Greeks Abroad Review: Mitroglou finally hits the jackpot
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.
The main headline surrounded 29-year old striker Kostas Mitroglou, who scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Marseille in 89 days during the club’s 6:3 victory against Metz. Andreas Vasilogiannis was another Greek to get on the scoresheet, netting the only goal in Umraniyespor’s 1:0 win over Adanaspor in Turkey. Elsewhere, Sokratis Papastathopoulos helped Borussia Dortmund defeat Cologne 3:2, Kostas Stafylidis made his debut appearance for Stoke City, and Andreas Samaris was once again left on the bench by Benfica.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in higher profile leagues):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Introduced as a late substitute in Marseille’s 6:3 win against Metz, managed to score his team’s final goal in the match.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Stayed on the bench for Benfica’s 5:1 triumph over Rio Ave.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Played the full 90 minutes in the 3:2 win against Cologne on the road.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Watched the 0:0 draw with Freiburg from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Received a second yellow card in the 1:1 tie against Hannover, took an early bath.
Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Started the 1:1 draw against Wolfsburg, but was substituted at half time.
Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Was on the pitch for 90 minutes in the surprising 4:1 win against Chelsea.
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Also played the entire game for Watford in the victory over Chelsea at home.
Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Came on as a substitute after 70 minutes, couldn’t prevent Stoke from falling to Bournemouth 1:2.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Roma did have a player sent off, but the Greek defender played the whole match to help the team win 1:0 against Verona.
Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Didn’t participate in the 1:2 defeat to Fiorentina.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Despite playing 90 minutes, he couldn’t save Alanyaspor from a 0:1 setback against Kardemir Karabukspor.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Did not play any part in the same match in Turkey.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Stayed on the pitch for the 90 minutes in the 1:1 draw against Adana Demirspor.
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Was on the bench in the game with Adana Demirspor in the Turkish First Division.
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Came on for the final nine minutes of the 0:2 loss to Fulham.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Made a substitute appearance after 64 minutes in the 3:2 victory against Cultural Deportiva Leonesa.
Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Competed for the whole match in the 0:0 draw with Al Ittihad.
Nikos Karelis (Genk/First Division A): Joined the action on 72 minutes in Genk’s 1:0 win over Mouscron away.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Wasn’t included in Arsenal’s squad, the team thrashed Everton 5:1 in London.
Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): The midfielder played the whole of the Danish Cup 0:1 defeat to Brondby, receiving a yellow card.
Alexandros Tziolis (Al Feiha/Saudi Professional League): Played the entirety of Al Feiha’s 2:0 triumph over Al Qadisiya.
Charalambos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Cagliari saw off the challenge of Spal 2:0 with the Greek defender on the bench.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): As usual, the goalkeeper kept the bench warm as his team lost to Norwich 0:1.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Wasn’t on the roster in Nottingham’s 0:2 defeat against Fulham.
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): Started the 1:1 draw with Grimsby, leaving the match as a substitute after 62 minutes.
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Did not play any part in Augsburg’s comfortable 3:0 home victory against Frankfurt.
Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/Bundesliga 2): Made the starting line-up in the 1:3 defeat to Heidenheim, was taken off after 62 minutes of action.
Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/First Division A): Charleroi claimed a thrilling 3:3 away draw with Club Brugge with the Greek on the pitch for the entire game.
Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/First Division A); Started the 0:1 defeat to Genk, but had to depart the field after 20 minutes because of a sustained injury.
Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/First Division A): Didn’t move from the bench during Mechelen’s 2:2 performance against Anderlecht in Brussels.
Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Sat out Sint-Truiden’s 0:2 home loss to Kortrijk.
Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Received a yellow card in the same game, played the full 90 minutes.
Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Stayed on the bench in the 0:2 defeat to Kortrijk in Belgium.
Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/First Division A): Remained an unused substitute in Kortrijk’s 2:0 win against Sint-Truiden.
Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/First Division A): Recently joined Standard in Belgium, stayed on the bench in the 3:0 road win against Lokeren.
Kostas Rougalas (Westerlo/Division B): Wasn’t present in Westerlo’s squad, the club thrashed Lierse 6:0 at their home stadium.
Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Played the entirety of Bari’s 1:3 loss to Venezia, picked up a yellow card for his troubles.
Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Witnessed Brescia’s 2:1 victory against Parma on the bench, joined from PAOK Thessaloniki in January.
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): The 21-year old goalkeeper stayed as a substitute in the 1:2 loss to Carpi.
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Was on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes in the 0:0 draw with Ankaragucu.
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Scored the crucial goal in Umraniyespor’s 1:0 triumph against Adanaspor.
Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Included in the starting line-up in the 1:2 loss Chaves, left the action after 75 minutes.
Alexandros Katranis (St. Etienne/Ligue 1): Did not make St. Etienne’s roster for the 2:0 away win against Amiens.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Came on with five minutes left of the 1:1 draw at home with AC Ajaccio.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Couldn’t be found in AC Ajaccio’s team for the fixture against Nimes.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Stayed on the bench in the 0:0 draw against Getafe away from home.
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Remained with the other substitutes in Ajax’s 3:1 win against Breda in Amsterdam.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Following his goal in the Dutch Cup during the week, the Greek defender came on at half-time in Willem II’s 0:1 loss to Sparta.
Pantetlis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Was given the whole 90 minutes in the 2:2 tie with Roda at home.
Thanasis Karagounis (Zwolle/Eredivisie): Didn’t make the roster for Zwolle’s match against PSV Eindhoven, his team lost the game 0:4.
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Left the pitch on 84 minutes in Hamilton’s 0:3 setback away to Aberdeen.
Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): The 28-year old defender played the whole of the same game, received a yellow card in stoppage time.
Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Unlike the two Greeks mentioned above, he wasn’t included in the Hamilton match squad.
Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Also wasn’t on Hamilton’s roster for the loss against Aberdeen in Scotland.
Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israel Premier League): Started the 1:3 defeat to Beitar Jerusalem, being replaced after 65 minutes of play.
Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Joined the action after just 27 minutes, helped Rapid secure a 1:1 home draw against Austria Vienna in the capital derby.
Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharest/Liga 1): Stayed on the bench for Dinamo’s exciting 2:2 draw against Craiova in the Romanian capital.
Mark Sifenos (FC Goa/Indian Premier League): Didn’t play in Goa’s 2:2 tie with Northeast United at home.
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Played the entire match, Brisbane fell to Melbourne 1:2.