Odisseas Vlachodimos

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Odisseas Vlachodimos
Odisseas vlachodimos.jpg
Vlachodimos with VfB Stuttgart in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Stuttgart, Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 99
Youth career
VfL Wangen
2002–2013 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 VfB Stuttgart II 68 (0)
2015–2016 VfB Stuttgart 3 (0)
2016–2018 Panathinaikos 52 (0)
2018– Benfica 34 (0)
National team
2009 Germany U15 2 (0)
2009–2010 Germany U16 6 (0)
2010–2011 Germany U17 22 (0)
2012 Germany U18 3 (0)
2012–2013 Germany U19 11 (0)
2013–2014 Germany U20 3 (0)
2017 Germany U21 1 (0)
2018– Greece 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2019

Odisseas Vlachodimos[footnote 1] (Greek: Οδυσσέας Βλαχοδήμος; born 26 April 1994) is a professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Benfica and the Greece national team as a goalkeeper.

Born in Stuttgart to Greek parents, he started his career with Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart in 2012, with whom he made three senior appearances in the 2015–16 season, before joining Panathinaikos of Superleague Greece, where he played two seasons.

Vlachodimos represented Germany at various youth levels and featured for the nation at UEFA European Under-17 Championship and FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2011. Moreover, he was part of the squad that won the 2017 European Under-21 Championship. In 2018, he switched nationality to represent Greece at senior level.

Club career[edit]

Vlachodimos during his time with VfB Stuttgart II

Stuttgart[edit]

Vlachodimos is an academy graduate of VfB Stuttgart, having joined the club from VfL Wangen at the age of seven.[1] Having progressed through the clubs' youth ranks, he then made his debut for VfB Stuttgart II on 25 February 2012 in a 1–0 loss to 1. FC Heidenheim in 3. Liga.[2] At the end of the season he signed his first professional contract with the club, penning a deal until June 2015.[3] Two years later, he extended his contract with VfB until June 2017.[4] Having made over 50 appearances for VfB Stuttgart II, Vlachodimos was afforded his Bundesliga debut against Eintracht Frankfurt on 29 August 2015. With back-up 'keeper Mitchell Langerak out injured, Vlachodimos was included in Stuttgart's match day squad and was brought on as a substitute following the sending off of first-choice goalkeeper Przemysław Tytoń.[5] He made three appearances in total for the senior side but by the end of 2015 had fallen out of favour of new club manager, and former VfB Stuttgart II coach, Jürgen Kramny. Vlachodimos voiced his disapproval of the situation in an interview with German new publication Kicker in December and the following month joined Greek Super League side Panathinaikos where he was reunited with his brother, Panagiotis, who had joined the club earlier in the month.[6][7]

Panathinaikos[edit]

On 26 January 2016, Stuttgart announced that Vlachodimos had completed a transfer to Panathinaikos.[8] As part of the transfer, the full value of which remained undisclosed, it was agreed that Stuttgart would retain a 30% sell-on clause on Vlachodimos.[9] He was handed his debut for the club on 3 April by manager Andrea Stramaccioni, and started in a 3–2 home win against Veria in the league.[10] Having spent the majority of the first half of the following season behind regular 'keeper Luke Steele, Vlachodimos was handed his second start on 27 November and was named man of the match for his performance in a 1–1 draw against Panionios.[11] He started again the following week and kept his first clean sheet for the club in a 1–0 win over PAOK.[12] On 17 May, Vlachodimos was sent off in a play-off match against the same opposition for a spot in the following season's Champions League. PAOK's Amr Warda was dismissed minutes later before a brawl in the second half saw two more players sent off. During the incident, PAOK manager Vladimir Ivić was struck by a beer can thrown from the Panathinaikos crowd and required treatment, ultimately resulting in the match being abandoned.[13][14]

Benfica[edit]

