Kleopas Giannou

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Kleopas Giannou
Personal information
Full name Kleopas Giannou
Date of birth (1982-05-04) 4 May 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
-1999 Olympiacos U-21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2007 Olympiacos F.C. 20 (0)
2006-2007 Egaleo F.C. (loan) 11 (0)
2007-2008 AEL Limassol 12 (0)
2008 Panionios G.S.S. 4 (0)
2008-2009 AEL Limassol ? (?)
National team
2004 Greece Olympic 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 September 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kleopas Giannou (born 4 May 1982 in Peristeri, Athens) is a former Greek footballer.

A graduate of the Athenian club's youth system, Giannou was loaned to Olympiakos Volou in summer 2000 until the end of the year, and spent the rest the campaign at Halkidona FC. Promoted to the senior Olympiacos squad on his return, he made his top-flight debut on 4 January 2002, but was mainly a reserve. However, although by the start of 2003/04 he was still fourth-choice, a combination of Theofanis Katergiannakis's injury, Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos's departure and Juraj Bucek's loss of form saw Giannou promoted to play in the final 12 games of the league season.

Olympiacos, however, were pipped to the title by Panathinaikos FC. The arrival of Antonios Nikopolidis from Panathinaikos relegated Giannou back to the bench. He played in just one league match, when Nikopolidis was suspended, and three Greek Cup encounters as his club completed the domestic double. In 2005/06, understudy to Nikopolidis, he played in one league encounter and made his UEFA Champions League debut against Olympique Lyonnais.

He won approximately €1m in the Greek national lottery in 2002.

On 29 August 2007 Olympiacos CFP decided to release Giannou from his contract after he refused to be loaned out again. He spent time on trial at Championship side Cardiff City but failed to earn a full contract. From August 2007 to January 2008 he was playing for AEL FC in Cyprus and since then he is currently playing in Panionios.

National team[edit]

An Under-21 international, he was part of the Greek squad in the 2004 Olympic Games.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kleopas Giannouthesi Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-27.