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Nikos Nioplias
Personal information
Full name Nikolaos Nioplias
Date of birth January 17, 1965 (1965-01-17) (age 45)
Place of birth    Galatini, Greece
Playing position Manager
(former Midfielder)
Club information
Current club Panathinaikos
Youth career
1981-1982 AMS Galatinis
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1982-1993
1993-1996
1996-2002
2002-2004
OFI Crete
Panathinaikos
OFI Crete
Chalkidona
257 (34)
73 (6)
159 (30)
44 (0)   
National team
Greece 44 (1)
Teams managed
2005-2007
2007-2009
2009-
Greece U-19
Greece U-21
Panathinaikos FC

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Nikolaos "Nikos" Nioplias (Greek: Νίκος Νιόπλιας), born on 17 January 1965 is a Greek football manager and former international playmaker.

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Club career

His career began with OFI Crete FC in 1982, winning the Greek Cup in 1987, and he remained for a decade before moving to Panathinaikos FC. In his first season he won the cup again and in 1994/95 they completed the domestic double. The next season the Athens side retained the title and Nioplias played a vital role in their run to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. In 1996 he returned to OFI and remained for six seasons until a move to Halkidona FC, representing the newly-promoted side until summer 2004, when he ended his career having racked up 509 Greek top-flight appearances, second only to Mimis Domazos - 363 appearances with OFI FC.

International career

Meanwhile, he carved out a distinguished international career. Playing for Greece at the 1984 UEFA European Under-18 Championship finals, four years later he helped his nation to the final of the UEFA European U21 Championship. He graduated to the senior team, and was in the squad that qualified for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In all he won 44 caps,[1] and his move into coaching was no surprise as he was considered a natural instructor even on the pitch.

Coaching Success with the Under 19 and Under 21 Greek sides

After gaining a diploma in the Netherlands, in January 2005 he gained his first coaching role. Coach of the Greece National Under 19 Football Team. He proved an immediate success as he masterminded Greece's progress to these finals in late May with wins against Scotland, Austria and Slovakia. In the latter game, when Greece only needed a point, he played an attacking game for a 2-0 victory and explained: "We played to win, because we must never allow expedience to come into the picture for such young players. Football should be joyful and that's the idea we are trying to instill in them."[citation needed]

Nioplias lead Greece to the final of the U19 European Championship after remaining unbeaten in their group which featured Spain, Portugal and the host nation Austria. Greece than beat Germany 3:2 in the semi-final with a 90th minute header after Greece had a player sent off in the 60th minute. The final between Spain (who beat France in the other semi-final) and Greece was played on the 27/07 and Greece lost 1-0 despite a convincing second half display.

Nioplias was named coach of the Greece national under-21 football team in September 2007 after his success with Greece National Under 19 Football Team in Austria.

Panathinaikos

Nioplias was appointed as the Panathinaikos FC head coach, alongside with Krzysztof Warzycha on the 8th of December 2009, immediately after the former manager, Henk ten Cate, was released.[2] Nioplias stated: "It is a great honour for me to be the manager of Panathinaikos. Starting from today, we are getting to work. My goal is to achieve with the team as the manager, what i 've achieved as a player: To win titles." His debut game in charge resulted in a 0-1 win against Iraklis with Sotiris Ninis scoring the winner.

Palmeras

OFI Crete FC

Panathinaikos

References

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (2009-05-01). "Greece - Record International Players". RSSSF. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/grk-recintlp.html. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  2. ^ Club announcement Official Panathinaikos website
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