Sotiris Ninis

  • Date of birth : 03/04/1990
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Greece Greece
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Sotiris Ninis

Sotiris Ninis

Tipped for international superstardom when he first burst on to the scene with Panathinaikos FC and Greece Under-19s, Sotiris Ninis has struggled to live up to the hype but remains a highly gifted young footballer who could yet light up UEFA EURO 2012 with his tricks, dribbles and powerful long-range shooting.

• Born in Albania to Greek parents, he is a star graduate of the Panathinaikos youth academy and became the second youngest player to make a first-team appearance for the club when he featured against Egaleo FC on 7 January 2007; 20 days later he became the Greens' youngest scorer with a goal in a 2-0 defeat of Panionios GSS.

• Voted player of the tournament at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in July 2007 − when Greece reached the final, losing 1-0 to Spain − his meteoric progress was halted by an injury-ridden 2007/08 campaign.

• Ended that season on a high, however, by scoring five minutes into his full international debut against Cyprus on 19 May 2008, thus becoming Greece's youngest goalscorer − at the age of 18 years and 46 days; there would be no place for him, though, at UEFA EURO 2008.

• After two fallow years he re-asserted himself in 2010, scoring his first European goal in a memorable 3-2 win at AS Roma in the UEFA Europa League and earning a place in Greece's FIFA World Cup squad; the youngest player in Otto Rehhagel's party, he made substitute appearances against Nigeria and Argentina.

• Made his UEFA Champions League debut in September 2010 against FC Barcelona and was fully integrated into the national team by new head coach Fernando Santos, making seven appearances in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying and scoring his first competitive international goal to bring Greece a vital 1-0 win in Israel.

UEFA honours
UEFA European Under-19 Championship:
runner-up 2007

Last updated: 30/11/12 12.29CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 06/07/2015 16:41 CET
07.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundLatviaLatvia1-2GreeceGreece2200
11.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece2-0LithuaniaLithuania9011
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundSlovakiaSlovakia0-1GreeceGreece6600
06.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundLiechtensteinLiechtenstein0-1GreeceGreece4400
10.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece1-0LatviaLatvia9000
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece1-0SlovakiaSlovakia3200
08.01.2015Greek CupSecond roundChaniaChania2-2PanathinaikosPanathinaikos9010
11.01.2015Greek Super LeaguePanathinaikosPanathinaikos5-0ErgotelisErgotelis2900
01.02.2015Greek Super LeaguePanathinaikosPanathinaikos3-0PlataniasPlatanias1800
08.02.2015Greek Super LeaguePanathinaikosPanathinaikos1-0PanetolikosPanetolikos700
15.02.2015Greek Super LeagueOFIOFI2-3PanathinaikosPanathinaikos4500
15.02.2015Greek Super LeagueOFIOFI2-3PanathinaikosPanathinaikos4500
14.03.2015Greek Super LeagueErgotelisErgotelis0-2PanathinaikosPanathinaikos400
18.03.2015Greek Super LeagueAtromitosAtromitos2-0PanathinaikosPanathinaikos3600
22.03.2015Greek Super LeagueVeriaVeria1-0PanathinaikosPanathinaikos5900
25.04.2015Greek Super LeaguePanathinaikosPanathinaikos2-0XanthiXanthi2200
03.05.2015Greek Super LeagueKerkyraKerkyra1-1PanathinaikosPanathinaikos9000
10.05.2015Greek Super LeaguePanathinaikosPanathinaikos3-1GianninaGiannina8101
20.05.2015Greek Super LeagueAsterasAsteras0-4PanathinaikosPanathinaikos7400
24.05.2015Greek Super LeaguePanathinaikosPanathinaikos2-0AtromitosAtromitos9001
27.05.2015Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK0-1PanathinaikosPanathinaikos7700
31.05.2015Greek Super LeaguePanathinaikosPanathinaikos2-0PAOKPAOK9000
03.06.2015Greek Super LeaguePanathinaikosPanathinaikos0-0AsterasAsteras900
07.06.2015Greek Super LeagueAtromitosAtromitos2-0PanathinaikosPanathinaikos6200
13.06.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundFaroe IslandsFaroe Islands2-1GreeceGreece4502
16.06.2015Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stagePolandPoland0-0GreeceGreece7100

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Sotiris Ninis
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 03/04/1990 (25)
  • Country: Greece
  • Squad number: 29
  • Club: Panathinaikos ( GRE)

  • Height: 173cm
  • Weight: 69kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (Round of 32)
    15/02/07: Lens 3-1 Panathinaikos
  • National team: UEFA European Under-19 Championship (Elite round)
    01/06/07: Croatia 2-2 Greece

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Greece U-2121
Greece U-19132

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 14/06/2015 01:15 CET
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