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List of famous athletes from Greece, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Greece has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Greek athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Greece and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Greece then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Stylianos Vasileiou and Stavros Tsoukalas are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Greek athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Greece?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Greece in order to get more information about each one.

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Loukas Vyntra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Greece national football team
Loukas Vyntra is a Greek footballer who plays for Spanish club Levante UD and the Greek national team. Mainly a central defender, he can also play as a right back.

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Mirela Maniani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Mirela Maniani or Manjani is a retired Greek javelin thrower. Prior to 1997 she represented Albania.

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Dimitrios Papadopoulos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Dinamo Zagreb
Dimitris Papadopoulos is a Greek professional footballer who plays for PAOK FC and the Greek national team as a striker.

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Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Predrag Stojaković, also known by his nickname Peja, is a Serbian retired professional basketball player. He also holds Greek citizenship. Standing at 6 ft 10, Stojaković played mostly at the ...more

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Eleni Daniilidou is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Eleni Daniilidou is a Greek tennis player born in Chania, on the island of Crete. As of 2011, she has won five WTA singles titles and three doubles titles. In 2003, she reached the Australian ...more

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Hrysopiyí Devetzí is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Hrysopiyi "Pigi" Devetzi is a former Greek athlete competing in the triple jump and long jump. She won the triple jump silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics with 15.25 and the ...more

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Radoslav Nesterović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Radoslav "Rašo" Nesterović, usually referred to in English as Rasho Nesterovic, is a retired Slovenian professional basketball player. He holds citizenship in both Slovenia and Greece. ...more

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Vasiliki Arvaniti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Vassiliki Arvaniti is a female beach volleyball player from Greece, who won the gold medal at the 2005 European Championships in Moscow, Russia, partnering Vasso Karadassiou. She represented her ...more

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Fani Chalkia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Fani Chalkia is a Greek hurdler. An athlete of Olympiacos, Chalkia won the gold medal in the women's 400m hurdles at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. During the semifinals Halkia set an ...more

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Niki Bakoyianni is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Niki Bakoyianni is a retired Greek high jumper. She was born in Lamia.

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Ekaterini Thanou is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Ekaterini Thanou, also known as Katerina Thanou, is a Greek former sprinter. She won numerous medals in the 100 metres, including an Olympic silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, ...more

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Athanasia Tsoumeleka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Athanasia Tsoumeleka is a Greek race walker, who won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Until 2003 Tsoumeleka was a largely unknown athlete, and she only finished seventh at the ...more

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Dragan Tarlać is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Dragan Tarlać is a retired Serbian / Greek professional basketball player. He played in the NBA. He is 2.11 m in height.

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Anastasia Kelesidou is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Anastasia "Tasoula" Kelesidou is a retired Greek discus thrower best known for winning silver medals at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. During her career she set seven Greek records ...more

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Theodoros Papaloukas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Theódoros "Teó" Papaloukás is a retired Greek professional basketball player. Papaloukas started his career in 1995 for his local club of Ampelokipoi, before being ...more

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Voula Patoulidou is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Paraskevi Patoulidou was born in Tripotamo. A prolific athlete, Patoulidou throughout her athletics career competed in the 100 metres, 100 metres hurdles and in the long jump events. Patoulidou ...more

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Dimitris Salpingidis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
PAOK FC
Dimitrios "Dimitris" Salpingidis is a Greek professional footballer who plays for PAOK FC and the Greek national team as a winger or striker. He is known to be "very quick and so ...more

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Michalis Dorizas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Michális Dórizas was a bronze medal winner for stone throw and javelin throw in the 1906 Summer Olympics. He was a graduate of Robert College.

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Aleksey Savrasenko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Alexey Dmitrievitch Savrasenko is a retired Russian-Greek professional basketball player. He played at the center position. Because of half-Greek origin from his mother's side, he has dual ...more

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Dimitris Diamantidis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Dimitrios "Dimitris" Diamantidis is a Greek professional basketball player for the Greek League and Euroleague team Panathinaikos Athens. Standing at 1.96 m and weighing 100 kg, ...more

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Sotiris Ninis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Panathinaikos FC
Sotiris Ninis born 3 April 1990 is a Greek footballer currently plays for Panathinaikos. Ninis is a member of the Greek national team. His FIFA profile claims he "possesses a dizzying range ...more

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Apostolos Nikolaidis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Apostolos Nikolaidis was a Greek athlete, football manager and businessman. He was a leading board member and president of Panathinaikos.

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Vassilis Spanoulis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Vassilis Spanoulis is a Greek professional basketball player for Olympiacos Piraeus of the Greek Basket League and the Euroleague. A 6 ft 4 in tall combo guard, he is nicknamed Kill Bill, ...more

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Vasso Karantasiou is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Vasiliki Karantasiou is a female beach volleyball player from Greece, who won the gold medal at the 2005 European Championships in Moscow, Russia, partnering Vassiliki Arvaniti. She represented ...more

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Demis Nikolaidis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Themistoklis "Demis" Nikolaidis was the forty second president of AEK Athens F.C., and is considered one of the finest footballers Greece has ever produced. In his early childhood and ...more