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Angelos Basinas

Published: Sunday 13 April 2008, 1.00CET
Greece

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Published: Sunday 13 April 2008, 1.00CET

Angelos Basinas

Greece

Clubs: Panathinaikos FC, RCD Mallorca, AEK Athens FC, Portsmouth FC, AC Arles-Avignon

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship:
winner 2004
UEFA European Under-21 Championship: runner-up 1998

• Born in Karditsa in central Greece, Basinas launched his professional career in Athens with Panathinaikos, moving out of defence to establish himself as a holding midfielder.

• Won his maiden cap for Greece in an August 1999 friendly against El Salvador in Kavala, then scored his first international goal two days later – against the same opposition and at the same venue.

• Increased his profile internationally by starring for Panathinaikos in the 2000/01 and 2001/02 UEFA Champions League, playing 12 matches and scoring two goals in each campaign and reaching the quarter-finals of the latter, in which he scored the winning penalty in the first leg at home to FC Barcelona.

• Became a pivotal member of the Greek national side under Otto Rehhagel, shining in the team's extraordinary UEFA EURO 2004 triumph in Portugal, where he scored a penalty in the opening 2-1 triumph over the hosts, then provided the assist for Angelos Charisteas's winning goal against the same opponents in the final.

• Over the next four years he missed just one competitive international for his country and captained the side at UEFA EURO 2008.

• A Greek double winner in 2003/04, he left Panathinaikos a year later for Spanish club Mallorca, where he became a key midfielder.

• In July 2008 he signed a three-year contract with AEK but left after just six months for Portsmouth.

• While at Pompey he won his 100th cap for Greece in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Israel; it proved to be his final appearance.

• Following Portsmouth's relegation he had a brief spell in France with Ligue 1 newcomers Arles before returning to Greece to see out his career in the lower leagues.

• Basinas received a commemorative cap and medal from UEFA to mark his century of international appearances on 7 October 2011, before Greece's 2-0 victory against Croatia in UEFA European Championship qualifying.

• "It's a great honour for me to be presented with this award by UEFA," he said. "It's a tough task to reach 100 caps with the national team and I want to thank my family for always standing by my side."

Last updated: 08/12/13 7.38CET

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