Konstantinos "Kostas" Fortounis (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Φορτούνης, pronounced [konsta(n)ˈdinos ˈkostas forˈtunis]; (born 16 October 1992) is a Greek footballer who plays for Olympiacos and the Greece national team. He was born in Trikala, Thessaly but comes from the nearby town of Kalabaka.
Fortounis playing for Greece in 2013
|Full name||Konstantinos Fortounis|
|Date of birth||16 October 1992|
|Place of birth||Trikala, Thessaly, Greece|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2011–2014||1. FC Kaiserslautern||70||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:23, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
After leaving Olympiacos' youth team in 2008, Fortounis moved to Trikala to play for AO Trikala. After an impressive spell in the Under-21 side scoring four goals in 14 matches, he began his career with the first team in the fourth division, where from 2008–2010 he played in 30 matches and scored 26 goals.
Because of his good appearances with the Greece under-17 national team, Vangelis Vlachos, Asteras Tripolis' manager convinced him to join the Peloponeesean team. He made his debut in a draw with PAOK in Tripolis. Used predominantly as a substitute, the teenager clocked up 24 league appearances, scoring his first Super League goal on 19 September 2010 in a 2–2 draw at AEK Athens, unable, however, to save the side from relegation. Due to his good performances at Asteras, Juventus made an offer in the winter transfer window for a loan transfer until summer with an option to buy him. Asteras finally declined Juventus's offer.
1. FC KaiserslauternEdit
In the 2011 summer transfer window, Fortounis moved to Kaiserslautern on a contract until June 2015 after being transferred for an undisclosed fee. In his first season with the club, the midfielder made 28 league appearances but endured a second successive relegation. He reportedly attracted interest from Dutch champions Ajax and Italian champions Juventus midway through the season.
In the 2012–13 season he scored twice in 24 appearances as he helped Kaiserslautern to a third-place finish in the German second tier only to miss out on promotion due to defeat in the promotion/relegation play-off with Hoffenheim. On 16 April 2014, he missed his first final of his career in the semifinal of DFB-Pokal by facing as a substitute a 5–1 loss from the German champions Bayern Munich.
On 22 July 2014, Fortounis signed a four-year contract with Olympiacos returning to the club after six years. He finished his first season at Olympiacos with 10 goals and 5 assists in a total of 36 games in the league and in the Europa League. In the Greek Cup final, he scored the third goal in the 80th minute as Olympiacos achieved a record 27th cup win by defeating Skoda Xanthi 3–1. Meanwhile, Fortounis celebrated the first double of his career. He finished the 2014–15 season having 36 appearances (10 goals, 5 assists) in all competitions.
Fortounis opened the 2015–16 Superleague Greece season for Olympiacos by scoring in a 3–0 win over Panionios, the first season's goal of the club. In his second match of the season against Levadiakos, he secured the victory by scoring the second goal in stoppage time. He was named "Man of the Match". On 22 September 2015, he scored twice in Olympiacos's 3–1 defeat of Skoda Xanthi, also assisting his teammate Jimmy Durmaz for the opening goal. He was again named "Man of the Match". On 26 September 2015, he scored for the second league match running against PAS Giannina in a 5–1 home win. On 29 September 2015, he scored the second goal in an UEFA Champions League away match against Arsenal, giving the lead to his club as his corner was spilled by David Ospina and, as the goalkeeper attempted to gather it, crossed the goalline. Fortounis proved a huge threat from set pieces as he found Felipe Pardo on the edge of the box to score the first goal. His performance gained him a spot in the UEFA Champions League "team of the week". In October, it was reported that Tottenham Hotspur were scouting him after his performance in London against Arsenal and that they had inquired about his price tag being informed that Olympiacos could sell the Greek attacking midfielder with a fee in the region of €15 million. On 17 October 2015, in the 7th matchday of the Greek Super League he scored two goals in a 4–0 home win against rivals AEK Athens FC after being brought onto the pitch in the second half.
