Friday, 21 August 2009

Reds complete Kyrgiakos deal

Liverpool football club have confirmed they have completed the signing of Greek international defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos from AEK Athens.

"The 30-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the option of a further year after successfully completing a medical," reports the official site.

Trikala-born Kyrgiakos began his career at the Panathinaikos academy in 1996. The powerful centre-back quickly established himself as a regular member of the Panathinaikos first-team, helping them to a Greek league and cup double in 2004.

In 2005, Kyrgiakos joined Glasgow Rangers on loan. After clinching the Scottish title and League Cup, the deal was made permanent in the summer of the same year as the 6ft 4ins defender agreed a one-year contract at Ibrox.

The Bundesliga was his next destination with the tough-tackling stopper sealing a transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt in 2006, where he spent two seasons before joining AEK last summer.

A knee injury kept Kyrgiakos out of Greece's historic triumph at Euro 2004, although he started each of his country's three matches in the same tournament four years' later. In total, he has won 50 caps for the Greek national team.

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