Dimitris Saravakos

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Dimitris Saravakos
Dimitrios Saravakos in 2009
Personal information
Full name Dimitrios Saravakos
Date of birth (1961-07-26) 26 July 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger, Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Panathinaikos (Strategic Advisor)
Youth career
1977–1979 Panionios
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1984 Panionios 132 (35)
1984–1994 Panathinaikos 252 (125)
1994–1996 AEK Athens 47 (21)
1997–1998 Panathinaikos 2 (0)
Total 433 (181)
National team
1982–1994 Greece 78 (22)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dimitrios "Dimitris" Saravakos (Greek: Δημήτρης Σαραβάκος) (born 26 July 1961), nicknamed O Μικρός (The Kid) is a Greek former football player, considered to be one of the best Greek football players of all time. He started his career in Panionios and later he moved on to Panathinaikos FC, where Saravakos gained fame and matured as a footballer, evolving into a formidable right winger. After a rejection of a renewal contract offer by Panathinaikos, Saravakos moved to AEK Athens in 1994. He returned and concluded his career in Panathinaikos three years later.

Being a charismatic player he attracted a number of the biggest clubs in Europe. Yet in the early 1990s – prior to the implementation of the ECJ's Bosman ruling – when Juventus had offered him a contract, Panathinaikos' chairman Yiorgos Vardinogiannis rejected the transfer – Saravakos thus lost an opportunity to continue his successful career also in Serie A.

Saravakos won several Super League Championships (formerly, championships) and cups in Greece with Panathinaikos and AEK Athens. He also captained the Greek national team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and brought Panathinaikos to the semi finals of the European Cup in 1985.

He kept the record for the best Greek scorer in UEFA games, scoring 25 goals, before he overpassed from Demis Nikolaidis.



AEK Athens

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nikos Anastopoulos
Greece captain
Succeeded by
Stratos Apostolakis