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Kostas Mitroglou
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Mitroglou playing for Greece in 2013
Personal information
Full name Konstantinos Mitroglou[1]
Date of birth (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Kavala, Greece[2]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Marseille
Number 11
Youth career
SV Neukirchen
TuS Preussen Vluyn
2001–2005 MSV Duisburg
2005–2006 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Borussia Mönchengladbach II 23 (0)
2007–2014 Olympiacos 92 (41)
2011Panionios (loan) 11 (8)
2011–2012Atromitos (loan) 34 (17)
2014–2016 Fulham 3 (0)
2014–2015Olympiacos (loan) 24 (16)
2015–2016Benfica (loan) 32 (20)
2016–2017 Benfica 28 (16)
2017– Marseille 29 (12)
National team
2005–2007 Greece U19 14 (12)
2007–2010 Greece U21 16 (5)
2009– Greece 65 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:05, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 November 2018

Konstantinos "Kostas" Mitroglou (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Μήτρογλου; born 12 March 1988) is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a striker for French club Olympique de Marseille and the Greece national team. He is nicknamed "Mitrogoal"[3][4] and "Pistolero"[5][6] by fans due to his goalscoring abilities.

Raised in Germany, Mitroglou started his career at Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he established himself as an excellent prospect. He was signed by Olympiacos in the summer of 2007 and had two loan spells at Panionios and Atromitos before establishing himself in the team. He transferred to Premier League club Fulham in 2013 for a club record £12 million, and they were relegated in his only season, in which he was troubled by injury. He then returned to Olympiacos on loan and then to Benfica in Portugal, before joining the latter on a permanent basis in 2016. With Benfica, he would win five major honours, including back-to-back league titles, and set his single-season scoring record with 27 goals.

A full international since 2009, Mitroglou has earned over 60 caps for the Greece national team. He was selected in their squads for UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Mitroglou was born on 12 March 1988, in Kavala, Greece, and emigrated as an infant with his parents from his native country to Germany. He grew up in Neukirchen-Vluyn, North Rhine-Westphalia. He began his career at Maura Poulia.[7] At age 11, he scored 24 goals in 16 matches.[8] In 2001, he joined MSV Duisburg. After four seasons with the club, he joined Borussia Mönchengladbach. Mitroglou was a dominant player in the Under 19 Fußball-Bundesliga. He scored 14 goals in 10 matches.[8]

Olympiacos[edit]

2007–08[edit]

After impressing at the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Mitroglou was signed by Greek champions Olympiacos.[9][10] His first official goal for Olympiacos came in a 2–1 away win against Diagoras in the Greek Cup after an assist by Luciano Galletti.[11] His first Superleague goal came in a 4–0 home win against Levadiakos.

During the final stages of the season, Mitroglou played an important part in helping Olympiacos claim their 36th league title, scoring the last-minute winning goal (2–1) in their match against AEL, this time assisted by Mirnes Šišić.[12] His first goal in the Superleague came in a 4–0 home win against Levadiakos. He then scored two goals in the last league fixture against Iraklis to seal a 3–1 win. He also scored in a 2–2 away draw against Iraklis in the Greek Cup semi-finals, after an assist from Michalis Konstantinou. In the 2007 Greek Super Cup, he scored the only goal as Olympiacos defeated AEL 1–0.[13]

2008–09[edit]

For the 2008–09 season, Olympiacos appointed Ernesto Valverde as their new head coach, who dropped Mitroglou because he wanted his team to play a quicker and more offensive style of football. Mitroglou therefore made fewer appearances than the prior season. He scored in a 2–0 away win against Nordsjælland in the first round of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup.[14] In the Superleague, he scored two goals in a home win 4–1 against Panionios.

