Dimitris Diamantakos

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Dimitris Diamantakos
Dimitrios Diamantákos.jpg
Diamantakos playing for Greece U19
Personal information
Full name Dimitrios Diamantakos
Date of birth (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Piraeus, Greece
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Karlsruher SC
Number 9
Youth career
–2009 Atromitos Piraeus
2009–2012 Olympiacos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Olympiacos 8 (2)
2012–2013 Panionios (loan) 8 (0)
2013 Aris (loan) 13 (0)
2013–2014 Ergotelis (loan) 25 (9)
2015–2016 Karlsruhe (loan) 11 (4)
2016– Karlsruhe 27 (8)
National team
2009–2010 Greece U17 12 (8)
2010–2012 Greece U19 22 (10)
2013 Greece U20 7 (2)
2012–2014 Greece U21 11 (5)
2014– Greece 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2016

Dimitrios "Dimitris" Diamantakos (Greek: Δημήτρης Διαμαντάκος, born 5 March 1993 in Piraeus) is a Greek footballer who currently plays for 2. Bundesliga club Karlsruhe as a forward. He is often referred to as "the Spartan".[1]

Club career[edit]


Diamantakos started his career at Atromitos Piraeus, from which he moved to the youth teams of Olympiacos in 2009.[2]

Loan spells[edit]

In 2012, he moved to Superleague side Panionios on loan.[3] In January 2013 he joined Aris FC on loan.[4] He made 13 appearances without scoring any goal. In June 2013 he joined Ergotelis on loan.[5] He did his best season so far by scoring 10 goals in 27 appearances in the league and in the cup.

Back to Olympiacos[edit]

Following his loan spell at Ergotelis, Olympiacos decided to keep him for the 2014–2015 season. Diamantakos made his debut on 23 August 2014 with Olympiacos in the Superleague on a home game against Niki Volos and managed to score his first goal in the 28th minute with a close range strike.[6][7] In February 2015, according to Russian reports, Arsenal Tula was close to signing Dimitris Diamantakos. With the Russian transfer window still open the striker reportedly was in the club's shortlist.[8]

Overall, he had little playing time in his first season with Olympiacos, having to settle for a role mainly on the bench. He scored 4 goals in 17 appearances across all competitions helping his club on its route to winning the Greek Cup.[9]

Loan to Karlsruhe[edit]

In August 2015, Diamantakos joined Karlsruhe for the season, again on loan.[1] On 6 November 2015, in his fourth appearance he scored his first goal for the club scoring in a 3-0 home win against VfL Bochum.[10] On 12 December 2015, he scored his third goal in the league, helping his club return to winning ways against SpVgg Greuther Fürth.[11] On 18 December 2015, Diamantakos scored for the third time in a row, sealing Karlsruhe's win away to FC St. Pauli.[12]


On 18 February 2016, Karlsruhe completed the permanent signing of the Greek striker for a reported transfer fee of €1 million. The transfer took immediate effect as the loan contract with Olympiacos was cancelled.[13][14] On 20 February 2016, he scored the second goal helping his club to escape with a 2–2 home draw against Eintracht Braunschweig after teammate Ylli Sallahi had been sent off.[15][16] On 3 April 2016, he scored in a 3-1 home win game against TSV 1860 Munich.[17] On 2 May 2016, Diamantakos scored twice as Karlsruher SC beat neighbours SV Sandhausen 3–0 to record a third successive home win.[18]

Diamantakos scored his first goal of the 2016-2017 season on the second matchday, in a 1–1 draw against VfL Bochum.[19] On 18 September 2016, he scored the equalising goal in a 1–1 draw against FC St. Pauli.[20] On 19 November 2016, he scored the leading goal for Karlsruhe, as they dominated in the first half of the game, but lacked the force and determination in the attack,facing an unexpected 1-3 loss from SV Sandhausen.[21] On 2 December 2016, was the fateful player as he scored to a penalty kick reducing the score, and missed the decisive penalty and the chance to tie up the game in a 2-1 home loss against Greuther Fürth.[22]

International career[edit]

He was a member of the Greek under-19 squad that earned second place in the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[23] Diamantakos made his international debut for Greece on 7 September 2014 against Romania. On 4 October 2016, Diamantakos is injured and will miss the two upcoming matches of Greece against Cyprus and Estonia.




  1. ^ a b Holley, Christopher (6 August 2015). "Dimitris Diamantakos joins Karlsruher SC on loan". Vavel. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Ο Δημήτρης Διαμαντάκος στον Ολυμπιακό [Dimitris Diamantakos to Olympiacos] (in Greek). RedPlanet.gr. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Πάει Πανιώνιο ο Διαμαντάκος (in Greek). Redplanet.gr. 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Ο Διαμαντάκος στον ΑΡΗ [Diamantakos to Aris] (in Greek). arisfc.gr. 17 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Στον Εργοτέλη ο Διαμαντάκος [Diamantakos to Ergotelis] (in Greek). Sport24. 23 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Νίκη για τον Θρύλο (in Greek). Olympiacos.org. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Video: Goal Niki Volos (in Russian). gole.su. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Russian interest in Diamantakos". www.sdna.gr. 10 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Προς Γερμανία ο Διαμαντάκος". www.sport24.gr. 1 July 2015. 
  10. ^ 2. Bundesliga: Diamantakos glänzt, Bochum taumelt weiter. www.spiegel.de. 6 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Karlsruhe return to winning ways against Fürth. www.bundesliga.com. 12 December 2015. 
  12. ^ Karlsruhe snatch lucky win away to St. Pauli. www.bundesliga.com. 18 December 2015. 
  13. ^ Karlsruhe bought Diamantakos from Olympiakos. www.sdna.gr. 18 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "KSC verpflichtet Diamantakos fest". kicker Online (in German). 18 February 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  15. ^ 2. Bundesliga: Braunschweig verspielt Sieg in Überzahl. www.spiegel.de. 20 February 2016. 
  16. ^ Έσωσε την Καρλσρούη ο Διαμαντάκος. www.sport24.gr. 20 February 2016. 
  17. ^ Karlsruhe cruise past troubled 1860. www.bundesliga.com. 3 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Ο Διαμαντάκος και οι άλλοι...". www.sport24.gr. 3 May 2016. 
  19. ^ Γκολ με τακουνάκι ο Διαμαντάκος. www.sport24.gr. 13 August 2016. 
  20. ^ Karlsruhe St pauli 1-1. www.sport24.gr. 18 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Karlsruhe immer tiefer in der Krise". www.spox.com. 19 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "Karlsruhe - Greuther Furth 1-2". www.kicker.de. 2 December 2016. 
  23. ^ "EURO U-19 2012: Η αποστολή για τα τελικά" [EURO U-19 2012: The squad for the finals] (in Greek). Hellenic Football Federation. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 

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