Mitroglou in Contention for Brasil, Papadopoulos Ruled Out



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The Hellenic Football Federation has named Greece’s provisional 30-man squad for June’s FIFA World Cup in Brasil, from which the final 23 will be selected by coach Fernando Santos on Monday, May 19.

Striker Kostas Mitroglou – whose hat-trick against Romania in qualifying booked Greece’s place in the finals – is still in the running for a ticket to Brasil, despite struggling since his January move to relegated Premier League club Fulham.

Defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos will miss out due to injury, while Stefanos Kapino and Nikos Karelis are two of four goalkeepers in Santos’ provisional squad.

Greece will face Colombia, Japan and Ivory Coast in the group stage.

Greece’s full squad list is:

Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis (Granada), Alexandros Tzorvas (Apollon Smyrni), Stefanos Kapino (Panathinaikos), Panagiotis Glykos (PAOK)

Defenders: Vassilis Torosidis (Roma), Loukas Vyntra (Levante), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund), Avraam Papadopoulos , Yiannis Maniatis, Jose Holebas, Costas Manolas (all Olympiakos), Vangelis Moras (Hellas Verona), Giorgos Tzavellas (PAOK), Nikos Karabelas (Levante)

Midfielders: Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham), Costas Katsouranis (PAOK), Alexandros Tziolis (Kayserispor), Yiannis Fetfatzidis (Genoa), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Bologna), Panagiotis Kone (Bologna), Costas Fortounis (Kaiserslautern), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Torino), Andreas Samaris (Olympiakos)

Forwards: Dimitris Salpingidis, Stefanos Athanasiadis (PAOK), Georgios Samaras (Celtic), Fanis Gekas (Konyaspor), Kostas Mitroglou (Fulham), Dimitris Papadopoulos (Atromitos), Nikos Karelis (Panathinaikos)


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