Alexandros Paschalakis

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Alexandros Paschalakis
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Paschalakis playing with PAOK in 2018
Personal information
Full name Alexandros Paschalakis
Date of birth (1989-07-28) 28 July 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Athens, Attica, Greece
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
PAOK
Number 31
Youth career
2003–2004 AEK Athens
2004–2005 Olympiacos
2005–2006 Ilioupoli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Ilioupoli 0 (0)
2008–2012 Levadiakos 1 (0)
2012–2013 PAEEK 23 (0)
2013–2016 Panthrakikos 18 (0)
2016–2017 PAS Giannina 27 (0)
2017– PAOK 47 (0)
National team
2019– Greece 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2019

Alexandros Paschalakis (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Πασχαλάκης; born 28 July 1989) is a Greek professional footballer who plays for PAOK FC as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He started playing football in Terpsithea. He was at the youth team of AEK for a year and then at the youth team of Olympiakos for 2 years (2003-2005). He moved to the team of Ilioupoli. At the age of 17 he transferred to the youth team of Galatasaray but he couldn't sign a contract due to restrictions on the number of foreign players.

He signed for Levadeiakos in the summer of 2008. He signed for PAEEK in the summer of 2012.Akhisar was interested in Paschalakis but he didn't want to move there.[1][2] After returning to Greece and spending six months in limbo, he signed for Panthrakikos on January 2014, but played just 13 matches until January 2016.[3]

He signed for PAS GIannina on 26 January 2016, to replace Markos Vellidis's transfer to PAOK.[4] He didn't play at all in his first six months in Giannina. On 25 July 2017, the 28-year-old goalkeeper that was bound by a contract to the club until the summer of 2018, had made an appeal due to a delay in his annual salary. The Athenian goalie had an outstanding season playing in 27 games, out of which four in UEFA Europa League. PAOK, along with Asteras Tripoli and Panathinaikos expressed interest in his acquisition, having 9 clean sheets.[5] On 1 August, Paschalakis was released from PAS Giannina.[6]

PAOK[edit]

On 7 August 2017, he signed a year contract with PAOK for an undisclosed fee.[7] On 2 December 2017, he made his debut in a 3-0 away win against Xanthi A day later he renewed his contract with the club till the summer of 2020. The 28-year-old goalkeeper has increased his earnings and the release clause will be set in the region of €5 million.[8]

It was initially planned that he would be back-up to Argentinian Rodrigo Rey, but since head coach Razvan Lucescu gave him a chance, Paschalakis has made himself PAOK’s undisputed number one. As of 4 February 2018, Paschalakis holds PAOK's record for most consecutive minutes without conceding, with 971 excluding stoppage time (1008 in total), before conceding in a 1-3 away win over PAS Giannina,[9] to surpass current runner-up Kostas Chalkias with 859 min. Unsurprisingly, PAOK boast the Superleague’s tightest defence with seven goals conceded in nineteen matches, a statistic which is largely down to Paschalakis’ superb performances between the sticks.[10]

On 8 August 2018, Paschalakis saves second-half Quincy Promes penalty in a 3-2 home win game for UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round , 1st leg against Spartak Moskva,helping his club to maintain the win. [11] Continuing his suberp 2017-18 season, Paschalakis after half of the 2018-19 season has played every single minute of domestic championship action, conceding a mere six goals in 15 matches while tallying an impressive nine clean sheets. On 17 January 2019, Paschalakis was awarded a new contract with PAOK through to 2022 , and assuming he continues keeping the opponents off the scoreboard, PAOK will surely win the Greek championship for the first time in 34 years. [12]

On 25 April 2019, made a number of excellent saves in a semifinal second leg Greek Cup game against Asteras Tripoli, helping PAOK’s title defence of the Greek Cup, as the newly crowned Super League champions secured a 0-0 draw in Tripoli to progress 2-0 on aggregate. PAOK for the third consecutive season will meet AEK Athens in the Greek Cup final.[13]

International career[edit]

On 5 October 2018 Greece coach Michael Skibbe called up goalie Alexandros Paschalakis for upcoming 2018–19 UEFA Nations League matches against Hungary and Finland for UEFA Nations League. "All players dream of someday representing their country and I am happy for this opportunity. I waited for a long time for this call," said Paschalakis.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2019
Club Season Championship Cup Champions League Europa League Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Panthrakikos 2013–14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2014–15 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2015–16 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
PAS Giannina 2016–17 20 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 27 0
PAOK 2017–18 17 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
2018–19 30 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 48 0
Career totals 82 0 21 0 6 0 10 0 118 0

Honours[edit]

PAOK

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Air Πασχαλάκης". 8 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Το ταξίδι του... Κανιθάρες της Ηπείρου, μέχρι την καταξίωση!".
  3. ^ "Ανακοίνωσε τον Πασχαλάκη ο Πανθρακικός". 8 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Ανακοίνωση ΠΑΕ ΠΑΣ ΓΙΑΝΝΙΝΑ 1966". 26 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Προσφυγή κατά του ΠΑΣ Γιάννινα ο Πασχαλάκης". www.sport24.gr. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Συμβιβαστική λύση ΠΑΣ με Πασχαλάκη που μένει ελεύθερος". sport24.gr. 1 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Στον ΠΑΟΚ ο Πασχαλάκης". 7 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Ανανέωσε με ρήτρα 5 εκατ. ευρώ ο Πασχαλάκης!". sport24.gr. 3 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Αέρας ο ΠΑΟΚ, 3-1 τον ΠΑΣ στα Γιάννινα". Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Ο Πασχαλάκης γράφει ιστορία στην εστία του ΠΑΟΚ". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Μεγάλη Ανατροπή για τον ΠΑΟΚ 3-2 επί της Σπάρτακ στη Τούμπα". www.voria.gr. 8 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Πασχαλάκης ως το 2022 στον ΠΑΟΚ!". www.gazzetta.gr. 17 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Αστέρας Τρίπολης - ΠΑΟΚ 0-0". www.gazzetta.gr. 25 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Πασχαλάκης: "Περίμενα πολύ καιρό την κλήση στην Εθνική Ελλάδος"" (in Greek). www.sport24.gr. 5 October 2018.
  15. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2018/02/28/greece/cup/panionios-nfc/paok-fc/2744640/

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