Savvas Theodoridis, former Greek national team goalkeeper and an emblematic figure of Olympiacos FC, has passed away at the age of 85.
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Born in February 1935 in Athens, Savvas Theodoridis was a lifelong servant to the Piraeus club as a player and official.
Theodoridis began his goalkeeping career at AE Ampelokipi before he joined Olympiacos in 1953 at the age of 18. Over nine seasons, he won five Greek league titles and five domestic cups, and also made 12 appearances for Greece’s national team. He retired in 1962 to complete his pharmacist’s studies in both Athens and the Netherlands.
Loyal club servant
Theodoridis’ heart remained with Olympiacos, and he served the club in various capacities, including team manager and vice-president, before latterly being named as honorary president. He recently shared in the celebrations to mark Olympiacos’ 45th league title – a triumph that the club dedicated to Savvas Theodoridis. "If the term 'soldier of Olympiacos' could be illustrated, it would present the figure of the incomparable Savvas Theodoridis", Olympiacos wrote on their website.
Savvas Theodoridis’ son Theodore Theodoridis is UEFA’s General Secretary. UEFA wishes to convey its deepest sympathy to Theodore and his family at this sad time.