|Full name||Nikos Kounenakis
|Date of birth||3 February 1978|
|Place of birth||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back/Defensive Midfielder|
|2010||Kansas City Wizards||0||(0)|
|2013||OFI Crete (assistant coach)|
|2014-||Montreal Impact (assistant coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 November 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kounenakis is generally best known for his time with Greek club OFI Crete—he made 174 total appearances for the club from 1994 to 1999 and 2003 to 2009, and served as team captain from 2007 to 2009. He is currently an assistant coach with the Montreal Impact
OFI Crete (early career)
Kounenakis made his debut in European competition on 15 July 1995 in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in a 2-0 victory over Estonian side Tervis Pärnu. During the 1995 Intertoto Cup Kounenakis also made appearances in a 1-0 loss away to German club Bayer Leverkusen and a 2-1 win over Cypriot club Nea Salamina, as OFI advanced from Group 7, along with Leverkusen, to the Round of 16, where OFI was ultimately eliminated by Turkish club Bursaspor, with a 2-1 loss in Turkey.
Kounenakis made his first appearance in the UEFA Cup (now called Europa League) on 12 August 1997 in a 0-0 draw away to Icelandic club KR Reykjavík. During the 1997-98 UEFA Cup Kounenakis made 5 total appearances through the Second Round of the competition, where OFI was eliminated by French club Auxerre, 5-4 on aggregate. In the First Round of the competition, on 19 September 1997, Kounenakis scored his first and only goal in European competition, in a 3-0 victory over Hungarian club Ferencváros.
Anderlecht and Roda JC
During his time abroad, nothing seemed to go Kounenakis' way. A knee injury kept him out of action for most of his short time with Anderlecht, and a coaching carousel at Roda did not work out in his favor, following the dismissal of Sef Vergoossen, who had approved his arrival during a trial period with the Dutch club.
Anderlecht won the Belgian First Division in 1999-00, earning Kounenakis and his fellow countryman at Anderlecht Yannis Anastasiou the distinction of being the first Greeks to win a championship abroad.
OFI Crete (return)
In the middle of the 2002-03 season Kounenakis returned to OFI, and thereafter he rediscovered his form. In 2004-05 Kounenakis made 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal, and firmly re-established himself at his old club. From the time of his return to OFI in 2003 through the 2008-09 season Kounenakis made 125 appearances (116 starts) and scored four goals in all competitions. Kounenakis' first career goal in league competition came on 16 March 2003 in a 1-1 draw away to Aris.
In 2007-08 Kounenakis helped OFI make its best run in the Greek Cup in recent years, reaching the quarterfinals of the competition, where they were eliminated by Atromitos, 4-3 on aggregate. In the Fifth Round of the competition, in a replay against Agrotikos Asteras, Kounenakis registered two assists in a resounding 5-0 win.
At the end of the 2008-09 season OFI was relegated from the top flight for the first time in 33 years, and in the offseason OFI agreed to release Kounenakis from his contract so that he could continue his career elsewhere.
Overall, in his 11-and-a-half seasons with OFI, Kounenakis made 174 appearances and scored five goals in all competitions.
Kounenakis was OFI's team captain from 2007 to 2009.
Sporting Kansas City
Kounenakis signed with Major League Soccer side Kansas City Wizards on 18 July 2010. However, he was released by the club soon after the end of the 2010 MLS season without making a first team appearance.
In January 2013, Kounenakis returned to OFI as an assistant coach, helping Giannis Petrakis' staff avoid relegation in the Greek Super League.
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