Greeks Abroad Review: Mavropanos given a chance by Arsenal

Greeks Abroad Review: Mavropanos given a chance by Arsenal

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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In Holland, James Efmorfidis struck gold for Almere in the Dutch second division, while Sebastian Vasiliadis of Paderborn scored in the German Bundesliga 2 and contributed with an assist in the same game. Stelios Kitsiou registered an assist for Ankaragucu in Turkey and Stergos Marinos also assisted a goal in Belgium with Charleroi.

Konstantinos Mavropanos finally returned to the Arsenal line-up, Dimitris Nikolaou made his debut for Empoli, Odysseas Vlachodimos helped Benfica continue winning and Stefanos Kapino played in his maiden Bundesliga match for Werder Bremen.

MAIN MEN (Comprised of former/current national team players):

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Missed the 1:0 victory at Watford.

Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Started the 1:0 win against Watford and was substituted in the 59th minute.

Jose Cholevas (Watford/English Premier League): Didn’t compete in the 0:1 loss to Arsenal at home.

Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): The injured defender wasn’t available to play in the match against VfB Stuttgart. His club claimed a 1:0 victory on the road.

Anastasios Donis (VfB Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Used as a substitute with 20 minutes remaining of the 0:1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

Stefanos Kapino (Werder Bremen/German Bundesliga): At half time, the Greek goalkeeper emerged from the bench to make his debut for Werder Bremen. He conceded one goal in a 2:1 victory against Freiburg.

Konstantinos Stafylidis (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Played the entire 90 minutes in a 3:1 win in Frankfurt.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga 2): Kept on the bench during a 1:1 draw with Cologne in the German second tier.

Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Played the entirety of a 1:0 victory against Udinese in the Italian capital.

Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Joined the action in the 85th minute against Torino in Turin. The match ended in a 1:1 draw.

Orestis Karnezis (Napoli/Serie A): Kept on the bench with Napoli defeating Chievo Verona 3:1 away from home.

Dimitris Nikolaou (Empoli/Serie A): The young Olympiacos loanee made his maiden appearance for Empoli in the 0:0 draw against Atalanta. Started the game and was substituted in the 79th minute.

Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Lecce/Serie B): Included in the starting line-up to play Carpi and played the full 90 minutes in the 4:1 win.

Apostolos Vellios (Waasland-Beveren/Jupiler League): Missed the 2:3 loss against Cercle Brugge.

Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Conceded two goals in the 4:2 victory over Setubal in Lisbon.

Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Played the full 90 minute in the 4:2 triumph against Setubal.

Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Helped Leganes play to a 1:1 draw against giants Real Madrid by playing 90 minute in defence.

Konstantinos Mitroglou (Galatasaray/Turkish Super Lig): Emerged from the bench as a substitute in the 84th minute against Fenerbahce. The derby finished level at 1:1.

Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Received a yellow card while playing the full match against Yeni Malatyaspor. Alanyaspor picked up a 1:1 draw.

Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Did not play any part in the 2:1 win against Brondby.

Alexandros Tziolis (Al Fayha/Saudi Professional League): Played the entire 90 minutes with Al Fayha defeating Ohod 3:1 on the road.


Dimitris Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Kept on the bench as Middlesbrough defeated Hull City 1:0.


Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Missed the 1:1 draw against Bielefeld.

Sebastian Vasiliadis (Paderborn/German Bundesliga 2): Made an assist for the first goal in a 4:0 triumph over Duisburg and then scored a marker himself. Booked by the referee and played 90 minutes.


Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 1): Did not play in the 1:2 loss to Marseille.


Pantelis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Missed the dramatic 2:3 loss to Den Haag at home.

Konstantinos Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Watched Ajax defeat Excelsior 6:2 from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.

Lazaros Lamprou (Fortuna Sittard/Eredivisie): Started the 1:1 draw against VVV Venlo and was substituted after 86 minutes of play.

Marios Vrousai (Willem II/Eredivisie): Substituted in the 30th minute against Zwolle. Willem II gained a 2:0 victory.

Vangelis Pavlidis (Willem II/Eredivisie): Included in the starting line-up to play Zwolle and was taken off in the final minute of the game.

James Efmorfidis (Almere/Eerste Divisie): Scored in the 3:1 victory against Den Bosch. Started the game and was substituted in the 90th minute.


Giorgos Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Kept on the bench in a 2:2 draw against Zulte Waregem on the road.

