Greeks Abroad Review: Mitroglou finally hits the jackpot

Greeks Abroad Review: Mitroglou finally hits the jackpot

AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.

Watch AEK and Olympiacos battle it out for a place in the Greek Cup semi-finals during the return leg at the OAKA stadium.    

The main headline surrounded 29-year old striker Kostas Mitroglou, who scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Marseille in 89 days during the club’s 6:3 victory against Metz. Andreas Vasilogiannis was another Greek to get on the scoresheet, netting the only goal in Umraniyespor’s 1:0 win over Adanaspor in Turkey. Elsewhere, Sokratis Papastathopoulos helped Borussia Dortmund defeat Cologne 3:2, Kostas Stafylidis made his debut appearance for Stoke City, and Andreas Samaris was once again left on the bench by Benfica.

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

Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Introduced as a late substitute in Marseille’s 6:3 win against Metz, managed to score his team’s final goal in the match.

Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Stayed on the bench for Benfica’s 5:1 triumph over Rio Ave.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Played the full 90 minutes in the 3:2 win against Cologne on the road.

Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Watched the 0:0 draw with Freiburg from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Received a second yellow card in the 1:1 tie against Hannover, took an early bath.

Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Started the 1:1 draw against Wolfsburg, but was substituted at half time.

Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Was on the pitch for 90 minutes in the surprising 4:1 win against Chelsea.

Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Also played the entire game for Watford in the victory over Chelsea at home.

Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Came on as a substitute after 70 minutes, couldn’t prevent Stoke from falling to Bournemouth 1:2.

Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Roma did have a player sent off, but the Greek defender played the whole match to help the team win 1:0 against Verona.

Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Didn’t participate in the 1:2 defeat to Fiorentina.

Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Despite playing 90 minutes, he couldn’t save Alanyaspor from a 0:1 setback against Kardemir Karabukspor.

Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Did not play any part in the same match in Turkey.

Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Stayed on the pitch for the 90 minutes in the 1:1 draw against Adana Demirspor.

Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Was on the bench in the game with Adana Demirspor in the Turkish First Division.

Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Came on for the final nine minutes of the 0:2 loss to Fulham.

Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Made a substitute appearance after 64 minutes in the 3:2 victory against Cultural Deportiva Leonesa.

Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Competed for the whole match in the 0:0 draw with Al Ittihad.

Nikos Karelis (Genk/First Division A): Joined the action on 72 minutes in Genk’s 1:0 win over Mouscron away.

Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Wasn’t included in Arsenal’s squad, the team thrashed Everton 5:1 in London.

Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): The midfielder played the whole of the Danish Cup 0:1 defeat to Brondby, receiving a yellow card.

Alexandros Tziolis (Al Feiha/Saudi Professional League): Played the entirety of Al Feiha’s 2:0 triumph over Al Qadisiya.

Charalambos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Cagliari saw off the challenge of Spal 2:0 with the Greek defender on the bench.


Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): As usual, the goalkeeper kept the bench warm as his team lost to Norwich 0:1.

Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Wasn’t on the roster in Nottingham’s 0:2 defeat against Fulham.

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): Started the 1:1 draw with Grimsby, leaving the match as a substitute after 62 minutes.


Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Did not play any part in Augsburg’s comfortable 3:0 home victory against Frankfurt.

Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/Bundesliga 2): Made the starting line-up in the 1:3 defeat to Heidenheim, was taken off after 62 minutes of action.


Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/First Division A): Charleroi claimed a thrilling 3:3 away draw with Club Brugge with the Greek on the pitch for the entire game.

Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/First Division A); Started the 0:1 defeat to Genk, but had to depart the field after 20 minutes because of a sustained injury.

Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/First Division A): Didn’t move from the bench during Mechelen’s 2:2 performance against Anderlecht in Brussels.

Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Sat out Sint-Truiden’s 0:2 home loss to Kortrijk.

Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Received a yellow card in the same game, played the full 90 minutes.

Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/First Division A): Stayed on the bench in the 0:2 defeat to Kortrijk in Belgium.

Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/First Division A): Remained an unused substitute in Kortrijk’s 2:0 win against Sint-Truiden.

Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/First Division A): Recently joined Standard in Belgium, stayed on the bench in the 3:0 road win against Lokeren.

Kostas Rougalas (Westerlo/Division B): Wasn’t present in Westerlo’s squad, the club thrashed Lierse 6:0 at their home stadium.


Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Played the entirety of Bari’s 1:3 loss to Venezia, picked up a yellow card for his troubles.

Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Witnessed Brescia’s 2:1 victory against Parma on the bench, joined from PAOK Thessaloniki in January.

Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): The 21-year old goalkeeper stayed as a substitute in the 1:2 loss to Carpi.


Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Was on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes in the 0:0 draw with Ankaragucu.

Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Scored the crucial goal in Umraniyespor’s 1:0 triumph against Adanaspor.


Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Included in the starting line-up in the 1:2 loss Chaves, left the action after 75 minutes.


Alexandros Katranis (St. Etienne/Ligue 1): Did not make St. Etienne’s roster for the 2:0 away win against Amiens.

Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Came on with five minutes left of the 1:1 draw at home with AC Ajaccio.

Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Couldn’t be found in AC Ajaccio’s team for the fixture against Nimes.


Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Stayed on the bench in the 0:0 draw against Getafe away from home.


Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Remained with the other substitutes in Ajax’s 3:1 win against Breda in Amsterdam.

Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): Following his goal in the Dutch Cup during the week, the Greek defender came on at half-time in Willem II’s 0:1 loss to Sparta.

Pantetlis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Was given the whole 90 minutes in the 2:2 tie with Roda at home.

Thanasis Karagounis (Zwolle/Eredivisie): Didn’t make the roster for Zwolle’s match against PSV Eindhoven, his team lost the game 0:4.


Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Left the pitch on 84 minutes in Hamilton’s 0:3 setback away to Aberdeen.

Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): The 28-year old defender played the whole of the same game, received a yellow card in stoppage time.

Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Unlike the two Greeks mentioned above, he wasn’t included in the Hamilton match squad.

Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Also wasn’t on Hamilton’s roster for the loss against Aberdeen in Scotland.


Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israel Premier League): Started the 1:3 defeat to Beitar Jerusalem, being replaced after 65 minutes of play.


Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Joined the action after just 27 minutes, helped Rapid secure a 1:1 home draw against Austria Vienna in the capital derby.


Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharest/Liga 1): Stayed on the bench for Dinamo’s exciting 2:2 draw against Craiova in the Romanian capital.


Mark Sifenos (FC Goa/Indian Premier League): Didn’t play in Goa’s 2:2 tie with Northeast United at home.


Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Played the entire match, Brisbane fell to Melbourne 1:2.


by Shaun Nicolaides
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