Soccer player nicknamed "The General" and hailed as one of Greece's all-time best players; known for his skills as a central attacking midfielder.
His family was residing in Ambelokipi, Athens, when he was born; in a prophetic gesture, they were also living near the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.
He served as team captain for most of his tenure with Panathinaikos FC from 1959 until 1978, making 498 appearances and scoring 134 goals.
He wed pop singer
He and legendary Greek basketball player Nikos Galis both carried the torch at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games' Opening Ceremony.