Giorgos Koudas (Greek: Γιώργος Κούδας; born 23 November 1946) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He spent his entire career in PAOK. Due to his fierce competitiveness and his Macedonian heritage, his nickname was Alexander the Great.
Giorgos Koudas in 2006
|Full name||Georgios Koudas|
|Date of birth||23 November 1946|
|Place of birth||Thessaloniki, Greece|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Attacking midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Agios Pavlos, Thessaloniki, Koudas began playing football for PAOK where he made his first-team debut in December 1963, aged 17. Koudas, nicknamed Alexander the Great, spent his entire football career with PAOK, making 504 appearances in the Alpha Ethniki from 1963 to 1984, and 607 appearances in all competitions (PAOK all-time records). Koudas won two out of nine Greek Cup finals he appeared in and in the 1972 Cup final, he scored both goals as PAOK defeated Panathinaikos 2–1 and earned their first domestic title in club's history.
During the summer of 1966, Olympiacos unsuccessfully tried to acquire Koudas from PAOK, approaching him directly without going into a negotiation with his club. PAOK president Giorgos Pantelakis never gave his consent for the transfer to be completed and for the next 2 seasons, Koudas participated only in Olympiacos friendly games. In the summer of 1968, he returned to PAOK and led the great team of the 1970s to glorious days. Fueled by this incident, Olympiacos–PAOK rivalry is considered nowadays the fiercest intercity football rivalry in Greece.
He retired in 1984, aged 37, serving for over 20 years at PAOK.
Koudas made 43 appearances for the Greece national team, scoring 4 goals, between 1967 and 1982. He appeared at UEFA Euro 1980 in Italy, along with PAOK teammates Konstantinos Iosifidis, Ioannis Damanakis, Ioannis Gounaris and Georgios Kostikos.
After he had retired, Koudas made a final appearance for the national team in a friendly against Yugoslavia on 20 September 1995. That made him the oldest international player (at age 48) until George Weah (at age 51) beat the record in September 2018.
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