On 4 November 2015, in a 2–1 victory over 10-man Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League, Fortounis missed a penalty before making an assist in the 90th minute. On 29 November 2015, Fortounis netted twice (one penalty) helping his club to reach a 3–1 home win against his former club Asteras Tripoli. It was the 11th win in a row for the club equalizing the club record from the 1966–67 season. Once, he was declared "Man of the Match" and his contribution to this club record came along with his first place in the top scorers table so far in the season. On 5 December 2015, he scored with a penalty kick in a 4–3 away win against Panthrakikos. On 19 December 2015 Fortounis converted two penalties helping Olympiacos to a 2–0 victory against Kalloni, their 15th win of the first half of season during which they remained unbeaten. On 31 January 2016, he scored a brace and assisted once in his club's 3–0 win over PAS Giannina at Zosimades Stadium. He was named "Man of the Match" once more. On 11 February 2016 and despite the rumours linking him with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Fortounis wants to renew his contract at Olympiacos. The Bundesliga club are very keen on Fortounis, having watched him in action recently, however the player himself is not looking for a transfer. On 21 February 2016, in a crashing 4–0 victory against Atromitos he scored the last goal as a late substitute. According to newspapers' reports Tottenham continue to keep an eye on Olympiacos attacking midfielder. A Tottenham scout watched Fortounis in action in the 4–0 win over Atromitos and he is going to check him again on Thursday for the second leg against RSC Anderlecht in the UEFA Europa League . On 25 February 2016, he scored his first goal in European competitions with a penalty kick in a club 2–1 home loss from R.S.C. Anderlecht for the 2nd leg of the last 32 of UEFA Europa League. On 20 March 2016, Fortounis became only the third player in Olympiacos' history with 10+ goals and assists in one season after Super League's away match against Asteras Tripolis. Argentine midfielder Chori Dominguez achieved this "double-double" last season (15 goals, 11 assists), while former captain of the team Predrag Đorđević had done it for three consecutive years, from 2001–02 until 2003–04. On 10 April 2016, he netted a goal and gave an assist in a 5–2 away win against Panetolikos, helping his club to acquire the 27th victory in 29 matches. Fortounis scored with a foul kick his 18th goal in his last game for the Championship and after solid performances that eventually led him to be crowned league top scorer in the 2015–16 campaign helping his team to win the championship for 6th time in a row, breaking a number of records. He finished the 2015–16 season having 39 appearances (21 goals, 19 assists) in all competitions.
On 3 June 2016, Olympiacos officially announced the extension of international Greek midfielder contract with the club until the summer of 2020, with an annual fee of €1 million. On 2 October 2016, Fortounis scored his first goal for the 2016–17 season in the 3–0 home derby win against rivals AEK Athens. On 24 November 2016, in a UEFA Europa League group stage he scored from a free-kick to open scoring in a final 1–1 home draw against BSC Young Boys and was chosen MVP of the match. On 28 February 2017, he helped his club, as a substitute, to escape with a vital 2–1 away win for the quarter-finals of Greek Cup, against Atromitos by equalizing the score and giving the assist for the winning goal. On 5 April 2017, he opened the score in a crucial 2–0 away win against Kerkyra, helping his club in their effort to win the 7th consecutive championship. He finished the 2016–17 season having 40 appearances (8 goals, 8 assists) in all competitions.
In the beginning of 2017–18 season scored a brace helped his club to achieve a 4–1 home win against AEL. On 26 August 2017, thanks to his penalty kick, Olympiacos won 1–0 Lamia. On 14 October 2017, was the MVP man of a 4–3 away win against Panionios as he scored with a penalty kick the winning goal and gave the assist to Pape Abou Cissé for the first half's tie in Panionios quick goal. On 9 December 2017, he scored a brace, in a glorious 4–1 away Super League win against Panetolikos  On 21 January 2018, he scored after Xanthi defender Dimitrios Meliopoulos gifted possession to Fortounis who then slotted past Živko Živković, in their ninth win in a row with a straightforward 3–0 home victory over 10-man Xanthi at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium. On 4 March 2018, in a football field empty due to Olympiacos punishment, Fortounis opened the score with a penalty kick in a 1–1 home draw derby against rivals Panathinaikos. On 16 April 2018, in his 100th appearance with Olympiacos' jersey, Fortounis netting six minutes after half-time to make it 3–1 with a picture-book goal, after great interplay between Kevin Mirallas and Karim Ansarifard in an emphatic 5–1 home win game against Kerkyra On 29 April he scored his 10th goal in the 2017–18 season and the 50th in all competitions with the club, in a 4–0 home win game against Panetolikos  He finished the 2017–18 season having 37 appearances (11 goals, 14 assists) in all competitions.
On 22 August 2018, having had the entire summer to get to know his players closely, Olympiacos head coach Pedro Martins has decided on his captain for the 2018–19 season, awarding the attacking midfielder the responsibility of wearing the armband. On 23 August 2018, a superb captain's display helped Olympiacos defeat 10-man Burnley 3–1 in the of their UEFA Europa League playoffs first leg tie at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Athens to move one step closer to the group stage. The 25-year-old Greece midfielder put Olympiacos in front with a great free-kick after 19 minutes, then turned provider for Andreas Bouchalakis to direct a header past Burnley goalie Tom Heaton three minutes into the second half, before notching his team's third from the penalty spot to seal the victory. On 7 October 2018, he scored as the Greek playmaker was given far too much space and time by AEK's midfielder André Simões and picked his spot with a superb shot from distance which beat Vasilis Barkas in a 1–1 away derby game against rivals AEK Athens.
