Greece World Cup striker THEOFANIS GEKAS of Eintracht Frankfurt celebrates his second goal of the DFB Pokal match with SV Hamburg on October 27 at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt am Main. (Martin Meissner/AP)
Two goals against FC St.Pauli during a 3-1 victory for the visiting side on Saturday afternoon in Hamburg took Greece World Cup striker THEOFANIS GEKAS of Eintracht Frankfurt past Senegal’s Papiss Demba Cisse of SC Freiburg, who failed to score in his away league match on Friday night against Bayern Munich, to the top of the goal-scoring chart in the German Bundesliga after ten rounds of the 2010-11 football season :
9 goals — Theofanis GEKAS — Eintracht Frankfurt – (Greece)
8 goals — Papiss Demba CISSE — SC Freiburg – (Senegal)
6 goals — Demba BA — TSG Hoffenheim – (Senegal)
6 goals — Hugo ALMEIDA — Werder Bremen – (Portugal)
6 goals — Srdjan LAKIC — 1.FC Kaiserslautern – (Croatia)
6 goals — GRAFITE — Vfl Wolfsburg – (Brazil)
6 goals — Eden DZEKO — Vfl Wolfsburg – (Bosnia/Herzegovina)
5 goals — Lucas BARRIOS — Borussia Dortmund – (Paraguay)
5 goals — Didier YA KONAN — Hannover 96 – (Ivory Coast)
5 goals — Klaus-Jan HUNTELAAR — Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen – (Holland)
5 goals — Pavel POGREBNYAK — Vfb Stuttgart – (Russia)
Greece World Cup striker THEOFANIS GEKAS of Eintracht Frankfurt unsuccessfully attempts to shoot past Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen’s sprawled Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER during the 0-0 draw in the Bundesliga on October 23 at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt am Main. (Michael Probst/AP)
THEOFANIS GEKAS intially arrived in Germany during the summer of 2006 to play for Vfl Bochum on loan from Greek club Panathinaikos Athens for a fee of 300,000 Euros with an option to purchase for a further 700,000 Euros if the Bundesliga side were not relegated at the end of the season.
Greatly aided by Greece international striker, who scored twenty goals to lead the top flight, Vfl Bochum were able to stay in the Bundesliga.
Bayer Leverkusen were sufficently impressed and came for Gekas at the end of the striker’s first season in the German first division; a deal was reportedly concluded in which Bayer Leverkusen paid off Panathinaikos Athens in full and forked over a further 4.0 million Euros to Eintract Frankfurt.
Gekas actually led Bayer Leverkusen in Bundesliga goal-scoring his first year at the club but his stock hit rock bottom in his second season and the Greece international striker was sent out on loan to FC Portsmouth in the English Premier League, where things did not work out, either.
The now 30-year-striker was given one last chance with Bayer Leverkusen to start last season, but after six goalless appearances Gekas was again sent out on loan, this time to SC Hertha Berlin.
Gekas registered a respectable six goals in seventeen games in the unififed German capital city and, at the end of the season, was selected for the final roster of Greece’s entry at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Late in May, Bayer Leverkusen decided to officially cut their losses and sold the veteran striker, who has earned 52 caps and scored 20 goals for Greece, to Eintracht Frankfurt for the cut rate of one million Euros.
THEOFANIS GEKAS record
06-07 — 20 goals – 32 games — Vfl Bochum – GER
07-08 — 11 goals – 29 games — Bayer Leverkusen – GER
08-09 —– 2 goals – 15 games — Bayer Leverkusen – GER
08-09 —– 0 goals —- 1 games — FC Portsmouth – ENG
09-10 —– 0 goals —- 6 games — Bayer Leverkusen – GER
09-10 —– 6 goals – 17 games — SC Hertha Berlin – GER
10-11 —— 9 goals – 10 games — Eintracht Frankfurt – GER
Striker THEOFANIS GEKAS of Greece gestures during the Group B match with South Korea at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, during the 2010 World Cup final tournament held this past summer. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe)