Torosidis playing for Roma in 2013
|Full name||Vasilios Torosidis|
|Date of birth||10 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Xanthi, Greece|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Full back
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Vasilios "Vasilis" Torosidis (Greek: Βασίλης Τοροσίδης; born 10 June 1985) is a Greek footballer who currently plays for Italian Serie A club Roma and the Greek national team. Torosidis is known for his dynamic forward runs, accurate delivery from the flanks, and powerful shooting from distance, as well as his versatility as a full back, defensive midfielder and right winger.
Torosidis made his senior debut for Skoda Xanthi on 19 April 2003 at the age of 17 and scored his first goal in the Super League against Iraklis Thessaloniki on 17 October 2005. After impressing in his four-and-a-half years at Xanthi, he attracted the interest from the "big three" of Greece, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, and AEK Athens. Eventually he joined Olympiacos on a five-year deal on 1 January 2007.
Torosidis moved to Olympiacos in January 2007 and scored his first goal with the team against PAOK on 21 January 2007. He scored his first European goal for Olympiacos in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup 1st round 5–0 home leg win against FC Nordsjælland and scored another one in the competition's Group Stage 4–0 home win against Hertha BSC.
Torosidis signed a renewal with Olympiacos in the summer of 2009 that will expire on 31 June 2013, which included a buy-out fee of €7 million. He was named captain of Olympiacos after the retirement of goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis.
A hard full back known for his exceptional physical strength, endurance, and technique, he has been an important part of the Greek national team and the Olympiacos team since joining the club. He has been monitored by such clubs as Newcastle United, Roma, Juventus, Atlético Madrid, and Bayern Munich. On 22 January 2013, he moved from Olympiacos to Roma, signing a contract with the Roman club expiring on 31 June 2015.
On 23 January 2013, Torosidis moved to Italian Serie A side Roma for an undisclosed fee and signed a contract valid until 30 June 2015, with the option to stay for the 2015–16 season. He made his debut against Bologna in a 3–3 draw. He scored his first goal for Roma in a 2–3 away win over Atalanta. He also scored in the Coppa Italia semi-final match against Internazionale with a great strike right in Inter goalkeeper Handanovič's top corner. The match ended 2–3, with Roma securing a position in the 2013 Coppa Italia Final against Lazio, where they subsequently lost.
- As of 30 October 2013
Torosidis made his international debut in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Turkey. Following the qualifiers, Torosidis was selected in the Greek squad for Euro 2008. He scored his first international goal in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.
On 18 June 2010, Nigerian midfielder Sani Kaita lashed out with a kick to his thigh, resulting with Kaita being shown a straight red card. Thereafter, he scored the crucial goal in Greece's World Cup Group Stage match against Nigeria which gave his country a 2–1 win, their first ever win at a World Cup.
|1.||6 September 2008||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||0–1||0–3||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|2.||14 October 2009||Spyros Louis Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece||Luxembourg||1–0||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|3.||17 June 2010||Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa||Nigeria||2–1||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|4.||8 October 2010||Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece||Latvia||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier|
|5.||26 March 2011||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta'Qali, Malta||Malta||0–1||0–1||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier|
|6.||26 May 2012||Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria||Slovenia||1–0||1–1||Friendly match|
|7.||15 August 2012||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||Norway||0–1||2–3||Friendly match|
- Superleague Greece (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Greek Cup (3): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12
- Greek Super Cup (1): 2007
- Cinco Violinos Trophy: 2012 Runner-up
- Palmer, Kevin. "Champions League 2012–13, Group B". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- Newcastle United Target Greek Star Torosidis
- Roma set sights on Olympiakos' Vasilis Torosidis – report – Goal.com
- Juventus tracking Olympiacos defender Torosidis | Serie A News | tribalfootball.com
- FOOTBALLpress.net news: ATLETICO MADRID, Here the greek solution Torosidis
- FOOTBALLpress.net news: GERMANY/ BAYERN, Keen on Torosidis
- "Corporate: Vasileios Torosidis". AS Roma official website. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
- Fletcher, Paul (17 June 2010). "Greece 2–1 Nigeria". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 2010-06-17.
- "Comedy Own Goal! Vasilios Torosidis (Greece) vs Romania". inside World Soccer. 20 November 2013.