Giorgos Karagounis

  • Date of birth : 06/03/1977
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Greece Greece
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Giorgos Karagounis

A long-standing Greek international midfielder and latter-day captain, Giorgos Karagounis is a legendary figure at Athens club Panathinaikos FC, where he has spent the bulk of his career – interspersed with spells abroad in Italy and Portugal. He reached 100 international caps during the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign.

• Joined Panathinaikos in his teens and though he did not win a major domestic honour with the Greens over the next five years, he shone for the club in Europe, notably in 2000/01 and 2001/02 when the Athens outfit had lengthy runs in the UEFA Champions League.

• The captain of the Greece side that finished runners-up to Spain at the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, he made his senior debut the following year, against El Salvador, and soon became a regular in Otto Rehhagel's side.

• Scored the opening goal of UEFA EURO 2004 with a low drive as Greece upset hosts Portugal 2-1, but was suspended for the final against the same opponents three weeks later as Greece captured the European title in Lisbon.

• Joined FC Internazionale Milano from Panathinaikos in 2003, becoming only the second Greek to play for the Italian club (after Grigoris Georgatos) but despite winning his first club trophy − the Coppa Italia, in his second season − he featured only intermittently for the Nerazzurri.

• Moved to SL Benfica in 2005 and thrived under coach Fernando Santos in 2006/07, helping the team reach the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

• Remained a consistent performer for his country, starting every one of Greece's 12 qualifying matches for UEFA EURO 2008, scoring both goals in a March 2008 friendly against Portugal (2-1) and featuring prominently at the finals in Austria.

• Back at Panathinaikos, he skippered the club to a Greek double in 2009/10 prior to making his FIFA World Cup bow at the finals in South Africa, where he was the team captain and started all three matches.

• Retained his place as national-team skipper under new coach Fernando Santos (his former boss at Benfica) and won his 100th cap in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying victory over Latvia in Piraeus on 8 October 2010.

• Karagounis received his commemorative cap and medal from UEFA to mark his century of international appearances before he captained Greece to a 2-0 victory against Croatia on 7 October 2011. "It was a special night for us," he said. "The awards made it special and then came this victory after a hard-fought match. We are all happy and proud."

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

Last updated: 08/12/13 7.38CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 14/04/2014 04:00 CET
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece0-0Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina2300
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundSlovakiaSlovakia0-1GreeceGreece2400
06.02.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundGreeceGreece0-0SwitzerlandSwitzerland5800
22.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina3-1GreeceGreece9000
07.06.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundLithuaniaLithuania0-1GreeceGreece9000
17.08.2013English Premier LeagueSunderlandSunderland0-1FulhamFulham2500
24.08.2013English Premier LeagueFulhamFulham1-3ArsenalArsenal1500
27.08.2013English League CupSecond roundBurtonBurton2-2
06.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundLiechtensteinLiechtenstein0-1GreeceGreece2300
10.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece1-0LatviaLatvia1600
24.09.2013English League CupThird roundFulhamFulham2-1EvertonEverton9001
28.09.2013English Premier LeagueFulhamFulham1-2CardiffCardiff8300
05.10.2013English Premier LeagueFulhamFulham1-0StokeStoke6000
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece1-0SlovakiaSlovakia1400
15.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece2-0LiechtensteinLiechtenstein9010
29.10.2013English League CupFourth roundLeicesterLeicester4-3FulhamFulham9011
09.11.2013English Premier LeagueLiverpoolLiverpool4-0FulhamFulham700
15.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentGreeceGreece3-1RomaniaRomania1300
19.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentRomaniaRomania1-1GreeceGreece7301
30.11.2013English Premier LeagueWest HamWest Ham3-0FulhamFulham1200
04.12.2013English Premier LeagueFulhamFulham1-2TottenhamTottenham6200
08.12.2013English Premier LeagueFulhamFulham2-0Aston VillaAston Villa7300
14.12.2013English Premier LeagueEvertonEverton4-1FulhamFulham7800
21.12.2013English Premier LeagueFulhamFulham2-4Man. CityMan. City8200
28.12.2013English Premier LeagueHullHull6-0FulhamFulham7400
14.01.2014English FA CupThird round - ReplayFulhamFulham3-0NorwichNorwich9000
26.01.2014English FA CupFourth roundSheff. UnitedSheff. United1-1FulhamFulham9000
01.03.2014English Premier LeagueFulhamFulham1-3ChelseaChelsea1100
05.03.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundGreeceGreece0-2Korea Rep.Korea Rep.4400
08.03.2014English Premier LeagueCardiffCardiff3-1FulhamFulham4000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Giorgos Karagounis
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (age): 06/03/1977 (36)
  • Country: Greece
  • Squad number: 14
  • Club: Fulham ( ENG)

  • Height: 176cm
  • Weight: 74kg

  • Currently playing:
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    16/09/99: Gorica 0-1 Panathinaikos
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    06/11/91: Greece 4-1 Denmark

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Greece U-21249
Greece U-1852
Greece U-1673

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 08/01/2014 12:15 CET
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