Monday November 24, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
18o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greece gunslinger Mitroglou ready to fire

By Karolos Grohmann

Greece will rely on Kostas Mitroglou to fire them into the knockout stage of the World Cup finals and after a slow start to his international career, and now at Fulham, the striker wants to show his true worth in Brazil.

Known as Mitrogoal' and Pistolero' (gunslinger) by Greek fans for his gun-toting goal celebrations as well as his strike rate, the forward left Olympiakos Piraeus for Fulham in January for 12 million pounds ($20 million).

He was bought before current Fulham boss Felix Magath came to the club and the German has been somewhat unimpressed with the previously reliable goalscorer.

Mitroglou has made just one start and one substitute appearance for Fulham (as at April 24) and was not training with the first team because of concerns over a nagging knee injury and his fitness levels.

Magath said in early April: If you buy a player like Mitroglou, you are not just thinking about having him for a few weeks but for the long term, so it is not a mistake.

"He is a very good player who has scored for his country and in the Champions League. We hope he will be fit soon but you never know."

The 26-year-old was born in Greece but grew up in Germany after his family moved there when he was a boy.

He had a spell as a youngster at MSV Duisburg before moving to Borussia Moenchengladbach where his flair for goals gained him a spot in the first team as a teenager. After a season he moved back to Greece with Olympiakos.

As well as an impressive strike rate, Mitroglou also showed maturity in leading the Greek champions' attack and it will be fascinating to see how he eventually adapts to life in the Premier League if he gets the chance.

Somewhat media-shy, Mitroglou hit the headlines by becoming the first Greek to score a Champions League hat-trick with a treble for Olympiakos at Anderlecht in October.

He scored 21 goals in 23 appearances for club and country this season before joining Fulham. Though not the fastest of forwards, Mitroglou's key attributes are his intelligent movement off the ball, physical strength and a powerful shot from long range.

The forward was not a favorite of former Greece coach Otto Rehhagel and even the first few years under current boss Fernando Santos were difficult.

But any doubts about his ability to lead the Greek attack disappeared in the first half of the season, especially after Mitroglou scored three goals in a two-leg playoff victory over Romania that sealed Greece's ticket to Brazil.

Much will depend on Mitroglou's return to form and fitness if Greece are to emerge from Group C, which also includes Colombia, Asian champions Japan and the Ivory Coast.

[Reuters]

ekathimerini.com , Monday April 28, 2014 (12:30)  
Olympiakos ends PAOKs unbeaten run in Basket League
Tokyo hopes to change the world
Big win for Greens, tight one for Reds
Super League in disarray, lockout continues
Cyprus on agenda in Biden visit to Istanbul
The prospects for the resumption of stalled peace talks on Cyprus and the issue of energy security were among the matters discussed on Saturday by US Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish gov...
PASOK nixes Papandreou leadership challenge
The junior coalition partner PASOK rejected over the weekend a proposal by the partys former leader and ex-premier George Papandreou for the party to call an emergency congress and a subseq...
Inside News
ANALYSIS
Athens deserves slack from creditors
Talks between the government and the troika about the pending review of the Greek economic policy program have stalled over a number of issues, most prominently next years fiscal gap. Altho...
Transfer tax to be based on actual property cost, not objective value
The government intends to provide a boost to the local real estate market by reducing the tax on property transactions as of 2015, with the aim of attracting foreign investors by cutting the...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
Extremism from a bygone era
There are times when we seem to be overcome by self-destructive madness. I hear various commentators and politicians speaking in extreme terms of a junta, of defections, gallows, collaborato...
EDITORIAL
No call for more games
Psychological warfare has been a part of the negotiations between the troika and Athens from the very start of the crisis. But the situation is much different now and troika decision-makers ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Olympiakos ends PAOKs unbeaten run in Basket League
2. Athens deserves slack from creditors
3. Transfer tax to be based on actual property cost, not objective value
4. Key general meeting at OLP on Tuesday
5. Agenda
6. Carlsberg to use Greece as regional junction
more news
Today
This Week
1. Extremism from a bygone era
2. No call for more games
3. Carlsberg to use Greece as regional junction
4. Transfer tax to be based on actual property cost, not objective value
5. Key general meeting at OLP on Tuesday
6. Agenda
Today
This Week
1. Double quake on Atalanti fault line rattles Greek capital [Update]
2. Biden heads to Istanbul amid tension over Cyprus EEZ violation
3. Anti-junta uprising anniversary to be marked amid tight security
4. Carlsberg takes control of Greek brewer Olympic Brewery [Update]
5. Every age has its collaborators
6. Give Greece a chance
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.