Kostas Eleftherakis

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Kostas Eleftherakis
In a game against Olympiakos FC
Kostas Eleftherakis
1971 European Champions Cup Final

Kostas Eleftherakis (Greek: Κώστας Ελευθεράκης), midfielder, born July 18, 1950. His nickname was the deer (to elafi). He started his career playing for Fostiras. He later joined Panathinaikos in 1968. At age 21 he was playing in Wembley Stadium against Ajax Amsterdam. He scored 2 goals during that campaign to reach the final. Following that game, Real Madrid and Everton expressed interest in acquiring him. Real Madrid would offer an inconceivable (for the time) 35 million drachmas for Kostas Eleftherakis. But C. Aslanidis (Secretary General of Athletics, appointed by the military government of those days) would stand in the way. The same happend when Everton made an offer through Billy Bingham who coached Greece in the early 70s.

He was invited to play for the World XI.

An injury he sustained in May of 1977 would force him to stay away from the game for six months. He would never regain his form completely after that. Three years (1980) later he retired from football, but not before he won another Greek league title with AEK in his penultimate season. Eleftherakis ended where he started his career: at Fostiras.

He played a total of 331 games in the Greek A Division - he scored 90 goals (he played 308 games with Panathinaikos, scoring 85 goals).

Eleftherakis was capped 33 times for the Greek National football team, scoring 5 goals.