Famous Greek Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest Greek Sportspersons, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, Konstantinos Mitroglou, Kostas Fortounis, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Kostas Papanikolaou.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo
(Basketball player)

Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Birthdate: December 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a professional basketball player and plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He’s called ‘Greek Freak’ as he hails from Greece and also due to his size, speed and ball-handling skills. He was named NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice and NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2020. He represents Greece at the international level.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas
(Tennis player)

Stefanos Tsitsipas
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Birthdate: August 12, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek to win any ATP World Tour title, with his 2018 Stockholm Open win. He is the youngest player to be featured on ATP’s top 10 list and has recorded a career-high global ranking of No. 5, thus becoming the highest-ranked Greek tennis player ever.

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Thanasis Antetokounmpo
(Basketball player)

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
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Birthdate: July 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Greek basketball player Thanasis Antetokounmpo, older brother of NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo, plays for the NBA team Milwaukee Bucks. Known as “The Greek Streak” and “The Elevator,” he was chosen to play for the Nigerian team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but he chose to play for Greece instead.

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Kostas Antetokounmpo
(Basketball player)

Kostas Antetokounmpo
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Birthdate: November 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Kostas Antetokounmpo is a Greek basketball player who has played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for teams like Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. Apart from the NBA, Antetokounmpo has also particiapted in major European club competitions like Euroleague. Kostas Antetokounmpo was a star during his senior year in high school, leading his team to a state championship.
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Maria Sakkari
(Tennis player)

Maria Sakkari
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Birthdate: July 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

The daughter of former WTA player Angelikí Kanellopoúlou, Sakkari was introduced to tennis at age six. Greek tennis sensation Maria Sakkari has had a career-high ranking of number 6 in singles. Known for her aggressive style, Sakkari was born and raised in Athens but moved to Barcelona at 18 to train.

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Konstantinos Mavropanos
(Football Player)

Konstantinos Mavropanos
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Birthdate: December 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Konstantinos Mavropanos is a Greek football player who currently plays for the popular Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart. He is also an important member of the Greece national football team. Before playing for VfB Stuttgart, Mavropanos has also played for Arsenal and FC Nürnberg

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Marko Jaric
(Basketball player)

Marko Jaric
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Birthdate: October 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

Marko Jaric is a former basketball player who specialized in playing the shooting guard position, thanks to his height of 2.01 m. A popular player in European leagues, Jaric became the first player to win two consecutive Italian League championships with two different teams. He has also won gold medals at FIBA EuroBasket and FIBA World Cup, representing FR Yugoslavia.

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Athina Onassis Roussel
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Birthdate: January 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Athina Onassis Roussel is a French-Greek heiress and equestrian. She is the granddaughter and the only surviving descendant of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Her parents are Aristotle's daughter Christina Onassis and her fourth husband, Thierry Roussel. She began riding horses as a child and is now a competitive showjumper. Following Christina Onassis’s death, Athina became her sole heiress.  

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Kurt Rambis
(Basketball player)

Kurt Rambis
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Birthdate: February 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States

Kurt Rambis was initially drafted by the New York Knicks, he was later waived and debuted as part of the Greek club AEK Athens instead. He later won 4 NBA championships with the LA Lakers and coached both the Lakers and the Knicks.

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos
(Association football player)

Sokratis Papastathopoulos
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Birthdate: June 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kalamata

Greek footballer Sokratis Papastathopoulos began his career with youth teams such as AEK Athens. The dependable center-back won a Serie A with AC Milan and a German Super Cup with Borussia Dortmund, before joining Arsenal, with whom he won an FA Cup. He now plays for the Greek club Olympiacos.

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José Holebas
(Footballer left-back or left midfielder position)

José Holebas
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Birthdate: June 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aschaffenburg, Germany

José Holebas is a German-Greek footballer who helped his team Olympiacos Football Club win the Greek Football Cup in 2012 and 2013. He currently represents Bayern Alzenau. Well-known for his skills as a left midfielder, José Holebas represented the Greece national team between 2011 and 2016.

