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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

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Evangelia Psarra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Evangelia Psarra Evangelia Psarra is a Greek archer. She represented Greece at the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic games. In 2004 she placed 8th in the women's individual ranking round with a 72-arrow score of ...more

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Marko Jarić is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Marko Jarić is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. Standing at 2.01 m, he played the shooting guard position. He also represented the Yugoslavian national basketball team ...more

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Konstantinos Tsiklitiras is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Konstantinos "Kostas" Tsiklitiras was a Greek athlete and Olympic champion. Born in Pylos, he moved to Athens to study commerce. Tsiklitiras soon took up sports. He practiced soccer ...more

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Anna Verouli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Anna Verouli is a retired Greek javelin thrower. She was born in Kavala. She won the gold medal at the 1982 European Athletics Championships, and a bronze medal at the 1983 World Championships ...more

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Predrag Mirčeta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Mosta F.C. Predrag Mirčeta is a Serbian footballer playing with FK Vujić Voda Valjevo in the Serbian League West. He had previously played with Serbian clubs FK Grafičar Beograd, FK Jedinstvo Surčin, ...more

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Kurt Rambis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Darrell Kurt Rambis is an American basketball coach and former professional basketball player. He currently works as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks. He previously served as a head ...more

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Giorgos Donis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
AEK Athens FC Giorgos Donis born on 22 October 1969 in Frankfurt, West Germany is a retired professional football player and the current manager of Al-Hilal FC. He was the first ever Greek to play in the ...more

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Ange Postecoglou is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Panachaiki Angelos "Ange" Postecoglou is a Greek-born Australian former football player and the head coach of the Australian national association football team. He is the most successful ...more

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Kleanthis Maropoulos is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Kleanthis Maropoulos was a star football player for AEK Athens FC and Greece during the 1930s and 1940s. Arguably the finest Greek football player of his period, he was affectionately known as ...more

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Anastasia Kostaki is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Anastasia Kostaki is a Greek professional basketball player playing for Panathinaikos. She is 1.72 m in height and 65 kg in weight.

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Sofia Bekatorou is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Sofia Bekatorou, is a Greek sailing champion. She has participated in over 470 main class events including 2004 Summer Olympics sailing competition, where she won gold medal in the women's ...more

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Niki Xanthou is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Niki Xanthou is a retired Greek long jumper. Xanthou set nine national record in long jump during her career. Her personal best, and national record, is 7.03 metres, achieved in August 1997 in ...more

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Pyrros Dimas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Pyrros Dimas is a retired Albanian-born Greek weightlifter, and currently involved in politics, as a member of the Greek parliament, representing the Panhellenic Socialist Movement. Dimas is ...more

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Frank Klopas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Fotios "Frank" Klopas is a retired American soccer forward currently serving as head coach and director of player personnel for the Montreal Impact. A veteran of clubs in both Greece ...more

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Panagiotis Lagos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
AEK Athens FC Panagiotis Lagos is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a Wingback for Apollon Smyrni in the Greek Super League.Lagos has the ability to play in various positions as much as on the ...more

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Kosta Koufos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Denver Nuggets Konstantine Demetrios "Kosta" Koufos is a Greek-American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was selected by the Utah ...more

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Vasilis Papageorgopoulos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
|- |- |} Vasilis Papageorgopoulos is a retired Greek sprinter, former mayor of Thessaloniki. He won two medals at the European Indoor Championships as well as the bronze medal in the 100 metres ...more

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Vasil Shkurti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Vasil Shkurti Platanias F.C. Vasil Shkurti is an Albanian professional footballer who plays for Roda JC Kerkrade in Netherlands, as a striker.

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Styliani Tsikouna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Styliani Tsikouna is a Greek discus thrower. Her personal best throw is 65.25 metres, achieved in May 2004 in Iraklio. This ranks her third among Greek discus throwers, only behind Ekaterini ...more

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Andreas Glyniadakis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Andreas Glyniadakis is a Greek professional basketball player who plays for CS Energia Rovinari of the Romanian Liga Națională. He is a 7 ft 1 in, 280 lb. center. His pro career started in 1997, ...more

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Stavros Glouftsis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Royal Antwerp F.C. Stavros Glouftsis is a Greek football striker who is currently playing for KSV Temse in the Belgian Third Division.

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Panagiotis Fasoulas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Panagiotis Fasoulas is a Greek politician and former professional basketball player. He was selected in the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1986 NBA Draft, but never decided to ...more

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Daniel Batista Lima is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Lamia AS Daniel Batista Lima is a Greek former professional football player of Cape Verdean descent who played as a striker. He has been given the title "Gullit of the poor" by the Italian ...more

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Konstantinos Kenteris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Konstandinos Kenderis, also spelled as Konstadinos Kederis is a former Greek athlete. He won gold medals in the 200 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2001 World Championships in Athletics ...more

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Nikolaos Siranidis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Greece
Nikolaos Siranidis is a Greek diver who competed in the synchronised 3 metre springboard competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics. After a bizarre event where the Chinese, Russian and American ...more