Theodoros Zagorakis
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Theodoros Zagorakis
Theodoros Zagorakis (Greek: Θεόδωρος Ζαγοράκης, born 27 October 1971, is a retired Greek footballer. He was the captain of the Greece national football team that won the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, and is the current president of PAOK F.C..
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English Clubs in the Europa League Group Stage - Stan James Betting News
Google News - over 5 years
But Spurs kick off their campaign away to PAOK of Greece whose recent turn around in fortunes has been attributed to the former Leicester City midfielder Theodoros Zagorakis and current club president. As Stoke City (40/1 to win the Europa League)
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Fußball international: Für PAOK-Fans wurde Traum wahr - Derwesten.de
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... Dimitrios Salpigidis, der nach seiner Einwechslung nur wenige Minuten später verletzungsbedingt wieder vom Rasen musste, war vor allem einer bei den schwarz-weiß gekleideten PAOK-Anhängern gefragt: Salonikis Präsident Theodoros Zagorakis
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Relembre 25 jogadores que se destacaram em só um campeonato - Terra Brasil
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Hoje, é prefeito da cidade búlgara de Sliven Com o recorde de 120 convocações pela Grécia, o volante Theodoros Zagorakis é uma lenda na seleção, mas seu único grande momento na carreira foi a Eurocopa de 2004. Capitão do time que surpreendeu o mundo ao
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THE 4TH ANNUAL: YEAR IN IDEAS; You Don't Need Superstars to Win
NYTimes - about 12 years
Even as the superstar athlete in our winner-take-all culture adds to his already oversize share of available salary money, media attention and endorsements, there's one thing he may be getting less of these days -- actual victories. This year, a number of teams unable or unwilling to invest in franchise players simply did without and still emerged
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SOCCER: EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS; France, in Upset, Falls to Greece
NYTimes - over 12 years
France was knocked out of the European Championships on Friday, losing to Greece, 1-0, in the quarterfinals in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. France, the defending champion, became the latest victim in a tournament filled with surprising results. For the first time in the history of the tournament, which began in 1960 and is held
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Theodoros Zagorakis
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 42
    Zagorakis is looking to kick-off a new career in politics by becoming an MEP. He was a New Democracy candidate for the European Parliament in the elections of 25 May 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He was elected as an MEP and became a member of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats). He was unveiled as one of the party's hopefuls by its leader and Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras. Leicester City AEK Athens
    He was elected as a Greek MEP at the May 2014 European Parliament election.
    More Details Hide Details Zagorakis was a defensive midfielder who could also play on the right side of midfield. He started his career with Kavala, the club that also produced Zisis Vryzas, with whom he became close friends. He was an important part of helping the team get into the Greek Second Division. He had six goals and 114 appearances for Kavala before being transferred in 1993 to PAOK.
  • 2012
    Age 40
    On January 2012 Zagarakis resigned as president of PAOK after fans protested against the sale of its best player to balance the indebted team's books.
    More Details Hide Details PAOK fans broke up seats in the stand and invaded the pitch after an unexpected 2-1 home defeat by Atromitos. "I step down at a difficult time so that love and unity return to the club," said Zagorakis. PAOK sold Portuguese midfielder Vieirinha to German club Vfl Wolfsburg earlier this month, but selling off assets to service debts is an unpopular concept in Greece. PAOK is under pressure to reduce its debt or have its licence revoked, under new "financial fair play" rules by European soccer's governing body UEFA. Earlier this month UEFA fined PAOK and threatened them with a ban from European competition for breaching licensing regulations. UEFA fined PAOK, who have acquired €250.000 by promoting to the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League, of which €200,000 is suspended for a probationary period of three years.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 37
    On 8 October 2009 Zagorakis surprised fans and press alike by announcing his decision to quit the presidency.
    More Details Hide Details In a short announcement on the club's official website, he cited that personal problems have led him to this decision. He was rapidly replaced by his close friend Zisis Vryzas. Nevertheless, he kept close contact with his former associates, and also frequently attended the club's home games alongside Vryzas. Zagorakis finally changed his mind and on 20 January he reprised his position as president, with Vryzas stepping down to assume the post of vice-president.
  • 2008
    Age 36
    On 15 December 2008, Zagorakis announced a major issue of new stock by the club, valued at €22.3 million.
    More Details Hide Details He appealed to small investors and stated that, although it is unlikely that the entire sum could be covered in a worldwide crisis environment, he felt confident that the expected influx of capital would enable PAOK finally to put its past problems behind and focus on future growth.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    On 22 August 2007, however, he played for the last time with the national side, in a special friendly match against Spain in Toumba Stadium, Salonica.
    More Details Hide Details He played for about 15 minutes and was then replaced by Giannis Goumas, receiving an applause by fans singing his name.
    On 28 May 2007, after the fifth Greek Superleague All-Star Game, Zagorakis announced his retirement from professional football.
