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: 18/05/2014 02:26 CET
15.08.2012Friendlies 2014-16First roundNorwayNorway2-3GreeceGreece4400
07.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundLatviaLatvia1-2GreeceGreece2200
11.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece2-0LithuaniaLithuania9011
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundSlovakiaSlovakia0-1GreeceGreece6600
14.11.2012Friendlies 2014-16First roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland0-1GreeceGreece6000
14.08.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundAustriaAustria0-2GreeceGreece2800
06.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundLiechtensteinLiechtenstein0-1GreeceGreece4400
10.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece1-0LatviaLatvia9000
14.09.2013Greek Super LeagueVeriaVeria1-2PAOKPAOK9000
19.09.2013UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stagePAOKPAOK2-1ShakhterShakhter8500
26.09.2013Greek CupSecond roundPAOKPAOK3-0Anagennisi KarditsaAnagennisi Karditsa6600
03.10.2013UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageAZAZ1-1PAOKPAOK7600
06.10.2013Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK2-1PanathinaikosPanathinaikos8100
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece1-0SlovakiaSlovakia3200
19.10.2013Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK2-0AsterasAsteras9000
24.10.2013UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stagePAOKPAOK3-2M. HaifaM. Haifa6010
27.10.2013Greek Super LeaguePanthrakikosPanthrakikos0-3PAOKPAOK6600
02.11.2013Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK2-1ErgotelisErgotelis5300
07.11.2013UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageM. HaifaM. Haifa0-0PAOKPAOK6200
10.11.2013Greek Super LeagueOlympiacosOlympiacos4-0PAOKPAOK2000
28.11.2013UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageShakhterShakhter0-2PAOKPAOK8300
09.01.2014Greek CupThird roundIraklisIraklis0-1PAOKPAOK9000
26.01.2014Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK4-1VeriaVeria1200
05.02.2014Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK5-0OFIOFI6400
09.02.2014Greek Super LeaguePanathinaikosPanathinaikos2-1PAOKPAOK5400
20.02.2014UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32PAOKPAOK0-1BenficaBenfica6300
27.02.2014UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32BenficaBenfica3-0PAOKPAOK700
30.03.2014Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK2-1KalloniKalloni9000
13.04.2014Greek Super LeagueLevadiakosLevadiakos3-2PAOKPAOK9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Sotiris Ninis
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 03/04/1990 (24)
  • Country: Greece
  • Squad number: 77
  • Club: PAOK ( GRE)

  • Height: 173cm
  • Weight: 69kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Europa League 2013/14
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • 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: 28/02/2014 01:45 CET
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