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Giorgos Samaras

Giorgos Samaras

A tall target man who can also play in a wide midfield or winger role, Giorgos Samaras has a sure touch and is an expert at bringing others into play. He has never played domestic football in Greece but has now passed half a century of caps for his country and will attend his third major tournament at UEFA EURO 2012.

• Born on the island of Crete to an Australian-born father, Giannis, who played professionally for Panathinaikos FC and Greece (16 caps), Giorgos moved to the Netherlands at 16 and made his Eredivisie debut at 17 for sc Heerenveen.

• Generally a substitute for Heerenveen but managed 25 Eredivisie goals plus two in the UEFA Cup before crossing the North Sea to join Manchester City FC in January 2006.

• Handed his international debut a month later, in a friendly against Belarus in Cyprus, he was on target in his first two matches for Greece then played in eight UEFA EURO 2008 qualifiers before making just one 45-minute substitute appearance, against Sweden, at the finals.

• Left City for Celtic FC in a loan deal in January 2008 and scored five goals in the club's SPL title triumph; also appeared twice as substitute against FC Barcelona in his first taste of the UEFA Champions League.

• Signed permanently for the Bhoys and emerged as a key figure, scoring 15 league goals in 2008/09 and ten the following term, but was subsequently bedevilled by inconsistency as Celtic went three seasons without winning the league.

• Made three appearances for Greece at the 2010 World Cup and eight starts under new boss Fernando Santos during UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, his one goal, in a 2-0 home win against Croatia, helping to cement the team's passage to Poland and Ukraine; won his 50th cap the following month in a friendly versus Russia.

Last updated: 20/01/12 14.40CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 20/04/2014 06:17 CET
15.08.2012Friendlies 2014-16First roundNorwayNorway2-3GreeceGreece4600
07.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundLatviaLatvia1-2GreeceGreece2200
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece0-0Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina9000
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundSlovakiaSlovakia0-1GreeceGreece9000
14.11.2012Friendlies 2014-16First roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland0-1GreeceGreece4600
22.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina3-1GreeceGreece9001
07.06.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundLithuaniaLithuania0-1GreeceGreece9000
17.07.2013UEFA Champions LeagueSecond qualifying roundCliftonvilleCliftonville0-3CelticCeltic7610
23.07.2013UEFA Champions LeagueSecond qualifying roundCelticCeltic2-0CliftonvilleCliftonville9010
31.07.2013UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying roundCelticCeltic1-0ElfsborgElfsborg8600
07.08.2013UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying roundElfsborgElfsborg0-0CelticCeltic7000
17.08.2013Scottish Premier LeagueAberdeenAberdeen0-2CelticCeltic9000
20.08.2013UEFA Champions LeaguePlay-offsShakhterShakhter2-0CelticCeltic9000
28.08.2013UEFA Champions LeaguePlay-offsCelticCeltic3-0ShakhterShakhter9011
10.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece1-0LatviaLatvia8801
14.09.2013Scottish Premier LeagueHeartsHearts1-3CelticCeltic4600
21.09.2013Scottish Premier LeagueCelticCeltic2-1St JohnstoneSt Johnstone3100
28.09.2013Scottish Premier LeagueKilmarnockKilmarnock2-5CelticCeltic9031
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece1-0SlovakiaSlovakia9000
15.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundGreeceGreece2-0LiechtensteinLiechtenstein7000
19.10.2013Scottish Premier LeagueHibernianHibernian1-1CelticCeltic9000
27.10.2013Scottish Premier LeaguePartickPartick1-2CelticCeltic9010
15.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentGreeceGreece3-1RomaniaRomania9000
19.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentRomaniaRomania1-1GreeceGreece9000
23.11.2013Scottish Premier LeagueCelticCeltic3-1AberdeenAberdeen9000
14.12.2013Scottish Premier LeagueCelticCeltic1-0HibernianHibernian3200
21.12.2013Scottish Premier LeagueCelticCeltic2-0HeartsHearts1901
26.12.2013Scottish Premier LeagueSt JohnstoneSt Johnstone0-1CelticCeltic7000
29.12.2013Scottish Premier LeagueInvernessInverness0-1CelticCeltic9001
01.01.2014Scottish Premier LeagueCelticCeltic1-0PartickPartick2300
26.01.2014Scottish Premier LeagueHibernianHibernian0-4CelticCeltic8500
08.02.2014Scottish CupFifth roundCelticCeltic1-2AberdeenAberdeen6301
25.02.2014Scottish Premier LeagueAberdeenAberdeen2-1CelticCeltic1300
22.03.2014Scottish Premier LeagueCelticCeltic3-0St MirrenSt Mirren801
26.03.2014Scottish Premier LeaguePartickPartick1-5CelticCeltic1302
29.03.2014Scottish Premier LeagueCelticCeltic1-1Ross CountyRoss County2300
05.04.2014Scottish Premier LeagueDundee UnitedDundee United0-2CelticCeltic8810
19.04.2014Scottish Premier LeagueMotherwellMotherwell3-3CelticCeltic9010

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Giorgios Samaras
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (age): 21/02/1985 (28)
  • Country: Greece
  • Squad number: 9
  • Club: Celtic ( SCO)

  • Height: 192cm
  • Weight: 86kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2013/14
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Intertoto Cup (Third round)
    19/07/03: Heerenveen 4-1 Lierse
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying round)
    25/03/05: Georgia 1-1 Greece

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Greece U-2150

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 12/12/2013 01:27 CET
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