Sotiris Ninis

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Belgian Club : Sporting Charleroi - 2016/17 - 25 games, 4 goals

Previous Clubs : Panathinaikos (GRE), Parma (ITA), PAOK (GRE), Panathinaikos (GRE)

Later Clubs : KV Mechelen (BEL), Maccabi Petach Tikwa (ISR), Hapoel Ashkelon FC (ISR)

International : 33 Caps for Greece, 3 goals

Sotiris Ninis' career did not go as expected. He made his debut at the age of just 16 for the Greek superpower Panathinaikos, became the youngest Greek player ever in a European match and led Panathinaikos to a 4-1 victory over rivals AEK Athens with a goal and two assists. Not bad for your first month in the first team. He also made his debut as the youngest player ever in the Greek national team at the age of 18 and became the youngest ever goalscorer for Greece. It was more than enough to be included in the Greek selection for the 2010 World Cup.

Unfortunately, his second season as a pro was one to be quickly forgotten. Partly due to injuries and partly because of a coach who didn't really like him, Ninis only played 4 matches. Luckily for Sotiris, José Pereiro was replaced at the end of the season by Henk ten Cate and in the 2008-09 season the wonderkid surfaced again and after several successful seasons he made a transfer to Parma FC in 2012.

The Italian adventure turned out to be a failure. Ninis would only play a handful of matches for I Crociati and he was loaned out to PAOK in his second season before his contract was torn up and he returned to Panathinaikos' familiar surroundings for the 2014-15 season.

Again injuries threw a spanner in the works and after one and a half season Ninis was allowed to leave and he finally ended up with the Carolos in Belgium. Ninis started off fine but again injuries and the fact that the competition on his position was brutal would be his downfall. After one and a half season Charleroi cut him loose but he was soon picked up by KV Mechelen. In Mechelen he would only play 2 matches before leaving for Israel. At Maccabi Tikva he made it to 7 games and before leaving for Hapoel Ashkelon in the Liga Leumit, the second level in Israel. He had a reasonable season with 4 goals in 21 games but didn't secure a new contract. At the moment, the 30-year old Greek is without a club.