2009–10[edit]

Mitroglou playing for Olympiacos in May 2010

After Valverde left Olympiacos, Mitroglou saw increased playing time. He scored his first goal of the season against Sheriff Tiraspol in a 2–0 first leg away win in the UEFA Champions League play-offs,[15] also scoring in the return leg (a 1–0 home win).[16] Mitroglou scored the equalizing goal in an eventual 2–1 defeat of Standard Liège in a UEFA Champions League group stage match on 21 October 2009.[17] He also scored in home wins against Asteras Tripoli (3–0) and Ergotelis (2–1). His next goal came in an away draw (2–2) against PAS Giannina after an assist by Dudu Cearense. He also scored a goal in a heavy 3–1 away loss to Panserraikos.[18]

Mitroglou scored both goals in a 2–0 win against rivals Panathinaikos after assists by Dudu Cearense and Jaouad Zairi.[19] He added two more goals in a 5–1 home win against Levadiakos. He scored in the club's 2–1 loss to Bordeaux in the Champions League round of 16, which saw Olympiacos eliminated following a 3–1 aggregate loss.[20] His next goal came in Olympiacos' 2–0 win against Atromitos.

2010–11[edit]

Ernesto Valverde returned as head coach of Olympiacos for the 2010–11 season. Despite being a starter and scoring a spectacular goal in the opening league match against Iraklis (1–2 away loss),[21] Mitroglou only made four more appearances as Valverde chose to use Kevin Mirallas and Marko Pantelić instead. Mitroglou participated in the international match "8th Match Against Poverty" on 14 December 2010 (held at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium) as a player in the Olympiacos All-Star team and scored two goals.[22]

Loan spells[edit]

Panionios (2010–11)[edit]

In January 2011, Mitroglou joined Panionios on a six-month loan from Olympiacos.[23] In his debut, he scored both goals in a historic 2–0 away win against Aris, the first for the club in 50 years.[24] His next goals came at a 1–1 home draw against Panathinaikos[25] and a 1–1 away draw against AEK Athens, the latter after an assist from Georgios Galitsios.[26] He scored the winning goal (2–1) against Atromitos[27] and converted a penalty at the 3–3 home draw against AEL.[28] He added another one at a 1–1 away draw against Iraklis.[29] He scored his last goal at the 2–1 away win against Kerkyra after an assist from Fanouris Goundoulakis.[30] Mitroglou ended this year with nine goals in the Superleague, one with Olympiacos and eight with Panionios.

Atromitos (2011–12)[edit]

Mitroglou was once again loaned, this time to Atromitos for the 2011–12 campaign.[31] He scored his first goal at a 1–0 away win against Aris after an assist from Miguel Sebastián Garcia. He next scored at a 1–1 home draw against Panathinaikos after an assist of Denis Epstein. He scored two goals in a 2–1 home win against Panetolikos and one in a 1–0 away win against Doxa Drama. His next goal was at a 1–1 home draw against Levadiakos, once again assisted by Denis Epstein. He went on to score goals in the victories against Ergotelis (1–0) and OFI Crete (2–0).

Mitroglou's next goal came from the penalty spot in a 1–1 away draw against Panetolikos. He scored a goal in a 2–1 away win against PAS Giannina and scored two goals in another 2–1 away win against his former loan team Panionios. He next scored at a 2–0 home win against Doxa Drama and a 2–2 away draw against Levadiakos. He scored the winning goal (1–0) against Skoda Xanthi His next goal came with a penalty kick in a 2–2 away draw against Ergotelis.

Mitroglou also scored a goal in the semi-finals of the Greek Cup against Asteras Tripoli, sending his team reach the final against parent club Olympiacos. He finished the season with 16 league goals, helping Atromitos to reach the Superleague play-offs for the first time, where he added one more goal in a 1–1 home draw against PAOK after an assist from Ilias Anastasakos. At the end of the campaign, he was voted the Superleague Greece Footballer of the Year.[32]

Back to Olympiacos[edit]

2012–13[edit]

The 2012–13 season found Mitroglou back at parent club Olympiacos. After Ernesto Valverde left, Mitroglou was favoured by new head coach Leonardo Jardim. Mitroglou showed a good form in the pre-season training scoring a total of three goals, two of them in a friendly against Spanish side Málaga at the Karaiskakis Stadium.[33] However, the season started a bit irregular for him, as he had to compete with first-choice striker Rafik Djebbour in the starting 11. He therefore did not receive much playing time and often played as a substitute. His first goal of the season came in a 2–1 away win against PAS Giannina after an assist from Djebbour. In the same match, he provided an assist on Olympicaos' second goal, scored by Djebbour.[34]

