Nikolaos Georgeas

Nikolaos "Nikos" Georgeas (Greek: Νικόλαος "Νίκος" Γεωργέας, born 27 December 1976) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a right-back. He is the current administrative director of AEK Athens Academy.

Nikos Georgeas
Personal information
Full name Nikolaos Georgeas
Date of birth (1976-12-27) December 27, 1976 (age 46)
Place of birth Kalamata, Greece
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Right back, Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
AEK Athens Academy (Administrative Director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Kalamata 65 (1)
1996PAS Giannina (loan) 19 (0)
2000–2012 AEK Athens 188 (1)
2012–2013 Veria 18 (0)
2013–2015 AEK Athens 37 (0)
Total 326 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Georgeas started his football career at the Mani Platsa club. At the age of 19 he joined the team of Black Storm.[1] Georgeas spent almost his entire career playing for AEK Athens. Fans have a lot of respect on him, because of his passion and love in AEK Athens' badge after spending 12 years at the club. On May 26, 2008 Georgeas signed a new 2-year contract which will keep him at the club until 2010.[2] Georgeas is also regarded to be one of the club's most loyal players and was voted in the top 10 legend list of AEK Athens history. In the 2010/11 season, Georgeas scored his first goal for the club after spending 12 years at the club and scored against Ergotelis in a 2-3 away win. Georgeas also scored his second goal for the club just weeks later, against Larissa. Next year, his coach Nikos Kostenoglou wanted to utilize his talent and experience, something that led Kostenoglou to try Georgeas in a new position; as a defensive midfielder. Georgeas, who the previous season did not make AEK's starting eleven, tried to meet the expectations of his team coach and managed to be proved as a tool, as he could play in more than one position. Moreover, he was chosen to be the captain in some games being the oldest player in the team.

In July 2012, Georgeas' contract with AEK ended, bringing to a close a 12 years at the club. Veria was the next stop in his career, counting 18 appearances and several of them as team captain. After the end of the one-year contract with Veria, AEK decided to bring back Nikos Georgeas to play in the third division. He was considered one of the leaders in AEK's effort to return to the Super League. At the end of the 2014-15 season, with AEK Athens being promoted to the first division, Georgeas decided to finish his career in his favourite team. He is famous for the chant that AEK fans have dedicated to him, with the lyrics "Georgea, Georgea, ta fyta stin Kalamata einai oraia!" (Greek: "Γεωργέα, Γεωργέα, τα φυτά στην Καλαμάτα είναι ωραία!"), which means "Georgeas, Georgeas, (the) plants in Kalamata are nice!", a reference to the footballer's birthplace, Kalamata, in southern Greece, and to the weed produced widely in the area.[3]

In 2015, Georgeas retired from professional football.[1]

After footballEdit

Since September 2019, Georgeas has been heading the administration of the AEK Academy together with Konstantinos Papapostolou.[4]

ControversyEdit

Veria vs OlympiacosEdit

Additional suspects include Veria Director of Football Giorgos Lanaris and former owner Giorgos Arvanitidis, regarding 6 January 2013 match of Olympiacos F.C. against Veria F.C.[5] Veria player Nikolaos Georgeas and club's manager Dimitris Kalaitzidis at the time, testified in March 2015 that Lanaris following Arvanitidis orders demanded from Veria players to lose with a 3–0 score, which eventually happened.[6][7][8] According to Andreadis, both Marinakis and Arvanitidis had agreed on the match fixing.[9]

Veria player Alexandros Kalogeris confirmed Georgeas' testimony, at the Athens court houses, that he entered the game in the second half after being instructed by the team manager to lose the game 3-0. The scandal has seen revelations about a series of dramatic events including phone tapping by Greece's intelligence agency, the involvement of Interpol, the bombing of a referee's premises, and a row erupting between the new Greek government and UEFA and FIFA. Football violence has also spiralled out of control, with riot police regularly seen on the pitch. However, despite the long-running investigation into match-fixing, no one has yet been jailed. Five people have been sentenced to time in prison but were subsequently freed on appeal. Charges against a number of the accused have been dropped and there are fears that, like so many other investigations in Greece, they will fizzle out.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup1 Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
1995–96 Kalamata Alpha Ethniki 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
PAS Giannina Beta Ethniki 19 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
1996–97 Kalamata Alpha Ethniki 19 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
1997–98 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Beta Ethniki 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
1999–00 Alpha Ethniki 28 1 8 0 0 0 36 1
2000–01 5 0 9 0 0 0 14 0
AEK Athens Alpha Ethniki 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2001–02 21 0 12 0 8 0 41 0
2002–03 16 0 8 0 2 0 26 0
2003–04 12 0 4 0 6 0 22 0
2004–05 6 0 1 0 2 0 9 0
2005–06 25 0 5 0 0 0 30 0
2006–07 Super League 12 0 1 0 7 0 20 0
2007–08 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2008–09 24 0 5 0 0 0 29 0
2009–10 16 0 1 0 5 0 22 0
2010–11 12 1 4 1 1 0 17 2
2011–12 27 0 2 0 4 0 33 0
2012–13 Veria Super League 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2013–14 AEK Athens Football League 2 26 0 4 1 0 0 30 1
2014–15 AEK Athens Football League 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Career total 327 2 70 2 35 0 432 4

Last updated: 2015-05-27
Source: aekfc.gr

1 Includes 4 caps and 1 goal in the semi-pro Football League 2 Cup.

HonoursEdit

AEK Athens F.C.
Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Νίκος Γεωργέας: Ένας γνήσιος Μανιάτης!". sportstonoto.gr. 2 May 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Georgeas signes 2 year contract". Archived from the original on 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  3. ^ ΓΕΩΡΓΕΑ ΤΑ ΦΥΤΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΚΑΛΑΜΑΤΑ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΩΡΑΙΑ!. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11.
  4. ^ "Πήρε πόστο στην Ακαδημία της ΑΕΚ ο Νίκος Γεωργέας". fosonline.gr. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Six Veroia players accused of bribery". sdna.gr. 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ Το δικαστικό... ντέρμπι της Βέροιας κρίνει τη μάχη της παραμονής (in Greek). Ethnos Newspaper. 10 May 2015.
  7. ^ 4η Αγ. ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΟΣ – ΒΕΡΟΙΑ 3–0. YouTube. 20 September 2014.
  8. ^ Γεωργέας: Το έστησαν Μαρινάκης - Αρβανιτίδης. 29 June 2015.
  9. ^ Κατηγορούμενος ο Μαρινάκης για το Ολυμπιακός-Βέροια (in Greek). 12 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Greece charges 41 over match-fixing as football scandal deepens". 27 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Βραβεία Nova Superleague". Archived from the original on 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2015-01-22.