Andreas Samaris (Greek: Ανδρέας Σάμαρης; born 13 June 1989) is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Portuguese club Benfica and the Greece national team.
After winning Superleague Greece with Olympiakos in 2014, he signed for Benfica in Portugal for €10 million. With them, he has won three consecutive Primeira Liga, one Taça de Portugal, two Taça da Liga and one Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.
A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Samaris started his career in Gamma Ethniki side Panachaiki in 2006, making a total of 37 league appearances and scored three goals for the club. On 10 April 2007, Samaris signed his first professional contract in Panachaiki where he was coached by future Australia national team manager Ange Postecoglou. On 11 January 2010, he moved to Panionios.
Samaris joined Olympiacos in 2012, but spent the season on loan at Panionios. In 2013, he returned to Olympiacos, and scored his first goal with the club on 23 November 2013, in an away 4–1 victory against Panthrakikos. Samaris ended the league with 38 appearances and scored four goals en route to the Greeks' 41st title.
On 22 August 2014, Samaris moved abroad and joined Portuguese champions Benfica on a five-year contract for a transfer fee of €10 million and with a €45 million release clause. He made his debut for Benfica on 12 September against Vitória Sétubal.
At the end of the 2014–15 season, Samaris mentioned that the Portuguese language was a barrier in his first year with the club. The Greek international stressed the importance of learning it by stating, "I liked to learn Portuguese because I became closer to my colleagues. The most important is to understand what my coach says because there was an idea of game and I had to adapt faster than the others."
On 29 August 2015, in the second day of 2015–16 Primeira Liga, Samaris, after an assist from Greek teammate Konstantinos Mitroglou, scored with a right-footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner, the second goal giving the lead to his club in a 3–2 win against Moreirense. It was his first goal in the Primeira Liga. On 1 April 2016, he scored his second goal in the Portuguese league, with a direct free kick, in a 5–1 home game against Braga.
On 4 March 2017, in a 1-0 away game against C.D. Feirense Samaris reached 100 appearances with the jersey of Benfica.
Samaris is a former Greece under-19 international. He made his debut in a 2008 European Under-19 Championship qualifier against France. In October 2013, he was called-up to the Greek senior side by manager Fernando Santos and made a substitute appearance in the final group qualifier against Liechtenstein, also coming off the bench in the two play-off matches against Romania. After a strong season with Olympiakos, Santos opted to select Samaris to his final 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
On 24 June 2014, in his first appearance in a final tournament of the World Cup and against the Ivory Coast, Samaris opened the scoring after capitalizing on Cheick Tioté's defensive mistake in the 42nd minute in an eventual 2–1 victory; Samaris came on as an early replacement for the injured Panagiotis Kone.As of match played 20 September 2017
*Includes Taça da Liga and Supertaça Cândido de OliveiraAs of match played 3 September 2017
Superleague Greece: 2013–14
Primeira Liga: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Taça de Portugal: 2016–17
Taça da Liga: 2014–15, 2015–16
Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2016, 2017