On 18 May 2018, Vlachodimos signed a five-year contract with Portuguese side S.L. Benfica.[15] After he arrived in Lisbon, fellow teammate Bruno Varela seemed to be the first-choice goalkeeper for the 2018–19 season, but Vlachodimos' overall performance in the pre-season convinced manager Rui Vitória to promote him to the starting spot.[16] That season, Vlachodimos was included in UEFA's Champions League breakthrough team of 2018 for making a "string of impressive saves" and being "one of Benfica's brightest sparks in a testing group stage campaign".[17] On 3 February 2019, after 20 consecutive appearances with the club in Primeira Liga, he faced a red card as the last player for a foul committed to Bas Dost in a 4–2 away win over Lisbon rivals Sporting CP.[18] Two weeks later, in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 32 match against Galatasaray, Vlachodimos made a crucial save in the 85th minute to deny Christian Luyindama the equalizer, helping Benfica secure their first win in Turkey (2–1).[19] He was elected Primeira Liga's Goalkeeper of the Month for February. During that month, he competed in four league matches, conceding two goals as Benfica defeated Sporting, Nacional (10–0), Desportivo das Aves (3–0) and Chaves (4–0). Moreover, he also helped his team eliminate Galatasaray 2–1 on aggregate in UEFA Europa League's Round of 32.[20]

International career[edit]

German national youth teams[edit]

Vlachodimos represented Germany at various youth levels. His first experience with the national team came on 21 May 2009 when he made his debut for the U15's in a 2–0 win over the United States.[21] He made one more appearance for the U15's against Poland the following month before making his U16 debut in August, starting in a 4–2 win over Switzerland in new manager Steffen Freund's first match in charge at the 2009 U16 Tournament in Liechteinstein.[22][23] Vlachodimos featured regularly throughout the tournament as Germany claimed the title, beating Austria 6–2 in the final.[24]

Two years later, Vlachodimos helped Germany to a runners-up finish at the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Championship where they ultimately lost 5–2 to the Netherlands in the final.[25] Soon after the tournament he was awarded the bronze U17 Fritz Walter Medal, awarded to the third best German under-17 player.[26] Later in the year, he was part of the Germany squad which ended third at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[27] He made his debut for the U18 side in February 2012 before advancing to the U19 side in August. He then made his U20 debut on 12 October the following year against the Netherlands.

On 15 March 2017, following his emergence as Panathinaikos' first-choice goalkeeper, Vlachodimos was called up by Stefan Kuntz to the U21 side for friendly matches against England and Portugal.[28] He was voted man of the match for his performance during Germany's 1–0 defeat against Portugal, despite the defeat being the nation's first home loss in 32 matches.[29] Vlachodimos' strong performances at club with Panathinaikos saw him selected in Stefan Kuntz's squad for the 2017 UEFA European U21 final tournament in Poland.[30] Germany were ultimately crowned champions, beating Spain 1–0 in the final to claim the title.[31]

Greece[edit]

On 9 November 2018, four days after FIFA's approval of Vlachodimos' request to play for Greece,[32] he was called up by Angelos Anastasiadis for the matches against Finland and Estonia in the UEFA Nations League.[33] He debuted for Greece in a 1–0 win over Finland on 15 November that year.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Vlachodimos' older brother, Panagiotis, is also a footballer. They played alongside at the Stuttgart academy and at Panathinaikos.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played on 18 May 2019[35]
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stuttgart II 2011–12 3. Liga 2 0 2 0
2012–13 12 0 12 0
2013–14 23 0 23 0
2014–15 31 0 31 0
Totals 67 0 67 0
Stuttgart 2015–16 Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Panathinaikos 2015–16 Super League 1 0 0 0 1 0
2016–17 21 0 5 0 5 0 31 0
2017–18 25 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 31 0
Totals 47 0 7 0 4 0 5 0 63 0
Benfica 2018–19 Primeira Liga 34 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 50 0
Career total 151 0 7 0 20 0 5 0 183 0
  • 1.^ Includes German Cup and Greek Cup
  • 2.^ Includes Europa League, Champions League
  • 3.^ Includes Super League playoffs

International[edit]

As of match played 11 June 2019[34]
National team Year Apps Goals
Greece 2018 1 0
2019 3 0
Total 4 0

Honours[edit]

Benfica

Germany

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also spelt as Odysseas Vlachodimos

References[edit]

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