Greece’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Kostas Chalkias and Alexandros Tzorvas, Michalis Sifakis had to wait until the retirement of Greece’s UEFA EURO 2004 hero Antonis Nikopolidis to get his chance at international level.
A youth-team player with OFI Crete, he made over 100 first-class appearances for the club before signing on the dotted line for Olympiakos in 2007.
Barring his path to the first team there was none other than team captain Nikopolidis. Though denied opportunities, Sifakis nevertheless collected his first winners’ medals: the Greek championship, Cup and Super Cup. Growing tired of being an understudy, he eventually decamped to Aris Saloniki at the end of 2008.
Appearing 15 times for his country at U-21 level, Sifakis received his one and only full international cap to date in the South Africa 2010 qualifying match against Luxembourg in October last year, a game Greece won 2-1.