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Pieros Sotiriou is a promising Cypriot forward, who started his career at Olympiacos Nicosia in 2009.
The Cypriot International scored his first Cypriot top-flight goal in September 2011 against his current club, APOEL Nicosia.
In the next two seasons he went on to become a regular for Olympiacos mainly as a winger, a position which is thought to fit his style the most, although he constantly says that his primary position is the Center-Forward position.
Pieros received interest from various foreign clubs like Sheffield Wednesday and Benfica, and he also trialled at the Portuguese giants.
Halfway through the 2012-13 Season, Pieros put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal with Olympiacos Nicosia.
However, few weeks after his renewal with Olympiacos, Sotiriou signed a pre-contract agreement with APOEL Nicosia, the team he supported as a child, for the next season, with the deal costing APOEL €70,000.
Even though he couldn't help Olympiacos Nicosia avoid relegation, at the end of the season he was named "Cyprus Young player of the season".
In his first season with APOEL he started-off very well playing more than ten games in the first half of the season, including many appearances in the Europa League, however he missed most of the second half of the season due to injuries.
In his second season, he was getting more and more games, scoring 4 crucial goals until Christmas and establishing himself as a First-Team player. However, in the second half of the season, he suffered again from injuries and as a result he wasn't able of keeping his position as a first-eleven player.
Pieros is a regular for the Cyprus National Team squad, without scoring a goal in his first two years in the team.
He is well-known for his athleticism, his work ethic and his pace.

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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

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Ball Control: 72(+2) OK he doesn't have very good technique, but his ball control can rise a bit. He has kept the ball well at times, especially in Europe.
Explosive Power: 78(+1)
Top Speed: 78(+1)
Acceleration: 78(+1)
Jump: 77(+1) As a football player, he is a very good athlete with nice sprinting speed, agility and jumping and that's his biggest asset in my opinion, and not his technique, or his tactical awareness.
Stamina: 80(+2) He is the kind of player that will run 90 minutes up and down the pitch, and for the majority of times without any reason, because he lacks tactical awareness.
Kicking Power: 76(+1) Probably his Shot Power should rise a bit, and I am saying probably because at APOEL he hasn't shot more than 5-6 times. The only examples I remember is a long range shot for Olympiakos and a goal he scored against N. Ireland at U-21 level.
Teamwork: 69(+3) He has improved at this aspect. At Olympiakos and Cyprus U-21 he was always a bit isolated and he took chances by himself. Now, at APOEL and the senior Cyprus side he cannot do that.
Aggression: 79(+4) He isn't the kind of striker that will play very high up the pitch, but being an attacker he deserves more than that.
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

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First appearance in the First Eleven this season and he scored his first ever goal for APOEL(0:30).
He controlled the ball really well with his body after Riise's header and he had a great shot with his left-foot.
Pieros played for 45 minutes and had a very good game.
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2014 Dec 15, 21:50

Pieros scored a brace Vs AEK Larnaca! Who would have thought it? The striker who showed nothing more than pure WorkRate and Chasing in his time at APOEL, scored twice after coming on from the bench to save the point for APOEL! He could have even scored a Hattrick if he managed to get the re-bound from Manduca's saved penalty on target.

APOEL- AEK: 4-4 Match Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOADou- ... e=youtu.be

(3:28) Pieros' re-bound from Manduca's saved penatly, which went, unfortunately, off-target.
(3:35) Pieros' 1st Goal: Brilliant cross from Papazoglou, great header from Djebbour, which was saved by the AEK GK, and Pieros with the re-bound, through the keepers legs!
(4:11) Pieros' 2nd Goal after a Djebbour's assist.

Seems to be winning a lot of re-bounds... Response ++ ?
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2014 Dec 20, 22:00

petreleo wrote:Pieros scored a brace Vs AEK Larnaca! How would have thought it? The striker who showed nothing more than pure WorkRate and Chasing in his time at APOEL, scored twice after coming on from the bench to save the point for APOEL! He could have even scored a Hattrick if he managed to get the re-bound from Manduca's saved penalty on target.

