Athanasios Petsos

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Athanasios Petsos
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Personal information
Full name Athanasios Petsos
Date of birth (1991-06-05) 5 June 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Düsseldorf, Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rapid Wien
Youth career
1999–2001 Düsseldorf 99 SC
2001–2010 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Bayer Leverkusen II 8 (0)
2010–2012 Bayer Leverkusen 1 (0)
2010–2012 1. FC Kaiserslautern (loan) 39 (0)
2012–2013 Greuther Fürth 14 (1)
2013– Rapid Wien 56 (5)
National team
2007 Greece U17 1 (0)
2008–2010 Greece U19 7 (0)
2010–2012 Greece U21 5 (2)
2011– Greece 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2010

Athanasios "Thanos" Petsos (Greek: Αθανάσιος Πέτσος, born 5 June 1991) is a German-Greek footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Rapid Wien and the Greek national team.


Club career[edit]

Petsos started his football career at the age of eight for Düsseldorf 99 SC. In 2001 he was lured away to professional club Bayer Leverkusen. He progressed through the youth system and was part of the team that finished runner-up in the Under-19 Bundesliga in 2010. He made his debut for the reserve team in March 2010. He made seven more appearances in the 2009–10 season while continuing to play for the under-19 team. He made his Bundesliga debut on 24 April 2010 against Hannover 96.

In 2010, Petsos signed his first professional contract agreeing to a four-year deal and was immediately loaned out to 1. FC Kaiserslautern for two seasons. He made his full Bundesliga debut for the club on 13 November 2010 against VfB Stuttgart. He made a total of 42 appearances for the club.

In 2012, Petsos signed for newly promoted SpVgg Greuther Fürth on a three-year deal.[1] He made his debut for the club on 18 August 2012 in a DFB-Pokal match against Kickers Offenbach, he then went on to make his Bundesliga debut on 31 August 2012 against Mainz 05. He went on to make a total of 15 appearances for the club.

On 15 July 2013, Petsos joined Austrian club Rapid Wien on a three-year deal. [2] The Rapid Wien Football Director Helmut Schulte on the transfer of a player who spent most of his formative years with Bayer Leverkusen said: "I'm very happy that it was possible for us to remain active in the transfer market and bring in a defensive midfielder, who, despite his age, already has a wealth of experience. Thanks to the streamlining activities going on throughout the club its been possible to remain in the hunt for new talent and I'm extremely grateful to club President Rudolf Edlinger amongst others for the work that has gone into making it possible for us to realise this transfer.”[3] He made his debut for the club on 27 July 2013 against Wiener Neustadt.[4] On April 2015, the 23-year-old Greek midfielder has been linked with Olympiakos in the past and according to reports the Greek giants have revived their interest in his services. Petsos, whose contract at the Austrian club expires in 2016, has become a regular member of Rapid Wien for yet another season and Olympiakos could consider a move for him in the next transfer window. [5]

On 3 May 2015, in a away game against SK Sturm Graz made the 2-1 to a final 2-2 draw with a long-range thunderbolt that the opposite keeper could only get his fingers behind. [6][7]

International career[edit]

Petsos decided to represent the country of his origin Greece from youth level. He has played for the under-17 team, the under-19 team and the under-21 team.

On 5 August 2011, Petsos was called up to the senior team for the first time by manager Fernando Santos for the friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.


  1. ^ "Στην Γκρόιτερ Φιρτ ο Πέτσος". 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ [1]. Rapid sign Petsos Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  3. ^ [2]. New signing: Welcome to Hütteldorf Thanos Petsos Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  4. ^ Rapid lässt Wiener Neustadt keine Chance. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Petsos linked with Olympiakos". 5 April 2015. 
  6. ^ [3]. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Τρομερό γκολ ο Πέτσος (vid)". 3 May 2015. 

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