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PLAYER PROFILE: Alex Tambakis #1




Alexandros Tabakis
Personal information
Full name Alexandros Tabakis
Date of birth (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 29)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
New Mexico United
Number 1
Youth career
2005–2011 Panathinaikos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2016 Panathinaikos 1 (0)
2014–2015Niki Volos (loan) 4 (0)
2015VVV-Venlo (loan) 0 (0)
2016 Charleston Battery 21 (0)
2017 Atlanta United 1 (0)
2017Charleston Battery (loan) 8 (0)
2018–2020 North Carolina FC 77 (0)
2021– New Mexico United 35 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Greece U19 4 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23 April 2022

Alexandros Tabakis (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Ταμπάκης; born 8 December 1992), also known as Alex Tambakis, is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for USL Championship side New Mexico United.

Career

He started playing football for Takis Oikonomopoulos's academy, in Artemida, Attica, from there, he moved to Paiania (training ground) to be a member of Panathinaikos's youth academies. He promoted to the first team on July 1, 2011 signing a contract which keeps him in Panathinaikos until 2016. He made his debut as a player of the first team on April 23, 2012 at a 4-0 win against Panetolikos F.C.,[1] replacing Kotsolis on the 86th minute of the game.

On February 2, 2015, Tabakis was loaned to Eerste Divisie side VVV-Venlo until the end of the season, but he did not make an appearance with the first team before returning.[2] He made two appearances with the Under-21 side, and he was also named to the squad for Venlo's first-round promotion playoff matches against Oss, ahead of Eric Verstappen.

On January 25, 2016, Tambakis transferred from Panathinaikos to Atlanta United FC on a free transfer.[3] He became the first player to be signed by the club, who were set to make their debut in the 2017 season.[4] He was immediately sent on loan to third division with Charleston Battery.[3][5] Tambakis made 19 appearances for the Battery in 2016, as well as 2 in the postseason, keeping 6 clean sheets. Tambakis was loaned back out to Charleston ahead of the 2017 season,[6] and was recalled multiple times by Atlanta throughout the season. Tambakis made his first teamsheet with Atlanta on March 18, listed ahead of Kyle Reynish as the reserve goalkeeper.

On October 3, 2017, Tambakis made his MLS debut, coming on as a substitute for Reynish, who was sent off for denying Minnesota United forward Abu Danladi a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Entering the game at a 1–0 deficit, Atlanta would score two goals before conceding two more in the 3–2 defeat.[7] Tambakis was in the squad because first-choice goalkeeper Brad Guzan was away at international duty, and second-choice Alec Kann was out injured.[8]

After his option was declined following the 2017 season, Tambakis' rights were traded by Atlanta on December 10, 2017 to Sporting Kansas City along with Kenwyne Jones' rights and a 2021 MLS SuperDraft pick in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, Kevin Oliveira, and Tyler Pasher.[9]

On March 2, 2018, Tambakis joined USL side North Carolina FC.[10]

On March 11, 2021, Tambakis joined New Mexico United.[11]

Career statistics

As of match played 23 April 2022[12]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Panathinaikos F.C. 2011/12 Super League Greece 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012/13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013/14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014/15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015/16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Niki Volos F.C. (loan) 2014/15 Super League Greece 4 0 0 0 4 0
VVV-Venlo (loan) 2014/15 Eerste Divisie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Atlanta United FC 2017 MLS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Charleston Battery (loan)[a] 2016 USL 19 0 0 0 2[b] 0 21 0
2017 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 27 0 0 0 2 0 29 0
North Carolina FC 2018 USL 33 0 1 0 34 0
2019 USL Championship 29 0 1[c] 0 1[b] 0 31 0
2020 14 0 14 0
Total 76 0 2 0 1 0 79 0
New Mexico United 2021 USL Championship 31 0 31 0
2022 4 0 0 0 4 0
35 0 0 0 35 0
Career total 144 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 149 0
  1. ^ Player signed for Atlanta United FC in 2016; the club began play in the 2017 season
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in USL playoffs
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in U.S. Open Cup

Honours

Panathinaikos

References

  1. ^ balleto.gr Archived 2016-01-31 at the Wayback Machine Great honor for me
  2. ^ [1] Alex Tabakis to VVV-Venlo
  3. ^ a b "Atlanta United FC sign the first player in its history, goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis". Univision (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  4. ^ Hudson, Phil. "Atlanta United begins building roster with signing of Alexander Tambakis as first player". Atlanta Business Chronicle. BizJournals.com. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  5. ^ Conover, Dan. "Atlanta to send goalkeeper Tambakis on loan". Charleston Battery. CharlestonBattery.com. Archived from the original on 2016-01-31. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  6. ^ Cardamone, Sarah (March 23, 2017). "TAMBAKIS, AMBROSE LOANED TO BATTERY FOR USL OPENER". Charleston Battery.
  7. ^ Roberson, Doug (October 3, 2017). "Atlanta United loses to Minnesota United". Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  8. ^ "Two Atlanta United players called up for international duty". Atlanta United. October 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Sporting KC acquires forward Kenwyne Jones, goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis and 2021 draft pick in trade with Atlanta United FC".
  10. ^ "North Carolina FC Signs Goalkeeper Alex Tambakis". 2 March 2018.
  11. ^ "NEW MEXICO UNITED ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF GAME-CHANGING GOALKEEPER ALEX TAMBAKIS". www.newmexicoutd.com. March 11, 2021.
  12. ^ "Greece - A. Tambakis - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". Soccerway. Archived from the original on 2017-03-10. Retrieved 10 July 2021.

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