Ioannis Okkas

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Personal information
Full nameIoannis Okkas
Date of birth (1977-02-11) 11 February 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth Larnaca, Cyprus
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Deep-lying striker, left winger
Club information
Current team
Cyprus U-17
Youth career
1993–1997 Nea Salamina
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1993–1997 Nea Salamina 53 (16)
1997–2000 Anorthosis Famagusta 72 (51)
2000–2003 PAOK 80 (28)
2003–2004 AEK Athens 24 (5)
2004–2007 Olympiacos 77 (18)
2007–2008 Celta Vigo 24 (6)
2008–2009 AC Omonia 23 (9)
2009–2014 Anorthosis Famagusta 97 (27)
2014 Ermis Aradippou 14 (2)
Total467(162)
National team
1997–2011 Cyprus 106 (27)
Teams managed
2015 Ermis Aradippou
* 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 language language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

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Larnaca Place in Larnaca District, Cyprus

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Club career

Okkas started his career with Nea Salamina in the 1993–94 season, aged 17. [1] He scored the second goal in Anorthosis' 3–1 win against Apollon Limassol for the 1997–98 Cypriot Cup final. [2] In the summer of 1997 he transferred to Anorthosis Famagusta for a reported fee of £350,000. [1] In 2000 Okkas signed for Greek Superleague club PAOK for a reported 900 million greek drachmas fee. [1] [3] In 2003 Okkas signed for AEK. [4] After being release from his AEK contract, due to the club's financial problems, Okkas signed for Olympiakos. [5] His league debut for Olympiacos was marked by Okkas' scoring the very first goal for Olympiacos, in the newly built Karaiskakis Stadium. [6]

The 1993–94 Cypriot First Division was the 55th season of the Cypriot top-level football league. Apollon Limassol won their 2nd title.

Apollon Limassol mens association football team in Limassol, Cyprus

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The 1997–98 Cypriot Cup was the 56th edition of the Cypriot Cup. A total of 50 clubs entered the competition. It began on 12 November 1997 with the preliminary round and concluded on 15 May 1998 with the final which was held at Makario Stadium. Anorthosis won their 7th Cypriot Cup trophy after beating Apollon 3–1 in the final.

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. [7] [8] In 2008, he returned to Cyprus to play for Omonia. [9] Okkas was released from Omonoia, in June 2009, after confronting manager Takis Lemonis on his playing position. [10] [11] In 2009, he returned to Anorthosis, signing a three-year contract with the club. [12] After being released by Anorthosis, Ermis Aradippou became the fourth, and last, team, Okkas would play in the Cypriot First Division. [13] He debuted for Ermis, in an away defeat against APOEL. [14] In his second match for Ermis, Okkas scored twice to help the club get past ENP. [15]

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International career

Okkas debuted for Cyprus on 15 February 1997 in a friendly 2–3 home loss against Poland. [16] He made his competitive debut in a match against Russia, on 29 March 1997, for the 1998 World Cup qualifying stage. [16] Four days later he scored his first goal for Cyprus in a 4–1 away defeat against Bulgaria. [16]

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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. [17]

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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. [18]

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. [19] After fifteen full playing years as the captain for Cyprus, Okkas announced his retirement from international football on 2 March 2012. [19] At the time of his retirement Okkas wast the most capped player for Cyprus and the second all-time scorer. [20] [21]

International goals

Ioannis Okkas: International goals [16] [18] [19]
GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
12 April 1997 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, BulgariaFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 3–14–1 1998 World Cup qualifying
25 February 1998 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, CyprusFlag of Finland.svg  Finland 1–11–1 Friendly
36 February 2000 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, CyprusFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 1–03–2Cyprus International Tournament
415 November 2000 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, CyprusFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 1–05–0 2002 World Cup qualifying
515 November 2000 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, CyprusFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 2–05–02002 World Cup qualifying
628 February 2001 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, CyprusFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1–14–3Cyprus International Tournament
728 March 2001 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, CyprusFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 2–02–22002 World Cup qualifying
814 November 2001 Kesariani Stadium, Athens, GreeceFlag of Greece.svg  Greece 0–11–2Friendly
97 September 2002 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, CyprusFlag of France.svg  France 1–01–2 Euro 2004 qualifying
1020 November 2002 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, CyprusFlag of Malta.svg  Malta 2–02–1Euro 2004 qualifying
119 October 2004 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, CyprusFlag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 2–22–2 2006 World Cup qualifying
1217 November 2004 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, CyprusFlag of Israel.svg  Israel 1–11–22006 World Cup qualifying
1326 March 2005 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, CyprusFlag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 2–02–1Friendly
141 March 2006 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, CyprusFlag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 1–02–0Friendly
1511 October 2006 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, WalesFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 3–13–1 Euro 2008 qualifying
1615 November 2006 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, CyprusFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 1–11–1Euro 2008 qualifying
176 February 2007 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, CyprusFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2–02–1Cyprus International Tournament
1822 August 2007 Stadio Olimpico (San Marino), Serravalle, San MarinoFlag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 0–10–1Euro 2008 qualifying
198 September 2007 Dasaki Stadium, Achna, CyprusFlag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 2–13–1Friendly
2013 October 2007 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, CyprusFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1–13–1Euro 2008 qualifying
2113 October 2007 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, CyprusFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 2–13–1Euro 2008 qualifying
2211 February 2009 Makario Stadium, Nicosia, CyprusFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 3–03–2Cyprus International Tournament
239 September 2009 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, MontenegroFlag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 1–11–1 2010 World Cup qualifying
2414 October 2009 Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, ItalyFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 0–13–22010 World Cup qualifying
253 September 2010 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, PortugalFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 3–34–4 Euro 2012 qualifying
268 October 2010 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, CyprusFlag of Norway.svg  Norway 1–21–2Euro 2012 qualifying
2711 October 2011 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of Norway.svg  Norway 2–13–1Euro 2012 qualifying

Trivia

For two consecutive years, Okkas scored the first league goal of the season in Greece, with AEK in 2003–04 and Olympiacos the next season.

Coaching career

After retiring as a professional football player, Okkas was appointed as an assistant manager in Ermis Aradippou. [22] In March 2015 he replaced Mitchell van der Gaag as manager of Ermis Aradippou. [1] [23] He was dismissed from his position at Ermis on May 11.

Honours

Anorthosis
PAOK
Olympiacos

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