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Obituary Greece's former team captain Nikos Samaras

04/01/2013 22:00:05
Greece’s Volleyball family mourns the premature death of Nikos Samaras, a former captain of the national team, who died on Friday, aged 42, after suffering a brain aneurysm.

Samaras had played in Greece for the likes of Orestiada, Iraklis and Panathinaikos before moving abroad and representing Falconara (ITA), Sevilla (ESP), Fenerbahce (TUR) and Chênois (SUI). He then got back to Greece for the last years of his career playing for Ethnikos Alexandropoulis, Milon and Lemnos, where he did also work as a coach.

Throughout his career he totaled 300 caps with the senior national team and 160 with the junior. In 1989 he finished sixth at the Junior World Champs held in Athens and moving up to the senior division, he celebrated a sixth place as well as Athens played host to the World Championship in 1994. As for his club career, with Orestiada he finished second in the CEV Cup and he also won Greece’s national cup in 2000 while playing for Iraklis THESSALONIKI.

Sincere condolences are addressed to the family and friends of Samaras as well as to Greece’s Volleyball community that will certainly miss this great personality.