Nikos Anastopoulos

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Nikos Anastopoulos
Personal information
Full name Nikolaos Anastopoulos
Date of birth (1958-01-22) 22 January 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Dafni, Greece
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Dafni
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1980 Panionios 117 (25)
1980–1987 Olympiacos 187 (115)
1987–1988 Avellino 16 (0)
1988–1989 Panionios 11 (5)
1989–1992 Olympiacos 72 (30)
1992–1993 Ionikos 19 (7)
1993–1994 Olympiacos 3 (0)
Total 425 (182)
National team
1977–1988 Greece 75 (29)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Panelefsiniakos
1997–1998 Panserraikos
2000–2001 Panetolikos
2001–2002 PAS Giannina
2002 Panachaiki
2003 Kallithea
2003–2005 Kerkyra
2005–2006 Aris
2008 Ionikos
2008 PAS Giannina
2008–2009 Kavala
2010–2012 OFI Crete
2012–2013 Atromitos
2013–2014 Platanias
2014 Panionios
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nikolaos "Nikos" Anastopoulos (Greek: Νικόλαος "Νίκος" Αναστόπουλος) is a Greek former football player, one of the most prolific strikers in the Greek league during the 1980s and regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of Greek football. With 29 goals he is the all time highest scorer for the Greek national football team. Since retiring as a player he has become a football manager. In 262 games in the Greek championship division for Olympiacos he scored 145 times.

Anastopoulos was born on 22 January 1958. He started his career at Dafni before transferring to Panionios with whom he debuted in the Alpha Ethniki in the 1977–1978 season. Thanks to Anastopoulos, Panionios won the Greek Cup in 1979 upsetting AEK 3–1. His debut in European competition was also impressive as he scored twice against Twente Enschede of Holland and once against IFK Göteborg in the Cup-winners' Cup. His performance brought an immediate transfer offer from Twente as well as other Greek and foreign clubs. Finally, in 1980, he went to Olympiakos Piraeus.

As an Olympiakos player, Anastopoulos, also known as "Moustakias" (the moustachioed one), won top scorer honours in 1982–1983 season (29 goals), 1983–1984 season (18 goals), 1985–1986 season (19 goals) and 1986–1987 season (16 goals). His goal-scoring exploits in 1982–1983 won him the Bronze Boot as third scorer in all Europe.

In 1987, Anastopoulos left Greece to play for Avellino in Italy. Though he performed well in the Italian Cup, he failed to score a single goal in Serie A and returned to Greece the following season.[1]

After coming close to signing with AEK, Anastopoulos chose to return to Panionios. He later played for Olympiakos, Ionikos and closed out his career with Olympiakos (once more) after the 1993–1994 season.

Club Statistics[edit]

Team Period League Cup Europe
TOTAL
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Average
Position
Panionios 1976–77 32 11 32 11
1977–78 27 03 27 03
1978–79 28 04 28 04
1979–80 30 07 4 03 34 10
1980–81 a' 00 00 00 00
1976-1980 117 25 4 3 121 28
Olympiacos 1980–81 b' 20 04 20 04
1981–82 0033[2] 14[2] 02 01 35 15 0,43
1982–83 31 29 04 01 35 30 0,86 1st (3rd in Europe)
1983–84 30 18 04 03 34 21 0,62 1st
1984–85 28 15 04 02 32 17 0,53 2nd
1985–86 24 19 24 19 0,79 1st
1986–87 21 16 04 03 25 19 0,76 1st
1980-1987 187 115 18 10 205 125 0,61
Avellino 1987–88 16 00 16 00
Panionios 1988–89 a' 11 05 11 05 0,45
Olympiacos 1989–90 22 07 06 02 28 09
1990–91 26 17 04 02 30 19 0,63 3rd
1991–92 24 06 24 06
1989-1992 72 30 10 4 82 34 0,41
Ionikos 1992–93 19 07 19 07
Olympiacos 1993–94 a' 03 00 01 00 04 00
WHOLE 18-years'CAREER 425 182 33 17 458 199 0,43
CAREER in Panionios 128 030 04 03 132 033 0,25
CAREER in Olympiacos 262 145 29 14 291 159 0,55

National team[edit]

In September 21, 1977 was participated for first time in National Football Team of Greece and during his playing career Anastopoulos was capped 75 times[3] scoring 29 goals – more than any other Greek international.He was a member of the Greek squad in the finals of Euro 1980 and scored the only Greek goal of that competition with a brilliant header against Czechoslovakia.

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Greece 1977 1 0
1979 2 0
1980 5 2
1981 6 2
1982 9 4
1983 9 3
1984 10 5
1985 6 2
1986 8 4
1987 8 3
1988 9 4
Total 73 29

Coaching Career[edit]

After his playing career was over, Anastopoulos coached a variety of clubs:

Palmares[edit]

As Player[edit]

As Coach[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rota, Davide (3 September 1998). "Greek Players in Italy". RSSSF. 
  2. ^ a b include rank match in the 1981-82 period for first place against Panathinaikos F.C. in which he scored one goal
  3. ^ Οι συμμετοχές του Αναστόπουλου στην Εθνική Ελλάδας. epo.gr

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Giannis Gounaris
Greece captain
1983-1989
Succeeded by
Dimitris Saravakos