Happy Birthday Dimitri!
Our defender Dimitris Giannoulis turns 25 today, and PAOK FC would like to wish him many years of health, happiness and successes on both a personal and professional level.
Giannoulis was born in Katerini on October 17, 1995, and he made his first steps in football at the academies of Vataniakos. The Double-headed Eagle scouts soon discovered him and PAOK acquired him at the age of 18. In the summer of 2014 he was loaned out to Pierikos in order to get some playing time and experience.
In the «school» of Greece’s Football League, he made 28 appearances, playing mainly as a left winger, and he made quite an impression. The next stop in his education came at Veria.
There, he switched from winger to left-back and looked like a player reborn. Without knowing the position that well, he made 26 appearances and produced such impressive performances that he earned the title of the Rookie of the Season in the Super League, and with it, the chance to prove himself at PAOK.
At the Toumba he did not get the games he expected to, and so in January 2017 he left again out on loan to Cyprus with Anorthosis, where he played eight times.
In the summer of the same year he moved to Athens, joining Atromitos. In the year and a half he spent in Peristeri, he established himself as one of the best full-backs in Greece, was called up and made his debut for the Greek national team, while he also attracted proposals from Rennes and Sampdoria. In total, he played 54 times for Atromitos, contributing 14 assists.
In January 2019 he returned to PAOK, won the double in the 2018-19 season, and then the following season he was firmly established as a key player, playing in 44 games and scoring one goal while provifing six assists.
And this season, Mr. No Brakes is once more among the squad’s top players, making eight appearances, scoring one goal and providing three assists.