Michalis Konstantinou

Michalis Konstantinou (Greek: Μιχάλης Κωνσταντίνου; born 19 February 1978) is a retired Cypriot football striker. He played for the Cyprus national football team, and he is the all-time leading scorer with 32 goals in 85 appearances. He also played for Iraklis, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos in Greece.

Michalis Konstantinou
Personal information
Full name Michalis Konstantinou
Date of birth (1978-02-19) 19 February 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth Deryneia, Cyprus
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
Paralimni
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Paralimni 68 (31)
1997–2001 Iraklis 119 (60)
2001–2005 Panathinaikos 94 (34)
2005–2008 Olympiacos 57 (17)
2008–2009 Iraklis 13 (3)
2009–2011 Omonia 59 (34)
2011–2012 Anorthosis Famagusta 15 (3)
2012–2013 AEL Limassol 19 (6)
Total 444 (188)
National team
1998–2012 Cyprus[1] 85 (32)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2012

Club careerEdit

EarlyEdit

Born in Paralimni, he got his start in professional football playing for hometown side Enosis Neon Paralimni, for whom he scored 17 goals in 25 games in the 1996/97 season and became top goal scorer of Cypriot Championship.

Iraklis ThessalonikiEdit

Picked up by Iraklis Thessaloniki in Greece in 1997, his four seasons produced a total of 61 goals in 119 appearances as he also played in the UEFA Cup.

PanathinaikosEdit

In 2001, in a deal which took three Panathinaikos players to Iraklis, Konstantinou transferred to Panathinaikos for €15 million. It was a successful purchase, but many believed that the young Cypriot striker was worth less than the expenditure of €15 million made by Panathinaikos – the highest figure ever paid for a player in the Greek Superleague. With Panathinaikos, he had the opportunity to play in the Champions League, earning praise for his performances in attack. There he found with the Portuguese players Paulo Sousa and later Robert Jarni, taking Panathinakos a long way in the competition. He scored a beautiful 45m goal in the Nou Camp return in the quarter-final against Barcelona in the Champions 2001/02. Panathinaikos seemed to ensure its marking the semi-finals, as they were needed 3 goals to go to the Spaniards. Barça, however, came back and won 3–1, qualifying for the semi-finals.

In 2004/05 he had 15 goals. Konstantinou scored against the champions in a 1–0 home win, at the end of the season Konstantinou did not renew with Panathinaikos, because he stated that he was going to continue his footballing career in a league of higher value to gain better experience.

That summer though, he was not signed by a club overseas and was signed by Olympiacos.

OlympiakosEdit

As an Olympiacos player he won with his team the double for 2005/06 and made it two in his career. At the Greek Cup final in 2005/06, where Olympiacos beat AEK Athens 3–0, Konstantinou scored Olympiacos' first goal. He also notably scored a late strike to make it 1–2 in the early season league victory of Olympiacos against AEK Athens (final score 1–3) and a crowd-pleaser against his former team, Panathinaikos, to make it 3–1 (match ended 3–2). He became for the second consecutive time champion again with Olympiakos in 2007, even though the season was full of personal injuries and bad luck, he still managed to perform well on some important matches, most notably scoring on the away Champions League match at Shakhtar Donetsk. During the 2007–2008 season, he has suffered from injuries and has lost his starting position to Darko Kovacevic. It was the last season at Olympiakos.

Iraklis ThessalonikiEdit

Konstantinou started the 2008–09 season in Greece at Iraklis where he started his career in Greece in 1997. He spent some seasons at Iraklis before going to Panathinaikos back in 1997. Here he played 13 matches of which he scored three goals.

Omonoia NicosiaEdit

Halfway through the 2008–2009 season, Konstantinou was transferred to Cyprus to play for Omonia. During the 2009–2010 season, he scored several goals for the club, including in derbies against rivals APOEL, Anorthosis, and Apollon. After taking a leadership and mentor role with the team in his first full season in 2010, Konstantinou helped Omonoia to win its 20th Cypriot Championship and in the club he found his couch Takis Lemonis that was also his coach in Olympiacos.

