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Despite his half-century of goals with the club, Salpingidis was left in exodus ahead of his transfer to Panathinaikos. Leaving a bitter feeling at the club, fans ultimately despised Salpingidis soon after his departure.
Although he established himself in Greek football while at PAOK, Salpingidis’ move to Athens eventually warranted in more recognition for the striker as the Athenians enjoyed more successful stints in European competition. Playing in his more natural position while in Europe with the Trifylli, Salpingidis has become an integral part of the club on every occasion.
His rise to fame at Panathinaikos quickly earned him call-ups to the national team as his track record on the club level was quickly put to the test by manager Otto Rehhagel.
Playing mostly as a winger, Salpingidis’ natural capabilities near the front of the goal have never been realized by the national squad. Instead, Salpingidis is generally looked upon as a playmaker rather than a goalscorer.
Nevertheless, Salpingidis' speed and agility do provide Greece with an avenue towards goal, which makes him a crucial part of the national team fold. It was his eye for goal that sent Greece to the finals as he clinically provided the finish to knock out Ukraine in the play-offs.
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Salpingidis’ transfer from PAOK to Panathinaikos turned into a saga as it was reported Olympiacos had offered the player a better contract. His refusal to join the Piraeus side forced PAOK to accept an offer from the Trifylli.
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