Takis Loukanidis

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Takis Loukanidis.

Takis Loukanidis (Greek: Τάκης Λουκανίδης, born 25 September 1937) is a retired Greek footballer.


Born in Paranesti, a village in the broader area of Drama, Loukanidis' father was killed by Bulgarian armed forces and soon after he was placed in an orphanage at age 10.[1] He began playing football with the youth side of AEK Komotini, and joined the senior team of Doxa Drama F.C. in 1955.[1]

He was wanted by all Greek football teams, by some Italian teams, by Fenerbahçe and also by some Cypriot teams.[citation needed] Finally, Antonis Mantzevelakis brought him to Panathinaikos, via the Cypriot APOEL. Takis Loukanidis made his debut on the 28 March 1962 against AEK Athens (score: 2-3). In the following match, on 1 April 1962, he scored his first goal with Panathinaikos, who beat Proodeftiki 5-0.[2]

Loukanidis made 23 appearances and scored three goals for the Greece national team from 1958 to 1967. He made his debut in a 1-7 1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying defeat to France on 1 October 1958.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kolokotsios, Lambros (10 May 2009). Αθλητικοί Φάκελοι (Λουκανίδης) [Sporting Capsules (Loukanidis)] (in Greek). Evrytania News. 
  2. ^ "PLAYER: Takis Loukanidis". Eu-football.info. 1937-09-25. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  3. ^ Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (25 September 2004). "Greece - International Matches 1948-1960". RSSSF. 
  • Loukanidis, Takis; Patsis, Haris S.; Patsis, Haris Tzo (2004). Εγώ, ο Τάκης Λουκανίδης [I, Takis Loukanidis]. Center for European Publications. p. 304. ISBN 978-960-7988-55-3. 

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