Petros Mantalos

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Petros Mantalos
Personal information
Full name Petros Mantalos
Date of birth (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Komotini, Greece
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position 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 75 (18)
2013–2014 Skoda Xanthi (loan) 30 (6)
National team
2009–2010 Greece U-19 8 (2)
2011–2012 Greece U-21 6 (0)
2014– Greece 15 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:00, 31 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:53, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

Petros Evangelos Mantalos (Greek: Πέτρος Ευάγγελος Μάνταλος, born 31 August 1991) is a Greek professional footballer, who plays as a midfielder for Superleague Greece club AEK Athens and the Greece national team.

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]

In 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. AEK went on to win the Football League and were promoted to the 2015-16 Greek Superleague, with Mantalos being crucial to the team's performance, scoring 10 goals and providing 15 assists in 23 games in both the Football League and the Football cup.

While playing in a cup derby against Olympiacos in March 2015, Mantalos ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. He stayed on the sidelines for six months, missing the clubs last Football League games and the next year's preseason.[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]

On 4 September 2015, he returned playing for the club in a friendly match against Panetolikos.[5] On 17 December 2015, he scored his first goal in the season with the club, in a glorious 5-0 away win against Larissa F.C. for Greek Cup.[6] On 20 April 2016, Mantalos scored the only goal for the first leg of the Greek Cup semifinal against Atromitos.[7] On 17 May 2016, Mantalos, as the captain and MVP of the match, with a close-range header helped his club to win 2-1 champions Olympiakos in Cup's final at the Olympic Stadium of Athens and won the title for 15th time in their history.[8]

He started the 2016-17 season as the indisputable leader of the club. On 21 September 2016 he underwent a successful surgical routine surgery to overcome a broken nose bone, as he was injured in club's training session in a conflict with his teammate Rodrigo Galo Brito.[9] On 28 May 2017 it was rumoured that several spanish teams had added Mantalos to their shortlists. The club's administration is willing to listen to offers in the region of €5.000.000. [10] On 31 May 2017 Petros scored one goal and provided one assist in 1-2 away win against Panionios, which gave his team the right to qualify for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. [11]

International career[edit]

As a "second division" player Mantalos' international call in Greece national football team was a big surprise by Claudio Ranieri.[12] On September 7, 2014 Mantalos made his international debut in a match against Romania for the European Qualifiers 2016.

Mantalos scored his first international goal on 7 June 2016 in Melbourne Australia, against Australia in an eventual 2-1 win.[13] On 7 October 2016, he scored the second goal sealing a 2-0 home win against Cyprus for UEFA World Cup 2018 preliminary round.[14]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 10 October 2016. Greece score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mantalos goal.[15]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 June 2016 Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, Australia 7  Australia 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2 7 October 2016 Karaiskakis Stadium, Pireaus, Greece 10  Cyprus 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of 9 June 2017[16][15]
National team Year Apps Goals
Greece
2014 3 0
2015 2 0
2016 8 2
2017 2 0
Total 15 2

Honours[edit]

AEK Athens

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. ^ "Μάνταλος: "Θα το θυμάμαι, τα δύσκολα πέρασαν"" (in Greek). www.contra.gr. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Πέρασε "αέρα" από τον "Κάμπο" η ΑΕΚ 5-0 την Λάρισα" (in Greek). www.sport24.gr. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "AEK one step closer to the Greek cup final". www.sdna.gr. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "AEK beat Olympiakos and win the Greek Cup for 15th time". www.sdna.gr. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "ΑΕΚ: Χειρουργήθηκε ο Μάνταλος" (in Greek). www.naftemporiki.gr. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Θέλει 5 εκατομμύρια για Μάνταλο η ΑΕΚ!" (in Greek). Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  11. ^ "Σεντονάτη ΑΕΚάρα!" (in Greek). Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  12. ^ "AEK: Στην Εθνική Ελλάδος ο Πέτρος Μάνταλος" (in Greek). news.gr. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Windley, Matt. "Greece defeat Australia 2-1 in hard fought battle thanks to 60 metre wonder goal". Fox Sports Australia. News Corporation. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Ελλάδα - Κύπρος 2-0". www.gazzetta.gr. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Πέτρος Μάνταλος". Hellenic Football Federation (in Greek). Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "Petros Mantalos". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 

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