Orestis Karnezis

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Orestis Karnezis
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Karnezis with Greece in 2013
Personal information
Full name Orestis-Spyridon Karnezis[1]
Date of birth (1985-07-11) 11 July 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 31
Youth career
2003–2005 OFI
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 OFI 0 (0)
2007–2013 Panathinaikos 53 (0)
2013– Udinese 26 (0)
2013–2014 Granada (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Greece U21 3 (0)
2012– Greece 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2014

Orestis-Spyridon Karnezis (Greek: Ορέστης Καρνέζης; born 11 July 1985) is a Greek footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Udinese and the Greek national team.

Club career[edit]


Born in Athens, Karnezis started his professional football career at Panathinaikos in 2007. He counted only a few appearances for the club until the 2011-12 season, when he got more chances and impressed. So, after a few months, his coach, Jesualdo Ferreira, trained him and he made him the regular goalkeeper of Panathinaikos F.C. He gave great performances and he saved his team at crucial moments. Reports from Greece indicate that Panathinaikos‘ keeper Orestis Karnezis is the subject of plenty transfer speculation as the Greek international has attracted many suitors from around Europe after a solid campaign in the Super League last term (season 2012/13). Reports from Greece indicated that Udinese Calcio have emerged as front-runners to land Karnezis after the Italian club reportedly offered €800.000 to bring Karnezis to the Serie A this summer. Karnezis took over as Panathinaikos’ number one choice in goal last season and played admirably for the Athens giants. Karnezis’ exploits for the Trifylli earned him consistent call-ups to the Greek national football team. [2]


Orestis Karnezis will complete his move from Panathinaikos to Udinese Calcio after the two clubs reached an agreement over the Greece international’s transfer.The 28 year-old keeper has been linked with a move to the Serie A side in recent weeks, with Panathinaikos manager Yannis Anastasiou keen to use the income from his transfer to continue building his squad. A fee of €750,000 has been quoted by the Greek press, with a further €2 million set to go to Panathinaikos if the player returns to Greece to play with another club in the future. [3]

Orestis Karnezis signed a five-year contract on 22 July 2013 but was immediately loaned out to Spain's Granada for the season by the Italian club. In his return to Udinese after a loan stint with Granada in the Spanish La Liga, Orestis Karnezis made his Serie A debut in Udinese's 2-0 home victory over Empoli on 31 August 2014.


Orestis Karnezis made his Spanish La Liga debut for Granada in a 3-0 away loss to Almeria on 4 January 2014.[4] Karnezis had earlier in the season played in both legs of the Copa Del Rey (Spanish Cup) against AD Alcorcón on 8 December 2013 and 18 December 2013.

On 12 April, in a tremendous game months after his debut with the club Karnezis was the key player in a 1-0 home victory against Barcelona. Granada keeper Orestis Karnezis pushed out Lionel Messi's beautifully-flighted free-kick before saving at the feet of Sergio Busquets as Barca pressed.Gerardo Martino's men could not find a way past Granada's inspired goalkeeper Karnezis. The Greece international showed superb reactions to push away Fabregas' first-time shot, before clawing out a 20-yard free-kick from Messi. Then, he bravely dived at the feet of Sergio Busquets in the six-yard box following a corner. Incredibly, Barça totalled a massive 29 shots on goal against a Granada side while karnezis saved a total of 6 crucial shots giving a glorious victory to his team.[5] [6]

International career[edit]

His good performances led Greece national football team coach Fernando Santos to call him for a friendly match on 29 February 2012 against Belgium, in which he made his international debut, playing the entire game. Unfortunately for Karnezis, Fernando Santos didn't call him for Euro 2012 to be one of the three goalkeepers of the Greek National Team. Fernando Santos said: "If Karnezis keeps going that way, he will be without a doubt in the squad of the Greek National Team for the qualifying matches of Mundial 2014." And, indeed, he was called to be part of Greek National Team both for a friendly game with Norway and for the qualifying matches after that. Karnezis called from Greek national manager Fernando Santos to the 30 man provisional World Cup squad, but also to the final 23-man squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup.[7]


As of 15 March 2015
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Panathinaikos 2007-08 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008-09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009-10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010-11 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
2011-12 22 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
2012-13 29 0 1 0 10 0 40 0
Granada 2013–14 6 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
Udinese 2014-15 26 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Total 85 0 9 0 10 0 104 0


As of match played 26 October 2014
National team Year Apps Goals
Greece 2012 7 0
2013 10 0
2014 10 0
Total 27 0