Teenage keeper gets Greece call-up

Greece coach Fernando Santos has called up 17-year-old Panathinaikos goalkeeper Stefanos Kapinos for the first time, for the upcoming friendly matches with Russia and Romania.

"I have seen him in three matches and was very impressed. I want to see him up close and let him gain experience with the national team," Santos said.

Santos also handed a first call-up to 27-year-old defender Jose Holebas, who plays for champions Olympiacos and has just received his Greek citizenship.

I want to see him up close and let him gain experience with the national team.
Fernando Santos on Stefanos Kapinos

"Once he had expressed the desire to play for the national team, and this is now formally possible, I decided to call him and see the player at close quarters," Santos said of Holebas.

Other new faces in the 23-man squad are 31-year-old midfielder Giorgos Theodoridis of Panetolikos Agrinio and 23-year-old defender for Atromitos Athens, Kostas Giannoulis.

"We will face two teams with two different characteristics. I want to congratulate my players involved in qualifying for EURO 2012 and now a new cycle is open.

"We want to see our players in view of the final phase of the European Championships. There will be completely different line-ups in the two halves of both matches," added Santos.

Greece squad:

Goalkeepers: Alexandros Tzorvas (Palermo/ITA), Kostas Chalkias (PAOK Salonika), Stefanos Kapinos (Panathinakos Athens)
Defenders: Vasilis Torosidis, Giannis Maniatis, Avraam Papadopoulos, Jose Holebas (all Olympiacos Piraeus), Socrates Papastathopoulos (Werder Bremen/GER), Stelios Malezas (PAOK), Kostas Giannoulis (Atromitos Athens)
Midfielders: Kostas Katsouranis, Giorgos Karagounis (both Panathinaikos), Grigoris Makos (AEK Athens), Giorgos Fotakis (PAOK), Alexandros Tziolis (Racing Santander/ESP), Panayiotis Kone (Bologna/ITA), Giorgos Theodoridis (Panetolikos Agrinio)
Forwards: Giorgos Samaras (Celtic/SCO), Dimitris Salpigidis (PAOK), Angelos Charisteas (Panetolikos), Theofanis Gekas (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Nikos Limberopoulos (AEK), Kostas Mitroglou (Atromitos)