Giorgos Samaras (Greek Γιώργος Σαμαράς, born 21 February 1985 in Heraklion) known as Georgios, is a Greek football player. He could and choose between the senior national team of Australia from Greece, as his mother is from Australia.
Samaras began his career in Greece with OFI Crete, but soon went into the Erendivisie, where he played for 2 years for SC Heerenveen. With only 17 years he made his debut there in the 2002/03 season. He shot - in his last season mostly as a strike partner Klaas -Jan Huntelaar - in a total of 128 games in which he was used, 30 goals. Eventually courted by Arsenal, he moved to Manchester City.
The change was officially completed on 30 January 2006. The transfer fee to the SC Heerenveen was around 9 million euros.
His debut for Manchester City in the English Premier League ( Barclays Premiership ) gave Samaras on 1 February 2006 against Newcastle United when he came on in the 65 mins for Andy Cole. Samaras scored his first goal on 12 February 2006 at the third match against Charlton Athletic. The goal he scored in the 53rd minute with a header after coming on at half-time. In the FA Cup and in the next two league games Samaras stood over the entire season on the field. In the match against Sunderland on March 5, 2006 Samaras scored his first brace in a 2-1 victory.
On 23 February 2006 Samaras was first called by coach Otto Rehhagel in the squad of the Greek national team for the international eight-nation tournament in Cyprus. Previously Samaras had played in the U -21 Greece. Rehhagel turned Samaras at the first game of the European champions Greece on 28 February 2006 in Limassol against Belarus on and let him make his debut in the starting lineup. After a quarter of an hour, he scored his first international goal in a 1-0 victory. Even in his second match against Kazakhstan, he was successful as a scorer.
Samaras was part of the national squad for the 2008 European Championship in Austria and Switzerland as well as for the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.