APOEL- AEK: 4-4 Match Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOADou- ... e=youtu.be

(3:28) Pieros' re-bound from Manduca's saved penatly, which went, unfortunately, off-target.
(3:35) Pieros' 1st Goal: Brilliant cross from Papazoglou, great header from Djebbour, which was saved by the AEK GK, and Pieros with the re-bound, through the keepers legs!
(4:11) Pieros' 2nd Goal after a Djebbour's assist.

Seems to be winning a lot of re-bounds... Response ++ ?

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2czmm ... mbediframe

(0:01) Scored another goal today Vs Ermis showing good Response into the box.
He is finally establishing himself as a First-Team player this season, as he scored 4 goals in 5-6 appearances.
Moreover, another positive thing is that he actually tried to play football, receiving, moving with and passing the ball, rather than when he used to just chase everybody around without any reason!

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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2015 Sep 07, 14:23

Anybody else watched him Vs Belgium yesterday?

I thought that he had the game of his life. Came on as an early substitute for injured Nestor Mytides(the next big thing in the attack for Cyprus) and he destroyed the Belgium defence, and Vincent Kompany, in particular.

Still needs goals in his game... Bytheway, he provided a nice assist for Fernando Cavenaghi's backheel goal a week ago for APOEL.

This season started really well for him... He was a first eleven regular in the first European games under Domingos Paciencia, probably because the other strikers that he bought Leal and Piatkowski weren't good enough or ready yet respectively, and actually he did OK being involved in the game, but without scoring goals, doesn't matter how well he plays, he has no chance of getting game time any time soon over Cavenaghi at APOEL.

Probably, Temuri Ketsbaia will start using him as a Winger, the position in which he played as a youngster.
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2015 Sep 20, 08:32

petreleo wrote:Anybody else watched him Vs Belgium yesterday?

I thought that he had the game of his life. Came on as an early substitute for injured Nestor Mytides(the next big thing in the attack for Cyprus) and he destroyed the Belgium defence, and Vincent Kompany, in particular.

Still needs goals in his game... Bytheway, he provided a nice assist for Fernando Cavenaghi's backheel goal a week ago for APOEL.

This season started really well for him... He was a first eleven regular in the first European games under Domingos Paciencia, probably because the other strikers that he bought Leal and Piatkowski weren't good enough or ready yet respectively, and actually he did OK being involved in the game, but without scoring goals, doesn't matter how well he plays, he has no chance of getting game time any time soon over Cavenaghi at APOEL.

Probably, Temuri Ketsbaia will start using him as a Winger, the position in which he played as a youngster.

Pieros started Vs Schalke, because Cavenaghi was not fit enough to press high and defend like Ketsbaia likes to play in Europe.

In this aspect, Pieros did fantastically, running for the ball and giving a lot of energy to the game, opening-up spaces with his runs.

However, he missed a golden opportunity during the late stages of the first half and he also failed to control the ball a couple of times in good positions in Schalke's area, which could have been resulted into goals.
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2016 Feb 11, 14:09

petreleo wrote:
petreleo wrote:Anybody else watched him Vs Belgium yesterday?

I thought that he had the game of his life. Came on as an early substitute for injured Nestor Mytides(the next big thing in the attack for Cyprus) and he destroyed the Belgium defence, and Vincent Kompany, in particular.

Still needs goals in his game... Bytheway, he provided a nice assist for Fernando Cavenaghi's backheel goal a week ago for APOEL.

This season started really well for him... He was a first eleven regular in the first European games under Domingos Paciencia, probably because the other strikers that he bought Leal and Piatkowski weren't good enough or ready yet respectively, and actually he did OK being involved in the game, but without scoring goals, doesn't matter how well he plays, he has no chance of getting game time any time soon over Cavenaghi at APOEL.

Probably, Temuri Ketsbaia will start using him as a Winger, the position in which he played as a youngster.

Pieros started Vs Schalke, because Cavenaghi was not fit enough to press high and defend like Ketsbaia likes to play in Europe.

In this aspect, Pieros did fantastically, running for the ball and giving a lot of energy to the game, opening-up spaces with his runs.

However, he missed a golden opportunity during the late stages of the first half and he also failed to control the ball a couple of times in good positions in Schalke's area, which could have been resulted into goals.

