Thomas Mavros

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Thomas Mavros
Personal information
Full name Thomas Mavros
Date of birth (1954-05-31) 31 May 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth Kallithea, Greece
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1976 Panionios 135 (35)
1976–1987 AEK Athens 325 (251)
1987–1991 Panionios 89 (51)
Total 549 (337)
National team
1972–1984 Greece 36 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas Mavros (Greek: Θωμάς Μαύρος) (born on 31 May 1954 in Kallithea, Greece) is a retired Greek international football player who played as a striker. He is regarded as one of the best players to play club football in Greece having scored a record number of goals there.

Club career[edit]

Panionios[edit]

Having grown up in Nea Smyrni, Mavros joined Panionios' youth ranks and soon made his way to the first team. He soon managed to become the youngest player ever to score in the Greek Super League. He was also capped by the Greek national football team at a very young age whilst playing for one of the less glamorous Greek clubs. He made his debut in continental competitions on 16 September 1971 against Atlético Madrid. His appearance made him the then youngest player of a Greek football club to have ever played in a European competition.

AEK Athens[edit]

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

In 1975, AEK Athens' president Loukas Barlos wanted to sign the young striker but Panionios board refused to trade his team's best player. It was then revealed that when Mavros signed his contract with Panionios he was still underage, thus making the contract invalid. Panionios still blocked the transfer leading to a litigation between the two sides which lasted for the entire 1975-76 season. During this time, Mavros was unable to play for either side. After the dispute was resolved Mavros was finally transferred to AEK Athens on 1976. He immediately became an integral part of the team helping them reach the UEFA Cup 1976-77 semi-finals, winning two championships: (1977-78 and 1978-79) and two cups (1978, 1983). He also managed to become Greek Superleague's Top Goalscorer three times (1978 with 22 goals, 1979 with 31 goals, 1985 with 27 goals). In 1979, he was also second goalscorer in Europe, three goals behind AZ's Kees Kist.He, as a striker and Bajevic, as a creator were the club's best scoring couple and one of the best in Europe. The AEK Athens fans loved him because he was one of the few players who stayed with the club after Barlos left and because of his tendency to score against rivals Olympiacos F.C.. They called him by the nickname "God" and whenever he scored the whole stadium chanted "Who, who, who? Mavros the God" (Greek: "Ποιος, ποιος, ποιος; ο Μαύρος ο Θεός"). On 22/6/84 Mavros had the honour to be called to join World's XI alongside with his countryman Vassilis Hatzipanagis and other legends like Franz Beckenbauer, Ruud Krol, Johan Neeskens, Peter Shilton, Kevin Keegan, Mario Kempes, Hugo Sanchez and Felix Magath.[1] 20.000 Greek fans were in the Giants Stadium to watch World's XI playing against New York Cosmos in a 3-1 win. In fact, according to his statement, in the game, Beckenbauer told him "At last, you came.", meaning the interest of his team, New York Cosmos to Mavros.

Back to Panionios[edit]

In 1987, AEK Athens' manager Nikos Alefantos asked the club's president Andreas Zafiropoulos not to renew Mavros' contract as he thought the player was too old to play for a team of that level. Zafiropoulos agreed and Mavros was released from the club and returned to his former club, Panionios. With Panionios he finished top scorer in Greek Superleague once (1990 with 22 goals) and, until his retirement in 1991, scored a total of 51 goals in 89 matches surpassing his former teammate at AEK Athens Mimis Papaioannou as the Greek Super League's all time top goalscorer. A notable moment was when during a match against AEK Athens in Nikos Goumas Stadium on 28 October 1989 he scored against them but the AEK Athens fans chanted his name as if he had just scored for AEK Athens showing how much they loved and respected him.

International career[edit]

He had a total of 36 appearances with Greece scoring 11 goals in the period of 1972-1984. His most notable moment was his appearance in UEFA Euro 1980.

Records[edit]

  • He is the Greek Super League's all time top goalscorer having scored 260 goals in 501 matches.
  • He is the youngest player to have scored in the Greek Super League. He scored the winning goal in Panionios' 1-0 win against Pierikos on 17 February 1971 when he was just 16 years, 8 months, and 17 days old.
  • He is one of the few player who have scored five goals in a single Greek Super League game. He did so in AEK Athens' 5-2 win against Egaleo during the 1984–85 season.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
1970-71 Panionios Alpha Ethniki 24 2 1 0 0 0 25 2
1971-72 23 3 3 1 0 0 26 4
1972-73 29 9 2 0 0 0 31 9
1973-74 30 10 2 1 0 0 32 11
1974-75 29 11 4 2 0 0 33 13
1975-76 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976-77 AEK Athens 30 18 2 0 10 3 42 21
1977-78 33 22 4 2 4 1 41 25
1978-79 33 31 6 3 4 2 43 36
1979-80 27 14 2 1 2 0 31 15
1980-81 22 9 2 1 0 0 24 10
1981-82 30 17 3 2 0 0 33 19
1982-83 32 19 1 0 2 0 35 19
1983-84 21 13 2 1 2 0 25 14
1984-85 29 27 2 1 0 0 31 28
1985-86 17 4 1 0 1 0 19 4
1986-87 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1987-88 Panionios 29 16 4 2 0 0 33 18
1988-89 22 12 1 0 0 0 23 12
1989-90 33 22 3 2 0 0 36 24
1990-91 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Career total 501 260 45 19 25 6 571 285

Last updated: 2009-08-31
Source: Thomas Mavros at National-Football-Teams.com

International[edit]

National team Season Apps Goals
 Greece 1972 01 00
1973 01 00
1974 02 00
1975 01 01
1976 01 00
1977 05 00
1978 08 06
1979 02 00
1980 06 01
1981 03 02
1982 04 01
1984 02 00
Total 36 11

Source: Thomas Mavros at National-Football-Teams.com

Thomas Mavros: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1975-06-04 Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece  Malta 1–0 4–0 1976 UEQ
2 1978-04-05 Poznań, Poland  Poland 5–2 5–2 Friendly
3 1978-10-11 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Finland 4–0 8–1 1980 UEQ
4 1978-10-11 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Finland 5–0 8–1 1980 UEQ
5 1978-10-11 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Finland 7–1 8–1 1980 UEQ
6 1978-10-28 Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece  Hungary 4–0 4–1 1980 UEQ
7 1978-11-15 Gradski Stadium, Skopje, SFR Yugoslavia  Yugoslavia 0–1 4–1 1980 Balkan Cup
8 1980-02-27 Parc des Princes, Paris, France  France 1–1 5–1 Friendly
9 1981-03-11 Stade Municipal, Rumelange, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 0–2 0–2 1982 WCQ
10 1981-11-29 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Yugoslavia 1–0 1–2 1982 WCQ
11 1982-10-27 Makario Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 0–1 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

AEK Athens
1978, 1979
1978, 1983
Individual
1978, 1979, 1985, 1990

References[edit]

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