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Angelos Charisteas ( , ; born 9 February 1980 in Strymonikomarker, Serresmarker) is a Greekmarker football striker who currently plays for German club 1. FC Nuremberg. He is a member of the Greece national football team and played at the UEFA Euro 2004, in which Greece was triumphant, scoring the winning goal in the final against Portugal.

Club Football

After a few years playing for non-league Strimonikos Serron Charisteas eventually started his professional career with Greek side Aris Thessaloniki. It was during his first season at Aris that Charisteas started making a name for himself, scoring twice in nine matches as they won the Greek second division in 1997–98. Charisteas started well in his first season in the Greek top league and got further noticed when he scored twice in the local derby against Thessaloniki rivals PAOK. The striker made twelve appearances in the Alpha Ethniki - six as a substitute - before a loan at Athinaikos in 1998–99. He returned to Aris the following season and made his European debut in a UEFA Cup defeat by Celta de Vigo at the age of 19. Charisteas was continuously developing and in the 2000–01 season scored seven goals, his best return in Aris' colours.

Having been watched by scouts from a number of Europe's leading sides, he was signed by Germanmarker Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in the summer of 2002. He had a successful first season scoring nine goals in 31 appearances in the Bundesliga and two goals from four games in the UEFA Cup. Then in 2003–04, Bremen won the Bundesliga and the German Cup with Charisteas scoring four goals from 24 appearances. He was largely a fringe player at Bremen before Euro 2004, and his heroics in that competition did not change his status at Bremen, as he was the fourth-choice striker.

In the 2004–05 season, Charisteas scored five goals in 11 matches for Bremen, before moving to the Netherlandsmarker to play for AFC Ajax for a reported €4.5 million fee. Greece national team coach Otto Rehhagel had publicly urged Charisteas to try to move to another club during the January 2005 transfer window in order to get more first-team action. Ajax fitted the bill as they were hoping to find a replacement for Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, who had been sold to Juventus. Charisteas made his Ajax debut on 23 January 2005 against FC Utrecht and scored his first goal four days later against SC Heerenveen. However, he only managed three more games all season. Charisteas netted home eight goals in the 2005–06 season, which included a late winner against Vitesse. Charisteas missed Greece's crucial match in the World Cup qualifying due to a head injury received after colliding with Arsenal's Kolo Touré in a Champions League match which Ajax lost 2-1.

Under new Ajax coach Henk ten Cate, Charisteas was the 5th striker behind Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Markus Rosenberg, Ryan Babel, and Rydell Poepon. Ten Cate explained this by saying that Charisteas is a great striker for the 4-4-2-system, but not for the 4-3-3-system which is played for Ajax. Despite stating that he was only interested in a move to Englandmarker or Germanymarker, Charisteas signed for arch-rivals Feyenoord in Rotterdammarker on 31 August 2006, the final day of the summer transfer window. This move caused some agitation in Rotterdam with parts of Het Legioen that did not want an Ajax player at their club protesting at De Kuipmarker and demanded chairman Jorien van den Herik to resign. Charisteas made his debut for Feyenoord on 10 September against Sparta Rotterdam and played the full game. He eventually scored his first goal for his new club in his tenth game. Although he seemed to establish and convince most fans at a certain point, Charisteas never enjoyed a good relationship with Feyenoord supporters. The Greek striker played a total of 28 games for Feyenoord and netted nine goals.

On 6 July 2007, 1. FC Nuremberg confirmed a deal with Feyenoord to sign Charisteas on a four-year deal worth €2.5 million. Charisteas scored his first two official team goals in a 6-0 victory against fourth division club SC Victoria Hamburg.

On 2 February 2009, he was loaned out to Bayer Leverkusen until the end of the season, helping the team to get into the final of the German Cup.

Career statistics



International career

Having been a regular player for the Greek Under-21 side, Charisteas made his senior international debut in February 2001 in a 3-3 draw against Russia. His impact was immediate as he scored two of the goals for Greece that day. His prolific goal scoring continued, eventually helping his team qualify for the UEFA Euro 2004Championship.

During the victorious Euro 2004 campaign, Charisteas scored three goals: one in the group stage against Spain, one against Francein the quarterfinals and the winning goal against Portugalin the final. His contribution to the team and his impact in the competition was further recognised when he was named in the Euro 2004 All-star Team and he was also nominated for 2004 European Footballer of the yearaward, where he finished 11th in votes.

