A tall defensive midfielder with Italian club Siena, Alexandros Tziolis has been turning out for his country since 2001, when he was drafted into the U-21 squad for the first time.
His promotion to the full national team came in a friendly against Korea Republic in January 2006, with Tziolis winning over 20 caps since then and a place in the squad that travelled to Austria and Switzerland in 2008 to defend their UEFA EURO title.
A tough opponent in the air, Tziolis also packs a powerful shot from distance, although his main job is to recover possession and build play from midfield.
Following a three-year stay at Panionios, the polished passer moved to Panathinaikos in 2005. Meeting with little success with the Athens giants, he toyed with the idea of leaving on several occasions before finally moving to Werder Bremen on a six-month loan. It was with Werder that he won his first trophy, the German Cup, and also finished on the losing side in the 2009 UEFA Cup final.
Returning to Panathinaikos, he then decided to try his luck in Italy, choosing to join Serie A club Siena rather than stay and help Pana in their push for the Greek Super League title.