Greeks Abroad Review: Karelis and Zeca find the net

Greeks Abroad Review: Karelis and Zeca find the net

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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Striker Nikolaos Karelis, who represents Genk in the Jupiler League, scored his second of the season, also earning an assist in the same match against Zulte Waregem. Greek citizen and former Panathinaikos star Carlos Zeca registered his second marker in the 2017/2018 campaign, scoring the final goal in Copenhagen’s 5:1 thrashing of Randers. Giannis Fetfatzidis found the net with a penalty in the Saudi Professional League, Sokratis Papastathopoulos stayed on the bench as Borussia Dortmund beat Hamburg, and Apostolos Vellios was granted a start with Nottingham Forest.

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

Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Following his hat-trick in the French Cup, the forward was only made a substitute in the 2:2 draw against St. Etienne. Entered proceedings on 83 minutes.

Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Made a substitute appearance in Benfica’s 3:1 victory over Portimonense for the final eight minutes.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Stayed on the bench in Borussia’s 2:0 win against Hamburg.

Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): The young defender played the full 90 minutes in Bayer’s 0:2 defeat to Hertha Berlin, collected a yellow card.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Missed Hamburg’s 0:2 defeat in Dortmund because of a red card received last week.

Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Remained on the bench in Stuttgart’s slender 1:0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Was given the 90 minutes in Watford’s 0:2 setback to West Ham at the London Stadium.

Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Also competed in the same Watford match.

Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Didn’t make Stoke’s squad for the 1:1 draw with Brighton at home.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Wasn’t included in Arsenal’s roster in the 0:1 loss against Tottenham.

Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Played the entire match in Roma’s comfortable 5:2 thumping of Benevento.

Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Petah Tikva/Israeli Premier League): Did not participate in his team’s 1:2 loss to Yehuda.

Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Was on the field for the full 90 minutes, but earned a yellow card and failed to prevent Alanyaspor from losing 1:2 to Konyaspor.

Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Didn’t play any part in Alanyaspor’s narrow home defeat in the Super Lig.

Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Helped Samsunspor beat Erzurum 1:0 at home in the second level of Turkish football.

Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Samsunspor’s reserve goalkeeper kept the bench warm.

Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Began the 0:2 loss against Hull City, leaving the pitch after 61 minutes.

Stefanos Kapino (Nottingham Forest/English Championsip): Nottingham’s newest Greek arrival wasn’t included in the roster.

Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Played the whole 90 minutes in the 0:1 defeat to Granada.

Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): His penalty after nine minutes was the winner in Al Ahli’s 2:1 triumph against Al-Faisaly.

Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Scored the opening goal in Genk’s 3:1 win against Zulte Waregem at home.

Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Registered his second goal of the season with a beautiful shot. Copenhagen easily beat Randers 5:1.

Alexandros Tziolis (Al Feiha/Saudi Professional League): Played the entirety of Al Feiha’s 1:1 draw with Al-Ettifaq.

Charalambos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Started the 0:0 away tie with Sassuolo, leaving the action after 62 minutes.

Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Came on for the remaining 18 minutes of Bologna’s disappointing 1:2 loss against Internazionale in Milan.


Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): As usual, the goalkeeper stayed on the bench as Middlesbrough 2:1 win against Reading.

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): The 20-year old defender played in
the 5:1 victory over Port Vale until the 77th minute mark.

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


Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Did not participate in Augsburg’s 0:2 setback to Red Bull Salzburg.

Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/Bundesliga 2): Was a substitute in the 0:0 draw with Nurnberg, came on after 70 minutes.


Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Played the full match in Charleroi’s 1:1 tie with Lokeren at home.

Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Mouscron fell to Standard Liege 3:4 on the road with the Greek coming off the bench for the last eight minutes.

Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): The centre-back remained on the pitch for 90 minutes in the same match.

Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/Jupiler League): Remained on the bench in Mechelen’s 1:0 win against Eupen.

Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Still out of action, missed the 0:3 loss at Gent.

Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Took two yellow cards in the same game, sent off after only 50 minutes of action.

Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Remained on the bench in the 0:3 defeat.

Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Kortrijk destroyed Antwerp 4:0 at home, the 29-year old forward played in the final three minutes as a substitute.

Kostas Rougalas (Westerlo/Second Division): Not in the squad for Westerlo’s 0:0 draw with Beerschot Wilrijk.


Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Left out of Bari’s team in the 1:0 victory against Frosinone at home in Serie B.

Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Recently signed from PAOK, he didn’t play in the 0:0 stalemate with Pro Vercelli.

Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Not in the squad for Salernitana’s 0:1 defeat to Pescara away from home.


Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Started the 1:0 win against Denizlispor, left the pitch one minute before the final whistle.

Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Played the whole match against Istanbulspor, his team Umraniyespor lost 1:2.


Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Came on the in last six minutes of the 0:2 away loss to Sporting Lisbon.


Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Wasn’t in the St Etienne squad in the entertaining 2:2 tie against Marseille.

Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Also didn’t make his team’s roster, AC Ajaccio defeated Lorient 3:2.

Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Didn’t move from the bench in the 0:0 draw with Auxerre on Monday.


Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Started the 0:1 home defeat to Eibar, but received a second yellow card on 84 minutes.


Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Ajax’s reserve goalkeeper in the 2:1 victory against Twente in Amsterdam.

Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Played the full 90 minutes in the 0:1 defeat to Heracles.

Pantelis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Was also given the whole match, AZ drew 0:0 against VVV Venlo at home.

Thanasis Karagounis (Zwolle/Eredivisie): Not in the Zwolle squad for the 1:2 loss against Utrecht on the road.


Giannis Skondras, Georgios Sarris, Chrysovalantis Kozoronis, Marios Ogkmpoe (all Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): No match at the weekend.


Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Didn’t participate in Maccabi Haifa’s 4:0 beating of Ironi Kiryat Shmona.


Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): The 26-year old Greek defender started the 1:2 defeat to Admira, being replaced after 81 minutes.


Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Remained on the pitch for the entire match against Cibalia, his club Hajduk won 5:0 away from home.

Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): Didn’t move from the substitutes bench in the 4:0 home victory over Istra 1961.


Sotiris Papagiannopoulos (Ostersunds/Allsvenskan): Ostersunds defeated Trelleborg 3:0 in the Swedish Cup without the Greek in their squad.


Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharest/Liga 1): Stayed on the bench in Dinamo’s thrilling 4:3 away victory against Concordia in the highest level of Romanian football. 


Christos Athanasopoulos (Luftetari/Albanian Premier League): Missed his team’s 3:2 victory against Teuta in Albania.


Mark Sifenos (FC Goa/Indian Premier League): Wasn’t in the roster for the 0:2 loss to Bengaluru.


Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Played the 90 minutes against Melbourne Victory, took a yellow card and helped his team win 2:1.

by Shaun Nicolaides
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