Greeks Abroad Review: Karelis keeps on scoring

Greeks Abroad Review: Karelis keeps on scoring

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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Nikolaos Karelis was Greece’s man of the moment again, scoring for the third consecutive match as he helped Genk defeat Antwerp 4:0 in the Jupiler League. Giannis Fetfatzidis and Alexandros Tziolis both scored in a penalty shootout between Al-Ahli and Al-Fayha in Saudi Arabia, goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis helped Watford beat Everton, and Panagiotis Retsos gave away a penalty for Leverkusen.

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

Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Ruled out of Marseille’s 0:3 defeat to PSG in Paris because of an ongoing thigh injury.

Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Came on for the final moments of stoppage time in the 3:1 win against Pacos de Ferreira.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Played the full 90 minutes in Dortmund’s 1:1 draw with Augsburg at home.

Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Unfortunately, he received a yellow card for conceding a penalty to Schalke in the dying minutes of a 0:2 home defeat. Was on the pitch for the whole game.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Couldn’t prevent Hamburg from losing 0:1 against Werder Bremen, played the entire match.

Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Remained on the bench during Stuttgart’s 1:0 triumph over Frankfurt.

Jose Holebas (Watford/German Bundesliga): Stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes in Watford’s tight 1:0 victory at home to Everton.

Orestis Karnezis (Watford/German Bundesliga): Also participated in the same match, didn’t concede a goal.

Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Didn’t take part in the 0:3 League Cup final loss to Manchester City, but is continuing to play for Arsenal’s under 23 team.

Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Trusted with playing the entire match against Leicester, the game finished 1:1.

Stefanos Kapino (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Stayed on the bench in Nottingham’s 5:2 win against QPR, has become the club’s back-up goalkeeper.

Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Kept Stefanos Kapino company with the other substitutes.

Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Played the whole match against AC Milan, his team fell 0:2 in the Italian capital.

Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Didn’t move from the bench as Bologna defeated Genoa 2:0 at home.

Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): The 24-year old played the entirety of the heavy 0:5 setback to leaders Napoli.

Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Alanyaspor lost yet another match in Turkey, falling 1:2 to Trabzonspor with the Greek playing the whole game.

Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Watched Alanyaspor’s defeat from the comfort of the bench.

Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Wasn’t included in Samsunspor’s roster, his club lost 0:2 against Balikesirspor.

Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): As usual, the veteran goalkeeper sat on the bench during the match.

Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): The Greek midfielder was substituted after 74 minutes of Valladolid’s 1:2 road loss to Cordoba.

Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Scored in a penalty shootout to help Al Ahli defeat Al Fayha in the King’s Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Alexandros Tziolis (Al Fayha/Saudi Professional League): Netted his penalty in the same King’s Cup game, however Al Fayha ended up losing.

Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Hit the target for the third successive Jupiler League match, scoring the third goal in the 4:0 victory against Antwerp. Played the whole match.

Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Copenhagen’s number 10 played the entire game against Odense as his team won 1:0.


Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Middlesbrough’s stand-in goalkeeper saw the 3:3 draw against Sunderland on the bench.

Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Couldn’t be found in Nottingham’s squad in the victory over QPR.

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): Was replaced after 82 minutes of the entertaining 2:2 away tie with Luton.


Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Not included in the Augsburg roster for the 1:1 draw against Borussia Dortmund on the road.

Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Enjoyed St Pauli’s thrilling 3:2 win over Holstein Kiel from the substitutes’ bench.


Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Didn’t play any part in the 1:1 draw with KV Mechelen on the road.

Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/Jupiler League): In the same game, the Greek forward remained on the bench.

Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): The centre-back remained on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in the 1:1 home tie against Club Brugge.

Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Picked up a yellow card while playing the entirety of the 3:5 defeat to league leaders Anderlecht.

Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): On the sidelines with a reported abdominal strain. Sint-Truiden lost 0:2 to Oostende.

Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Competed in the same game, leaving the pitch after the first half.

Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Remained on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.

Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Introduced as a substitute in the final minute of the disappointing 0:1 loss to Zulte Waregem at home.


Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Not included in Bari’s roster as the club defeated Ternana 2:1 in the second tier of Italian football.

Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Another who wasn’t selected for his team’s game. Brescia saw off the challenge of Foggia 2:1.

Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Wasn’t chosen for the roster, Salernitana conceded a 0:1 loss at home to Parma.


Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Elazigspor drew 1:1 against Rizespor without the Greek in the squad for the showdown.

Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Wasn’t found in Umraniyespor’s roster when the club claimed an important 1:0 victory over Giresunspor.


Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Was thrown on as a late substitute in the final 10 minutes, couldn’t prevent Feirense from losing 0:1 against Belenenses.


Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Did not participate in the dramatic 1:1 draw away to arch rivals Lyon.

Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): On the 68 minute mark, the Greek entered the pitch in Nimes’ large 4:1 win against Niort.

Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Not in the squad for the club’s 3:2 triumph against Sochaux.


Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Shown a yellow card while playing the 90 minutes in the 0:0 draw with Las Palmas.


Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): The second choice Ajax goalkeeper sat on the bench and watched his club draw 0:0 against Den Haag.

Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Played a part in the 1:0 triumph over Roda by playing the entire 90 minutes.

Pantelis Hatzdiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): The centre-back was on the pitch for the whole match against Sparta. AZ claimed a 1:0 win.

Thanasis Karagounis (Twente/Eredivisie): Not given a role to play in the close 1:2 defeat to Heracles away from home.


Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Taken off the pitch after 67 minutes of the 2:1 win against Partick Thistle, received a yellow card in the opening stages.

Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Unlike Georgios Sarris, he wasn’t included in the Hamilton roster.

Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Also did not get picked for the game.

Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Left on the sidelines by Hamilton too.


Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Replaced in the second half of Maccabi Haifa’s 1:2 setback against Maccabi Netanya.


Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Took a yellow card in the 2:0 victory over LASK Linz, was given 90 minutes on the field of play.


Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Played the entire game against Belupo at home, Hajduk contrived to lose 0:1.

Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): His name wasn’t present on Rijeka’s roster for the narrow 1:2 loss against Osijek away.


Konstantinos Stavrothanasopoulos (Frej/Allsvenskan): Sadly, he was forced off after 16 minutes of the 0:1 Swedish Cup loss to Djurgarden due to injury.


Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharesti/Liga 1): Remained on the bench in Dinamo’s 0:2 away defeat against Astra in Romania’s Liga 1.


Nikos Ioannidis (Diosgyori/Nemzeti Bajnoksag): Played the first half of the 1:2 loss against Paks before being taken off.


Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Was on the pitch for 90 minutes in the 0:1 home defeat to the Newcastle Jets. 

by Shaun Nicolaides
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