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Midfielder Sotiris Ninis recalled by Greece for Euro qualifier vs Faeroe Islands

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ATHENS, Greece — Greece coach Sergio Markarian has recalled midfielder to the Greek national squad after a 19-month absence for a European championship qualifier in the Faeroe Islands, as the team struggles to regain form following a string of defeats.

Markarian, 70, took over in February and earned Greece its second point in five matches with a 0-0 draw in Hungary. He replaced Italian Claudio Ranieri who was fired after a shock 1-0 loss at home to the Faeroe Islands in November.

Midfielder Taxiarchis Fountas got his first call-up on Friday as one of three surprise additions from Panionios, while PAOK striker Stefanos Athanasiadis was dropped.

The same squad will also be used for a June 16 friendly against Poland in Gdansk.

Greece is currently last in Group F, which also includes Finland, Northern Ireland and Romania which leads with 13 points.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis (Udinese), (Mainz), Markos Vellidis (Giannina)

Defenders: Vassilis Torosidis (Roma), (Levante), Kostas Manolas (Roma), (Hellas Verona), (Borussia Dortmund), Kostas Stafylidis (Fulham), Stathis Tavlaridis (Panathinaikos), Christos Tasoulas (Panionios)

Midfielders: Andreas Samaris (Benfica), (Udinese), Kostas Katsouranis (Atromitos), (Hellas Verona), (Hellas Verona), Giannis Fetfatzidis (Chievo Verona), Kostas Fortounis (Olympiakos), Taxiarchis Fountas (Panionios), (PAOK), Dimitris Kolovos (Panionios), (Panathinaikos).

Forwards: Kostas Mitroglou (Olympiakos), Nikos Karelis (Panathinaikos)

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