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1. Kostas Manolas began his youth career in Greece at Thrasyvoulos, but soon moved to AEK Athens, where his uncle, Greek legend Stelios Manolas, was the sporting director.

2. The Greek defender scored his first professional goal against Olympiacos on 19 May 2010 in a game where he was playing with a broken bone in his skull.

3. Manolas credited some of his development at AEK Athens to his teammate, defensive partner and Euro 2004 winner Traianos Dellas, saying “His experience has helped me become confident on the ball and in the decisions I make in the game. He is basically like a teacher to me who I look up to.”

4. Kostas won the Greek Cup, the first trophy of his career, on 30 April 2011 in a 3-0 victory over Atromitos. Manolas earned man of the match honours for his impressive defensive display.

5. Manolas moved to Olympiacos ahead of their 2012-13 title-winning campaign. He helped the Athens-based club win both the league title and Greek Cup that season.

6. In the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League, Manolas scored twice in the group stage for Olympiacos, leading them to a place in the round of 16. This was the first time Olympiacos had reached this round of the tournament since the 2009-10 season.

7. Manolas joined Roma on 27 August 2014, becoming the sixth Greek player to pull on a Giallorossi shirt after Choutos, Dellas, Tachtsidis, Torosidis and Eleftheropoulos.

8. In his first four seasons with the Giallorossi, Manolas has made 171 total appearances, scoring seven goals.

9. Manolas has made 34 total appearances for Greece’s national team, and also featured in their 2014 World Cup squad that reached the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time in history.

10. Kostas scored the decisive third goal in an unforgettable Champions League victory over Barcelona in April 2018. He revealed that during the game he had a premonition that he might be the one to score the winner, saying ““After we had the second goal, after about 79 minutes we were standing in the middle of the pitch and I turned to my defensive partner [Federico] Fazio and said, ‘We are going to score – and you or I will be the ones to do it.’ And if you do not believe me, you can ask him. In the end it was me that did it. But this conversation happened out there on the pitch. I told him. I felt it was coming.”

 
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