With no European Championship place to look forward to next month, Greece are heading down under to take on Australia in a two-game international series. Four Thrylos stars in total feature in Michael Skibbe’s 24-man squad.
Recent league and cup winner in Portugal, Kostas Mitroglou, and Superleague top-scorer, Kostas Fortounis, do not make the travelling party.
Those absentees aside, it is a strong squad taking on the Australians. Premier League star Jose Holebas will join the likes of Benfica’s Andreas Samaris, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos who finished the season as one of Borussia Dortmund’s star performers in their DFB Pokal final defeat at the hands of double-winners Bayern Munich.
Stefanos Kapino and Dimitris Siovas, fresh from their Superleague title success, make the squad as the Olympiakos representatives in the squad. Giannis Gianniotas and club captain, Giannis Maniatis, offer further Thrylos representation after selection following successful loan spells at APOEL and Standard Liege respectively.
The first match of the two-game series takes place on 4 June at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, before heading to the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on 7 June.
The Squad in full:
Orestis Karnezis (Udinese), Stefanos Kapino (Olympiakos)
Vasilis Torosidis (Roma), Vangelis Moras (Verona), Marios Economou (Bologna), Dimitris Siovas (Olympiakos), Giorgos Tzavellas (PAOK), Michalis Boukouvalas (Iraklis), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund), Kostas Stafylidis (FC Augsburg), Jose Holebas (Watford).
Petros Mantalos (AEK), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Genoa), Giannis Maniatis (Standard Liege), Andreas Samaris (Benfica), Alexandros Tziolis (PAOK).
Giannis Gianniotas (APOEL), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Sampdoria), Anastasios Bakasetas (Panionios), Apostolos Vellios (Iraklis), Dimitris Diamantakos (Karlsruher SC), Christos Aravidis (AEK), Nikos Karelis (Racing Genk), Thanassis Papazoglou (KV Kortrijk).