    More Details Hide Details After many widespread rumours, it was announced that he was to become PAOK's new president, on 18 June. The club had been in dire financial straits for several years. Zagorakis undertook to sort out finances by attracting investors, increasing revenue and mobilising the club's fan base. In his unifying first statement he said: "The strength of PAOK lies in its supporters, its fans I would have not made this decision" (to retire from playing and assume administration) "if i did not love my club. The situation for PAOK is very difficult and I will not try to hide its problems; instead I will do all I can to solve the pressing financial issues." Soon he set about restructuring the club's debt and team, and recruited former team-mate Zisis Vryzas as technical director. As of late 2008, PAOK has been able to pay off most of its accumulated debt, seen a steady increase in ticket sales and advertising revenue, and team performance on the field has improved considerably, under the coaching of Portuguese manager Fernando Santos.
  • 2006
    Age 34
    More specifically, Greece captain was considering retiring after his team's European championship qualifier against Norway in Athens on 2 October 2006, has also been called up for the match against Bosnia four days later, officials said.
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    After 14 full playing years as the captain for Greece, Zagorakis announced his retirement from international football on 5 October 2006.
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  • 2004
    Age 32
    FIFA named Zagorakis as a contender for the 2004 FIFA World Player of the Year award (he finished in 17th place alongside Spain's and Real Madrid's legend, Raúl), as well as UEFA named him for the 2004 European Footballer of the Year award (he finished in fifth place), behind the likes of Ronaldinho (title winner) and Thierry Henry (fourth place).
    More Details Hide Details He holds the record of most consecutive matches (57) (except one in 2006 because of injury) of the national team (due to either injury or not selection) since his first cap in a period of 12 years.
    Zagorakis played an important role in Greece's win in the 2004 European Championships, and was named the Player of the Tournament by UEFA and cosenquently he was in the Team of the Tournament.
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    He earned his 100th against Kazakhstan on 17 November 2004, and was the team's longest-serving captain.
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    In 2004–05, Zagorakis was a regular feature in the squad, but the team found itself relegated to Serie B after a play-out series against Parma.
    More Details Hide Details In the following summer, he was released from the team as they couldn't afford his payroll under the new conditions. The Player of the Tournament at UEFA Euro 2004 will arrive in Thessaloniki to sign the deal with PAOK. The midfielder was released by Bologna following the Italian team's relegation from Serie A, and rejoins one of his old clubs. Zagorakis eventually signed a two-year contract with PAOK for €700,000 a year. When Zagorakis landed at Makedonia Airport in Thessaloniki, 7,000 supporters were there to welcome him back. His return however coincided with a turbulent period, with the club many financial and administrative problems. Zagorakis received his first cap for Greece on 7 September 1994, against the Faroe Islands. He scored his first goal against Denmark in 2006 World Cup qualifying, in Athens, while earning his 101st cap. Numbering 120 caps, Zagorakis was Greece's all-time leader in international games played until 12 October 2012, when Giorgos Karagounis made his 121st appearance for the national team.
    On 14 July 2004, he left AEK Athens for Bologna, signing a two-year contract worth €1.5 million per year.
    More Details Hide Details The 32-year-old midfielder – who was voted player of the tournament in Portugal – was released by debt-ridden AEK Athens and joined Bologna on a Bosman free transfer. "Zagorakis is our Greek Baggio," Bologna owner Giuseppe Gazzoni Frascara told the newspaper.
    He was the captain of the Greece national team that won UEFA Euro 2004, and was also president of PAOK FC.
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  • 2002
    Age 30
    With AEK, Zagorakis won the Greek Cup in 2002 against rivals Olympiacos.
    More Details Hide Details Zagorakis, during his last season in AEK, has accepted a reduced pay-off which is reported to be £220,000."He showed he genuinely has the club's best interests at heart and is free to take up any of the great offers from teams abroad," said a club statement.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 28
    Zagorakis was disappointed with Leicester manager Martin O'Neill's reluctance to use him regularly and decided to return to Greece in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He moved to AEK Athens, and played alongside fellow countrymen such as Michalis Kapsis, Vassilis Lakis, Demis Nikolaidis and Vassilios Tsiartas.
  • 1999
    Age 27
    While in England, he took part in two consecutive League Cup finals at Wembley Stadium, losing the first against Tottenham Hotspur in 1999 and defeating Tranmere Rovers in the second.
    More Details Hide Details Zagorakis will always be fondly known by Leicester fans for his sheer determination in midfield. He will always be fondly remembered for his goalkeeping cameo against Crystal Palace (in which Leicester won).
  • 1998
    Age 26
    Zagorakis left for English club Leicester City the following winter and signed for Martin O'Neill's in 1998.
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  • 1994
    Age 22
    He rose to become an iconic figure for the fans,as he rarely missed a league derby and often scored with important goals, particularly in 1994-95 when he struck four, his best-ever tally.
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  • 1992
    Age 20
    In the 1992–93 season, Zagorakis left Kavala as a winter transfer to join PAOK, part of a string of star transfers made that season.
    More Details Hide Details He played for PAOK until December 1997, and also captained the squad in his last two seasons.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on October 27, 1971.
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