Andreas Samaris

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Andreas Samaris
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Patras, Greece
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2006 PAO Varda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Panachaiki 37 (3)
2009–2012 Panionios 49 (1)
2012–2014 Olympiacos 28 (4)
2012–2013 Panionios (loan) 21 (5)
2014– Benfica 7 (0)
National team
2007 Greece U19 1 (0)
2013– Greece 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Andreas Samaris (Greek: Ανδρέας Σάμαρης; born 13 June 1989) is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Portuguese club Benfica and the Greece national team.[2]

Club career[edit]

He made his first football steps at an early age in his hometown team PAO Varda. He started his career in Gamma Ethniki side Panachaiki in 2006, making a total of 37 league appearances and scored 3 goals for the club.[3] On 10 April 2007, Samaris signed his first professional contract in Panachaiki. On 11 January 2010 he moved to Panionios.[3]

He joined Olympiacos in August 2012 for a transfer fee of €350,000, but he was loaned to Panionios for 2012–13 season. He scored his first goal with the club on 23 November 2013 in an away 4–1 victory against Panthrakikos.[4] He ended the league with 38 appearances and scored four goals, on the way to the Greek's 41st title.[5]

On 22 August 2014, Samaris moved abroad and joined Benfica for a transfer fee of €10 million with a release clause set at €45 million.[6][7][8] He made his debut for the 'Reds' on 12 September against Vitória Sétubal.[9]

International career[edit]

Samaris is a former Greece under-19 international.[3] He made his debut in a 2008 European Under-19 Championship qualifier against France under-19.[2] In October 2013 he was invited by Fernando Santos in the Greece national football team and made a substitute appearance in the final group qualifier against Liechtenstein and rose from the bench in the two play-off matches against Romania. Samaris exceptional season year with Olympiakos was his passport not only to be called from Greek national manager Fernando Santos to the 30 man provisional World Cup squad, but also to the final 23-man squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup.[10]

On 24 June 2014, in his first appearance in a final tournament of World Cup, the Greek midfielder succeeded to open the score scored after Cheick Tiote's defensive mistake in the 42nd minute of the game for a final 2-1 win against Ivory Coast as an early replacement for the injured Panagiotis Kone.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 November 2014.
Club performance League Cup1 Europe Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Panachaiki Gamma Ethniki 4 0 0 0 4 0
2007–08 19 3 0 0 19 3
2008–09 14 0 0 0 14 0
2009–10 0 0 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Panionios Superleague 2 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11 20 1 0 0 20 1
2011–12 27 0 3 0 30 0
2012–13 21 5 1 0 22 5
2013–14 Olympiacos Superleague 28 4 4 0 6 0 38 4
2014–15 Benfica Primeira Liga 7 0 1 0 4 0 12 0
Career total 143 13 10 0 9 0 162 13

1Other tournaments include the Taça da Liga.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Greece's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 June 2014 Estádio CastelãoFortaleza, Brazil  Ivory Coast 1–0 2–1[12] 2014 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Olympiacos

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 18. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Andreas Samaris profile". uefa.com. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Τον Ανδρέα Σάμαρη απέκτησε ο Πανιώνιος (Panionios signed Andreas Samaris)". Eleftherotypia (in Greek). 11 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "11/24/2013: Latest Greek Super League Results with Video". greece.greekreporter.com. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Quem é Andreas Samaris?". Desporto.sapo.pt (in Portuguese). 21 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Samaris assina contrato com o SL Benfica por cinco épocas". www.slbenfica.pt (in Portuguese). 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jorge Jesus confirma contratação de Samaris pelo Benfica". Público (in Portuguese). 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Announcement to CMVM". S.L. Benfica. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "V. Setúbal-Benfica, 0-5 (crónica)" [Vitória Setubal- Benfica, 0-5 (chronicle)]. Maisfutebol.iol.pt (in Portuguese). 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Greece World Cup 2014 squad". telegraph.co.uk. 19 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Greece-Ivory Coast 2-1". goal.com. 24 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast - 24 June 2014". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 

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