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Alberto Nahmias

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Alberto Nahmias
Personal information
Date of birth 1905
Place of birth Thessaloniki
Date of death 1981 (aged 75–76)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
G.S. Iraklis (Thessaloniki)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alberto Nahmias (Greek: Αλβέρτος Ναχμίας or Ναμίας; 1905, Thessaloniki – 1984) was a Greek football player and athlete of Romaniote Jewish descent who played for G.S. Iraklis Thessaloniki. He was one of the most prominent Greek football players of the 1920s and an irreplaceable member of Iraklis F.C. and the newly established Greek national football team.[1]

A key player for Iraklis, he helped the club win their 3rd regional championship in 1927.[2] He was also one of the players who were selected for Greece's first international game against Italy's second team. The game was held in Athens on 7 April 1929 and Nahmias scored the first ever goal of the national team in the 60th minute, leveling the match at 1–1.[3] Greece eventually lost 1–4.

Apart from football, Nahmias was a track and field athlete, excelling in 100 metres, 400 metres hurdles and 4 × 100 metres relay. His performances allowed him to qualify for the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, but his participation was prevented by SEGAS, which refused to allow Macedonian athletes to travel to Paris due to financial reasons. In 1936, he was chosen as one of the 19 athletes in Thessaloniki who participated in the first Olympic torch relay.

During the Greco-Italian War, Nahmias was drafted among the other 12,898 Greek Jews.[4] He returned to Thessaloniki, after he was injured in the front.


Further reading

  • Zaikos, Nikos. Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Μακαμπή Θεσσαλονίκης. 1908 – 2010. Ελληνες Εβραίοι αθλητές και αθλήτριες. Η συμβολή της Θεσσαλονίκης. 2010

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