Georgios Samaras (1985-)

Georgios Samaras is a Greek footballer who was born on 21 February 1985 in Heraklion. He started his football career in 1994 at the age of 10. Here he began playing at OFI Crete, where his father Ioannis Samaras also played in the 80s and 90s.

In 2001 he moved to the Dutch club Heerenveen, where he debuted in the team after two years. After playing three seasons in Holland Samaras moved on to the English Premier League, when Manchester City bought him for a sum of 6 million pounds.

Celtic midfielder Georgios Samaras against the Seattle Sounders, 2010 He, however, were loaned for six months to Scottish Celtic in 2008 and was there when this team won the Premier League title for the third season in a row.

After the end of the lending period Celtic signed a contract with him and he moved to Glasgow. Since then, he has helped to win the Scottish League Cup in 2009 and the Scottish Cup in 2011.

Georgios Samaras has played for the Greek national team several times. He debuted on the national team in 2006. He has, among others represented Greece at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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