|Full name||Nikolaos Machlas|
|Date of birth||16 June 1973|
|Place of birth||Heraklion, Crete, Greece|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2002–2003||→ Sevilla (loan)||14||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Club career 
Machlas scored a disappointing 8 goals in 29 games in his first season in the Eredivisie, but in his second season he scored 34 goals in just 32 games, a feat which earned him the European Golden Boot for the 1997-1998 season. After having scored 60 goals in 92 matches for Vitesse, Machlas joined Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam in June 1999 for a then-club record $7.6 million.
Despite netting 38 goals in 74 Eredivisie league games spread over three seasons, Machlas' goalscoring record was not deemed prolific enough for the demanding Ajax fans and coaching staff. The team went through a transition as poor results meant Machlas had to endure three different coaches in as many years.
His place as striker became threatened by coach Ronald Koeman's preference for the younger strikers Zlatan Ibrahimović and Mido. His 12 goals in the 2001-2002 season were nevertheless important in the run toward the first league title for Ajax in four years. Ajax also won the KNVB Beker that season, meaning they achieved the "double". At the start of the 2002-2003 season, Koeman made it clear to Machlas that there was no future for him anymore in the first team of Ajax and was thus relegated to training and playing matches with the youth team.
After a brief (and frustrating) period in the Ajax youth team, he joined Spanish side Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season. Machlas' time in Spain proved equally unhappy, though. He scored just 2 goals in 14 appearances and was arrested for behaving aggressively to a police officer having been fined for speeding. Upon returning to Ajax, his contract was terminated in July 2003. He then signed for Greek side Iraklis, scoring 10 goals in 26 appearances, before returning to his first club, OFI Crete. Upon the termination of his contract and after conflict with the club's chairman, he moved to APOEL, in Cyprus and signed a two years contract. On his first year at APOEL he helped his team to win the Championship.
In 2009 he returned to his first club OFI in Crete to take up the role of Sporting Director as they bid to return to the Greek Superleague.
International career 
Machlas won 61 caps for Greece and scored 18 goals. He also scored the very crucial goal against Russia  that led Greece to FIFA World Cup - USA 94 at only 20 years of age. He started each of Greece's group games in the USA though they lost all three, to Argentina, Nigeria and Bulgaria and failed to score a goal. He played his last game for Greece against Sweden in February 2002.
- European Golden Boot 1998 (Vitesse)
- Kolokotsios, Lambros (27 September 2010). "Αθλητικοί Φάκελοι (ΜΑΧΛΑΣ)" [Sporting Capsules (Machlas)] (in Greek). Evrytania News.
- ""Αντίο" στα γήπεδα είπε ο Μαχλάς" (in Greek). contra.gr. 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-05-19.