Tsiartas signing an autograph for a Greek fan.
|Full name||Vasilios Tsiartas|
|Date of birth||12 November 1972|
|Place of birth||Alexandreia, Greece|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2004–2005||1. FC Köln||4||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Vassilios Tsiartas (Greek: Βασίλης Τσιάρτας) (born on 12 November 1972) is a retired Greek international football player who played as an attacking midfielder, and is considered one of the greatest free kick takers of all time. Although he was famed for his lackadaisical playing style, his ability was never in question and he was in many ways the epitome of a player who wears the number 10 shirt. Tsiartas (nickname-EL MAGO) was predominantly left footed but was just as dangerous with his right. He was a phenomenal free kick specialist and also took all penalties for the National Team of Greece and his club sides. He was an important part of the Greek National Side claiming two assists in Portugal towards Greece's ultimate victory Euro 2004 (they began the tournament as 100–1 outsiders). In his entire career he did not receive a single red card. Although being a classic "number-10-player", Tsiartas was capable of scoring many goals due to his deadly footage and scoring abilities being one of AEK Athens top scorers. He is considered one of the best Greek players in history.
Born in Alexandreia, Greece, he began his career at the academy at AE Alexandris and later the team of F.A.S. Naoussa FC which also produced such players as Vassilis Lakis and Dimitris Markos. The left footed attacking midfielder soon made a name for himself and his subsequent move to AEK Athens FC resulted in him scoring the most goals in the 1996 season in the Alpha Ethniki (A League). This and his huge attacking presence lead to a move to Sevilla FC for a fee of 1.5m €. There, he was an influential captain and vital in team gaining promotion to the Primera Division. He was known in Sevilla as 'El Mago' due to his lethal ability with any free kicks combined with a powerful shot in or outside the box. He managed to achieve 65 apps for Primera Division scoring 18 goals, although he was the passer of the team. He returned to AEK Athens FC in 2000 for 3.5m € and after another successful 4 year spell at AEK he ended his career at 1. FC Köln. Tsiartas officially returned to active competition, by signing with Ethnikos Piraeus in Greece. On 14 February 2007 Vasilis Tsiartas announced his retirement from professional football.
Having played U-16 and U-21 he debuted for the Greek National Team on 27 April 1994 in a game against Saudi Arabia. He managed to score 12 goals (5 of which were penalties) in his 70 caps with the National Team including an important penalty against Northern Ireland in 2003 which led to Greece's qualification for Euro 2004. During the Euro 2004 he was used mainly as a substitute by the team's coach Otto Rehhagel, but managed to claim two vital assists, one against Spain and the other against the Czech Republic on the way to Greece's victory in the tournament.
AEK technical director
Last updated: 2010-3-03
Source: national-football-teams.com at National-Football-Teams.com
|1||1995–05–17||Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania||Lithuania||1–1||2–1||Friendly|
|2||1995–11–15||Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium, Heraklion, Greece||Faroe Islands||5–0||5–0||1996 UEQ|
|4||1999–10–06||Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Athens, Greece||Albania||1–0||2–0||2000 UEQ|
|5||1999–10–09||Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia||Slovenia||0–1||0–3||2000 UEQ|
|6||2001–11–10||Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens, Greece||Estonia||3–0||4–2||Friendly|
|7||2002–03–27||Kostas Davourlis Stadium, Patras, Greece||Belgium||1–2||3–2||Friendly|
|8||2003–03–26||UPC-Arena, Graz, Austria||Austria||0–1||2–2||Friendly|
|10||2003–10–11||Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece||Northern Ireland||1–0||1–0||2004 UEQ|
|11||2004–03–31||Pankritio Stadium, Heraklion, Greece||Switzerland||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|12||2004–10–09||Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine||Ukraine||1–1||1–1||2006 WCQ|
- Beta Ethniki: 1992-93
- AEK Athens
- He featured on the cover of the Greek edition of FIFA 2000.
- "Το αντίο του El Mago" (in Greek). Contra.gr. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- Tsartas, el 'sabio griego' del equipo de Rehhagel
- Uefa.com: Tsiartas signs off with pride
- Vassilios Tsiartas at National-Football-Teams.com