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Kostas Manolas
(Association football player)

Kostas Manolas
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Birthdate: June 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naxos Island

Greek footballer Kostas Manolas made headlines in 2021, when he rejected offers to play in Bundesliga and La Liga, to return to his previous Greek club Olympiacos. The promising center-back has also played for the Greek national team. He is the nephew of legendary Greek defender Stelios Manolas.

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Nick Calathes
(Basketball player)

Nick Calathes
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Birthdate: February 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Casselberry, Florida, United States

Though born and trained in the US, Nick Calathes now plays for the national basketball team of Greece. He also plays for Barcelona. Nick began his career with Florida University, and in spite of being drafted by the NBA, he gained recognition by winning the Greek League with Panathinaikos.

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Kosta Koufos
(Basketball player)

Kosta Koufos
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Birthdate: February 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States

Born to Greek parents in Ohio, basketball player Kosta Koufos has had a long stint of over a decade with the NBA, playing for teams such as the Sacramento Kings and the Memphis Grizzlies. The reliable center has also played for Russian and Greek clubs and is known for his towering 7-foot frame.

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Georgios Samaras
(Association football player)

Georgios Samaras
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Birthdate: February 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Heraklion

Georgios Samaras is a Greek former football player who represented Manchester City in the Premier League from 2006 to 2008. He was also an important player for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, helping his team win the Scottish league championships on four occasions. Georgios Samaras also represented his country in important tournaments like FIFA World Cups.

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Vassilis Spanoulis
(Basketball player)

Vassilis Spanoulis
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Birthdate: August 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Larissa, Greece

Known to his fans as Kill Bill and V-Span, Greek basketball player Vassilis Spanoulis also turns heads with his 6’4” frame. He has spent most of his career playing for the Greek club Olympiacos and is a 3-time EuroLeague champion. He has also played for the NBA team Houston Rockets.

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Giorgos Karagounis
(Association football player)

Giorgos Karagounis
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Birthdate: March 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pyrgos

Greek former footballer Giorgos Karagounis began his senior career as a midfielder for the Greek club Panathinaikos and went on to play for Inter Milan, Benfica, and Fulham, too. Known for his dribbling and passing skills, he has won the European Championship with the Greek national squad.

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Konstantinos Mitroglou
(Footballer striker position)

Konstantinos Mitroglou
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Birthdate: March 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Krinides, Greece

Konstantinos Mitroglou is a football player whose goal-scoring abilities have earned him such nicknames as Pistolero and Mitrogoal by fans. He created a club record in 2013 when he was transferred to the English Premier League club Fulham for £12 million. Also an important player for the Greece national team, Mitroglou has played in important tournaments like FIFA World Cup.

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Nikos Galis
(Basketball player)

Nikos Galis
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Birthdate: July 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Union City, New Jersey, United States

Legendary Greek basketball player Nikos Galis, or The Basketball Gangster, led Greece to the 1987 Eurobasket Championship victory. Galis also made it to FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players list in 1991. He was one of the rare players to be named to the Basketball Hall of Fame without representing the NBA.

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Georgios Papagiannis
(Basketball player)

Georgios Papagiannis
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Birthdate: July 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marousi, Greece

Georgios Papagiannis is a Greek basketball player who has played for popular NBA teams like Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers. A superstar in Greek basketball leagues, Papagiannis is a four-time Greek Cup winner and two-time Greek League champion. Georgios Papagiannis is also an important player for his national team.

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Alexi Pappas
(Filmmaker)

Alexi Pappas
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Birthdate: March 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

Alexi Pappas is a Greek-American runner, actor, writer, and filmmaker. In 2016, she set the national record for 10,000m at the Rio Olympics where she represented Greece. As a filmmaker, Alexi Pappas is credited with bankrolling and writing Olympic Dreams, the first fictional film to be shot in an Olympic village. 

