Greeks Abroad Review: Fetfatzidis and Karelis on hot form
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.
Genk striker Nikolaos Karelis scored for the second consecutive match in Belgium’s Jupiler League, but he later contrived to miss a penalty in the dramatic 2:2 draw against Club Brugge. Talented midfielder Giannis Fetfatzidis also got on the scoreboard, securing his ninth marker of the season in Saudi Arabia. Vassilis Torosidis made a rare start for Bologna in Italy, goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino stayed on the bench for Nottingham Forest, and defenders Panagiotis Retsos and Sokratis Papastathopoulos impressed in the Bundesliga.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in higher profile league):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): The Greek hitman was ruled out of Marseille’s 1:0 victory at home to Bordeaux due to injury.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Stayed on the bench during Benfica’s 4:0 thrashing of Boavista.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Put in an excellent performance in Dortmund’s important 1:0 triumph over Monchengladbach on the road.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Played a key role in Bayer Leverkusen’s 2:1 victory against Hamburg. Received a yellow card and stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Was also on the pitch for the entire time in the same match between Hamburg and Leverkusen.
Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Didn’t move from the bench in the 1:0 away win against Augsburg.
Jose Holebas, Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): No competitive match for Watford this weekend.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Capital giants Arsenal also didn’t have a game in England.
Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Stoke rested over the weekend with no Premier League matches scheduled.
Stefanos Kapino (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Back-up to Costel Pantilimon at Nottingham. His club drew 0:0 at Burton Albion.
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Not selected for the match roster.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Helped Roma defeat Udinese 2:0 away in Italy, remained on the pitch for the whole game.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Played the 90 minutes in Alanyaspor’s heavy 0:3 loss to Fenerbache.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Remained on the bench for Alanyaspor in the same fixture.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Picked up a yellow card for his troubles and played the whole match in Samsunspor’s 1:1 home draw with Ankaragucu.
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Kept the other substitutes company on the bench in the same game in the second tier of Turkish football.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Valladolid defeated Huesca 3:2 with the Greek midfielder starting the match and being replaced after 62 minutes.
Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): On Monday, he played 82 minutes of the 2:1 Champions League win against Al Jazira. Before that, the midfielder scored in the 1:1 draw with Al Feiha.
Alexandros Tziolis (Al Feiha/Saudi Professional League): The 33-year old played the 90 minutes for Al Feiha against Al Ahli.
Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Opened the scoring in the 2:2 tie against Club Brugge, later missing a penalty in the second half. Was substituted after 73 minutes.
Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Played the entire game against Midtjylland, however Copenhagen still lost 1:3. Copenhagen’s Cypriot striker Pieros Sotiriou also participated.
Charalambos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): The Greek stayed on the pitch for the 90 minutes in Cagliari’s 1:2 setback to Chievo.
Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Made a rare start for Bologna, playing 83 minutes of the nervy 2:1 victory against Sassuolo at home.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): As usual, Middlesbrough’s reserve goalkeeper watched on as the team lost 0:1 to Cardiff.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Just like Stefanos Kapino, the Greek kept the bench warm.
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): The 20-year old took part in the 0:2 defeat against Wycombe, played the 90 minutes.
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Out of Augsburg’s roster for the 0:1 setback against Tasos Donis’ Stuttgart.
Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Stayed on the bench in St Pauli’s 1:0 away victory over Ingolstadt.
Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Earned a yellow card and played the whole game in the 1:1 home draw with Standard Liege.
Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): The 27-year old ex-Panathinaikos defender competed in his second successive Jupiler League match, racked up 90 minutes.
Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Not included in Mouscron’s squad for the 2:2 draw against Waasland-Beveren.
Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/Jupiler League): Didn’t make the Mechelen team in the 2:2 tie with Gent away from home.
Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Still on the sidelines with an abdominal strain. Sint-Truiden surprisingly defeated Anderlecht 1:0.
Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Suspended after taking a red card last week.
Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Was on the pitch for 90 minutes in the victory over Anderlecht.
Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Entered the action against Lokeren in the final minute. Kortrijk won 1:0.
Kostas Rougalas (Westerlo/Second Division): Not seen in the Westerlo roster in the 0:0 draw against Tubize.
Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Didn’t move from the bench in Bari’s 1:0 road win over Cremonese in Serie B.
Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Left on the sidelines for Brescia’s 3:1 victory against Ternana at home.
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Also not in the team. Salernitana drew 0:0 with Pro Vercelli.
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Included in the starting line-up in the 1:1 draw against Balikesirspor, substituted after 68 minutes.
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Played the 90 minutes, but couldn’t prevent Umraniyespor from falling 0:1 against Eskisehirspor.
Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Competed in the 1:3 loss to Portimonense at home.
Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Did not take any part in the 1:0 away victory against Angers in Ligue 1.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Also wasn’t picked for his club. Ligue 2’s AC Ajaccio dropped a 0:2 defeat to Valenciennes.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Remained on the bench in the 2:2 draw with Tours.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Following a red card in the previous match, he couldn’t compete in the 0:3 loss to Girona.
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Stayed in his familiar place on the bench as the replacement goalkeeper. Ajax defeated Zwolle 1:0 in a tight match.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Despite the Greek playing the whole match, Willem II could only lose 1:2 against Den Haag.
Pantelis Hatzdiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): The 21-year old started the 3:1 victory against Breda, leaving the pitch after 79 minutes.
Thanasis Karagounis (Zwolle/Eredivisie): Not on the Zwolle roster for the 0:1 loss to second placed Ajax.
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): On the pitch for 90 minutes in the thrilling 3:5 loss against Rangers.
Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Also played the entire game.
Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Unlike the two Greeks mentioned above, he wasn’t picked for this match.
Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Not in Hamilton’s squad either.
Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Came on as a half-time substitute in the 0:1 loss to Sakhnin.
Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Shown a yellow card in Rapid Vienna’s 1:1 draw against Sturm Graz, left the pitch after 55 minutes.
Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Trusted with playing the whole game in Hajduk’s important 1:0 victory against arch rivals Dinamo Zagreb.
Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): Rijeka lost 1:2 against Osijek without the Greek in their squad.
Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharest/Liga 1): Remained on the bench as Dinamo played out an exciting 2:2 derby draw with FCSB.
Diamantis Chouchoumis (Slovan Bratislava/Fortuna Liga): Played 90 minutes in Slovan’s 1:1 tie against Michalovce. It was the first match after the Slovak winter break.
Mark Sifenos (FC Goa/Indian Premier League): Not seen in the Goa squad for the 0:1 home loss to Chennaiyin.