Greeks Abroad Review: Vrousai scores on Eredivisie debut
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.
In Holland, 20-year-old Marios Vrousai made the perfect start to life with Willem II, scoring his first goal for the club since arriving on loan from Olympiacos in a 2:0 win against Breda. Over in the English Premier League, Sokratis Papastathopoulos played a key role in Arsenal’s triumph over London rivals Chelsea, dishing out a clever assist for the second goal.
Lazaros Lamprou made an assist for Fortuna Sittard in the Netherlands, while Odysseas Vlachodimos registered another clean sheet with Benfica and midfielder Andreas Samaris was gifted a rare start for the Portuguese giants.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or those playing in high profile leagues):
Konstantinos Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): The troubled forward remained on the bench with Marseille defeating Cannes 1:0 on the road.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Contributed with an assist for the second goal in an important 2:0 victory against Chelsea. Played 90 minutes.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Wasn’t included in the squad for the win over Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.
Jose Cholevas (Watford/English Premier League): Competed for 90 minutes in the 0:0 draw with Burnley at home.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): The injured defender wasn’t available to participate in the 0:1 home loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Konstantinos Stafylidis (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Sat on the sidelines with Augsburg dropping a 1:2 defeat to Dusseldorf.
Anastasios Donis (VfB Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Emerged from the substitutes’ bench after 78 minutes of the 2:3 setback against Mainz at home.
Stefanos Kapino (Werder Bremen/German Bundesliga): The Greek goalkeeper kept the bench warm with Werder beating Hannover 1:0 on the road.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Helped Roma beat Torino 3:2 in the Italian capital by playing the full 90 minutes in the centre of defence.
Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): The coaches kept him on the bench as Cagliari played to a 2:2 draw against Empoli.
Orestis Karnezis (Napoli/Serie A): Remained on the bench with Napoli edging past Lazio 2:1 at their home stadium.
Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Lecce/Serie B): Made his debut for his new club by starting the 1:1 home draw against Benevento and was eventually replaced after 76 minutes.
Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Registered a clean sheet between the sticks to seal a 1:0 win for Benfica at Vitoria Guimaraes.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Primeira Liga): The midfielder was given 90 minutes on the pitch in the 1:0 triumph over Guimaraes away from home.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Did not play any part in the 2:0 victory against Sivasspor.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Unlike his fellow Greek at Alanyaspor, he played the entire 90 minutes in the 2:0 win over Sivasspor at home.
Dimitris Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): The back-up goalkeeper watched Middlesbrough draw 1:1 against Millwall from the comfort of the bench.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 1): As usual, he wasn’t included in the matchday squad in Ligue 1. Nimes lost 0:1 at home to Toulouse.
Pantelis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Kept on the bench with AZ breezing past the challenge of Utrecht 3:0.
Lazaros Lamprou (Fortuna Sittard/Eredivisie): Popped up with an assist for Fortuna’s only goal in a heavy 1:5 defeat to De Graafschap. He had been introduced as a substitute at half time.
Konstantinos Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): He was given a rare start in goal for Ajax and conceded four times in a thrilling 4:4 draw with Heerenveen in Amsterdam.
Marios Vrousai (Willem II/Eredivisie): On loan from Olympiacos, he scored on his maiden appearance for Willem II in a 2:0 win over Breda. Entered proceedings after 75 minutes.
Evangelos Pavlidis (Willem II/Eredivisie): Came on as a substitute at half time in the 2:0 triumph against Breda at home.
Alexandros Katranis (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Missed the 2:1 victory against Oostende.
Giorgos Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Had to be content with a place on the bench as Mouscron defeated Oostende 2:1.
Charis Charisis (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Emerged from the bench after 67 minutes of the 1:2 away loss to Standard Liege.
Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Played 90 minutes in the 1:0 victory against Club Brugge on the road.
Nikolaos Ioannidis (Maritimo/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Left out of the squad as Maritimo defeated Santa Clara 1:0.
Andreas Tatos (Altay/First League): Now on the books of Altay in the second tier of Turkish football, he started the 2:3 away victory against Umraniyespor and was taken off after 84 minutes.
Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Not seen in the Umraniyespor roster for the 2:3 loss to Altay.
Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Didn’t play any role in the 0:2 defeat to St. Johnstone in the Scottish FA Cup.
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A-League): Missed the 1:1 draw with Central Coast Mariners on the road.