Vasileios Pliatsikas

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Vasileios Pliatsikas
Βασίλειος Πλιάτσικας
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Personal information
Full name Vasileios Pliatsikas
Date of birth (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Platanias
Number 8
Youth career
2001–2002 Argolida 2000
2002–2003 Diovouniotis
2003–2004 Chaidari
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Chaidari 5 (0)
2005–2009 AEK Athens 37 (0)
2009–2012 Schalke 04 9 (0)
2010–2013 Schalke 04 II 11 (1)
2011–2012 MSV Duisburg (loan) 22 (1)
2014 Metalurh Donetsk 10 (0)
2014–2015 Astra Giurgiu 11 (0)
2015–2016 Metalurh Donetsk 3 (0)
2016–2017 Slovan Bratislava 16 (0)
2017 Panionios 1 (0)
2017– Platanias 8 (0)
National team
2005–2007 Greece U19 20 (5)
2007–2010 Greece U21 12 (1)
2008– Greece 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 November 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 December 2014

Vasileios Pliatsikas (Greek: Βασίλειος Πλιάτσικας) (born 14 April 1988) is a Greek international footballer, who plays as a right back for Platanias in the Superleague.

Club career[edit]

AEK Athens[edit]

Pliatsikas began his AEK career in 2005, making his way up from the reserve team, he ended up making 37 league appearances for AEK.

Schalke[edit]

On 30 June 2009, Pliatsikas signed a four-year contract with German club Schalke 04 for an undisclosed fee.[1] The beginning of 2010 was not good as Pliatsikas tore his knee ligaments during a training session. This was a major blow as he was beginning to get consistent game time with his club and was in the reckoning for a starting place with his national team. He missed the rest of Schalke's season and also the FIFA World Cup with Greece. After a very difficult year for the defender marred by injury (149 days to be exact), Pliatsikas returned to action.

Duisburg[edit]

On 1 June 2011, it was announced that Pliatsikas will be loaned to MSV Duisburg for the upcoming season. In 2010–11, he could play only one match for Schalke because of his injury problems and so he should gain playing experiences in the 2. Bundesliga. In 2011, he agreed to be loaned from Schalke for a year to the second division MSV Duisburg. "I wanted to play. After the long period of injury, the season in Duisburg was a very good opportunity to stabilize and find myself playfully." Pliatsikas, was meanwhile converted by MSV coach Oliver Reck to a left-wing defender.[2]

He made his debut in the opening game against Karlsruhe on 17 August, being in the starting line-up in Duisburg's 2–3 defeat. After several fouls, he was forced to leave the field with a yellow-red card in the 76th minute. In his fourth league match for Duisburg against St. Pauli, he was sent off with a yellow-red card again.

Metalurh Donetsk[edit]

Pliatsikas participated in the preparation of the club in Turkey, leaving a positive impression and convinced the technical staff to offer him a contract. Pliatsikas, who had become free since last summer from Schalke 04, signed a contract until the end of the season 2013/14 with an renewal option for three more years.[3]

Astra Giurgiu[edit]

On 23 July 2014, Pliatsikas signed a 2-year contract with Astra Giurgiu.[4] On 25 July 2014, he made his debut with a club in a 2-0 away win against Concordia Chiajna.

Second spell in Metalurh Donetsk[edit]

At the end of 2014 he returned to his former club Metalurh Donetsk. He released his contract at the end of 2014-15 season.

Slovan Bratislava[edit]

After six months as a free agent, on 26 January 2016, he signed a six months contract with Slovan Bratislava.[5][6] He made his debut a month later in a 2-0 away win against AS Trenčín.

Return to Greece[edit]

Following a troublesome departure from Slovan, Pliatsikas returned to Greece to play for Panionios, with whom he had been training in the previous 3 months.[7] During this six months he played only one game with the club. On 17 June 2017 Platanias announced the signing of Pliatsikas on a two-year contract. [8]

International career[edit]

Greece U19[edit]

He was part of the Greek squad that reached the final of the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship and went on to captain the U19 team the following year which reached the final eight this time round in the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.[9]

Greece[edit]

He made his national team debut on 19 November 2008, coming on as an 87th-minute substitute against Italy in a 1–1 draw.[10]

Greece's manager Otto Rehhagel called Pliatsikas for the three 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Luxembourg, Ukraine and Latvia where he played a pivotal role.[11]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Schalke 04

References[edit]

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