Kenny Stamatopoulos

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Kenny Stamatopoulos
Kenny Stamatopoulos (vs. BK Häcken in 2013, cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Kyriakos Stamatopoulos
Date of birth (1979-08-28) 28 August 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Kalamata, Greece
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
AIK
Number 13
Youth career
Scarborough Azzurri
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Kalamata 13 (0)
2003–2004 Enköpings SK 40 (0)
2005 Boden 30 (0)
2006–2010 Tromsø 17 (0)
2007 Toronto FC (loan) 12 (0)
2009 Lyn (loan) 6 (0)
2009 Fredrikstad (loan) 11 (0)
2010 AIK (loan) 4 (0)
2011– AIK 49 (0)
National team
2001 Canada U23 2 (0)
2001– Canada 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 May 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2016

Kyriakos "Kenny" Stamatopoulos (born 28 August 1979) is a Greek–Canadian soccer goalkeeper who currently plays for AIK.

Early life[edit]

Stamatopoulos moved with his family from Greece to Ontario when he was a small child. He started playing ice hockey at the age of 2 in Canada and only picked up soccer at the age of thirteen.[2]

Club career[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Stamatopoulos' clubs were relegated every year he played with them in Sweden. First Enköping twice in a row, then Boden while he was on loan there. His relegation-run did not end before he moved to Norway.[3]

Tromsø[edit]

His' career at Tromsø got off to a rough start, after he was given a two-match suspension for his involvement in a group fight, which he described as "a little hockey brawl" that occurred during his debut match against Molde. He became a fan favourite as a result of this incident. [4]

On loan[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

On 3 August 2007 it was announced that Canada's Toronto FC manager Mo Johnston had loaned Stamatopoulos in the middle of their "keeper crisis". He made his debut against Los Angeles Galaxy on 5 August. [5]

Lyn[edit]

In April 2009, Stamatopoulos was loaned out from Tromsø to Lyn.[6]

Fredrikstad[edit]

On 20 July 2009, it was announced that Stamatopoulos joined Fredrikstad on loan for the rest of the season. Stamatopoulos will join the club 1 August, and make his debut for Fredrikstad 2 August, at home against Viking.

AIK[edit]

Stamatopoulos signed a season-long loan deal with the reigning Swedish champions on 6 March 2010. AIK's goalkeeper Nicklas Bergh became injured during the pre-season, leaving the team with only one contemplated goalkeeper. Stamatopoulos made his debut with the club in the quarterfinal of Svenska Cupen in July 2010 against Helsingborgs IF. He only let in one goal in the 1-1 draw, but AIK lost in the penalty shootout.[7]

He became first choice following the tragic death of Ivan Turina.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006 Tromsø Tippeligaen 10 0 2 0 12 0
2007 4 0 1 0 5 0
2007 Toronto FC MLS 12 0 0 0 12 0
2008 Tromsø Tippeligaen 3 0 2 0 5 0
2009 Lyn 6 0 2 0 8 0
2009 Fredrikstad 11 0 0 0 11 0
2010 AIK Allsvenskan 4 0 1 0 5 0
2011 6 0 1 0 7 0
2012 6 0 0 0 6 0
2013 26 0 1 0 27 0
2014 8 0 0 0 8 0
2015 3 0 0 0 3 0
2016 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 99 0 10 0 109 0

International career[edit]

Stamatopoulos was a former member of the under-23 national team in July 2001 at Jeux de la Francophonie. [9]

He made his senior his debut for Canada in a November 2001 friendly match against Malta.[10] and, as of July 2015, had earned 16 caps.

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