This is the player profile of the Greek and Olympiacos professional football player Giannis Maniatis.
Basic Details about Giannis Maniatis
Full Name: Ioannis Maniatis
Date of Birth: 12th October 1986
Place of Birth: Keratsini, Greece
Height: 5ft 10in (1.78m)
Professional Details about Giannis Maniatis
Playing Position: Midfielder and Right-back
Jersey No: 8
Youth Career: Parnassos Arachova FC – 2002 | 2002 – 2003 AO Thiva
Senior Career: Panionios 2004 – 2011 | Olympiacos 2011 – 201 | Standard Liege (Loan) 2016 | Atromitos 2017 | Alanyaspor 2017 – present
National Teams: Greece U21 – 2006/07 | Greece – Since 2010
Career Summary of Giannis Maniatis
Giannis Maniatis started playing football at a very young age and he was first spotted at the age of 16 when he was playing for the AA Arachova Parnassos in the year 2002. Giannis Maniatis was quickly signed by the AO Thiva and then by late 2003, he was signed by the Panionios the professional football club of Greece. He made his debut for the Panionios in the year 2004 and soon became one of the most important players of the team. He was always found in the starting XI of the Panionios.
Giannis Maniatis also helped his team to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Cup in the 2007 season. His first goal for the club though, came in the year 2008 when he scored his goal against Aris in the Superleague Greece game on 18th October 2008. Soon in 2009, he was approached by AEK Athens and the Olympiacos, but Giannis Maniatis extended his contract with the Panionios for a further four years.
But in 2011 finally, the best Greek Football Club Olympiacos won the bid for Giannis Maniatis and signed him for them ahead of the AEK Athens who too were more than keen to sign him. Again Giannis Maniatis became the first choice of the team and he was always found in their midfield defense lineup. He scored his first goal for the team when Olympiacos was playing against Levadikos and won the game by 4-0. On 4th December 2012 when Olympiacos played their first game against Arsenal in a Champions League game Giannis Maniatis was one of the two scorers in the game for the winning team. Maniatis’s exceptional season year with Olympiakos was his passport not only to be called by Santos to the 30-man provisional World Cup squad but also to the final 23-man squad for 2014. Maniatis scored his debut international goal for Greece on 7 June 2016, with a spectacular 60-meter strike against Australia in an eventual 2–1 win.
The Giannis Maniatis Quote
I used to play in front of 10 people in the village of Arahova and a few years later I played in front of 40, 000 fans at the Karaiskakis Stadium but in between that I have overcome a lot of obstacles.