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Giorgos Koudas (Greek: Γιώργος Κούδας) (born 23 November 1946) is a Greek former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He spent his entire career at PAOK. His nickname was Alexander the Great.

Giorgos Koudas
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Giorgos Koudas in 2006
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-11-23) 23 November 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Agios Pavlos, Thessaloniki, Greece
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1958–1963 PAOK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1984 PAOK 504 (134)
National team
1967–1982 Greece 43 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Playing careerEdit

Born in Agios Pavlos, Thessaloniki, Koudas began playing football with local side PAOK where he would debut with the senior side in 1963 at age 17.[1] Koudas, nicknamed Alexander the Great and a legend for PAOK fans, spent his entire club career with PAOK, making 504 appearances in the Alpha Ethniki from 1963 to 1984, and 602 appearances in all competitions.[2] Koudas won two of nine Greek Cup finals he appeared in, including the 1971–72 edition, where he scored both goals as PAOK defeated Panathinaikos 2–1.[3]

He retired in 1984, aged 37, after almost 20 years as a PAOK player.[4]

National teamEdit

Koudas made 43 appearances for the Greece national team, scoring 4 goals, between 1967-1982.[5] He appeared at UEFA Euro 1980 in Italy, along with PAOK teammates Konstantinos Iosifidis, Ioannis Damanakis, Ioannis Gounaris and Georgios Kostikos.[6]

After he had retired, Koudas made a final appearance for the national team in a friendly against Yugoslavia in September 1995.[7] That made him the oldest international player (at age 48) until George Weah (at age 51) beat the record in September 2018.[8]

Managerial careerEdit

Koudas had a short managerial career as the co-manager of Iraklis together with Kostas Aidiniou.[9]

HonoursEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ο Γιώργος Κούδας μέσα από διηγήσεις" [Giorgos Koudas through narratives] (in Greek). paokfc.gr. 23 November 2015.
  2. ^ Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (21 June 2003). "Greece 1983/84". RSSSF.
  3. ^ "Το μεγάλο ρεκόρ του Κούδα" [The great record of Koudas] (in Greek). Proto Thema. 5 May 2017.
  4. ^ Newman, Blair (16 February 2015). "The incredible life and times of Greek hero Giorgios Koudas". These Football Times. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  5. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (15 December 2016). "Greece - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  6. ^ Courtney, Barrie (28 March 2007). "European Championship 1980 - Final Tournament - Full Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Κούδας: Τον τίμησαν όλοι" [Koudas: Everyone was honored] (in Greek). Makedonia. 21 September 1995.
  8. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45511502
  9. ^ "Ο Κούδας για την αποχώρηση του". paokmania.gr. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2014.