Ioannis Amanatidis (Greek: Γιάννης Αμανατίδης) (born 3 December 1981 in Kozani, Greece) is a Greek footballer currently playing for Eintracht Frankfurt.
Amanatidis family immigrated when he was nine years old to Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany where he joined SC Stuttgart. Two years later he went to VfB Stuttgart academy. In 2002 he started his Bundesliga career having already played on loan for Greuther Fürth in lower divisions. After a clash with then VfB Stuttgart coach Felix Magath over his lack of opportunities he was given on loan to struggling Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt where he impressed despite the eventual relegation of the team to second division.
In the summer he signed on free to Kaiserslautern, but after only one season he signed again to the newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt side and has been instrumental in the team's attack ever since scoring regularly and eventually becoming the captain of the team since the 2007–08 season.
In April 2008 it was reported that the captain of Eintracht has agreed to an extension of his contract till 2012 with the club.
In November 2002 he earned his first cap for the Greece national football team against Republic of Ireland.
On 9 August 2010 Amanatidis decided to retire from international football. He stated, that "there are many strange and suspicious choices". "Some players are always in the starting 11 and many of us know the reasons of the selection, but if I say more, there are going to be many reactions", Amanatidis said.
Amanatidis' career high with the national team was his winning goal against Turkey in Istanbul in a highly passionate game.
1. ^ "Ioannis Amanatidis" (in German). fussballdaten.de. http://www.fussballdaten.de/spieler/amanatidisioannis/. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2006/2007
Ioannis Amanatidis | Mounir Chaftar | Chris | Daniyel Cimen | Francisco Copado | Michael Fink | Alexander Huber | Benjamin Huggel | Jermaine Jones | Benjamin Köhler | Sotirios Kyrgiakos | Alexander Meier | Oka Nikolov | Patrick Ochs | Christoph Preuß | Markus Pröll | Marko Rehmer | Christopher Reinhard | Marco Russ | Christoph Spycher | Albert Streit | Dominik Stroh-Engel | Naohiro Takahara | Faton Toski | Aleksandar Vasoski | Markus Weissenberger | Jan Zimmermann | Trainer: Friedhelm Funkel
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