Daniel Batista Lima

Daniel Batista Lima (Greek: Ντανιέλ Μπατίστα Λίμα; born 9 September 1964) is a Greek former professional football player of Cape Verdean descent who played as a striker. He has been given the title "poor man's Gullit" by the Italian press after an impressive display against Torino. Batista's uncle, Noni Lima, already had a successful career in Greece at Panionios. Also Batista's nephew, Noni's son named Konstantinos Lima was a player of Kalloni F.C.

Daniel Batista
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Batista playing for Olympiacos
Personal information
Full name Daniel Batista Lima
Date of birth (1964-09-09) 9 September 1964 (age 56)
Place of birth São Vicente, Cape Verde
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Ethnikos Piraeus 67 (14)
1989–1992 AEK Athens 90 (39)
1992–1995 Olympiacos 78 (16)
1995–1999 AEK Athens 77 (28)
1999–2001 Aris 5 (0)
Total 317 (97)
National team
1994–1997 Greece 14 (2)
Teams managed
2003–2007 Diagoras
2007–2008 Fostiras
2008–2009 Nea Ionia
2009–2013 AEK Athens U20
2014–2015 Niki Volos (Technical Director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Batista played for Ethnikos Piraeus from 1987 until 1989 when he moved to AEK Athens FC. At AEK, Batista established himself as one of the best forwards of the Greek Championship. After the 1992 season, Batista made the jump to AEK's rivals Olympiacos F.C. He returned to AEK in 1995 and stayed there until the end of the 1999 season when he transferred to Aris. Batista retired after the 2001 season. Daniel Batista started his football career at Feyenoord Rotterdam. After playing there a while a good friend of him and also a Feyenoord supporter brought him to Greece to follow his career there.

International careerEdit

Having acquired Greek citizenship he debuted for the Greek national team (12 October 1994) being the first black sportsman to do so. He played 14 times scoring twice.

Managing careerEdit

After his playing days were over, Batista coached Diagoras F.C., Fostiras F.C., he was the director of football of Lamia F.C., head coach of A.O.Nea Ionia F.C and AEK Athens Under 20 team and a technical director of Niki Volou F.C..

Career statisticsEdit

National team Season Apps Goals
  Greece 1994 6 1
1995 6 0
1996 2 1
Total 14 2

HonoursEdit

AEK

Olympiacos

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