Greeks Abroad Review: Seven hit the jackpot
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.
In an impressive showing, a grand total of seven Greek players found the back of the net. The main headline grabber was Marseille striker Kostas Mitroglou, who scored for the second consecutive Ligue 1 match in France. Konstantinos Tsimikas got on the scoresheet with Dutch club Willem II, while Marios Ogkmpoe, Mavroudis Bougiadis, Andreas Tatos, Savvas Gentsoglou and Thomas Vasiliou all struck gold for their respective clubs.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in higher profile leagues):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Introduced midway through the second half against Lyon and equalised after 84 minutes. However, Marseille eventually lost 2:3.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Appeared as a stoppage time substitute in Benfica’s 2:0 road win against Feirense.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Came on at half-time in the game against Hannover. Dortmund claimed a 1:0 victory.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Remained on the bench during the 0:2 loss to FC Koln.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): The imposing Greek defender was an unused substitute in Hamburg’s 1:2 home defeat against Hertha Berlin.
Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Another who remained on the bench. Stuttgart managed to beat Freiburg 2:1 away.
Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Played the entire 90 minutes in Watford’s large 0:5 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): The starting goalkeeper conceded five goals against Liverpool at Anfield.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Arsenal did not have a match at the weekend.
Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Was given the full 90 minutes in the 1:2 setback to Everton at home. Stoke sit in the relegation zone.
Stefanos Kapino (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): As usual, the back-up goalkeeper didn’t move from the bench. Nottingham drew 0:0 with Sheffield United.
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Joined the action in the 90th minute in Sheffield.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): This time, the Greek centre-back stayed on the bench in Roma’s confident 2:0 road triumph over Crotone.
Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Started the 1:1 draw with Lazio in the Italian capital, leaving the pitch after 77 minutes.
Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Reportedly on the sidelines with a calf injury. Cagliari got the better of Benevento 2:1.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Received a yellow card while playing the entirety of the 1:1 home draw with Goztepe.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Alanyaspor’s other Greek remained on the bench during the same match.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Playing the full 90 minutes, the forward helped Samsunspor earn a 0:0 tie against Boluspor.
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Kept the substitutes company on the bench.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Participated in the whole of Valladolid’s close 2:1 home triumph against Almeria, earned a yellow card for his troubles.
Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Substituted after 66 minutes of the convincing 3:0 victory over Al-Raed.
Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): The forward played 74 minutes of the Belgian Cup final against Standard Liege. Eventually, Genk lost 0:1 after extra time.
Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Stayed on the pitch for the entire game against Silkeborg. His club claimed a 3:1 win with Cypriot forward Pieros Sotiriou hitting the jackpot.
Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Petah-Tikva/Israeli Premier League): In the relegation playoffs, Maccabi Petah-Tikva fell 1:3 at home to Raanana. The Greek didn’t play any part.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Remained a substitute in the 1:1 draw against Brentford.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Not present in the Nottingham squad for the 0:0 tie with Sheffield United on the road.
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): Stayed on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes in the 1:1 draw with Chesterfield at home.
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Couldn’t be found in the Augsburg roster. His club lost 1:3 to Werder Bremen.
Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Before being replaced at half-time, he played the first 45 of the 1:1 draw with Kaiserslautern.
Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): Helped Standard win the Belgian Cup 1:0 against Genk by playing the 180 minutes required to find a winner.
Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Not included in Bari’s team on Saturday in the 0:0 tie with Cittadella.
Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Brescia were held to a 1:1 draw by Cremonese without the Greek in the squad.
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Another who wasn’t in the team. Salernitana played out a 0:0 draw against Frosinone.
Dimitris Sounas (Monopoli/Serie C): Played the 90 minutes in the 1:1 home tie with Paganese in Italy’s third tier.
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Struck the second goal in the 3:0 triumph over Gaziantepspor away. Remained on the pitch for the whole match.
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Taken off the pitch after 89 minutes of the nervy 1:0 victory against Adana Demirspor.
Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Thrown on as a substitute on 83 minutes. Feirense dropped a 0:2 defeat to Benfica.
Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Not in the roster for St Etienne’s 2:0 home victory against Guingamp in Ligue 1.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Kept as an unused substitute in the 2:0 away win over Brest.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): The AC Ajaccio coaches didn’t include the Greek in the roster for the 1:0 win over GFC Ajaccio.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Took a yellow card while playing the 90 minutes in an excellent 2:1 win against Champions League quarter-finalists Sevilla.
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Ajax’s number two goalkeeper watched his team’s 5:2 victory over Sparta Rotterdam from the comfort of the bench.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Opened the scoring in a 2:2 draw against fellow strugglers Twente, left the pitch after 83 minutes.
Pantelis Hatzdiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Playing in central defence for the match’s entirety, he saw AZ through to a 3:2 win against Groningen.
Thanasis Karagounis (Twente/Eredivisie): Not in Twente’s squad for the tie with Willem II.
Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Sat out the 2:2 draw with Ross County.
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Also didn’t take any part in the same Scottish Premiership match.
Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Just like the other two Greeks, he wasn’t on the roster.
Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): The 23-year old netted his second goal in as many games for Hamilton, putting his team ahead in the 2:2 draw. Substituted after 81 minutes.
Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Did not play any part in his team’s heavy 4:0 win against Hapoel Akko.
Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Scored the second goal for Hajduk in a pulsating 3:3 draw against Osijek. Received a yellow card and played the whole game.
Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): Missed the 5:1 win against Cibalia at home.
Sotirios Papagiannopoulos (Ostersunds/Allsvenskan): Wasn’t included in the Ostersunds squad in the 0:1 Swedish semi-final defeat to Malmo.
Georgios Katidis (Olympia Prague/League 2): Olympia’s captain took a yellow card while playing the 90 minutes in the 1:0 road win against Ceske Budejovice.
Thomas Vasiliou (Olympia Prague/League 2): On loan from Atromitos Athens, the forward scored his first goal in Czech football to give Olympia a 1:0 triumph. Played 89 minutes.
Mavroudis Bougaidis (Podbeskidzie/Polish League 1): Scorer of the second goal when playing the entirety of the 2:0 win against Ruch.
Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Replaced after 86 minutes at home to AC Wolfsberger. Austria Vienna claimed an emphatic 5:1 victory.
Nikos Ioannidis (Diosgyori/Nemzeti Bajnoksag): Played the whole second half in a tight 1:1 draw against Vasas, picked up a yellow card along the way.
Sokratis Fytanidis (Gaz Metan/Liga 1): Got booked in the 2:1 win against Concordia, competed for the entire 90 minutes.
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Not included in Brisbane’s squad for the 2:1 away win over Sydney.