Aris pair in Ethniki squad for first two Euro qualifiers
Angelos Anastasiadis, the head coach of the Greek national team, has named his squad for the opening two UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Bosnia on the road, notably including a pair of Aris players and two more from Omonoia Nicosia.
As previously reported on AGONAsport, Anastasiadis was unable to call upon the services of the injured Kostas Manolas (defender), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (defender), Panagiotis Retsos (defender), Vasilis Torosidis (defender), Konstantinos Stafylidis (defender), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (midfielder) and Dimitris Pelkas (midfielder), but other key men such as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Konstantinos Fortounis have been picked. In recent weeks, AEK duo Petros Mantalos and Anastasios Bakasetas have drawn heavy criticism from supporters, however they are in the squad.
Giorgos Valerianos and Manolis Siopis, who have been impressing with high flying Aris in the Super League, have been given a place in the team. There’s also room for Omonoia Nicosia wingers Charalampos Mavrias and Dimitris Kolovos.
Initially, Anastasiadis wanted to give Panionios forward Fiorin Durmishaj an opportunity in these games, but the required documentation from the Albanian Football Association didn’t arrive in time. Durmishaj previously represented Albania at U21 level.
Here is the full team for the maiden two UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers in March:
Goalkeepers: Vasilis Barkas (AEK), Alexandros Paschalakis (PAOK), Odisseas Vlachodimos (Benfica).
Defenders: Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal), Dimitris Siovas (Leganes), Spyros Risvanis (Atromitos), Michalis Bakakis (AEK), Leonardo Koutris (Olympiacos), Giorgos Valerianos (Aris).
Midfielders: Charalampos Mavrias (Omonoia), Dimitris Kolovos (Omonoia), Andreas Samaris (Benfica), Petros Mantalos (AEK), Anastasios Bakasetas (AEK), Giorgos Masouras (Olympiacos), Andreas Bouchalakis (Olympiacos), Carlos Zeca (FC Copenhagen), Dimitris Kourbelis (Panathinaikos), Manolis Siopis (Aris), Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympiacos).
Strikers: Konstantinos Mitroglou (Galatasaray), Efthymis Koulouris (Atromitos), Anastasios Donis (VfB Stuttgart).
The first match will take place against Liechtenstein on March 23 in Vaduz, before the team then travel to Bosnia for the second game on March 26 in Zenica.