The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Greece

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This page contains a list of the greatest Greek Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 89 of which were born in Greece. This makes Greece the birth place of the 37th most number of Soccer Players behind Cameroon and Slovakia.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Greek Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Greek Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Greek Soccer Players.

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1. Antonios Nikopolidis (1971 - )

With an HPI of 61.38, Antonios Nikopolidis is the most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 39 different languages on wikipedia.

Antonis Nikopolidis (Greek: Αντώνης Νικοπολίδης; born 14 January 1971) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and former manager of the Greece under-21 national team. He is regarded among the best Greek goalkeepers of all time having been awarded the most caps in the Greece national team and playing an integral part in the UEFA Euro 2004 triumph.

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2. Theodoros Zagorakis (1971 - )

With an HPI of 61.17, Theodoros Zagorakis is the 2nd most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 38 different languages.

Theodoros Zagorakis (Greek: Θεόδωρος Ζαγοράκης; born 27 October 1971) is a Greek politician and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He was the captain of the Greece national team that won UEFA Euro 2004, and was also president of PAOK FC. He was named the Greek Male Athlete of the Year in 2004. He was elected as a Greek MEP at the May 2014 European Parliament election. He was also the president of the Hellenic Football Federation from March to September 2021.

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3. Angelos Charisteas (1980 - )

With an HPI of 61.00, Angelos Charisteas is the 3rd most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 46 different languages.

Angelos Charisteas (Greek: Άγγελος Χαριστέας, pronounced [ˈaɲɟelos xariˈste.as]; born 9 February 1980) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a forward. He works as sporting director for Aris Thessaloniki. At club level he has played for Aris Thessaloniki, Werder Bremen, Ajax, Feyenoord, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04, Arles-Avignon, and Al-Nassr. Internationally, he was capped 88 times by Greece, scoring 25 goals. He was a member of the UEFA Euro 2004 winning team, scoring three goals, including the winning goal in the final against Portugal. He also represented Greece at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.

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4. Giorgos Karagounis (1977 - )

With an HPI of 59.60, Giorgos Karagounis is the 4th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 51 different languages.

Georgios "Giorgos" Karagounis (Greek: Γεώργιος "Γιώργος" Καραγκούνης; born 6 March 1977) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. In his club career, Karagounis played for Panathinaikos, Apollon Smyrni, Internazionale, Benfica and Fulham. At international level, Karagounis represented Greece between 1999 and 2014. He was a member of the UEFA Euro 2004-winning squad, and also represented Greece at Euro 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup. With 139 appearances, he is the most capped player in the history of the Greece national team.

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5. Alketas Panagoulias (1934 - 2012)

With an HPI of 59.40, Alketas Panagoulias is the 5th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Alketas ("Alkis") Panagoulias (Greek: Αλκέτας Παναγούλιας, 30 May 1934 – 18 June 2012) was a Greek association football player and manager. He managed the national teams of both Greece and the United States. He also managed several clubs, including Aris, his birthplace team, and Olympiakos with whom he won three Alpha Ethniki championships.

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6. Nikos Anastopoulos (1958 - )

With an HPI of 59.37, Nikos Anastopoulos is the 6th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Nikos Anastopoulos (Greek: Νίκος Αναστόπουλος; born 22 January 1958) is a Greek former footballer who was one the most prolific strikers in the Greek league during the 1980s and widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of Greek football. With 29 goals he is the all-time top scorer for the Greek national football team. He is considered one of the greatest players in Olympiacos history, where he scored 159 goals in 291 official games for the Greek powerhouse and won the Bronze Boot as the third scorer in Europe in the 1982–83 season. Since retiring as a player he has become a football manager. He is the current manager of Super League 2 club Kalamata.

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7. Theofanis Gekas (1980 - )

With an HPI of 58.51, Theofanis Gekas is the 7th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 46 different languages.

Theofanis "Fanis" Gekas (Greek: Θεοφάνης "Φάνης" Γκέκας; born 23 May 1980) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a striker.He has been the top goalscorer of Superleague Greece and the Bundesliga in previous seasons. Most of his career has been spent in those two countries and Turkey, but he has also played top-flight football in England and Spain. At international level, Gekas represented Greece at two European Championships and as many World Cups, earning 78 caps between 2005 and 2014. He was the top goalscorer of the European section of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification with 10 goals. With 24 goals for his national football team, he is Greece's third highest all-time goalscorer.

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8. Mimis Domazos (1942 - )

With an HPI of 58.24, Mimis Domazos is the 8th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Dimitris "Mimis" Domazos (Greek: Μίμης Δομάζος, born 22 January 1942) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. His nickname was "The General". Mimis Domazos is considered by many to be one of the best footballers that Greece has ever produced. He was famed for his very good dribbling ability, his creative passes, especially long passes of pinpoint accuracy, and his leadership. He was Panathinaikos F.C. team captain for over 15 years. When he retired from playing, in 1980, Domazos was declared the longest-active footballer in the history of Greek football, having played for more than 21 years.

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9. Sokratis Papastathopoulos (1988 - )

With an HPI of 57.48, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the 9th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 51 different languages.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greek: Σωκράτης Παπασταθόπουλος, born 7 June 1988), commonly known mononymously as Sokratis, is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Super League club Olympiacos and the Greece national team.

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10. Traianos Dellas (1976 - )

With an HPI of 57.33, Traianos Dellas is the 10th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 36 different languages.

Traianos Dellas (Greek: Τραϊανός Δέλλας; born on 31 January 1976) is a Greek professional football manager and former player, who played as a centre back. He was an integral part of the Greece national team's Euro 2004 winning squad, during which he became the only player to score a silver goal in an international football match. He last managed Super League club Panetolikos.

Pantheon has 89 people classified as soccer players born between 1934 and 1997. Of these 89, 87 (97.75%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Antonios Nikopolidis, Theodoros Zagorakis, and Angelos Charisteas. The most famous deceased soccer players include Alketas Panagoulias and Oganes Zanazanyan. As of October 2020, 12 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Mimis Domazos, Stelios Manolas, and Anthimos Kapsis.

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