Kostas Stafylidis

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Kostas Stafylidis
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Personal information
Full name Konstantinos Stafylidis
Date of birth (1993-12-02) 2 December 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Thessaloniki, Greece
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back / Left winger
Club information
Current team
Fulham
(on loan from Bayer Leverkusen)
Number 3
Youth career
2006–2011 PAOK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 PAOK 16 (0)
2012– Bayer Leverkusen 1 (0)
2012–2013 PAOK (loan) 21 (1)
2014– Fulham (loan) 37 (0)
National team
2010 Greece U17 1 (0)
2010–2012 Greece U19 21 (4)
2013 Greece U20 7 (1)
2012–2013 Greece U21 10 (0)
2012– Greece 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2014

Konstantinos Stafylidis (Greek: Κώστας Σταφυλίδης; born 2 December 1993) is a Greek footballer who plays as a left back for Fulham on loan from Bayer Leverkusen in the Football League Championship.[1]

Early career[edit]

Stafylidis started his football career at the age of 6 joining his village football team Aetos Akropotamou. At the age of twelve, PAOK scouts recognized his talent, and he joined the club's academies. Stafylidis has played for all PAOK youth teams.

Club career[edit]

PAOK[edit]

On 20 November Stafylidis made his Superleague debut in a match against Panetolikos at age of 17. He also gave his first assist in this game. He said after the game. “I was in the reserves back then but I got a call because the two first team left backs were both injured,” explained Stafylidis. “I was in the starting line-up. It felt brilliant.” His career took off from that point. He became a regular first choice in next to no time, made his debut in the UEFA Europa League and played for several national teams. He reached the 2012 European Championship Final in Estonia with the Greece U19s. Greece lost to the favourites Spain by the only goal of the game in Tallinn. Jesé, who scored the winner, now plays for Real Madrid alongside superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. “It was great facing top players,” said Stafylidis.[2]

He played regularly for PAOK, either operating as a left back or left midfielder. His performances with the club made PAOK chairman Zisis Vryzas decide to renew his contract and increase his salary. The new contract would keep Stafylidis at the club until 2016 and installed a buy-out clause of €1.5 million.

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

In the summer of 2012 and after his outstanding performances at the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, in which he was named one of the ten most talented players in the tournament, Stafylidis attracted attention from German club Bayer Leverkusen. After weeks of negotiations and due to PAOK's financial problem the team accepted a bid from Bayer Leverkusen of €1.5 million euros and 10% resale and the player for one year loan. Stafylidis signed a five-year contract with the team worth €2.2 million.

Stafylidis has worn the Werkself shirt since the summer of 2013 and he is happy here despite a tricky start at the club. “I had some problems with the language and the training sessions were much tougher. Everybody always gives 100 per cent.” He started playing for Ralf Minge's team in the Regional League. But he gradually got used to the level of the pros and he felt at home in the team. “I get on really well with the lads. And my German's improving all the time.” [2]

He gained his first Bundesliga experience against Nurnberg. “It was fantastic,” said Stafylidis with a broad smile. “I was only on for a few minutes but I worked hard for that every day.” But during the 2013/14 season Stafylidis did not manage to be one of regular team members. He has serious problems and tried to leave the club playing somewhere else, but as he said in an interview in April 2014 the climate for him will change the next few months : "From the few conversations I've done they told me that I will not leave. I do not know why, but I was told that I will stay. They seem to believe me and I feel proud for that. I think the new year will be better than this one, because I know how to handle this situation. This year, was a lost year. But when you think about it more calmly think that everything is a lesson, because I see things better now, I'm more professional. I do not want to say that I was not before, just in the beginning I could have put much more effort. I believe that the coming year will be better. I believe, I will play. I'm not saying that I am not the best player in the club but I just see that they believe in me." [3]

Fulham (loan)[edit]

On 9 July 2014, Stafylidis joined Fulham on loan from Bayer Leverkusen playing in English Championship.[4] The jury is out on whether Kostas Stafylidis will get a permanent contract - according to his Fulham boss. The left-back was dropped for the 5-1 home hammering by Bournemouth on Friday, but appeared anyway as a 72nd minute sub after Fernando Amorebieta was red carded on his comeback. Stafylidis, on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, is a rare success from Felix Magath’s recruitment drive last summer. “He’s a young player, and he’s having to adapt to a new environment in a very different league with a very different style of play,” the manager said.“He’s done quite well. We’ve asked him to adapt and change his game slightly and do different things. He’s tried to take it on board and put into practice.”[5]

International career[edit]

He also played a major role in the Greek squad at the Under-19 European Champions and won a runners-up medal, after losing 1–0 to Spain.[6] Stafylidis made his debut with Greece national football team in a friendly match against Republic of Ireland on 14 November 2012, in which Greece won 1–0.[7]

International appearances[edit]

Greece national football team[8]
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2014 1 0
Total 2 0

Honours[edit]

PAOK

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