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Denis Epstein (born 2 July 1986) is a German footballer.[1]

Denis Epstein
Epstein, Dennis FSV Frankfurt 15-16 WP.jpg
Epstein with FSV Frankfurt in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-07-02) 2 July 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Cologne, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left Midfielder / Left Winger
Youth career
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Köln
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Köln 23 (2)
2007Rot-Weiss Essen (loan) 5 (1)
2007–2008 Kickers Offenbach 21 (0)
2008–2010 Iraklis 50 (8)
2010–2011 Olympiakos 0 (0)
2010–2011Kerkyra (loan) 27 (9)
2011–2013 Atromitos 56 (2)
2013–2016 FSV Frankfurt 63 (6)
2016–2018 Kerkyra 51 (10)
2018–2019 Lamia 24 (2)
National team
2006 Germany U-20 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:13, 30 March 2019 (UTC)

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CareerEdit

Youth clubsEdit

Epstein played for three youth clubs, ranging from 1995 to 2005, including the youth teams of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Fortuna Köln, and 1. FC Köln. In the 1998–99 season, he made a rivalry switch from Bayer Leverkusen to 1. FC Köln. He was picked up as a senior team member for 1. FC Köln II in 2005, playing 31 games for the third division reserve team and scoring three goals.

1. FC KölnEdit

Epstein made his senior debut for 1. FC Köln, in Köln's 2005–06 Bundesliga squad, against Hannover 96, Köln losing the match 1–4. He scored his first Bundesliga goal after he was substituted in for Dimitrios Grammozis against VfL Wolfsburg. He ended a seven-game losing streak for the relegation-threatened club. After that, he rarely started a match for Köln, scoring only one goal in the 2006–07 season.

Rot-Weiss EssenEdit

Epstein was loaned out to Rot-Weiss Essen on 20 January 2007 until the end of the 2. Bundesliga season by Köln coach Christoph Daum, to gain more match experience.

GreeceEdit

On 24 June 2008, he signed a contract with Iraklis Thessaloniki. Epstein appeared in 24 matches with Iraklis shirt during the 2008–09 season.[2] Based on his speed, he managed to score very important goals for the team in the Greek Superleague. He was the top scorer of the team. After another equally successful season (with four goals in 26 appearances), his contract was terminated by mutual consent on 18 June 2010.

At the summer of 2011, Epstein, became the first of the 'unwanted list' of Ernesto Valverde that is leaving the club, after a successful year loan to Kerkyra. The player had solved his contract by consensus collaboration and now looks for a new start in his career. Atromitos has approached the player and both sides seem positive to work together.[3] On 18 July 2011, Epstein signed a three years' contract with Atromitos for an undisclosed fee.[4] On 9 April 2013, he solved his contract wity the club.[5]

FSV FrankfurtEdit

Οn summer of 2013, he signed a three years' contract with FSV Frankfurt, returned to German second-division. The Bornheimer club watched the player intensively for one year. "Denis Epstein is both offensively and defensively on the left side," said FSV sports director Uwe Stöver and is sure that "he will be an asset to the club." Denis Epstein is no stranger to the Rhine-Main area. In the 2007/08 season, the former U19 and U20 national player played for Kickers Offenbach. After the club's delegation, he moved to Super League club Iraklis. Actually, the 21-year-old only looked forward for a new step in his career, as his former Kickers colleague Anestis Agritis called him to join Iraklis.

During his five years in Greece, he has been an asset for various clubs including Olympiakos Piraeus, Kerkyra and most recently Atromitos For the Athenian club, he completed 64 appearances(4 goals) in all competitions.[6]

Return to GreeceEdit

On 20 June 2016, Epstein is currently at Kerkyra island, to speak with the administration of the newly promoted to Superleague club about a possible return. Eventually, two days later, Epstein signed a two years' contract with Kerkyra.[7]

On 6 June 2018, the experienced German left midfielder who was recently released from Kerkyra, signed a contract with Lamia until the summer of 2020.[8] On 24 September 2018, he scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 away draw against Panetolikos.[9] On 12 October 2018, he opened the score in an eventual 2-1 away loss against AEK Athens for the Greek Cup.[10] On 20 October 2018, he scored against AEL, completing his team's comeback and helping to a 2-1 away win.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 6 May 2019
Club Season League Cup Continental[A] Others[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Köln 2005–06 11 2 0 0 11 2
2006–07 12 0 2 0 14 0
Total 23 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 25 2
Rot-Weiss Essen (loan) 2006–07 5 1 0 0 5 1
Kickers Offenbach 2007–08 21 0 2 0 23 0
Iraklis 2008–09 24 5 2 0 26 5
2009–10 26 4 1 0 27 4
Total 50 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 53 9
Kerkyra (loan) 2010–11 27 9 4 0 31 9
Atromitos 2011–12 33 2 4 0 37 2
2012–13 23 0 2 1 2 1 27 2
Total 56 2 6 1 2 1 0 0 64 4
FSV Frankfurt 2013–14 32 6 2 0 34 6
2014–15 9 0 1 0 10 0
2015–16 22 0 1 0 23 0
Total 63 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 67 6
Kerkyra 2016–17 26 4 2 1 28 5
2017–18 25 6 0 0 25 6
Total 51 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 53 11
Lamia 2018–19 24 2 6 1 30 3
Career total 320 41 29 3 2 1 0 0 351 45

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Epstein, Denis". kicker (in German). November 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Interview". ehrensenf.de. Archived from the original on 22 May 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  3. ^ "ΤΕΛΟΣ Ο ΕΠΣΤΑΪΝ ΑΠΟ TON ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΟ!" (in Greek). 18 July 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  4. ^ Κάτοικος Περιστερίου ο Επστάιν (in Greek). 18 July 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ Τέλος Επστάιν και Μάντζιος από τον Ατρόμητο (in Greek). 9 April 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  6. ^ Hanau, Jörg (22 May 2013). "FSV Frankfurt verpflichtet Denis Epstein" [FSV Frankfurt signs Denis Epstein]. Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  7. ^ Samolis, Dimitris (22 June 2016). Υπέγραψε για 2 χρόνια στην Κέρκυρα ο Επστάιν [Epstein signs 2-year contract with Kerkyra] (in Greek). Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  8. ^ Ανακοίνωση για απόκτηση ποδοσφαιριστή (in Greek). Lamia F.C. 6 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Παναιτωλικός - Λαμία 2-2: Πρώτος βαθμός στο 90'+9' για τους Φθιώτες". www.sport24.gr. 24 September 2018.
  10. ^ "ΑΕΚ - Λαμία 2-1: Έβαλε Μπογέ, έκανε την ανατροπή". www.sport24.gr. 12 October 2018.
  11. ^ "ΑΕΛ - Λαμία 1-2: Ιστορική ανατροπή για την ομάδα της Φθιώτιδας". www.sport24.gr. 20 October 2018.

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