Pantelis Kapetanos is one of the new faces in the Greece side. Among the few members of Otto Rehhagel’s squad to play his club football abroad, the Steaua Bucharest striker has appeared in just two matches for his country. Despite his lack of experience, the door to a place at the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™ opened when fellow front man Ioannis Amanatidis recently announced his retirement from international football. Kapetanos, who turns 27 just three days before the tournament begins, turned professional in 2000 with the unfashionable Kozani. In two years with the club he scored seven goals in 32 games.
A move to Thessaloniki club Iraklis in 2002 was followed by another to AEK Athens three seasons later. It was with AEK that he enjoyed one of the highlights of his career to date, scoring a vital away goal in a UEFA Champions League final qualifying round tie against Hearts in August 2006, a strike that set his side on the way to the group phase of the competition. Nevertheless, his career failed to take off in the Greek capital, prompting a transfer to current club Steaua in 2008. “I’m very happy about coming here because this is a big team,” he said on his arrival in the Romanian capital. “I see this move to Steaua as the most important moment of my football career so far.” His subsequent record of 26 goals in 53 games would suggest he made the right decision.