Greeks Abroad Review: Tsimikas scores a stunner in Holland
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad review.
The star man was Willem II left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas, who scored a wonderful goal to help his team defeat Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie. Alongside Tsimikas’ stunning strike, two other Greeks also hit the target for their respective teams. Nikos Ioannidis grabbed a goal in Hungary with Diosgyori, while Georgios Katidis struck gold for Olympia Prague in the Czech second division. Elsewhere, Jose Holebas made the headlines for the wrong reasons in England and Sokratis Papastathopoulos couldn’t prevent Borussia Dortmund from losing 0:6 to Bayern Munich.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in higher profile leagues):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Watched Marseille’s 3:1 away victory against Dijon from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Remained a substitute in the 2:0 win over Vitoria de Guimaraes at home.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Played the entire 90 minutes of the 0:6 thrashing at Bayern Munich’s hands.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): The 19-year old played at the right-back position before being substituted after 77 minutes of the 0:0 draw with Augsburg.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Didn’t play any part in the 1:1 away tie against Stuttgart.
Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Stayed on the bench in the same match against Hamburg in Germany’s Bundesliga.
Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Received a yellow card when conceding a penalty with a horrible handball. Watford drew 2:2 with Bournemouth and the Greek played the whole match.
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Conceded two goals in the match against Bournemouth, but was powerless for both.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Not included in Arsenal’s roster for the 3:0 home win over Stoke City.
Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Couldn’t play in the game against Arsenal because of a slight injury,
Stefanos Kapino (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): As usual, the goalkeeper stayed on the bench. Nottingham lost 0:2 to Millwall.
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Played the entire 90 minutes in the 0:2 defeat against Millwall on the road.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Helped Roma pick up a 1:1 draw with Bologna, stayed on the pitch for the entire game.
Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Started the 1:1 tie against Roma, leaving the action after 77 minutes.
Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Remained an unused substitute in Cagliari’s heavy 0:4 loss to Torino at home.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Competed for the 90 minutes in the 0:1 defeat against Besiktas.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Entered the pitch after half-time of the same game with Besiktas. Couldn’t get Alanyaspor back into the match.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Played the entirety of Samsunspor’s narrow 1:2 defeat to Adanaspor in Turkey’s second footballing tier.
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Didn’t move from the bench and remained Samsunspor’s back-up goalkeeper.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Stayed on the bench in Valladolid’s 1:0 triumph over Reus Deportiu.
Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Given 83 minutes of the 0:1 Saudi Champions Cup loss to Al Faisaly, before remaining on the bench in the 2:0 Asian Champions League win against Tractor.
Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Stayed on the bench in the 0:1 away defeat to Club Brugge in Belgium.
Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): In the centre of midfield, the Greek citizen helped Copenhagen earn a dramatic 2:1 victory over Nordsjaelland. Played 90 minutes.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Premier League): Not included in Nottingham’s roster for the 0:2 loss against Millwall.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Remained on the bench as Middlesbrough’s second goalkeeper in the 1:1 away draw with Burton Albion.
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): Substituted after 83 minutes of the 1:2 defeat against Exeter City, picked up a yellow card for his troubles.
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Once again, the Greek wasn’t present in Augsburg’s roster. The team drew 0:0 with Bayer Leverkusen.
Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Remained on the bench in the 1:1 draw against Sandhausen on the road.
Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): Kept the other substitutes company in the 1:0 win over Charleroi.
Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Played the entire 90 minutes in the same game against Standard Liege.
Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Earned a yellow card while playing the entire match against Lokeren. His club dropped a 0:1 setback.
Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): In the 0:1 loss to Lokeren, the Greek midfielder stayed on the bench.
Charis Charisis (Sint Truiden/Jupiler League): Still on the sidelines with a reported abdominal strain.
Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Remained on the bench during Kortrijk’s excellent 4:1 triumph over Waasland-Beveren.
Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Stayed on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes in the 3:0 away win against Lierse.
