The Numbers Inside Greece’s Qualifying Campaign

The Numbers Inside Greece’s Qualifying Campaign
 

Statistics can sometimes only tell part of the story. However, AGONAsport has taken a look at Greece’s qualifying campaign to breakdown the numbers ahead of Greece’s two matches against Croatia.

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These statistics will give a glimpse into who contributed for the Ethniki in Group H of the UEFA qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It also will reveal to some degree head coach Michael Skibbe’s preferences as far as team selection. These numbers become even more interesting when taking into consideration Greece’s injury crisis ahead of the matches against the Croatian side. 

GROUP H RECORD

Matches Played: 10
Wins: 5
Draws: 4
Losses: 1
Goals Scored: 17
Goals Allowed: 6


SCORERS

Certainly, the man look to for goals is striker Kostas Mitroglou. The Marseille man delivered for Greece in the qualifiers with six goals. After him, it was Vasilis Torosidis in second position with three strikes. No other Greek player scored multiple goals as the team really shared the wealth after that.

  1. Kostas Mitroglou - 6 goals
  2. Vasilis Torosidis - 3 goals
  3. Kostas Fortounis - 1 goal
    -Petros Mantalos - 1 goal
    -Kostas Stafylidis - 1 goal
    -Giorgos Tzavellas - 1 goal
    -Zeca - 1 goal
    -Alexandros Tziolis - 1 goal
    -Giannis Gianniotas - 1 goal
    -1 own goal


ASSISTS

It’s a shame that Petros Mantalos suffered such a serious injury from a purely human perspective. In terms of creativity on the pitch, Mantalos was Greece’s top assists man for these qualifiers.

  1. Petros Mantalos - 3 assists
  2. Kostas Mitroglou - 2 assists
    -Vasilis Torosidis - 2 assists
    -Kostas Fortounis - 2 assist
  3. Zeca - 1 assist
    -Giorgos Tzavellas - 1 assist
    -Kostas Stafylidis - 1 assist
    -Panagiotis Stafylidis - 1 assist


APPEARANCES

Either through injuries, suspension, or manager’s decision, no single player appeared in all ten of Greece’s qualifiers. 5 players however played in nine of the ten matches. They were Mantalos, Fortounis, Stafylidis, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Orestis Karnezis.


MINUTES PLAYED

The players listed above that played in nine of the te matches figure highly in this list as does defender Kostas Manolas. The Roma center-back missed two matches in the qualifiers, however he played the entirety of the eight matches he participated in.

Skibbe used 28 players through Greece’s campaign. The minutes played encompass Karnezis and his 810 minutes played all the way down to the one minute played by Dimitris Kourbelis. Special consideration is left for Zeca and Tasos Donis. Both players missed nearly half the qualifying campaign. However, once they came into the fold they became very important for Greece. Zeca played the full match in every game after being selected for the first time as a substitute against Belgium away. Donis managed 235 minutes as he showed his importance down the stretch.

  1. Orestis Karnezis - 810
  2. Kostas Fortounis - 771
  3. Petros Mantalos - 763
  4. Kostas Manolas - 720
  5. Sokratis Papastathopoulos - 704
  6. Kostas Stafylidis - 703
  7. Kostas Mitroglou - 702
  8. Giorgos Tzavellas - 628
  9. Vasilis Torosidis - 605
  10. Zeca - 456
  11. Alexandros Tziolis - 428
  12. Giannis Maniatis - 416
  13. Andreas Samaris - 361
  14. Kyrkiakos Papadopoulos - 344
  15. Tasos Bakasetas - 322
  16. Panagiotis Tachtsidis - 239
  17. Tasos Donis - 235
  18. Panagiotis Retsos - 111
  19. Nikos Karelis - 95
  20. Stefanos Kapino - 90
  21. Apostolos Vellios - 89
  22. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos - 74
  23. Giannis Gianniotas - 73
  24. Marios Oikonomou - 72
  25. Babis Lykogiannis - 21
  26. Dimitris Diamantakos - 20
  27. Jose Holebas - 13
  28. Dimitris Kourbelis - 1
 
by George Tsitsonis
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