Christos Aravidis

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Christos Aravidis
Personal information
Full name Christos Aravidis
Date of birth 13 March 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
AEK Athens
Number 21
Youth career
2002–2004 Akratitos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Akratitos 23 (1)
2006–2009 Panionios 50 (4)
2008–2009 Ethnikos Asteras (loan) 23 (3)
2009–2011 Aris Thessaloniki 13 (0)
2011–2012 Doxa Dramas 25 (1)
2012–2014 Panionios 55 (20)
2014– AEK Athens 76 (29)
National team
2003–2004 Greece U17 8 (3)
2005 Greece U19 8 (0)
2006–2007 Greece U21 11 (4)
2015– Greece 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:14, 23 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:18, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

Christos Aravidis (born 13 March 1987) is a striker currently playing in the Superleague for AEK Athens.

Early life[edit]

It was at the age of 7,5 when Christos Aravidis first visited the youth academies of AEK. "In the beginning was just fun after a game became a passion," he recalls, when his father and ex-football player unknowingly motivated his son to deal with football. "My father was a footballer and through him I loved football."

Club career[edit]

Akratitos[edit]

His steps in football seemed always carefully and selectively. After playing in the Football League for Akratitos, he made his debut in the Super League with the club at the age of 18,5 against AEK. He scored his first goal in the major league in a match against OFI and he was constantly selected in the Greece U-21 team.

Panionios[edit]

He signed a three-year contract with Panionios. Ewald Lienen, the new coach of Panionios was presented a few days ago, and the 19 years' old had to fight to find time in the first major challenge of his career. He succeeded beyond any expectation. Became a member of the starting XI and had a striking appearance in Thessaloniki against Aris Thessaloniki with one goal and assist, and ended his first season in the club having 30 appearances and two goals, but after December he gradually lost his position in the team. The scene was similar the next season besides the 26 appearances and three goals.[1]

Loan to Ethnikos Asteras[edit]

Aravidis joined Ethnikos Asteras on loan [2] until the end of the 2008-2009 season on summer of 2008. In April 2009 he filed an appeal against the Ethnikos Asteras, as he played almost entirely unpaid and at the end of the season being released from Panionios, will search the new challenge in his career.

Aris[edit]

Aris offered him the opportunity to make a step further, by signing a three years' contact.[3] But in Aris neither Mazinho in the beginning, nor Héctor Cúper trusted him and Aravidis succeeded to make only 13 appearances with the club, in almost two years. "The fact is that I did not get the opportunities I deserve. Prior to Aris I had a good football path, which I will try to keep it. This is football and there is no problem. Not always all come as you want." In August 2012 he filed an appeal against the Aris Thessaloniki as he played almost entirely unpaid.[4] asking for the subtraction of two points due to the debt to him.[5]

Doxa Dramas[edit]

Doxa Dramas was the next step in his career. In October 2012 he filed his third appeal (after Ethnikos Asteras and Aris) against the Doxa Dramas as there was a private agreement for bonus participations and rentals that never received.[6]

Return to Panionios[edit]

In the 2012-13 season became the club's top scorer with 8 goals, contributing to the rise to Super League. Eventually over the years he made 112 appearances (24 goals, 8 assists) with Panionios.

AEK Athens[edit]

On 31 January 2014, besides the rumours for PAOK and Panathinaikos, Aravidis decided to play for AEK in Football League at the end of 2013-14 season by signing a three years' contract, when the team was in Football League and since then is a first team option.[7] Aravidis at the end of 2014-15 season, in the few minutes that he played against Alimos, typically secured the lead in the list of scorers of the Southern Group of the Football League, with 13 goals.[8] On 22 August 2015, in a 3-0 home game against Platanias scored his first goal in Greek Super League with AEK.

"Fans will be satisfied if we win the championship. We want the best possible result. If we continue to work hard we'll manage something. Our targets are the Greek Cup and the championship. AEK Athens is a huge club and we returned where we belong to. The match against PAOK is a big game that all fans should enjoy it. We'll try for the best. It's always nice to play with full stands" Aravidis said.[9] On 23 September 2015, he opened the score in an away derby game against PAOK, but his club could not avoid the defeat. Christos Aravidis is set to become the next AEK player to sign a new deal at the club. AEK are set to offer Christos Aravidis a new deal. as are very pleased with Aravidis's displays, with the current one expiring in 2017.[10]

On 20 December 2016, in a home Super League game against PAS Giannina was then sent off in the 10th minute of the game after headbutting Thodoris Berios in the chest. On 12 March 2017 he scored the last goal of AEK in the 3-0 home "double-headed eagle" derby against PAOK.[11] On 6 April 2017 he scored the second goal in his club effort to win a place in season playoffs sealing a 2-0 away win against Platanias F.C. [12]

International career[edit]

Aravidis has a plural international career in youth Greece squads. On 4 September 2015 he made his debut for Greece in a home game for UEFA against Finland in Piraeus. On 8 October 2015 in just his 3rd cap, he scored his first ever goal for Greece by scoring their only goal in a 3-1 away defeat to Northern Ireland in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match in Belfast.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 October 2015 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 3–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

Honours[edit]

AEK
Aris

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ο κύκλος του Χρήστου Αραβίδη!" (in Greek). www.gazzetta.gr. 
  2. ^ "Δανεικός στον Εθνικό Αστέρα ο Αραβίδης" (in Greek). www.sport24.gr. 12 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Υπέγραψε για τρία χρόνια ο Χρήστος Αραβίδης" (in Greek). www.arisfc.gr. 2 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Προσφυγή και ο Αραβίδης στον Αρη" (in Greek). www.sentragoal.gr. 12 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Ζητάει αφαίρεση 2 βαθμών στον Άρη ο Αραβίδης" (in Greek). www.sport24.gr. 26 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Αγωγή του Αραβίδη κατά της ΔΟΞΑΣ!!!" (in Greek). dramagoal.gr. 26 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Παίρνει Αραβίδη η ΑΕΚ! (in Greek). nooz.gr. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Αραβίδης: "Πρώτοι, όπως μας αξίζει"" (in Greek). www.sdna.gr. 4 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Aravidis ambitious with AEK!". www.sdna.gr. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Σκέψεις για επέκταση και του συμβολαίου του Αραβίδη στην ΑΕΚ!". www.onsports.gr. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Μέγας τρι-Αραούχο και θαυμαστά τα έργα του!" (in Greek). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  12. ^ "Πλατανιάς - ΑΕΚ 0-2" (in Greek). Retrieved 2017-04-06. 

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