Panagiotis Katsouris

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Panagiotis Katsouris
Personal information
Full name Παναγιώτης Κατσούρης
Date of birth (1976-10-28)28 October 1976
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Date of death 9 February 1998(1998-02-09) (aged 21)
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Naoussa 13 (6)
1996–1998 PAOK 24 (1)
National team
Greece
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Panagiotis Katsouris (Greek: Παναγιώτης Κατσούρης, born 28 October 1976 in Athens) was a Greek football player. He played for Naoussa F.C. and PAOK FC until his sudden death on 9 February 1998 in a car accident outside Thessaloniki. He was 22 years old.

Career[edit]

Katsouris began his professional career in Naoussa at age 17,making his debut in the First Division in 1993, with Naoussa being relegated that season.

After two seasons at the Second Division he transferred to PAOK in the summer of 1996, along with major players such as Theodoros Zagorakis, Paris Zouboulis, Alexis Alexiou, Giorgos Toursounidis and Zisis Vryzas.

Katsouris made his debut that season in match against OFI in the Greek League and scored his first goal in a 1–0 victory over Athinaikos. By the end of his first season he had played in 21 league games, scoring 1 goal.

He played a total of 29 games with PAOK, of which 24 were League appearances, 4 were Cup appearances and one was in the UEFA Cup, away against Atlético Madrid.

Death[edit]

At early morning of 9 February 1998 Katsouris was returning from an amateur 5x5 match, when his car skidded due to excessive speed, hitting the barriers at the Thermi interchange outside Thessaloniki. His death was verified in AHEPA hospital shortly afterwards. He was buried on 12 February in the Anastaseos Cemetery in Thessaloniki.

A bust was erected in his memory in Toumba Stadium, and a memorial was erected near the spot where he died. Memorial services are held each year, where the players and board of PAOK FC are ever present. In February 2009, PAOK FC announced that a football tournament, which bearing his name, would be held annually.

Katsouris' number 17 shirt was permanently retired by the club in his memory.