Greeks Abroad Review: Ethniki Players Fare Well Ahead Of Croatia Matches
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.
It was only fitting in a week where Greece’s World Cup destiny will be decided, that several national team members fared well with their clubs across Europe. The highlights of the weekend had goals scored by a few of the national team’s main men. Kostas Mitroglou scored his second Ligue 1 goal in Marseille’s big win. Kostas Manolas showed he is ready to face the Croatians, albeit in the second leg after FIFA controversially banned him, by scoring the eventual game-winner in Roma’s 4-2 victory over Fiorentina. Andreas Samaris notched his first goal of the season as a substitute for Benfica.
Giannis Maniatis had a quickfire assist after coming on for his side in Turkey and former national teamer Jose Holebas set up a goal for Watford. Greek fans held their breath as Sokratis Papastathopoulos went off injured in the derby defeat to Bayern Munich. Below is a player-by-player breakdown of some notable Greeks and their performances abroad this weekend.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national players and/or Greeks playing in higher profile leagues)
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): In his fourth straight start, Mitroglou scored his second goal for Marseille, this time a header in the 76th minute of the 5-0 win over Caen.
Kostas Manolas (Roma/Serie A): One of the stars of the weekend for Greek players. Manolas came back from injury to lead his side to an impressive 4-2 victory away to Fiorentina. Manolas also managed to get on the scoresheet in the 50th minute with a header that made it 3-2.
Vasilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Not included in the matchday squad due to injury
Marios Oikonomou (SPAL/Serie A): Named to matchday squad, but remained on the bench
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Came on as a 64th sub and scored his first goal of the season in the 76th minute of the 3-1 win over Guimares.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/Bundesliga): Started the big derby in the 3-1 defeat to Bayern. Papastathopoulos went off with an injury just before the half. Now in a race to be fit for the playoffs against Croatia.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/Bundesliga): Picked up his 6th yellow card of the season to lead the Bundesliga. The good news is that his team defeated Stuttgart 3-1 and he played the whole match once again.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/Bundesliga): Started match on the bench, but came on in the 33rd minute to replace injured Sven Bender. Leverkusen tied Augsburg 1-1.
Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg/Bundesliga): Named to matchday squad, but remained on the bench
Tasos Donis (VfB Stuttgart/Bundesliga): Not included in the matchday squad due to injury
Dimitris Diamantakos (Bochum/ Bundesliga 2): Played the entire match in the 0-0 draw with Kaiserslautern
Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Played the whole game in the 3-2 defeat to Everton. Holebas had an assist for Watford’s second goal.
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Rough debut for the Greek international. Karnezis replaced the injured Heurelho Gomes in the 59th minute and managed to give up three goals as Everton came back to win the match.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Played the final 13 minutes in the 3-0 win over QPR
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/Championship): Not included in the matchday squad
Giannis Gianniotas (Real Valladolid/Segunda Division): Came on as a 57th minute substitute in the 0-0 draw with Tarragona
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Came on as a 73rd minute sub and assisted on a goal within three minutes in his team’s 4-0 win over Akhisar.
Giorgos Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Picked up a yellow card, but played the entire match in the 4-0 win over Akhisar.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/Turkish 1. Lig): Named to matchday squad, but remained on the bench
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/Turkish 1. Lig): Named to matchday squad, but remained on the bench
Basis Lykogiannis (Sturm Graz/Austrian Bundesliga): Played all of the 0-0 draw with Rapid Vienna
Nikos Karelis (Genk/Belgium First Division A): Came on in the 40th minute to replace an injured teammate in the 0-0 draw with Lokeren.
Alexandros Tziolis (Al-Fayha/Saudi Professional League): No matches this weekend
Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Al-Ahli/Saudi Professional League): No matches this weekend
Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Petah Tikva/Israeli Premier League): Not included in the matchday squad
Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Not included in the matchday squad
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/Bundesliga): Not included in the matchday squad
Vaggelis Pavlidis (Bochum/Bundesliga 2): Not included in the matchday squad
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/ La Liga): Started his 8th match of the campaign for Leganes, however it was a tough night for Siovas as his side went down 3-0 to Valencia.
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Named to matchday squad, but remained on the bench
Tasos Karamanos (Rio Ave/Primeira Liga): Named to matchday squad, but remained on the bench
Alexandros Katranis (Saint-Etienne/Ligue 1): Not selected into matchday squad
Christos Tasoulis (Lens/Ligue 2): Not selected into matchday squad due to injury
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Came on as an 80th minute sub in the 4-1 over Quevilly
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Named to matchday squad, but remained on the bench
Thanasis Karagounis (Zwolle/Eredivisie): Not included in the matchday squad
Pantelis Chatzidiakos (Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Played the full 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over Willem II
Kostas Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Maintained his streak of starting every match this season for Willem II. Tsimikas’ side lost away to AZ Alkmaar 3-2.
Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/First Division A): Not included in the matchday squad
Stergios Marinos (Charleroi/First Division A): Started and played full match in 3-2 victory over Antwerp
Stelios Kitsiou (St. Truiden/First Division A): Played entire match of a 4-4 thriller with Eupen
Charis Charisis (St. Truiden/First Division A): Not included in the matchday squad due to injury
Dimitris Goutas (St. Truiden/First Division A): Played full 90 minutes along with Kitsiou in 4-4 tie with Eupen
Kostas Rougalas (Westerlo/Division B): Named to matchday squad, but remained on the bench
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/ 1. Lig): Not included in the matchday squad
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/1. Lig): Played the entire game in the 1-0 win over Demirspor
Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna): Played final 18 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Sturm Graz
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Premier League): Played all of the 2-2 draw with Aberdeen
Giorgos Sarris (Hamilton/Premier League): Not included in the matchday squad
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisane Roar/A-League): Played the entire game in the 0-0 draw with Central Coast Mariners