Pieros Sotiriou

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Pieros Sotiriou
Personal information
Full name Pieros Sotiriou
Date of birth (1993-01-13) January 13, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Nicosia, Cyprus
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current club APOEL
Number 20
Youth career
2008–2009 Olympiakos Nicosia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Olympiakos Nicosia 55 (10)
2013– APOEL 5 (0)
National team
2010–2012 Cyprus U19 7 (5)
2011– Cyprus U21 10 (1)
2012– Cyprus 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Pieros Sotiriou(Greek: Πιέρος Σωτηρίου; born on 13 January 1993 in Nicosia, Cyprus) is a Cypriot footballer who plays for APOEL in the Cypriot First Division, as a striker/winger.

Career[edit]

Olympiakos Nicosia[edit]

Sotirou is a product of Olympiakos Nicosia academies. He made his official debut with Olympiakos in the 2009–10 season, when the club was competing in the Cypriot Second Division, appearing in four matches and scoring one goal. On 19 March 2011, he made his Cypriot First Division debut, playing the last 11 minutes in a match against Doxa Katokopias and he added a further five appearances in the 2010–11 season. The next season (2011–12), he made 16 league appearances (2 at starting lineup, 14 as a substitute) and scored his first Cypriot First Division goal on 18 September 2011, in the third matchday against APOEL at where Olympiakos lost by 1–4. On June 2012, it was rumoured that Sheffield Wednesday[1] interested for him and also on 5 August 2012, he was trialled at S.L. Benfica,[2] but finally stayed at Olympiakos. On 16 November 2012, he renwed his contract with Olympiakos, signing a three-year contract extension.[3] His most productive season with Olympiakos came in 2012–13, when he appeared in 29 league matches (28 at starting lineup, 1 as a substitute) and scored 8 goals.

At the end of the 2012–13 season, he has been awarded the "Young player of the season" award by Cyprus Football Association.

APOEL[edit]

On 24 December 2012, it was announced that Sotiriou transfer from Olympiakos to APOEL was already agreed by the two clubs (for a transfer fee of 70,000), but he stayed to Olympiakos until the end of the 2012–13 season and his four-year contract with APOEL activated in June 2013.[4] He made his debut on 29 August 2013, in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League play-off match against Zulte Waregem at GSP Stadium, coming on as a 68th minute substitute in APOEL's 1–2 defeat.[5]

International career[edit]

On 10 October 2012, Sotiriou was called for the first time into the Cyprus national football team[6] for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Slovenia and Norway, but he remained on the bench in both matches. He made his debut for the national team on 14 November 2012, in a friendly match against Finland at GSP Stadium, coming on as a 63rd minute substitute in Cyprus' 0–3 defeat.[7]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

APOEL

Individual[edit]

  • Young player of the Season (Cyprus): 2012–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Η Σέφιλντ Γουένσντεϊ θέλει τον Πιέρο Σωτηρίου" [Sheffield Wednesday wants Pieros Sotiriou] (in Greek). sigmalive. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Δοκιμαστικά σε Benfica" [Trials in Benfica] (in Greek). kerkida. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Πιέρος για άλλα τρία χρόνια" [Pieros for another three years] (in Greek). CFA. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Γαλαζοκίτρινος ο Πιέρος" [Pieros in blue and yellow] (in Greek). APOEL. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "APOEL 1-2 Zulte Waregem". UEFA. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Και ο Πιέρος στην Εθνική" [Pieros at national team] (in Greek). kerkida.net. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Φιλική ήττα της Εθνικής από τη Φινλανδία" [Friendly defeat from Finland] (in Greek). CFA. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 

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