Leonardo Koutris (Greek: Λεονάρντο Κούτρης; born 23 July 1995) is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Spanish club Mallorca, on loan from Olympiacos and the Greece national team.
|Full name||Leonardo Pablo Koutris|
|Date of birth||23 July 1995|
|Place of birth||Ribeirão Preto, Brazil|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
(on loan from Olympiacos)
|2020–||→ Mallorca (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 February 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:45, 11 June 2019 (UTC).
Born in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, Koutris started his career from a local amateur team from Rhodes, Niki Rodos, where he was spotted by Super League club Ergotelis scouts in 2011. On 28 January 2013, he signed his first professional contract with the club  and made his debut as a substitute in a match against Greek champions Olympiacos on 1 December 2013. Already an international with the Greek U19 and U21 squads, and considered one of the greatest talents at Ergotelis, he renewed his contract with the club on 5 June 2014.
After Ergotelis' relegation to the Football League in the summer of 2015, and despite reported interest from Greek giants Panathinaikos, Koutris was one of the 17 players to hold out as part of the club's roster until the very end, which came in January 2016, when Ergotelis officially withdrew from professional competitions, and released all players from their contracts.
As a free agent, Koutris signed a three-year contract with Greek Super League club PAS Giannina on 26 January 2016. He scored his first goal for the club on 21 July 2016, during his European debut, netting a crucial extra time away goal vs. Norwegian club Odd during the third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League. This goal helped his club advance to the next round for the first time in its history, after winning the two-legged tie 4–3 on aggregate.
On 25 July 2017, he made his debut with the club in a 3–1 away win UEFA game against Partizan. He played all the international games of the club, helping Olympiacos to reach UEFA Champions League group stage, after a year. On 9 September 2017, he made his debut with the club in the Super League in a 1–1 away draw against Xanthi. According to various sources, Eintracht Frankfurt and Benfica keep a close eye on Olympiacos' left-back. The Greek giants are aware of the interest in his services and they are eager to hand him a new contract. On 18 November 2017, he scored his first goal with the club, sealing a 2–1 home Super League game against Levadiakos. He was voted MVP of the game.
On 15 November 2018, according to various reports West Ham United sporting director Mario Husillos spent the international break watching Leonardo Koutris as the club line up a move for a new left back. Koutris made his debut in Greece’s Uefa Nations League victory over Finland, a game that Husillos personally attended. West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has identified left-back as one of the areas he would like to strengthen, having not been convinced by either Arthur Masuaku or Aaron Cresswell. On 9 January 2019, Olympiacos rejected an official bid of Italian club Genoa for the Greek international at the range of €5 million.
On 29 January 2020, Koutris signed a six months contract with La Liga club Mallorca, on loan from Olympiacos. On 15 February 2020, he made his debut the club as a substitute in the first half, replacing Lumor Agbenyenu in a 1–0 win home game against Deportivo Alavés.
On 9 November 2018, Greece's new coach Angelos Anastasiadis called up left-back Koutris for the match against Finland and Estonia for UEFA Nations League. On 15 November 2018, he made his debut in a 1–0 home win game against Finland.
Koutris holds both Greek as well as Brazilian citizenship, being born of a Greek father and a Brazilian mother.
Stretcher bearer incidentEdit
On 17 October 2015, during an Ergotelis game vs AEL at the AEL FC Arena for the Greek Football League, Koutris was involuntarily involved in a comical incident after having gone down injured by a challenge just outside the penalty area. Unable to stand up, Koutris was roughly loaded onto a stretcher by two stretcher bearers, who proceeded to drop him twice while carrying him outside, before unceremoniously dumping him at the side of the pitch. Ergotelis issued a formal complaint a few hours after the match had ended.
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