Pieros has been superb recently for APOEL.
After his fine first half of the 2014-15 Season, and his world-class performance Vs Belgium in the early stages of this Season, and despite injuries, he has really kicked-on in recent months, establishing himself as a first-eleven player, sometimes even ahead of Fernando Cavenaghi.
At a younger age, he did show some promise playing for Olympiacos Nicosia, but despite his good athletic aspects, like height, pace, workrate and jumping, he lacked dramatically technique and ability to score goals.
However, in recent years, he has improved a lot on those aspects, and showed a dramatic improvement on scoring ability and even on some technical aspects like passing, something which helped him play behind the main Center-Forward(Fernando Cavenaghi) on a couple of occasions.
His ability to score with the Head is definitely one to keep an eye on, after impressive heading goals in the last two match-days, Vs Nea Salamina(0:01): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUliKah9x5o , and Vs Ethnikos Achnas(0:28): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTF4o0OkoMM . His second goal Vs Ethnikos Achnas(1:15) is definitely an example of improved technique, movement and finishing.

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Body Balance: 78 (+1)
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2016 May 14, 09:46

This Season, Pieros has the "Cypriot-Version" of Jamie Vardy.
Scored 10 goals and gave 4 assists in all competitions this Season, and the majority of them in crucial matches.
Before this Season, he was known as a squad-rotational, young Forward(Striker or Winger), who despite the fact that he possessed some interesting attributes and talents, he was struggling a lot to score goals for his team, despite featuring regularly for the Cyprus National Team.
This Season, Sotiriou arose into the first-eleven of the first-team since the Summer and the Champions League qualifiers after the transfers of "flop" Strikers, Mateusz Piątkowski and Luís Leal dos Anjos, with the second leaving the club just two months after his transfer.
Since then, he never looked back, having fantastic performances with the Cyprus National team also, like Vs Belgium(home), and not even the brilliant form of League's Top Scorer, Fernando Cavenaghi, didn't bench him for long, as the Argentinian was given regular rests(with Pieros starting instead) and he missed the second-half of the Season, through injury, with Peiros becoming the undisputed first-choice Striker of the team.
Sotiriou's playing style and main attributes are similar to Leicester's Vardy. He is a fast and dynamic Forward, who possesses an awful lot of energy and stamina which help him at defending, like pressuring opponents and chasing them up-and-down the pitch, while at attacking, he is mostly dangerous when being played at the limit of offside and in counter-attacks, using his speed and power and heading ability, despite the fact that his technique and finishing, although improved, are still not as good as they should be.
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2016 Sep 11, 09:27

petreleo wrote:This Season, Pieros has the "Cypriot-Version" of Jamie Vardy.
Scored 10 goals and gave 4 assists in all competitions this Season, and the majority of them in crucial matches.
Before this Season, he was known as a squad-rotational, young Forward(Striker or Winger), who despite the fact that he possessed some interesting attributes and talents, he was struggling a lot to score goals for his team, despite featuring regularly for the Cyprus National Team.
This Season, Sotiriou arose into the first-eleven of the first-team since the Summer and the Champions League qualifiers after the transfers of "flop" Strikers, Mateusz Piątkowski and Luís Leal dos Anjos, with the second leaving the club just two months after his transfer.
Since then, he never looked back, having fantastic performances with the Cyprus National team also, like Vs Belgium(home), and not even the brilliant form of League's Top Scorer, Fernando Cavenaghi, didn't bench him for long, as the Argentinian was given regular rests(with Pieros starting instead) and he missed the second-half of the Season, through injury, with Peiros becoming the undisputed first-choice Striker of the team.
Sotiriou's playing style and main attributes are similar to Leicester's Vardy. He is a fast and dynamic Forward, who possesses an awful lot of energy and stamina which help him at defending, like pressuring opponents and chasing them up-and-down the pitch, while at attacking, he is mostly dangerous when being played at the limit of offside and in counter-attacks, using his speed and power and heading ability, despite the fact that his technique and finishing, although improved, are still not as good as they should be.

