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.
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.