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Georgios "Giorgos" Karagounis (Greek: Γιώργος Καραγκούνης; born 6 March 1977) is a former Greek professional footballer. In his club career, Karagounis played as a midfielder for Panathinaikos, Apollon Smyrni, Internazionale, Benfica and Fulham. At international level, Karagounis represented Greece
Greece
between 1999 and 2014. He was a member of the UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2004-winning squad, and also represented Greece
Greece
at Euro 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup. With 139 appearances, he is the most capped player in the history of the Greece
Greece
national team.

Contents

1 Club career

1.1 Panathinaikos and Apollon Smyrni (loan) 1.2 Internazionale 1.3 Benfica 1.4 Panathinaikos 1.5 Fulham

2 International career

2.1 Early years 2.2 UEFA Euro 2004
UEFA Euro 2004
and beyond 2.3 UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2012 2.4 Qualifying for World Cup 2014 and record

3 Style of play 4 Career statistics

4.1 Club 4.2 International goals

5 Honours

5.1 Club 5.2 International

6 References 7 External links

Club career[edit] Panathinaikos and Apollon Smyrni (loan)[edit] Karagounis began his professional career in 1996 when he signed on loan for Apollon Smyrni from Panathinaikos. In his first couple of years with the Athens-based club, he already showed signs of his talent as a very energetic player in the centre of midfield who could also score goals. After two seasons with Apollon, he returned to his parent club Panathinaikos in 1998, the club where he learned his trade. At Panathinaikos he became a fixture in the first team for the next five years. Although Panathinaikos did not win the Alpha Ethniki
Alpha Ethniki
title during his spell due to several controversial reasons, including a ball-fixing scandal,[2] the team was always a title contender, and had good runs in both the UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
and the UEFA
UEFA
Cup, with Karagounis scoring important goals for the team. He scored 6 times in 24 league matches during his first season with the Greens, and in the 2000–01. In the UEFA
UEFA
Champions League, he appeared in all 12 of Panathanaikos' games, scoring a memorable goal from a direct free-kick against Manchester United at Old Trafford.[3] The following season, at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Karagounis scored a wonderful goal against Arsenal, beating David Seaman
David Seaman
with a header to help his team reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.[4] Internazionale[edit] In the summer of 2003, Karagounis left Panathinaikos to join Italian Serie A
Serie A
club Internazionale. During his first season with Inter, he was not a regular starter in the league, mainly appearing in European and Coppa Italia
Coppa Italia
matches. At the end of his first season in Italy, despite Karagounis spending a lot of time on the substitutes' bench, Inter could only finish a disappointing fourth, with city rivals Milan winning the title. However, he performed well enough to be called up to represent Greece
Greece
at UEFA Euro 2004
UEFA Euro 2004
in Portugal. After helping Greece
Greece
win that tournament, he returned to Italy for the 2004–05 season. Under Roberto Mancini, he was again mainly used in European and domestic Coppa Italia
Coppa Italia
matches rather than in Serie A matches. He won the 2004–05 Coppa Italia, helping Inter beat Roma in the final. At the end of the 2004–05 season, Inter finished third in Serie A, with Juventus winning the title. Inter also reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, suffering elimination by Milan. Benfica[edit] In 2005, Karagounis moved to Portugal to sign a three-year contract with Benfica,[5] who are based at the Estádio da Luz, the stadium where he won the Euro 2004 final with Greece.[6] Karagounis scored a couple of memorable long-range goals while in Portugal,[7] against Shakhtar Donetsk, and a free-kick against Desportivo das Aves.[8] Karagounis' first season at Benfica was challenging, as he had difficulty establishing himself as a first-team regular. However, he became a regular starter in his second season, putting in some excellent performances and becoming a fan favourite, who were by this time managed by Fernando Santos, who already knew Karagounis from their time together at Panathinaikos. After a successful stint with Benfica, Karagounis seemed ready to return to play in Greece, again for Panathinaikos. Karagounis would return to the Estádio da Luz to play for a Benfica All-Stars team in a charity match against a team that included Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane
and Ronaldo in 2010.[9] Panathinaikos[edit] Karagounis' contract with Benfica was due to expire in July 2008, but his immediate departure was negotiated due to personal issues.[10] After his release in the summer of 2007, Karagounis immediately returned to Panathinaikos, signing for the club for the next three years.[10] He quickly re-established himself in the team again, scoring key goals, especially in Europe. With his acquisition by the Athenians regarded as the start of a new era at the club, Karagounis emerged not only as a leading figure at club level, but for Greece
Greece
as well. He established himself as the captain of the national team. Karagounis' grit and dedication continued to give Panathinaikos an edge as the team made progress in Europe.[11] On 3 September 2009, Karagounis extended his stay until 2012 and stated he wanted to end his career at the club.[12] As captain of the team, he won his second Superleague title and the Greek Cup. A 79th-minute strike by Karagounis secured Panathinaikos three UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa League
points in Group F.[13] Fulham[edit]