Pieros has retained his amazing form from last Season, into the New Season scoring 4 goals in 8 official appearances so far at club level this Season, starting also for the Cyprus National Team Vs Belgium last week.
With APOEL's new signing in Attack, Igor de Camargo, struggling to displace Pieros as the team's first-choice Striker so far, as well as with APOEL's unsuccessful effort to signing Striker Orlando Sá, Pieros has kept his place as the team's Starting Striker for all 6 of their Champions League qualifying games, scoring goals in the home matches Vs Welsh Champions The New Saints FC, and in the PlayOffs Vs F.C. Copenhagen. This Weekend he has continued his goalscoring form in the League, scoring a brace Vs Nea Salamina Famagusta(Away), with his first goal being an amazing volley, ala Zlatan! Videos of his Goals:

APOEL Nicosia Vs The New Saints FC (Pieros' Goal: 03:25): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzCEXvpbYVU
APOEL Nicosia Vs F.C. Copenhagen (Pieros' Goal: 01:45): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAJsAa6l-7c
Nea Salamina Famagusta Vs APOEL Nicosia (Pieros' Goals: 00:50& 03:35): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jpgic5krTs
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2016 Oct 12, 06:16

petreleo wrote:Pieros has retained his amazing form from last Season, into the New Season scoring 4 goals in 8 official appearances so far at club level this Season, starting also for the Cyprus National Team Vs Belgium last week.
With APOEL's new signing in Attack, Igor de Camargo, struggling to displace Pieros as the team's first-choice Striker so far, as well as with APOEL's unsuccessful effort to signing Striker Orlando Sá, Pieros has kept his place as the team's Starting Striker for all 6 of their Champions League qualifying games, scoring goals in the home matches Vs Welsh Champions The New Saints FC, and in the PlayOffs Vs F.C. Copenhagen. This Weekend he has continued his goalscoring form in the League, scoring a brace Vs Nea Salamina Famagusta(Away), with his first goal being an amazing volley, ala Zlatan! Videos of his Goals:

APOEL Nicosia Vs The New Saints FC (Pieros' Goal: 03:25): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzCEXvpbYVU
APOEL Nicosia Vs F.C. Copenhagen (Pieros' Goal: 01:45): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAJsAa6l-7c
Nea Salamina Famagusta Vs APOEL Nicosia (Pieros' Goals: 00:50& 03:35): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jpgic5krTs



Here are his individual highlights from his MOTM performances in the 0-1 Win Vs Olympiacos in the Europa League. His winning goal, an amazing header at: (0:24).
I think this was his best performance by far. He adapted brilliantly to the nature of that game, winning many physical battles and stealing the ball with his great athleticism, starting counter-attacks with his pace and his good teamwork attitude.
Now the first-choice Striker in both APOEL and the Cyprus National Team, Pieros despite lacking some key attributes for being a top-class Center-Forward like better-than-average technique and ruthless finishing, he continues to prove what a valuable team player he is with his athletic attributes, his attitude and his workrate, similar to Jamie Vardy! In fact, despite recently signing his new contract with APOEL until 2020. some foreign clubs are showing interest in signing him, and more specifically, German clubs, FC Ingolstadt 04 and Eintracht Braunschweig, but also nearly all the big clubs in Greece, including Olympiacos.
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2016 Nov 15, 14:41

Pieros in the form of his life, after scoring 7 goals in less than a month for club and country! Firstly, goal and assist Vs AEZ Zakakiou[goal at (01:06)&assist at (02:18): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6vAQ9AIESE], then braces Vs Ethnikos Achnas[goals at (02:30)&(02:50): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_0fEQQTTwQ] and Karmiotissa Pano Polemidion[goals at (00:12)&(02:50): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV82pd3shrI], followed. Most importantly, he scored APOEL's winning goal in a 1-0 home win Vs Young Boys in the Europa League[goal at (01:57): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hnWiXO8-zk], and his first ever goal for Cyprus National Team Vs Gibraltar[goal at (02:10): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-Y_Ls8_xjY]. All of his highlights from his Man-of-the-match performance Vs Young Boys:


Suddenly, he is quickly establishing himself as APOEL's best performing player and the hottest young prospect of Cyprus, since Constantinos Laifis who is currently "smashing" it at Standard Liege, being wanted and scouted by many foreign clubs.

