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|Full name||Leonidas Kampantais|
|Date of birth||8 March 1982|
|Place of birth||Athens, Greece|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2005||→ Anorthosis Famagusta (loan)||9||(2)|
|2005–2006||→ Panionios (loan)||12||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Aris Thessaloniki FC
Kampantais began his professional career in Aris Thessaloniki F.C. in 2002, appearing in 11 matches in Alpha Ethniki (from 2006 has been renamed to Super League), scoring two goals. He remained in Salonica for another year, scoring one goal in seven appearances.
Move to AEK Athens
In Season 2005, Fernando Santos proposed him to go on-loan, to gain the required experience. He agreed, and moved to Anorthosis Famagusta FC, where Temuri Ketsbaia (a former player of AEK Athens) was a player-manager. However, Kabantais returned after six months, in January 2006, after scoring only two goals and wasting numerous goal opportunities in 14 matches. Although Kabantais claimed that the reason Anorthosis released him due to personal problems he had with player/manager Ketsbaia which appeared to be true. He moved then to Panionios NFC for six months. Panionios had the option of buying the player. At first, he was not considered to play very well, even though he appeared in almost every game, scoring two very important goals. Additionally, the last three to four appearances were very good.
In 2006, Ilija Ivic told him that the best for him was to go on-loan again. However, Kampantais was unwilling to go, unless the new manager would tell him so. Llorenç Serra Ferrer (the new manager), gave him enough chances to prove his worth, as he did. However, Serra Ferrer did not register him for the UEFA Champions League matches, which upset Leonidas, but he later showed his worth.
Even though not considered a first team regular, he was one of the best players in the friendly matches. Serra Ferrer trusted him in the derby vs. Panathinaikos. Leonidas, even though he did not score, played a good match.
The next matches, in which Kampantais played, was versus Aris and Larissa. These two matches were critical for AEK, and Leonidas managed to score in each game once (in both matches he was in the first team). Versus Kerkyra, Kampantais, was awarded two clear penalties. He was announced as Most Valuable Player in that match. That was the first time Kampantais was given this award.
Since then he appeared in every match and scored goals. He was voted one of the two MVP in the big derby against Olympiakos early February.
His contract with AEK expired summer 2007. On 21 May 2007, he was released by AEK and signed by German team Arminia Bielefeld.
Return to Greeve
- "Kampantais, Leonidas" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 2 December 2012.