International call-ups and fixtures
It is clearly unheard of to watch a World Cup with the Christmas tree up, but let’s treat it as an experience and especially as far as PAOK is concerned, as a first-class opportunity to unwind and regroup. We return to action in the league on 21.12. Until then we can watch the World Cup in Qatar (21.11-18.12) and we have the right, of course, to “brag” about the participation of Andrija Zivkovic.
The Serbian national team, with Zile in their squad, will gather at the Stara Pazova sports center and from there depart for Bahrain, for a mini training camp and a friendly game with Bahrain (18.11). The next day on 19.11 the Serbs fly to Doha. Serbia are in Group G and its group stage schedule is as follows: 24.11 Brazil – Serbia, 28.11 Cameroon-Serbia, 02.12 Switzerland-Serbia.
Konstantinos Koulierakis is included for the second time in Gustavo Poyet’s Greece squad for the friendly matches against Malta (Valletta, November 17) and Hungary (Budapest, November 20).
After an absence of almost two years, Ingi Ingason returns to the Iceland national team, who compete in the Baltic Cup (13-16.11), held in Latvia and Lithuania. Initially for the semi-final with Lithuania on 16.11. The final follows, while the event also includes a 3rd place playoff. The other semi-final is an affair between Latvia and Estonia.
Jasmin Kurtic remains a regular member of the Slovenian national team. He was called up for the two international friendlies against Romania on 17.11 (to be held in Romania) and against Montenegro on 20.11 in Ljubljana.
Thiago Dantas, a key member of the Portugal Under-21 squad, will also be in his home country from November 14 to 22 for the friendly games against the Czech Republic (11/18) and Japan (11/22).
Ismaila Ouedraogo is also included in the Burkina Faso squad for the international friendly games with the Ivory Coast, which will be held in Morocco from 14 to 20.11.
Regarding our younger international players, the Greece Under-21 head coach Nikos Papadopoulos invited Konstantinos Balomenos , Panagiotis Panagiotou, Giannis Konstantelias and Tito Koutentakis to participate in a training camp from November 14 to 19.
Furthermore, seven PAOK youth players were invited to the Greece team for a for a UEFA Development Tournament, which will take place in Serbia (17-22.11) with Finland, Serbia and Montenegro as opponents. They are Alexandros Meggidis, Traiano Mokris, Grigoris Minasidis, Konstantinos Toursounidis, Georgios Krommidas, Anastasios Sidiropoulos and Dimitris Berdos.