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Friday, October 2, 2015

Greece Men's National Soccer Team News


October 2, 2015 - roster named for Northern Ireland & Hungary matches 

  • Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis (Udinese/ITA), Stefanos Kapino (Olympiacos), Marcos Vellidis (Giannina)
  • Defenders: Loukas Vyntras (Hapoel Tel Aviv/ISR), Vasilis Torosidis, Kostas Manolas (both Roma/ITA), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Jose Holebas (Watford/ENG), Vangelis Moras (Verona/ITA), Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg/GER)
  • Midfielders: Stelios Kitsiou, Alexandros Tziolis, Dimitris Pelkas (all PAOK), Andreas Samaris (Benfica/POR), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Genoa/ITA), Panagiotis Kone (Udinese/ITA), Petros Mantalos (AEK), Kostas Fortounis (Olympiacos)
  • Forwards: Stefanos Athanasiadis (PAOK), Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica/POR), Nikos Karelis (Panathinaikos), Christos Aravidis (AEK)
August 28, 2015 - roster named for Finland & Romania matches
  • Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis (Udinese/ITA), Stefanos Kapino (Olympiakos), Marcos Vellidis (Giannina) 
  • Defenders: Vasilis Torosidis, Kostas Manolas (both Roma/ITA), Loukas Vyntras (Hapoel Tel Aviv/ISR), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Vangelis Moras (Verona/ITA), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Jose Holebas (Watford/ENG), Kostas Giannoulis (Asteras Tripoli) 
  • Midfielders: Stelios Kitsiou, Alexandros Tziolis (both PAOK), Panayiotis Tachtsidis (Genoa/ITA), Panagiotis Kone (Udinese/ITA), Kostas Fortounis (Olympiakos), Thanasis Petsos (Rapid Wien/AUT), Sotiris Ninis (Panathinaikos), Andreas Samaris (Benfica/POR) 
  • Forwards: Nikos Karelis (Panathinaikos), Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al-Ahli Jeddah/KSA), Vangelis Platellas (AEK), Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica/POR), Christos Aravidis (AEK)
November 10, 2014 - more roster updates
"Greece coach Claudio Ranieri has been forced to make two more changes to his squad for Friday's UEFA EURO 2016 qualifer against the Faroe Islands due to injuries. There is a first call-up for 21-year-old Panionios attacking midfielder Dimitris Kolovos, replacing PAOK striker Dimitris Salpingidis, while Levante defender Loukas Vyntra, 33, returns in place of Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos. On Saturday, Ranieri replaced injured midfielder Costas Fortounis of Olympiakos with Panathinaikos' Thanasis Dinas and Panionios defender Christos Tasoulis stepped in for Roma's Jose Holebas." - FIFA

November 7, 2014 - roster updates
"Greece coach Claudio Ranieri on Friday overlooked veteran strikers Kostas Mitroglou and Giorgos Samaras from his 23-man squad for a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier against the Faroe Islands at home on 14 November. Olympiacos forward Mitroglou and Samaras of West Bromwich Albion failed to impress in Greece's three previous European qualifiers where they suffered two losses and a draw. Ranieri opted for Akhisar Belediyespor's veteran striker Fanis Gekas, currently one of the top scorers in the Turkish Super League, and also from Turkey brought back Trabzonspor defender Avraam Papadopoulos. Ranieri called up for the first time AEK Athens defender Michalis Bakakis, 23, and 29-year-old Levante UD defender Nikos Karabelas for his side which are also scheduled to play a friendly against Serbia on November 18." - FIFA

October 4, 2014 - roster updates
"Greece coach Claudio Ranieri has dropped veteran striker Fanis Gekas from his attacking lineup, and called up rookie Nikos Karelis for the European Championship qualifiers against Finland and Northern Ireland.... Ranieri also stuck with in-form PAOK striker Stefanos Athanasiadis who failed to make Greece's World Cup squad earlier this year. PAOK defender Giannis Skondras was named as a late replacement for Avraam Papadopoulos, after the Turkey-based player suffered a cheekbone injury." - Times of Change

June 30, 2014 - captain Giorgos Karagounis retires
"Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis announced his retirement from an international football career spanning 139 caps over 15 years following his team’s World Cup round of 16 exit to Costa Rica on penalties on Sunday. 'This was my last game for Greece,' the 37-year-old told reporters. 'We wanted to stay on another week or even longer but you can’t change it now.' The midfielder, who had his biggest moment when he helped Greece surprisingly win the European Championship in 2004, said he would move aside for younger players.... The hard-working Karagounis, who scored 10 goals for Greece, made his first appearance in 1999 against El Salvador and went on to play in three European Championships as well as two World Cups." - Gulf News

June 24, 2014 - Greece advances Georgios Samaras injury-time penalty kick
"Georgios Samaras's dramatic injury-time penalty took Greece into the World Cup last 16 for the first time Tuesday as they grabbed a 2-1 win which sent Ivory Coast crashing out. Samaras, brought down by Giovanni Sio in the 91st minute, bravely stepped up to convert past a flailing Boubacar Barry before being mobbed by his team-mates. It proved the last act of a thrilling Group C finale which Greece had led following Andreas Samaris's strike near half-time, before Wilfried Bony equalised." - Sydney Morning Herald 

May 19, 2014 - World Cup roster named
Goalkeepers: 
  • Orestis Karnezis (Granada)
  • Panagiotis Glykos (PAOK)
  • Stefanos Kapino (Panathinaikos)
Defenders: 
  • Vassilis Torosidis (Roma)
  • Loukas Vyntra (Levante)
  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Costas Manolas (Olympiakos)
  • Vangelis Moras (Hellas Verona)
  • Jose Holebas (Olympiakos)
  • Giorgos Tzavellas (PAOK)
  • Yiannis Maniatis (Olympiakos)
Midfielders: 
  • Alexandros Tziolis (Kayserispor)
  • Costas Katsouranis (PAOK)
  • Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham)
  • Andreas Samaris (Olympiakos)
  • Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Torino)
  • Panagiotis Kone (Bologna)
  • Yiannis Fetfatzidis (Genoa)
  • Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Bologna)
Forwards: 
  • Georgios Samaras (Celtic)
  • Kostas Mitroglou (Fulham)
  • Fanis Gekas (Konyaspor)
  • Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK)

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