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Giorgos Lavaridis (Greek: Γιώργος Λαβαρίδης; born in 1947) is a Greek footballer of the 1970s. He has been a key member of AEK Athens FC since 1964, when he signed for the youth club. Born in Istanbul by Greek parents, he was playing football from a very young age. He was given the nickname "Baby" by the Greeks in Istanbul who noticed his exceptional talent in Istanbul's stadiums. He began his career in 1961 with Galatasaray S.K. (football) which is a Turkish people professional Association football club based on the Rumelia side of the city of Istanbul in Turkey. After moving back to Greece in 1964, he joined AEK Athens FC, a Greek professional Association football club based in Nea Filadelfeia, a suburb of Athens, Greece. Whilst in AEK he won two Championships in 1968 and 1971, a Cup in 1966 and a "Greek Super Cup" in 1971. He was a member of the national team that was disqualified in 1974 in West Germany for the World Cup. Giorgos Lavaridis left AEK at the age of 28 years old to join Panserraikos F.C., where he stayed for one year. There was a rumor started by a publication and spread to the ranks of fans that Giorgos Lavaridis has been ordained a Greek Orthodox priest. This never happened, however he prefers to live a quiet secular life with his wife and children. He remains in AEK's history as one of its most talented football players with the legendary soccer ball kicking and he is one of the first "modern eights" in the history of Greek football.
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