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Greece Top Scorers of All Time

Mon 13 December 2021 | 14:30

Greece is not a big name in European football yet they are the one-time winners of one of the major European competitions: Euro (the 2004 edition of the competitions actually). Who are Greece top scorers of all time? This is what we are to in this post.

Before anything else, let’s make it clear that in this post, we are neither to Greek Super League top scorers of all time nor any other Greek league all-time top scorer. Also if you should know about Greek Super League top assists, that’s what we’re going to cover in another post.

However, if you would like to know, Demis Nikolaidis, who actually occupies the third position on the list of Greek Super League top scorers of all time with a total of 164 goals is also on the list of Greece top scorers of all time; actually on the 6th position with 17 Goals, and the Greek footballer who tops the list of Greece top scorers of all time, namely Nikolaos Anastopoulos, is actually on the 10th position on the list of Greek Super League top scorers of all time with 117 goals, but to assure you, we have no other

Greek league all-time top scorer

on the list.

A List of Greece Top Scorers of All Time

Well, we made it clear enough what we are to in this post; it’s not definitely

Greek Super League top assists

, as we mentioned above, but the all-time top scorers of the Greek national team.

Nikolaos Anastopoulos (29 Goals)

The 63-year-old retired Nikolaos Anastopoulos is considered as one of the best forwards Greece has ever produced and, as you see, he’s actually the one who tops the list of Greece top scorers of all time with the 29 goals he scored for the

Greek national team

between 1977 and 1988, though according to some sources, the actual number of his international goals is 25 and he shares the first place on the list with another top Greek forward, namely Angelos Charisteas, with the same number of international goals (25).

The difference is in the number of goals Anastopoulos scored in international friendlies: While some sources say it’s 12, other sources believe it’s 16, but on the number of goals he scored in other competitions all agree and it’s like that: 10 goals in Euro qualifying rounds, 2 goals in World Cup qualification rounds, and 1 in Euro finals.

Those sources that say Anastopoulos scored 29 international goals say he did it in 75 appearances and those that say he scored 25 international goals believe it happened in 63 appearances, however, both these twin numbers - 29, 75 and 25, 63 - gets the retired Greek forward an international goal-to-appearance ratio around 0.4 which means he scored 2 goals in every 5 appearances that he made for his country’s national team. That ratio is actually the highest on the list of

Greece top scorers of all time

and means there are no prolific goalscorers among Greece all-time top scorers, indeed, in comparison to other countries’ top scorers at international level.

Angelos Charisteas (25 Goals)

One of the most celebrated footballers Greece has ever produced, Angelos Charisteas is a 41-year-old retired footballer who managed to score 25 goals in 88 appearances for the Greek national team between 2001 and 2011 becoming the second Greece top scorer of all time. Unlike Nikos Anastopoulos who only served Greek clubs during his career, Angelos Charisteas served some top European clubs like Ajax, Schalke 04, and

Bayer Leverkusen

some time during his career and maybe that’s why he’s considered to be a better-class footballer than Anastopoulos.

Well, with the 25 goals Charisteas scored in 88 international appearances, he gets an international goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.28 which means he scored a little bit more than one goal (exactly 1.12) in every 4 appearances for his country’s national team. From among all the 25 international goals Charisteas scored 5 (20%) were scored in international friendlies, 9 (36%) in World Cup qualification rounds, 7 (28%) in Euro qualification rounds, and 4 (16%) in Euro finals. He also made 3 appearances in Confederations Cup and one appearance in World Cup but never scored a goal in them. Charisteas also provided 2 assists and received 7 yellow cards during his international career, and from all his 25 international goals 2 were scored from the penalty spot.

Theofanis Gekas (24 Goals)

A more contemporary footballer than the two-already-mentioned footballers on the list, Theofanis Gekas served the Greek national team between 2005 and 2014 scoring 24 goals in 78 appearances for them which gets him an international goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.31 meaning that he scored almost one goal (exactly 0.93) in every 3 appearances that he made for his country’s national team.

