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Vasilios Koutsianikoulis‏ - The Greek Messi ?


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Before I start, Regards to "up gunners" for mentioning him in his thread young talents and "insider" did also mention him in another thread.

I realised that he is making the headlines in Greece and deserved a personal thread for him.

Vassilios Koutsianikoulis is a 20 year-old Greek footballer, currently playing for Greek Super League team Ergotelis FC. The 1.72m winger can play on either sides of the field using both feet effectively.

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Vasilios Koutsianikoulis‏

He has played with the Greek Under-19 team and was a member of the squad that, on July 27, 2007, played in the final of the European Cup in Linz, Austria, where they lost 1-0 to Spain winning 2nd place.

The 20 year-old has barely established himself as a starter with his club Ergotelis, with home he stole headlines as he inspired his side to a stunning 3-2 win away at Panathinaikos last month, scoring two-goals and providing an assist at the OAKA Spiros Louis Stadium.

The Greek media waited for his performances in that match to confirm that he is a talent they can put their hopes on. He made no mistake by registering his name as an up-coming Greek architect.

Koutsianikoulis has been compared to Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi and is on the wanted list of major clubs in Greece. Although he is taller than the Argentine by only 3cm and has a similar hair style; it can be a form of exaggeration to compare him to Messi.

Yet his playing style and appearance have drawn some comparisons.

His raw pace alone has been his main weapon but he also possesses skillful feet that have dazzled not only the fans but also Greek national Team coach Otto Rehhagel. His strength has helped him to evade tackles or nudges from opponents who set eyes on him in every game.

The next move was the surprise inclusion in Otto Rehhagel’s 20-man Greece squad to face Italy but he did not feature.

Last season, he made 12 appearances(most sub appearances) for the club who finished 13th-narrowly escaping relegation by 1 point.

They now sit at 9th place, with Vasilios Koutsianikoulis starting 9 games and scoring 2 goals.

A few videos I found:

Summary:

League(2007/08)- 12 appearances

League(2008/09)- 9 starts, 3 sub and 2 goals.

Greek National Team call-up.

He is on the DB with a rating of 75.

Enjoy:)

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Re: Vasilios Koutsianikoulis‏ - The Greek Messi ?

Really wanted to see him go abroad, Hamburg were interested in him as well as clubs from England and Italy.

Hopefully he can get some Euro games under his belt and move abroad in a year or 2.

Greek players never seem to be able to move abroad at young ages,id like to see it more as the talent is there.

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