Giorgos Karagounis
Giorgos Karagounis
playing for Fulham in May 2013

On 11 September 2012, Karagounis left Panathinaikos to join English Premier League
Premier League
side Fulham on a free transfer.[14] Karagounis became the eighth Greek player from the Euro 2004-winning side to play in the Premier League, after Nikos Dabizas, Stelios Giannakopoulos, Vassilios Lakis, Theodoros Zagorakis, Angelos Basinas and Kostas Chalkias. Speaking at Fulham's Motspur Park Training Ground, Karagounis said, "I'm delighted to have signed for Fulham Football Club and I am excited by a new challenge in England and the Premier League. I'm looking forward to working under Martin Jol
Martin Jol
and playing alongside some fantastic players at this Club." Then-Fulham manager Martin Jol
Martin Jol
added, " Giorgos Karagounis
Giorgos Karagounis
has a wealth of club and international experience and I'm happy that he's joined us for this season. He's been an influential player for his club sides and is a renowned player in world football as he's about to become the most-capped player for Greece. He brings many certain qualities to our squad." [15] Karagounis made his debut for the club in the Premier League
Premier League
on 29 September 2012, against Manchester City at Craven Cottage, coming on in the 81st minute to replace Chris Baird.[16] Karagounis played the full 90 minutes for Fulham in their 4–0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield. He scored his first goal in England on 5 January 2013 in the FA Cup
FA Cup
against Blackpool in the 80th minute, with a "stunning 25-yard half-volley" which went in off the underside of the crossbar; the match ended 1–1.[17] On 12 January 2013, a week after his FA Cup strike, he scored his first Premier League
Premier League
goal against Wigan Athletic in the 22nd minute.[18] Karagounis was 1 of 12 players released by Fulham at the end of the 2012–13 season.[19] However, Karagounis declared his interest to return to Fulham through his agent Paschalis Tountouris.[20] On 9 July 2013, Karagounis signed a new one-year deal to rejoin Fulham.[21][22] In his second season with the Cottagers, Karagounis scored his only goal in a 4–3 loss for League Cup against Leicester City when he equalised with just three minutes to play, but could not prevent Leicester from scoring a late winner.[23] Karagounis suffered from muscle problems throughout the season, but on 19 April 2014, he came on as a substitute in his last match for the club in a 3–1 away defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.[24] Fulham was relegated from the Premier League
Premier League
at the end of the season. Karagounis was one of nine players released by Fulham in the summer of 2014.[25][26] International career[edit]

Karagounis captaining Greece
Greece
in 2010

Early years[edit] Karagounis captained Greece's entry to the 1998 UEFA
UEFA
Under-21 Championship, and the team came very close to winning, losing 1–0 to Spain in the final. After that, he soon became a regular on the national team. He made his first full international appearance against El Salvador in 1999 and went on to appear in qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. UEFA Euro 2004
UEFA Euro 2004
and beyond[edit] The highlight of his international career was undoubtedly winning the UEFA European Championship
UEFA European Championship
for Greece
Greece
at Euro 2004. He was a key player for Greece
Greece
and famously scored the first goal of the tournament against Portugal, a stunning long-range shot that shocked the hosts and gave Greece
Greece
the confidence they needed to win the game and progress in the tournament.[27] After winning Euro 2004, Karagounis continued to play on a regular basis for Greece
Greece
in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign and the Euro 2008 finals. On 26 March 2008, Karagounis participated in a Greece–Portugal friendly match in Düsseldorf. This proved to be somewhat of a highlight of his international career, as he scored two almost identical well-placed free-kicks to give Greece
Greece
a 2–1 victory.[28] Karagounis, as a captain of Greece, contributed to the nation's qualification for the 2010 World Cup. As captain, he led Greece
Greece
to its first win in a World Cup match with a 2–1 win against Nigeria. On 8 October 2010, against Latvia, Karagounis reached 100 international appearances, equaling the record of his former Greece
Greece
teammate Angelos Basinas. On 12 October 2010, Karagounis made his 101st appearance, becoming the second-most capped player in Greek footballing history, behind Theodoros Zagorakis, and scoring his seventh goal in the victory against the Israel national team. On 7 October 2011, Karagounis was awarded by Zagorakis and Basinas for reaching 111 appearances with Greece. The awarding ceremony took place at the Karaiskakis Stadium
Karaiskakis Stadium
in Athens
Athens
before Greece's kickoff against Croatia. UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2012[edit]

