Zisis Vryzas is a former football player, and current vice president of PAOK FC. He was born 9 November 1973 in Kavala, city of northern Greece, located in the region of Macedonia (Greece). He played as a striker for various teams in Greece and abroad, as well as the Greek National team, with which he won the Euro 2004. After his retirement, he worked for PAOK as technical director, and for a brief period, took up the position of president, following Theodoros Zagorakis' resignation.
Vryzas started his football career at the Thracian club Skoda Xanthi where his talent attracted the interest of stronger domestic as well as foreign Clubs. In 1996, Zisis Vryzas was signed by the most popular northern Greek Club PAOK FC and moved in the capital of Central Macedonia, Thessaloniki, where he enjoyed great popularity among PAOK fans for his power, determination and devotion with which they describe his game and for scoring a handful of very important goals. The most significant memory of his career with PAOK FC occurred in the 1st round 2nd leg of the 1997/98 UEFA Cup. It was the fantastic equaliser he scored in the 87th minute against Arsenal at Highbury, which resulted in a notable, historic qualification for PAOK against the English giants who managed to win the double in the English Premier League that same season.
In 2000, while PAOK were struggling with endless financial problems due to the ineffective policy of debts and mismanagement of the main share-holder, consequently Vryzas was sold to the Italian Serie A relegation battlers A.C. Perugia. In Perugia, he once again gained popularity among the local fans for his work-rate and immediate adjustment to the new environment, which proved to be a key-factor for Perugia's constant presence in the Serie A, under the management of Serse Cosmi.
Zisis Vryzas Replaces Theodoros Zagorakis As PAOK Chairman
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