Petros Mantalos

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Petros Mantalos
Personal information
Full name Petros Mantalos
Date of birth (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Komotini, Greece
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Central midfielder, Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
AEK Athens
Number 20
Youth career
Skoda Xanthi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Skoda Xanthi 50 (6)
2013– AEK Athens 15 (8)
2013–2014 Skoda Xanthi (loan) 30 (6)
National team
2009–2010 Greece U-19 8 (2)
2011– Greece U-21 6 (0)
2014– Greece 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:03, 7 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Petros Mantalos (Greek: Πέτρος Μάνταλος, born 31 August 1991) is a Greek professional football player, currently playing for AEK Athens in the Football League as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Skoda Xanthi[edit]

Petros Mantalos began playing professional football for Super league side Skoda Xanthi. During his time at Skoda Xanthi, Mantalos played a total of 90 games (15 goals ,10 assists) in all competitions and he did his first steps for Greece national football team joining the U-19 and later the U-21 squad. His good appearances on the team Mantalos attracted the interest of Greek giants Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and the relegated to 3rd Division, but renewed AEK Athens .

AEK Athens[edit]

On summer 2013 Petros Mantalos agreed to join AEK Athens from the season 2014–15.[1][2] AEK Athens signed Mantalos from Skoda Xanthi for a fee of €500,000. On August 23, 2014 Petros Mandalos was named MVP in a friendly match between AEK Athens and AS Roma when the Greek club lost 2-1 but "played better" as AS Roma's coach, Rudi García said. On October 19, 2014, Mantalos made his debut in a home match against Apollon Smyrnis scoring and making an assist which made his team win 2–1 overthrowing a 0–1 score against them. He was also handed the Man of the Match award. Mantalos ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and he is going to undergo a surgery which makes him miss the remainder of the season. The Greek attacking midfielder is expected to stay on the sidelines for four to six months missing potentially the start of AEK's pre-season over the summer.[3] "It is the first time I suffer from such a severe injury", the 23-year-old said. "I haven't had many injuries, but that is life. I am now focused on coming back. I am not in a hurry. If it has to be six months, it will be six months, so that I will return strong. The sad thing is that I will be away from the team, but it doesn't hurt right now. I am fine. AEK can cope with my absence, they have proved that. I am just one of the 30 players".[4] Until his injury was the leader of the club having 10 goals and 15 assists in 23 games in both Football League and Greek Cup.

International career[edit]

As a "second division" player Mandalos' international call in Greece national football team was a big surprise by Claudio Ranieri.[5] On September 7, 2014 Mantalos made his international debut in a match against Romania for the European Qualifiers 2016.

Honours[edit]

AEK Athens
2015(South Group)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Agreement with Skoda Xanthi for Petros Mantalos" (in Greek). Official AEK Athens F.C. Website. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Έκπληξη με Μάνταλο η ΑΕΚ (in Greek). sport-fm.gr. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mantalos suffers cruciate ligament injury" (in Greek). sdna.gr. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mantalos in no hurry to make comeback" (in Greek). sdna.gr. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "AEK: Στην Εθνική Ελλάδος ο Πέτρος Μάνταλος" (in Greek). news.gr. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 

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