Mimis Domazos

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Mimis Domazos
Mimis Domazos Panathinaikos.jpg
Personal information
Full name Dimitrios Domazos
Date of birth (1942-01-22) 22 January 1942 (age 72)
Place of birth Ambelokipi, Athens, Greece
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1953–1959 Amina Abelokipon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1978 Panathinaikos 498 (134)
1978–1979 AEK Athens 34 (5)
1980 Panathinaikos 12 (0)
Total 544 (139)
National team
1959–1980 Greece 50 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1980.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1977

Dimitrios "Mimis" Domazos (Greek: Δημήτρης Δομάζος), (born 22 January 1942) is a retired Greek footballer (central attacking midfielder) born in Ambelokipi, Athens. His nickname is "The General".

Mimis Domazos is considered by many to be one of the best footballers that Greece has ever produced. He was famed for his very good dribbling ability, his creative passes, especially long passes of pinpoint accuracy, and his leadership. He was Panathinaikos FC team captain for over 15 years. When he retired from playing, in 1980, Domazos was declared the longest-active footballer in the history of Greek football, having played for more than 21 years.

Playing career[edit]

Thomas Mavros, Dušan Bajević and Mimis Domazos (1979-80)

Domazos was born on 22 January 1942 in Ambelokipi, Athens, just a few blocks away from the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium and began his playing career at the age of thirteen with a neighborhood team, Amyna Ampelokipon, whose field was across the street from the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.

Panathinaikos scouted his talent and offered him a professional contract. Domazos did not pass up the chance to play for his favourite team and in 1959 (when the first Greek National Championship took place) Panathinaikos signed him at the age of 17. He went on to become a living legend for Greek football and Panathinaikos.

He played for Panathinaikos at 1971 European Cup Final.

In 1979, after 20 years in Panathinaikos and due to an argument with his coach, he transferred to AEK for one year. He returned to Panathinaikos in 1980 when the new team president, Yiorgos Vardinogiannis, asked him to end his illustrious career in the team that loved him so much.

Honours[edit]

Panathinaikos
AEK Athens

Domazos was one of the final torchbearers for the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Statistics[edit]

NATIONAL TEAM CAREER

  • His first match with the national team was in 2 December 1959 against Denmark in Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium (Greece lost 1–3) and his last was in 11 November 1980 against Australia in the same field (3–3) [1] [2]
  • He was the National team captain during these years. In total he was capped 50 times and scored 4 goals. [3] [4]

OTHER RECORDS

  • Mimis Domazos in total participated in 536 official matches (502 with Panathinaikos and 34 with AEK Athens) which is still a record number [5]
  • He was the third-highest scorer of the Greek Championship in 1971 (21 goals) and the fourth-highest in 1962 (16 goals)

Personal life[edit]

Domazos was married to the late Vicky Moscholiou, a popular singer. The couple had two daughters. Since retirement he has been a businessman and often writes opinion columns for Greek sports newspapers. He owns a chain of five-a-side football clubs. His nephew, Christos Domazos (born May 12, 1991), currently plays in Rethimno football club, Division C.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Giorgos Sideris
Greece captain
1970-1980
Succeeded by
Giorgos Koudas