Greeks Abroad Review: Tziolis scores in Saudi Arabia
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad review.
Al-Fayha midfielder Alexandros Tziolis scored in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, while Pantelis Hatzdiakos and Carlos Zeca made assists for AZ Alkmaar and Copenhagen respectively. Elsewhere, goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis kept another clean sheet for Watford, Kostas Manolas helped Roma earn a big 4:2 victory at Napoli, and Kostas Stafylidis made a starting appearance for Stoke City.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in high profile leagues):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Wasn’t present in Marseille’s roster for the dramatic 1:1 home draw against Nantes.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Entered the pitch after 67 minutes in the 5:0 thrashing of Maritimo in Lisbon.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Watched Borussia’s 1:1 tie with RB Leipzig from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Bayer managed to defeat Wolfsburg 2:1 on the road without the Greek defender in the squad.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Played the whole 90 minutes of the 0:0 home draw against Mainz.
Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Stayed on the bench as Stuttgart earned an exciting 3:2 triumph over struggling Cologne.
Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Substituted in the final minute of Watford’s tight 1:0 victory against West Bromwich Albion at home.
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Kept another impressive clean sheet, in turn helping his club win 1:0.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Not in the squad for Arsenal’s disappointing 1:2 away defeat to Brighton.
Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): The Greek started the 0:0 draw against Southampton, being removed from the action at half-time.
Stefanos Kapino (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Nottingham’s back-up goalkeeper stayed on the bench in his team’s 2:1 win against Birmingham City.
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Kept Stefanos Kapino company among the other substitutes.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in Roma’s important 4:2 victory away at league leaders Napoli.
Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Bologna fell to Spal 0:1 on the road with the experienced Greek defender sitting on the bench.
Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): The scheduled match against Genoa on Sunday was postponed.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Was gifted the entire 90 minutes in Alanyaspor’s 1:0 away victory against Genclerbirligi.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Unlike his Greek teammate, he was forced to stay on the bench for the whole match.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Played the entire game in the 2:0 win against Elazigspor and received a yellow card for his troubles.
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Came off the bench to replace Samsunspor’s starting goalkeeper after 55 minutes of play. Didn’t concede a goal.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Joined the action during the 63rd minute of Valladolid’s 1:1 home tie with Rayo Vallecano.
Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Remained on the bench in Al Ahli’s Asian Champions League 1:1 draw against Al-Gharafa on Monday, however he played 76 minutes of last week’s 5:1 triumph against Al-Taawon.
Alexandros Tziolis (Al Fayha/Saudi Professional League): Scored after just four minutes in the 3:2 win against Ohod on Tuesday. Played the whole match.
Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Ten-man Genk defeated Waasland-Beveren 1:0, the Greek forward was handed 70 minutes of game time.
Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Contributed with an assist for Copenhagen’s winning goal in the 1:0 win over Aarhus, played the whole match.
Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Petah-Tikva/Israeli Premier League): Wasn’t in his team’s squad for the 3:2 victory against Hapoel Raanana.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): As usual, he stayed on the bench in Middlesbrough’s confident 3:0 beating of Leeds.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Not present in Nottingham’s roster for the 2:1 win against Birmingham City.
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Couldn’t be found in Augsburg’s squad in the 0:2 loss against Hoffenheim.
Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Entered proceedings after 74 minutes in the narrow 1:2 away loss to Fortuna in the second tier of German football.
Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Took a yellow card and played the full 90 minutes in the 0:0 draw with Sint Truiden.
Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/Jupiler League): Mechelen fell to Standard in Liege 2:3 without the Greek in their squad.
Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): In the same game against Mechelen, the 27-year old centre-back played the entire match.
Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): After being booked, he was substituted early in the second half. Mouscron lost 1:2 to Lokeren.
Charis Charisis (Sint Truiden/Jupiler League): Remains on the sidelines with a reported abdominal strain.
Stelios Kitsiou (Sint Truiden/Jupiler League): Competed against Charleroi for the entire 90 minutes, helping his team earn a 0:0 draw on the road.
Dimitris Goutas (Sint Truiden/Jupiler League): Didn’t move from the bench in the 0:0 tie with Charleroi.
Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Taken off after 88 minutes of the 1:2 away defeat to Club Brugge.
Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Wasn’t in the Bari roster. His club defeated Ternana 2:1 in an away match in Serie B.
Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Not selected by his team for the weekend’s fixture. Brescia managed to defeat Foggia 2:1.
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Salernitana beat Ascoli 3:1 on the road without the Greek in their squad.
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Couldn’t be spotted in Elazigspor’s roster in the 0:2 setback to Samsunspor.
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Stayed on the bench in Umraniyespor’s second consecutive league defeat, this time against Gaziantep 0:2.
Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Kept the bench warm in Feirense’s comfortable 3:0 victory against Boavista.
Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Wasn’t on his club’s roster for this match. St Etienne drew 1:1 when hosting Dijon.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Joined the action after 66 minutes as Nimes got the better of Paris FC 2:1 at home.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Not in the AC Ajaccio squad for the pulsating goal-filled 3:4 defeat to Bourg Peronnas.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Played the entirety of Leganes’ important 2:0 home victory against Malaga.
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Retained his place on the bench as the replacement goalkeeper. Ajax dramatically lost to Vitesse 2:3.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Couldn’t prevent Willem II from losing 0:2 to Heerenveen. Played the whole match.
Pantelis Hatzdiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Dished out a crucial assist for the winning goal in AZ’s 2:1 victory against Excelsior. Was on the pitch for 90 minutes.
Thanasis Karagounis (Twente/Eredivisie): Wasn’t in the squad for the 1:1 draw with Gronigen.
Georgios Sarris, Giannis Skondras, Chrysovalantis Kozoronis, Marios Ogkmpoe (all Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): The match against St. Johnstone was called off.
Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Not in the roster for the team’s heavy 0:3 home derby loss to Hapoel Haifa.
Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Played the full 90 minutes in the 0:1 defeat against Salzburg, earned himself a yellow card.
Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Stayed on the pitch for the whole of the match against Rudes. Hajduk won 1:0 in Split.
Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): Not in the Rijeka roster for the 3:1 win against Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Sotirios Papagiannopoulos (Ostersunds FK/Allsvenskan): Didn’t play any part in Ostersunds’ 3:0 Swedish Cup victory against Kalmar.
Konstantinos Stavrothanasopoulos (Frej/Allsvenskan): Frej fell 1:3 to Degerfors without the Greek in the squad.
Georgios Katidis (Olympia Prague/Division 2): The 25-year old Olympia captain played the 90 minutes in a 0:1 away defeat to Zizkov.
Mavroudis Bougaidis (Podbeskidzie/Polish League 1): Played the entirety of the 1:0 victory against Olsztyn in the Polish first division.
Nikos Ioannidis (Diosgyori/Nemzeti Bajnoksag): Entered the action after 72 minutes of the 2:1 home win against Ferencvaros.
Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharesti/Liga 1): Competed in the 0:1 Romanian Cup defeat to Craiova for the entire match.
Mark Sifenos (Goa FC/Indian Premier League): Stayed on the bench as Goa defeated Jamshedpur 3:0 away from home in a match which saw both teams receive red cards.
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Played the entire 90 minutes of Brisbane’s 1:0 win against Adelaide United at home.