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.
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|15.08.2012||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||Norway||2-3||Greece||46||0||0|
|07.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Latvia||1-2||Greece||22||0||0|
|12.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Greece||0-0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||90||0||0|
|16.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Slovakia||0-1||Greece||90||0||0|
|14.11.2012||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||Republic of Ireland||0-1||Greece||46||0||0|
|22.03.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3-1||Greece||90||0||1|
|07.06.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Lithuania||0-1||Greece||90||0||0|
|17.07.2013||UEFA Champions League||Second qualifying round||Cliftonville||0-3||Celtic||76||1||0|
|23.07.2013||UEFA Champions League||Second qualifying round||Celtic||2-0||Cliftonville||90||1||0|
|31.07.2013||UEFA Champions League||Third qualifying round||Celtic||1-0||Elfsborg||86||0||0|
|07.08.2013||UEFA Champions League||Third qualifying round||Elfsborg||0-0||Celtic||70||0||0|
|17.08.2013||Scottish Premier League||Aberdeen||0-2||Celtic||90||0||0|
|20.08.2013||UEFA Champions League||Play-offs||Shakhter||2-0||Celtic||90||0||0|
|28.08.2013||UEFA Champions League||Play-offs||Celtic||3-0||Shakhter||90||1||1|
|10.09.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Greece||1-0||Latvia||88||0||1|
|14.09.2013||Scottish Premier League||Hearts||1-3||Celtic||46||0||0|
|21.09.2013||Scottish Premier League||Celtic||2-1||St Johnstone||31||0||0|
|28.09.2013||Scottish Premier League||Kilmarnock||2-5||Celtic||90||3||1|
|11.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Greece||1-0||Slovakia||90||0||0|
|15.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Greece||2-0||Liechtenstein||70||0||0|
|19.10.2013||Scottish Premier League||Hibernian||1-1||Celtic||90||0||0|
|27.10.2013||Scottish Premier League||Partick||1-2||Celtic||90||1||0|
|15.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Greece||3-1||Romania||90||0||0|
|19.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Romania||1-1||Greece||90||0||0|
|23.11.2013||Scottish Premier League||Celtic||3-1||Aberdeen||90||0||0|
|14.12.2013||Scottish Premier League||Celtic||1-0||Hibernian||32||0||0|
|21.12.2013||Scottish Premier League||Celtic||2-0||Hearts||19||0||1|
|26.12.2013||Scottish Premier League||St Johnstone||0-1||Celtic||70||0||0|
|29.12.2013||Scottish Premier League||Inverness||0-1||Celtic||90||0||1|
|01.01.2014||Scottish Premier League||Celtic||1-0||Partick||23||0||0|
|26.01.2014||Scottish Premier League||Hibernian||0-4||Celtic||85||0||0|
|08.02.2014||Scottish Cup||Fifth round||Celtic||1-2||Aberdeen||63||0||1|
|25.02.2014||Scottish Premier League||Aberdeen||2-1||Celtic||13||0||0|
|22.03.2014||Scottish Premier League||Celtic||3-0||St Mirren||8||0||1|
|26.03.2014||Scottish Premier League||Partick||1-5||Celtic||13||0||2|
|29.03.2014||Scottish Premier League||Celtic||1-1||Ross County||23||0||0|
|05.04.2014||Scottish Premier League||Dundee United||0-2||Celtic||88||1||0|
|19.04.2014||Scottish Premier League||Motherwell||3-3||Celtic||90||1||0|
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