Giannis Kontoes

Giannis Kontoes (Greek: Γιάννης Κοντοές; born 24 May 1986), nicknamed The Tiger, is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a defender. Currently working as an assistant coach.

Giannis Kontoes
Personal information
Full name Ioannis Kontoes
Date of birth (1986-05-24) 24 May 1986 (age 37)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Agios Dimitrios 3 (0)
2005–2006 Athinaikos
2006–2007 Fostiras
2007–2011 Panionios 73 (0)
2011–2013 AEK Athens 43 (0)
2013–2014 Asteras Tripolis 41 (0)
2014–2017 Atromitos 54 (0)
2017–2019 Apollon Smyrnis 44 (1)
2019–2020 CFR Cluj 0 (0)
2020Academica Clinceni (loan) 13 (0)
2020–2022 Panionios 31 (5)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 04:28, 6 August 2020 (UTC).

Kontoes is known for his technical ability, solid defending, pace and constant overlapping runs. Kontoes also got the most assists for Panionios in the season 2010–11. Kontoes was listed as best left back in the starting 11 by Super League Greece due to his consistent performances.



When Panionios signed him, everybody in the club trusted him and he was ready to improve himself in order to meet the expectations of Panionios. He was rewarded for his efforts as Panionios fans loved him and his passion. So, the club decided to renew his contract with Kontoes. He was teammate with Grigoris Makos. Some years later, both of them played for AEK Athens.

AEK AthensEdit

On 1 August 2011, Kontoes signed a three-year deal with AEK Athens on a free transfer keeping him at the club until 2014. Kontoes was a key target for AEK Athens as he is a versatile player who can play as right back, left back and centre back. He also had a very impressive season at Panionios and was named Panionios player of the year and MVP Left back in the Superleague Greece. Just before signing with AEK Athens, Panionios tried one last attempt on keeping Kontoes at Panionios and offered a higher contract than AEK Athens, however Kontoes declined the offer and signed with AEK Athens as he wanted to play in European competitions and contend for the Superleague Greece.[1] Kontoes made his debut for AEK Athens in a 1-0 away win against Skoda Xanthi. Kontoes' second match of the season was against his former club Panionios where he received a lot of criticism from the fans as he left the club after 4 years and joined Athens rivals, AEK. Despite the criticism, Kontoes played a very solid game and was awarded the MVP award, the final score was a 1-0 away win for AEK Athens.

Kontoes became quickly very important for his team and for 2012-13 season he is expected to be one of the leaders in the "yellow-black" squad. He played mainly as a left back, but also and as a center back. In December 2012, Kontoes decided to "break" his contract with AEK Athens due to financial reasons.

Asteras TripolisEdit

On 30 January 2013, Kontoes signed a deal with Asteras Tripolis. On 24 February 2013, he made his debut with the club in a 1-0 home win against Levadiakos.


On 4 September 2014 Kontoes signed a deal with Atromitos, replacing Kostas Giannoulis who moved to Olympiakos. On 14 September, he made his debut with the club in a 0-0 home draw against Panetolikos.[2] On 19 June 2015, he extended his contract with the club by two years for an undisclosed fee.[3] On 17 May 2017, he solved his contract with Atromitos after 3 consecutive years with the club.

Apollon SmyrnisEdit

On 29 June 2017 Apollon Smyrnis announced the signing of Kontoes.[4] On 5 February 2018, he scored his first goal in his professional career in a 1-1 away draw game against Platanias.[5]

Academica ClinceniEdit

On 31 January 2020, Romanian club Academica Clinceni announced the signing of Kontoes on loan from CFR Cluj, until the end of the 2019-20 season. The 33-year-old defender was signed a contract with Cluj for the 2019-20 season,[6][7] but did not play in any official game during the first half of the season.[8]


  1. ^ "AEK Athens sign Kontoes". Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  2. ^ Ατρόμητος ο Κοντοές!
  3. ^ Ανανέωσε ο Κοντοές, έχασε Βιτόλο
  4. ^ Στον Απόλλωνα Σμύρνης ο Κοντοές
  5. ^ Απόλλων Σμύρνης : Πρώτο γκολ στην επαγγελματική καριέρα του Κοντοέ
  6. ^ Mihaitalazarica (31 January 2020). "IOANNIS KONTOES VA JUCA LA ACADEMICA CLINCENI" (in Romanian). Academica Clinceni. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  7. ^ Μετακομίζει Ρουμανία ο Κοντοές
  8. ^ Σε ποια ομάδα πήρε μεταγραφή ο Κοντόες

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