Elias Yfantis

Elias Yfantis
Personal information
Full name Elias Yfantis
Date of birth (1936-07-29) 29 July 1936
Place of birth Piraeus, Greece
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1950–1953 Olympiacos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1964 Olympiacos 457 (225)
National team
1957–1960 Greece 7 (2)
Teams managed
1970 Olympiacos

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Elias Yfantis (Greek: Ηλίας Υφαντής; born 1936) is a veteran international Greek football player and was a key member of Olympiacos F.C. during the 1950s and 1960s.


Born in Aghia Sophia in Piraeus, Yfantis joined the senior side of Olympiacos F.C. at the age of 17. He played for the first time in an official match in 1953. He played as a forward and scored 225 career goals in all competitions. In A'Ethniki, he not only played in 58 games in three seasons and scored 30 goals, but he had also scored first for the historic struggle of Olympiacos in European competition against AC Milan (final score 2-2). Serious injuries forced him to quit football in 1964 at the age of 28.[1]

He made seven appearances and scored two goals for the Greece national football team, playing from 1957 to 1960.[2]

In 1970 he became the head coach of Olympiacos as caretaker manager, and later for many years in parts of the infrastructure of the club.



  1. Kolokotsios, Lambros (20 March 2010). Αθλητικοί Φάκελοι (ΗΛΙΑΣ ΥΦΑΝΤΗΣ) [Sporting Capsules (Elias Ifantis)] (in Greek). Evrytania News.
  2. Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (25 September 2004). "Greece - International Matches 1948-1960". RSSSF.
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