Pelkas playing for PAOK in 2018
|Full name||Dimitrios Pelkas|
|Date of birth||26 October 1993|
|Place of birth||Giannitsa, Greece|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Attacking midfielder|
|2013–2014||→ Apollon Kalamarias (loan)||17||(7)|
|2014–2015||→ Vitória Setúbal (loan)||24||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 March 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:25, 5 September 2019 (UTC).
Pelkas made his club debut on the 2 August, against Bnei Yehuda in the Europa League coming on for Apostolos Giannou. He scored his first professional goal in the return leg against Bnei Yehuda in a 4–1 home win. He made his league debut for the club on the 3 September 2012 against Atromitos.
On 22 August 2013, Pelkas signed for a year contract with Apollon Kalamarias on loan from PAOK playing in the Football League. He has been among the top players of the club scoring 14 goals and making 10 assists.
On 7 July 2014, Pelkas signed a new one-year contract with Vitória on loan from PAOK playing in Portuguese Primeira Liga.Vitória guaranteed him playing time, and Pelkas in many games made the difference. Playing for Setubal, he heard that the Portuguese club will buy him against €350,000 and then sold him to Sporting for €1 million, but thankfully for PAOK that did not happen. The young midfielder will get his opportunities, as pointed out by Vitória's manager Domingos Paciência at the newspaper «Metrosport». "I spoke with the president of PAOK Zisis Vryzas, and he told me that he (Pelkas) is a quality, talented player who needs time to show his abilities. At Vitória he will get his chances to show us what he's made of. The Portuguese league, as the Greek one has a lot of power and he must show us that he can handle it." 
His indisputable best professional year so far eventually attracted the interest of many clubs among that of Sporting that based on his previous performance with Vitória is very likely to proceed with the acquisition of the player for an initial amount of €1,5 million, even if his clause reaches the €5 million. On 18 October 2015, Pelkas scored his first Superleague goal with PAOK for the 2015–16 season against Iraklis in a 3–3 away draw. On 21 February 2016, he scored against rivals Panathinaikos helped his team to escape with a 2–2 away draw. On 27 February 2016, he opened the score in a 2–0 home Superleague win against Asteras Tripolis. On 8 December 2016, he scored his first goal for the 2016–17 season, in a crucial 2–0 home UEFA Europa League win against Slovan Liberec ensuring club's progress to the next round. On 20 September 2017, Pelkas is undoubtedly the man of the match in the Greek Cup game of PAOK with Levadiakos with the Greek midfielder to fail in a penalty and a minute later to achieve a terrific goal.
On 29 September 2017, Pelkas agreed to a contract extension with PAOK, until the summer of 2021. On 30 September 2017, reached 100 appearances with the jersey of PAOK in all competitions. On 27 August 2017, he scored his first goal for the 2017–18 season in a 3–1 home game, against Kerkyra. On 15 October 2017, he scored in a 4–0 home win game against Lamia. On 10 December 2017, he scored a brace in a thriumphic 4–0 home win game against rivals Panathinaikos. On 14 January 2018, he scored in a 3–0 away win game against Kerkyra  On 3 February 2018, he opened the score in a crucial 3–1 away win against PAS Giannina, and PAOK remain in first place of the Superleague on the road to the title of 2017–18 season. On 17 February 2018, after a frustrating first half, Pelkas opened the score in the 56th minute when a superb exchange of passes between Robert Mak, Maurício and Diego Biseswar ended with the latter teeing up international midfielder perfectly to slot home, secured yet another 2–0 win against Lamia for Răzvan Lucescu’s unstoppable team, who only this week were named the world’s top-ranked form team win 14 wins in a row in all competitions. On 12 May 2018, a late Pelkas tap-in helped PAOK overcome AEK Athens to lift the Greek Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Athens after an enthralling final ended in a deserved 2–0 win for the Salonica club, as PAOK retain Greek Cup to wreck AEK’s double dream.
On 8 August 2018, Pelkas scored when José Ángel Crespo made an incredible pass for Léo Matos and the latter made enormous attempt by rolling back the ball to the penalty area with the Greek international pushing him to the net, in a 3–2 home win game for UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round, 1st leg against Spartak Moscow. On 4 October 2018, he scored after an assist from Léo Jabá in a 4–1 away emphatic win against BATE Borisov in Belarus for UEFA Europa League Group stage. On 18 February Pelkas opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a header following a precise free-kick from captain Vieirinha in a hammering 5–1 away win against Apollon Smyrnis in his rally to win the title after 34 years. On 14 April 2019, PAOK’s winger was in the right place and the right time to pick up possession from a poor Nikola Jakimovski clearance, and he returned the ball with interest into the top left corner of Ögmundur Kristinsson’s net, opening the score in a 1–1 away draw game against AEL.
At the beginning of 2019–20 season, Pelkas is one of PAOK’s most experienced players within the squad, having made a total of 176 appearances for the Greek champions, which includes scoring 36 goals and providing 29 assists. The attacking midfielder played a crucial part in PAOK’s quest for the double last season. The Greek international began the season as a consistent starter in newly appointed Portuguese manager Abel Ferreira’s starting eleven. Pelkas, most comfortable playing as an attack-minded midfielder, was often played as the second striker behind either Chuba Akpom or Karol Świderski. On 4 March 2020, he scored a brace helping PAOK complete an incredible Greek Cup comeback by coming from 2–0 down to beat Olympiacos 3–2 in the first leg semi-final home game. Dimitris Pelkas’ midweek performance in the Greek Cup didn’t go unnoticed at EA Sports after the Greek midfielder was rewarded with a FIFA 20 Man of the Match (MOTM) item for the game mode FIFA Ultimate Team.Pelkas received a special MOTM item in-game which sees the Greek international’s in-game rating rise to 81 overall in the form of a commemorative card. Pelkas is the sixth Super League player to receive a commemorative card this season, joining the likes of Mathieu Valbuena, Youssef El Arabi (twice), Marko Livaja, Petros Mantalos, and Pape Abou Cissé.
On 2 October 2015 Interim Greece coach Kostas Tsanas called up midfielder Dimitris Pelkas for the match against Northern Ireland and Hungary for UEFA Euro 2016. "All players dream of someday representing their country and I am happy for this opportunity. It is an honour for me," said Pelkas. On 7 October 2015, he made his international debut as a substitute in the 3–1 away loss game against Northern Ireland.
|Apollon Kalamarias (loan)||2013–14||17||7||1||0||0||0||18||7|
|Vitória Setúbal (loan)||2014–15||24||2||5||2||0||0||29||4|
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