Date of birth: 04/01/1971
Nicknamed 'Clooney' because of his resemblance to the Hollywood heart-throb, Nikopolidis earned his own global admiration in summer 2004, producing the form of his life to help Greece to UEFA European Championship glory. Clean sheets in each of the three knockout rounds underpinned the triumph and while he was an ever-present at the tournament, his residence in Greece's goal lasted much longer than that; he made 56 consecutive starts for them from October 2001 to February 2006. Nikopolidis joined Olympiacos FC in 2004 after 15 years at arch-rivals Panathinaikos FC, and took his tally to 11 Greek championships before retiring in summer 2011.
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