Kostas Nestoridis

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Kostas Nestoridis
Personal information
Full name Konstantinos Nestoridis
Date of birth (1930-03-15) 15 March 1930 (age 89)
Place of birth Drama, Greece
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Enosi Agiou Nikolaou Kallitheas
Ellada Moschatou
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1955 Panionios 82 (34)
1955–1965 AEK Athens 226 (141)
1965–1967 South Melbourne Hellas 41 (33)
1967–1968 Vyzas 2 (0)
Total 332 (245)
National team
1951–1962 Greece 17 (3)
Teams managed
1965–1967 South Melbourne Hellas
1981 Paniliakos
1982–1983 Kallithea FC
1984 AEK Athens
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kostas Nestoridis (Greek: Κώστας Νεστορίδης, born 15 March 1930), is a Greek former footballer. He debuted for the Greek National Football Team in 1951 and won 17 caps for his country, scoring 3 goals.[1]


Born in Drama of Pontian Greek heritage, his family moved to Athens in his youth.[2] Nestoridis began playing youth football with Enosis Ag. Nikolaos Kallithea in 1945, and began playing senior football with Panionios in 1947 at age 17. Nestoridis played for Panionios until 1955, and he began an illustrious career at AEK Athens F.C. in 1957, having sat out the 1956 season because Panionios refused to negotiate his transfer to AEK.[2]

"Kapetan (Captain) Nestoras" started paying dividends almost immediately by winning top scorer honours in Greece for five consecutive seasons from 1958 up until 1963 (the last regional championship played and the first four national competitions).[3] In total he scored 223 goals in 265 games for AEK, and remains one of the club's highest scoring players of all time, widely regarded by the club's fans as one of the greatest players to ever wear the AEK shirt, he remains the third highest league scorer for AEK, having scored a total of 172 goals in 202 games in the Greek domestic league. He and another AEK Athens' legend, Mimis Papaioannou, formed one of the club's most formidable goal-scoring partnerships, he played for AEK until December 1965 at which point he joined newly promoted Vyzas F.C. for one year before retiring.

He took a break from the Greek League in 1966 to play for South Melbourne Hellas where, at age 36, he won top scorer honors yet again, helping the club to the Victorian State League title. Nestoridis rejoined South Melbourne Hellas in 1967 where his team finished 4th in the league competition, his last game for Hellas was in the Dockerty Cup final losing 0-4 to Port Melbourne Slavia. During his two years in Melbourne, Nestoridis drew big crowds where ever Hellas played.

After his playing career was over, Nestoridis coached several clubs including Paniliakos FC, Kallithea FC and AEK (1982 and 1983).


Club Competition Apps Goals
Panionios Total 82 34
AEK Athens EPSA 19 12
Panhellenic Championship 40 33
Alpha Ethniki 167 141
Greek Cup 29 36
European Cup 4 4
Cup Winners' Cup 4 2
Total 263 228
South Melbourne Hellas Total 41 33
Total 386 295


AEK Athens

South Melbourne




  1. ^ ΕΘΝΙΚΕΣ ΟΜΑΔΕΣ > Εθνική Ομάδα Ανδρών (in Greek). Hellenic Football Federation. Archived from the original on 30 November 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b Kolokotsios, Lambros (4 May 2009). Αθλητικοί Φάκελοι (Νεστορίδης) [Sporting Capsules (Nestoridis)] (in Greek). Evrytania News. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011.
  3. ^ Maraziotis, Giannis (9 March 2008). Ο θρυλικός "Νέστορας" της ΑΕΚ [The legendary "Nestoras" of AEK] (in Greek). Espresso News.[permanent dead link]
  • Katsaros, Nikos (2008). Κώστας Νεστορίδης - Ο μάγος της μπάλας: Βιογραφία [Kostas Nestoridis - The magician of the ball: Biography]. Ankara. ISBN 978-960-422-625-2.

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