Georgios Samaras

Georgios Samaras was born in Heraklion, Crete on 21 February 1985 (age 35).

Georgios Samaras · Photo: Vagelis Georgariou

Samaras started his career at OFI Crete, before moving on to Eredivisie side Heerenveen in 2001. He made his first team debut two years later and after a further three seasons with the club he moved to Premier League club Manchester City for a fee of £6 million in 2006. After Sven-Göran Eriksson took over as Manchester City manager Samaras fell out of favour with the first team. In January 2008 he was loaned out to Celtic, moving on a permanent basis in the summer. Samaras helped Celtic win Scottish league championships in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He left the club at the end of his contract in 2014 and returned to the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion.

Transfer Tavern · Mar 19

‘Carved open like a Christmas turkey’ – These Celtic fans discuss ‘greatest goal of all time’

With the recent postponement of football in Scotland, fans have been taking to Twitter to discuss some of the goals in Celtic’s recent history.

The Celtic Star · Feb 21

Happy Birthday Georgios Samaras

It’s been six years since he left the club, but Georgios Samaras is well remembered by the Celtic support.

Scotzine · Sep 18, 2019

Back Page Bulletin: Celtic Hero Reveals ‘Dog’s Abuse’, Bartley Explains Hibs Exit, Hearts Defender Moves, Four Eye Well Kid

CELTIC legend Peter Grant has spoken of the occasion he and Tony Mowbray were confronted by raging fans following a 4-0 flop against St Mirren – the evening before the managerial double-act were given the boot...

Read Celtic · Sep 10, 2019

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Georgios Samaras’ Celtic career?

Former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras is seen as a bit of a cult hero in Glasgow.

Read Celtic · Aug 22, 2019

Celtic can look to their record against Swedish teams for inspiration ahead of AIK play-off

Celtic’s first outing against a Swedish team came on this day in 2012, with the Hoops beating Helsingborgs 2-0 at the Olympia Stadium; a result which can provide inspiration to Neil Lennon’s side ahead of Thursday’s clash with AIK...

BBC · Jul 8, 2019

Celtic: Can you name Neil Lennon’s 17 European opponents?

Tony Watt, Georgios Samaras and James Forrest have all given Neil Lennon some magic moments in Europe...

FootballFanCast · May 29, 2019

“He had everything”: Pundit’s Celtic attacker comparison undervalues 21y/o’s impact – opinion

Scott McDonald has compared Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard to Georgios Samaras...

67HailHail · May 29, 2019

Current Celtic man should feel aggrieved after legend compares him to Samaras

Former Celtic man Scott McDonald has made an interesting comparison between a current and former Celtic forward.

Celts Are Here · May 13, 2019

Former Man City Ace Confirms Celtic Stay Topped EPL Experience

Signed from Manchester City on a short term loan deal, Georgios Samaras would go onto sign for the club on a permanent basis that summer and make 243 appearances for the club winning seven trophies...

Read Celtic · May 13, 2019

Former European Celtic striker makes emotional claim regarding Hoops career

Former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras has described his time at Celtic Park as the ‘pinnacle’ of his career, the Daily Record report.

Daily Record · May 13, 2019

Georgios Samaras describes Celtic years as ‘pinnacle’ of his career

The Greek maverick spent seven trophy-laden years with the Hoops and cherishes the memories...

Hail Hail Media · Mar 9, 2019


Sunday, May 11th, 2014. Second half goals from Anthony Stokes, Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons, as well as an unfortunate...

Talking Baws · Mar 5, 2019

Georgios Samaras Took £10K Weekly Wage Cut to Join Celtic From Man City, Says Gordon Strachan

Former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras took a hefty pay-cut of £10,000 per week in order to join the Hoops on a permanent basis, according to his ex-manager Gordon Strachan...

Cmon The Hoops Celtic · Mar 1, 2019

Georgios SAMARAS | CELTIC FC | celtic throwback player of the week

Keith from cmon the hoops celtic talking this week celtic throwback player which is Georgios Samaras.

