Vasilis Torosidis

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Vasilis Torosidis
Vasilis Torosidis MLS AllStar 2013.jpg
Torosidis playing for Roma in 2013
Personal information
Full name Vasilios Torosidis
Date of birth (1985-06-10) 10 June 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Xanthi, Greece
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Full back
Defensive Midfielder
Right Winger
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 35
Youth career
Skoda Xanthi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Skoda Xanthi 76 (3)
2007–2013 Olympiacos 134 (12)
2013– Roma 26 (2)
National team
2007– Greece 63 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Vasilios "Vasilis" Torosidis (Greek: Βασίλης Τοροσίδης; born 10 June 1985) is a Greek footballer who currently plays for Italian Serie A club Roma and the Greek national team. Torosidis is known for his dynamic forward runs, accurate delivery from the flanks, and powerful shooting from distance, as well as his versatility as a full back, defensive midfielder and right winger.[1]

Vasilis Torosidis is a phenomenon of Greek football. He is hugely versatile and regularly plays in different positions both for his club and country. Boasting great energy, a willingness to get forward and strong heading ability, the Greek star is a manager's dream as he can fill in all over the park. Predominantly an attack-minded right-back, Torosidis has exclusively played on the left side of defence for the Greek national team. Although predominantly right-footed, he has a strong left peg and as a result can cover any position along the backline and in midfield. In midfield, his strongest position is as a defensive or central midfielder and he has also been used far higher up the pitch, when he was played behind the strikers.[2]

This versatility could be problematic for Torosidis in the coming years but thanks to his stubborn and fearless play he cannot be left out of the starting XI for either club or country.

Club career[edit]

Skoda Xanthi[edit]

Torosidis made his senior debut for Skoda Xanthi on 19 April 2003 at the age of 17 and scored his first goal in the Super League against Iraklis Thessaloniki on 17 October 2005. After impressing in his four-and-a-half years at Xanthi, he attracted the interest from the "big three" of Greece, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, and AEK Athens. Eventually he joined Olympiacos on a five-year deal on 1 January 2007.

Olympiacos[edit]

Torosidis moved to Olympiacos in January 2007 and scored his first goal with the team against PAOK on 21 January 2007. He scored his first European goal for Olympiacos in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup 1st round 5–0 home leg win against FC Nordsjælland and scored another one in the competition's Group Stage 4–0 home win against Hertha BSC.

Torosidis with Olympiacos in 2008

Torosidis signed a renewal with Olympiacos in the summer of 2009 that will expire on 31 June 2013, which included a buy-out fee of €7 million. He was named captain of Olympiacos after the retirement of goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis.

A hard full back known for his exceptional physical strength, endurance, and technique, he has been an important part of the Greek national team and the Olympiacos team since joining the club. He has been monitored by such clubs as Newcastle United,[3] Roma,[4] Juventus,[5] Atlético Madrid,[6] and Bayern Munich.[7] On 22 January 2013, he moved from Olympiacos to Roma, signing a contract with the Roman club expiring on 31 June 2015.

Roma[edit]

On 23 January 2013, Torosidis moved to Italian Serie A side Roma for only 400.000 euros and signed a contract valid until 30 June 2015, with the option to stay for the 2015–16 season.[8] Roma's Sporting Director Sabatini in his introduction speech said : "He is an experienced player and has spent a long time playing for the best team in Greece, Olympiakos. He played over three hundred league matches for them as well as quite a few appearances in European competition and for Greece. I'm grateful to him for choosing Roma over the other offers he received. "What memories do I have of him? One above all else. When he made a major contribution to beating Lazio and eliminating them from the Champions League here in the Stadio Olimpico a few years back." [9]

He made his debut against Bologna in a 3–3 draw. He scored his first goal for Roma in a 2–3 away win over Atalanta. He also scored in the Coppa Italia semi-final match against Internazionale with a great strike right in Inter goalkeeper Handanovič's top corner. The match ended 2–3, with Roma securing a position in the 2013 Coppa Italia Final against Lazio, where they subsequently lost.

Club stats[edit]

As of 6 April 2014
Club Season League Cup Continental[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Skoda Xanthi 2002–03 4 0 - - - - 4 0
2003–04 16 0 1 0 - - 17 0
2004–05 20 0 2 1 - - 22 1
2005–06 24 2 1 0 - - 25 2
2006–07 12 1 1 0 - - 13 1
Total 76 3 6 3 - - 82 6
Olympiacos 2006–07 11 1 - - - - 11 1
2007–08 26 1 4 1 7 0 37 2
2008–09 19 2 3 0 9 2 31 4
2009–10 24 4 5 1 4 1 33 6
2010–11 20 3 2 0 1 0 23 3
2011–12 22 0 4 0 8 0 34 0
2012–13 12 1 1 1 5 1 18 3
Total 134 12 21 3 34 4 189 19
Roma 2012–13 11 1 1 1 - - 12 2
2013–14 15 1 4 1 - - 19 2
Total 26 2 5 2 - - 31 4
Career total 236 17 32 8 34 4 302 29

Notes[edit]

A. ^ Includes appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

International career[edit]

Greece[edit]

Torosidis made his international debut in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Turkey. Following the qualifiers, Torosidis was selected in the Greek squad for Euro 2008. He scored his first international goal in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.

On 18 June 2010, Nigerian midfielder Sani Kaita lashed out with a kick to his thigh, resulting with Kaita being shown a straight red card. Thereafter, he scored the crucial goal in Greece's World Cup Group Stage match against Nigeria which gave his country a 2–1 win, their first ever win at a World Cup.[10]

On 19 November 2013, Torosidis involved in a extraordinary own goal in a 1-1 draw against Romania, but in the end of the match he celebrates Greece's qualification in 2014 World Cup.[11] It was just the third qualification of Greek National Team to a World Cup and the second consecutive of Torosidis. From his debut in the National Team in 2007, Greece have never lost a rendezvous in a major competition (2008 and 2012 UEFA EURO, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup) along with his teammates he wrote the described by many as the "Golden Era" of Greek Football.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2008 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 0–1 0–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
2. 14 October 2009 Spyros Louis Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece  Luxembourg 1–0 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
3. 17 June 2010 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa  Nigeria 2–1 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup
4. 8 October 2010 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Latvia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier
5. 26 March 2011 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta'Qali, Malta  Malta 0–1 0–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier
6. 26 May 2012 Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria  Slovenia 1–0 1–1 Friendly match
7. 15 August 2012 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 0–1 2–3 Friendly match

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Olympiacos

Roma

Individual[edit]

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