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Giorgos Katidis
(Association football player)

Giorgos Katidis
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Birthdate: February 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Thessaloniki

Giorgos Katidis is a Greek footballer who currently plays for the Super League 2 club Irodotos. A controversial player, Katidis celebrated his winning goal against Veria Football Club by giving a Nazi salute on 16 March 2013 while playing for AEK Athens. His gesture caused uproar in the media and Giorgos Katidis was banned from representing all Greek national teams.

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Yiannis Kouros
(Ultramarathon runner)

Yiannis Kouros
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Birthdate: February 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tripoli, Greece

Known as The Running God and The Golden Greek, Yiannis Kouros was the greatest ultramarathon runner from Greece. Born into poverty, he was forced into manual labor at age five and decided to run professionally at age 16 only. Often compared to Pheidippides, he later played the character in a movie.

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Pyrros Dimas
(Politician, Weightlifter)

Pyrros Dimas
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Birthdate: October 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Himarë, Albania

Pyrros Dimas is a Greek politician who represented the Panhellenic Socialist Movement between 2012 and 2015. A former weightlifter, Dimas is counted among the greatest weightlifters of all time. Having won three gold medals in Olympic Games, Pyrros Dimas is the most successful Greek athlete in the history of the Olympics. He also won three gold medals in World Championships.

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Tyler Dorsey
(Basketball player)

Tyler Dorsey
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Birthdate: February 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States

Tyler Dorsey is a Greek-American basketball player who usually takes the shooting guard position, thanks to his height of 1.96 m. In 2020 and 2021, he helped his team Maccabi Tel Aviv win the Israeli Basketball Premier League. In 2022, he was part of Olympiacos B.C., a team that won the prestigious Greek Basketball Cup.

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Sofoklis Schortsanitis
(Basketball player)

Sofoklis Schortsanitis
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Birthdate: June 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tiko, Cameroon

Sofoklis Schortsanitis is a Greek former basketball player who helped the Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club win the 2014 EuroLeague title. He was also an important member of Greek national team and represented his country in the 2006 FIBA World Championship where he helped Greece win the silver medal. Sofoklis Schortsanitis is also a two-time Greek Cup winner.

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Kyriakos Papadopoulos
(Association football player)

Kyriakos Papadopoulos
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Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Katerini

Kyriakos Papadopoulos is a Greek football player who has made a name for himself despite suffering a series of injuries over several seasons. During the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons, Papadopoulos won two Superleague Greece titles, two Greek Cups, and one Greek Super Cup for Olympiacos. Kyriakos Papadopoulos is also an important member of the Greece national team.

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Petros Tsitsipas
(Tennis player)

Petros Tsitsipas
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Birthdate: July 27, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Greek tennis player Petros Tsitsipas is the younger brother of Stefanos Tsitsipas, once world number 3 and the highest-ranked player from his country ever. Petros's wildcard entry at the 2021 Open 13 ATP tournament created a controversy regarding the misuse of contacts, as he was defeated in just 45 minutes.

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Kostas Papanikolaou
(Basketball player)

Kostas Papanikolaou
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Birthdate: July 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trikala, Greece

Kostas Papanikolaou has previously been part of the NBA teams Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. Now a small forward for the Greek club Olympiacos, he has won 2 Euro League and 2 Greek League championships with the team. His 6’8” frame has also been a great advantage.

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Mike Zambidis
(Martial artist)

Mike Zambidis
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Birthdate: July 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Porto Rafti, Greece

Mike Zambidis is a Greek martial artist and kickboxer. A four-time national kickboxing champion, Zambidis has also trained in other forms of martial arts like Shotokan, Boxing, Wrestling, Muay Thai, sanshou, and Pankration. Mike Zambidis has won several championships, including SUPERKOMBAT Middleweight Championship and W.O.K.A Super Welterweight World Championship.

