Pantelis Kafes

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Pantelis Kafes
Παντελής Καφές
Personal information
Full name Pantelis Kafes
Date of birth (1978-06-24) 24 June 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Veria, Greece
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Central midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Pontioi Verias 51 (7)
1997–2003 PAOK 146 (29)
2003–2006 Olympiacos 81 (8)
2006–2012 AEK Athens 138 (16)
2012-2013 Veria 14 (1)
National team
1994–2001 Greece U-21 17 (3)
2001–2011 Greece 41 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 March 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2013

Pantelis Kafes (Greek: Παντελής Καφές; born 24 June 1978 in Veria) is a retired Greek footballer who is on trial with Philadelphia Union in the MLS, who last recently played as a defensive or central midfielder. He is known for being one of very few outfield players to have worn the number 1 jersey and has won acclaim for his creative abilities and passing skills.

Club career[edit]

Pontioi Verias[edit]

He started playing professional football in January 1995 at the age of 17 for Pontioi Verias. The club were relegated to the third division that summer and the following May were demoted again. The one shining light was Kafes, who joined PAOK in January 1997.

PAOK[edit]

Kafes burst on to the Alpha Ethniki scene in 1998–99, scoring seven times. He continued to impress and was instrumental in PAOK's 2000–01 and 2002–03 Greek Cup triumphs. Yet his spell in Thessaloniki ended acrimoniously as he was released from his contract after a dispute over unpaid wages. Olympiacos stepped in with a three-year contract.

Olympiacos[edit]

He was ever-present in his first season at Olympiacos as they finished second in the Alpha Ethniki in 2003, and made his first UEFA Champions League appearances, five in all. Kafes played in the majority of Olympiacos' league matches on their way to the domestic double, and only a mid-season injury preventing him from matching his record in Europe, where he took part in all of the club's Champions League and UEFA Cup games. Likewise for next season, 2005–2006, where he played 22 domestic league games, earned another double and scored two truly memorable tying goals from the edge of the box for Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid at the 48 minutes drowing[clarification needed] the goal of Raul at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Kafes 19 October 2005, scored also against Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Champions League, drowing[clarification needed] the goal of Juninho Pernambucano. Kafes was released from Olympiacos during 2006–07 season. A few days later he signed a 2-year contract with rival side AEK Athens.

AEK Athens[edit]

Soon after signing for AEK and continuing his tradition of wearing the number 1, Kafes broke into the first team and was a mainstay in AEK's fight for the championship, but they had to settle for second. The following season on 12 January 2008 Kafes scored his first goal for AEK against Veria. On 30 March of the same year, Kafes scored against his former club Olympiacos and put AEK 4–0 in front. AEK initially finished in first place in the Greek League, but after the court case between Apollon Kalamaria and Olympiacos for the illegal usage of a player (Roman Wallner) in the 1–0 Apollon Kalamaria win earlier in the season, Olympiacos were awarded the 3 points in a court hearing, thus finishing 2 points ahead of AEK Olympiacos. In his third season with the "Dikefalos-Aetos", AEK did not live up to their expectations and finished third, Kafes was a key figure in there revival inwich he captained the side on a few occasions. On 12 June 2009, Kafes signed a new 3-year deal which will keep him at AEK until 2012. He agreed to reduce his wages to help the clubs financial difficulties. On 11 July 2009, Kafes was given the captains armband and will be the new captain for the upcoming season.[1] On 13 September 2009, Kafes scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season versus Iraklis. Kafes also scored 2 goals against PAS Giannina. He has made great appearances throughout the 2009–10 season, with much silent work as a defensive midfielder and some great assists to his teammates. In the summer 2010, Kafes found his ex-teammate Traianos Dellas that he joy to AEK Athens and also they won EURO 2004 with the Greek national Team. On 30/4/11, Kafes won the Greek Cup scoring AEK's 3rd goal in a 0-3 win against Atromitos. Kafes scored his first goal in the 2011/12 season against Panionios in a 1 -0 home win on the 5/2/12. The 2011-12 season was his last with AEK.

Veria[edit]

Pantelis Kafes left AEK in June. He trialed with Rangers F.C. in Scotland but did not sign with the financially troubled club.[2][3] After being free agent for 2 months, on 31 August he joined back to his hometown team Veria FC. He scored his first goal with his new team 6 October 2012 against Atromitos and in 12 December 2012, he made his debut in Greek Cup with Veria FC against Thrasyvoulos and 22 December, he helped his new team to qualify for the stage and for the quarter-final of the Greek Cup. He was released during the winter break and in February 2013, he trialed with Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.[4]

International career[edit]

Kafes made his debut in the national team against Croatia in April 2001 and scored his first goal against Austria in Vienna in March 2003. Kafes made two appearances in UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying, and was in the finals squad and he won Euro 2004 with Greece. Kafes participated in 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. Kafes has been re-called into the team from the new coach Fernando Santos during the qualification for Euro 2012. On 8 October 2010 Kafes came on as a substitute against Latvia replacing Giorgos Karagounis, helping the team to qualify for UEFA's 2012 European Football Championship tournament. This was Kafes' first competitive match under new coach Fernando Santos. On 17 November 2010, Kafes played also the second half of the friendly match against Austria, giving a big contribution, where Greece beat Austria.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
1994–95 ΑΕP Verias Beta Ethniki 15 2 1 0 0 0 16 2
1995–96 Gamma Ethniki 28 5 0 0 0 0 28 5
1996–97 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
P.A.O.K. Alpha Ethniki 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1997–98 14 2 1 0 0 0 15 2
1998–99 27 7 2 1 0 0 29 8
1999-00 26 4 2 0 0 0 28 4
2000–01 27 4 12 2 0 0 39 6
2001–02 23 4 7 3 6 1 36 8
2002–03 25 8 7 1 0 0 32 9
2003–04 Olympiacos 30 4 7 1 5 0 42 5
2004–05 21 2 5 1 6 0 32 3
2005–06 22 2 5 0 6 2 33 4
2006–07 Superleague 8 0 2 0 3 0 13 0
AEK Athens 7 1 0 0 2 0 9 1
2007–08 25 3 2 0 8 0 35 3
2008–09 27 3 5 1 2 0 34 4
2009–10 29 5 0 0 7 0 36 5
2010–11 24 3 4 1 7 1 35 5
2011–12 26 1 1 0 3 0 30 1
2012–13 Veria Super League 14 1 2 0 0 0 16 1
Career total 430 61 65 11 55 4 550 76

International[edit]

Greece national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 03 0
2002 08 0
2003 05 2
2004 05 0
2005 06 1
2006 03 0
2008 01 0
2009 04 0
2010 06 0
Total 41 3

Last updated: 2010-10-15
Source: Pantelis Kafes at National-Football-Teams.com

Pantelis Kafes: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2003-03-26 UPC-Arena, Graz, Austria  Austria 1–2 2–2 Friendly
2 2003-08-20 Idrottsparken, Norrköping, Sweden  Sweden 1–2 1–2 Friendly
3 2005-11-16 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Hungary 2–1 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

PAOK
2001, 2003
Olympiacos
2005, 2006
2005, 2006
AEK Athens
2011
Greece
2004

References[edit]