Greeks Abroad Review: Vellios finally scores, Samaras makes assist in Turkey
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.
The highlight for Greek fans was the return of 26-year old Apostolos Vellios, as the forward netted his first goal of the season for Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup. Talented midfielder Giannis Fetfatzidis scored again in the Saudi Professional League, experienced forward Georgios Samaras made an important assist for his club in Turkey, and young centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos continues to play with Arsenal’s reserves in the English capital.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in higher profile leagues):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Came on in the final moments of Marseille’s 2:2 draw with Monaco, didn’t have time to make an impression.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Primeria Liga): Remained on the bench for the 1:1 result against Belemenses.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/Bundesliga): Played the entire 90 minutes in Borussia’s 2:2 draw against Freiburg in Dortmund.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/Bundesliga): Wasn’t given game time from the bench in the 2:0 triumph against Mainz.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/Bundesliga): Helped Hamburg take a 1:1 draw against Leipzig, stayed on the pitch for the entire match.
Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/Bundesliga): Made a substitute appearance for the whole second half in the 0:2 home loss to Schalke 04.
Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Played the full 90 minutes in the 0:1 FA Cup defeat against Southampton away.
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Was also given a chance in the match with Southampton, couldn’t help Watford win.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Guarded the Roma defence for the whole match against Sampdoria, made sure that his team took a 1:0 triumph.
Vassilis Torosidis (Cagliari/Serie A): Did not participate in Cagliari’s 1:3 setback to Serie A leaders Napoli.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Was involved in the action for the entire 90 minutes in the 3:1 win against Bursaspor.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Didn’t feature in the same match for Alanyaspor.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Put in an excellent performance in Samsunspor’s 2:0 victory against Manisaspor, made a key assist.
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Watched the Samsunspor victory from the comfort of the substitutes bench.
Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Petah Tikva/Israel Premier League): Wasn’t in the Petah Tikva roster in the 1:1 draw with Maccabi Haifa on the road.
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Despite it already being January, he finally scored his first goal of the season in the 1:2 FA Cup setback to Hull City. Started the 0:3 Championship loss against Preston on Tuesday, being substituted after 77 minutes.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Received a chance for the final eight minutes of Valladolid’s 0:0 goalless battle with Tenerife.
Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Opened the scoring with a penalty in Al Ahli’s 3:2 victory against Al-Shabab.
Nikos Karelis (Genk/First Division A): Continues to sit on the sidelines due to further health problems. Genk drew 1:1 with Sint-Truiden and lost 2:3 to Kortnijk.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Not yet trusted to play in the first team, but is making regular appearances for Arsenal’s U23 side.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Was on the bench for Middlesbrough’s 0:1 FA Cup loss against Brighton and the 0:0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Only played the first half in the FA Cup against Hull, was then left on the bench in the 0:3 defeat to Preston.
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): Recently signed on loan for Cheltenham from Brentford, played 75 minutes of the 1:1 draw with Barnet.
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/Bundesliga): Didn’t feature at all in Augsburg’s 1:1 result with Cologne away.
Dimitris Diamantakos (St. Pauli/Bundesliga 2): Entered the pitch after 56 minutes to make his St. Pauli debut in the second German Bundesliga. His team lost 0:1 to Darmstadt.
Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/First Division A): Was on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes in Charleroi’s 1:1 draw against Antwerp at home.
Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/First Division A): Started the 0:2 defeat against Mouscron, was then replaced after 56 minutes of the match.
Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Didn’t play any part in the 1:1 draw against Genk on the road.
Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Provided a vital assist for Sint-Truiden’s goal in the duel with Genk, played the whole match too.
Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Another member of the Greek contingent at Sint-Truiden, he stayed on the bench.
Kostas Rougalas (Westerlo/Division B): Remained in the action for 90 minutes in the 1:0 victory against Leuven.
Charalambos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Came off the bench in the 63rd minute, Cagliari could only draw 1:1 at home to Crotone in Serie A.
Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Played the enterity of Bari’s match against Empoli, but couldn’t save his team from a heavy 0:4 loss.
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Wasn’t in the team for the close 0:1 loss to Eskisehir in Turkey.
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Played 88 minutes, was substituted after Umraniyespor netted the winning goal against Bulespor.
Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Primeria Liga): Introduced as a late substitute in the 1:2 defeat to Pacos de Ferreira.
Alexandros Katranis (St. Etienne/Ligue 1): Didn’t feature in any shape or form during the 2:1 victory against Caen in France.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Another to not play in his team’s match, Nimes dropped a 1:2 loss against Le Havre in the second tier of French football.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Played no part in AC Ajaccio’s 2:1 win against Tours.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Couldn’t be found in Leganes’ squad, his club got the better of Espanol 3:2.
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Ajax drew 0:0 against Utrecht with the Greek sitting on the bench for the entire match.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Was on the pitch for the whole match in the 0:2 defeat against AZ Alkmaar.
Pantelis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Also played the 90 minutes in the same Eredivisie fixture, except he was celebrating victory with AZ.
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Played the 90 minutes in Hamilton’s 1:2 loss against Dundee.
Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Failed to be included in the game roster for the same Hamilton match.
Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Sent on for the last three minutes in the 1:2 Hamilton loss, didn’t manage to make a difference to the outcome.
Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israel Premier League): Left the 1:1 draw with Sotiris Ninis’ Maccabi Petah Tikva after 65 minutes.
Mark Sifenos (FC Goa/Indian Premier League): Entered the action in the 87th minute, unable to prevent Goa from losing 3:4 against Mumbai.
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Brisbane fell 1:2 to the Central Coast Mariners, but Avraam Papadopoulos did play the whole match.