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Panagiotis "Takis" Fyssas (born 12 June 1973, in Athensmarker) is a former Greekmarker international footballer. He is currently technical director of the Hellenic Football Federation.

Fyssas started his career in the Panionios youth academy, achieving his senior debut in the 1990-91 season. After eight seasons in Nea Smyrnimarker, which included a Greek Cup triumph, he signed for Athens giants Panathinaikos in 1998. The increased exposure Fyssas received playing at the Spiros Louismarker ensured a rapid elevation to the Greek national side and he made his debut against Finland in 1999. Fyssas also made his first UEFA Champions League appearance while with the Greens, in the 2000-01 season.

In December 2003 he moved to Lisbonmarker with Benfica, where he was to stay for a season and a half, helping the Eagles claim the 2003-04 Portuguese Cup and 2004-05 Portuguese Liga. During this spell came the pinnacle of Fyssas's career: Greece's surprise victory at the 2004 European Championships. He played in all six of Greece's matches (starting five) and displayed a mixture of uncompromising defending and attacking verve on the left flank in the unlikely triumph.

After being allowed to leave Benfica in the summer of 2005, Fyssas made the surprise decision to move to Scotlandmarker with Hearts, despite reported interest from Englandmarker and Germanymarker. He collected his fourth career winners medal in his first season with the Tynecastlemarker side, when they defeated Gretna in the 2005-06 Scottish Cup final. His first and only Hearts goal came in a league game against Motherwell on 9 December 2006. He became a popular member of the Hearts team and will always be remembered fondly for his celebrations after clinching a place in the UEFA Champions League. He left the Edinburghmarker club at the end of the 2006-07 season to move back to Panathinaikos.

In his second Panathinaikos term, he played just a couple of games and he silently decided to retire from football, after a glorious career.


Career statistics


International goals

Scores and results list Greece's goal tally first.


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1990-91 Panionios Super League 1 0
1991-92 0 0
1992-93 Beta Ethniki 3 0
1993-94 Super League 18 2
1994-95 28 0
1995-96 32 3
1996-97 Beta Ethniki 28 0
1997-98 Super League 29 1
1998-99 11 3
1998-99 Panathinaikos Super League 18 3
1999-00 24 0
2000-01 25 1
2001-02 20 0
2002-03 27 0
2003-04 9 2

2003-04 Benfica Portuguese Liga 14 0
2004-05 16 0

2005-06 Heart of Midlothian Premier League 32 0
2006-07 21 1

2007-08 Panathinaikos Super League 2 0
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 February 2002 Kleanthis Vikelides Stadiummarker, Thessalonikimarker, Greecemarker 1-1 2-2 Friendly
2 15 May, 2002 Ethniko Stadium, Rhodesmarker, Greecemarker 1-1 3-1 Friendly
3 15 May, 2002 Ethniko Stadium, Rhodesmarker, Greecemarker 2-1 3-1 Friendly
4 29 January 2003 GSZ Stadiummarker, Larnacamarker, Cyprusmarker 1-1 2-1 Friendly

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