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Traianos Dellas
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Personal information
Full name Traianos Dellas
Τραϊανός Δέλλας
Date of birth January 31, 1976 (1976-01-31) (age 34)
Place of birth    Thessaloniki, Greece
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Centre Back, Sweeper
Club information
Current club Anorthosis Famagusta
Number 5
Youth career
1989–1993 Aris
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1993–1997
1994–1996
1997–1999
1999–2001
2001–2002
2002–2005
2005–2008
2008–
Aris
Panserraikos (loan)
Sheffield United
AEK Athens
Perugia
Roma
AEK Athens
Anorthosis Famagusta
032 0(5)
041 0(5)
026 0(3)
040 0(4)
0028 0(2)
068 0(5)
053 0(3)
0500 (3)   
National team2
1997–2001
2001–present
Greece U-21
Greece
Total
020 0(3)
053 0(1)
072 0(4)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 10 July 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 28 March 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Traianos Dellas (Greek: Τραϊανός Δέλλας, born 31 January 1976 in Thessaloniki) is a Greek footballer who currently plays in the centre back position for Anorthosis Famagusta and the Greek national football team. Dellas is known for being the only player to have scored a silver goal in the first half of extra time in a competitive match, in the Euro 2004 semi-final against the Czech Republic.

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Club career

Dellas got his start with Greek side Aris before moving on loan to Panserraikos. He then returned to Aris again before joining Sheffield United in England. He returned to Greece with AEK before securing a transfer to, Italian side, Perugia F.C.. However, Dellas was dropped from Perugia's first team after a disagreement over his contract and he did not make a single appearance in the last six months of the season, playing only eight matches overall. After leaving the club Dellas caught the attention of Serie A outfit AS Roma and he joined the team on a free transfer in 2002.[1]

After finally establishing himself as a starter following the move of coach Fabio Capello to Juventus, Dellas's play was outstanding. He earned the peculiar honour of being one of only three players (including playmaker Francesco Totti and striker Vincenzo Montella) who were not consistently booed by the fans during training and games during Roma's disastrous 2004-05 season. After failing to renew his contract with the club, Dellas became a free agent. He would eventually miss nearly 8 months of football due to back and hernia injuries and thus, expected offers from the big clubs of Europe failed to materialize.

In the summer of 2005 Dellas decided to return to Greece, joining old team AEK, where he rejoined his former teammate and good friend Demis Nikolaidis, the club's current president.[2] He renewed his contract in June 2007 for a further two years.[3] and became team captain. On 23 July 2008, Dellas and AEK agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent after failing to agree on a new contract.[4]

On 24 July 2008 agreed to sign a two year deal with Cypriot football club Anorthosis Famagusta.[5]

International career

Dellas earned his first cap for Greece in 2001 in a 2–2 draw with Croatia. Dellas had an exceptional tournament at Euro 2004, partnering Michalis Kapsis in the centre of what became an almost unpenetratable Greek defence, leading to him being voted onto the tournament all-star squad. He scored the goal that put Greece in the final of the tournament, a silver goal in the last minute of the first half of extra time against the Czech Republic to send Greece to the final.[6] This was the last silver goal scored in a major competition after the idea of silver goal was removed after Euro 2004. The coach of Greece called him 'the Colossus of Rhodes' in respect of his performances in the tournament and the moniker is now widely used in the press.[7] Since Euro 2004, Dellas has been a mainstay in Greece's defence helping the team qualify for Euro 2008 to defend its crown.[8]. Traianos Dellas made his contribution to help Greece to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Personal life

Dellas married the Greek model Gogo Mastrokosta on 11 September 2008.[9] They have one son.

Statistics

Last updated 2 June 2008

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1993/94 Aris Greece Beta Ethniki 6 0
1994/95 Panserraikos Greece Greek Super League 1 0
1995/96 Panserraikos Greece Beta Ethniki 19 1
1996/97 Aris Greece Greek Super League 21 4
1997/98 Sheffield United England Division One 9 0
1998/99 Sheffield United England Division One 17 3
1999/00 AEK Athens Greece Greek Super League 21 3
2000/01 AEK Athens Greece Greek Super League 19 1
2001/02 Perugia Italy Serie A 8 0
2002/03 Roma Italy Serie A 10 1
2003/04 Roma Italy Serie A 14 0
2004/05 Roma Italy Serie A 20 2
2005/06 AEK Athens Greece Greek Super League 6 0
2006/07 AEK Athens Greece Greek Super League 15 1
2007/08 AEK Athens Greece Greek Super League 22 2
2008/09 Anorthosis Famagusta Cyprus Cypriot First Division 23 1
Total 243 23

Honours

AEK Athens

Greece

Individual

A.S. Roma

AEK Athens F.C.

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kostas Katsouranis
AEK Athens captain
2006-2008
Succeeded by
Sotiris Kyrgiakos







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