With Djebbour absent due to injury, Mitroglou was a starter for the second group game of the UEFA Champions League against Arsenal in the Emirates Stadium, where he scored the equalizer in an eventual 3–1 loss.[35] He next scored a goal in a 2–0 home win against OFI Crete after an assist from Paulo Machado.[36] He scored again in the Champions League by scoring the winning goal in a 2–1 away win against Montpellier after an assist from Djamel Abdoun.[37] He also added another goal against Montpellier in the return fixture on 6 November as Olympiacos claimed a 3–1 victory.[38]

Mitroglou's scoring streak continued as he next scored two goals in a 4–0 away win against rivals AEK Athens,[39] and one in each 2–0 victory against AO Kerkyra and Panachaiki, the latter being a Greek Cup fixture. He scored his fourth Champions League goal at the 2–1 home win against Arsenal.[40] His first goal of 2013, came in a 3–0 home win against Veria, after an assist of Juan Pablo Pino. On 9 February, he scored the lone goal against Asteras Tripoli at the last minute of the match, giving Olympiacos the 1–0 away win. He scored the winning goal again at the 1–0 away win against AO Kerkyra.

Mitroglou's next goals came in a comfortable 4–0 away win against Platanias and the classical derby against Panathinaikos, which ended 1–1. In the Greek Cup semi-finals against Panthrakikos, he scored two goals in the first leg to give a 6–2 home win and another two goals at the returning leg (2–1 away win) as Olympiacos progressed to the final 8–3 on aggregate. In the last league match, he scored the opening for a 2–1 home win against Panionios.[41]

2013–14[edit]

During the pre-season preparation at Seefeld, Mitroglou scored a goal in a 2–1 friendly win against Azerbaijani club Simurq PIK.[42]

On the second matchday of the Superleague Greece, he provided an assist to David Fuster in a 2–1 home win against Atromitos. On 1 September 2013, he scored his first career hat-trick in a 5–0 away win against Levadiakos after three assists from Fuster.[43] He scored his second hat-trick on the next fixture in a 4–0 home win against Skoda Xanthi, becoming the first player in Olympiacos history—as well as the Greek League generally—to score two consecutive hat-tricks, while also having also scored in an international match between these two fixtures.[44]

Mitroglou scored his third hat-trick of the season on 2 October, scoring all three goals in a 3–0 away win against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League group stage.[45] He became the first Greek player to complete a hat-trick in the Champions League, and along with Predrag Đorđević is one of only two Olympiacos players to have scored a hat-trick in the Champions League.[46] Mitroglou's scoring streak continued as he scored another hat-trick four days later in a comfortable 6–0 home win against Veria, while also assisting a goal to Joel Campbell.[47] His next goal came in an away win (1–4) against Platanias after an assist from Alejandro Domínguez, a match in which he also provided the assist for Javier Saviola's goal.[48] On 24 October, Mitroglou assisted Domínguez's goal against Benfica in a 1–1 draw in the UEFA Champions League.[49] He next scored two goals at a home win 5–1 against OFI Crete with two headers after two assists from Joel Campbell.[50] He next scored the winning goal in an away win (1–0) against Panathinaikos.[51] He next scored a goal at a home win 4–0 against PAOK after another assist from Joel Campbell.[52]

On 27 November, Mitroglou suffered an injury in a 2–1 away loss against Paris Saint-Germain, keeping him on the sidelines for over a month.[53] On 19 December, amid much transfer speculation, Mitroglou renewed his contract with Olympiacos until 2017.[54] On 10 January 2014, he recovered to come on as a substitute against Atromitos.[citation needed]

Fulham[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Mitroglou signed a four-and-a-half-year contract for a transfer fee believed in the region of £12 million with English Premier League club Fulham.[55] On 22 February, he made his debut for Fulham in a 1–1 draw at West Bromwich Albion, replacing Hugo Rodallega after 61 minutes.[56] Mitroglou was the highest transfer fee in Fulham's history, and despite Fulham pinning their hopes of staying in the Premier League on the Greece international, they were relegated in May 2014. Due to various injuries and fitness problems, Mitroglou played in only two more Premier League matches before the end of the 2013–14 season, starting only one, away against Cardiff City.[57]

