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Famous Athletes from Greece

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 (Greek: Λουκάς Βύντρα; born 5 February 1981) is a Greek professional footballer who plays in Greek in Super League 1 for Lamia mainly a central defender, he can also play as a right ...more
  • Mirela Maniani (Greek: Μιρέλα Μανιάνι, [miˈrela maˈɲani];, 21 December 1976) is a retired Greek track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. Prior to 1997, she represented Albania.
  • Dimitrios Papadopoulos (Greek: Δημήτριος Παπαδόπουλος) or Dimitris Papadopoulos (Δημήτρης Παπαδόπουλος) can refer to: Demetrios I of Constantinople (Demetrios Papadopoulos, 1914-1991), Ecumenical ...more
  • Predrag Stojaković (born June 9, 1977), known by his nickname Peja, is a Serbian professional basketball executive and former player who was most recently the assistant general manager and director ...more
  • Eleni Daniilidou (Greek: Ελένη Δανιηλίδου; [eleˈni ðaniˈiliðu]; born 19 September 1982) is a Greek tennis player from the island of Crete. She is considered as one of the best Greek tennis players of ...more
  • Hrysopiyi "Piyi" Devetzi (Greek: Χρυσοπηγή Δεβετζή, [xrisopiˈʝi ðeveˈdzi], born January 2, 1976) is a retired Greek athlete who competed in the triple jump and long jump. Devetzi was born in ...more
  • Radoslav "Rašho" Nesterović (born May 30, 1976), is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. He holds citizenship in both Slovenia and Greece. During his career in the NBA, Nesterović ...more
  • Vassiliki "Viky" Arvaniti (Greek: Βασιλική (Βίκυ) Αρβανίτη), also transliterated Vasiliki; born March 17, 1985 in Athens, Greece) is a beach volleyball player from Greece, who won the gold medal at ...more
  • Fani Chalkia (Greek: Φανή Χαλκιά, [faˈni xalˈca], born February 2, 1979 in Larissa), also transliterated as Halkia or Khalkia, is a retired Greek hurdler.An athlete of Olympiacos, Chalkia won the ...more
  • Niki Bakoyianni (Greek: Νίκη Μπακογιάννη, [ˈnici bakoˈʝani], born June 9, 1968) is a retired Greek high jumper. She was born in Lamia.
  • Ekaterini Thanou (Greek: Αικατερίνη Θάνου, [ekateˈrini ˈθanu]; born 1 February 1975), also known as Katerina Thanou, is a Greek former sprinter. She won numerous medals in the 100 metres, including ...more
  • Athanasia Tsoumeleka (Greek: Αθανασία Τσουμελέκα, [aθanaˈsia tsumeˈleka]; born January 2, 1982 in Preveza, Greece) is a Greek race walker, who won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in ...more
  • Dragan Tarlać (born May 9, 1973) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. He also holds Greek citizenship. Standing at 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in), he played as a center.
  • Anastasia "Tasoula" Kelesidou (Greek: Αναστασία Κελεσίδου, [anastaˈsia celeˈsiðu], born 28 November 1972 in Hamburg, Germany) is a retired Greek discus thrower best known for winning silver medals at ...more
  • Theódoros Papaloukás (Greek: Θεόδωρος Παπαλουκάς; born May 8, 1977), commonly also known as "Theo Papaloukas" or "Thodoris Papaloukas", is a retired Greek professional basketball player. He was a ...more
  • Paraskevi ("Voula") Patoulidou (Greek: Παρασκευή "Βούλα" Πατουλίδου, born 29 March 1965) was born in Tripotamo (now part of Florina). A prolific athlete, Patoulidou throughout her athletics career ...more
  • Dimitrios "Dimitris" Salpingidis (Greek: Δημήτρης Σαλπιγγίδης; born 18 August 1981) is a former Greek professional footballer who played as a winger or striker. He was known to be "a very quick and ...more
  • Michális Dórizas (Greek: Μιχάλης Δώριζας; April 16, 1886 – October 21, 1957) was a Greek athlete who competed in throwing events at the 1906, 1908 and 1912 Summer Olympics. He won a silver medal in ...more
  • Alexey Dmitrievitch Savrasenko (alternate spelling: Alexei) (Russian: Алексей Дмитриевич Саврасенко, born February 28, 1979) is a retired Russian-Greek professional basketball player. He played at ...more
  • Dimitris Diamantidis (Greek: Δημήτρης Διαμαντίδης) (born May 6, 1980) is a retired Greek professional basketball player, who spent all twelve seasons of his EuroLeague career with Panathinaikos ...more
  • Sotiris Ninis (Greek: Σωτήρης Νίνης; born 3 April 1990) is a Greek footballer who plays for Israeli side Hapoel Ashkelon as an attacking midfielder or right winger. Ninis was formerly a member of the ...more
  • Apostolos Nikolaidis (Greek: Απόστολος Νικολαΐδης, 19 April 1896 – 15 October 1980) was a Greek athlete, football manager and businessman. He was a leading board member and president of Panathinaikos ...more
  • Vassilis Spanoulis (born August 7, 1982) is a Greek professional basketball player for Olympiacos of the Greek A2 Basket League and the Euroleague. A 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) tall combo guard, he is ...more
  • Vasiliki "Vasso" Karantasiou (Greek: Βασιλική (Βάσω) Καραντάσιου, also transliterated Karadassiou; born January 6, 1973 in Athens, Greece) is a female beach volleyball player from Greece, who won the ...more
  • Themistoklis "Demis" Nikolaidis (Greek: Θεμιστοκλής "Ντέμης" Νικολαΐδης) (born 17 September 1973 in Gießen, West Germany) was the forty second president of AEK Athens F.C., and is considered one of ...more