Marcos Vellidis

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Markos Vellidis
Personal information
Full name Markos Vellidis
Date of birth (1987-04-04) 4 April 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Kastoria, Greece
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
–2005 Panathinaikos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Panathinaikos 0 (0)
2006–2007 Koropi (loan) 17 (0)
2007–2008 Diagoras (loan) 36 (0)
2008–2010 Diagoras 62 (0)
2010–2013 Aris 48 (0)
2013–2016 PAS Giannina 82 (0)
2016 PAOK 11 (0)
National team
2015– Greece 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2015

Markos Vellidis (Greek: Μάρκος Βελλίδης, born 4 April 1987) is a Greek footballer who plays as a goalkeeper.

Career[edit]

Panathinaikos[edit]

Vellidis began his career by signing with Panathinaikos F.C. in August 2005. In 2006-07 season, he went on loan to Koropi, with playing in 17 matches. The next season, he went on loan to Diagoras F.C., and played in 36 matches.

Diagoras[edit]

In 2008, Diagoras F.C. bought Vellidis from Panathinaikos. He made 62 league appearances for the club. He was a good penalty-stopper and was popular with fans. There was minor interest from some teams, but the biggest was by Aris Thessaloniki F.C.. Diagoras' fans were very proud for their goalkeeper, because they wanted Markos to show his talent and value in a big team. And this team, was Aris. Vellidis made his dream fact, and signed with a team with many success in Greece and Europe.

Aris[edit]

His very good appearances for Diagoras were rewarded by a signing with Aris F.C. on 15 June 2010, getting the number 1.

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 season, Vellidis played 4 matches for Aris F.C., bringing good performances. These performances were the reason for that Vellidis was recommended as a great talent and also was known that behind Sifakis was another very good goalkeeper.

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 season, first choice goalkeeper of Aris, Michalis Sifakis, had medical problems, which sidelined him for 5–8 months. Vellidis played his first of the season on 2 October 2011 against Skoda Xanthi in Kleanthis Vikelidis, giving a fine performance, with having a clean sheet. Since then, Vellidis is the first goalkeeper in the team. This season was the best of Vellidis's career so far.

2012-2013

Aris was in difficult times, but Vellidis was one of those who stayed loyal to Aris. He was the first choice goalkeeper and the fans wanted he to stay for a lot years. He is the young star of Aris, along with Giannis Gianniotas. He had an argue with coach Makis Katsavakis just before the match against Panionios in Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium. However, it was decided that Vellidis will stay in team.

Pas Giannena[edit]

Vellidis signed for PAS Giannena on 13 June 2013 on a 2-year contract.[1] His first appearance with the club was on 18 August 2013 in an away 3-3 draw against Asteras Tripoli. Being active for almost five years in Super League, Vellidis could be a valuable asset for any club, therefore as Balazs Megyeri's contract expires in summer and it probably will not be renewed, Olympiacos are already looking for his replacement and the Greek player is one of the candidates.[2]

According to various sources Vellidis is in Olympiacos transfer shortlist and the Greek champions are watching him closely. Balazs Megyeri's contract expires in summer and it probably will not be renewed. Therefore, Olympiacos are already looking for his replacement and the Greek player is one of the candidates.[3] Being one of the most stable and most valuable players of PAS Giannina F.C. during the last seasons, and in any case, the 28-year-old keeper cashed his offer with a new three-year contract for an undisclosed fee which will tie him with the club till 2018.[4][5]

He started the 2015-16 season being the MVP of the 2nd day of the Super League in a victorious 3-1 home win against PAOK, as the keeper of PAS Giannina kept upright team with fantastic chips after the first half-hour, when his opponent pushed too much and lost significant opportunities for the equalizer. From the 30th minute until the end of the half the Greek international showed superb reactions to shots from Róbert Mak, Erik Sabo and Marin Leovac.[6]

PAOK[edit]

On 19 January 2016, Vellidis signed a half year contract with PAOK with a possible extension for two more years, for an undisclosed fee.[7][8] On 24 January 2016, he made his debut with the club in a derby match against rivals AEK Athens.[9] In summer 2016, the coming of Serbian international Željko Brkić and the fact that Panagiotis Glykos seemed to be the first goalie for PAOK coach Vladimir Ivić created an extra pressure to Vellidis for the first goalie of the new season. As a result he played only one game for the 2016-17 season in a 7-0 away Greek Cup win against Panelefsiniakos F.C. On 31 January 2017, Vellidis solved his contract with the club. [10]

On 2 March 2017, English Championship club Nottingham Forest have taken Vellidis on trial. The 29-year-old left Greek side PAOK at the end of the January transfer window, enabling him to sign for another club before the end of the campaign.[11]

International career[edit]

On 10 August 2012 Greece head coach Fernando Santos announced the first call up of Vellidis for the friendly match against Norway. He made his international debut on 16 June 2015 in a friendly away match against Poland, replacing Stefanos Kapino at the end of the match.

Honours[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 14 December 2016 [12]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
2005-06 Panathinaikos Super League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Koropi Gamma Ethniki 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2007-08 Diagoras Gamma Ethniki 36 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
2008-09 Football League 31 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2009-10 31 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
2010-11 Aris Super League 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2011-12 26 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
2012-13 18 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
2013-14 PAS Giannina 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
2014-15 32 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
2015-16 18 0 3 0 0 0 21 0
2015-16 PAOK 11 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
2016-17 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 256 0 11 0 0 0 267 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ο ΜΑΡΚΟΣ ΒΕΛΛΙΔΗΣ ΣΤΟΝ ΠΑΣ ΓΙΑΝΝΙΝΑ! (in Greek). www.pasgiannina.gr. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Vellidis on Olympiacos transfer radar". www.sdna.gr. 6 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Vellidis on Olympiacos transfer radar". www.sdna.gr. 6 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Στον ΠΑΣ μέχρι το 2018 ο Βελλίδης (in Greek). www.gazzetta.gr. 15 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ανανέωσε ο Βελλίδης στον ΠΑΣ" (in Greek). www.newsbeast.gr. 15 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ο ΠΑΣ "σκότωσε" (3-1) τον ΠΑΟΚ στα Γιάννενα" (in Greek). www.naftemporiki.gr. 30 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Στον ΠΑΟΚ ο Βελλίδης για 2,5 χρόνια" (in Greek). www.sport24.gr. 19 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Στον ΠΑΟΚ ο Βελλίδης!" (in Greek). www.contra.gr. 18 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "AEK win derby against PAOK". www.sdna,gr. 24 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Τέλος και ο Βελλίδης από τον ΠΑΟΚ" (in Greek). www.metrosport.gr. 31 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Nottingham Forest take Greek goalkeeper Markos Vellidis on trial". www.sportinastorm.com. 2 March 2017. 
  12. ^ Markos Vellidis