Odisseas Vlachodimos

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Odisseas Vlachodimos
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Personal information
Full name Odisseas Vlachodimos
Date of birth (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Stuttgart, Germany[1]
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Panathinaikos
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– Panathinaikos 18 (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)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 August 2015

Odisseas Vlachodimos (Greek: Οδυσσέας Βλαχοδήμος, born 26 April 1994) is a Greek-German professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Panathinaikos. He is the younger brother of Panagiotis Vlachodimos, who plays for Panathinaikos too.

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.[2] Having progressed through the clubs' youth ranks, he then made his debut for VfB Stuttgart II on 25 February 2012 in a 1-0 3. Liga loss to 1. FC Heidenheim.[3] At the end of the season he signed his first professional contract with the club, penning a deal until June 2015.[4] Two years later, he extended his contract with VfB until June 2017.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7][8]

Panathinaikos[edit]

On 26 January 2016, Stuttgart announced that Vlachodimos had completed a transfer to Panathinaikos.[9] 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.[10] He was handed his debut for the club on On 3 April by manager Andrea Stramaccioni, and started in a 3-2 home win against Veria in the league.[11] 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.[12] He started again the following week and kept his first clean sheet for the club in a 1-0 win over PAOK.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15][16] Vlachodimos featured regularly throughout the tournament as Germany claimed the title, beating Austria 6–2 in the final.[17]

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.[18] Soon after the tournament he was awarded the bronze U17 Fritz Walter Medal, awarded to the third best German under-17 player.[19]

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.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

(Correct as of 11 March 2017) [21]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stuttgart 2015–16 Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Panathinaikos 2015-16 Superleague 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2016–17 17 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Total 18 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Career Total 21 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Germany U-17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Odisseas Vlachodimos Soccerway Profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Walsh, Jonathan (27 January 2016). "Vlachodimos heads to Panathinaikos". Vavel. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Heidenheim v Stuttgart II: 1-0". Soccerway. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Odisseas Vlachodimos verlängert". VfB Stuttgart. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. (German)
  5. ^ "Vlachodimos and Funk extend deals". VfB Stuttgart. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Huth kommt für Vlachodimos - Jung reist ab". kicker. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2017. (German)
  7. ^ Moissidis, George (24 December 2015). "Vlachodimos: "Vertrauen war nie zu 100 Prozent da"". kicker. Retrieved 6 January 2017. (German)
  8. ^ "Vlachodimos unterschreibt bei Panathinaikos". kicker. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017. (German)
  9. ^ "Vlachodimos signs for Panathinaikos". VfB Stuttgart. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Panathinaikos announce Odysseas Vlachodimos' capture". SDNA. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Sapountzakis, John (3 April 2016). "Οδυσσέας Βλαχοδήμος: «Αισθάνομαι πολύ καλά, εύχομαι να πάρω κι άλλα παιχνίδια»". Sport FM (in Greek). Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "H κριτική των παικτών του Παναθηναϊκού - Τον «έσωσαν» Οδ. Βλαχοδήμος, Βιγιαφάνιες". SDNA (in Greek). 27 November 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Sapountzakis, John (5 December 2016). "Οδ. Βλαχοδήμος: «Προχωράμε»". SDNA (in Greek). Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "U 15-Junioren Besiegen Die USA 2:0". DFB. Retrieved 13 January 2017. (German)
  15. ^ "U 15: Heimsieg am Hessentag". DFB (in German). Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Freund Feiert Zum Einstand Einene Sieg Der Moral". DFB (in German). Retrieved 13 January 2017. (German)
  17. ^ Garin, Erik. "U-16 Tournament in Liechtenstein 2009". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  18. ^ a b Kell, Tom (15 May 2011). "Vlachodimos freut sich über "außergewöhnliches Turnier"". UEFA (in German). Retrieved 27 January 2017. (German)
  19. ^ "Fritz-Walter Medaille in Gold fur ter Stegen, Draxler und Can". DFB. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2017. (German)
  20. ^ "Στην Εθνική Ελπίδων της Γερμανίας ο Οδυσσέας Βλαχοδήμος". Skai (in Greek). Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  21. ^ "Odisseas Vlachodimos Soccerway Profile". Retrieved 13 January 2017. 

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