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Andreas Samaris
(Association football player)

Andreas Samaris
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Birthdate: June 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Patras

Starting his senior career with Panachaiki, Andreas Samaris later won the Greek Super League with Olympiacos and multiple titles with the Portuguese club Benfica. He was also part of the Greek squad that played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. A central midfielder, he can play both attacking and defending roles.

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Kostas Fortounis
(Footballer attacking midfielder or a winger)

Kostas Fortounis
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Birthdate: October 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trikala, Thessaly, Greece

Kostas Fortounis is a Greek footballer who has established himself as an important player for Super League club Olympiacos as well as the Greece national team. A superstar in the Super League scene, Fortounis has won two Super League Greece Player of the Year awards so far. Fortounis is known for his speed which creates goal-scoring opportunities.

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Zach Auguste
(Basketball player)

Zach Auguste
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Birthdate: July 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Zach Auguste is a Greek-American basketball player who has won two Greek League titles so far. He also won a Greek Cup as well as a Slovenian Cup in 2021 and 2022, respectively. He currently plays for the Slovenia club, Cedevita Olimpija.

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Angelos Charisteas
(Football player - Forward)

Angelos Charisteas
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Birthdate: February 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Serres, Greece

Angelos Charisteas is a former football player who scored 25 goals in 88 games for Greece. An important player for his national team, Charisteas helped Greece win the UEFA Euro 2004 by scoring thrice; he also scored the winning goal against Portugal in the finals. After retiring, he began his career as a sporting director of Aris Thessaloniki in 2019.

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Theodoros Zagorakis
(Association football player, Politician)

Theodoros Zagorakis
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Birthdate: October 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kavala

Retired footballer Theodoros Zagorakis captained the Greek national team to their 2004 UEFA European Football Championship victory and was also the competition’s MVP. He has also been the president of PAOK FC. He was Greece’s longest-serving captain and later became a Member of the European Parliament.

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Apostolos Vellios
(Association football player)

Apostolos Vellios
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Birthdate: January 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Thessaloniki

Apostolos Vellios is a Greek football player who has represented popular clubs like Everton, Nottingham Forest, and Ascoli. Standing at 6 ft 3 in, Vellios is an effective striker and is known for his aggressive style of play. He currently plays for Lamia Football Club which competes in Super League.

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Vasilis Torosidis
(Professional Footballer Who Played as a Right-Back)

Vasilis Torosidis
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Birthdate: June 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Xanthi, Greece

Starting his youth career with Xanthi, Greek footballer Vasilis Torosidis also made his senior debut with them and later played for clubs such as Olympiacos, Roma, and Bologna. The right-back has recorded 6 Greek Super League wins with Olympiacos and has also been named the Greek Football Player of the Year once.

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Dimitris Diamantidis
(Basketball player)

Dimitris Diamantidis
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Birthdate: May 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kastoria, Greece

Dimitris Diamantidis is a Greek retired basketball player known for his association with Panathinaikos Athens where he spent the last 12 seasons of his illustrious EuroLeague career. A three-time EuroLeague champion, Diamantidis was named EuroLeague MVP in 2011 and holds the record for the highest number of steals in EuroLeague history. Dimitris Diamantidis is counted among the greatest European basketball players.

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Naz Mitrou-Long
(Basketball player)

Naz Mitrou-Long
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Birthdate: August 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

Canadian shooting guard/point guard Naz Mitrou-Long is best known for his stint with the Italian Lega Basket Serie A team Germani Brescia. Once named the 7th-best Canadian player, he has also played for the Sacramento Kings. The son of a Trinidadian father and a Greek-Canadian mother, he also has a basketball player brother.

