Giorgos Sideris

Giorgos Sideris (Greek: Γιώργος Σιδέρης, born 4 April 1938) is a Greek retired football striker and is considered one of the greatest forwards in Olympiacos and Greek football history. An inside-right forward that no-one or nothing could stand in his way (his nickname was "the Bulldozer"). Very quick with the ball on his feet and a player that had the instinct and charisma to score.

Giorgos Sideris
Personal information
Full name Georgios Sideris
Date of birth (1938-04-04) 4 April 1938 (age 82)
Place of birth Agios Ioannis Rentis, Piraeus, Greece
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1953–1958 Atromitos Piraeus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1959 Atromitos Piraeus 30 (28)
1959–1970 Olympiacos 283 (222)
1970–1971 Royal Antwerp 25 (7)
1971–1972 Olympiacos 2 (2)
Total 340 (259)
National team
1958–1970 Greece 28 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Born in 1938, Giorgos began his youth career at Atromitos Piraeus playing in the centre of midfield but his coaches soon became aware of his goalscoring capabilities. When he was promoted to the senior team in 1958 he produced an outstanding debut season in which Sideris became the fulcrum of Atromitos’ attack. The youngsters direct, no-holding-back attacking style plundered 28 goals in 30 league appearances

Sideris transferred to Olympiacos from Atromitos Piraeus in the summer of 1959. Despite having his heart set on a move to Panathinaikos, a friend of his, Savvas Theodoridis, had ushered him towards Olympiacos, fresh off winning their sixth consecutive league title. Olympiacos were keen to continue their domestic dominance, and, despite the aforementioned resistance to the move, the Atromitos president had received an offer too good to refuse and forced the move. The youngster reluctantly joined the Erythrolefki and in return, five Olympiacos players went to Atromitos.

Despite his averseness, Sideris kicked off the newly-formed Alpha Ethniki league with Olympiacos. But by all accounts, he had an underwhelming debut season. The Greek outfit also faced AC Milan in the preliminary rounds of the European Cup and, despite holding Milan to a 2–2 draw in the first leg — where Sideris was given his European debut by manager Bruno Vale — they exited the competition after a 3–1 defeat in the second leg.

He went on to score 225 goals for his club, placing him at the top of Olympiacos' all-time scorers' table. Three times he was the top scorer in the Greek First Division. He became leading scorer three times in the Greek championship with: 29 goals in 1965, 22 goals in 1967. In 1970, he transferred to Belgium's Royal Antwerp FC[1] after having finished second to Bulgaria's Petar Zhekov of CSKA Sofia (36), for the European Golden Boot competition in 1969, scoring 35 goals in that season. On 6 February 1972, Giorgos Sideris rejoins Olympiakos (in a match against Panachaiki, 3–2) after his return from Belgium where he played for Antwerp (1971). He was the first Greek player to play for another European team outside Greece. On 20 February 1972 he played his last game against Panathinaikos at Karaiskaki Stadium. After his football career ended, Sideris established a successful insurance company. Sideris was also one of the key offensive players of the Greek national team. Despite only being capped 28 times (including once while a player with Atromitos), he scored 14 goals.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.rafcmuseum.be/spelersarchief/spelersfiche.php?id=456
  2. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (1 May 2009). "Greece - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kostas Polychroniou
Greece captain
1968-1970
Succeeded by
Mimis Domazos