Olympiacos (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2014, Mitroglou returned to Olympiacos on a season-long loan from Fulham.[58] He made his debut on 13 September, replacing Dimitris Diamantakos in the 55th minute of a 3–0 home win over OFI Crete.[59] Three days later, he scored what proved to be the game winner in a 3–2 win over Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Champions League group stage.[60]

Benfica[edit]

On 6 August 2015, Mitroglou joined Portuguese champions Benfica on loan until the end of the season.[61][62] He made his debut three days later, replacing compatriot Andreas Samaris for the final 18 minutes of a 0–1 loss to rivals Sporting CP in the 2015 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira at the Estádio Municipal de Aveiro.[63] In their first match of the Primeira Liga season against Estoril, he opened the scoring in a 4–0 win at the Estádio da Luz.[64] On 11 September, he scored in each half of a 6–0 win in the league against Lisbon neighbours Belenenses.[65]

On 23 January 2016, Mitroglou scored with a backheel goal in a 3–1 win against Arouca,[66] and on 3 February, he scored a hat-trick against Belenenses in a 0–5 away victory.[67] It was his first hat-trick in the season, scoring for the fifth consecutive match in a row.[68][69][70] On 13 February, he opened the score in a 2–1 home loss against rivals Porto, struggling for the win before goalkeeper Iker Casillas made a save at close quarters to stop him from scoring the equalizer.[71] One week later, he scored for the seventh match in a row by opening the score in a 1–3 win at Paços de Ferreira;[72] at the final whistle, a Benfica supporter entered the field and knelt before Mitroglou, and then tried to shine his boots with a scarf.[73] On 5 March, Mitroglou scored the only goal in the Lisbon derby at Sporting CP's Estádio José Alvalade, giving Benfica the lead in the league, ahead of their opponents.[74][75] Later on, he scored a brace in a 5–1 home win against Braga in the Primeira Liga on 1 April, increasing his tally to 18 goals in the league, with 13 goals scored in 12 matches.[76] He ended the league campaign with 20 goals in 32 matches,[77] winning the Primeira Liga title on 15 May after a 4–1 home win against Nacional.[78]

Two days after the league title celebrations, Benfica announced Mitroglou had signed a permanent contract with the club set to last until 2020,[77] for a €7 million transfer fee, as disclosed by Football Leaks.[79] On 18 January 2017, he scored a hat-trick in a 6–2 home win over Leixões in the Taça de Portugal quarter-finals.[80] On 28 February 2017, Mitroglou scored twice against Estoril in the first leg of the Taça de Portugal semi-finals.[81]

Marseille[edit]

On 31 August 2017, French Ligue 1 club Marseille announced the signing of Mitroglou on a four-year contract for a transfer fee of €15 million to Benfica.[82][83][84] On 28 September, Mitroglou made his competitive debut for Marseille in a 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage 1–0 away loss against Red Bull Salzburg, coming on as a substitute in the 79th minute for Maxime Lopez.[85]

On 6 February 2018, Mitroglou scored his first hat-trick for Marseille—to go along with one assist,—in a 9–0 blowout win over Bourg-en-Bresse in the Coupe de France.[86]

International career[edit]

Mitroglou challenging Sebastian Prödl of Austria in August 2013

Junior teams[edit]

Mitroglou was first called up for the Greece national under-19 team in 2005. He scored a goal against the Netherlands in a 3–2 away win in 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification. He also scored two goals in a 3–1 home loss against Germany in the same campaign. Mitroglou also scored in a 2–0 away win against Italy, two goals in a 2–2 away draw against Croatia and a goal in a 4–0 home win against Sweden. He participated at the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, in which he scored the only goal against Portugal at Linzer Stadion in the group stage,[87] as well as in a 1–1 draw against Austria at the Waldstadion.[88] In the knock-out stage, he scored a goal against Germany in a 3–2 win at Vorwärts Stadium. Mitroglou finished as the top goalscorer of the competition with three goals.[89]

In 2007, Mitroglou was promoted to the Greece under-21 team. He scored two goals in a 3–1 home win against Macedonia in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers,[90] and later a goal in a 1–1 home draw against England and the only goal against Lithuania as the campaign continued.