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Theofanis Gekas
(Association football player)

Theofanis Gekas
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Birthdate: May 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Larissa

Greek former footballer Theofanis Gekas has spent most of his career playing for clubs in Germany, Greece, and Turkey, though he has also played in England and Spain. In 2004-05, he was the Greek Super League top scorer with 18 goals, while in 2006-07 Bundesliga, he was the top scorer with 30 goals.

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Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
(Association football player)

Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
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Birthdate: November 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thessaloniki

Dimitrios Konstantopoulos is a Greek former football player and goalkeeper. He is best known for his association with Hartlepool United Football Club for which he made 117 league appearances. After retiring as a player, Dimitrios Konstantopoulos started his career as a goalkeeper coach for Hartlepool United in August 2021.

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Vasilis Barkas
(Football Goalkeeper)

Vasilis Barkas
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Birthdate: May 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zetten, Netherlands

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Sotirios Kyrgiakos
(Association football player)

Sotirios Kyrgiakos
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Birthdate: July 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trikala

Sotirios Kyrgiakos is a Greek former footballer who served as a key player for Greece from 2002 to 2010. At club level, he had success with Rangers; he helped the club win the Scottish Premier League in 2005. Sotirios Kyrgiakos is also known for his time with Panathinaikos, winning Alpha Ethniki and the Greek Cup during the 2003–04 season.

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Georgios Printezis
(Basketball player)

Georgios Printezis
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Birthdate: February 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Syros, Greece

Georgios Printezis is a basketball player and the current captain for Olympiacos. He won two consecutive EuroLeague titles with the team in 2012 and 2013. Printezis' game-winning shot in the 2012 EuroLeague Final is considered one of the best moments in EuroLeague history. An important player for Greece, Printezis helped his team win the bronze medal at the 2009 EuroBasket.

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Odysseas Vlachodimos
(Football player - Goalkeeper)

Odysseas Vlachodimos
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Birthdate: April 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Odysseas Vlachodimos is a German-born Greek football player and one of the main goalkeepers of the current Greece national team. Vlachodimos is best known for his association with the Portuguese club Benfica; he helped the club win the Primeira Liga as well as the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira in 2019.

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Ioannis Bourousis
(Basketball player)

Ioannis Bourousis
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Birthdate: November 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karditsa, Greece

Ioannis Bourousis is a Greek basketball player who helped his national team win the gold medal at the 2005 FIBA European Championship. He also played an important role in Greece's bronze medal-winning performance at EuroBasket 2009. A six-time Greek League All-Star, Ioannis Bourousis has won several league titles like EuroLeague Championship, Greek League Championship, Greek Cup, and Spanish League Championship.

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Sotiris Ninis
(Association football player)

Sotiris Ninis
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Birthdate: April 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Himarë

Once touted as Greece’s next big football star, Sotiris Ninis has had a lukewarm career. Starting his senior career with the Greek club Panathinaikos, he later played for Italian, Belgian, and Israeli clubs, and now plays as a midfielder for the Greek Super League team Volos.

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Spiridon Louis
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Birthdate: January 12, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marousi, Greece
Died: March 26, 1940

Spiridon Louis was a Greek water carrier-turned-national hero. Louis achieved widespread popularity after becoming the first person to win the modern-day Olympic marathon at the 1896 Olympics in Athens. A former soldier, Louis is an example of an early rags-to-riches story where he wins the Olympic medal at a crucial moment and later becomes a police officer.

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Apostolos Giannou
(Association football player)

Apostolos Giannou
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Birthdate: January 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naousa

Apostolos Giannou is a Greek-Australian football player who currently represents the Australia men's national soccer team. He has also played for various clubs, including AEK Larnaca with which he won the Cypriot Cup during the 2017–18 season.

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Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
(Association football player)

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
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Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thessaloniki

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos is a Greek football player who emerged as the top scorer during the 2017–18 Greek Cup season for AEK Athens. During the same season, he was also adjudged Super League Greece Greek Footballer of the Year. Over the years, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos has won three Super League Greece titles and two Greek Cups with different teams.