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Angelos Basinas ( , born on 3 January 1976 in Chalkidamarker, Greecemarker) is a Greek international football player and the former captain of his country's national team. He is currently playing as a defensive midfielder for Portsmouth in the English Premier League.

Club career


Basinas started his career with Greek side Panathinaikos, during his time at Panathinaikos he won both the league and the Greek Cup in 2004.After a row broke out between Basinas the manager and the Panathinaikos board over wages, Basinas was released on September 21, 2005, which brought an end to a career at the club which lasted over 10 years, during this time he made over 200 appearances for the club scoring many crucial goals both domestically and in European competitions.

RCD Mallorca

Although rumored to go to Birmingham City, Everton, AEK Athens and Olympiacos during the 2006 Winter transfer window, Basinas signed a contract with RCD Mallorca preferring to leave Greece and avoid the Spanish Primera División.In the second half of the 05/06 season, Basinas completed a successful first period at Mallorca, helping to save the team from relegation proving a key part of the struggling teams survival.In his second year at the club he helped the team to finish in 7th position, one point from European qualification.He was released by Mallorca on July 1, 2008 after his 2½ years' contract came to an end.

AEK Athens

On 31 July 2008 he signed a 3-year contract of 1.2 million euros per annum with AEK Athens, choosing the number 14. Despite the pre-season odds, AEK underachieved during the first half of the season and lost the title race too early, making Basinas favourable towards a new move during the winter transfer period.


On 2 February 2009, Portsmouth FC confirmed the signing of Basinas on an 18 month contract. He made his debut for Portsmouth on 7 February 2009 against Liverpool.

Just a few hours after his debut, manager Tony Adams, who brought Basinas in, was sacked by the club and replaced by Paul Hart. Under the new manager, Basinas hardly played and was benched for the rest of the season after only making 3 appearances for Portsmouth. Despite little playing time in his first season at Portsmouth, Basinas stated that he wanted to stay at the club. .

International career

Basinas won his first cap in a 3-1 win over El Salvador on August 18, 1999 and scored his first goal in just his second match, also against El Salvador just two days later. He has remained a part of the national team setup since his debut and has been a regular since Otto Rehhagel took over in 2001.

He was a key player in Greece's shock European Championship victory, scoring a penalty in his country's 2-1 upset win over host team Portugal in the tournament's opening game. Basinas was a vital player in the hard working midfield of the Greek team throughout the tournament. In the final, Charisteas scored the winning goal for Greece against Portugal off a corner kick by Basinas, which saw Greece win the trophy.

After Theodoros Zagorakis retired, Basinas was selected to take the captains arm band. Basinas earned his 100th cap for Greece April 1, 2009 in a FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifier against Israel. He is the second Greek player to achieve 100 national team appearances alongside Theodoros Zagorakis.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 August 1999 Kavalamarker, Greecemarker 0-3 Win Friendly Match
2. 28 February 2001 Heraklionmarker, Greecemarker 3-3 Draw Friendly Match
3. 12 June 2004 Portomarker, Portugalmarker 1-2 Win UEFA Euro 2004
4. 9 February 2005 Athensmarker, Greecemarker 2-1 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 28 March 2007 La Vallettamarker, Maltamarker 0-1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
6. 17 November 2007 Athensmarker, Greecemarker 5-0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
7. 21 November 2007 Budapestmarker, Hungarymarker 1-2 Win UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier







  1. Basinas quits PAO
  2. AEK FC sign Basinas
  3. Basinas joins Blues
  4. Basinas staying at Portsmouth

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