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Greece's biggest European success stories

Greece won UEFA EURO 2004, but – as we mark the nation's Independence Day – Greek players have made their mark in European club competition as well.

Most appearances by Greek players in UEFA club competition ©Getty Images

It is Independence Day in Greece and, to celebrate, UEFA.com gives a nod to the most successful Greek footballers in UEFA's club competitions.

Most appearances by a Greek player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
73: Antonis Nikopolidis (Panathinaikos FC, Olympiacos FC)
61: Giorgos Karagounis (Panathinaikos FC, FC Internazionale Milano, SL Benfica)
56: Giorgos Anatolakis (Olympiacos FC)
51: Kostas Katsouranis (AEK Athens FC, SL Benfica, Panathinaikos FC)
49: Nikos Liberopoulos (Panathinaikos FC, AEK Athens FC)
48: Giannis Goumas (Panathinaikos FC)
44: Angelos Basinas (Panathinaikos FC)
40: Grigoris Georgatos (Olympiacos FC, AEK Athens FC)
40: Dimitris Mavrogenidis (Olympiacos FC)
39: Ieroklis Stoltidis (Olympiacos FC)
39: Loukas Vyntra (Panathinaikos FC)
 
 Top-scoring Greek players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
13: Antonis Antoniadis (Panathinaikos FC) 13 in 14 games
13: Kostas Mitroglou (Olympiacos FC)
10: Giorgos Samaras (Celtic FC)
10: Dimitris Saravakos (Panathinaikos FC, AEK Athens FC)
9: Nikos Liberopoulos (Panathinaikos FC, AEK Athens FC)
8: Stelios Giannakopoulos (Olympiacos FC)
7: Alexis Alexandris (AEK Athens FC, Olympiacos FC)
7: Giorgos Karagounis (Panathinaikos FC, FC Internazionale Milano, SL Benfica)
7: Dimitris Salpingidis (Panathinaikos FC, PAOK FC)
7: Ieroklis Stoltidis (Olympiacos FC)
 
 Most appearances by Greek players in UEFA club competition*
105: Antonis Nikopolidis (Panathinaikos FC, Olympiacos FC)
101: Giorgos Karagounis (Panathinaikos FC, FC Internazionale Milano, SL Benfica)
99: Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK FC, Panathinaikos FC)
96: Kostas Katsouranis (Panahaiki FC, AEK Athens FC, SL Benfica, Panathinaikos FC)
88: Nikos Liberopoulos (Panathinaikos FC, AEK Athens FC)
76: Giannis Goumas (Panathinaikos FC)
72: Pantelis Kafes (PAOK FC, Olympiacos FC, AEK Athens FC)
72: Loukas Vyntra (Panathinaikos FC)
67: Mihalis Kapsis (AEK Athens FC, Olympiacos FC, APOEL FC)
65: Dionisis Chiotis (AEK Athens FC, APOEL FC)

Top-scoring Greek players in UEFA club competition*
30: Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK FC, Panathinaikos FC)
26: Demis Nikolaidis (Apollon Athens FC, AEK Athens FC)
25: Dimitris Saravakos (Panathinaikos FC, AEK Athens FC)
17: Stefanos Athanasiadis (PAOK FC)
17: Nikos Liberopoulos (Panathinaikos FC, AEK Athens FC)
16: Nikos Anastopoulos (Panionios GSS, Olympiacos FC)
16: Antonis Antoniadis (Panathinaikos FC, Olympiacos FC, Pezoporikos FC)
16: Giorgos Samaras (sc Heerenveen, Celtic FC)
15: Kostas Mitroglou (Olympiacos FC)
13: Dimitris Papadopoulos (Panathinaikos FC, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Atromitos FC, PAOK FC)

Only Greek team to appear in a European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Panathinaikos FC (1970/71, lost 2-0 to AFC Ajax)

Only Greek player to appear in a UEFA Champions League final
Akis Zikos (AS Monaco FC, 2003/04, lost 3-0 to FC Porto)

Only Greek player to appear in a UEFA Cup final
Alexandros Tziolis (Werder Bremen, 2008/09, lost 2-1 to FC Shakhtar Donetsk)

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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