Konstantinos Rougalas (Westerlo/Proximus League): Didn’t move from the bench in the 2:0 victory over Tubize.
Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Outside of Bari’s squad for the 2:1 win against Avellino on the road in Serie B.
Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Also not in his club’s squad. Brescia gained a 0:0 tie with Entella at their home stadium.
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): The goalkeeper stayed on the bench in the 0:2 loss to Empoli.
Dimitris Sounas (Monopoli/Serie C): Competed for the entire 90 minutes in Monopoli’s 1:0 away victory against Mende.
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Registered 90 minutes in Elazigspor’s impressive thumping 8:1 win against Manisaspor in Turkey’s second footballing division.
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Played the entire game in the 2:1 home triumph against Erzurum BB.
Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Feirense dropped a 1:4 defeat to Maritimo with the Greek playing the whole match.
Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Not included in the roster for St Etienne’s convincing 3:0 win against Nantes.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Appeared on the pitch as a substitute after 89 minutes of action. Nimes defeated Valenciennes 1:0.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Couldn’t be found in AC Ajaccio’s roster in the 2:1 win against Clermont.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Given 90 minutes in the 0:1 loss against Valencia at home in La Liga.
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): The 26-year old goalkeeper stayed on the bench in the 2:1 Ajax victory at Groningen.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Scored a quite wonderful acrobatic volley in the 3:2 Willem II victory over Utrecht. Played the 90 minutes.
Pantelis Hatzdiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): In the centre of the defence, the Greek remained on the pitch for the entirety of the 3:0 win against Den Haag.
Thanasis Karagounis (Twente/Eredivisie): Not in the Twente roster for the 0:0 draw against VVV Venlo.
Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Took a yellow card while playing the 90 minutes in Hamilton’s 0:2 loss against Kilmarnock.
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Wasn’t picked by the coaches for the same Scottish Premiership match.
Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Just like Giannis Skondras, he was not in the roster.
Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Emerged off the bench after 55 minutes of play in the 0:2 defeat to Kilmarnock away.
Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Played 90 minutes in the 1:1 draw against Rijeka in Split.
Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): Not in Rijeka’s squad for the same match.
Sotirios Papagiannopoulos (Ostersunds/Allsvenskan): Found himself booked by the referee in the 0:1 setback to Djurgarden at home. Stayed on the pitch for the whole game.
Georgios Katisidis (Olympia Prague/League 2): Equalised for Olympia Prague, helping the team earn a 1:1 draw against Vlasim. Played 90 minutes.
Thomas Vasiliou (Olympia Prague/League 2): Picked up a yellow card in the final minute of the same match. Remained in the action for the entire game.
Mavroudis Bougiadis (Podbeskidzie/Polish League 1): Played 90 minutes and took a yellow card in the 0:0 draw with Grudziadz.
Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Remained on the bench in Rapid Vienna’s 4:2 triumph against Mattersburg.
Nikos Ioannidis (Diosgyori/Nemzeti Bajnoksag): Grabbed the opening goal in the 1:1 draw against Honved when scoring a penalty. Played 90 minutes.
Sokratis Fytanidis (Gaz Metan/Liga 1): Stayed on the pitch for the entirety of Gaz Metan’s 2:1 victory against Voluntari in a bad-tempered match.
Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharesti/Liga 1): Booked in Dinamo Bucharesti’s 1:0 win against FC Botosani, played the whole match.
Antonis Stergiakis (Slavia Sofia/Parva Liga): The goalkeeper didn’t concede any goals when playing in the 0:0 tie with Bistritsa.
Christos Kontochristos (Lokomotiv Sofia/Vtora Liga): Took a yellow card in the 1:0 away victory over Neftochimic Burgas.
Giannis Kargas (Dynamo Brest/Belarusian Premier League): Played 90 minutes in Dynamo Brest’s 0:0 away draw against Shakhtyor Soligorsk.
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Not in the squad for the 1:0 triumph over Central Coast Mariners.