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This page contains a list of the greatest Greek Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,880 Soccer Players, 98 of which were born in Greece. This makes Greece the birth place of the 37th most number of Soccer Players behind Slovakia and Cameroon.

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. Theodoros Zagorakis (1971 - )

With an HPI of 50.09, Theodoros Zagorakis is the most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 39 different languages on wikipedia.

Theodoros Zagorakis (Greek: Θεόδωρος Ζαγοράκης [θeˈoðoɾos zaɣoˈɾacis]; born 27 October 1971) is a Greek politician and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He was the captain of Greece that won UEFA Euro 2004, and was also captain and later president of PAOK. 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 HFF from March to September 2021.

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2. Angelos Charisteas (1980 - )

With an HPI of 49.49, Angelos Charisteas is the 2nd most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 45 different languages.

Angelos Charisteas (Greek: Άγγελος Χαριστέας, pronounced [ˈaɲɟelos xariˈ]; born 9 February 1980) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a forward and politician. Since 2019, he works as Sporting Director for Aris.At club level he played for Aris Thessaloniki, Werder Bremen, Ajax, Feyenoord, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04, Arles-Avignon, and Al-Nassr. In 2004, he won the double with Werder Bremen, earning Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal medals and was also the club's Sportsman of the Year. With Ajax, Charisteas also won the Dutch Cup and the Dutch Super Cup.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, which was considered as the greatest triumph of the nation. He also represented Greece at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. In 2019, Charisteas was also a political deputy in his regional department in Greece.

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3. Antonios Nikopolidis (1971 - )

With an HPI of 49.29, Antonios Nikopolidis is the 3rd most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 40 different languages.

Antonis Nikopolidis (Greek: Αντώνης Νικοπολίδης; born 14 January 1971) is a Greek professional football manager and former player. 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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4. Ange Postecoglou (1965 - )

With an HPI of 47.88, Ange Postecoglou is the 4th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 38 different languages.

Angelos Postecoglou ( anj pos-tə-KOG-loo; Greek: Άγγελος Ποστέκογλου, Angelos Postekoglou; born 27 August 1965) is a soccer manager and former player who is the head coach of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Born in Greece, Postecoglou grew up in Melbourne from the age of five. As a player, he spent most of his club career as a defender for South Melbourne Hellas and played four games for the Australia national team in the late 1980s. He began managing at South Melbourne Hellas in 1996, winning the National Soccer League twice and the OFC Champions League in 1999. He then led the national under-17 and under-20 teams. Postecoglou managed Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory in the A-League, winning the Premiership in 2011 and the Championship in 2011 and 2012 for the Brisbane Roar. He was the men's senior national team manager from 2013 to 2017, winning the AFC Asian Cup in 2015 and also going to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He won the J1 League with Yokohama F. Marinos in 2019, and then won five trophies (including two league titles) in two seasons with Celtic. He became head coach of Tottenham Hotspur in 2023.

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5. Nikos Anastopoulos (1958 - )

With an HPI of 47.11, Nikos Anastopoulos is the 5th 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 Greece 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. The most recent club that he worked a manager is Super League 2 club Kalamata.

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6. Antonis Antoniadis (1946 - )

With an HPI of 46.81, Antonis Antoniadis is the 6th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Antonis Antoniadis (Greek: Αντώνης Αντωνιάδης, born 25 May 1946) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a striker. He scored 243 goals during his 22-years long career. He started his career in 1964 playing for Aspida Xanthi before moving to Panathinaikos on 31 July 1968. Antoniadis scored his first official goal for Panathinaikos on 27 October 1968 in a 1–0 victory over Apollon Athens. During his time at Xanthi, he was sometimes used as a goalkeeper because of his height. His nickname was Ο Ψηλός, The Tall.

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7. Alketas Panagoulias (1934 - 2012)

With an HPI of 46.73, Alketas Panagoulias is the 7th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Alketas 'Alkis' Panagoulias (Greek: Αλκέτας 'Άλκης' 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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8. Giorgos Karagounis (1977 - )

With an HPI of 46.72, Giorgos Karagounis is the 8th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 52 different languages.

Georgios Karagkounis (Greek: Γεώργιος Καραγκούνης; born 6 March 1977), known as Giorgos Karagounis (Greek: Γιώργος Καραγκούνης), is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. In his club career, Karagounis played for Panathinaikos, Apollon Smyrnis, Inter Milan, 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 UEFA 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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9. Theofanis Gekas (1980 - )

With an HPI of 46.49, Theofanis Gekas is the 9th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 47 different languages.

Theofanis "Fanis" Gekas (Greek: Θεοφάνης "Φάνης" Γκέκας; born 23 May 1980) is a Greek professional football official, coach and a former player, 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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10. Mimis Domazos (1942 - )

With an HPI of 46.08, Mimis Domazos is the 10th most famous Greek Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Dimitris "Mimis" Domazos (Greek: Δημήτρης "Μίμης" Δομάζος, born 22 January 1942) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. His nickname was "The General" (Greek: "Ο Στρατηγός"). Domazos is considered to be one of the best footballers that Greece has ever produced. He was famed for his dribbling ability, his creative playstyle, especially his through balls of pinpoint accuracy and his leadership skills. He was the Panathinaikos captain for over 15 years. The IFFHS chose him in the best XI of all time of Greek football in 2021.

Pantheon has 98 people classified as soccer players born between 1934 and 2002. Of these 98, 96 (97.96%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Theodoros Zagorakis, Angelos Charisteas, and Antonios Nikopolidis. The most famous deceased soccer players include Alketas Panagoulias and Oganes Zanazanyan. As of April 2022, 9 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Antonis Antoniadis, Dimitris Pelkas, and Giorgos Giakoumakis.

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