Greeks Abroad Review: Mitroglou comes to the rescue for Marseille
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad review.
Greek hitman Kostas Mitroglou was on target again for Marseille in France, equalising in the second half of a pulsating 3:2 comeback win against Troyes on the road. Konstantinos Stavrothanasopoulos also hit the jackpot, scoring the only goal for Swedish club Frej in the 1:5 defeat to Helsingborg.
Elsewhere, Sotirios Papagiannopoulos, Giannis Fetfatzidis and Alexandros Tziolis all registered assists, Sokratis Papastathopoulos couldn’t prevent Borussia Dortmund from losing to Schalke 04 and Orestis Karnezis conceded a last minute goal for Watford.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in high profile leagues):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Entered after 69 minutes of action in the match against Troyes, scoring the equalising goal. Marseille eventually won 3:2.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Made an appearance as a substitute after 74 minutes of the 0:1 home defeat to Porto.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Played the entire 90 minutes in the 0:2 loss against Schalke 04.
Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Remained on the bench during Stuttgart’s 1:1 draw against Hannover at home.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Given the full 90 minutes in Bayer Leverkusen’s large 4:1 triumph against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Missed Hamburg’s 0:2 loss against Hoffenheim on the road.
Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Didn’t play any part in Watford’s 0:1 defeat to Huddersfield.
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Kept guard of the Watford goal in the same match, conceding a goal in the last minute.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): As usual, he wasn’t included in Arsenal’s match roster. His club 1:2 to Newcastle away.
Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Still on the sidelines with a reported chest injury. Stoke drew 1:1 with West Ham on Monday.
Stefanos Kapino (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): The back-up goalkeeper watched Nottingham’s 2:1 win against Ipswich Town from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Introduced from the bench after 82 minutes of play in the same game.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Played 74 minutes of the 0:0 derby draw against Lazio before being substituted.
Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Has a thigh injury and couldn’t participate in the 2:0 win over Verona.
Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Remained on the bench in Cagliari’s 2:1 victory against Udinese at home.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Competed for the full 90 minutes in the 1:1 away tie with Yeni Malatyaspor in Turkey.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Started the 1:1 draw against Yeni Malatyaspor, receiving a yellow card and substituted after 71 minutes.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Played 90 minutes against Eskisehirspor, but Samsunspor dropped a huge 0:5 defeat.
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Kept the other substitutes company on the bench in the same match.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Emerged on the pitch after 64 minutes against Gijon as Valladolid lost 0:1 at home.
Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Helped Al Ahli beat Ohod 1:0 in Saudi Arabia by making an assist and playing the entire game.
Alexandros Tziolis (Al Fayha/Saudi Professional League): Given 90 minutes in the 1:1 away draw with Al Batin. Contributed with an assist for his team’s goal.
Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Came on to the pitch as a substitute on the 76 minute mark during Genk’s exciting 2:2 away tie against Charleroi.
Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Despite playing the whole game against Brondby, the Greek midfielder couldn’t prevent Copenhagen from losing 1:2.
Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Petah-Tikva/Israeli Premier League): Did not play any part in the 2:2 draw with Sakhnin on the road.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Not included in the squad for the 2:1 triumph against Ipswich Town.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Sat on the bench as Middlesbrough managed to beat Bristol City 2:1 at home.
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): Played the 90 minutes in the 0:1 home setback to Forest Green in the fourth tier of English football.
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Wasn’t in the Augsburg roster for the 0:0 draw against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Remained on the bench during St Pauli’s disappointing 0:1 loss against Union Berlin at home.
Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): Didn’t play any part in the 1:0 victory against Gent in Liege.
Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Kept playing against Genk for the full 90 minutes. The match ended in a battling 2:2 draw.
Stelios Kitsiou (Sint Truiden/Jupiler League): Stayed on the pitch during the entirety of the 2:2 away tie against Oostende.
Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Remained an unused substitute in the same game with Oostende in Belgium.
Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Didn’t participate in the 2:2 draw against Oostende.
Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Another who remained on the bench. Kortrijk defeated Lierse 2:0 on the road.
Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Not in the Mouscron roster in the 1:5 hammering against Zulte Waregem.
Konstantinos Rougalas (Westerlo/Proximus League): Did not move from the bench in Westerlo’s 0:0 tie with KSV Roeselare.
