Michalis Sifakis

Michalis Sifakis
Personal information
Full name Michalis Sifakis
Date of birth September 9, 1984 (1984-09-09) (age 26)
Place of birth Heraklion, Greece
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Aris FC
Number 13
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 OFI 100 (0)
2007–2008 Olympiacos 2 (0)
2008– Aris FC 85 (0)
National team
2004 Greece U21 15 (0)
2005– Greece 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2010

Michalis Sifakis (born 9 September 1984) is a Greek international goalkeeper.

Early years

Born in Heraklion, Greece, Sifakis starts playing football at the age of 9. His first team was Atsalenios Herakliou (P.O.A.).

Club career

OFI Crete

In 1999 Sifakis was transferred to the soccer club OFI Crete where he played with the B squad of OFI until 2002. In 2002 he signed his first professional contract with the club. He played for OFI until 2007 and participated in 112 matches for the Greek championship and cup.


In 2007 the team Olympiacos made a offer for Sifakis, which was accepted by OFI, and he played as a replacement of the national goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis. During the season 2007–2008 his team won the Greek championship, the Greek Cup and the Greek Super Cup.And then he continues to be the replacement.

Aris F.C

In 2008 Aris makes an offer to OFI and Sifakis is transferred to that club. During the season 2008–2009 Sifakis participates in 27 league and cup matches. He has participated in all league games of the ongoing season (2009–2010).

International career

In 2004 Sifakis was called for the Greece national under-21 football team. He played 15 games with the U21 selection. In 2009 Greece’s national team coach, Otto Rehhagel, invited Sifakis to help the national team qualify for the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup. On the 14 October he contributed to his team's victory against Luxembourg.


In 2009 the Greek Professional Players Association honored Sifakis with the Fair Play award for his professionalism and ethos, due to his calm and non-violent reaction to a confrontation with a fan in the opening game of the 2009–2010 Greek season away at Iraklis. During the match, Sifakis was approached by an Iraklis fan who had run onto the pitch and began to verbally abuse him. Sifakis did not react and the stewards eventually intervened, removing the fan from the pitch.


Game Score
Greece – Korea DPR 2–2
Greece- Luxembourg 2–1
Greece U-21 – Irland U-21 0–2
Greece U-21 – Hungary U-21 0–2
Greece U-21 – Romania U-21 0–2
Denmark U-21 – Greece U-21 2 -1
Greece U-21 – Ukraine U-21 0–1
Τurkey U-21 – Greece U-21 0–1
Greece U-21 – Albania U-21 2–0
Georgia U-21 – Greece U-21 1–1
Greece U-21 – Denmark U-21 0–1
Greece U-21 – Kazakhstan U-21 5–0
Greece U-21 – Turkey U-21 2–1
Albania U-21 – Greece U-21 1–1
Greece U-21 – Cyprus U-21 0–1
Cyprus U-21 – Greece U-21 1–5
Greece U-21 – Bulgaria U-21 3–1


Season Club No of games
2002–2003 OFI 4
2003–2004 OFI 15
2004–2005 OFI 29
2005–2006 OFI 31
2006–2007 OFI 33
2007–2008 OSFP 7
2008–2009 ΑRIS 27
2009–2010 ARIS 36

External links

* Michalis Sifakis Official website
* Aris team page
* Greek Superleague website

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