|Date of birth||3 May 1961|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Australia|
|Panathinaikos (General Manager)|
|2012–||Panathinaikos (General Manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Ioannis Samaras (Greek: Ἰωάννης Σαμαράς) (born 3 May 1961) is an Australian-born Greek former footballer who played as a midfielder during the 1980s and 1990s and currently works as youth academy technical director and general manager at Greek club Panathinaikos.
Samaras was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Greek parents. His father, Georgios, was a co-founder of South Melbourne FC, an Australian soccer club with strong ties to the Greek community. He moved to Greece at the age of thirteen. His son, also named Georgios, is a footballer currently a member of Rayo OKC. Samaras is a common member of the Greek squad. Greek national team.
He began his football career in 1980 with Vyzas F.C., but before long he had attracted the attention of several bigger teams and he signed for OFI Crete in the summer of 1984. He went on to play over 100 matches for Crete before he left for Panathinaikos FC in January 1989. In 1991, Samaras returned to Crete, playing 103 games and retiring in 1996.
- Ioannis Samaras at National-Football-Teams.com
- Lynch, Michael (24 May 2006). "Star who slipped the net". The Age. Melbourne.
- Georgios boasts his father's talents Scottish article dated 7 February 2008
- ΕΘΝΙΚΕΣ ΟΜΑΔΕΣ > Εθνική Ομάδα Ανδρών (in Greek). EPO. Archived from the original on 31 December 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
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