kerkyra on a one-year contract where he would finish his career a year later in 2011.

International career[edit]

Stoltidis was a member of the Greece side defeated in the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final by Spain. In November 1999, he made his debut for the senior national team and he went on to represent Greece at the Athens Olympics in 2004.[1] Despite performing at a high rate for his club Olympiakos, he was left out of the UEFA Euro 2004 championship winning squad[2] and the FIFA World Cup 2006 or UEFA Euro 2008 campaigns. Finally, after years of media speculation, Stoltidis was called to the National Team under Rehhagel for a friendly against the Czech Republic. He declined the invitation stating "I'm no longer at an age where I can perform on all those fronts at the required level. Apart from my gratitude to the fans for their support, I want to assure them that, had this call come earlier in my career, when I was capable of competing on all fronts at a high level, I would have put myself at the disposal of the coach without hesitation."[1]

Statistics[edit]

Club Season Appearances Goals
Kerkyra 2010-11 27 2
Total 27 2
Olympiakos 2009-10 3 0
2008-09 9 1
2007–08 26 3
2006–07 26 4
2005–06 27 5
2004–05 26 2
2003–04 25 5
Total 142 20
Iraklis F.C. 2002–03 28 6
2001–02 25 6
2000–01 13 1
1999-00 32 5
1998–99 30 6
1997–98 27 7
1996–97 28 1
1995–96 27 0
1994–95 17 0
1993–94 6 1
1992–93 1 0
Total 234 33
Career Totals 403 55

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ieroklis Stoltidis Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  2. ^ "Papadopoulos in Greek squad". BBC. 23 May 2004. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 

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