Celts Are Here · Feb 20, 2019

Ex-Celt Mulgrew Makes Surprising Samaras Revelation

CHARLIE MULGREW joined Simon Ferry on his podcast ‘Keeping the ball on the ground’ and made a very surprising revelation about one of his former teammates.

HITC · Jan 12, 2019

Have Celtic finally signed Samaras replacement?

Could Vakoun Issouf Bayo be Celtic’s modern day version of Georgios Samaras?

Celts Are Here · Jan 11, 2019

Celtic Cult Hero Set for Sensational Return to Football – Reports

It was only in October last year when we told you former Celtic enigma Georgios Samaras was hanging up his boots to take on a very different role in football.

The Celtic Star · Jan 10, 2019

Samaras, Nakamura and ‘Big Mick’ McManus Latest

THREE FORMER CELTIC stars are in the news at the moment with one signing a new contract to continue playing despite being in his forties, another looking at coming out of retirement to play in Italy’s Serie A and the third rumoured to be on his way back to Paradise!

90 Minute Cynic · Dec 26, 2018

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly, Celtic | Celebrating the Best Festive Derby Moments

This article is from Edition Nine of The Cynical, our free online magazine.

SPFL TV · Oct 12, 2018

Georgios Samaras | Top Ten Goals | Happy Retirement Sammy!

With Georgious Samaras announcing his retirement this week, we take a look at ten classic goals from the big Greek! LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP CONTENT AVAILABILITY INFORMATION – GOALS FROM SATURDAY’S MATCHES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE UK & IRELAND FROM 6PM ON SUNDAY.

The Scotsman · Oct 12, 2018

Georgios Samaras, ex-Celtic striker, announces retirement at age of 33

Former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras has hung up his boots at the age of 33...

Read Celtic · Oct 12, 2018

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Georgios Samaras’ Celtic career?

Former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras has announced his retirement from football today and in his honour, we’ve set up a quiz all about the Greek star...

Celts Are Here · Oct 12, 2018

Revealed – The Real Reason Behind Samaras’ Retirement

There has been an outpouring of gratitude and banter with the news that Georgios Samaras has decided to hang up his boots at the age of only 33.

BBC · Oct 12, 2018

Georgios Samaras: Former Celtic striker retires after 16-year career

Former Celtic and Greece striker Georgios Samaras announces his retirement from football, aged 33...

Celts Are Here · Oct 11, 2018

‘Gutted’, ‘Heart Broken’ – These Celtic Fans Feel Fragile After Striker Announcement

We reported earlier today that former Celtic star/enigma/heartthrob Georgios Samaras has decided to bring the curtain down on his playing career and some people aren’t taking it very well.

The Celtic Star · Oct 11, 2018

Celtic’s Greek God, Georgios Samaras hangs up his boots

Georgios Samaras has retired from playing to take up a boardroom role alongside his dad his Giannis, at his boyhood club OFI Crete.

Daily Record · Oct 11, 2018

Former Celtic hero Georgios Samaras retires to take up new role with OFI Crete

The former Hoops striker has decided to hang up his boots and move into the boardroom...

Celts Are Here · Oct 11, 2018

Shock as Former Celtic and Man City Star Retires From Football – Reports

REPORTS in Greece today claim former Celtic hero and enigma Georgios Samaras has decided to hang up his football boots at only 33-years-old.

VideoCelts · Feb 7, 2018

Whatever happened to the prime years of Georgios Samaras?

Samaras turned up in Turkey following a brief stint with Real Zaragoza with Rayo OKC (USA), Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) and West Brom the other clubs he has been at since leaving Glasgow...

A Grand Auld Team · Apr 28, 2017

The Cult Of Samaras

There was something about the way Georgios Samaras received the ball on the right touchline at Rugby Park in February 2008, jinked past a hapless Simon Ford and slotted the ball coolly past Alan Combe that jolted something primal in every Celtic supporter...

