Greeks Abroad Review: Papastathopoulos, Retsos Amongst Top Performers
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.
Some of Greece’s top national team players put in some good shifts in this weekend’s action in foreign leagues. Of the most notable performances were German-based defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Panagiotis Retsos. Borussia’s Dortmund’s Papastathopoulos managed to pick up a goal in his team’s 5-0 shellacking of Cologne.
Retsos meanwhile did not score, however the youngster managed to be voted Man of the Match after his splendid debut for Bayer Leverkusen in their 4-0 rout of Freiburg.
Elsewhere, Giannis Gianniotas got off to a strong start in Spain with Valladolid scoring on his debut while Ioannis Fetfatzidis notched his second goal of the season in Saudi Arabia. Turkish-based players Andreas Tatos and Andreas Vasilogiannis both got on the scoresheet while Tasos Karamanos managed an assist as a late sub in Portugal for Rio Ave.
AGONAsport gives you a player-by-player breakdown of how the Greeks abroad did over the weekend.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national players and/or Greeks playing in higher profile leagues)
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Not selected in the matchday squad due to injury
Kostas Manolas (Roma/Serie A): Started and played for 76 minutes before being substituted in the 3-0 win over Hellas Verona
Vasilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Not in the matchday squad due to injury
Marios Oikonomou (SPAL/Serie A): Not in the matchday squad due to injury
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Primeira Liga): In the matchday squad, but remained on the bench in the 2-1 loss to Boavista
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/Bundesliga): Played the full 90 minutes in the 5-0 win over Cologne. Sokratis helped keep the shutout for Dortmund while also scoring his team’s 2nd goal just before halftime with a close-range strike.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/Bundesliga): Captained Hamburg and played the entire match in the 2-0 defeat to surprise league leaders Hannover.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/Bundesliga): Made his Leverkusen and Bundesliga debut in the 4-0 win over Freiburg. Retsos was outstanding earning Man of the Match honors for his performance.
Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg/Bundesliga): Came on in the 80th minute in the 2-1 away win over Eintracht Frankfurt
Tasos Donis (VfB Stuttgart/Bundesliga): Made his first start for VfB Stuttgart, lasting 67 minutes in the 1-0 win over Wolfsburg. Gained decent reviews for his performance
Dimitris Diamantakos (Bochum/ Bundesliga 2): Came on in the 64th minute of the 2-1 home loss to Heidenheim
Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Started and played the full game in the 6-0 home defeat to Manchester City
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): In the squad, but remained on the bench against Manchester City
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): In the squad, but remained on the bench against Wolves in a 2-1 loss
Zeca (FC Copenhagen/Danish SuperLiga): In the matchday squad, but remained on the bench for the 4-0 away victory over Helsingoer
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/Championship): Not in the squad for the home defeat to Wolves
Giannis Gianniotas (Real Valladolid/Segunda Division): Impressed on his debut for Valladolid. Gianniotas made an instant impact, coming on in the 78th minute and scoring two minutes later to push his side past Granada 2-1
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): In the squad, but remained on the bench in a defeat to Fenerbahce
Giorgos Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Had a below par outing along with the rest of his team in the 4-1 defeat to Fenerbahce
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/Turkish 1. Lig): In the squad, but remained on the bench in the 4-1 defeat to Altinordu
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/Turkish 1. Lig): Like Samaras, saw his team lose from the bench against Altinordu
Basis Lykogiannis (Sturm Graz/Austrian Bundesliga): Played entire match in 2-1 defeat to Admira
Nikos Karelis (Genk/Belgium First Division A): Not in the matchday squad, due to injury. Karelis is however edging toward full fitness and a return to the pitch after his long layoff.
Alexandros Tziolis (Al-Fayha/Saudi Professional League): Returned to starting eleven and played whole match in 1-1 draw with Al-Taawon
Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Al-Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Scored his second goal of the season in the 8th minute of his team’s 1-1 draw with Al-Nasr as he played the entire game
Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Second straight start for his club, played for 62 minutes before coming off in a 4-2 win over Hapoel Ranana
Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Petah Tikva (Israeli Premier League): Played entire match in second appearance for the club. Could not prevent a 3-1 loss to Ironi Kiryat Shmona.
Dimitris Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): In the squad, but remained on the bench against QPR
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Brentford/English Championship): Did not make the squad for 1-1 draw with Reading
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/Bundesliga): Played for the B team in their 4-2 home defeat to the Nurnberg reserves
Vaggelis Pavlidis (Bochum/Bundesliga 2): Not selected in the matchday squad
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/ La Liga): Played the entire 90 minutes in the 1-0 away defeat to Eibar
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Not selected in the matchday squad
Tasos Karamanos (Rio Ave/Primeira Liga): Came on in the 80th minute and provided the assist for his team’s only goal in the 2-1 loss to Porto
Alexandros Katranis (Saint-Etienne/Ligue 1): Not selected in the matchday squad
Christos Tasoulis (Lens/Ligue 2): Not selected in the matchday squad
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Started and played the full match in the 3-0 win over Auxerre
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Not selected in matchday squad
Thanasis Karagounis (Zwolle/Eredivisie): Not selected in the matchday squad
Pantelis Chatzidiakos (Alkmaar/Eredivisie): In the matchday squad, but remained on the bench
Kostas Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Played 90 minutes in the 3-1 win over Roda
Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/First Division A): Not selected in the matchday squad
Stergios Marinos (Charleroi/First Division A): Played the entire match of his team’s 2-2 draw with Beveren
Stelios Kitsiou (St. Truiden/First Division A): Played the entire match in the 2-1 victory over Genk
Charis Charisis (St. Truiden/First Division A): Like Kitsiou, played the whole match in the 2-1 versus Genk
Dimitris Goutas (St. Truiden/First Division A): In the squad, but remained on the bench against Genk
Kostas Rougalas (Westerlo/Division B): Started and played the full 90 in the 2-2 draw with Beerschot Wilrijk
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/ 1. Lig): Another fine performance by Tatos. Gave his side the 2-1 lead with his goal, only for Balikesirspor to draw level in injury-time. Tatos played the entire match
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/1. Lig): Scored his side’s only goal in the 69th minute in the 1-1 draw against Eskisehirspor.
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Premier League): Started and played entire match against Hearts in a 2-1 defeat
Giorgos Sarris (Hamilton/Premier League): Like Skondras, played full 90 minutes in loss to Hearts