Chalkias playing for PAOK in 2010
|Full name||Konstantinos Chalkias|
|Date of birth||30 May 1974|
|Place of birth||Larissa, Greece|
|Height||1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|1999||→ Apollon Smyrni (loan)||16||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2012.
Konstantinos "Kostas" Chalkias (Greek: Κώστας Χαλκιάς; born 30 May 1974) is a retired Greek footballer who last played as a goalkeeper for PAOK. Previously he had played for Panathinaikos, Apollon Smyrni, Iraklis, Portsmouth, Real Murcia and Aris.
Chalkias started his career in the Panathinaikos youth academy in the 94/95 double winning PAO team. He was transferred to feeder club Apollon Athens in 1996 as a replacement for retired Antonis Minou, signing a 5-year professional contract. His solid performances helped Apollon avoid relegation from Alpha Ethniki and made him return to Panathinaikos two years later, in 1998. Howerver, he didn't get any playing time at Panathinaikos by his head coach Vasilis Daniil and in January 1999 he was re-sent to Apollon on loan for six months. After his return, he was forced to play third keeper to the legendary Jozef Wandzik and Greek legend Antonis Nikopolidis. He made a total of 25 starts over the next three years between 1998 and 2001 for Panathinaikos and was transferred for two seasons to Iraklis before good performances led to a return to Panathinaikos in the 03/04 season. After playing second fiddle again to Antonis Nikopolidis during most of the 03/04 season, he was allowed back into the first team after a dispute Nikopolidis had with management.
At the end of the 2003–04 season, Nikopolidis was let out on a free transfer to bitter rivals, Olympiakos, and a new keeper was bought, Mario Galinovic. After a fight for first team football, eventually Galinovic won out and due to overseas interest, Chalkias was shipped out to English side Portsmouth F.C. in January 2005, making his debut in the FA Cup fourth round tie away at fierce rivals Southampton. Over the next few matches Chalkias's wild tactics and inconsistency led to some poorly conceded goals, and he was soon dropped and replaced by Jamie Ashdown. With the signing of Sander Westerveld in July 2005, Chalkias fell even further down the pecking order, and in January 2006 he left Portsmouth by mutual consent, having made only five league appearances for the club. Shortly after his release from Portsmouth he joined Segunda División side Real Murcia.
Return to Greece
Chalkias was bought in the summer transfer window of 2006 by Aris Thessaloniki, who were then newly promoted to the Greek Superleague. After his transfer to Aris, Chalkias regained some of the form that he showed during his bright run in the first team for Panathinaikos and after an exceptional season, he was recalled το the national team and gained a starting spot over Antonis Nikopolidis after the latter's poor performance earlier in a Euro 2008 qualifying match against Turkey.
Chalkias left Aris in late May 2008 after his contract was due to run out and on 28 May 2008 he agreed to sign a two-year contract for rivals PAOK, thus becoming the third player to have played for the all three major clubs of Thessaloniki (Iraklis, Aris, PAOK) following Apostolos Tsourelas and Stefanos Borbokis.
In the 2009–10 season he reached the second position with PAOK F.C. and the semifinal of the Greek cup. In January 2010 he renewed his contract with PAOK F.C. for 2 more years. Chalkias has contributed to the qualification of PAOK F.C. the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, after winning the preliminaries against AEK Athens, Olympiakos and Aris Thessaloniki F.C..
Chalkias made his debut on 10 November 2001, in a frienly 4–2 home win against Estonia, as he replaced Antonis Nikopolidis at half time. In the summer 2004 he was part of the squad which won Euro 2004, although he was only the reserve 'keeper. Otto Rehhagel called him also for the qualification of Euro 2008. Chalkias played as the first goalkeeper for the Greek national team during most of the qualification for the World Cup 2010, after the retirement of the legendary goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis and he is the only goalkeeper from the Euro 2004.
In Euro 2012 Chalkias was the oldest player at the tournament at 38 years of age and one of just three players remaining from the victorious 2004 Greek squad. On 12 June 2012, he started the second group stage match against Czech Republic – at the 21st minute of the match, and having conceded two goals in 6 minutes, he was substituted with Michalis Sifakis due to injury. After Greece's lost quarterfinal to Germany on 22 June, a game which Chalkias watched from the bench, he announced his withdrawal from the national team alongside Nikos Liberopoulos.
On 22 September 2012, Chalkias announced his retirement from football.
|Apollon Smyrni (loan)||1998–99||16||0||–||–||–||–||–||–||16||0|
- Alysandratos, V. (4 July 1996). "Ο Χαλκιάς φέρνει Κόλα (Chalkias brings Kola)". Athlitiki Echo (in Greek).
- Spanoudakis, Giorgos (6 January 1999). "Το μυστήριο της Παιανίας (Paiania's mystery)". Athlitiki Echo (in Greek).
- Spanoudakis, Giorgos (8 August 1998). "Εγγύηση τα "δικά" του παιδιά (Their kids are warranty)". Athlitiki Echo (in Greek).
- Nanos, G. (3 January 1999). "Χαλκιάς και Μπέρχολντ "κάτοικοι" Ριζούπολης (Chalkias and Berchold to Rizoupoli)". Athlitiki Echo (in Greek).
- "Southampton 2–1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 29 January 2005. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- "Goalkeeper Chalkias leaves Pompey". BBC Sport. 19 January 2006. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- "Στη Ρεάλ Μούρθια συνεχίζει την καριέρα του ο Χαλκιάς (Chalkias moving to Real Murcia)" (in Greek). Athens: In.gr. 31 January 2006.
- "Παρελθόν ο Αναστόπουλος από την τεχνική ηγεσία του Αρη, που απέκτησε τον Χαλκιά (Anastopoulos released from Aris, which signed Chalkias)" (in Greek). Thessaloniki: In.gr. 23 June 2006.
- "Τέλος εποχής ή απλή παρένθεση ο πάγκος της Εθνικής για τον Νικοπολίδη; (End of an era or just a parenthesis the national team's bench for Nikopolidis?)" (in Greek). Athens: In.gr. 3 June 2007.
- "Ο Χαλκιάς για δύο χρόνια στον ΠΑΟΚ, προσπάθειες και για Σαουντάτι (Chalkias to PAOK for two years, attempts for Saudati)" (in Greek). Thessaloniki: In.gr. 26 May 2008.
- ""Να γίνει ο ΠΑΟΚ πρωταγωνιστής" είπε ο Χαλκιάς για τη νέα ομάδα του ("PAOK should become a protagonist" Chalkias said for his new team)" (in Greek). Thessaloniki: In.gr. 28 May 2008.
- "Φιλική νίκη (4–2) και καλές εντυπώσεις από την εθνική ποδοσφαίρου (Friendly victory and good impressions from the national team)" (in Greek). Athens: In.gr. 10 November 2001.
- Αγώνες Εθνικής Ανδρών του 2010 (in Greek). Ελληνική Ποδοσφαιρική Ομοσπονδία (Greek Football Federation). Retrieved 2 February 2011.
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- "Match report: Greece v Czech Republic – 12th June 2012". Sky Sports. 12 June 2012.
- Papantonopoulou, Vassilki (23 June 2012). "Liberopoulos, Chalkias call time on Greece careers". Gdansk: uefa.com.
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