Savvas Poursaitidis

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Savvas Poursaitidis
Personal information
Full name Savvas Poursaitidis
Date of birth (1976-06-23) 23 June 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Drama, Greece
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back/Right Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Doxa Drama 67 (6)
1996–1998 Veria 39 (10)
1998–2000 Olympiacos 19 (2)
2000–2002 Skoda Xanthi 32 (5)
2002–2003 Digenis Morphou 11 (2)
2003–2004 Ethnikos Achna 19 (10)
2004–2008 Anorthosis 86 (2)
2008–2012 APOEL 97 (1)
National team
2010–2011 Cyprus 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 January 2012

Savvas Poursaitidis (Greek: Σάββας Πουρσαϊτίδης) (born 23 June 1976 in Drama, Greece) is a retired Greek-born Cypriot footballer who finished his career playing for APOEL in the Cypriot First Division.

Club career[edit]

Savvas Poursaitidis started his career at Doxa Drama. He also played for Veria, Olympiacos and Skoda Xanthi in Greece. Later, he moved to Cyprus to play for Digenis Morphou, Ethnikos Achna, Anorthosis and APOEL.

APOEL[edit]

APOEL signed Poursaitidis in June 2008, after the player was released from Anorthosis as a result from a failure in negotiations with his former club to renew his contract. In his first year with APOEL he continued to impress Cypriot football fans with his high level performances. In the end, he helped APOEL to be crowned champions after one unsuccessful season.

The next season (2009–10) Poursaitidis helped APOEL to achieve the greatest success in its history and reach the UEFA Champions League group stage. He appeared in five official 2009–10 UEFA Champions League group stage matches with APOEL.

After he won the championship again on season 2010–11 with APOEL, the Board of Directors renewed his contract, as they recognized that Poursaitidis was one of the key players that contributed greatly towards winning the Championship.

In summer 2011, he managed to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage for the second time in his career and he appeared in nine 2011–12 UEFA Champions League matches for APOEL, in the club's surprising run to the quarter-finals of the competition.

In May 2012, Poursaitidis decided to retire from professional football, ending his four-year successful spell with the club.

International career[edit]

On August 2009 he gained the Cypriot nationality and made his debut with Cyprus national team on March 2010 in a friendly match against Iceland. He has made 12 appearances with the national team.

Scouting career[edit]

On 31 July 2012, after retiring from his football career, Poursaitides agreed with the Board of Directors of APOEL to be the Chief Scout of APOEL's newly created Scouting Department.[1] On 7 June 2013, APOEL announced that the club will not renew Poursaitides contract as a chief scout.[2]

Honours[edit]

Greece Olympiacos
1998-99, 1999-00
1998-99
Cyprus Anorthosis
2004–05, 2007–08
2006–07
2007
Cyprus APOEL
2008–09, 2010–11
2008, 2009, 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Υπεύθυνος Scouting ο Πουρσαιτίδης" (in Greek). APOEL FC. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ευχαριστίες στον Πουρσαϊτίδη" (in Greek). APOEL FC. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 

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