A small, vivacious forward who returned to PAOK FC in 2010 after a four-year stint with Panathinaikos FC, Dimitris Salpingidis made a name for himself in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scoring the play-off winner against Ukraine and another in South Africa versus Nigeria that was his country's first goal at the finals.
• Born in Thessaloniki, he joined PAOK in 2002 and was quick to impress, scoring 16 league goals in his second season, 14 in his third and a league-best haul of 17 in his fourth; he was also on target six times for the club in the UEFA Cup.
• Awarded his first cap in August 2005, he frustratingly went 15 games without a goal for his country until he scored the winner in a friendly against the Czech Republic 'B' team in Cyprus in February 2008.
• Joined Panathinaikos in August 2006 for €1.8m plus three players and proved his worth immediately with a hat-trick on his debut (in a 4-1 win at Egaleo FC) before going on to become club's top scorer with 14 goals; he increased his output to 15 in 2007/08 and was voted Super League player of the year in both 2008 and 2009.
• After six successive UEFA Cup campaigns, he made his UEFA Champions League debut in 2008/09 and scored his first goal − a penalty − in a 3-1 defeat by Anorthosis Famagusta FC; won the league and cup double with the Greens in 2009/10 before returning to PAOK.
• Scored two goals for Greece in 2010 World Cup qualification, including the decider away to Ukraine in the second leg of the play-off, and added another historic strike against Nigeria at the final tournament; on target just once in nine UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers − in a 2-1 home triumph over Israel.
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|15.08.2012||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Norway||2-3||Greece||69||0||0|
|12.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Greece||0-0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||33||0||0|
|16.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Slovakia||0-1||Greece||90||1||0|
|14.11.2012||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Republic of Ireland||0-1||Greece||44||0||0|
|06.02.2013||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Greece||0-0||Switzerland||70||0||0|
|22.03.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3-1||Greece||73||0||0|
|07.06.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Lithuania||0-1||Greece||25||0||0|
|30.07.2013||UEFA Champions League||Third qualifying round||PAOK||0-2||Metalist||90||0||0|
|07.08.2013||UEFA Champions League||Third qualifying round||Metalist||1-1||PAOK||67||0||0|
|17.08.2013||Greek Super League||PAOK||3-0||Xanthi||80||0||0|
|21.08.2013||UEFA Champions League||Play-offs||Schalke||1-1||PAOK||62||0||0|
|24.08.2013||Greek Super League||Panaitolikos||2-0||PAOK||0||0||0|
|27.08.2013||UEFA Champions League||Play-offs||PAOK||2-3||Schalke||74||0||0|
|01.09.2013||Greek Super League||PAOK||4-1||Panionios||87||1||0|
|10.09.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Greece||1-0||Latvia||64||1||0|
|14.09.2013||Greek Super League||Veria||1-2||PAOK||90||0||0|
|19.09.2013||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||PAOK||2-1||Shakhter||32||0||0|
|22.09.2013||Greek Super League||PAOK||1-0||Platanias||46||0||0|
|29.09.2013||Greek Super League||OFI||1-1||PAOK||65||0||0|
|03.10.2013||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||AZ||1-1||PAOK||6||1||0|
|06.10.2013||Greek Super League||PAOK||2-1||Panathinaikos||76||0||0|
|11.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Greece||1-0||Slovakia||76||0||0|
|15.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Greece||2-0||Liechtenstein||90||1||0|
|19.10.2013||Greek Super League||PAOK||2-0||Asteras||73||0||0|
|24.10.2013||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||PAOK||3-2||M. Haifa||78||1||0|
|02.11.2013||Greek Super League||PAOK||2-1||Ergotelis||75||0||0|
|07.11.2013||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||M. Haifa||0-0||PAOK||28||0||0|
|10.11.2013||Greek Super League||Olympiacos||4-0||PAOK||63||0||0|
|15.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Greece||3-1||Romania||90||1||1|
|19.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Romania||1-1||Greece||90||0||0|
|24.11.2013||Greek Super League||PAOK||3-1||Aris||68||0||0|
|28.11.2013||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||Shakhter||0-2||PAOK||7||0||1|
|08.12.2013||Greek Super League||PAOK||0-0||Apollon Smyrnis||58||0||0|
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