Ioannis Okkas

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Ioannis Okkas
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Personal information
Full name Yiannakis Okkas
Date of birth (1977-02-11) February 11, 1977 (age 37)
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Deep-lying striker, left winger
Club information
Current team
Ermis Aradippou
Number 77
Youth career
1993–1997 Nea Salamina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Nea Salamina 53 (16)
1997–2000 Anorthosis Famagusta 72 (51)
2000–2003 PAOK 80 (28)
2003–2004 AEK Athens 24 (5)
2004–2007 Olympiakos 77 (18)
2007–2008 Celta Vigo 24 (6)
2008–2009 AC Omonia 23 (9)
2009–2014 Anorthosis Famagusta 100 (27)
2014 Ermis Aradippou 3 (2)
National team
1997–2011 Cyprus 106 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:57, 11 October 2011

Giannakis 'Ioannis' Okkas (Greek: Γιάννης Οκκάς; born February 11, 1977 in Larnaca) is a Cypriot football striker, who currently plays for Anorthosis Famagusta FC. He was also the captain of the Cyprus national football team for many years and he is the 2nd leading scorer of all time just behind Michalis Konstantinou, scoring in total 27 goals for Cyprus. With 106 national caps since 1997, Okkas has made more appearances for Cyprus than any other player in history.

International career[edit]

At the age of 19, Okkas was called into the Cypriot national team, and remained a regular fixture in the following decade, passing the 50-cap mark in 2003.

He scored three goals in his side's failed attempts to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, and was also on target in Euro 2004's qualifying stage, notably against France, in which Cyprus lost 1-2, but with fine displays from Okkas, including a delicate chip that left French keeper Grégory Coupet completely stranded.[1]

On November 15, 2006, Okkas netted in a surprising Euro 2008 qualifier draw with giants Germany. He started captaining the national squad since the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

On October 8, 2010, Okkas reached 100 appearances with the Cyprus national football team against Norway in Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca. In the same match, he managed to score his 26th goal but Cyprus lost 1-2.

After fifteen full playing years as the captain for Cyprus, Okkas announced his retirement from international football on 2 March 2012. On 11 October 2011, he played for the last time with the national side, in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group H match against Norway in Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, where he scored his last goal for the Cypriot national team.

Trivia[edit]

For two consecutive years, Okkas scored the first league goal of the season in Greece, with AEK in 2003-04 and Olympiacos the next season.

International goals[edit]

Ioannis Okkas: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 April 1997 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 3–1 4–1 1998 World Cup qualifying
2 5 February 1998 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Finland 1–1 1–1 Friendly
3 6 February 2000 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Romania 1–0 3–2 Cyprus International Tournament
4 15 November 2000 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Andorra 1–0 5–0 2002 World Cup qualifying
5 15 November 2000 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Andorra 2–0 5–0 2002 World Cup qualifying
6 28 February 2001 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Ukraine 1–1 4–3 Cyprus International Tournament
7 28 March 2001 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Estonia 2–0 2–2 2002 World Cup qualifying
8 14 November 2001 Kesariani Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece 0–1 1–2 Friendly
9 7 September 2002 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  France 1–0 1–2 Euro 2004 qualifying
10 20 November 2002 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Malta 2–0 2–1 Euro 2004 qualifying
11 9 October 2004 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Faroe Islands 2–2 2–2 2006 World Cup qualifying
12 17 November 2004 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Israel 1–1 1–2 2006 World Cup qualifying
13 26 March 2005 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Jordan 2–0 2–1 Friendly
14 1 March 2006 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Armenia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
15 11 October 2006 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales  Wales 3–1 3–1 Euro 2008 qualifying
16 15 November 2006 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Germany 1–1 1–1 Euro 2008 qualifying
17 6 February 2007 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Hungary 2–0 2–1 Cyprus International Tournament
18 22 August 2007 Stadio Olimpico (San Marino), Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 0–1 0–1 Euro 2008 qualifying
19 8 September 2007 Dasaki Stadium, Achna, Cyprus  Armenia 2–1 3–1 Friendly
20 13 October 2007 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Wales 1–1 3–1 Euro 2008 qualifying
21 13 October 2007 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Wales 2–1 3–1 Euro 2008 qualifying
22 11 February 2009 Makario Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Slovakia 3–0 3–2 Cyprus International Tournament
23 9 September 2009 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 1–1 1–1 2010 World Cup qualifying
24 14 October 2009 Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy  Italy 0–1 3–2 2010 World Cup qualifying
25 3 September 2010 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal  Portugal 3–3 4–4 Euro 2012 qualifying
26 8 October 2010 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Norway 1–2 1–2 Euro 2012 qualifying
27 11 October 2011 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 2–1 3–1 Euro 2012 qualifying

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