25 Greeks from seven clubs to appear in Europe after new year
A total of 25 Greek players will represent their clubs in the UEFA Champions and Europa League competitions after the new year.
Olympiacos, who dramatically qualified for the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League after defeating AC Milan on matchday six, will have 17 of Greece’s 25 player representatives in Europe’s club competitions come the new year. Olympiacos made an effort to build a team with a Greek base in the offseason and it has paid off in Europe, with the likes of Kostas Fortounis, Leonardo Koutris, and Vasilis Torosidis playing key roles in the Europa League group stages.
In addition to three mentioned, Gianniotis, Choutesiotis, Tsimikas, Nikolaou, Bouchalakis, Androutsos, Christodoulopoulos, Fetfatzidis, Vrousaj, Voilis, Manos, Fekas, and Xenetidis are the remaining Greek players on the Olympiacos roster. The last three were not included in the UEFA roster for the group stages, but could be included for the upcoming knockout rounds. In addition, Georgios Masouras, who will join Olympiacos from Panionios in the winter, will also be eligible to play in the next round of the Europa League.
Olympiacos were drawn to play Dynamo Kyiv in the Last 32 of the competition with the first match scheduled for Thursday, February 14th at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium.
Two Greeks, Kostas Manolas and Kostas Lambrou, will compete in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds with Roma and Ajax, respectively. Roma were drawn with Porto in the last 16 while Ajax will have a tough task against Real Madrid.
Odisseas Vlachodimos (Benfica), Andreas Samaris (Benfica), Orestis Karnezis (Napoli), Panagiotis Retsos (Leverkusen), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal), and Dinos Mavropanos (Arsenal) will compete with their respective clubs in the UEFA Europa League knockout stages.