Football: Greece names squad for World Cup qualifiers

Greece coach Fernando Santos on Friday named a 24-man squad for next month's 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Liechtenstein on September 6 and Latvia four days later.

The Greeks currently sit second in qualifying Group G with 13 points from six matches. Bosnia-Herzegovina top the group with 16 points.

Santos gave a first call-up in five years to 31-year-old Atromitos striker Dimitris Papadopoulos.

Rejoining the team after a one-match absence due to injuries are midfielder Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) and forwards Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK) and Giorgos Samaras (Celtic).

Salpingidis and Samaras will not be able to play against Liechtenstein as they both have compiled two yellow cards.


Goalkeepers: Michalis Sifakis (Atromitos), Orestis Karnezis (Granada/ESP)

Defenders: Vasilis Torosidis (Roma/ITA), Loukas Vyntra (Levante/ESP), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Kostas Manolas (Olympiakos), Jose Holebas (Olympiakos), Dimitris Siovas (Olympiakos), Nikos Spyropoulos (PAOK)

Midfielders: Kostas Katsouranis (PAOK), Alexandros Tziolis (PAOK), Panayiotis Tachtsidis (Calcio Catania/ITA), Panayiotis Kone (Bologna/ITA), Giannis Maniatis (Olympiakos), Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham/Eng), Sotiris Ninis (Parma/ITA), Kostas Fortounis (Kaiserslautern/GER)

Forwards: Kostas Mitroglou (Olympiakos), Giannis Fetfatzidis (Olympiakos), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Bologna/ITA), Stefanos Athanasiadis (PAOK), Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK), Giorgos Samaras (Celtic/SCO), Dimitris Papadopoulos (Atromitos)