|Date of birth||3 May 1961|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Australia|
|Current club||Panathinaikos (General Manager)|
|2012–||Panathinaikos (General Manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Samaras was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Greek parents. His father, Georgios, was a co-founder of South Melbourne FC, an Australian soccer club with strong ties to the Greek community. He moved to Greece at the age of thirteen. His son, also named Georgios, is a footballer and currently plays for Celtic and the Greek national team.
He began his football career in 1980 with Vyzas F.C., but before long he had attracted the attention of several bigger teams and he signed for OFI Crete in the summer of 1984. He went on to play over 100 matches for Crete before he left for Panathinaikos FC in January 1989. In 1991, Samaras returned to Crete, playing 103 games and retiring in 1996.
- Ioannis Samaras at National-Football-Teams.com