|Full name||Ioannis Okkas|
|Date of birth||11 February 1977|
|Place of birth||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Deep-lying striker, left winger|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 7 September 2014|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:57, 11 October 2011
Ioannis "Giannis" Okkas (Greek : Γιάννης Οκκάς; born 11 February 1977 in Larnaca) is a retired Cypriot football striker and a football manager. He was also the captain of the Cyprus national football team for many years and he is the 2nd leading scorer of all time just behind Michalis Konstantinou, scoring in total 27 goals for Cyprus. With 106 national caps since 1997, Okkas has made more appearances for Cyprus than any other player in history.
Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.
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Okkas started his career with Nea Salamina in the 1993–94 season, aged 17.He scored the second goal in Anorthosis' 3–1 win against Apollon Limassol for the 1997–98 Cypriot Cup final. In the summer of 1997 he transferred to Anorthosis Famagusta for a reported fee of £350,000. In 2000 Okkas signed for Greek Superleague club PAOK for a reported 900 million greek drachmas fee. In 2003 Okkas signed for AEK. After being release from his AEK contract, due to the club's financial problems, Okkas signed for Olympiakos. His league debut for Olympiacos was marked by Okkas' scoring the very first goal for Olympiacos, in the newly built Karaiskakis Stadium.
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In 2007, after trials with West Ham and Derby County, Okkas became the first Cypriot player to move to Spain, signing a contract with Celta Vigo.In 2008, he returned to Cyprus to play for Omonia. Okkas was released from Omonoia, in June 2009, after confronting manager Takis Lemonis on his playing position. In 2009, he returned to Anorthosis, signing a three-year contract with the club. After being released by Anorthosis, Ermis Aradippou became the fourth, and last, team, Okkas would play in the Cypriot First Division. He debuted for Ermis, in an away defeat against APOEL. In his second match for Ermis, Okkas scored twice to help the club get past ENP.
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Okkas debuted for Cyprus on 15 February 1997 in a friendly 2–3 home loss against Poland.He made his competitive debut in a match against Russia, on 29 March 1997, for the 1998 World Cup qualifying stage. Four days later he scored his first goal for Cyprus in a 4–1 away defeat against Bulgaria.
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He scored three goals in his side's failed attempts to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, and was also on target in Euro 2004's qualifying stage, notably against France, in which Cyprus lost 1–2, but with fine displays from Okkas, including a delicate chip that left French keeper Grégory Coupet completely stranded.
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On 15 November 2006, Okkas netted in a surprising Euro 2008 qualifier draw with giants Germany. He started captaining the national squad since the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
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On 8 October 2010, Okkas reached 100 appearances for Cyprus national football team in a 1–2 home loss against Norway, in match that he managed to score his 26th goal for Cyprus.
On 11 October 2011, he played for the last time with the national side, in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group H match against Norway in Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, where he scored his last goal for the Cypriot national team.After fifteen full playing years as the captain for Cyprus, Okkas announced his retirement from international football on 2 March 2012. At the time of his retirement Okkas wast the most capped player for Cyprus and the second all-time scorer.
|1||2 April 1997||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||3–1||4–1||1998 World Cup qualifying|
|2||5 February 1998||Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|3||6 February 2000||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||1–0||3–2||Cyprus International Tournament|
|4||15 November 2000||Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus||1–0||5–0||2002 World Cup qualifying|
|5||15 November 2000||Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus||2–0||5–0||2002 World Cup qualifying|
|6||28 February 2001||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||1–1||4–3||Cyprus International Tournament|
|7||28 March 2001||Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus||2–0||2–2||2002 World Cup qualifying|
|8||14 November 2001||Kesariani Stadium, Athens, Greece||0–1||1–2||Friendly|
|9||7 September 2002||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||1–0||1–2||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|10||20 November 2002||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||2–0||2–1||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|11||9 October 2004||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||2–2||2–2||2006 World Cup qualifying|
|12||17 November 2004||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||1–1||1–2||2006 World Cup qualifying|
|13||26 March 2005||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|14||1 March 2006||Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|15||11 October 2006||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||3–1||3–1||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|16||15 November 2006||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||1–1||1–1||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|17||6 February 2007||Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus||2–0||2–1||Cyprus International Tournament|
|18||22 August 2007||Stadio Olimpico (San Marino), Serravalle, San Marino||0–1||0–1||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|19||8 September 2007||Dasaki Stadium, Achna, Cyprus||2–1||3–1||Friendly|
|20||13 October 2007||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||1–1||3–1||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|21||13 October 2007||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||2–1||3–1||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|22||11 February 2009||Makario Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||3–0||3–2||Cyprus International Tournament|
|23||9 September 2009||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro||1–1||1–1||2010 World Cup qualifying|
|24||14 October 2009||Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy||0–1||3–2||2010 World Cup qualifying|
|25||3 September 2010||Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal||3–3||4–4||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|26||8 October 2010||Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||1–2||1–2||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|27||11 October 2011||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||2–1||3–1||Euro 2012 qualifying|
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