Christos Karypidis

Christos Karipidis
Personal information
Full nameChristos Karipidis
Date of birth (1982-12-02) 2 December 1982 (age 31)
Place of birthThessaloniki, Greece
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionCentre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current clubApollon Limassol
Number55
Youth career
1999–2001PAOK
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2001–2002Kavala40(0)
2002–2003AO Kerkyra25(2)
2003–2006PAOK63(2)
2006–2009Hearts62(3)
2009–2012Omonia72(2)
2012–2013APOEL18(0)
2013–Apollon Limassol0(0)
National team
2004Greece U230(0)
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 January 2009

Christos Karipidis (Greek: Χρήστος Καρυπίδης; born 2 December 1982 in Thessaloniki, Greece) is a Greek professional footballer who plays for Apollon Limassol.

Club career

Hearts

He joined Hearts from PAOK on 3 August 2006 for a fee of around £200,000.[1] Karapidis made his Hearts debut against AEK Athens in a third-round UEFA Champions League qualifier at Murrayfield on 9 August 2006[2] in a defensive midfield role, Hearts lost the game 2-1.[3]

In August 2008 Karipidis looked set for a return to his former club PAOK following an indifferent start to his Hearts career and the birth of his daughter. Hearts negotiated a fee in the region of £200,000 as they looked to recoup the fee they paid to sign him from the Greek club 2 years earlier and he was offered a four-year deal by PAOK.[4] However, newly appointed manager Csaba László convinced Karipidis to stay and decided to use him as a holding midfielder, an idea which was initially met with a negative reaction by Hearts fans. Karipidis himself insisted he was happy to play anywhere László decided.[5] Despite having played most of his career as either a central defender or occasionally a right-back Karipidis performed well in his new role, prompting László to say "Karipidis, at the moment, is the discovery of the year in the number six position."[6]

In February 2009, captain Christophe Berra signed for Wolves and Karipidis was made Hearts' vice-captain after teammate Robbie Neilson was given the captaincy.

On 27 April 2009 Hearts announced that Karipidis had a pre-contract agreement with Omonia Nicosia which would see him join the Cypriot side on a three-year deal at the end of the season. He stated that although he had enjoyed his time in Scotland, the move was motivated by his desire to be closer to his home and relatives in Greece.[7][8] His final appearance at Tynecastle came in a 3-0 victory over Dundee United which confirmed Hearts' place in the Europa League for the following season and third place in the SPL. He was replaced by Jason Thomson in the closing stages of the match and received a standing ovation from the Hearts fans.[9]

Omonia

Omonia announced the signing of Karipidis on 1 June 2009. His first season wasn't good enough with Christos having problems to settle, but he had a solid second season and he became the defensive leader of the team. After the end of the season he was named new season's vice captain. On 22 August 2012, his contract at Omonia terminated by mutual consent.

APOEL

On 26 August 2012, Karipidis signed a two-year contract with APOEL.[10] At the end of the season, he became a champion after helping APOEL to win the 2012–13 Cypriot First Division. On 10 July 2013, his contract with APOEL was mutually terminated.[11]

Apollon Limassol

On 11 July 2013, Karipidis signed a one-year contract with the option of a further season with Apollon Limassol.[12]

International career

Karipidis was a part of the Greek squad at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but he didn't play any single match in the competition.

Following Karipidis' good start to the 2008-09 season former Hearts player and current technical director of the Hellenic Football Federation Takis Fyssas announced that he was in the plans of the Greek national team.[13]

Honours

Cyprus Omonia
2009–10
2010–11, 2011–12
2010
Cyprus APOEL
2012–13

References

External links

  • APOEL official profile
  • Soccerbase
  • Player profile at transfermarkt
  • Player statistics at soccerway
  • Player statistics at londonhearts

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