|Full name||Efstathios Tavlaridis|
|Date of birth||25 January 1980|
|Place of birth||Serres, Greece|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2003||→ Portsmouth (loan)||4||(0)|
|2003–2004||→ Lille (loan)||16||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Efstathios Tavlaridis (Greek: Στάθης Ταυλαρίδης; born 25 January 1980 in Serres), commonly known as Stathis Tavlaridis, is a Greek football defender currently playing for Greek Superleague club Atromitos. Tavlaridis has earned the nickname "Taureau" in France which means "The Bull" due to his aggressive style of play.
He started his career at Iraklis Thessaloniki and in 2001 was transferred to Arsenal at the age of 21 for £1m. He never fully broke into the first team, unable to displace Sol Campbell and Kolo Touré, and spent a period on loan to Portsmouth. He made eight appearances for Arsenal, all but one of them in the League Cup. He made his Premier league debut in 2002–03 season against Southampton, where Arsenal rested many of their players for the upcoming FA Cup Final, also against Southampton. In early 2004 he was loaned to Lille OSC and the deal was made permanent that summer.
On April 29 he was transferred from Arsenal to Lille OSC on a four-year contract. He had a successful spell with the club which meant that during the summer of 2007, he was creating a lot of interest from other clubs.Throughout his career in Lille has succeeded to play at 12 games in both Champions League and UEFA.
Despite being linked with a hosts of Ligue 1 clubs, notably Bordeaux, Marseille, and Monaco, Tavlaridis announced that he was signing with AS Saint-Étienne for €2.5m after agreeing to a three-year deal with the club. Tavlaridis was handed the number 4 shirt and quickly inserted into the first eleven forming partnerships with Moustapha Bayal Sall. Tavlaridis made his debut against his former club Lille and was applauded by the Lille home fans.
Tavlaridis got off to a great start for the 2007–08 season scoring his first goal with Saint-Étienne in a 2–1 victory over Sochaux the following week. Tavlaridis was named as the club's permanent captain by manager Alain Perrin following the first league match of the 2009–10 Ligue 1 season, after having served as vice-captain the previous season. Tavlaridis has played 69 Ligue 1 appearances and has scored twice. Tavlaridis was removed as captain shortly due to his long-term injury playing only six matches.
On 30 April 2010 Larissa announced that an agreement had been reached with the Greek centre-back on a four-year deal and he joined the club for free when his contract with Saint-Etienne expired at the end of the season. He returned to Greece after a terrific career in England and in France during the past decade. On 9 August 2011, however, Tavlaridis terminated his contract following the team's relegation to the Football League.
On 24 August 2011, Tavlaridis signed an one-year contract for OFI Crete, who then were newly promoted to the Greek Superleague. However, due to the club's financial difficulties and payment inconsistencies, he decided to leave the club on 24 April 2012, after the 2011–12 campaign for OFI was over.
Tavlaridis has only managed to play twice for the Greek national football team having fallen out of favor with coach Otto Rehhagel as well as Akis Zikos, Ieroklis Stoltidis, Grigoris Georgatos, Nikos Lyberopoulos and Vassilis Tsartas. He has not been featured in the squad since 2005.
- "Player Profile: Stathis Tavlaridis". Premier League.
- "Arsenal hit Saints for six". BBC. 7 May 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
- 'Stathis' returns home with Larissa
- "Λάρισα και Ταυλαρίδης έλυσαν τη συνεργασία τους (Larissa and Tavlaridis parted ways)" (in Greek). In.gr. 9 August 2011.
- "Στα ασπρόμαυρα ο Στάθης Ταυλαρίδης (Stathis Tavlaridis to OFI)" (in Greek). ofifc.gr. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- "Παρελθόν ο Ταυλαρίδης με άδεια από τη διοίκηση (Tavlaridis left with board's permission)". Patris (in Greek). 24 April 2012.
- "Συμφώνησε ο Ταυλαρίδης στον Ατρόμητο (Tavlaridis agreed with Atromitos)" (in Greek). SentraGoal. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Efstathios Tavlaridis at National-Football-Teams.com