Karagounis' penalty at Euro 2012, saved by Polish goalkeeper Przemysław Tytoń

On 8 June 2012, Poland played with Greece
Greece
on the opening day of Euro 2012. Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny
Wojciech Szczęsny
fouled Greek international Dimitris Salpingidis, resulting in a red card for Szczęsny. Karagounis took the penalty against substitute goalkeeper Przemysław Tytoń, who saved Karagounis' penalty.[29] On 16 June 2012, Karagounis started the final match of Group A against Russia, making him Greece's joint-most capped player with 120 caps, together with Theodoros Zagorakis. Karagopunis scored the only goal of the match, at the stroke of half-time.[30] This meant Greece
Greece
qualified for the next stage of the competition. The second half was slightly less dramatic but had its share of talking points. Coming off a significant goal, Karagounis made a mad dash to the Russian box. The captain looked like he was going to score another, but his leg was caught by a Russian defender. Karagounis was adamant he had earned a penalty, but the referee was not impressed and booked him for simulation. Karagounis received his second yellow card of the tournament, forcing him to miss the quarter-finals.[31][32]

"Karagounis is heir to the Greek and international football"

- Marca (newspaper)
Marca (newspaper)
about Karagounis.[33]

Qualifying for World Cup 2014 and record[edit] On 12 October 2012, Karagounis played in the second half in the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match, making the 121st appearance for his country. With this match, he set a new record of most caps for Greece, surpassing Zagorakis. He also scored a free-kick goal against the Liechtenstein national football team. Karagounis played another inspiring and energetic role throughout the qualifying campaign and helped lead to its third World Cup finals appearance. Despite the waning number of starts for the 37-year-old, his influence was still large for Greece. Greece
Greece
head coach Fernando Santos, who worked with Karagounis at both Panathinaikos and Benfica, held him in high regard due to the sureness the veteran exudes. "We have confidence and know we can beat any opponent," Karagounis said during World Cup qualifying.[34] Karagounis played the entire 120 minutes of the match between Costa Rica and Greece
Greece
for the World Cup 2014, consisting of 90 minutes of regular time and 30 minutes of extra time. Karagounis retired from international football after Greece's World Cup elimination in a penalty shootout loss to Costa Rica. He left as the nation's most capped player with 139 appearances over 15 years since making his debut in 1999. Greece's goalscorer in the Costa Rica match, defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, paid tribute to his departing leader: "He's written his own story ... he's the record holder [of caps], he's given everything for the team and had to make concessions for it... He's left us a legacy for the future. He shouldn't worry." [35][36] Style of play[edit] As a midfielder, Karagounis was short in stature, standing at 5 feet nine inches. He was largely known for his tough, gritty play on the field. He gained many comparisons to "The General", Mimis Domazos. Karagounis was known for his dribbling, and creative passing, especially the accuracy of his long passes. Karagounis was described as a "dogged worker in the midfield and a deliverer of fine set plays".[37][38] During his career he was one of the finer set piece exponents in Europe. His dribbling was noted as one of his strengths, with Karagounis able to win his own free kicks as well as provide a sometimes-laboured attack with bursts of energy. He also possessed a shooting ability from distance and combined his varied attacking talents with an aggression in midfield that made him able to win the ball back, as well as produce with it at his feet. [39] Career statistics[edit] Club[edit]

As of 23 May 2014[40][41]

Club performance League Cup Europe Total

Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals

Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total

1996–97 Apollon Smyrni Alpha Ethniki 31 2 2 0 – 33 2

1997–98 24 7 2 0 – 26 7

1998–99 Panathinaikos Alpha Ethniki 24 6 5 1 0 0 29 7

1999–00 27 9 4 2 5 0 36 11

2000–01 23 4 5 2 14 1 42 7

2001–02 21 3 5 0 15 3 41 6

2002–03 23 3 3 0 10 0 36 3

Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total

2003–04 Internazionale Serie A 9 0 3 0 4 0 16 0

2004–05 12 0 5 0 3 0 20 0

Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Total

2005–06 Benfica Primeira Liga 19 1 4 0 7 0 30 1

2006–07 26 2 2 0 9 0 37 2

Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total

2007–08 Panathinaikos Superleague Greece 32 6 2 0 6 0 40 6

2008–09 24 7 1 0 10 3 35 10

2009–10 24 2 5 0 12 1 41 3

2010–11 28 0 2 0 4 0 34 0

2011–12 25 1 2 0 3 0 30 1

England League FA Cup/League Cup Europe Total

2012–13 Fulham Premier League 25 1 3 1 – 28 2

2013–14 14 0 5 1 – 19 1

Career Total 411 54 60 7 102 8 573 69

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition

1. 5 September 2001 Helsinki, Finland  Finland 5–1 Loss 2002 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualifier

