Greeks Abroad Review: Season debut for Mavropanos, Vrousai scores

Greeks Abroad Review: Season debut for Mavropanos, Vrousai scores

AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.

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In England, young defender Konstantinos Mavropanos finally made his 2018/2019 bow in the Premier League, playing the final minutes of a 1:3 loss for Arsenal at reigning champions Manchester City. Over in the Netherlands, Olympiacos loanee Marios Vrousai struck gold for Willem II, scoring in a 1:2 home defeat to Groningen. Andreas Tatos also registered a goal, equalising for Altay in the Turkish second division.

MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or those playing in high profile leagues):

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal/English Premier League): The injured centre-back wasn’t available to participate in the 1:3 away defeat to Manchester City.

Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): On 79 minutes, the promising 21-year-old made an appearance as a substitute in the 1:3 loss to Manchester City on the road.

Jose Cholevas (Watford/English Premier League): Played 90 minutes in the 0:0 draw against Brighton.

Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Missed the 3:1 league win over Bayer Leverkusen and the 1:2 German Cup loss against Heidenheim through an ongoing injury.

Konstantinos Stafylidis (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Remained on the pitch for 90 minutes in the confident 3:0 beating of Mainz at home.

Anastasios Donis (VfB Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Started the 2:2 home draw with Freiburg and was replaced at half-time after receiving a yellow card.

Stefanos Kapino (Werder Bremen/German Bundesliga): The back-up goalkeeper stayed on the bench with his club drawing 2:2 against Nurnberg.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga 2): The international defender missed the 0:2 defeat to Bielefeld and the 1:0 German Cup win over Nurnberg because of a long term injury.

Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Booked by the referee as he played the entire 90 minutes in a 1:1 draw against AC Milan in the Italian capital.

Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Kept the bench warm with Cagliari dropping a narrow 0:1 home loss to Atalanta.

Orestis Karnezis (Napoli/Serie A): Didn’t move from the bench in Napoli’s emphatic 3:0 home win over visitors Sampdoria.

Dimitris Nikolaou (Empoli/Serie A): Stayed on the bench as Empoli drew 2:2 at home with Chievo.

Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Lecce/Serie B): Was in the starting line-up to play Ascoli, however the game in the second tier of Italian football was abandoned with the score at 0:0.

Apostolos Vellios (Waasland-Beveren/Jupiler League): Not included in the squad with Waasland-Beveren losing 1:2 at home to Genk.

Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Red carded after 85 minutes of the thrilling 4:2 victory against Lisbon rivals Sporting away from home.

Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Primeira Liga): The improving midfielder was given 90 minutes on the pitch in the 4:2 triumph over Sporting Lisbon.

Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): The defender helped Leganes defeat Rayo Vallecano 2:1 on the road by playing 90 minutes.

Konstantinos Mitroglou (Galatasaray/Turkish Super Lig): Made his debut in a 1:1 draw against Alanyaspor and was replaced after 54 minutes of action.

Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Took a yellow card for his troubles and played the entirety of the 1:1 draw with Galatasaray at home.

Alexandros Tziolis (Al Fayha/Saudi Professional League): Played the entire 90 minutes in a 0:2 defeat against Al Qadisiya.

ENGLAND

Dimitris Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Sat on the bench in a dramatic 3:2 victory for Middlesbrough at West Bromwich Albion.

GERMANY

Dimitris Diamantakos (St. Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Didn’t play in the 3:2 home win against Union Berlin in the second Bundesliga.

FRANCE

Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 1): Did not participate in the 1:1 home draw with Montpellier.

HOLLAND

Pantelis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Emerged as a substitute with 10 minutes remaining of the 5:0 home triumph over FC Emmen.

Lazaros Lamprou (Fortuna Sittard/Eredivisie): Wasn’t seen in the roster as his club fell 0:5 at the hands of league leaders PSV in Eindhoven.

Konstantinos Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Kept the other substitutes company on the bench with Ajax destroying VVV Venlo 6:0 at home.

Marios Vrousai (Willem II/Eredivisie): Scored in the second half in a 1:2 home defeat to Groningen. Played the full 90 minutes.

Evangelos Pavlidis (Willem II/Eredivisie): Came off the bench at half-time in the 1:2 loss against Groningen.

Kaloudis Lemonis (Telstar/Eerste Divisie): Didn’t feature in the 0:2 away defeat against Maastricht in the Netherlands.

BELGIUM

Giorgos Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Remained an unused substitute in a large 3:0 victory over Charleroi.

Charis Charisis (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Stayed on the bench as Mouscron defeated Lokeren 2:1 at home.

Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Received a yellow card while playing the entire 90 minutes in his team’s heavy 0:3 defeat to Mouscron.

PORTUGAL

Nikolaos Ioannidis (Maritimo/Portuguese Primeira Liga): As usual, he wasn’t a member of the matchday squad. Maritimo lost 0:1 on the road against Chaves.

TURKEY

Stelios Kitsiou (Ankaragucu/Turkish Super Lig): Played the 90 minutes of a 0:1 away setback against Trabzonspor.

Andreas Tatos (Altay/First League): Equalised for Altay from the penalty spot on 82 minutes. Played the entire game.

Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Started the 1:0 win against Boluspor at the weekend and was replaced after 64 minutes. On Tuesday, he was introduced as a half-time substitute in the 0:0 draw at Trabzonspor in the first leg of the Turkish Cup quarter-finals.

SWITZERLAND

Konstantinos Dimitriou (FC Basel/Swiss Super League): Missed the 4:0 away win against Grasshoppers.

SCOTLAND

Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Wasn’t seen in the Hamilton team as the club drew 1:1 at home to Dundee FC.

ROMANIA

Bruno Chalkiadakis (FC Hermannstadt/Romanian Liga 1): Did not play any part in the 1:1 draw against CFR Cluj.

Aris Soiledis (FC Botosani/Romanian Liga 1): Competed for the entire 90 minutes in a 1:0 away triumph over Concordia.

Athanasios Papazoglou (Dinamo Bucharesti/Romanian Liga 1): Missed the 3:0 home win against Poli Iasi in Bucharest.

HUNGARY

Theodoros Berios (Kisvarda/OTP Bank Liga): Took a yellow card and played 90 minutes in a 1:0 victory against Haladas on the road.

Stavros Tsoukalas (Kisvarda/OTP Bank Liga): Started the win over Haladas and was later substituted with 14 minutes left on the clock.

AZERBAIJAN

Vangelis Platellas (Neftci Baku/Premier League): Started the 1:1 draw with Qarabag and was taken off after 81 minutes of the away game.

 

by Shaun Nicolaides

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