Andreas Samaris

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Andreas Samaris
Personal information
Full name Andreas Samaris
Date of birth (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Patras, Greece
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
Number 14
Youth career
0000–2006 PAO Varda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Panachaiki 37 (3)
2009–2013 Panionios 70 (6)
2013– Olympiacos 28 (4)
National team
2007 Greece U19 1 (0)
2013– Greece 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2014

Andreas Samaris (Greek: Ανδρέας Σάμαρης; born 13 June 1989) is a Greek footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Olympiacos and the Greek national team.[1]

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.[2] On 10 April 2007, Samaris signed his first professional contract in Panachaiki. On 11 January 2010 he moved to Panionios.[2]

The prayer of his mother ... January 26, 2013 ... Andreas Samaris running toward the camera and yells "mother for you." After the first year and the second goal of his career in Superleague Greece, he felt that now escaped from the ghost of his childhood and teenage years. Then, his mother insisted that her son had to concentrate more on schoolwork and less on the ball. Only Andreas was the example in the house and could not change her mind! His father, Zois Samaris played for years in PAO Varda, where he started playing football his son. By 2006 could follow the advice of his mother and the madness of his father. He was a great student in school, and always has been tied up with his family and was able to do and what he dreamed. To play football professionally.[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.

International career[edit]

Samaris is a former Greece under-19 international.[2] He made his debut in a 2008 European Under-19 Championship qualifier against France under-19.[1] 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.[4]

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. [5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 April 2014
Club performance League Cup 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 F.C. Superleague 28 4 4 0 6 0 38 4
Career total 135 13 9 0 6 0 150 13

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[6] 2014 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Olympiacos

References[edit]

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