Vassilios Tsiartas (Greek: Βασίλης Τσιάρτας) (born on 12 November 1972 in Alexandreia, Greece) is a retired Greek international football player who played as an attacking midfielder. Although he was famed for his lackadaisical playing style, his ability was never in question and he was in many ways the epitome of a player who wears the number 10 shirt. Tsiartas was predominantly left footed but was just as dangerous with his right. He was a phenomenal free kick specialist and also took all penalties for the National Team of Greece and his club sides. He was an important part of the Greek National Side claiming two assists in Portugal towards Greece's ultimate victory Euro 2004 (they began the tournament as 100-1 outsiders). In his entire career he did not receive a single red card.
He began his career at the academy at AE Alexandris and later the team of F.A.S. Naoussa FC which also produced such players as Yiotis Tsalouchidis and Dimitris Markos. The left footed attacking midfielder soon made a name for himself and his subsequent move to AEK Athens FC resulted in him scoring the most goals in the 1996 season in the Alpha Ethniki (A League). This and his huge attacking presence lead to a move to Sevilla FC where he was an influential captain and vital in team gaining promotion to the Primera Division. He was known in Sevilla as 'El Mago' due to his lethal ability with any free kicks combined with a powerful shot in or outside the box. He returned to AEK Athens FC in 2000 and after another successful 4 year spell at AEK he ended his career at FC Köln. Tsiartas officially returned to active competition by signing with Ethnikos Piraeus in Greece. On 14 February 2007 Vasilis Tsiartas announced his retirement from professional football
Having played U-16 and U-21 he debuted for the Greek National Team on 27 April 1994 in a game against Saudi Arabia. He managed to score 12 goals (5 of which were penalties) in his 70 caps with the National Team including an important penalty against Northern Ireland in 2003 which led to Greece's qualification for Euro 2004. During the Euro 2004 he was used mainly as a substitute by the team's coach Otto Rehhagel, but managed to claim two vital assists, one against Spain  and the other against the Czech Republic  on the way to Greece's victory in the tournament.
Last updated: 2010-3-03
Alpha Ethniki: 2
Greek Cup: 2
UEFA European Championship: 1
Greek Super League top scorer: 1
Greek Footballer of the year: 1
He featured on the cover of the Greek edition of FIFA 2000.
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