On 25 October 2018, Fortounis found himself clean through after a pinpoint pass from Daniel Podence, and his attempt was inadvertently deflected into the net by Dudelange's Edisson Jordanov to seal the Olympiacos’ 2–0 triumph against F91 Dudelange for the UEFA Europe League group stage. On 8 November 2018, Fortounis has contributed with two excellent goals and a clever assist for Lazaros Christodoulopoulos’ stunning marker, has rightly been included in UEFA tournament's Team of the Week. The 26-year old international was on the pitch for 57 minutes and was the star of the show in a hammering 5–1 win game against F91 Dudelange for the UEFA Europe League group stage. On 13 December 2018, he converts the penalty gained by Vasilis Torosidis, with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner, giving a glorious 3-1 home win UEFA Europa League game against AC Milan, sending Olympiakos into last 32. On 13 January 2019, he scored after an assist from Miguel Angel Guerrero, opening the score in a 2-0 away win against Levadiakos. On 30 January 2019,Fortounis scored a hat-trick in a hammering 4-0 win game against Larissa at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium. On 17 February 2019, he scored a brace in a 4-1 home win game against champions AEK Athens as he produced a moment of individual brilliance to put the hosts in front, pouncing on a mistake by Andre Simoes to go on a great run and score with a clinical finish and 15 minutes later he scored again as first Ahmed Hassan swept home from close range from Daniel Podence’s cross before Fortounis rounded Vasilios Barkas. On 25 February 2019, Fortounis scored after an assist from Daniel Podence with a right-wing cross which Fortounis rose to head home unmarked with the visitors in disarray to make it 3-0 going into half-time, in a hammering 5-1 home win game against OFI Crete. On 14 April 2019, Fortounis scored with a cool finish after an assist from Guilherme, who had been relatively quiet since his early two-goals in a 4-0 home win game against Xanthi F.C.  On 21 April 2019, Fortounis scored with a trademark free-kick, in a 3-1 away win against Lamia F.C., but lost out to PAOK in the title race after the Thessaloniki club’s win over Levadiakos F.C. clinched them their first league crown for 34 years. He finished the 2018–19 season having 43 appearances (17 goals, 16 assists) in all competitions.
On 20 June 2019, according to multiple reports, Fortounis met with Olympiacos supremo, Evangelos Marinakis, and agreed to a new deal which will see him remain at the club for the next four seasons. Fortounis’ current contract was due to expire next summer. Many clubs were interested in acquiring Fortounis’ services, including West Ham F.C. and Fenerbahçe, but the 26-year-old wanted to remain at Olympiacos. On 11 July 2019, Olympiacos played Hamburg in the final friendly match at their training camp in Austria, with Fortounis being substituted in the second half with a knock to his right knee. Initially, the Olympiacos medical staff didn’t think the injury was anything serious, but they began to worry when the swelling around Fortounis’ knee did not subside. As a result, Fortounis has received the anterior cruciate ligament injury and will spend the next six months recovering. 
Fortounis' debut with the Greece came against Belgium in February 2012 as a suspension with the U-21 side allowed Fernando Santos to call-up the Kaiserslautern's prospect to the senior squad. Showing plenty of maturity against the Belgians, Fortounis was also given test runs against Slovenia and Armenia in the final two Greece friendlies ahead of UEFA Euro 2012. Strong runs down the left flank in Greece's friendlies allowed Fortounis to form a strong bond with the likes of Giorgos Karagounis and José Holebas down the left side; thus forming a strong chemistry between the trio all the while improving Greece's transition game and attack. Eventually was picked in the Greece squad for Euro 2012.
Fortounis was not a part of the Greece national team squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Eventually his transfer to Olympiacos was beneficial for his career. He started playing again for the national team, being a key player for the squad. On 29 March 2016, on the 19th minute he converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner and 12 minutes later, with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, gave a 2–0 lead in a lost 2–3 friendly international game against Iceland. On 8 October 2016, after a solid performance against Cyprus that sealed with a 2–0 victory, the international attacking midfielder has suffered an injury and will miss away match of Greece National Team against Estonia on 10 October.
Style of playEdit
Fortounis’ ability to combine well with his colleagues down the flank, while also being able to drive the net in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity. Fortounis’ speed on and off the ball make him an efficient player to have in the line-up as his time with the ball usually creates an attack for his team. His speed is another factor that is to his benefit, as he is able to burst past markers with flair and trickery. He describes himself as a player who can find gaps in the opposition defence but not particularly good at dribbling or one-on-ones.
|Greece||League||Greek Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Asteras Tripolis||2010–11||Super League||24||1||2||0||—||—||26||1|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||2011–12||Bundesliga||28||0||2||0||—||—||30||0|
|Greece||League||Greek Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
- As of match played 11 June 2019. Greece score listed first, score column indicates score after each Fortounis goal.
|1||29 March 2016||Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece||19||Iceland||1–0||2–3||Friendly|||
|3||6 September 2016||Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal||21||Gibraltar||3–1||4–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|4||8 September 2018||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||34||Estonia||1–0||1–0||2018–19 UEFA Nations League C|
|5||23 March 2019||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein||40||Liechtenstein||2–0||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
|6||26 March 2019||Bilino Polje Stadium, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||41||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1–2||2–2|||
|7||11 June 2019||Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece||44||Armenia||2–3||2–3|
- Superleague Greece (3): 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Greek Cup (1): 2014–15
- Greek Cup Runner-up: 2015–16
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