Sotiris Balafas

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Sotiris Balafas
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Personal information
Full name Sotiris Balafas
Date of birth (1986-08-19) 19 August 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Arta, Greece
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder, Centre back
Club information
Current team
Platanias
Number
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Anagennisi Artas 21 (2)
2005–2012 PAOK 108 (7)
2009 PAS Giannina (loan) 11 (0)
2010 Ergotelis (loan) 8 (0)
2012–2014 Hoverla 42 (3)
2014– Platanias 0 (0)
National team
2006-2009 Greece U21 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sotiris Balafas (Greek: Σωτήρης Μπαλάφας; born 19 August 1986 in Arta) is a Greek footballer who plays for Platanias in Greek Super League, as a defensive midfielder. He is a defensive midfielder known for his defensive awareness, his tackling and heading skills as well as his pace and strength.

Club career[edit]

Balafas started his career in Anagennisi Artas and became integral part of the team at very young age. Interestingly enough, he was mostly performing the duties of a centre back in his old club in contrary to his role in PAOK.

In the summer of 2005 he was picked up by PAOK for a transfer fee of 80,000 Euros. After a while he became a first-team option. In the 2007–2008 season he was the first choice defensive midfielder for most part of the season and was cooperating well with newcomer Ricardo Matias Verón.

Holding a secondary role in Fernando Santos's plans for the 2009–2010 season, Balafas agreed during the pre-season to move on loan to the newly promoted PAS Giannina for one year. It was reported that the main reason for his choice to play for a minor club, was the possibility to work again with his mentor Georgios Paraschos.[1]

At 2011-12 season, after a lot of injures of the most playable players of the team, balafas take his chances for the Europa League in this season and after the winning goal against FC Karpaty Lviv became again a fan favorite and giving that his coach László Bölöni give him chances of playing time.

At 2012-13 season, he decided to play abroad for Hoverla.

International career[edit]

He has been a basic part of the Greece national under-21 football team along with former PAOK teammates Stelios Iliadis and Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, being capped for more than 10 times.

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Anagennisi Arta Beta Ethniki 21 2 1 0 0 0 22 2
2005–06 PAOK Alpha Ethniki 17 0 1 0 4 0 22 0
2006–07 Superleague 23 2 4 0 0 0 27 2
2007–08 24 3 1 0 0 0 25 3
2008–09 23 0 3 0 0 0 26 0
2009–10 PAS Giannina 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Ergotelis F.C. 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2010–11 PAOK 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
2011–12 15 2 3 0 4 1 22 3
2012-13 FC Hoverla Uzhhorod Ukrainian Premier League 21 2 2 1 0 0 23 3
2013-14 21 1 1 0 0 0 22 1
Career total 189 12 17 1 9 1 215 14
Greece U21 national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 4 0
2007 5 1
2008 3 0
2009 1 0
Total 13 1

"Statistics accurate as of 5 January 2012"

References[edit]

  1. ^ (greek) PAS Giannina agreed with Balafas, sport-fm.gr, 16 July 2009

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