2. 13 February 2002 Thessaloniki, Greece  Sweden 2–2 Draw Friendly Match

3. 12 June 2004 Porto, Portugal  Portugal 1–2 Win UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2004

4. 30 March 2005 Athens, Greece  Albania 2–0 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualifier

5. 26 March 2008 Düsseldorf, Germany  Portugal 1–2 Win Friendly Match

6. 26 March 2008 Düsseldorf, Germany  Portugal 1–2 Win Friendly Match

7. 12 October 2010 Athens, Greece  Israel 2–1 Win UEFA Euro 2012
UEFA Euro 2012
qualifier

8. 15 November 2011 Altach, Austria  Romania 1–3 Loss Friendly Match

9. 16 June 2012 Warsaw, Poland  Russia 1–0 Win UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2012

10. 15 October 2013 Piraeus, Greece  Liechtenstein 2–0 Win 2014 FIFA World Cup
2014 FIFA World Cup
qualifier

Honours[edit] Club[edit]

Internazionale

Coppa Italia: 2004–05

Panathinaikos

Superleague Greece: 2009–10 Greek Cup: 2009–10

International[edit]

Greece

European Championship: 2004

Greece
Greece
U21

European Under-21 Championship: Runner-up 1998

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External links[edit]

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Greece
Greece
squads

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Greece
Greece
squad – UEFA Euro 2004
UEFA Euro 2004
winners (1st title)

1 Nikopolidis 2 Seitaridis 3 Venetidis 4 Dabizas 5 Dellas 6 Basinas 7 Zagorakis (c) 8 Giannakopoulos 9 Charisteas 10 Tsiartas 11 Nikolaidis 12 Chalkias 13 Katergiannakis 14 Fyssas 15 Vryzas 16 Kafes 17 Georgiadis 18 Goumas 19 Kapsis 20 Karagounis 21 Katsouranis 22 Papadopoulos 23 Lakis Coach: Rehhagel

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Greece
Greece
squad – 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup

1 Nikopolidis 2 Seitaridis 3 Vyntra 4 Tavlaridis 5 Kyrgiakos 6 Basinas 7 Zagorakis (c) 8 Giannakopoulos 9 Charisteas 10 Tsiartas 11 Papadopoulos 12 Chalkias 13 Sifakis 14 Fyssas 15 Vryzas 16 Kafes 17 Amanatidis 18 Goumas 19 Kapsis 20 Karagounis 21 Katsouranis 22 Gekas 23 Lakis Coach: Rehhagel

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Greece
Greece
squad – UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2008

1 Nikopolidis 2 Seitaridis 3 Patsatzoglou 4 Spyropoulos 5 Dellas 6 Basinas (c) 7 Samaras 8 Giannakopoulos 9 Charisteas 10 Karagounis 11 Vyntra 12 Chalkias 13 Tzorvas 14 Salpingidis 15 Torosidis 16 Kyrgiakos 17 Gekas 18 Goumas 19 Antzas 20 Amanatidis 21 Katsouranis 22 Tziolis 23 Liberopoulos Coach: Rehhagel

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Greece
Greece
squad – 2010 FIFA World Cup

1 Chalkias 2 Seitaridis 3 Patsatzoglou 4 Spyropoulos 5 Moras 6 Tziolis 7 Samaras 8 Papadopoulos 9 Charisteas 10 Karagounis (c) 11 Vyntra 12 Tzorvas 13 Sifakis 14 Salpingidis 15 Torosidis 16 Kyrgiakos 17 Gekas 18 Ninis 19 Papastathopoulos 20 Kapetanos 21 Katsouranis 22 Malezas 23 Prittas Coach: Rehhagel

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Greece
Greece
squad – UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2012

1 Chalkias 2 Maniatis 3 Tzavellas 4 Malezas 5 K. Papadopoulos 6 Makos 7 Samaras 8 A. Papadopoulos 9 Liberopoulos 10 Karagounis (c) 11 Mitroglou 12 Tzorvas 13 Sifakis 14 Salpingidis 15 Torosidis 16 Fotakis 17 Gekas 18 Ninis 19 Papastathopoulos 20 Holebas 21 Katsouranis 22 Fortounis 23 Fetfatzidis Coach: Santos

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Greece
Greece
squad – 2014 FIFA World Cup

1 Karnezis 2 Maniatis 3 Tzavellas 4 Manolas 5 Moras 6 Tziolis 7 Samaras 8 Kone 9 Mitroglou 10 Karagounis (c) 11 Vyntra 12 Glykos 13 Kapino 14 Salpingidis 15 Torosidis 16 Christodoulopoulos 17 Gekas 18 Fetfatzidis 19 Papastathopoulos 20 Holebas 21 Katsouranis 22 Samaris 23 Tachtsidis

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