Koulis Apostolidis

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Kirk Apostolidis
Κουλης Αποστολιδης
Personal information
Full name Kyriákos Apostolídis
Date of birth (1946-03-03) 3 March 1946 (age 68)
Place of birth Thessaloniki, Greece
Playing position Defender
Forward
Youth career
1959–1963 PAOK Thessaloniki
1964–1967 University of San Francisco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1964 PAOK Thessaloniki 1 (0)
1968 Vancouver Royals 7 (0)
1969 Oakland Clippers 0 (0)
1970–1971 Dallas Tornado 49 (28)
1971–1979 PAOK Thessaloniki 238 (43)
National team
1972–1976 Greece 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kyriakos "Koulis" or “Kirk” Apostolidis (born 3 March 1946 in Thessaloniki) is a former Greek footballer. He began his career in the North American Soccer League and finished it with PAOK Thessaloniki FC in Greece. Apostolidis lead the NASL in goals in 1971 and later earned six caps with the Greek national team. He has also coached in the Greek First Division, most recently with PAOK Thessaloniki FC.

Playing[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Apostolidis joined PAOK in 1959 making his debut with the first team in 1963. In 1964, he left for studies in the United States. Apostolidis attended University of San Francisco where he played on men’s soccer team from 1964 to 1967 and The Greek Americans A.C. in the San Francisco amateur soccer league His senior year, he was selected as a first team All American.

Professional[edit]

In 1968, Apostolidis signed with the Vancouver Royals of the North American Soccer League. The Royals folded at the end of the season and Apostolidis moved to the Dallas Tornado. In 1969, he played as a defender, earning first team All NASL recognition. In 1970, he moved to the front line. The move paid off immediately for the Tornado as Apostolidis led the league in scoring, tying with Carlos Metidieri for the points lead. He was selected as a 1970 second team All NASL. In 1971, he won the title and finished fourth in the league in goals, but left the NASL at the end of the season to return to Greece. Apostolidis signed with PAOK Thessaloniki FC of the Greek First Division.

National team[edit]

Apostolidis earned six caps with the Greek national team between 1972 and 1976. His first game was a 5-0 loss to the Netherlands on 16 February 1972. His last was a 1-0 win over Poland on 6 May 1976. In that game, he came on for Maik Galakos in the 63rd minute.[1]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dallas Tornado
PAOK
Individual

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