Lambros Choutos

Lampros Choutos

Lampros Choutos (sometimes spelled Labros Xoutos) (born December 7, 1979 in Athens) is a Greek football player. He plays as a striker, and has recently signed for Panionios having been released by Inter Milan. He is 177cm tall, and weighs about 75 kg.

Early Years and Olympiakos

Choutos started his career playing for A.S. Roma at the age of 16, but he has often been injured and so he has never shown all the potential talent that he had already shown in youth teams. Lampros as a youth was playing for Asteras Polygonou. There he was discovered from the scouts of Panathinaikos and immediately joined Panathinaikos youth team. However, he did not spend there more than 2 years and his talent brought him to Rome for A.S. Roma. Even so, his first professional club was in Greece Olympiakos who took him on loan from Roma after some great games with the Greek U-21 national team, with whom he scored a record 15 goals in the qualifying rounds for the 2000 European U-21 Championship. In Olympiakos, under the direction of Italian coach Alberto Bigon he easily made his way in the first team where he formed a great tandem with Zlatko Zahovic and Brazilian star Giovanni. Although he suffered from an injured knee, Choutos managed to score many decisive goals, making him one of the team's most popular players. He won the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 championships titles with the Red and Whites before returning to Italy, notably to Internazionale.

Inter Years

He signed 3 year contract with Inter in summer 2004, whpre he could not settle down and was constantly loaned to other minor teams as well as spending time in with the Personal traner Fabio MartellaSpain.

He made his first competitive Inter debut in Coppa Italia against F.C. Messina Peloro, November 9, 2006, replace Mariano Gonzalez in 78 min. This came after many years with Inter playing friendlies and being loaned out several times to teams including RCD Mallorca where he had a poor relationship with one Hector Cuper. He finally left the obscurity of being owned by Inter at the end of the 2006-07 season.

Panionios

Choutos made an impressive return, not only to Greek football, but once again being a regular in the starting 11. Having played only two games in the Greece Super League he was given a start against AEK Athens in the OAKA. He scored two of the three goals to sink AEK at home and won MVP for the game.

He again kept up his scoring record at the start of the 2008-09 season scoring 2 goals for panionios in their 3-1 in the Intertoto cup 2nd round match.

Honours

Olympiakos

Inter Milan

Trivia

  • He featured on the cover of the Greek edition of FIFA 2002.

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