I have said my opinion about his skills and game-style several times before in this thread, and it hasn't changed considerably since then. However, after the way he has been performing since taking over the position of APOEL's starting Striker from injured Cavenaghi in January 2016, I would be keen in suggesting a couple of upgrades in his Set, mostly in areas which I consider to be his "strengths". Stamina at 82(+2) and Mentality at 77 (+2), would definitely be some of them, due to the fact that he is probably the most hard-working and energetic Striker that I have seen in ages, sometimes covering more frequently and better in defence than Wingers and Attacking-Midfielders, and due to his "big game" mentality by winning many points in crucial games for APOEL. His Form is definitely a 5 (+1) at least, in my opinion, and it is something with which I don't think many people will argue with, after his much improved performances in 2016, and Teamwork can also be raised considerably to about 72 (+3), after proving to be a great supportive attacker and phenomenal team-player, contributing to assists, as well as, goals. On the other hand, his Set can do easily without the SMF Position as Secondary-Position, in my opinion. The last time that he played there was at Olympiacos Nicosia in 2012-13, when they played with Italian star Gaetano Monachello and the "next big thing" of Cyprus in attack at the time, Marcos Michael as Strikers, and Pieros playing in either flank as a Winger. At APOEL, he firstly played mainly as a SS/WF for rotation, but in the last year as their starting CF, the position which he considers to be his best position.
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2016 Dec 09, 23:59

Another two amazing performances and 3 goals from him in less than a week, in the derby Vs AC Omonoia Nicosia and the Europa League home match Vs Olympiacos Piraeus, to decide the 1st place of their group.



He scored two goals in APOEL's 1-4 victory over AC Omonoia Nicosia in last weekend's derby. His 1st goal(02:58) was a fantastic super-fast counter-attack from APOEL, and Sotiriou found himself in the right position at the right moment to kick the ball into an empty net after a brilliant low-cross from the left from Stathis Aloneftis. His 2nd goal(04:19) shows just what he is improving-on in the last year or so that turned him from a squad-rotational player to one of the absolute stars of APOEL's team. Brilliant movement from him into free-space after playing at the limit of offside to receive the ball from a lobbed-pass from Nuno Morais, and his first-time finish was not bad either. Don't get me wrong, his technique isn't the best for a Striker who is considered first-choice for a considerably good team like APOEL, but his improvement during the last year is more than evident. Goals like his 2nd Vs Omonoia show exactly what I am talking about, highlighting his improvement in positioning himself in the right positions, making the right runs, and most importantly, improving his finishing.



His performance Vs Olympiacos Piraeus was even better than the one Vs Omonoia, despite scoring only one goal, which in the end was registered as own-goal from Da Costa of Olympiacos, but it doesn't really matter. He was selected as the MVP of the match by UEFA, and in my opinion rightly so, he worked his socks-off, chasing, stealing and protecting the ball. His goal(00:28) highlights mainly his biggest assets that are no other than speed, stamina, physical power. Brilliant movement again from him into free-space by playing at the limit of offside to receive a high-ball from a deep area from Stathis Aloneftis, chipped-it over goalkeeper Leali, then beat both Center-Backs of Olympiacos Bruno Viana and Da Costa(both of them had a terrible game, having questionable quality in general) in the air by winning a header which it seems that it touched also Da Costa before finding the back of the net. It was not only the goal, but there were another two or three instances in the match in which Sotiriou played at the limit of offside, in-between the defenders of Olympiacos, managing to receive the ball with his power to hold-off opponents and then knocked-it forward into space with his pace, and the Center-Backs of Olympiacos had no chance what so ever to stop him. Fortunately for Olympiacos, their goalkeeper Leali managed to stop Sotiriou virtually just before scoring, for example at (02:10).
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2017 Feb 24, 23:00

Everything this guy touches this Season turns into gold! Pieros has scored an impressive 22 goals in total up to now this Season in all competitions, and that would have been 23 if we also include his goal Vs Olympiacos Piraeus at home in the Europa League which in the end counted as Olympiacos' own-goal. He scored 15 goals in the League, 1 in the Cup, 5 in Europe: Champions League qualifiers and Europa League group-stages and knock-out phase(6 if we include the Olympiacos goal at home), and 1 with the National Team for the World Cup Qualifiers.



