Alekos Sofianidis

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Alekos Sofianidis
Personal information
Full name Alexandros Sofianidis
Date of birth (1937-08-03)3 August 1937
Place of birth Istanbul, Turkey
Date of death 10 July 2010(2010-07-10) (aged 72)
Place of death Athens, Greece
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1958 Beyoğlu 53 (16)
1958 Beşiktaş 3 (0)
1959–1969 AEK Athens 274 (12)
1969–1970 Panachaiki 3 (0)
National team
1957 Turkey B 1 (0)
1959–1967 Greece 7 (0)
Teams managed
1970–1971 Atromitos F.C.
1971–1972 Panelefsiniakos F.C.
1988–1989 Greece
1999 Atromitos F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 January 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 January 2018

Alekos Sofianidis (Greek: Αλέκος Σοφιανίδης, Turkish: Aleko Sofyanidis; 3 August 1937 – 6 July 2010) was a Greek football player and manager. Sofianidis was a left back.

Playing career[edit]

Born in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul Province, Sofianidis began his career at Beyoğluspor based in the city of Istanbul.[1] He played in the first team from 1955 to 1958, when he transferred to Beşiktaş.

In December 1958 Sofianidis moved to Greece and joined AEK Athens between 1959 and 1969. Sofianidis retired after the 1970 season as a player of Panachaiki. During his career, he played 240 Greek League games in total.[2]

International career[edit]

Sofianidis represented the Turkey national football B team once, in a friendly 1-0 win over Egypt on 20 May 1957.[3]

Sofianidis was capped by Greece seven times. He played his first national game on 15 November 1958 against Yugoslavia.[4] His last game for Greece was against Finland on 10 May 1967.[5]

Managerial career[edit]

Sofianidis coached several Greek youth teams following his retirement from football in 1970. He was a gymnastics teacher by profession.

Sofianidis was appointed Greece manager in 1988. His first game was against Hungary (winning 3–0) on 15 November 1988. Greece played 7 times with Sofianidis as their manager, winning 3, drawing 1, and losing 3. He was also manager during the infamous friendly match between Greece and Turkey on 29 March 1989, losing 1–0. This was his last game with the national team.[6][7]

A non-footballing issue[edit]

In 1968, when AEK Athens played Fenerbahçe S.K. in the Balkan Cup of 1968, Sofianidis did not accompany his club to Istanbul as he would have been liable for arrest by the Turkish authorities for failing to fulfill his military obligations.

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Sofianidis died of cancer at age 73.[8]


  1. ^ Kolokotsios, Lambros (18 July 2010). Αθλητικοί Φάκελοι (ΣΟΦΙΑΝΙΔΗΣ) [Sporting Capsules (Sofianidis)] (in Greek). Evrytania News. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Greece 1978/79".
  3. ^ "TÜRKİYE MISIR - Maç Detayları TFF".
  4. ^ "Greece - International Matches 1948-1960".
  5. ^ "Greece - International Matches 1961-1970".
  6. ^ "International Matches 1988 - Europe".
  7. ^ "International Matches 1989 - Europe, January-June".
  8. ^ Εφυγε ο Αλέκος Σοφιανίδης [Alekos Sofianidis has left] (in Greek). 6 July 2010.

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