Angelos Basinas (Greek: Άγγελος Μπασινάς pronounced [ˈaɲɟelos basiˈnas], born on 3 January 1976 in Chalkida, Greece) is a retired Greek international footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He can also operate as a central midfielder and a centre back. He is best remembered for his key role in the Greek national team that won the 2004 European Championship. He provided the header through which Angelos Charisteas scored the winning goal in the Euro 2004 Final against Portugal.
|Date of birth||3 January 1976|
|Place of birth||Chalkida, Greece|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Defensive midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2010|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 April 2009
Basinas started his career with Greek side Panathinaikos, during his time at Panathinaikos he won both the league and the Greek Cup in 2004. After a row broke out between Basinas, the manager and the Panathinaikos board over wages, Basinas was released on 21 September 2005, which brought an end to a career at the club which lasted over 10 years, during this time he made over 150 appearances for the club scoring many crucial goals both domestically and in European competitions. ( He played 153 games (26 goals, 5 assists) with the club in all competitions).
Although rumored to go to Birmingham City, Everton, AEK Athens and Olympiacos during the 2006 Winter transfer window, Basinas signed a contract with Mallorca preferring to leave Greece and join the Spanish Primera División. In the second half of the 05/06 season, Basinas completed a successful first period at Mallorca, helping to save the team from relegation proving a key part of the struggling teams survival. In his second year at the club he helped the team to finish in 7th position, one point from European qualification. He was released by Mallorca on 1 July 2008 after his 2½ years' contract came to an end. He played 81 games (1 goals, 1 assists) with the club in all competitions.
On 31 July 2008 he signed a 3-year contract of €1.4 million per annum with AEK Athens, choosing the number 14. Despite the pre-season odds, AEK underachieved during the first half of the season and lost the title race too early, making Basinas favourable towards a new move during the winter transfer period.
On 2 February 2009, Portsmouth confirmed the signing of Basinas on an eighteen-month contract. He made his debut for Portsmouth on 7 February 2009 against Liverpool. Just a few hours after his debut, manager Tony Adams, who brought Basinas in, was sacked by the club and replaced by Paul Hart. Under the new manager, Basinas hardly played and was benched for the rest of the season after only making 3 appearances for Portsmouth. Despite little playing time in his first season at Portsmouth, Basinas stated that he wanted to stay at the club. When Avram Grant became the manager of the club, Basinas had continued to impress for Portsmouth when called upon and a poll among Portsmouth fans on 23 January 2010, showed that he's appreciated by the fans. 77% of fans believe that "Basinas has the creative touch and must play", while only 2% believed he should leave the club. With Portsmouth Angelos Basinas reached the 2010 FA Cup Final against Chelsea of Carlo Ancelotti.
In the summer 2010, Angelos Basinas moved to Arles, with his teammate Angelos Charisteas, in the Ligue 1. He made his debut on 21 August 2010 in a 1–2 away defeat against Toulouse. Basinas made a total of five appearances in League 1 and French Cup. The contract was broken two months later.
Basinas won his first cap in a 3–1 win over El Salvador on 18 August 1999 and scored his first goal in just his second match, also against El Salvador just two days later. He has remained a part of the national team setup since his debut and has been a regular since Otto Rehhagel took over in 2001.
He was a key player in Greece's upset European Championship victory, scoring a penalty in his country's 2–1 upset win over host team Portugal in the tournament's opening game. Basinas was a vital player in the hard working midfield of the Greek team throughout the tournament. In the final, Charisteas scored the winning goal for Greece against Portugal off a corner kick by Basinas, which saw Greece win the trophy.
After Theodoros Zagorakis retired, Basinas was selected to take the captains arm band. Basinas earned his 100th cap for Greece 1 April 2009 in a FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifier against Israel. At the time, he was only the second Greek player to achieve 100 national team appearances alongside Theodoros Zagorakis.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Greece||League||Greek Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Greece||League||Greek Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2008–09||AEK Athens||Superleague Greece||14||0||2||0||-||-||1||0||17||0|
|England||League||FA Cup||English League Cup||Europe||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
International career statisticsEdit
|Greece national team|
|1.||20 August 1999||Kavala National Stadium, Kavala, Greece||El Salvador||1–0||3–0||Friendly Match|
|2.||28 February 2001||Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium, Heraklion, Greece||Russia||3–3||3–3||Friendly Match|
|3.||12 June 2004||Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal||Portugal||0–2||1–2||UEFA Euro 2004|
|4.||9 February 2005||Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece||Denmark||2–0||2–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|5.||28 March 2007||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||0–1||0–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier|
|6.||17 November 2007||Spyros Louis Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece||Malta||2–0||5–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier|
|7.||21 November 2007||Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1–2||1–2||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier|
|Correct as of 7 October 2015|
- Basinas quits PAO
- AEK FC sign Basinas Archived 5 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Basinas joins Blues Archived 6 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Basinas staying at Portsmouth
- "NO Basinas in Pompey's FA Cup plans?" Vitalfootball.co.uk 23 January 2010. Accessed 23 January 2010.
- "Angelos Basinas". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
- The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation - Angelos Basinas International Appearances Archived 31 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- "Football PLAYER: Angelos Basinas". eu-football.info. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
| Greece captain