Kostas Lamprou

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Kostas Lamprou
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Personal information
Full name Kostas Lamprou
Date of birth (1991-09-16) 16 September 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Willem II
Number 1
Youth career
Ajax
Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2015 Feyenoord 14 (0)
2010–2011 Excelsior (loan) 0 (0)
2014–2015 Willem II (loan) 33 (0)
2015– Willem II 70 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Greece U17 3 (0)
2009–2010 Greece U19 9 (0)
2010–2013 Greece U21 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:49, 21 April 2017 (UTC).

Kostas Lamprou (Greek: Κώστας Λάμπρου; born 16 September 1991) is a Greek footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Dutch Eredivisie club Willem II.

Career[edit]

Born in Athens the 18 september, Kostas Lamprou was just 13 when he left his homeland Greece for the Netherlands. The keeper was invited to join the Ajax youth academy after making a splash at an international tournament in which he turned out for Panathinaikos as a guest player. Lamprou’s stay in Amsterdam was not an unqualified success, however, and the Greek was released six months later. Lamprou decided to stay in the Netherlands, joining amateur club Amstelveen Heemraad, and the gamble paid off. Lamprou’s performances caught the eye of Feyenoord, who offered him a place at the club’s youth academy at Varkenoord. The Greece U21 international made his Feyenoord bow in preseason 2009/2010. A year later Lamprou went on loan to Excelsior but returned to Feyenoord during the winter break after failing to force himself into the first team at Woudestein. The keeper was given a first-team squad number at De Kuip and was named among the substitutes for a number of Eredivisie games.[1]

Lamprou’s official debut came in the cup against AGOVV on 20 September 2011. AGOVV Apeldoorn (4-0).[2] The Greek spent the rest of the season as second-choice keeper behind Erwin Mulder.

Pim Doesburg believes that Kostas Lamprou was an exceptional keeper. "Lamprou is a fantastic keeper. I think Lamprou then it must surrender. The pipeline will still fall back to Mulder. I would always let him stand. He has a good kick, good reflexes, is mobile and has a very good series of games had, " said the response from Doesburg versus RTV Rijnmond. Former goalkeeper Sparta Rotterdam and PSV understands the criticism Lamprou not. "They talk to him a complex that he is too small. This is ridiculous in my life has ever said I was too small. Lamprou has an incredible leaping ability, and he does it. I think he's good," Doesburg continues his story. "He is there now, so I would go through with it. Do not step over again. You never know how Mulder comes back and then plan how a defense reacts." [3]

The consistency of the young keeper caused on October 2012, his first call from Fernando Santos, the coach of Greece national football team.[4]

On 4 July 2014 Willem II finalized with Feyenoord the lending of Kostas Lamprou agreeing that the goalkeeper will play for the Tricolores for the next season. In Willem II, he will join the existing goalkeepers David Meul and Mattijs Branderhorst. Lamprou itself is happy with the chance to play for Wilem II. "I have a good feeling about the discussions we have had. I hope we can make a nice season developing my skills even further." [5]

On 19 May 2015, after his exceptional year with Willem II the technical club director Carlos Aalbers announced the signing of the Greek international for the next two years. "Kostas fits into the play of Willem II and he has proved last season in the Eredivisie that he is a very good goalkeeper. We are therefore pleased that we sign with him for the next two years." [6] [7] As a mercenary of Feyenoord, Lamprou made his best season so far. A return to De Kuip was not at issue, since the Greek keeper received a new contract. Since mid-April Willem II was in constant talking to finalize a longer stay in Tilburg. Willem II's coach Jurgen Streppel describes the goalkeeper as a keeper who in the coming years will further develop his skills. After a difficult start, he was one of the pillars of the success of Willem II, ended in ninth place in Eredivisie.[8]

He started the 2015-16 season as the main goalie, like last year. On 14 September 2015, in the 5th day of Eredivisie in an away game against his former club Feyenoord even if he was the main protagonist with many saves could not prevent the defeat. [9] After a very difficult season where the club saved for relegation, he started the 2016-17 season as the undisputable main goalie of the club. On 4 December 2016, in a 0-0 home draw against FC Twente, he reached 100 appearances in Eredivisie with the jersey of two different clubs.

Statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 April 2017.[10]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Feyenoord Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
2010–11 Excelsior 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
2010–11 Feyenoord 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
2011–12 0 0 2 0 - 2 0
2012–13 12 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
2013–14 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2014–15 Willem II 33 0 1 0 0 0 34 0
2015–16 38* 0 3 0 0 0 41 0
2016–17 32 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
Total Netherlands 117 0 10 0 0 0 127 0
Career total 117 0 10 0 0 0 127 0

(* Includes Eredivisie Play-offs)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kostas Lamprou Biography". 
  2. ^ "Feyenoord soeverein langs AGOVV". Feyenoord.nl (in Dutch). 20 September 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "'Lamprou is een fantastische keeper'" (in Dutch). 2012-11-26. 
  4. ^ Λάμπρου: "Δεν περίμενα να με καλέσει ο Σάντος" (in Greek). 5 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "el:Λάμπρου: Willem II huurt doelman Kostas Lamprou" (in Dutch). 4 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kostas Lamprou langer bij Willem II" (in Dutch). 19 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lamprou tekent voor twee jaar bij Willem II" (in Dutch). 19 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Willem II legt Lamprou voor twee jaar vast" (in Dutch). 19 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Zelfs Kostas Lamprou kan Willem II niet redden". 14 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Kostas Lamprou Stats". uk.soccerway.com. Soccerway. 

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