Nikos Anastopoulos

Nikos Anastopoulos (Greek: Νίκος Αναστόπουλος; born 22 January 1958) is a Greek former football player, one of the most prolific strikers in the Greek league during the 1980s and widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of Greek football. With 29 goals he is the all-time top scorer for the Greek national football team. He is considered as one of the greatest players in Olympiacos history,[1] where he scored 159 goals in 291 official games for the Greek powerhouse and won the Bronze Boot as the third scorer in Europe in the 1982–83 season. Since retiring as a player he has become a football manager. He is the current manager of Kalamata.

Nikos Anastopoulos
Nikos Anastopoulos (1987).jpg
Personal information
Full name Nikolaos Anastopoulos
Date of birth (1958-01-22) 22 January 1958 (age 62)
Place of birth Dafni, Athens, Greece
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Kalamata (manager)
Youth career
Dafni
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1980 Panionios 117 (25)
1980–1987 Olympiacos 187 (115)
1987–1988 Avellino 16 (0)
1988–1989 Panionios 11 (5)
1989–1992 Olympiacos 72 (30)
1992–1993 Ionikos 19 (7)
1993–1994 Olympiacos 3 (0)
Total 425 (182)
National team
1977–1988 Greece 75 (29)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Panelefsiniakos
1997–1998 Panetolikos
1998–1999 PAS Giannina
1999 Panelefsiniakos
1999–2000 Panserraikos
2001 PAS Giannina
2002 Panachaiki
2002 Kallithea
2002–2003 PAS Giannina
2003–2005 Kerkyra
2005–2006 Aris
2008 Ionikos
2008 PAS Giannina
2008–2009 Kavala
2010–2012 OFI Crete
2012–2013 Atromitos
2013–2014 Platanias
2014 Panionios
2015 OFI Crete
2015–2017 Aris
2019 Kerkyra
2020– Kalamata
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Anastopoulos was born on 22 January 1958. He started his career at Dafni before transferring to Panionios with whom he debuted in the Alpha Ethniki in the 1977–1978 season. Thanks to Anastopoulos, Panionios won the Greek Cup in 1979 upsetting AEK 3–1. His debut in European competition was also impressive as he scored twice against Twente Enschede of Holland and once against IFK Göteborg in the Cup-winners' Cup. His performance brought an immediate transfer offer from Twente as well as other Greek and foreign clubs. Finally, in 1980, he went to Olympiakos Piraeus.

As an Olympiakos player, Anastopoulos, also known as "Moustakias" (the moustachioed one), won top scorer honours in 1982–1983 season (29 goals), 1983–1984 season (18 goals), 1985–1986 season (19 goals) and 1986–1987 season (16 goals). His goal-scoring exploits in 1982–1983 won him the Bronze Boot as third scorer in all Europe.

In 1987, Anastopoulos left Greece to play for Avellino in Italy. Though he performed well in the Italian Cup, he failed to score a single goal in Serie A and returned to Greece the following season.[2]

After coming close to signing with AEK, Anastopoulos chose to return to Panionios. He later played for Olympiakos, Ionikos and closed out his career with Olympiakos (once more) after the 1993–1994 season.

International careerEdit

On 21 September 1977 Anastopoulos participated for the first time in the National Football Team of Greece and during his playing career he was capped 75 times[3] scoring 29 goals – more than any other Greek international. He was a member of the Greek squad in the finals of Euro 1980 and scored the only Greek goal of that competition with a header against Czechoslovakia.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Team Period League Cup Europe
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Ratio
Position
Panionios 1976–77 32 11 32 11 0.34 8th
1977–78 27 03 27 03 0.11 16th
1978–79 28 04 28 04 0.14 13th
1979–80 30 07 4 03 34 10 0.29 15th
Total 117 25 4 3 121 28 0.23
Olympiacos 1980–81 20 04 20 04 0.20 1st
1981–82 0033[a] 14 02 01 35 15 0.43 1st
1982–83 31 29 04 01 35 30 0.86 1st
(3rd in Europe)
1983–84 30 18 04 03 34 21 0.62 2nd
1984–85 28 15 04 02 32 17 0.53 4th
1985–86 24 19 24 19 0.79 5th
1986–87 21 16 04 03 25 19 0.76 1st
Total 187 115 18 10 205 125 0.61
Avellino 1987–88 16 00 16 00 0 15th
Panionios 1988–89 11 05 11 05 0.45 10th
Olympiacos 1989–90 22 07 06 02 28 09 0.32 4th
1990–91 26 17 04 02 30 19 0.63 2nd
1991–92 24 06 24 06 0.25 2nd
Total 72 30 10 4 82 34 0.41
Ionikos 1992–93 19 07 19 07 0.37 17th
Olympiacos 1993–94 03 00 01 00 04 00 0 3rd
Career Total 425 182 33 17 458 199 0.43
Panionios Total 128 030 04 03 132 033 0.25
Olympiacos Total 262 145 29 14 291 159 0.55
  1. ^ Includes the Championship playoff against Panathinaikos in which he scored one goal

