Savvas Kofidis

Savvas Kofidis (Greek: Σάββας Κωφίδης; born 5 February 1961) is a Greek football coach and former midfielder player.

Savvas Kofidis
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-02-05) 5 February 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1988 Iraklis 206 (18)
1988–1992 Olympiacos 93 (9)
1992–1997 Aris 126 (7)
1997–1999 Iraklis 69 (3)
Total 494 (37)
National team
1982–1994 Greece 67 (1)
Teams managed
2005–2007 Iraklis
2007 Skoda Xanthi
2009–2010 Iraklis
2012–2013 Anagennisi Giannitsa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Born in modern-day Kazakhstan to Pontic Greek parents, he started his career in Iraklis, debuting on 18 January 1981 when Iraklis was participating in the Beta Ethniki. In Iraklis's team he played seven seasons before heading to Olympiacos. In 1992, he joined Aris Thessaloniki F.C., the city rivals of Iraklis, where he played until rejoining Iraklis in the 1996–97 season.[1]

International careerEdit

His three appearances at the 1994 World Cup rounded off his national team career, which lasted from 1982 to 1994, giving him 67 caps and 1 international goal (9 January 1985, against Israel). He retired from professional football in 1999.

Coaching careerEdit

During the 2002–2003 period he was the assistant coach of Ivan Jovanovic in Iraklis, as well as the next period, assisting head coach Sergio Markarián. After Markarián resigned, Kofidis took in charge as the head coach. The next year, with Kofidis taking the reins, was hugely successful as "The Old One", against all expectations, finished 4th in the 2005–2006 Alpha Ethniki championship, and qualified for the UEFA Cup. During the summer, however, many key players were sold as the team was in heavy debt, and the following year was anything but successful. After a string of 10 league matches without a win, and an early exit from the UEFA Cup against Polish team Wisła Kraków, Kofidis resigned. In January 2007 he became head coach in Skoda Xanthi following Takis Lemonis's resignation, but soon left the job. On 30 October 2009 Iraklis F.C. club officials have sacked coach Oleg Protasov to replace him with Kofidis.[citation needed]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Club Country Matches Goals
1981–82 Iraklis   Greece 31 1
1982–83 Iraklis   Greece 34 1
1983–84 Iraklis   Greece 29 4
1984–85 Iraklis   Greece 29 5
1985–86 Iraklis   Greece 28 1
1986–87 Iraklis   Greece 26 4
1987–88 Iraklis   Greece 29 2
1988–89 Olympiacos   Greece 16 2
1989–90 Olympiacos   Greece 26 3
1990–91 Olympiacos   Greece 33 4
1991–92 Olympiacos   Greece 18 0
1992–93 Aris Thessaloniki F.C.   Greece 19 0
1993–94 Aris Thessaloniki F.C.   Greece 33 0
1994–95 Aris Thessaloniki F.C.   Greece 30 6
1995–96 Aris Thessaloniki F.C.   Greece 31 1
1996–97 Aris Thessaloniki F.C.   Greece 13 0
1996–97 Iraklis   Greece 18 1
1997–98 Iraklis   Greece 20 1
1998–99 Iraklis   Greece 31 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kolokotsios, Lambros (22 September 2010). Αθλητικοί Φάκελοι (ΚΩΦΙΔΗΣ) [Sporting Capsules (Kofidis)] (in Greek). Evrytania News. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011.

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