Leonidas Sideris (born 13th May 2032, in Athens, Greece) is Greece's current international vice-captain, who currently plays at club level for Arsenal.
Sideris started his career as a centre-back, playing at Olympiakos Pireaus in his native Athens, making his début aged 17 in 2049. Sideris would only make limited appearances at Olympiakos before French side Lille became interested in signing him. Sideris joined Lille on a six-month loan spell in January 2051, with an option for the Ligue 1 side to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
During his loan spell at Lille, Sideris made his bow for a injury-plagued Greek national side, in a World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic. Against all odds, Greece ran out 6-1 winners that night, however, ultimately failed to reach the World Cup.
Sideris would only make 8 appearances, on loan at Lille, however, did enough that the team were interested in signing him permanently. Lille launched a bid, though to be in excess of £5 million, however, this was promptly rejected by Olympiakos. In August 2051, English side Everton launched a bid of £11 million for Sideris, which was accepted, and the defender joined Everton on a four-year contract.
By the time Sideris had found his feet at Everton, the Greek international had made the transition to the right-back position, taking a defensive approach to his game there.
In the summer of 2053, Sideris and Everton were relegated from the Premier League to the Championship, and Sideris handed in a transfer request. Everton denied Sideris a transfer away, however, and the right-back stayed with the club, playing 31 league games as Everton promptly returned to the Premier League, winning the division in 1st place.
The success did not last long, however, as Everton finished the 54/55 season bottom of the Premier League, and were relegated back to the Championship once more. At this point, Everton put a £25 million price tag on their star defender. An agreement was reached with Arsenal, at £21 million, with Italian left-back Filippo Canepa going to Everton as part of the deal.
Sideris' initial performances for Arsenal were average at best, as Arsenal struggled in the league, and Sideris was dropped towards the end of the season, making 22 appearances in his first season in North London.
The next two seasons saw a change in fortunes for Sideris, as he twice won Arsenal's player of the month award, however a hip flexor tear in the twilight stages of the season caused Sideris to miss bast parts of Arsenal's 56/57 and 57/58 campaigns.
Sideris was announced as Greece's vice-captain in 2061, and has currently made 93 appearances for his country.
Due to his slight frame (5'3'' tall and weighing in at just 9 stone), Sideris has been nicknamed 'Titch' by Arsenal fans in recent years, and has continued to feature regularly for Arsenal at right-back.