Mitroglou playing for Greece in 2013
|Full name||Konstantinos Mitroglou|
|Date of birth||12 March 1988|
|Place of birth||Kavala, Greece|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|TuS Preussen Vluyn|
|2006–2007||Borussia Mönchengladbach II||23||(0)|
|2011||→ Panionios (loan)||11||(8)|
|2011–2012||→ Atromitos (loan)||34||(17)|
|2014–2015||→ Olympiacos (loan)||24||(16)|
|2015–2016||→ Benfica (loan)||32||(20)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 September 2016.
Konstantinos "Kostas" Mitroglou (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Μήτρογλου; born 12 March 1988) is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a striker for Portuguese club Benfica and the Greece national team.
Raised in Germany, he 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. He is nicknamed "Mitrogoal" and "Pistolero" by fans due to his goalscoring abilities.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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. At the age of eleven, he scored 24 goals in 16 matches. He joined MSV Duisburg in 2001, 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 and he made a record scoring 5 goals in a single match at an away win 3–5 against MSV Duisburg.
After impressing at the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, Mitroglou was signed by Greek champions Olympiacos. 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. His first Super League 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 title, scoring the last-minute winning goal (2–1) in their game against AEL, this time assisted by Mirnes Šišić. His first goal in the Super League 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.
This season, Olympiacos appointed Ernesto Valverde as their new head coach. Valvede dropped Mitroglou because he wanted his team to play a quicker and more offensive style of football, so Kostas made fewer appearances than he had in the previous season. He scored in a 2–0 away win against Nordsjælland in the first round of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. In the Greek Superleague, he scored two goals in a home win 4–1 against Panionios.
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 Champions League play-offs, also scoring in the return leg (1–0 home win). Mitroglou scored the equalizing goal in an eventual 2–1 defeat of Standard Liège in a UEFA Champions League group game on 21 October 2009. He also scored in home wins against Asteras Tripolis (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.
He scored both goals in a 2–0 win against rivals Panathinaikos after assists by Dudu Cearense and Jaouad Zairi. He added two more goals in a 5–1 home win against Levadiakos. He netted in the club's 2–1 loss to Girondins de Bordeaux in the Champions League Round of 16, which saw Olympiacos crash out in a 3–1 aggregate loss. His next goal came in Olympiacos' 2–0 win against Atromitos.
This season Valverde returned to Olympiacos as the head coach. Despite being a starter and scoring a spectacular goal in the opening league match against Iraklis (1–2 away loss), he only made 4 more appearances, as Valverde chose to use Kevin Mirallas and Marko Pantelić instead. He took part in the international match "8th Match Against Poverty" on 14 December 2010, at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece, as a player in the Olympiacos All Star team and scored two goals.
In January 2011 he moved to Panionios F.C. for a six-month loan. At his debut, he scored both goals in a historic 2–0 away win against Aris, the first for the club in 50 years. His next goals came at a 1–1 home draw against Panathinaikos and a 1–1 away draw against AEK Athens, the latter after an assist of Georgios Galitsios. He scored the winning goal (2–1) against Atromitos and converted a penalty at the 3–3 home draw against AEL. He added another one at a 1–1 away draw against Iraklis. He scored his last goal at the 2–1 away win against Kerkyra after an assist of Fanouris Goundoulakis. Mitroglou ended this year with 9 goals in the Greek Superleague (1 with Olympiacos and 8 with Panionios).
Mitroglou was once again loaned, this time to Atromitos for the 2011–12 campaign. He scored his first goal at a 1–0 away win against Aris Thessaloniki 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).
His 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 an other 2–1 away win against his former 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.
He also scored a goal at the semi-finals of the Greek Cup against Asteras Tripoli, sending his team reach the final against parent club Olympiacos. Mitroglou 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.
Back to Olympiacos
The 2012–13 season found Mitroglou back to his team, Olympiacos. After Ernesto Valverde left, he was appointed by the new 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 Malaga CF at Karaiskakis Stadium. The season however started a bit irregular for him since he had to compete with 1st choice striker Rafik Djebbour for the starting eleven. That didn't get him much playing time and he came mostly as a substitute. His first goal of the season came in a 2–1 away win against PAS Giannina after an assist of Rafik Djebbour. At the same match he made the assist of the second goal to Djebbour.
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. He next scored a goal in a 2–0 home win against OFI Crete after an assist of Paulo Machado. He scored again in the Champions League by netting the winning goal in a 2–1 away win against Montpellier HSC after an assist from Djamel Abdoun. He also added another goal against Montpellier in the return fixture on 6 November as Olympiacos claimed a 3–1 victory.
His scoring streak continued as he next scored two goals in an 4–0 away win against rivals AEK Athens, and one in each 2–0 victory against A.O. 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. His first goal of 2013, came in a 3–0 home win against Veria, after an assist of Juan Pablo Pino. On February 9, he scored the lone goal against Asteras Tripoli at the last minute of the game, giving Olympiacos the 1–0 away win. He scored the winning goal again at the 1–0 away win against A.O. Kerkyra.