Maybe Gekas is not as decorated a footballer as Charisteas; in fact, he didn’t win even a single club or international trophy despite the fact that he served more than 10 clubs during his career including the top German club, Bayer Leverkusen, however, he became the top scorer of three competitions, namely Greek Super League in 2004-05 season with 18 goals,

Bundesliga

in 2006-07 season with 20 goals, and 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers UEFA section with 10 goals.

From among all the 24 goals Gekas scored for the Greek national team, 5 (20%) were scored in international friendlies, 12 (50%) in World Cup qualification rounds, 6 (25%) in Euro qualifying rounds and 1 (4%) in Euro finals. Gekas also made 6 appearances in World Cup and 2 in Confederations Cup but never scored a goal in these two competitions. He also provided 8 assists and received one yellow card during his international career and one of his 24 goals, he scored from the penalty spot.

Dimitrios Saravakos (22 Goals)

Occupying the fourth position on the list of

Greece top scorers of all time

, Dimitrios Saravakos is a 60-year-old retired Greek footballer who served the Greek national team between 1982 and 1994 scoring 22 goals in the 78 appearances that he made for them. That actually gets him the same international goal-to-appearance ratio as Angelos Charisteas’ and means the same thing: He also scored 1.12 goals in every four appearances that he made for his country’s national team.

Saravakos was actually part of the Greek national team who took part in 1994 FIFA World Cup; he also made one appearance for his country’s national team in that competition but never scored a goal for them. Saravakos scored all his international goals in three competitions: World Cup qualifiers (2), international friendlies (14), and Euro qualifiers (6). He also provided 2 assists, and received 3 yellow cards and one red card during his international career. And from all Saravakos’ 22 international goals 4 were scored from the penalty spot.

One interesting fact about Saravakos is that among the first ten Greece top scorers of all time - if not more than 10, he’s the one with the most number of goals scored in a single international match; actually 5 against

Egypt

in an international friendly in October 1990 which ended in Greece’s 6-1 victory - the nearest to him in this concern is the one above him on the list, Theofanis Gekas, who managed to score 4 goals in a World Cup qualification match against Latvia which ended in Greece’s 5-2 victory.

Mimis Papaioannou (21 Goals)

There is some controversy concerning the number of international goals Mimis Papaioannou has scored. While some sources say it’s 21, others say it’s 18, however, in the number of international appearances Papaioannou has made all agree; it’s 61 and based on that, the 79-year-old retired Greek footballer gets an international goal-to-appearance ratio of around 0.3 meaning that he scored almost one goal in every 3 appearances for his country’s national team. And if we take the 18-goal claim as true, then we should say Papaioannou scored 9 of his international goals in World Cup qualification rounds, 6 in international friendlies, and 3 in Euro qualifiers. He also received one yellow card during his international career.

It might be interesting for you to know that Papaioannou is the only footballer at least among the first ten Greece top scorers of all time who managed the Greek national team sometime during his managerial career; actually sometime between 1992 and 1994 and as an assistant manager.

Nikos Machlas (18 Goals)

A 48-year-old retired Greek footballer, Nikos Machlas served the Greek national team some time between 1993 and 2002 scoring 18 goals in the 61 appearances that he made for them. That actually gets him an international goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.3 meaning that the retired Greek footballer scored almost one goal (exactly 0.9) in every 3 appearances that he made for his country’s national team.

From among all the 18 goals Machlas scored for the Greek national team, 7 (38%) were scored in international friendlies, 7 in Euro qualifying rounds, and 4 (22%) in World Cup qualifying rounds. He was also part of the Greek national team who took part in 1994 World Cup and made 3 appearances in the competition but scored no goals. Machlas provided one assist and received one yellow card during his international career and only one of his 18 international goals was scored from the penalty spot. Machlas is often known not for his international performance but for the fact that he was Ajax’s most expensive player in 1999 with a transfer fee of $8.6 million.

