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Andreas Samaris
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Samaris playing for Benfica in 2016
Personal information
Full name Andreas Samaris
Date of birth 13 June 1989 (1989-06-13) (age 32)
Place of birth Patras, Greece
Height 1.89 m
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Benfica
Number 22
Youth career
2006–2007 Panachaiki
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Panachaiki 37 (3)
2010–2012 Panionios 49 (1)
2012–2014 Olympiacos 28 (4)
2012–2013 Panionios (loan) 21 (5)
2014– Benfica 132 (5)
National team
2007 Greece U19 1 (0)
2013–2019 Greece 38 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:47, 09 January 2021 (UTC)..

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:05, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Andreas Samaris (Greek: Ανδρέας Σάμαρης; born 13 June 1989) is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Portuguese club Benfica.

After winning Superleague Greece with Olympiakos in 2014, he signed for Benfica in Portugal for €10 million. With them, he has won four Primeira Liga, one Taça de Portugal, two Taça da Liga and one Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.

A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Greece

Samaris started his career in Gamma Ethniki side Panachaiki in 2006, making a total of 37 league appearances and scored three goals for the club. On 10 April 2007, he signed his first professional contract with Panachaiki, where he was coached by future Australia national team manager Ange Postecoglou. On 11 January 2010, Samaris moved to Panionios.

Samaris joined Olympiacos in 2012 but spent the season on loan at Panionios. In 2013, he returned to Olympiacos and scored his first goal with the club on 23 November 2013, in an away 4–1 victory against Panthrakikos. Samaris ended the league with 38 appearances and scored four goals en route to the Greeks' 41st title.

Benfica

On 22 August 2014, Samaris moved abroad and joined Portuguese champions Benfica on a five-year contract for a transfer fee of €10 million and with a €45 million release clause. He made his debut for Benfica on 12 September against Vitória Sétubal.

At the end of the 2014–15 season, Samaris mentioned that the Portuguese language was a barrier in his first year with the club. The Greek international stressed the importance of learning it by stating, "I liked to learn Portuguese because I became closer to my colleagues. The most important is to understand what my coach says because there was an idea of game and I had to adapt faster than the others."

On 29 August 2015, in the second day of 2015–16 Primeira Liga, Samaris, after an assist from Greek teammate Kostas Mitroglou, scored with a right-footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner, the second goal giving the lead to his club in a 3–2 win against Moreirense. It was his first goal in the Primeira Liga. On 1 April 2016, he scored his second goal in the Portuguese league, with a direct free kick, in a 5–1 home game against Braga. On 4 March 2017, in a 1–0 away game against C.D. Feirense, Samaris reached 100 appearances with the jersey of Benfica. In that season, he also played in the Taça de Portugal final, which Benfica won over Vitória de Guimarães (2–1).

On 11 March 2019, Samaris scored a volley in a league match, giving his team a two-goal lead in an eventual 2–2 home draw to Belenenses. It was his first goal in the 2018–19 season in all competitions. On 14 May, he extended his contract with Benfica until 2023.

International career

Samaris is a former Greece under-19 international. He made his debut in a 2008 European Under-19 Championship qualifier against France. In October 2013, he was called up to the Greek senior side by manager Fernando Santos and made a substitute appearance in the final group qualifier against Liechtenstein, also coming off the bench in the two play-off matches against Romania. After a strong season with Olympiakos, Santos opted to select Samaris to his final 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

On 24 June 2014, in his first appearance in a final tournament of the World Cup and against the Ivory Coast, Samaris opened the scoring after capitalizing on Cheick Tioté's defensive mistake in the 42nd minute in an eventual 2–1 victory; Samaris came on as an early replacement for the injured Panagiotis Kone.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Panachaiki 2006–07 Gamma Ethniki 4 0 0 0 4 0
2007–08 Gamma Ethniki 19 3 0 0 19 3
2008–09 Gamma Ethniki 14 0 0 0 14 0
2009–10 Gamma Ethniki 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 37 3 1 0 38 3
Panionios 2009–10 Super League Greece 2 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11 Super League Greece 20 1 0 0 20 1
2011–12 Super League Greece 27 0 3 0 30 0
2012–13 Super League Greece 21 5 1 0 22 5
Total 70 6 4 0 74 6
Olympiacos 2013–14 Super League Greece 28 4 4 0 6 0 38 4
Benfica 2014–15 Primeira Liga 28 0 1 0 3 0 5 0 37 0
2015–16 Primeira Liga 27 2 1 0 6 0 7 0 41 2
2016–17 Primeira Liga 18 0 6 0 4 0 4 0 32 0
2017–18 Primeira Liga 18 1 1 0 3 0 3 0 25 1
2018–19 Primeira Liga 19 2 3 0 2 0 3 0 27 2
2019–20 Primeira Liga 16 0 2 0 4 0 2 0 24 0
2020–21 Primeira Liga 6 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 132 5 17 1 22 0 24 0 195 6
Career total 267 18 26 1 22 0 30 0 346 19

International

National team Year Apps Goals
Greece 2013 3 0
2014 8 1
2015 9 0
2016 7 0
2017 4 0
2018 2 0
2019 5 0
Total 38 1

International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 24 June 2014 Estádio Castelão‚ Fortaleza, Brazil  Côte d'Ivoire 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup

Honours

Olympiacos

Benfica

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