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Ieroklis Stoltidis

Ieroklis Stoltidis (; born 2 February 1975 in Mavrodendri), also known as "Iéro", is a retired Greece Football (soccer), who played as a midfielder. He's well known as a passionate, determined anchorman with tremendous mental and physical courage.

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Ieroklis Stoltidis (; born 2 February 1975 in Mavrodendri), also known as "Iéro", is a retired Greece Football (soccer), who played as a midfielder. He's well known as a passionate, determined anchorman with tremendous mental and physical courage.
Although actually a famous person in Norway, because of Ieroklis Stoltidis ugly attack at Rosenborg's aspiring, 18 year old midfielder, Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Ieroklis Stoltidis has always been known for Ieroklis Stoltidis sportmanship on the pitch.

Stoltidis started Ieroklis Stoltidis footballing career with the club Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. before moving to Olympiacos F.C. in the year 2003. Ieroklis Stoltidis was signed to replace Zé Elias at Olympiacos CFP.

Stoltidis started out with Pontioi Kozanis FC in the Greek Fourth Division before signing for Iraklis FC, where Ieroklis Stoltidis spent eleven years. Ieroklis Stoltidis made Ieroklis Stoltidis Alpha Ethniki debut for the Thessaloniki-based club in December 1992 but did not become a regular until 1995-96 in Greek football. The following term Ieroklis Stoltidis played UEFA Cup football for the first time. Stoltidis stood out in 2002-03 in Greek football and was named the club's player of the season. In June 2003, after 234 Alpha Ethniki matches, Ieroklis Stoltidis left for Olympiacos CFP, signing a two-year contract.

Crucial goals against eventual champions Panathinaikos FC and AEK Athens FC in 2003-04 in Greek football endeared Ieroklis Stoltidis to supporters. Stoltidis also relished Ieroklis Stoltidis first taste of UEFA Champions League football, scoring twice in five appearances.

A regular in Dusan Bajevic's side in 2004-05 in Greek football, Ieroklis Stoltidis played 25 league matches and scored twice. Ieroklis Stoltidis appeared in all 540 minutes of the Champions League campaign and scored the winner at home against eventual champions Liverpool FC. In the same season, Ieroklis Stoltidis won the Alpha Ethniki as well as the Greek football Cup with Olympiakos.

During the 2005-06 in Greek football, Ieroklis Stoltidis started in the first eleven in the Greek El Clasico, Panathinaikos F.C. vs Olympiacos F.C., and went on to score in Olympiakos' 0–2 victory. . Stoltidis finished the 2005/06 season with another Olympiakos double as well as the award for Greek Footballer of the Year.

The 2007-08 in Greek football would once again prove successful for Stoltidis. One half of Takis Lemonis defensive midfiled duo, Akis formed a strong partnership with Argentina national football team Cristian Raul Ledesma. Stoltidis also continued Ieroklis Stoltidis streak of Champions League success, this time helping Olympiakos finish second and gaining entry into the Round of 16. Finishing the group stages with 3 goals and 2 assists, Stoltidis pulled off some of the most memorable performances of Ieroklis Stoltidis career, most notably the 1–3 and 3–0 victories against SV Werder Bremen where Stoltidis found the back of the net 3 times.

Stoltidis was a member of the Greece side defeated in the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship final by Spain national under-21 football team. In November 1999, Ieroklis Stoltidis made Ieroklis Stoltidis debut for the Greece national football team and Ieroklis Stoltidis went on to represent Greece at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Despite performing at a high rate for Ieroklis Stoltidis club Olympiakos, Ieroklis Stoltidis was left out of the UEFA Euro 2004 championship winning squad and the FIFA World Cup 2006 or UEFA Euro 2008 campaigns. Finally, after years of media speculation, Stoltidis was called to the National Team under Rehhagel for a friendly against the Czech national football team. Ieroklis Stoltidis declined the invitation stating "I'm no longer at an age where I can perform on all those fronts at the required level. Apart from my gratitude to the fans for their support, I want to assure them that, had this call come earlier in my career, when I was capable of competing on all fronts at a high level, I would have put myself at the disposal of the coach without hesitation."

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ieroklis_Stoltidis

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