Vasileios Pliatsikas

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Vasileios Pliatsikas
Βασίλειος Πλιάτσικας
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Personal information
Full name Vasileios Pliatsikas
Date of birth (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Right back
Club information
Current team
Metalurh Donetsk
Number 22
Youth career
2001–2002 Argolida 2000
2002–2003 Diovouniotis
2003–2004 Chaidari
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Chaidari 5 (0)
2005–2009 AEK Athens 37 (0)
2009–2012 Schalke 04 9 (0)
2011–2012 MSV Duisburg (loan) 22 (1)
2014– Metalurh Donetsk 10 (0)
National team
2005–2007 Greece U19 20 (5)
2007–2010 Greece U21 12 (1)
2008– Greece 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 May 2012

Vasileios Pliatsikas (Greek: Βασίλειος Πλιάτσικας) (born 14 April 1988) is a Greek international footballer, who plays as a midfielder for FC Metalurh Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League.

Club career[edit]

AEK Athens[edit]

Pliatsikas began his AEK career in 2005, making his way up from the reserve team, he ended up making 37 league appearances for AEK.

Schalke[edit]

On 30 June 2009, Pliatsikas signed a four-year contract with German club Schalke 04 for 400K.[1][2] The beginning of 2010 was not good as Pliatsikas tore his knee ligaments during a training session. This was a major blow as he was beginning to get consistent game time with his club and was in the reckoning for a starting place with his national team. He missed the rest of Schalke's season and also the FIFA World Cup with Greece.

Duisburg[edit]

On 1 June 2011, it was announced that Pliatsikas will be loaned to MSV Duisburg for the upcoming season. In 2010–11, he could play only one match for Schalke because of his injury problems and so he should gain playing experiences in the 2. Bundesliga. He made his debut in the opening game against Karlsruhe on 17 August, being in the starting line-up in Duisburg's 2–3 defeat. After several fouls, he was forced to leave the field with a yellow-red card in the 76th minute. In his fourth league match for Duisburg against St. Pauli, he was sent off with a yellow-red card again.

Metalurh Donetsk[edit]

Pliatsikas participated in the preparation of the club in Turkey, leaving a positive impression and convinced the technical staff to offer him a contract. Pliatsikas, who had become free since last summer from Schalke 04, signed a contract until the end of the season 2013/14 with an renewal option for three more years.[3]

International career[edit]

Greece U19[edit]

He was part of the Greek squad that reached the final of the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship and went on to captain the U19 team the following year which reached the final eight this time round in the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.[4]

Greece[edit]

He made his national team debut on 19 November 2008, coming on as an 87th minute substitute against Italy in a 1–1 draw.[5]

Greece's manager Otto Rehhagel called Pliatsikas for the three 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Luxembourg, Ukraine and Latvia where he played a pivotal role.[6]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Schalke 04

References[edit]

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