His 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 with a total 8–3 aggregate. At the last league match, he scored the opening for a 2–1 home win against Panionios.
On the second matchday of the Superleague Greece he made 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. 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 in general, to score two consecutive hat-tricks, while also having also scored in an international match between these two fixtures.
He got his third hat-trick of the season on 2 October, scoring all three goals in a 3–0 away win against Anderlecht in the Champions League group stage. He became the first Greek player to complete a hat-trick in the Champions League, and along Predrag Đorđević is one of only two Olympiacos players to have scored a hat-trick in the Champions League. His scoring streak continued, as he scored yet another hat-trick four days later, in a comfortable 6–0 home win against Veria, while also assisting a goal to Joel Campbell. His next goal came in an away win (1–4) against Platanias after an assist from Alejandro Domínguez, a game in which he also provided the assist for Javier Saviola's strike. On October 24, he assisted Domínguez's goal against Benfica in a 1–1 draw in the Champions League. He next scored two goals at a home win 5–1 against OFI Crete with two headers after two assists from Joel Campbell. He next scored the winning goal in an away win (1–0) against Panathinaikos. He next scored a goal at a home win 4–0 against PAOK after another assist from Joel Campbell.
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. On 19 December, amid much transfer speculation, Mitroglou renewed his contract with Olympiacos until 2017. On 10 January 2014, he recovered sufficiently to come on as a substitute against Atromitos.
On 31 January 2014, Mitroglou signed a four-and-a-half-year contract for a fee believed in the region of £12 million with Premier League club Fulham. On 22 February, he made his debut for Fulham in a 1–1 draw at West Bromwich Albion, replacing Hugo Rodallega after 61 minutes. 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, and due to various injuries and fitness problems Mitroglou played in only two further Premier League matches before the end of the 2013–14 season, starting only one of these games.
On 31 August 2014, Mitroglou returned to Olympiacos on loan from Fulham on a season-long loan. He made his debut on 13 September, replacing Dimitris Diamantakos in the 55th minute of a 3–0 home win over OFI Crete. Three days later he scored what proved to be the game winner in a 3–2 win over Atlético Madrid in the group stages of the Champions League.
On 6 August 2015, Mitroglou joined Portuguese champions Benfica on loan until the end of the season. 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. 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. On 11 September, he scored in each half of a 6–0 win in the league against Lisbon neighbours Belenenses.
On 23 January 2016, he scored with a backheel goal in a 3–1 win against Arouca, and on 3 February, he scored a hat-trick against Belenenses in an away victory (0–5). It was his first hat-trick in the season, scoring for the fifth consecutive match in a row. On 13 February, he opened the score in a 2–1 home loss against rivals FC Porto, struggling for the win before goalkeeper Iker Casillas made a save at close quarters to stop him from netting an equalizer. 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; at the final whistle, a Benfica supporter entered the field and knelt before Mitroglou, and then tried to shine his boots with a scarf. On 5 March, Mitroglou scored the only goal in the Lisbon derby at Sporting's Estádio José Alvalade, giving Benfica the lead in the league, ahead of their opponents. Later on, he netted 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. He ended the league campaign with 20 goals in 32 matches, winning the Primeira Liga title on 15 May after a 4–1 home win against Nacional.
Two days after the league title celebrations, Benfica announced that Mitroglou had signed a permanent deal with the club until 2020, for a €7 million fee, which was disclosed by Football Leaks.
Mitroglou was first called up for the Under-19 Greek national 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, as well as in a 1–1 draw against Austria national under-19 football team in Waldstadion. in the knock-out stage, he scored a goal against Germany in a 3–2 win at Vorwärts Stadium. Mitroglou was the top goalscorer of the competition with 3 goals.
In 2007, Mitroglou was promoted to the Under-21 team. He scored two goals in a 3–1 home win against Macedonia national under-21 football team in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers, and later a goal in a 1–1 home draw against England and the only goal against Lithuania as the campaign continued.
In 2009 Mitroglou was selected for the senior Greece side for the first time. Mitroglou scored his first goal in a 3–2 away win over Norway on 15 August 2012. On 11 September 2012, he scored a goal in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Lithuania, which ended in a 2–0 victory. He went on to score both goals in a 2–0 away friendly win against Austria on 14 August 2013.
He 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. Mitroglou 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. 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 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with a 4–2 aggregate victory.
- As of 6 September 2016
- As of 6 September 2016
- Superleague Greece (6): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
- Greek Cup (4): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2014–15
- Greek Super Cup: 2007
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship Top Goalscorer: 2007 (shared with Änis Ben-Hatira)
- Superleague Greece Greek Footballer of the Year: 2011–12
- Greek Cup Top Goalscorer: 2012–13 (shared with Stefanos Athanasiadis)
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