His most recent goal(Video above) was possibly his most crucial goal so far, as it was APOEL's first goal in their 2-0 2nd-leg home win Vs Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League last-32, helping his team qualify to the last-16, and also his most beautiful one, a volleyed "flick" with the outside of his boot(a very similar goal to the one of Ibrahimovic at Inter). He scored another one goal this Season with that outside of the boot volleyed "flick" Vs Nea Salamina(away) in the League.

His performances Vs Athletic Bilbao at both-legs definitely weren't some of his best this Season, as we have seen much better games from him this Season, like Vs Olympiacos Piraeus both at home and away. Aside from his goal which was "world-class", he did very little more attacking-wise last night in the 2nd-leg Vs Athletic Bilbao(similarly to the 1st-leg) and he was even send-off with a 2nd yellow in the 65th minute. However, up to the point that he was send-off, defensively he did a fantastic job for a Striker, he won the ball back many times and caused problems with his pressing at both-legs, and this is always one of the biggest assets of his game.

Apart from the matches when APOEL played with one up-front(4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1) and Sotiriou played as their CF, whenever APOEL played with two Strikers up-front(4-4-2) until January this Season, Pieros Sotiriou was used most of the time as a SS mainly because of his pace, and De Camargo as a CF, However, after the January signing of Striker David Barral, in addition to the already existing Striking-force of Sotiriou and De Camargo, whenever APOEL used the 4-4-2 system and Pieros and Barral played up-front(like yesterday's 2nd-leg Vs Athletic Bilbao), Pieros played as CF this time, with Barral playing more as a SS.

However, what I have found-out about Sotiriou is that his overall playing-style changes from little to nothing in respect to the position he is playing in a match. Whether is plays as CF or as SS, he likes to drop deep a lot to chase opponents to steal the ball, applies pressure high when their defenders have the ball, and tries to get headers basically anywhere it is possible to. When his team has the ball, he also likes to drop-deep and help distribute the ball well, but mainly he is a player who likes to score goals, by trying to be at the end of long-balls and crosses being played in or just outside the box. Runs behind defences have also been a part of his playing-style from time-to-time(like goals Vs Copenhagen and Olympiacos at home), mainly in the last 12 months I would say, but probably they are more frequent when he plays as a CF.
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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2017 Apr 18, 23:07

petreleo wrote:Everything this guy touches this Season turns into gold! Pieros has scored an impressive 22 goals in total up to now this Season in all competitions, and that would have been 23 if we also include his goal Vs Olympiacos Piraeus at home in the Europa League which in the end counted as Olympiacos' own-goal. He scored 15 goals in the League, 1 in the Cup, 5 in Europe: Champions League qualifiers and Europa League group-stages and knock-out phase(6 if we include the Olympiacos goal at home), and 1 with the National Team for the World Cup Qualifiers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSuPGVY_qL8

His most recent goal(Video above) was possibly his most crucial goal so far, as it was APOEL's first goal in their 2-0 2nd-leg home win Vs Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League last-32, helping his team qualify to the last-16, and also his most beautiful one, a volleyed "flick" with the outside of his boot(a very similar goal to the one of Ibrahimovic at Inter). He scored another one goal this Season with that outside of the boot volleyed "flick" Vs Nea Salamina(away) in the League.

His performances Vs Athletic Bilbao at both-legs definitely weren't some of his best this Season, as we have seen much better games from him this Season, like Vs Olympiacos Piraeus both at home and away. Aside from his goal which was "world-class", he did very little more attacking-wise last night in the 2nd-leg Vs Athletic Bilbao(similarly to the 1st-leg) and he was even send-off with a 2nd yellow in the 65th minute. However, up to the point that he was send-off, defensively he did a fantastic job for a Striker, he won the ball back many times and caused problems with his pressing at both-legs, and this is always one of the biggest assets of his game.

