Kleanthis Vikelidis

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Kleanthis Vikelides
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Personal information
Full name Kleanthis Vikelides
Date of birth (1916-10-23)23 October 1916
Place of birth Thessaloniki, Greece
Date of death 4 November 1988(1988-11-04) (aged 72)
Place of death Thessaloniki, Greece
Playing position Forward
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933–1949 Aris Thessaloniki F.C. 131 (72)
National team
1936–1948 Greece 7 (5)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Kleanthis Vikelides (Greek: Κλεάνθης Βικελίδης; 23 October 1916 – 4 November 1988) was a Greek footballer who played for Aris Thessaloniki and the Greece national football team. He was also a manager, taking charge of Aris Thessaloniki, PAOK and Apollon Kalamaria.

Vikelides was born in 1916 in Thessaloniki and was the youngest of the three Vikelides brothers that played for Aris F.C., the others being Kostas and Nikiforos. He was instrumental in Aris winning the Greek Championship in 1932 and 1946, given the nickname 'Macedonian Tank'.[1] During his career, Vikelides was capped 7 times by the Greek National Football Team, scoring 4 goals.[2] Vikelidis coached Aris Thessaloniki twice in 1954 and 1959 and later continued his managing career with PAOK during the 1957 season and Apollon Kalamaria during the 1961 season. In his honour, Aris FC named the stadium at Charilaou, Thessaloniki Kleanthis Vikelides Stadium.

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 May 1936 Stadionul ONEF, Bucharest, Romania  Bulgaria 5–4 Lost 1936 Balkan Cup
2. 22 January 1938 Maccabiah Stadium, Tel-Aviv, Palestine/Eretz Israel  Palestine, British Mandate 1–3 Win 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 22 January 1938 Maccabiah Stadium, Tel-Aviv, Palestine/Eretz Israel  Palestine, British Mandate 1–3 Win 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 20 February 1938 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Palestine, British Mandate 1–0 Win 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 23 April 1948 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Turkey 1–3 Lost Friendly
Correct as of 22 November 2016[3]

Sources[edit]

  • Kleanthis Vikelidis' profile at worldfootball.net
  • Αθλητική Ηχώ
  • Αθλητικός Σύλλογος Άρης 1914-2004 Κέντρο ιστορίας Θεσσαλονίκης, Θεσσαλονίκη 2004, ISBN 960-87344-8-7
  • Άρης 1914-2002, Άγγελος Καριπίδης
  • Κωνσταντίνος Ίντος, "Η Ιστορία του Άρη", τόμος 1, "Ποδόσφαιρο (1914–2000), Ο κίτρινος θεός του πολέμου στον 20ό αιώνα."

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