Ioannis Samaras

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Ioannis Samaras
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-05-03) 3 May 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Panathinaikos (General Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 Vyzas F.C.
1984–1989 OFI Crete 114 (27)
1989–1991 Panathinaikos FC 48 (15)
1991–1996 OFI Crete 103 (6)
National team
1986–1990 Greece 16 (1)
Teams managed
2000–2002 OFI Crete
2012– Panathinaikos (General Manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ioannis Samaras (Greek: Ἰωάννης Σαμαράς) (born 3 May 1961) is an Australian-born Greek former footballer who played as a midfielder during the 1980s and 1990s.

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.[1] He moved to Greece at the age of thirteen. His son, also named Georgios, is a footballer who previously played for Manchester City and Celtic. He now plays for West Bromwich Albion F.C. Samaras is a common member of the Greek squad. Greek national team.[2]

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.

Samaras earned 16 caps for the Greek national team between 1986 and 1990.[3] He scored one goal, on his eighth cap, in a 4-2 friendly win over Norway.[4]

He was appointed on 26 July 2010 as the new Technical Manager for the Panathinaikos F.C. academies, replacing Nikos Kovis.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lynch, Michael (24 May 2006). "Star who slipped the net". The Age (Melbourne). 
  2. ^ Georgios boasts his father's talents Scottish article dated 7 February 2008
  3. ^ ΕΘΝΙΚΕΣ ΟΜΑΔΕΣ > Εθνική Ομάδα Ανδρών (in Greek). EPO. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  4. ^ http://eu-football.info/_player.php?id=18374
  5. ^ «Να ανέβουμε επίπεδο»