Orestis Karnezis

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Orestis Karnezis
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Karnezis with Greece in 2013
Personal information
Full name Orestis-Spyridon Karnezis[1]
Date of birth (1985-07-11) 11 July 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 31
Youth career
2003–2005 OFI
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 OFI 10 (0)
2007–2013 Panathinaikos 53 (0)
2013– Udinese 50 (0)
2013–2014 Granada (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Greece U21 3 (0)
2012– Greece 34 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 November 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2015

Orestis-Spyridon Karnezis (Greek: Ορέστης Καρνέζης; born 11 July 1985) is a Greek footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Udinese and the Greek national team.

Club career[edit]


Born in Athens, Karnezis started his professional football career at Panathinaikos in 2007. He counted only a few appearances for the club until the 2011-12 season, when he got more chances and impressed. So, after a few months, his coach, Jesualdo Ferreira, trained him and he made him the regular goalkeeper of Panathinaikos F.C. He gave great performances and he saved his team at crucial moments. Reports from Greece indicate that Panathinaikos‘ keeper Orestis Karnezis is the subject of plenty transfer speculation as the Greek international has attracted many suitors from around Europe after a solid campaign in the Super League last term (season 2012/13). Reports from Greece indicated that Udinese Calcio have emerged as front-runners to land Karnezis after the Italian club reportedly offered €800.000 to bring Karnezis to the Serie A this summer. Karnezis took over as Panathinaikos’ number one choice in goal last season and played admirably for the Athens giants. Karnezis’ exploits for the Trifylli earned him consistent call-ups to the Greek national football team.[2]


Orestis Karnezis will complete his move from Panathinaikos to Udinese Calcio after the two clubs reached an agreement over the Greece international’s transfer.The 28-year-old keeper has been linked with a move to the Serie A side in recent weeks, with Panathinaikos manager Yannis Anastasiou keen to use the income from his transfer to continue building his squad. A fee of €750,000 has been quoted by the Greek press, with a further €2 million set to go to Panathinaikos if the player returns to Greece to play with another club in the future.[3][4]

Orestis Karnezis signed a five-year contract on 22 July 2013 but was immediately loaned out to Spain's Granada for the season by the Italian club. In his return to Udinese after a loan stint with Granada in the Spanish La Liga, Orestis Karnezis made his Serie A debut in Udinese's 2-0 home victory over Empoli on 31 August 2014. On 9 November 2014, Udinese succeeded to scrap a 1-1 draw against Palermo as Karnezis parrying a Franco Vazquez penalty.[5] On 15 March 2015, Andrea Stramaccioni praised Orestis Karnezis and Antonio Di Natale after Udinese picked up a point against Atalanta, by stated that throughout the year and not only in that game, Karnezis gives a sense of security to the squad, even without necessarily making difficult saves.[6]

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Napoli is interested in signing Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis after his remarkable 2014/15 season with Udinese next summer. "It is too early", his agent Vasilis Panayotakis said. "We will see what happens after May 20, when we know what is really going on with the clubs that have shown interest. Karnezis is committed to Udinese until the end of the season, that is more important right now".[7][8] During the season former Italian national goalkeeper Dino Zoff has heaped praise on both Orestis Karnezis and Mattia Perin, labelling the pair the best glovesmen in Serie A.“It’s going well, he’s young and can only get better: he is taking confidence that is essential for a goalkeeper. I think Karnezis and Perin are the best goalies in Series A.”[9]

On 14 May 2015, Udinese Calcio confirmed they’re ready to sell Orestis Karnezis to make room for Simone Scuffet and Roma are interested. The Greek goalkeeper has been guarding the sticks this season and earned links with a move to the Giallorossi. “Karnezis could’ve gone to Benfica last summer,[10] but Andrea Stramaccioni decided to focus on his international experience,” explained Udinese director Andrea Carnevale on TeleRadioStereo. “Now with his excellent season, he can go to a more important club. Our future is Simone Scuffet. We’ve been preserving him, as a season working as understudy to Karnezis has helped him to grow.”[11][12]

On 24 May 2015, in a home game against Sassuolo, Karnezis was injured so the hosts were forced to make their first substitution in the 29th minute with goalkeeper Simone Scuffet replacing him.[13] According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the discussions over the new agreement have already begun and that the 29-year-old goalkeeper is ready to put pen to paper, to extend his stay until 2020. Udinese Calcio have turned down offers from Roma, Inter, Napoli, Benfica and other European clubs.[14]

On 1 July 2015, Karnezis has signed a new contract until June 2019 with the Friuli outfit. “Udinese Calcio announces the renewal with mutual satisfaction of the economic agreement in place with the goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis,” read the statement.“The contract of the Bianconeri player will now expire on June 30 2019.”[15] [16] In the opening of 2015-16 season in a game against the champions Juventus had a particularly strong second-half when Juve piled on the pressure, coming up with key saves and marshalling his backline to more effectively stop the Bianconeri forwards, helping his club to achieve a glorious win.[17]

Loan to Granada[edit]

Orestis Karnezis made his Spanish La Liga debut for Granada in a 3-0 away loss to Almeria on 4 January 2014.[18] Karnezis had earlier in the season played in both legs of the Copa Del Rey (Spanish Cup) against AD Alcorcón on 8 December 2013 and 18 December 2013.

On 12 April, in a tremendous game months after his debut with the club Karnezis was the key player in a 1-0 home victory against Barcelona. Granada keeper Orestis Karnezis pushed out Lionel Messi's beautifully-flighted free-kick before saving at the feet of Sergio Busquets as Barca pressed.Gerardo Martino's men could not find a way past Granada's inspired goalkeeper Karnezis. The Greece international showed superb reactions to push away Fabregas' first-time shot, before clawing out a 20-yard free-kick from Messi. Then, he bravely dived at the feet of Sergio Busquets in the six-yard box following a corner. Incredibly, Barça totalled a massive 29 shots on goal against a Granada side while Karnezis saved a total of 6 crucial shots giving a glorious victory to his team.[19][20]

International career[edit]

His good performances led Greece national football team coach Fernando Santos to call him for a friendly match on 29 February 2012 against Belgium, in which he made his international debut, playing the entire game. Unfortunately for Karnezis, Fernando Santos didn't call him for Euro 2012 to be one of the three goalkeepers of the Greek National Team. Fernando Santos said: "If Karnezis keeps going that way, he will be without a doubt in the squad of the Greek National Team for the qualifying matches of Mundial 2014." And, indeed, he was called to be part of Greek National Team both for a friendly game with Norway and for the qualifying matches after that. Karnezis called from Greek national manager Fernando Santos to the 30 man provisional World Cup squad, but also to the final 23-man squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup.[21]


As of 22 November 2015[22]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Panathinaikos 2007-08 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008-09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009-10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010-11 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
2011-12 22 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
2012-13 29 0 1 0 10 0 40 0
Total 53 0 7 0 10 0 70 0
Granada 2013–14 6 0 2 0 8 0
Total 6 0 2 0 8 0
Udinese 2014-15 37 0 37 0
2015-16 13 0 1 0 14 0
Total 50 0 1 0 51 0
Career Total 109 0 10 0 10 0 129 0


As of match played 17 November 2015
National team Year Apps Goals
Greece 2012 7 0
2013 10 0
2014 10 0
2015 7 0
Total 34 0