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Nikos Dabizas was born on the 3rd of August 1973, in Ptolemaida in the North of Greece. He spent his childhood in a small village named Valtonero. He spent his days playing football and helping in his father's company. His first contact with football came when he was sixteen, although he never dreamt of becoming a professional footballer.

However Fate had other plans for him. He played for a year as an amateur at the local team of Amydeo called Hermes, which was enough to give him the ticket to a team in the third division and a professional contract.

As a player for Pontioi Verias, where he remained for three consecutive seasons, he played one year on the third division and two on the second. His big career break came when he was 21. He got an offer from Olympiakos, one of the biggest teams in Greece.

He moved to Piraeus, the well-known port of Athens, and helped his new team win the Greek championship twice, something quite impressive considering the fact they hadn't won it for ten years. He also took part in his first Champion's League games. After three and a half seasons with Olympiakos he received an offer from Newcastle United, which opened him the doors to the English football fields and the exciting world of the Premier League.

He has been signed to Newcastle since 1998. His initial four-year contract, which was to expire in 2002, was renewed well ahead of time and was to see Nikos in the team until June 2004.

Being left out of the first squad since the spring of 2003, Nikos had no option but to seek a transfer. A car accident prevented him from moving during the summer transfer window. Still the decision to move was enforced as Nikos did not see any action when the new season started and as soon as the transfer window was reopened he accepted an offer from Leicester City.

Nikos played regularly for City as they battled to stay in the Premier League, but their efforts were not proven to be adequate and the team was relegated to Division One. It seemed like it was going to turn out to be a very disappointing season, but the season was far from over. Nikos was selected for the Greek squad but never saw any action as an injury kept him at the sidelines. To everyone's surprise, Greece went on to win the tournament, ending a season that had many turning points.

After the Euro, Nikos had to choose whether he would stay with Leicester for one more season or get a transfer to another club (there was a term in his contract allowing him to transfer if City was relegated). He chose to continue with Leicester and help the team return to the Premier League.

As Leicester did not offer a new contract to Nikos, he started looking for a new team. In August 2005, he signed a three year contract with AEL 1964.

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232 Appearances in England (175 for Newcastle United, 18 for Leicester in the Premier League and 39 for Leicester in the Championship). Total League-Cup-Europe appearances 550. National Team appearances 70. Goals total 40.