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Georgios "Giourkas" Seitaridis ( ; born 4 June 1981 in Piraeusmarker) is a Greekmarker footballer who plays as a defender. He is currently playing for Greek giants Panathinaikos and is a member of the Greek national football team. Giourkas (pronounced "Yurkas"), which he uses in both national team and Atlético Madrid shirts, means "George" in the Pontic Greek dialect and is his grandfather's name.

Club career

PAS Giannina

Geourgas Seitaridis started his professional career with northern Greek side PAS Giannina named, Ajax of Epirus in 1997, becaming one of the most important player for the diffence. Seitaridis helped the team to promote in the Greek Super League in the season 1999/2000 and also he played with PAS Giannina more than 40 games and shoring 5 goals.

Panathinaikos

He was soon spotted by Greek Panathinaikos, for whom he signed for in 2001. He quickly established himself as a regular player for the team and at the age of 22 he won his first silverware by helping Panathinaikos to the championship and cup double in the 2003-04 Greek Super League season. He scored his first European goal against Manchester United on March 7 2001. His impressive performances earned great interest from teams abroad.

Porto

Before the 2004 European Championships Seitaridis signed for Portuguesemarker side and at the time Champions League winners FC Porto in June 2004 for ‚ā¨3 million,. Soon after joining the Drag√Ķes he won the Intercontinental Cup . There were constant rumours about a possible change of course to Real Madrid, following his success at UEFA Euro 2004, but the deal fell through, and on 23 May 2005, he was sold to Russianmarker side Dynamo Moscow for a fee approaching ‚ā¨10 million.

Dynamo Moscow

Soon after signing for Dynamo Moscow, Seitaridis began to show his discomfort at the club. He claimed the reasons he wanted to leave was that the weather was different to his native Greece and that he could not cope with the coldness. Seitaridis decided to leave Dynamo after one season, and on 16 June 2006, he was transferred to Atl√©tico Madrid for a transfer fee of ‚ā¨12 million.

Atletico Madrid

He was advised by fellow ex-Atl√©tico Madrid player Demis Nikolaidis to join Atl√©tico stating that its a big club and the fans are great. He was given his number 2. Seitaridis was sent off on the 44th minute of his debut for the club in the opening game of the season away to Racing Santander on August 27, 2006. Seitaridis scored his first goal for Atletico on 21 July 2007 in a game against Gloria BistriŇ£a in the Intertoto Cup.

In November 2007, Seitaridis damaged his achilles tendon in a match against UD Almería, which meant he needed to undergo surgery and was off the field for six months. He made his return in the 2-1 away win over Sevilla FC, although not playing; he made an appearance on the substitute's bench.

Seitaridis started the 2008‚Äď09 season, playing in Atl√©tico's first game, in a 4‚Äď0 victory over Malaga CF, and making many plays down the wing, being a regular starter for the team. He picked up a few injuries, and after three games out, he returned on Atl√©tico Madrid's Champion's League match against PSV.

On 13 May 2009, Seitaridis was released by Atlético a year before his contract expires, a statement on the club's official website read "Seitaridis is therefore free to negotiate with other clubs who may be interested in signing him.".

Panathinaikos

On the very last day (10 September 2009) of the Greek transfer period for free agent players, he signed a 4 year deal with Panathinaikos.. There he met again with players like Kostas Katsouranis and Giorgos Karagounis which had together won Euro 2004 with the Greek National Team.

International career

Seitaridis made his international debut on 13 February 2002 against Sweden, and later that year participated in the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final round in Switzerlandmarker. He was also one of the key players for the Greek national team that won the Euro 2004 championship in Portugalmarker, a win that shocked the footballing world as Greece were considered 100-1 outsiders before the tournament started. Giourkas had such an impact on the victorious team that he was named as part of the 23-man UEFA All-Star squad, together with four other Greek players.

He scored his first international goal on 2 June 2007 against Hungary in a Euro 2008 qualifying match.

Statistics

Last updated (30 May 2009)

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1998/99 PAS Giannina Beta Ethniki 6 0
1999/00 PAS Giannina Beta Ethniki 24 3
2000/01 PAS Giannina Greek Super League 10 2
2000/01 Panathinaikos Greek Super League 12 0
2001/02 Panathinaikos Greek Super League 19 0
2002/03 Panathinaikos Greek Super League 25 0
2003/04 Panathinaikos Greek Super League 21 0
2004/05 Porto Portuguese Liga 23 0
2005/06 Dynamo Moscow Russian Premier League 8 0
2006/07 Atlético Madrid La Liga 31 0
2007/08 Atlético Madrid La Liga 14 0
2008/09 Atlético Madrid La Liga 15 0
2009/10 Panathinaikos Greek Super League 3 0
Total 229 9


Honours







References

  1. Panathinaikos 1-1 ManU
  2. Seitaridis joins Porto in.gr, June 2004
  3. Porto win
  4. Dinamo pay record fee for Seitaridis UEFA, 23 May 2005
  5. Seitaridis joins Atletico newcomers UEFA, June 16, 2006
  6. Sanatnder Atletico report
  7. Seitaridis steals Gloria's thunder UEFA, 21 July 2007
  8. Seitaridis set for surgery UEFA, November 15 2007
  9. Atletico release Seitaridis
  10. Seitaridis zur√ľck nach Athen
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  12. UEFA all star squad Telegraph, July 2004
  13. Greece - Hungary ESPN, June 2007


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