In January 2007, Charisteas told Dutch football magazine Voetbal Internationalthat winning Euro 2004 was an unbelievable experience which he would not swap for all the money in the world: “Even in 50 years time, everybody will remember that I scored the goal which made Greece the champions of Europe. We wrote history and my life changed completely at that point.”

In the qualifying rounds for Euro 2008, Charisteas scored three goals, helping Greece to automatically qualify for the competition with two games left. He would go on to be one of few Greek players who performed well at Euro 2008, scoring the defending champions' only goal of the tournament in the 2-1 defeat to Spain.

International Goals



Honours

Werder Bremen

Ajax

Greece

Bayer Leverkusen

References

External links



1997–98 Aris Thessaloniki Super League 9 2
1998–99 Athinaikos Super League 7 1
1998–99 Aris Thessaloniki Super League 12 4
1999–00 19 1
2000–01 28 8
2001–02 19 4

2002–03 Werder Bremen Bundesliga 31 9
2003–04 24 4
2004–05 11 5

2004–05 Ajax Eredivisie 13 4
2005–06 17 8
2006–07 1 0
2006–07 Feyenoord Eredivisie 28 9

2007–08 Nuremberg Bundesliga 22 6
2008–09 2. Bundesliga 14 1
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Score
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1. 28 February 2001 Pankritio Stadiummarker, Heraklionmarker, Greecemarker 2 – 3 3 – 3 Friendly match
2. 28 February 2001 Pankritio Stadiummarker, Heraklionmarker, Greecemarker 3 – 3 3 – 3 Friendly match
3. 28 March 2001 Olympic Stadiummarker, Athensmarker, Greecemarker 1 – 1 2 – 4 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
4. 6 October 2001 Old Traffordmarker, Manchestermarker, Englandmarker 0 – 1 2 – 2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
5. 2 April 2003 Windsor Parkmarker, Belfastmarker, Northern Irelandmarker 0 – 1 0 – 2 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
6. 2 April 2003 Windsor Parkmarker, Belfastmarker, Northern Irelandmarker 0 – 2 0 – 2 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
7. 11 June 2003 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadiummarker, Athensmarker, Greecemarker 1 – 0 1 – 0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
8. 3 June 2004 Rheinpark Stadionmarker, Vaduzmarker, Liechtensteinmarker 0 – 2 0 – 2 Friendly match
9. 16 June 2004 Estádio do Bessamarker, Portomarker, Portugalmarker 1 – 1 1 – 1 UEFA Euro 2004
10. 25 June 2004 Estádio José Alvalademarker, Lisbonmarker, Portugalmarker 0 – 1 0 – 1 UEFA Euro 2004
11. 4 July 2004 Estádio da Luzmarker, Lisbonmarker, Portugalmarker 0 – 1 0 – 1 UEFA Euro 2004 Final
12. 17 November 2004 Karaiskákis Stadiummarker, Piraeusmarker, Greecemarker 1 – 0 3 – 1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
13. 17 November 2004 Karaiskákis Stadiummarker, Piraeusmarker, Greecemarker 2 – 0 3 – 1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
14. 30 March 2005 Karaiskákis Stadiummarker, Piraeusmarker, Greecemarker 1 – 0 2 – 0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
15. 11 October 2006 Bilino Poljemarker, Zenicamarker, Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker 0 – 1 0 – 4 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
16. 6 June 2007 Pankritio Stadiummarker, Heraklionmarker, Greecemarker 1 – 0 2 – 1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
17. 13 October 2007 Olympic Stadiummarker, Athensmarker, Greecemarker 1 – 0 3 – 2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
18. 6 February 2008 GSP Stadiummarker, Nicosiamarker, Cyprusmarker 1 – 1 2 – 1 Friendly match
19. 18 June 2008 Wals Siezenheim Stadiummarker, Salzburgmarker, Austriamarker 0 – 1 2 – 1 UEFA Euro 2008
20. 6 September 2008 Stade Josy Barthelmarker, Luxembourgmarker, Luxembourgmarker 0 – 3 0 – 3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
21. 11 October 2008 Karaiskákis Stadiummarker, Piraeusmarker, Greecemarker 1 – 0 3 – 0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
22. 11 October 2008 Karaiskákis Stadiummarker, Piraeusmarker, Greecemarker 3 – 0 3 – 0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
23. 15 October 2008 Karaiskákis Stadiummarker, Piraeusmarker, Greecemarker 1 – 1 1 – 2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier

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