Koulouris left out of Greece U21 roster, Tsimikas and Galanopoulos included
The under 21 Greek national team to play Austria in the 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship playoff was announced, but there was no place for star striker Efthymis Koulouris.
Initially, it was expected that 22-year old Koulouris would compete for Greece U21 in the crucial playoff against the Austrians, but instead he will play with the senior national team in the two upcoming UEFA Nations League matches. In eight Super League games, Koulouris has scored an impressive seven goals for Atromitos, firing the Peristeri club to second place in the standings. Sole Football League representative Panagiotis Moraitis of Panachaiki replaces Panathinaikos’ Nikos Vergos.
On the other hand, Olympiacos left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas and AEK midfielder Konstantinos Galanopoulos are in the under 21 squad. Here is the full roster selected by head coach Antonis Nikopolidis:
Goalkeepers: Konstantinos Kotsaris (Panathinaikos), Antonis Stergiakis (Slavia Sofia), Marios Siampanis (PAOK).
Defenders: Konstantinos Tsimikas (Olympiacos), Triantafyllos Pasalidis (Asteras Tripolis), Emmanouil Saliakas (Olympiacos), Georgios Kyriakopoulos (Asteras Tripolis), Dimitris Nikolaou (Olympiacos), Theofanis Mavromatis (Panathinaikos), Pantelis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar), Giannis Masouras (Olympiacos), Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Panathinaikos).
Midfielders: Athanasios Androutsos (Olympiacos), Paschalis Staikos (Panathinaikos), Zisis Karachalios (Levadiakos), Giannis Bouzoukis (Panathinaikos), Konstantinos Galanopoulos (AEK), Anastasios Chatzigiovannis (Panathinaikos), Lazaros Lamprou (Fortuna Sittard).
Forwards: Argyris Kampetsis (Panathinaikos), Konstantinos Kotsopoulos (Atromitos), Panagiotis Moraitis (Panachaiki), Dimitris Limnios (PAOK).
Greece will host the first leg of the 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship qualifying playoff at Thessaloniki’s Toumba Stadium on November 16, before the return takes place at the NV Arena St. Polten in Austria on November 20.
by Shaun Nicolaides
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