Kostas Fortounis

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Kostas Fortounis
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Fortounis with Kaiserslautern in 2011
Personal information
Full name Konstantinos Fortounis
Date of birth (1992-10-16) 16 October 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Trikala, Greece
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Kaiserslautern
Number 28
Youth career
2003–2008 Olympiacos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Trikala 30 (26)
2010–2011 Asteras Tripolis 24 (1)
2011–2014 Kaiserslautern 70 (2)
2014– PAOK 0 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Greece U19 9 (1)
2011– Greece U21 14 (4)
2012– Greece 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 September 2013

Konstantinos "Kostas" Fortounis (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Φορτούνης; born 16 October 1992) is a Greek footballer[1] who plays for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the 2. Bundesliga.

Style of Play[edit]

Fortounis’ ability to combine well with his colleagues down the flank, while also being able to drive the net in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity. Fortounis’ speed on and off the ball make him an efficient player to have in the line-up as his time with the ball usually creates an attack for his team. His speed is another factor that is to his benefit, as he is able to burst past markers with flare and trickery.[2]

Club career[edit]

Trikala[edit]

After leaving Olympiacos' youth team in 2008, he moved to Trikala in order to play for the team of AO Trikala.Fortounis, who had an impressive spell in the Under-21 side scoring four goals in 14 matches, began his career with fourth division club A.O. Trikala, where from 2008-2010 he played in 30 matches and scored 26 goals.[3]

Asteras Tripolis[edit]

Because of his good appearances with the Greece under-17 national team, Vangelis Vlachos, Asteras's manager convinced him to join the Peloponeesean team. He made his debut in a draw with PAOK in Tripolis. Used predominantly as a substitute, the teenager clocked up 24 league appearances, scoring his first Super League goal on 19 September 2010 in a 2-2 draw at AEK Athens FC, unable, however, to save the side from relegation.[4] Due to his good performances at Asteras, Juventus made an offer in the winter transfer window for a loan transfer until summer with an option to buy him. Asteras finally declined Juventus's offer.

1. FC Kaiserslautern[edit]

The midfielder has moved to Germany on a contract until June 2015 after being transferred for an undisclosed fee. 1. FC Kaiserslautern general manager Stefan Kuntz now wants to help Fortounis in his progress at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion. Kuntz told Kaiserslautern's official website: "Konstantinos Fortounis is a very talented attacking player with a good chance to make it in the future. We are keen to further develop him as a player and we feel he will benefit from working under our manager, Marco Kurz, with regard to his abilities in the game." [5] Racked up 28 league appearances for Kaiserslautern but endured a second successive relegation.Despite having experienced the disappointment of relegation in his first season with Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern, Fortounis has reportedly attracted interest from Dutch champions Ajax and Italian champions Juventus.Fortounis is willing to continue his career at Kaiserslautern but the likeliest scenario is that another club will come hunting for him as there is a relatively cheap exit clause on his contract of just 800,000 euros."I don't have any problem of playing in the second division of the German league," he said. "Of course I will look at the situation and if there is another offer from a team abroad and my team agrees to let me go, I will most likely leave. As for my return to a Greek team, I wouldn't want to return at this phase of my career." [6]

In the season 2012/13 he scored twice in 24 appearances as he helped Kaiserslautern to a third-place finish in the German second tier only to miss out on promotion due to defeat in he promotion/ relegation play-off with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.[7] On 16 April 2014, he missed his first final of his career in the semifinal of DFB-Pokal by facing as a substitute a 5-1 loss from the German champions Bayern Munich.

Career statistics[edit]

[8]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Trikala F.C. Delta Ethniki 8 6 - - - - - - 8 6
2009–10 22 20 - - - - - - 22 20
2010–11 Asteras Tripolis F.C. Alpha Ethniki 24 1 1 0 - - - - 25 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2011–12 1. FC Kaiserslautern Bundesliga 28 0 2 0 - - - - 30 0
2012–13 2. Bundesliga 24 2 2 1 - - - - 26 3
2013–14 18 0 3 0 - - - - 21 0
Career Total 124 29 8 1 0 0 0 0 132 30

International career[edit]

He has represented Greece at U-21, U-19 and U-17 level.

Fortounis' debut with the Greece came against Belgium in February 2012 as a suspension with the U-21 side allowed Fernando Santos to call-up the Kaiserslautern's prospect to the senior squad. Showing plenty of maturity against the Belgians, Fortounis was also given test runs against Slovenia and Armenia in the final two Greece friendlies ahead of UEFA EURO 2012. Strong runs down the left flank in Greece’s friendlies allowed Fortounis to form a strong bond with the likes of Giorgos Karagounis and Jose Holebas down the left side; thus forming a strong chemistry between the trio all the while improving Greece’s transition game and attack.[9] Eventually was picked in the Greece squad for Euro 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fortounis, Konstantinos" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kostas Fortounis". footballhellas.com. 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kostas Fortounis". sports.ndtv.com. 25 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kostas Fortounis". uefa.com. 
  5. ^ "Fortounis moves to Germany". skysports.com. 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kostas Fortounis". sports.ndtv.com. 2012-05-25. 
  7. ^ "Kostas Fortounis". uefa.com. 
  8. ^ "Kostas Fortounis". National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kostas Fortounis". footballhellas.com. 6 June 2012. 

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