Anorthosis FamagustaEdit

In Summer 2011, Konstantinou signed a contract with Anorthosis Famagusta.

AEL LimasssolEdit

In Summer 2012, Konstantinou signed a one-year contract with AEL Limassol.

RetirementEdit

In January 2014, he announced his retirement from football as a player.[2]

International careerEdit

He made his international debut against Albania in August 1998 and subsequently averaged almost a goal every other game in his first 35 caps. His first two goals came 10 February 1999 against San Marino at Tsirion Stadium (final score 4–0).

International goalsEdit

Michalis Konstantinou: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 February 1999 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus   San Marino 2–0 4–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
2 10 February 1999 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus   San Marino 3–0 4–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
3 2 February 2000 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus   Lithuania 1–0 2–1 Cyprus International Tournament
4 2 February 2000 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus   Lithuania 2–1 2–1 Cyprus International Tournament
5 2 September 2000 Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, Andorra la Vella, Andorra   Andorra 0–1 2–3 2002 World Cup qualifying
6 2 September 2000 Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, Andorra la Vella, Andorra   Andorra 2–3 2–3 2002 World Cup qualifying
7 28 March 2001 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus   Estonia 1–0 2–2 2002 World Cup qualifying
8 15 August 2001 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia   Estonia 0–1 2–2 2002 World Cup qualifying
9 15 August 2001 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia   Estonia 1–2 2–2 2002 World Cup qualifying
10 5 September 2001 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Portugal 1–0 1–3 2002 World Cup qualifying
11 12 February 2002 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus    Switzerland 1–0 1–1 Cyprus International Tournament
12 13 February 2002 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Czech Republic 3–3 3–4 Cyprus International Tournament
13 29 January 2003 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Greece 1–0 1–2 Friendly
14 2 April 2003 Bežigrad Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia   Slovenia 1–1 4–1 Euro 2004 qualifying
15 7 June 2003 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta   Malta 0–1 1–2 Euro 2004 qualifying
16 7 June 2003 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta   Malta 0–2 1–2 Euro 2004 qualifying
17 18 August 2004 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Albania 1–0 2–1 Friendly
18 18 August 2004 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Albania 2–0 2–1 Friendly
19 8 September 2004 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel   Israel 0–1 2–1 2006 World Cup qualifying
20 9 October 2004 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Faroe Islands 1–0 2–2 2006 World Cup qualifying
21 17 August 2005 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands   Faroe Islands 0–1 0–3 2006 World Cup qualifying
22 17 August 2005 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands   Faroe Islands 0–2 0–3 2006 World Cup qualifying
23 7 October 2006 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Republic of Ireland 1–1 5–2 Euro 2008 qualifying
24 7 October 2006 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Republic of Ireland 3–2 5–2 Euro 2008 qualifying
25 8 September 2007 Dasaki Stadium, Achna, Cyprus   Armenia 3–1 3–1 Friendly
26 11 October 2008 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia   Georgia 0–1 1–1 2010 World Cup qualifying
27 28 March 2009 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Georgia 1–0 2–1 2010 World Cup qualifying
28 6 June 2009 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Montenegro 1–0 2–2 2010 World Cup qualifying
29 10 October 2009 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Bulgaria 3–1 4–1 2010 World Cup qualifying
30 11 August 2010 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Andorra 1–0 1–0 Friendly
31 3 September 2010 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal   Portugal 1–2 4–4 Euro 2012 qualifying
32 9 February 2011 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus   Romania 1–1 1–1 Cyprus International Tournament

HonoursEdit

Panathinaikos

Olympiacos

Omonia

Individual

1996–97 – Paralimni

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cyprus – Record International Players". rssf.com. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  2. ^ uefa.com (16 January 2014). "Member associations - Cyprus - News". UEFA.com.

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