Silaidopoulos with Panathinaikos F.C. in 2019
|Born||February 8, 1979|
Sotiris Silaidopoulos (born 8 February 1979), also known as Sotiris Sylaidopoulos, is a Greek professional football manager and former player who played as a midfielder. He is currently the head coach of the U19-team of Super League 1 club Panathinaikos F.C..
Early life and playing career
Silaidopoulos was born on the Greek island of Kos and started playing football at local club Antagoras F.C., where he later went on to play for the club´s senior team at age 15.
In 1999 he signed for Super League 1 club Panionios F.C., where the 19-year-old initially joined the Under-20 team, while training with the senior side. At the end of 2000, Silaidopoulos suffered a severe knee injury that forced him to undergo multiple surgeries and prevented him to pursue a professional playing career.
After a long injury break, Silaidopoulos returned to the pitch in 2004 and played for lower division clubs, before he retired in 2009 and focused on his coaching career.
First steps into coaching
Following his retirement, Silaidopoulos started making his first experiences in coaching by taking over the U-15 team of Omilos Athlopaidion Kos at the beginning of the 2010-11 season. In the following season, he led the club’s U-17 side to victory in the Dodecanese League.
In 2012, Silaidopoulos was approached by his childhood club Antagoras F.C. to take over the senior team after the club had overcome some financial turmoil and was forced to build up a new team in the 4th division. He accepted the offer and gained promotion to Greece’s 3rd division in the 2014-15 season.
On July 1 2015, Silaidopoulos was hired by Super League 1 club Panathinaikos F.C. and appointed as head coach of the club’s U-16 team , which he led to win the Attica League in his first season in charge.
In the following two seasons, he was coaching the club’s U-17s. During this period, the team reached the final of the prestigious 2017 Puskás Cup in in Felcsút, Hungary only losing to champion Real Madrid.
His team finished first in the regular season of 2017-18 and lost the championship title in a penalty shoot-out against Olympiakos F.C., in which Panathinaikos conceived a late equaliser in extra time.
Since the 2018-19 season, Silaidopoulos has been the head coach of the Under-19 team of Panathinaikos. With many players being from the 2001 generation, his side was the youngest U-19 team in the Greek league and finished 5th in the championship. On international stage the team won the 2019 Tri-Series Tournament hosted by Aspire Academy in Qatar and finished as runner-up in the 2019 ICGT Tournament in the Netherlands losing 1-0 to Valencia in the final.
In the 2019-20 season, his team aimed to make the next step in its development. By the time the season was stopped in February 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Panathinaikos was ranked 2nd in the Super League K-19 after 24 games with just two matches remaining. Several players of this successful youth team have also been promoted to the club’s senior team during the season.
Silaidopoulos is married with one child. He speaks fluent Greek and English and also has basic knowledge of Italian and German. He is holder of the UEFA A, UEFA B and UEFA Youth Elite licenses and also received a diploma in Art History from the Ippokrateio-Lyceum of Kos.
In the media
- Media Department, Panathinaikos FC. "TECHNICAL STAFF". www.pao.gr. Panathinaikos FC. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- Πίτσης, Γιώργος. "Ανταγόρας… Πρωταθλητής 2014-2015 (pics)". Giafkasports. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
- πρώτοι, Σχολιάστε. "Σωτήρης Συλαϊδόπουλος: Από τον Ανταγόρα ... στον Παναθηναϊκό!". kostoday.com. KOS TODAY. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- Παπαμακάριος, Πέτρος. "Κ17: "Πάτησε" τη Μπάγερν, 3-0 ο Παναθηναϊκός". www.sport24.gr. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
- "Super League K17 2017-18". Super League. SUPER LEAGUE.
- Παπαμακάριος, Πέτρος. "Κ17: Πρωταθλητής στην ρουλέτα των πέναλτι ο Ολυμπιακός, 5-4 τον Παναθηναϊκό". www.sport24.gr. SPORT 24. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- Media Department, Panathinaikos FC. "Το πράσινο μέλλον είναι εδώ!". www.pao.gr. Panathinaikos FC. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- Παπαμακάριος, Πέτρος. "Συλαϊδόπουλος: "Ασύγκριτη η περηφάνεια να δεις ένα παιδί στην πρώτη ομάδα"". www.sport24.gr. SPORT 24. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- Media Department, Aspire Academy. "TRI-SERIES TOURNAMENT FEATURING MALAYSIA AND POAK CONCLUDES FOOTBALL SEASON". www.aspire.qa. Aspire Academy. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- ICGT. "Former Winners". icgt.nl. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
- Ντεμος, Αργυρης. "Ο Σωτηρης Συλαϊδοπουλος στο Trifilara.gr: "Προνομιουχοι που εχουμε την Παιανια"". www.trifilara.gr. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
- Διονυσης, Δεσυλλας. "«Έχει ανέβει ο πήχης στην ακαδημία – Να διατηρήσουμε την ανθρωπιά και τον συνάνθρωπό μας ζωντανό»". panathinaikos24.gr. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
- "Super League K19 2019-20". www.slgr.gr. SUPER LEAGUE. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
- Πέτρος, Παπαμακάριος. "Συλαϊδόπουλος: "Ασύγκριτη η περηφάνεια να δεις ένα παιδί στην πρώτη ομάδα"". www.sport24.gr. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
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