Giorgos Katidis

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Giorgos Katidis
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Katidis with Greece in 2012 UEFA Euro U19
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Salonica, Greece
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
2008–2010 Aris
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Aris 15 (0)
2012–2013 AEK Athens 20 (2)
2013–2014 Novara 10 (0)
2014–2015 Veria 4 (0)
2015 Levadiakos 13 (1)
2016– Panegialios 3 (0)
National team
2009–2011 Greece U17 8 (2)
2011–2012 Greece U19 30 (9)
2012–2013 Greece U21 6 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 May 2015.

Giorgos Katidis (Greek: Γιώργος Κατίδης; born 12 February 1993) is a Greek association football player, who played in Football League for Panegialios.

Club career[edit]


Katidis rose through the youth ranks at Aris and managed to make his debut for the team at 17 years old.

AEK Athens[edit]

On 27 August 2012, Katidis signed a 4-year contract with AEK Athens which would keep him at the club until 2016. AEK Athens and his former club Aris agreed on a €200,000 transfer fee.[1]

Katidis created an international controversy on 16 March 2013, when he gave what appeared to be a Nazi-style salute after scoring the winning goal against Veria. His action drew condemnation from politicians, fans and the media, forcing him to tears in the dressing room.[citation needed] He later told the public he was unaware of the gesture's connotations, stating that he just wanted to dedicate the goal to a colleague in the stands.[2] AEK coach Ewald Lienen remarked that Katidis "doesn't have an idea about politics".[3] As a result of the salute, the Hellenic Football Federation voted unanimously to give Katidis a lifetime ban from all Greek national teams and he was fined €50,000.[4] He was furthermore suspended by AEK for the rest of the season.[5] AEK failed to win another game without him that season and were relegated for the first time in their history.

Novara Calcio[edit]

Italian Serie B side Novara signed Katidis. Novara's owner Massimo De Salvo recently said that they won't be 'playing down' the incident. "We don't have the intention to play down his gesture," he said. "It was disrespectful to the millions of people that suffered and paid with their lives for those who believed in false ideals and myths." Salvo also said Katidis' remorse was a key factor in beginning negotiations with the 20-year-old. "We want to give him another chance, because we believe that making such a mistake is serious, but acknowledging it is worthy." The Italian media have dubbed Katidis the 'Greek Di Canio', referring to the former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, who caused controversy as a Lazio player celebrating a goal by giving a Roman salute. Eventually Katidis signed a 1+1 year contract with the club.[6][7]

On 31 July 2014, Novara announced the end of cooperation with the player.[8][9]


After being away from Greece for a year, Katidis returned to his home country by signing a two-year contract with Veria.[10] Giorgos made his official debut on 20 September 2014 in an away loss against Olympiacos in Pireaus. He made his second appearance against Ermionida in the Greek Cup. He made his third appearance as a substitute as he replaced Sotiris Balafas against PAS Giannina. On 26 January 2015, Katidis was released by the club as he didn't impress with his performances.[11]


On 29 January 2015, Katidis penned a two 1/2-years deal with fellow Superleague Greece side Levadiakos.[12] He made his last appearance with the club in a 1-0 away loss against PAOK.


After a year where he played for the amateur club of Iraklis Agiou Louka in EPS Pellas 2nd Division in Greece,[13] Katidis signed a year contract with Football League club Panegialios.[14]

International career[edit]

Katidis quickly became under 17, under 19 and then under 21 captain of Greece due to excellent performances while he was still playing for Aris FC. He was the captain of the under-19 team that lost in the final to Spain in the 2012 European Championship in Estonia.[15] Scoring a goal in a game on March 13, 2013, Katidis celebrated by giving the crowd a Nazi salute. Katidis later apologized. The Hellenic Football Federation imposed a lifetime ban on Katidis, barring him from participating in all Greek national teams.[16]


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