Nicholas Efthimiou Nixo, commonly known as Nixo is a Greek African American footballer who was born in Johannesburg South Africa. Nixo’s parents moved from their native Greece to South Africa before Efthimiou was born. The family then moved back to Greece when he was a child before moving to Dallas, Texas, when Efthimiou was 13. In 1985, he graduated from Richardson High School where he was selected for the All District, All Regional, and the All State soccer teams. He helped win the state championship in 1985 with Richardson High and was selected to be on the All State Tournament team. It was the first year the men’s & women’s soccer teams won the state high school championship in the same year, a record that still has not been broken in 30 years.
Nixo's parents moved from their native Greece to South Africa before Nixo was born. The family then moved back to Greece when he was a child before moving to Dallas, Texas, when Efthimiou was 13. In 1985, he graduated from Richardson High School where he helped win the state championship in 1985 with Richardson High School being the Co leading goal scorer in the state of Texas. He was selected to be on the All District,All region,all state teams along with being The All State Tournament team. It was the first year the men’s & women’s soccer teams won the state high school championship in the same year, a record that still has not been broken in since 1985. He earned several scholarships but chose North Texas State University, now called the University of North Texas, where he was a walk-on soccer player. He earned a scholarship for his sophomore season, but broke his ankle early in the summer before the season. Nixo re-broke his ankle which led to him redshirting that year.
Nixo transferred to the University of North Carolina where he scored 8 goals and 6 assists in 1987. In 1987 the Tarheels were ranked #3 in the country and even after losing to Clemson, at Clemson 4-1 in The Final Four, (College Cup) the Tarheels started the 1988 soccer season being ranked as the #1 team in the country. Nixo helped his team to their first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship tournament. Recruited by Anson Dorrance in 1987, he was one of 3 players to play in every single game as a starter as the North Carolina Tar Heels under Dorrance's leadership went to their first NCAA Men's Final Four tournament. They were humiliated by Clemson University 4-1 in the semifinal game, who also missed a penalty kick. Nixo was honored with Men’s Scholar Athlete Award in 1987 & 1988 and played at UNC from 1987 to 1989, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism and sports psychology.
After college, Efthimiou played for the Austin Thunder helping his team mates win a championship in Austin. He also played for F.C. Dallas of the Lone Star Soccer Alliance & The Mean Green. Nixo was one of two players that were selected to the Senior Indoor Combine. Nixo was selected by The Dallas Sidekicks selected in the fourth round of the 1990 Major Indoor Soccer League draft. The Sidekicks released him during their pre-season training camp after re injuring his ankle that he had broken twice in college. Nixo is one of 9 players to have won 2 championships.
Efthimiou signed with the team as a free agent in 1993 helping his team win their first championship in in the Continental Indoor Soccer League. and also in 1998 in the Premier Soccer Alliance. Nixo retired in 1999 due to health reasons.
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In September 1990, Nixo started a company called Never Say Never. The company sells sports apparel, sports equipment and sports art, too.Nixo’s apparel company was the official sponsor of the Dallas Sidekicks official practice gear and sideline apparel in 1998 when the Sidekicks won the Premier Soccer Alliance. It was incorporated in 1998 and the name trademarked in 2014.
Efthimiou is a freelance journalist has had a book published about him by VDM Publishing about soccer, art, and how pain inspired him to help others. He now focuses most of his time as an artist and a non-profit organization in Scottsdale, ArizonaNever Say Never USA