Mitroglou and Torosidis in, Lazaros to be called up

Mitroglou and Torosidis in, Lazaros to be called up

Kostas Mitroglou and Vasilis Torosidis will be called up for Greece’s World Cup qualifiers in October while an in-form Lazaros Christodoulopoulos is expected to return to the national team for the first time since June 2016.

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Both Kostas Mitroglou and Vasilis Torosidis, who were injured for Greece’s recent qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium, will be available for the Ethniki’s upcoming matches against Cyprus and Gibraltar in October. Although neither Torosidis nor Mitroglou appeared over the weekend in their respective club fixtures (Torosidis was in the squad, Mitroglou was not), the two men will be fit in time for the upcoming qualifiers. According to, Skibbe has already invited the two up to the Ethniki for October’s fixtures.

After yet another stellar performance with AEK, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos will likely be amongst Michael Skibbe’s next national team call-ups. The 30-year old led AEK to a tremendous comeback victory over Olympiacos, scoring two goals for the Kitrinomavri, including a beauty of a free kick that clocked in at 100 km/hr.

Michael Skibbe was in attendance at the OAKA Stadium for the big derby and saw first hand Lazaros lead AEK to their triumph over the defending Superleague champions. The midfielder is the most in-form player of AEK since the start of the season and according to many, the most in-form Greek player at the moment. 

The AEK man is no new name to Greece’s national team, having earned his first cap in 2008, and under Fernando Santos, was a frequent call up to the Ethniki. Lazaros also was part of Greece’s 2014 World Cup run to the knockout stages in Brazil. His last call up came last summer under Michael Skibbe, when Greece traveled to Australia for two friendly matches and it would be a surprise to all if he is not called up for the first time in this qualifying campaign.

During Sunday’s derby at the OAKA, Michael Skibbe also scouted other players including Greece’s regular Tachtsidis, Fortounis, Mantalos, Kapino, Fortounis (didn't play), and Bakasetas (didn't play), along with Bakakis, who has been in great form with the Kitrinomavri and could earn his first call-up this go around.

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