Greeks Abroad Recap: Fetfatzidis continues great form, Retsos makes assist
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.
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27-year old midfielder Giannis Fetfatzidis simply can’t stop scoring, helping current club Al-Ahli ease past Al-Orobah in the Saudi Cup 6:0. Young defender Panagiotis Retsos made an appearance off the bench for Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga, but he had enough time to provide an assist for his team’s fourth goal. Kyriakos Papadopoulos couldn’t prevent Hamburg from dropping a 0:2 defeat, Avraam Papadopoulos grabbed an important goal for Brisbane Roar, and fellow defender Kostas Manolas was on the pitch to secure a 1:1 draw for AS Roma against Inter Milan.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in higher profile leagues):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Once again, the forward sat on the bench as Marseille defeated Caen 2:0. However, he started the French Cup victory against Epinal on Tuesday, being substituted after 71 minutes.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Primeria Liga): Wasn’t given any time on the pitch in Benfica’s 3:0 victory over G.D. Chaves.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/Bundesliga): Played the entire 90 minutes in the 1:1 draw against Hertha Berlin.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/Bundesliga): Entered the action after 68 minutes, contributing with an assist for Bayer’s fourth goal in the 4:1 victory Hoffenheim in Germany.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/Bundesliga): Despite playing the whole game, the imposing defender couldn’t help Hamburg from losing 0:2 to Cologne.
Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/Bundesliga): Started the 2:3 defeat to Mainz, but was then substituted after 66 minutes of the match.
Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Did not even make the bench for Watford’s 0:2 setback against Leicester on the road.
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Finally started a match for Watford in the Premier League, but he was powerless for Leicester’s two goals.
Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Having just signed for Stoke a few days ago, he wasn’t included in the match squad.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Participated in AS Roma’s 1:1 draw with Inter in Milan, stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes.
Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Came on for the final three minutes in Bologna’s comfortable 3:0 home triumph against Benevento.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Was on the field for the duration of Alanyaspor’s 2:3 loss to Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super Lig.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): The second Greek on Alanyaspor’s books wasn’t included in the squad.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Played the 90 minutes in Samsunspor’s heavy 0:3 defeat away to Gaziantep.
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Conceded three goals in the same Turkish First Division match.
Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Tel Aviv/Israel Premier League): Once again, Ninis could not be found in Maccabi Tel Aviv’s match roster. The team drew 1:1 with Maccabi Netanya.
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Stayed on the bench for Nottingham Forest’s 2:0 away victory against Wolverhampton.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): On the 68th minute mark, the diminutive midfielder was given a chance as a substitute in the 1:0 win against Sevilla’s B team.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Arsenal thrashed Crystal Palace 4:1 in London, but the 20-year old Greek defender wasn’t present in the Gunners’ squad.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Watched his team Middlesbrough defeat QPR 3:0 from the bench.
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Brentford/English Championship): Brentford defeated Reading 1:0, however Chatzitheodoridis was not in the squad.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Played the whole of Nottingham’s 2:0 win in Wolverhampton.
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Didn’t feature in Augsburg’s 0:2 setback to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Nikos Karelis (Genk/First Division A): Due to health problems, he did not take part in Genk’s 1:0 loss to Anderlecht.
Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/ First Division A): Was on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in Charleroi’s 2:0 win over Mouscron.
Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/First Division A): Started Mechelen’s 2:3 defeat against Zulte-Waregem, substituted three minutes before the final whistle.
Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Didn’t take any part in his club’s 1:3 loss against Beveren or in the 2:0 win against Mechelen on Tuesday evening.
Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Played the entirety of Sint-Truiden’s two matches.
Dimitrios Goutas (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Unfortunately, he scored an own goal in the game with Beveren. Stayed on the bench during Tuesday’s 2:0 victory.
Kostas Rougalas (Westerlo/Division B): Contributed to Westerlo’s 1:1 draw with Saint Gilloise.
Charalambos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Did not feature in Cagliari’s 1:2 defeat at home to struggling Italian giants AC Milan. Only signed in January 2018.
Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Stayed on the bench during Bari’s 1:1 stalemate with Cesena.
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Didn’t take any part in Salernitana’s 3:2 home victory against Venice in the second level of Italian football.
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Departed proceedings after 25 minutes due to injury. Elazigspor eventually fell to Altinordu 1:2.
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Scored the fourth goal in Umraniyespor’s 7:0 demolition job of Gaziantepspor, left the pitch with 18 minutes remaining on the clock.
Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Primeria Liga): Wasn’t in the roster for Feirense’s tight 1:0 victory against Moreirense in Portugal.
Alexandros Katranis (Saint Etienne/Ligue 1): Didn’t play in his team’s 0:1 defeat away to Nice in Ligue 1.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Stayed on the bench in Nimes’ 3:0 win against Gazelec Ajaccio, did the same when the club dropped a 0:2 loss to GFC Ajaccio on Tuesday.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Wasn’t in the squad as Ajaccio fell to Paris FC 1:2 in a close encounter.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Taken off with five minutes to go in the dramatic 2:2 draw against Alaves, a match in which Leganes recovered from a late two-goal deficit.
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Witnessed Ajax’s huge 2:0 win against Feyenoord from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Began the 1:1 draw against Groningen on the pitch, substituted after 68 minutes.
Pantelis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): The centre-back, born on the island of Rhodes, stayed on the bench for the 1:1 draw with Utrecht.
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Didn’t participate in Hamilton’s 0:2 away defeat to Motherwell in the Scottish Cup.
Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Also wasn’t seen in the Hamilton team for the same match.
Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israel Premier League): Left the action after playing 66 minutes of the 0:0 affair against Ashdod.
Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/Prva HNL): Wasn’t involved in Hajduk’s easy 5:0 triumph against Inter Zapresic in Croatia.
Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka, Prva HNL): Entered the game with 14 minutes remaining of Rijeka’s expert 3:0 win over Rudes.
Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al-Ahli, Saudi Professional League): Scored yet another goal, making a real impact in Al-Ahli’s 6:0 drubbing of Al-Orobah in the Saudi Cup. Handed out one assist too.
Markos Sifenos (Kerala Blasters/Indian Premier League): Was kept on the bench for Kerala’s 1:2 home defeat to FC Goa.
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Flicked a free-kick into the net for his fourth goal of the 2017/2018 campaign, in turn helping Brisbane beat Perth Glory 3:2.