Hull City: Stelios and Tigers Part Ways

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 22, 2009

Stelios Giannakopoulos, the 34-year-old Greek international winger, has quit Premier League new boys Hull City to join Greek side Larissa. Stelios has failed to make the impact he was looking for at the KC Stadium that would help catapult him back into the Greek National side for the next World Cup.

Giannakopoulos had been released by Bolton at the end of last season, even though he had scored the last minute equalizer against Tottenham Hotspur to help avoid relegation in a poor season for the Wanderers.

It was thought that he would return to Greece and rejoin his old club Olympiacos, but he chose to remain in the Premier League to strengthen his chances of remaining in the Greek side.

Unfortunately for Giannakopoulos, the early part of the season was blighted with injury and a lack of match fitness and he only made two appearances for the Tigers. The last of these the 0-0 draw with Newcastle in the third round of the FA Cup.

In contrast, his early career has some notable achievements. Giannakopoulos and his father, who played in the 1960's, were the first Greek father and son to appear in the European Championship Clubs' Cup (Old European Cup and the European Champions League). He was also heavily involved in the Greek national sides victory in the 2004 European Nations Cup triumph.