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Michalis Konstantinou

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Michalis Konstantinou biography


Michalis Konstantinou (Greek language: Μιχάλης Κωνσταντίνου,
born February 19, 1978 in Paralimni, Cyprus) is a Cyprus football (soccer) striker. Michalis Konstantinou plays for the Cyprus national football team, and is already the all-time leading scorer with 32 goals in 82 appearances.
Michalis Konstantinou played for Panathinaikos FC and Olympiacos FC. Michalis Konstantinou currently plays for Anorthosis Famagusta FC.

Club career

Early

Michalis Konstantinou got Michalis Konstantinou start in professional football playing for Cypriot side Enosis Neon Paralimni FC, for whom Michalis Konstantinou scored 17 goals in 25 games in the 1996/97 season and became top goal scorer of Cypriot First Division.

Iraklis Thessaloniki

Picked up by Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. in Greece in 1997-98 in Greek football, Michalis Konstantinou four seasons produced a total of 61 goals in 119 appearances as Michalis Konstantinou also played in the UEFA Cup.

Panathinaikos

In 2001-02 in Greek football, in a deal which took three Panathinaikos FC players to Iraklis, Konstantinou transferred to Panathinaikos for €11.3 million. It was a great purchase, but many believed that the young Cypriot striker was worth less than the expenditure of € 11.3 million made by Panathinaikos FC - the highest figure ever paid for a player of Cyprus. With Panathinaikos had the opportunity to play in the Champions League, earning praise for Michalis Konstantinou performance in attack. There Michalis Konstantinou found with the Portuguese players Paulo Sousa and later Robert Jarni, taking Panathinakos a long way in the competition. Michalis Konstantinou scored a beautiful goal in the Nou Camp return in the quarter-final against Barcelona in the Champions 2001/02. Panathinaikos seemed to ensure its marking the semi-finals, as they were needed 3 goals to go to the Spaniards. Barça, however, came back and won 3-1, qualifying for the semifinals.

In 2004-05 in Greek football Michalis Konstantinou had 15 goals. Konstantinou scored against the champions in a 1–0 home win, at the end of the season Konstantinou did not renew with Panathinaikos, because Michalis Konstantinou stated that Michalis Konstantinou was going to continue Michalis Konstantinou footballing career in a league of higher value in order to gain better experience.

That summer though, Michalis Konstantinou was not signed by a club overseas and was signed by Olympiacos FC.

Olympiakos

As an Olympiacos FC player Michalis Konstantinou won with Michalis Konstantinou team the double for 2005-06 in Greek football and made it two in Michalis Konstantinou career. At the Greek Cup final in 2005/06, where Olympiacos beat AEK Athens FC 3–0, Konstantinou scored Olympiacos' first goal. Michalis Konstantinou also notably scored a late strike to make it 1–2 in the early season league victory of Olympiacos against AEK Athens FC (final score 1–3) and a crowd-pleaser against Michalis Konstantinou former team, Panathinaikos, to make it 3–1 (match ended 3–2). Michalis Konstantinou became for the second consecutive time champion again with Olympiakos in 2006-07 in Greek football, even though the season was full of personal injuries and bad luck, Michalis Konstantinou still managed to perform well on some important matches, most notably scoring on the away UEFA Champions League match at Shakhtar Donetsk. During the 2007–2008 season, Michalis Konstantinou has suffered from injuries and has lost Michalis Konstantinou starting position to Darko Kovacevic. It was the last season at Olympiakos.

Iraklis Thessaloniki

Konstantinou started the 2008–09 season in Greece at Iraklis F.C. where Michalis Konstantinou started Michalis Konstantinou career in Greece in 1997. Michalis Konstantinou spent some seasons at Iraklis F.C. before going to Panathinaikos FC back in 1997. Here Michalis Konstantinou played 13 matches of which Michalis Konstantinou scored 3 goals.

Omonoia Nicosia

Halfway through the 2008–2009 season, Konstantinou was transferred to Cyprus to play for Cypriot team AC Omonoia. During the 2009–2010 season, Michalis Konstantinou scored several goals for the club, including in derbies against rivals APOEL F.C., Anorthosis Famagusta, and Apollon Limassol. After taking a leadership and mentor role with the team in Michalis Konstantinou first full season in 2010, Konstantinou helped lead AC Omonoia to its 20th Cypriot First Division and in the club Michalis Konstantinou found Michalis Konstantinou couch Takis Lemonis that was also Michalis Konstantinou coach in Olympiacos FC.

Anorthosis Famagusta

On Summer 2011, Konstantinou signed a contract with Anorthosis Famagusta FC.

International career

Michalis Konstantinou made Michalis Konstantinou international debut against Albania national football team in August 1998 and subsequently averaged almost a goal every other game in Michalis Konstantinou first 35 caps. Michalis Konstantinou first two goals came the February 10 1999 against San Marino national football team at Tsirion Stadium (final score 4–0).

International goals





Honours

Panathinaikos FC
- Greek Super League (1): 2003–04 Alpha Ethniki
- Greek football Cup (1): 2003-04 Greek Cup

Olympiacos F.C.
- Greek Super League (3): 2005–06 Alpha Ethniki, 2006–07 Super League Greece, 2007–08 Super League Greece
- Greek football Cup (2): 2005–06 Greek Cup, 2007–08 Greek Cup
- Greek Super Cup (1) Greek Super Cup

AC Omonia
- Cypriot First Division: Cypriot First Division 2009-10
- Cypriot Cup: 2010–11 Cypriot Cup
- LTV Super Cup: LTV Super Cup

Individual
- Cypriot Top Scorer
1996–97 – Enosis Neon Paralimni FC

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

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