Demis Nikolaidis (17 Goals)

And here comes the footballer who tops the list of Greek

Super League top scorers of all time

with 164 goals: Demis Nikolaidis. Although Nikolaidis was somehow a prolific goalscorer at club level - he scored one goal in every 2 club appearances during his career, he was not at international level ending up on the 7th position on the list of Greece top scorers of all time, however, he’s still on the list and that’s a point for him.

Well, Nikolaidis scored all his 17 international goals in 54 appearances which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.31 meaning that the 48-year-old retired Greek footballer scored almost one goal (exactly 0.93) in every three appearances for his country’s national team. From among all the 17 international goals Nikolaidis scored, 8 (47%) were scored in international friendlies, 5 (29%) in Euro qualifying rounds, and 4 (23%) in World Cup qualifying rounds. He also made 4 appearances for the Greek national team in Euro 2004 where they actually won the competition, but he didn’t score a goal in that competition. Nikolaidis received 2 yellow cards in his international career and from all his 17 international goals one was scored from the penalty spot.

Konstantinos Mitroglou (17 Goals)

The only footballer on the list of Greece top scorers of all time who is still in the business - at least among the first twenty footballers on the list,

Konstantinos Mitroglou

is a 33-year-old Greek forward in service to the Greek club, Aris, since the start of 2021-22 season. Mitroglou is one of the highly-decorated footballers on the list with 19 club trophies and a handful of individual honors to his name including Greek Cup top goalscorer in 2012-13 and Greek Super League Footballer of the Year in 2011-12 season.

Mitroglou scored all his 17 international goals in 65 appearances which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.26 meaning that the 33-year-old Greek forward scored a little bit more than one goal (exactly 1.04) in every 4 appearances that he made for his country’s national team. He actually served the Greek national team between 2009 and 2019, and also

Greek U19

and U21 teams some time between 2005 and 2010 scoring 17 goals in 30 appearances for them - as you see, he’s got a better goal-to-appearance ratio with Greek under-aged teams showing that he scored a little bit more than one goal in every two appearances for them.

From among all the 17 international goals Mitroglou scored for the Greek national team only 4 (23%) were scored in international friendlies, 11 (64%) in World Cup qualification rounds, 1 (5.8%) in Euro qualifying rounds, and 1 in UEFA Nations League. He also provided 6 assists and received 4 yellow cards during his international career, and none of his international goals were scored from the penalty spot. One interesting fact about Mitroglou is that although he’s not a prolific goalscorer either on international or club level, he’s called “Mitrogoal” by his fans.

Panagiotis Tsalouchidis (16 Goals)

The footballer with the lowest international goal-to-appearance ratio on the list of Greece top scorers of all time, Panagiotis Tsalouchidis is a 58-year-old retired Greek midfielder who served the Greek national team some time between 1987 and 1995 scoring 16 goals in the 76 appearances that he made for them. That actually gets him an international goal-to-appearance of 0.21 which, as we mentioned above, is the lowest on the list and means that he scored a little bit more than one goal (exactly 1.05) in every 5 appearances that he made for his country’s national team.

From among all the 16 goals Tsalouchidis scored for the Greek national team, 9 (56%) were scored in international friendlies, 6 (37%) in Euro qualifying rounds, and 1 (6%) in World Cup qualification rounds. Tsalouchidis received 7 yellow cards during his international career and none of his international goals were scored from the penalty spot.

Giorgos Sideris (14 Goals)

14 goals in 28 appearances; that is Giorgos Sideris’ stats with the Greek national team and that means he scored exactly one goal in every two appearances that he made for the team. From among all the footballers  on the list of

Greece top scorers of all time

, he’s actually the one with the earliest period of service to the Greek national team: From 1958 to 1970. Sideris scored 6 of his international goals in World Cup qualifying rounds, 4 of them in Euro qualifying rounds, and another 4 of them in international friendlies. He also received one red card actually in a World Cup qualification match against Northern Ireland in 1961 but no yellow cards during his international career.

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