Greeks Abroad Review: Donis tears Bayern apart in Germany

Greeks Abroad Review: Donis tears Bayern apart in Germany

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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Stuttgart forward Anastasios Donis was the star of the show, contributing with a fantastic assist and stunning goal in the surprise 4:1 victory at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Athanasios Papazoglou also bagged himself a goal, hitting the back of the net for Kortrijk in a 1:1 draw against Mouscron in Belgium.

Elsewhere, Charalampos Lykogiannis made a crucial assist with Cagliari in Serie A and young Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos received a straight red card in the early stages of a 1:3 loss to Leicester City.

MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in high profile leagues):

Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Missed the 3:3 draw against Guingamp because of injury. Is a doubt for the upcoming UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday.

Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Made an appearance as a substitute after 69 minutes of the 1:0 home win over Moreirense. 

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Played no part in the 1:3 away loss to Hoffenheim.

Anastasios Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Scored a fantastic goal and made a clever assist in the surprise 4:1 victory against Bayern in Munich. Replaced after 88 minutes.

Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Remained on the bench during Bayer Leverkusen’s 3:2 win over Hannover.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Helped Hamburg beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2:1 by playing the whole match, but his team suffered relegation.

Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Registered 90 minutes in the 0:1 away defeat against Manchester United.

Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Not included in the Watford squad to play Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Received a straight red card after 15 minutes of the 1:3 loss to Leicester City mid-week, so was unavailable for the 1:0 win against Huddersfield on Sunday.

Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Missed Stoke’s 2:1 away victory against Swansea City with a reported chest injury.

Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Didn’t move from the bench in the 0:0 home draw with Juventus.

Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Cagliari defeated Fiorentina 1:0 on the road with the Greek playing 90 minutes and dishing out an assist.

Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Another who stayed on the bench. Bologna lost 1:2 at home to Chievo.

Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Not seen in the roster for Alanyaspor’s battling 2:2 tie against Sivasspor.

Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Played 90 minutes of the same match and picked up a yellow card for his troubles.

Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Started the match against Albacete, eventually replaced after 62 minutes of action. Valladolid won 3:2.

Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Missed Al Ahli’s Asian Champions League 3:4 aggregate defeat to Al Saad in the Last 16 stage.

Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Was given 54 minutes of the 1:1 draw with Gent, before staying on the bench in Sunday’s 4:1 thrashing of Charleroi.

Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Received a yellow card while playing the entire game against Aarhus. His club Copenhagen dropped a 0:1 loss.

Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Petah-Tikva/Israeli Premier League): As usual, the midfielder wasn’t in the squad as Maccabi Petah-Tikva beat Ashkelon 2:0 away.


Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Sat on the bench in the club’s 0:1 home loss to Aston Villa in the promotion playoffs.


Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Couldn’t be found in Augsburg’s roster for the 0:2 loss against Freiburg on the road.

Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Took a yellow card and played 90 minutes in the 0:2 defeat to Duisburg.


Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): Played the final 17 minutes of the 3:1 win against Anderlecht, however he didn’t feature in Sunday’s 1:1 tie with Club Brugge.

Stergos Marinos (Sint Truiden/Jupiler League): Couldn’t be found in the Sint Truiden squad for the 3:2 win against Beerschot Wilrijk or the 2:1 victory over Antwerp.

Stelios Kitsiou (Sint Truiden/Jupiler League): Stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes against Beerschot, earning a yellow card. The exact same happened in the game with Antwerp.

Charis Charisis (Sint Truiden/Jupiler League): Took a yellow card against Beerschot Wilrijk and played the full match, then playing 90 minutes in the match with Antwerp away from home.

Dimitris Goutas (Sint Truiden/Jupiler League): Played the entire match against both Beerschot and Antwerp.

Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Entered the action against Leuven after 88 minutes as Kortrijk won 2:0. On Friday, the Greek played the full game and scored a goal in the 1:1 draw with Mouscron.

Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Remained on the bench during the 1:0 win over Lierse and played 90 minutes in the 1:1 tie against Mouscron away.


Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Kept the other substitutes company in the 0:1 loss to Parma on the road.

Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Stayed on the bench in the 0:1 away defeat against Foggia.

Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Not included in the squad to face Empoli at home. Brescia ended up losing 0:2.

Dimitris Sounas (Monopoli/Serie C): Played 90 minutes of the 0:1 home defeat against Virtus Francavilla in the Italian third tier.


Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): The Feirense coach kept the Greek on the bench in the 0:0 home tie against Estoril.


Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t in the team to play Monaco on the road. St Etienne lost 0:1.

Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Stayed on the bench in the 2:2 draw away to Reims.

Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Couldn’t be found in AC Ajaccio’s squad in the 2:2 tie with Niort.


Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Not in the Leganes roster for the 2:3 loss to Real Sociedad.


Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Didn’t play any part in the heavy 0:3 loss to Motherwell.

Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Remained on the bench during the same match against Motherwell on the road.


Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Not in the roster for the 1:1 home draw against Osijek.

Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): Once again, the Greek was not in Rijeka’s squad on the weekend. His club drew a blank with Cibalia in a 0:0 tie.


Sotirios Papagiannopoulos (Ostersunds/Allsvenskan): Played the full 90 minutes in the 1:1 draw against AIK in Stockholm.

Konstantinos Stavrothanasopoulos (Frej/Superettan): Gifted the entirety of the game against Jonkopings in Sweden’s second division. Frej suffered a 0:1 setback.


Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Did not participate in the 2:0 win over Hapoel Raanana.


Georgios Katidis (Olympia Prague/League 2): Booked by the referee in the tight 1:1 tie with Opava at home.

Thomas Vasiliou (Olympia Prague/League 2): Also received a yellow card in the same match, replaced after 79 minutes of play.


Mavroudis Bougaidis (Podbeskidzie/Polish League 1): Played the whole game against Odra Opole in a disappointing 1:2 loss in front of their home fans.


Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Started the 1:4 defeat against RB Salzburg, pulled off the pitch after 80 minutes.


Nikos Ioannidis (Diosgyori/Nemzeti Bajnokság): Stayed on the pitch for 72 minutes of the narrow 1:2 defeat against Debrecen.


Sokratis Fytanidis (Gaz Metan/Liga 1): Played 83 minutes of the 0:0 draw against Concordia.

Alexandros Fioretos (Gaz Metan/Liga 1): Remained on the bench in the same game with Concordia away.

Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharesti/Liga 1): In the centre of defence, the 28-year old Greek played 90 minutes to help Dinamo defeat FC Botosani.


Antonis Stergiakis (Slavia Sofia/Parva Liga): The young goalkeeper stayed on the bench as Slavia won the Bulgarian Cup 4:2 on penalties against Levski Sofia. On the weekend, he wasn’t in the squad for the 0:3 defeat to Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

Christos Kontochristos (Lokomotiv Sofia/Vtora Liga): Replaced in the second half of Sunday’s comprehensive 3:0 triumph against Sozopol.


Giannis Kargas (Dynamo Brest/Belarusian Premier League): Stayed on the bench in the 3:1 home victory against Vitebsk.


Alexandros Tambakis (North Carolina/USL): North Carolina didn’t have a match this weekend. 

by Shaun Nicolaides
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