Senior team[edit]

In 2009, Mitroglou was selected for the senior Greece side for the first time. He scored his first goal in a 3–2 away win over Norway on 15 August 2012.[91] On 11 September 2012, he scored a goal in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Lithuania, which ended in a 2–0 victory.[92] He went on to score both goals in a 2–0 away friendly win against Austria on 14 August 2013.[93]

Mitroglou scored the only goal in a victory over Liechtenstein, after an assist from Vasilis Torosidis, in their penultimate World Cup qualifying match on 6 September 2013.[94] He scored two goals on 15 November in Greece's 3–1 home win against Romania in the first leg of their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off.[95] Four days later, he scored the opening goal of the return leg in Romania, which ended in a 1–1 draw and sent Greece to the World Cup final stages in Brazil with a 4–2 aggregate victory.[96]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 12 October 2018. Greece score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mitroglou goal.[97]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 August 2012 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway 15  Norway 3–1 3–2 Friendly
2 11 September 2012 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece 17  Lithuania 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 14 August 2013 Red Bull Arena, Salzburg, Austria 22  Austria 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4 2–0
5 6 September 2013 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 23  Liechtenstein 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 15 November 2013 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece 27  Romania 1–0 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 3–1
8 19 November 2013 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania 28 1–0 1–1
9 11 October 2015 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece 44  Hungary 3–3 4–3 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
10 1 September 2016 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands 48  Netherlands 1–1 2–1 Friendly
11 6 September 2016 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal 49  Gibraltar 1–0 4–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 7 October 2016 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece 50  Cyprus 1–0 2–0
13 25 March 2017 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium 53  Belgium 1–0 1–1
14 7 October 2017 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus 55  Cyprus 1–1 2–1
15 10 October 2017 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece 56  Gibraltar 2–0 4–0
16 3–0
17 12 October 2018 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece 61  Hungary 1–0 1–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 29 November 2018[98][99][100][101]
Club Season League Cup[A] Continental[B] Others[C] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Olympiacos 2007–08 Superleague Greece 11 4 4 2 2 0 1 1 18 7
2008–09 7 2 3 0 5 1 15 3
2009–10 32 9 1 1 12 4 0 0 45 14
2010–11 5 1 1 0 4 0 10 1
2012–13 25 11 9 5 8 4 42 20
2013–14 12 14 2 0 5 3 19 17
2014–15 24 16 1 0 8 3 33 19
Total 116 57 21 8 44 15 1 1 182 81
Panionios 2010–11 Superleague Greece 11 8 11 8
Atromitos 2011–12 34 17 5 2 39 19
Fulham 2013–14 Premier League 3 0 0 0 3 0
Benfica 2015–16 Primeira Liga 32 20 5 3 7 2 1 0 45 25
2016–17 28 16 6 10 6 1 1 0 41 27
Total 60 36 11 13 13 3 2 0 86 52
Marseille 2017–18 Ligue 1 19 9 3 3 7 0 1 1 30 13
2018–19 10 3 0 0 5 0 0 0 15 3
Career total 253 130 39 26 69 18 4 2 365 176

Notes

A. ^ Includes appearances in the Greek Cup, Taça de Portugal, Taça da Liga, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.
B. ^ Includes appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
C. ^ Includes appearances in the Superleague Greece play-offs, Greek Super Cup, Portuguese Super Cup and Coupe de la Ligue.

International[edit]

As of match played 18 November 2018[97][102]
National team Year Apps Goals
Greece
2009 1 0
2010 3 0
2011 7 0
2012 9 2
2013 8 6
2014 10 0
2015 8 1
2016 6 3
2017 6 4
2018 7 1
Total 65 17

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Olympiacos

Benfica[99]

Marseille[99]

International[edit]

Greece

Individual[edit]

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