InternationalEdit

National team Year Apps Goals
Greece 1977 1 0
1979 2 0
1980 5 2
1981 6 2
1982 9 4
1983 9 3
1984 10 5
1985 6 2
1986 8 4
1987 8 3
1988 9 4
Total 73 29

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Greece's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Greece goal.
List of international goals scored by Nikos Anastopoulos[4]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 January 1980 GSP Stadium, Strovolos, Cyprus   Cyprus 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2 14 June 1980 Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy   Czechoslovakia 1–1 1–3 UEFA Euro 1980
3 23 September 1981 Charliaou Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece   Sweden 1–0 2–1 Friendly
4 14 October 1981   Denmark 1–2 2–3 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 20 January 1982 Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens, Greece   Portugal 1–0 1–2 Friendly
6 9 October 1982 Stade Municipal, Luxembourg   Luxembourg 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
7 2–0
8 1 December 1982 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece    Switzerland 1–1 1–3 Friendly
9 15 May 1983 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary   Hungary 1–0 3–2 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
10 3 December 1983 Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece 1–0 2–2
11 2–2
12 15 February 1984 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece   East Germany 1–0 1–3 Friendly
13 11 April 1984 Leoforos Alexandras Stadium, Athens, Greece   Cyprus 1–0 1–1
14 1 September 1984 Tsirio Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus 2–0 2–0
15 5 December 1984 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece   Romania 1–0 2–1
16 2–1
17 9 January 1985 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel   Israel 1–0 2–0
18 19 May 1985 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece   Poland 1–1 1–4 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
19 26 March 1986   East Germany 1–0 2–0 Friendly
20 15 October 1986 Lech Stadium, Poznan, Poland   Poland 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying
21 12 November 1986 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece   Hungary 2–0 2–1
22 3 December 1986 Makario Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Cyprus 4–2 4–2
23 14 January 1987 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece 1–0 3–1
24 3–1
25 7 October 1987 Steaua Stadium, Bucharest, Romania   Romania 1–0 2–2 Friendly
26 21 May 1988 Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada   Canada 2–0 3–0 1988 Matthews Cup
27 3–0
28 23 May 1988   Chile 1–0 1–0
29 21 September 1988 BJK İnönü Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey   Turkey 1–1 1–3 Friendly

ManagerialEdit

Team From To Record[5]
Played W D L Win %
  Panelefsiniakos July 1995 June 1996
  Panetolikos February 1997 February 1998
  PAS Giannina November 1998 May 1999
  Panelefsiniakos August 1999 October 1999 4 2 0 2 050.00
  Panserraikos November 1999 March 2000
  PAS Giannina January 2001 June 2001 18 7 5 6 038.89
  Panachaiki February 2002 June 2002 12 2 5 5 016.67
  Kallithea September 2002 November 2002 7 3 1 3 042.86
  PAS Giannina November 2002 June 2003 26 5 7 14 019.23
  Kerkyra September 2003 January 2005 48 27 9 12 056.25
  Aris October 2005 June 2006 28 14 11 3 050.00
  PAS Giannina August 2006 January 2007 19 9 6 4 047.37
  Ionikos May 2008 June 2008 5 2 1 2 040.00
  Kavala December 2008 January 2009 4 2 1 1 050.00
  PAS Giannina January 2010 June 2010 16 5 2 9 031.25
  OFI Crete September 2010 December 2012 88 40 20 28 045.45
  Atromitos December 2012 April 2013 13 4 5 4 030.77
  Platanias November 2013 February 2014 14 4 2 8 028.57
  Panionios February 2014 May 2014 9 3 3 3 033.33
  OFI Crete January 2015 March 2015 16 4 1 11 025.00
  Aris September 2015 February 2017 22 11 8 3 050.00
  Kerkyra February 2019 April 2019 10 2 3 5 020.00
  Kalamata January 2020 present 2 1 1 0 050.00
Total 361 147 91 123 040.72

HonoursEdit

As playerEdit

As coachEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Legend's "Golden Eleven"! Olympiacos Official Website, 8/6/2015
  2. ^ Rota, Davide (3 September 1998). "Greek Players in Italy". RSSSF.
  3. ^ Οι συμμετοχές του Αναστόπουλου στην Εθνική Ελλάδας. epo.gr
  4. ^ "Greece - International Matches 1981–1990". RSSSF.
  5. ^ "Nikos Anastopoulos". SofaScore.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Anthimos Kapsis
Greece captain
1983-1988
Succeeded by
Tasos Mitropoulos