Charis Charisis (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Remained an unused substitute with Kortrijk losing 0:1 at home to St. Gilloise.

Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Assisted the winning goal as Charleroi defeated Westerlo 2:0. Played the full 90 minutes.


Nikolaos Ioannidis (Maritimo/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Didn’t play in the 2:0 victory against Feirense.


Giorgos Katidis (Pribram/Czech First League): Kept out of the squad for a 0:2 defeat to Slovacko away from home.


Stelios Kitsiou (Ankaragucu/Turkish Super Lig): Made an assist for the first goal in a 2:0 victory against Kayserispor and was yellow carded. Played the entire 90 minutes.

Andreas Tatos (Altay/First League): Started the 2:2 draw against Adana Demirspor and was substituted in the penultimate minute of the game.

Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Scored in a 2:1 victory against Altinordu and was substituted with five minutes left.

Giorgos Georgiadis (Elazigspor/First League): Didn’t compete in a 1:3 loss to Eskisehirspor.


Konstantinos Dimitriou (FC Basel/Swiss Super League): Missed the 0:0 home draw against Grasshoppers.


Giannis Anestis (IFK Goteborg/Allsvenskan): Conceded twice in a 1:2 defeat to Djurgården in Stockholm.


Nemanja Milojevic (Vojvodina/Super Liga): Joined the match against Proleter as a substitute in the 71st minute. Vojvodina lost 0:1.

Diamantis Chouchoumis (Vojvodina/Super Liga): Not a member of the matchday squad with Vojvodina losing 0:1 to Proleter at home.


Antonis Stergiakis (Slavia Sofia/Parva Liga): Conceded five goals with Slavia suffering a heavy 3:5 setback at home to Dunav Ruse.

Theofilos Kouroupis (FC Vereya/Parva Liga): Unfortunately, the Greek inadvertently scored two own goals in a 0:5 thrashing at the hands of Botev Vratsa. Played 90 minutes.


Lazaros Rota (MFK Zemplín Michalovce/Fortuna Liga): Remained an unused substitute with his team losing 0:1 to Ruzomberok.

Christos Kountouriotis (MFK Zemplín Michalovce/Fortuna Liga): Started the 0:1 defeat against Ruzomberok and was later substituted in the 75th minute.


Aris Soiledis (FC Botosani/Romanian Liga 1): Started the 1:0 win against FC Hermannstadt and was replaced after 53 minutes.

Giorgos Koutroubis (Concordia/Romanian Liga 1): Played the entire 90 minutes in a 3:0 triumph over Calarasi and picked up a yellow card.

Athanasios Papazoglou (Dinamo Bucharest/Romanian Liga 1): Competed for the full 90 minutes with his club defeating Poli Iasi 1:0.

Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Petrolul/Romanian Liga 2): Didn’t play in a 1:3 loss to Luceafarul Oradea.

Giorgos Sarris (Petrolul/Romanian Liga 2): Missed the 1:3 defeat against Luceafarul Oradea on the road.


Athanasios Avlonitis (Sturm Graz/Austria Bundesliga): Played the entire 90 minutes of a 1:3 defeat to Salzburg.

Taxiarchis Fountas (St. Polten/Austrian Bundesliga): Did not participate in a match against LASK Linz. The game ended 0:0.

Kosmas Gezos (Austria Klagenfurt/Austrian Bundesliga 2): Stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes with his team playing to a 2:2 draw against SV Horn.


Giorgos Katsikas (Dynamo Brest/Belarusian Premier League): Kept on the bench with Dynamo Brest defeating perennial champions BATE 1:0 in Borisov.


Giannis Mystakidis (Górnik Zabrze/Ekstraklasa): Missed the 1:0 victory against Slask.

Giorgos Mygas (Sosnowiec/Ekstraklasa): Played the entire 90 minutes with Sosnowiec losing 1:3 at home to Plock.


Theodoros Berios (Kisvarda/OTP Bank Liga): Played 90 minutes against DVTK at home. The game finished level at 1:1.

Stavros Tsoukalas (Kisvarda/OTP Bank Liga): Like his fellow Greek, he played the entirety of the 1:1 draw with DVTK.


Vangelis Platellas (Neftchi Baku/Premier League): Played the full match against Sabail with the two sides tallying a 2:2 draw.


by Shaun Nicolaides

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