Kerala Blasters have announced the signing of 29-year-old Greek international and forward Dimitrios Diamantakos ahead of the new season.
From the port city of Piraeus in Athens, Diamantakos spent his formative years at local club Atromitos Piraeus FC before joining the youth/reserve setup at Olympiacos FC in 2009. He was promoted to the senior team in 2012 and went out on loan to clubs in the Greek Super League over the next two seasons.
Following his loan spell, he was retained by Olympiacos FC for the 2014-15 season. He scored two goals from eight appearances in the league and two goals from seven in the domestic cup competition as Olympiacos FC went onto complete a double. He also featured in two matches in the UEFA Champions League that season.
After the end of the season, Dimitrios was loaned out again to 2. Bundesliga club Karlsruher SC. He joined the club permanently after a season on loan and then continued to play in the German second tier with Vfl Bochum and FC St. Pauli. Overall in the 2. Bundesliga, he scored 34 goals and assisted seven from 108 matches.
Then in 2020 as a free agent, Diamantakos signed a three-year contract with Croatian club HNK Hajduk Split – from where he joins Kerala Blasters. His two seasons in the Prva HNL have seen him make 24 appearances in which he scored two goals and assisted one.
Dimitrios has represented Greece at various age group levels and has been capped five times for the senior national team.
Among the foreign signings that have joined KBFC this season, the 6’0″ striker’s signing follows that of Spanish defender Víctor Mongil, Greek-Australian striker Apostolos Giannou, Ukrainian midfielder Ivan Kaliuzhnyi and Croatian defender Marko Lešković. Adrian Luna is the retained foreign player from last season.