Hail Hail Media · Apr 3, 2017

History Bhoys Abroad – 25 – Georgios Samaras Part 2

Glasgow Celtic are the champions of Scotland in the 2016/17 season and make it 6 league titles in a row!

Hail Hail Media · Mar 30, 2017

History Bhoys Abroad – 25 – Georgios Samaras Part 1

So here it is, part 1 of the Georgios Samaras episode...

Read Celtic · Feb 21, 2017

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Georgios Samaras’ Celtic career?

Former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras turns 32 years old today and in his honour, we’ve set up a quiz all about the Greek star... · Feb 8, 2017

LaLiga2 | Ex-Celtic striker Samaras joins Zaragoza

31-year-old forward Georgios Samaras has joined Spanish second tier club Real Zaragoza, the LaLiga2 side have confirmed...

The Sun · Feb 7, 2017

Celtic legend Georgios Samaras joins Spanish side Real Zaragoza after leaving Rayo OKC

GEORGIOS SAMARAS has agreed to join Real Zaragoza until the end of the season...

Celtic Quick News · Feb 6, 2017

Oh Ah’s Off To Sunny Spain

FORMER Celtic hero Georgios Samaras has agreed a deal with Spanish Second Division outfit Real Zaragoza – as CQN predicted on Friday...

Celtic Quick News · Feb 3, 2017

Spanish Move For Samaras

FORMER Celtic fans’ favourite Georgios Samaras is poised to sign for Spanish Second Division outfit Real Zaragoza...

Daily Record · Feb 3, 2017

Celtic hero Georgios Samaras set for move to Spanish Segunda division side Real Zaragoza

Greek striker set to return to Europe after US club goes bust and leaves him as a free agent...

Celtic FC · Nov 23, 2016

Georgios Samaras: I’m a Celt for life

Continue reading “Georgios Samaras: I’m a Celt for life” on Celtic FC.

Daily Mail · Oct 31, 2016

A change is as good as a rest for Brendan Rodgers as Celtic look to end poor Champions League away record against Borussia Monchengladbach

It’s four years since Celtic earned three points on the road in this competition, Georgios Samaras heading the winner against Spartak Moscow in the final minute of a 3-2 win...

Offside Football · May 27, 2016

Celtic Received a Huge Boost to Resign Parkhead Fan-Favourite

Reports in the United States are suggesting that NASL side Rayo OKC are looking to flog Greek forward Georgios Samaras in the coming weeks...

Read Celtic · Mar 31, 2016

Samaras admits Celtic will always be close to his heart

Georgios Samaras has admitted that Celtic will always be a club close to his heart after joining American side Rayo OKC...

Talking Baws · Mar 15, 2016

Georgios Samaras Meets Celtic Fan in Miami and Says: Once a Celt, Always a Celt

Georgios Samaras bumped into a Celtic fan while on a pre-season trip to Miami with new team Rayo OKC this week...

Read Celtic · Mar 11, 2016

Samaras signs for new club in America

Former Celtic forward Georgios Samaras has signed for American side Rayo OKC...

HITC · Jan 30, 2016

Report: MLS club interested in move for Georgios Samaras

The former Celtic forward has been a free agent since leaving West Bromwich Albion last summer...

Talking Baws · Dec 25, 2015

Dylan McGeouch Wishes Merry Christmas With Picture of Georgios Samaras as Jesus

Dylan McGeouch got in on the funny Christmas messages today by posting a picture of ex-Celtic team-mate Georgios Samaras as Jesus on Twitter...

Celts Are Here · Sep 14, 2015

Free Agent Samaras Would Be No-Brainer for Celtic

With Celtic being so thin up top at the moment and Georgios Samaras still without a club it seems like a no-brainer that the club should give him a short term deal...

HITC · Sep 3, 2015

Free agent targets: Why Deila should consider re-signing this former Celtic forward

Celtic should consider a move for Georgios Samaras...

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