Marios Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Couldn’t be found in the Bari squad for the 2:2 draw against Pescara in Serie B.
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Wasn’t included in the roster in the 1:1 tie against Cesena.
Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Not in Brescia’s team as the club earned a 1:1 draw with Carpi at home.
Dimitris Sounas (Monopoli/Serie C): Played the entire 90 minutes in the 1:2 defeat to Juve Stabia.
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Remained on the pitch for the entirety of Elazigspor’s tight 2:1 triumph over Adana Demirspor.
Andreas Vasiliogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Substituted after 79 minutes in the 1:1 draw with Ankaragucu.
Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Made a substitute’s appearance on 80 minutes in the 0:1 setback to Aves.
Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Did not participate in the 1:0 away victory against Strasbourg in Ligue 1.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Came on for the final four minutes against Sochaux, however Nimes still lost 0:2 at home.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Not in the AC Ajaccio roster for the 2:0 home victory against Nancy.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in Leganes’ 1:0 triumph over Celta Vigo.
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Sat on the bench as Ajax’ back-up goalkeeper with the team losing 0:3 to arch-rivals PSV in Eindhoven.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Willem’s starting left-back played 90 minutes in the 2:1 away victory over Breda.
Pantelis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Came on as a substitute after 59 minutes of the 3:0 win against Heracles.
Thanasis Karagounis (Twente/Eredivisie): Didn’t play any part in the 1:2 defeat to Den Haag on the road.
Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Picked up a yellow card for his troubles while playing 71 minutes of the 1:2 loss against Kilmarnock at home.
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Wasn’t included in the Hamilton roster for the battle with Kilmarnock.
Chrysovolantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Also couldn’t be found in Hamilton’s squad.
Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): After beginning the game on the bench, he came on the pitch after 82 minutes of action against Kilmarnock.
Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Not in the roster for Saturday’s HNL match in Croatia. Hajduk defeated Zaprešić 3:0.
Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): Rijeka’s coaches didn’t put the Greek in their squad in the 2:4 loss to Rudes.
Sotirios Papagiannopoulos (Ostersunds/Allsvenskan): Made an assist for Ostersunds’ first goal in the 2:1 win over Goteborg. Played the full 90 minutes.
Konstantinos Stavrothanasopoulos (Frej/Superettan): Scored Frej’s only goal in the 1:5 defeat against Helsingborg.
Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Missed the 2:1 win against Ashkelon in Israel.
Georgios Katsidis (Olympia Prague/League 2): Did not play any part in Olympia Prague’s 2:2 tie with Pribram.
Thomas Vasiliou (Olympia Prague/League 2): Played 90 minutes in the same match alongside Cypriot Demetris Moulazimis.
Mavroudis Bougaidis (Podbeskidzie/Polish League 1): Remained on the pitch for the entirety of the 0:0 draw against Pogon Siedlce.
Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Emerged from the substitutes’ bench after 74 minutes in the impressive 4:0 away win against Austria Vienna.
Nikos Ioannidis (Diosgyori/Nemzeti Bajnokság): Taken off after 72 minutes of the 1:2 loss to Balmazujvaros Sport in Hungary’s top division.
Sokratis Fytanidis (Gaz Metan/Liga 1): Received a yellow card in the 1:2 away defeat against Sepsi. Stayed on the pitch for the whole game.
Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharesti/Liga 1): Played 90 minutes in Dinamo Bucharesti’s 4:2 win over Voluntari.
Antonis Stergiakis (Slavia Sofia/Parva Liga): Kept goal in Slavia Sofia’s 5:2 victory against Pirin Blagoevgrad, conceding twice.
Christos Kontochristos (Lokomotiv Sofia/Vtora Liga): Played 90 minutes of the 3:1 Lokomotiv triumph over Nesebar in the second level of Bulgarian football.
Giannis Kargas (Dynamo Brest/Belarusian Premier League): Booked by the referee in the 0:2 loss to reigning champions BATE in Borisov. Played the entire 90 minutes.
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Missed Brisbane Roar’s 3:2 win against Perth Glory.
Alexandros Tambakis (North Carolina/USL): Was North Carolina’s starting goalkeeper in the match against Charlotte Independence, earning a clean sheet to help his team win 2:0.