Unbeatable Paschalakis sets new records in incredible shutout streak

Unbeatable Paschalakis sets new records in incredible shutout streak

PAOK currently occupy first place of the Super League table, one point clear of nearest challengers Olympiacos. One of the biggest reasons behind their success is goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis, who is in the form of his life.

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Born in Athens, 28-year old Paschalakis only signed for PAOK in summer 2017 after impressing with PAS Giannina. It was initially planned that he would be back-up to Argentinian Rodrigo Rey, but since head coach Razvan Lucescu gave him a chance, Paschalakis has made himself PAOK’s undisputed number one. Amazingly, in ten Super League and Greek Cup appearances, Paschalakis has not conceded a single goal!

List of matches in which Alexandros Paschalakis has played:

Apollon Pontou - PAOK - 0:1

Aiginiakos - PAOK - 0:5

Xanthi - PAOK - 0:3

PAOK - Panathinaikos - 4:0

Platanias - PAOK - 0:1

PAOK - Levadiakos - 5:0

AOK Kerkyra - PAOK - 0:3

PAOK - Apollon Smyrnis - 3:0

PAOK - Atromitos - 2:0

Panetolikos - PAOK - 0:1

Overall, Paschalakis’ shutout streak stands at 937 minutes, with 661 coming in the Super League and the remaining 276 in the Greek Cup. As a result, he has broken Kostas Chalkias’ previous PAOK record of 859 minutes without conceding a goal, which was set back in the 2009/2010 season. Unsurprisingly, PAOK boast the Super League’s tightest defence with seven goals conceded in nineteen matches, a statistic which is largely down to Paschalakis’ superb performances between the sticks. With Fernando Santos at the helm, PAOK only let in sixteen goals in the 2009/2010 campaign, but the Dikefalos are on course to better that record this season.

In the past seven matches, PAOK have outscored their opponents 20-0, rising above AEK and Olympiacos to take first place in the Super League standings. Winning those seven matches, PAOK only need two more victories to set a new club record for successive wins in the national championship. At the moment, PAOK’s best is eight victories in a row in the 1972/1973 and 1997/1998 seasons. If Paschalakis continues to be unbeatable in goal, PAOK could very well be about to reach new heights never seen before in Thessaloniki.

by Shaun Nicolaides
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