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Stelios Manolas

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Full nameStylianos Manolas
Date of birth13 July 1960(age 56)
Place of birthAthens, Greece
Playing positionCentre Back

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Stylianos "Stelios" Manolas ( ) (born 13 July 1960) is a retired Greek football defender.

Arguably the best football defender ever to come out of Greece, Manolas, a product of AEK Athens FC's youth academy. He made his debut in a match against Kastoria FC (1-1) on 3 February 1978 and became a mainstay in the AEK defensive until his 2000 retirement, Stelios Manolas' last match was against Skoda Xanthi having played his 700th cap and was the captained for 19 years. Stelios Manolas also had offers from Porto and Monaco but Manolas stated: I will never leave the club I love and want to retire at AEK Athens, Manolas is also the current Technical Director for AEK Athens. Manolas retired at the age of 38 on 17 May 1998 after over 20 years at AEK and a career spanning three decades. He has been regarded the greatest legend ever to play for AEK.

During his career, Manolas won 4 championships and 4 Greek Cups, playing 700 games in the Greek league scoring 44 times playing for 24 years at the club. He was capped 70 times by the Greece national football team, scoring 6 goals, and was a member of the 1994 FIFA World Cup squad.

After his playing days were over, Manolas coached the Greek under-21 team. His nephew, Kostas Manolas, currently plays for AEK.

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