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Georgios Mitsibonas

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Full nameGeorgios Mitsibonas
Date of birth1 January 1962
Place of birthTsaritsani, Greece
Date of death13 September 1997(age 35)
Place of deathGiannouli, Greece
Playing positionDefender, Striker

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Georgios Mitsibonas (1962 1997) was a famous Greek football player during the 1980s and 1990s. He was born in 1962 in the village of Tsaritsani in the prefecture of Larissa. He started his football career as a centre forward in Ikonomos Tsaritsanis and in 1981 he signed with Larissa where he played one year as a forward. In 1982 the coach of Larissa used him as a sweeper, and as a defender Mitsibonas made a great career. With Larissa he won a Greek football Cup in 1985 and a Greek football Championship in 1988. This championship was and still remains a huge success, as Larissa became the first and the only until now countryside based team to win the Greek championship. Mitsibonas is believed to be the best Larissa defender and one of the greatest Greek defenders in history. In 1989 he moved to PAOK and three years later he signed with the team of Olympiacos where he won a Greek football Cup. In 1994 he returned to Larissa, but nothing was like before. Many good players had left the team and Larissa eventually in 1996 failed to remain in the first division. Then Mitsibonas moved to AE Tirnavos, a team in the Greek Third Division, in the city of Tirnavos, the second biggest of the Larissa Prefecture after Larissa.

On 13 September 1997 Mitsibonas was killed in a car crash near the village of Giannouli outside Larissa. He was only thirty five and left behind his wife and his two daughters. He left also of course a large career, 413 matches and 43 goals in the first Greek division (he played 344 matches and scored 38 goals with AEL) and 27 matches and one goal with the national team of Greece. He was one of the biggest football players not only of Larissa, but also of Greek football.

Category:1962 births

Category:1997 deaths

Category:People from Larissa Prefecture

Category:Greek footballers

Category:Olympiacos F.C. players

Category:PAOK F.C. players

Category:Greece international footballers

Category:Larissa F.C. players

Category:Road accident deaths in Greece

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