Kostas Negrepontis

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Kostas Negrepontis
Kostas Negrepontis
Personal information
Full name Konstantinos Negrepontis
Date of birth 1897
Place of birth Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Date of death (1973-02-19)19 February 1973 (aged 76)
Place of death Athens, Greece
Playing position Striker, Inside/Outside right
Youth career
Propontida Tataoulon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1918 Fenerbahçe S.K.
1918–1923 Pera Club
1923–1926 in France
1926–1932 AEK 6 (2)
National team
1929–1930 Greece 2 (0)
Teams managed
1933–1934 Greece
1933–1936 AEK
1937–1940 AEK
1938 Greece
1944–1948 AEK
1948–1950 Greece
1953 Greece
1953 AEK
1955 Olympiacos
1955–1957 AEK
1958–1959 AEK
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Konstantinos (Kostas) Negrepontis (Greek: Κώστας Νεγρεπόντης; 1897 – 19 February 1973) was an international Greek football player who played as a center forward in the 1920s and 1930s and later a coach.[1]


Playing career[edit]

Born in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1897, he started his football career as a young player in Turkey, playing for the Propontida Tataoulon. Later he joined Fenerbahçe S.K. where he won 3 amateur championships. In 1918, he joined The Greek Football Team, the football department of Pera Club, as a player. With Pera Club he won a Turkish Championship in 1922. After the Greco-Turkish War in 1922, Pera Club did a tour in Europe, with Greece being one of their stops. Negrepontis decided to stay in France where he played for a number of French football teams. He eventually settled in Greece to play for AEK Athens F.C. in 1926, where he became a crowd favourite and the team captain. In 1932 he retired as a footballer.

He was capped twice by Greece because the Hellenic Football Federation was founded at the dawn of his career.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from football, Negrepontis coached a number of clubs, including AEK Athens FC, Olympiacos, Panelefsiniakos, Apollon Smyrnis, Panionios, Ethnikos Piraeus and Panegialios. He was the first (and the prewar) coach of Greece national football team which he completed above ten appearances for Greece in a total of 16 (in four different periods between 1933–1953). He was also the coach who achieved Greece's biggest victory of 8–0 against Syria in a match which took place on 25 November 1949 at Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.