Apart from the matches when APOEL played with one up-front(4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1) and Sotiriou played as their CF, whenever APOEL played with two Strikers up-front(4-4-2) until January this Season, Pieros Sotiriou was used most of the time as a SS mainly because of his pace, and De Camargo as a CF, However, after the January signing of Striker David Barral, in addition to the already existing Striking-force of Sotiriou and De Camargo, whenever APOEL used the 4-4-2 system and Pieros and Barral played up-front(like yesterday's 2nd-leg Vs Athletic Bilbao), Pieros played as CF this time, with Barral playing more as a SS.

However, what I have found-out about Sotiriou is that his overall playing-style changes from little to nothing in respect to the position he is playing in a match. Whether is plays as CF or as SS, he likes to drop deep a lot to chase opponents to steal the ball, applies pressure high when their defenders have the ball, and tries to get headers basically anywhere it is possible to. When his team has the ball, he also likes to drop-deep and help distribute the ball well, but mainly he is a player who likes to score goals, by trying to be at the end of long-balls and crosses being played in or just outside the box. Runs behind defences have also been a part of his playing-style from time-to-time(like goals Vs Copenhagen and Olympiacos at home), mainly in the last 12 months I would say, but probably they are more frequent when he plays as a CF.

http://www.fck.dk/english1/#/nyhed/2017 ... s-sotiriou

APOEL Nicosia agreed to sell his to _den F.C. København for a fee of the region of €2.5-€3 million, depending on bonuses(Champions League group-stages qualification, etc), for the next Season.

I don't know if and how this move will suit him... He is currently the hottest prospect in Cyprus, a big "hit" in both the Domestic League and the Europa League, and he had been closely looked at by big clubs like Torino, Everton, Southampton, Olympiacos Pireaus, PAOK Salonica, and others.
In addition to his talent, he likes to work hard and in fact, right now he is twice the player he was 1.5-2 years ago... He has shown tremendous improvement in goal-scoring ability, and technique, in addition to his already great physical attributes. If he continues like that, I can't see a reason why he wouldn't succeed at København, especially if he would be given a major role in their squad, if Cornelius, Santander or Pavlović leave. However, the only problem that I can probably find in his transfer to Denmark is a big one, and it is the fact that I am doubtful that he would fit the Scandinavian Playing-Style. Sotiriou is a player that likes constant movement, running a lot both in attack and defence, something helpful for quick transition and of course counter-attacks, but from the little knowledge that I have for Scandinavian football is that it is quite static in relation to, let's say England first or second tier. In fact, I would say that his Playing-Style would have fitted better a not that big club in Premier League or the Championship, for example a team like Leicester that like to play a lot in counter-attacks. As I have wrote before, I can see many similarities between him and Jamie Vardy, in that they are both players that work hard for the team, and at the same time being dangerous on counter-attacks. Of course, Pieros Sotiriou has a slightly different playing-style than Vardy, as he is much taller which helps him being more of a Target-Man, in contrast to Vardy that likes to constantly making runs in behind defences, something which Sotiriou also likes to a slightly smaller extent, but their mind-set is quite similar...

About his Set, I wouldn't touch many things, other than his biggest Asset; some Physical Stats, for example Strength, but also Jumping and Heading which showed amazing improvement this Season in particular(for example goal Vs Doxa Katokopias(02:14): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA7vR0T09C4), and also Teamwork for reasons stated in previous posts(great team player, constantly making runs, usually available for passes).

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Re: Pieros Sotiriou

Postby petreleo » 2018 Oct 03, 15:24

His first-touch was always inconsistent at APOEL. He could control difficult balls to the ground, but on the other hand he could lose some much easier balls, but apparently his touch has become better now while playing at Copenhagen, especially from the matches I have watched him playing for Cyprus, for example Vs Slovenia in September.
On the other hand, I don't see this Dribbling that good nowadays. He became more of a Target-Man right now than before when he was younger and used to play as a Winger as well. Maybe it's because in the last year or so I have watched him playing mostly for the Cypriot National team, and not at club level so much, and he was affected by the game-plan of the National team. But that's what I believe, his Technique should improve and his Dribbling stats should fall(Darting Run should also be removed).

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