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Ioannis Matzourakis

Personal information
Date of birth6 June 1949(age 67)
Place of birthDidymoteicho, Thrace, Greece
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubKavala (manager)

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Ioannis Matzourakis (born 6 June 1949 in Didymoteicho) is a Greek association football manager and former player. He is currently employed by Kavala FC.

Spending his child life in Romania, Matzourakis began his footballing career for the Romanian side of CFR Cluj, where he became the team's top goalscorer in 1968 1969. He was later transferred to Rapid Bucharest where he played until the age of 22.

In 1971, he returned to Greece and played for PAOK FC and two years later he was transferred

to AEL Larissa where he ended his career.

He began his career as a coach in the 1980s, by coaching first Egaleo FC and then he coached Chalkida and Kavala. Then, in 1987 88 he went to Cyprus and coached APOP Paphos and later for Pezoporikos. Returning to his country the following season he was coach of Naousa. As a coach he won his first title with his team APOEL, which coached them in 1989 90, when he went back to Cyprus. That season APOEL became champions.

For three years, since 1990 he was coach for Pierikos but then he went back to Cyprus and to his previous team APOEL in 1993 until 1995.

Returning to Greece, he coached Larissa, in 1995 96 and then he employed for Skoda Xanthi. He coached the team for four years until 1999 and he returned to the team in 2004 for two years. It is considered that his best work was for Xanthi with their chairman Christos Panopoulos. The second time when he worked for them, Xanthi achieved their greatest success in their history. As a coach of the team, Xanthi became 5th in 2005 06, a position which gave them the right to play in UEFA Cup.

The greatest moment in his career was with Olympiacos in 1999 2000 became champions and the following season when he coached the "Legend of Piraeus" in UEFA Champions League.

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