Greek Connections At The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Since there is no national team to root for, Greek fans will be forced instead to cheer on some familiar faces at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. There are in total 22 players and coaches in Russia that have connections to Greek football.
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As we reported earlier this week, five players currently plying their trade in Greece are with their teams in Russia.
We have gone a step further by tracking down all of the players at this World Cup who have played in Greece previously, the two coaches who have managed in Greece, and the one player who comes from a Greek background.
Egypt and Sweden top the list with four representatives each. Egypt’s are split between coaches and players while Sweden comes out on top with the most players with Greek links (4). The list also includes one player who captains his national side in the form of Masoud Shojaei of Iran. In total, nine countries are featured where at least one player or coach can point to a link to Greek football.
Below is a breakdown by country of the players and coaches with Greek connections at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and when and where they passed through Greece.
Karim Ansarifard (Panionios 2015-17 / Olympiacos, 2017-Present)
Ehsan Hajsafi (Panionios 2017-18 / Olympiacos 2018-Present)
Masoud Shojaei (Panionios 2016-2017 / AEK 2018-Present)
Amr Warda (Panetolikos 2015-2017 / Atromitos [on-loan] 2017-18 / PAOK 2017-Present)
Mahmoud Abdel Razek Hassm Fadlallah aka “Shikabala” (PAOK 2005-06)
Head Coach: Hector Cuper (Aris 2009-2011)
Fitness Coach: Antonis Sarioglou (Greek)
Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK 2017-Present)
Vladimir Stojkovic (Ergotelis 2014)
Luka Milivojevic (Olympiacos 2014-17)
Manuel da Costa (Olympiacos 2015-17)
Mehdi Carcela (Olympiacos [on-loan] 2017-18)
Alfred Finnbogason (Olympiacos [on-loan] 2015-16)
Arnor Ingvi Traustason (AEK [on-loan] 2016-17)
Joel Campbell (Olympiacos [on-loan] 2013-14)
Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos 2013-17)
Oscar Hiljemark (Panathinaikos [on-loan] 2017-18)
Robin Olsen (PAOK 2015-16)
Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiacos 2014-16)
Dimitris Petratos (Greek ancestry)
Bruno Alves (AEK 2004-05)
Head Coach: Fernando Santos (AEK 2001-02 / Panathinaikos 2002 / AEK 2004-06 / PAOK 2007-10 / Greece 2010-2014)