Nikos Dabizas (Born August 3, 1973 in Ptolemaida) is a former Newcastle United, Leicester City and Olympiakos footballer, who now plays for AE Larisa FC in Greece. - He was also in Greece's 2004 European Championship winning squad.
He joined Pontioi Veria as an 18 year old.
As a player for Pontioi Veria, where he remained for three consecutive seasons, he played one year on the third division and two in 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 Champions' League games. After three and a half seasons with Olympiakos he received an offer from Newcastle United, which opened to him the doors to the English football fields and the exciting world of the Premier League.
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 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 (he had a relegation clause in his contract). 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 AE Larisa, after failing to impress in a tryout with Belgian team Anderlecht.
- Nikos Dabizas, the official site