Salpigidis out for Greece’s 2014 qualifying start
Injured striker Dimitris Salpigidis will miss Greece’s first two
qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup, an absence coach
Fernando Santos described as a ”blow” to the national team.
Santos named his 23-man squad Friday to play at Latvia on Sept.
7 and against Lithuania at home four days later, leaving out the
31-year-old Salpigidis, who fractured a toe on his right foot
during a weekend league game for PAOK Thessaloniki.
Salpigidis scored two of Greece’s five goals at the European
”Missing Salpigidis is a big blow to the team,” Santos said.
”The (first two) games are all about concentration and being
serious on the pitch. We have to the level of concentration that
will ended up achieving at the European Championship.”
Santos took Greece to the Euro 2012 quarterfinals, where it was
eliminated by Germany.
Salpigidis’ teammate at PAOK, goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos,
received his first call up to the national team. The 26-year-old
Glykos said he was determined to prove that Santos, his former
coach at PAOK, had made the right decision to include him.
”This is a really big day in my career,” Glykos said. ”It was
always a dream to play for Greece, and now it’s happening.”
Greece’s World Cup qualifying group also includes Slovakia,
Bosnia and Liechtenstein.
Panagiotis Glykos (PAOK Thessaloniki), Orestis Karnezis
(Panathinaikos), Alexandros Tzorvas (Genoa)
Defenders: Jose Holebas (Olympiakos), Stelios Malezas (Fortuna
Duesseldorf), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Schalke), Sokratis
Papastathopoulos (Werder Bremen), Dimitris Siovas (Olympiakos),
Nikos Spyropoulos (Panathinaikos), Vassilis Torosidis,
(Olympiakos), Loukas Vyntra (Panathinaikos)
Midfielder: Elini Dimoutsos (Atromitos), Costas Fortounis
(Kaiserslautern), Costas Katsouranis (Panathinaikos), Yiannis
Maniatis (Olympiakos), Charis Mavrias (Panathinaikos), Sotiris
Ninis (Parma), Alexandros Tziolis (Monaco)
Forwards: Stefanos Athanasiadis (PAOK Thessaloniki), Lazaros
Christodoulopoulos (Panathinaikos), Fanis Gekas (Levante), Costas
Mitroglou (Olympiakos), Giorgos Samaras (Celtic)