Greeks Abroad Review: Karelis keeps on scoring
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.
Nikolaos Karelis was Greece’s man of the moment again, scoring for the third consecutive match as he helped Genk defeat Antwerp 4:0 in the Jupiler League. Giannis Fetfatzidis and Alexandros Tziolis both scored in a penalty shootout between Al-Ahli and Al-Fayha in Saudi Arabia, goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis helped Watford beat Everton, and Panagiotis Retsos gave away a penalty for Leverkusen.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in high profile leagues):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Ruled out of Marseille’s 0:3 defeat to PSG in Paris because of an ongoing thigh injury.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Came on for the final moments of stoppage time in the 3:1 win against Pacos de Ferreira.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Played the full 90 minutes in Dortmund’s 1:1 draw with Augsburg at home.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Unfortunately, he received a yellow card for conceding a penalty to Schalke in the dying minutes of a 0:2 home defeat. Was on the pitch for the whole game.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Couldn’t prevent Hamburg from losing 0:1 against Werder Bremen, played the entire match.
Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Remained on the bench during Stuttgart’s 1:0 triumph over Frankfurt.
Jose Holebas (Watford/German Bundesliga): Stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes in Watford’s tight 1:0 victory at home to Everton.
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/German Bundesliga): Also participated in the same match, didn’t concede a goal.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Didn’t take part in the 0:3 League Cup final loss to Manchester City, but is continuing to play for Arsenal’s under 23 team.
Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Trusted with playing the entire match against Leicester, the game finished 1:1.
Stefanos Kapino (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Stayed on the bench in Nottingham’s 5:2 win against QPR, has become the club’s back-up goalkeeper.
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Kept Stefanos Kapino company with the other substitutes.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Played the whole match against AC Milan, his team fell 0:2 in the Italian capital.
Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Didn’t move from the bench as Bologna defeated Genoa 2:0 at home.
Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): The 24-year old played the entirety of the heavy 0:5 setback to leaders Napoli.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Alanyaspor lost yet another match in Turkey, falling 1:2 to Trabzonspor with the Greek playing the whole game.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Watched Alanyaspor’s defeat from the comfort of the bench.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Wasn’t included in Samsunspor’s roster, his club lost 0:2 against Balikesirspor.
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): As usual, the veteran goalkeeper sat on the bench during the match.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): The Greek midfielder was substituted after 74 minutes of Valladolid’s 1:2 road loss to Cordoba.
Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Scored in a penalty shootout to help Al Ahli defeat Al Fayha in the King’s Cup in Saudi Arabia.
Alexandros Tziolis (Al Fayha/Saudi Professional League): Netted his penalty in the same King’s Cup game, however Al Fayha ended up losing.
Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Hit the target for the third successive Jupiler League match, scoring the third goal in the 4:0 victory against Antwerp. Played the whole match.
Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Copenhagen’s number 10 played the entire game against Odense as his team won 1:0.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Middlesbrough’s stand-in goalkeeper saw the 3:3 draw against Sunderland on the bench.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Couldn’t be found in Nottingham’s squad in the victory over QPR.
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): Was replaced after 82 minutes of the entertaining 2:2 away tie with Luton.
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Not included in the Augsburg roster for the 1:1 draw against Borussia Dortmund on the road.
Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Enjoyed St Pauli’s thrilling 3:2 win over Holstein Kiel from the substitutes’ bench.
Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Didn’t play any part in the 1:1 draw with KV Mechelen on the road.
Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/Jupiler League): In the same game, the Greek forward remained on the bench.
Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): The centre-back remained on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in the 1:1 home tie against Club Brugge.
Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Picked up a yellow card while playing the entirety of the 3:5 defeat to league leaders Anderlecht.
Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): On the sidelines with a reported abdominal strain. Sint-Truiden lost 0:2 to Oostende.
Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Competed in the same game, leaving the pitch after the first half.
Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Remained on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.
Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Introduced as a substitute in the final minute of the disappointing 0:1 loss to Zulte Waregem at home.
Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Not included in Bari’s roster as the club defeated Ternana 2:1 in the second tier of Italian football.
Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Another who wasn’t selected for his team’s game. Brescia saw off the challenge of Foggia 2:1.
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Wasn’t chosen for the roster, Salernitana conceded a 0:1 loss at home to Parma.
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Elazigspor drew 1:1 against Rizespor without the Greek in the squad for the showdown.
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Wasn’t found in Umraniyespor’s roster when the club claimed an important 1:0 victory over Giresunspor.
Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Was thrown on as a late substitute in the final 10 minutes, couldn’t prevent Feirense from losing 0:1 against Belenenses.
Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Did not participate in the dramatic 1:1 draw away to arch rivals Lyon.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): On the 68 minute mark, the Greek entered the pitch in Nimes’ large 4:1 win against Niort.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Not in the squad for the club’s 3:2 triumph against Sochaux.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Shown a yellow card while playing the 90 minutes in the 0:0 draw with Las Palmas.
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): The second choice Ajax goalkeeper sat on the bench and watched his club draw 0:0 against Den Haag.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Played a part in the 1:0 triumph over Roda by playing the entire 90 minutes.
Pantelis Hatzdiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): The centre-back was on the pitch for the whole match against Sparta. AZ claimed a 1:0 win.
Thanasis Karagounis (Twente/Eredivisie): Not given a role to play in the close 1:2 defeat to Heracles away from home.
Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Taken off the pitch after 67 minutes of the 2:1 win against Partick Thistle, received a yellow card in the opening stages.
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Unlike Georgios Sarris, he wasn’t included in the Hamilton roster.
Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Also did not get picked for the game.
Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Left on the sidelines by Hamilton too.
Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Replaced in the second half of Maccabi Haifa’s 1:2 setback against Maccabi Netanya.
Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Took a yellow card in the 2:0 victory over LASK Linz, was given 90 minutes on the field of play.
Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Played the entire game against Belupo at home, Hajduk contrived to lose 0:1.
Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): His name wasn’t present on Rijeka’s roster for the narrow 1:2 loss against Osijek away.
Konstantinos Stavrothanasopoulos (Frej/Allsvenskan): Sadly, he was forced off after 16 minutes of the 0:1 Swedish Cup loss to Djurgarden due to injury.
Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharesti/Liga 1): Remained on the bench in Dinamo’s 0:2 away defeat against Astra in Romania’s Liga 1.
Nikos Ioannidis (Diosgyori/Nemzeti Bajnoksag): Played the first half of the 1:2 loss against Paks before being taken off.
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Was on the pitch for 90 minutes in the 0:1 home defeat to the Newcastle Jets.