World Cup Preview: Greece


Greece find themselves in the strange situation of being the highest ranked team in Group C (12th) but are expected to finish bottom.

Since 2004 though, the Greeks have always had something to look back on for inspiration: their surprise European Championship triumph.

They were not expected to progress from their group then either, being matched with hosts Portugal, Spain and Russia but they did – and the rest is history.

If Greece have any chance of upsetting the odds like they did 10 years ago then new heroes will have to emerge from the legacy of Giorgas Karagounis and Angelos Charisteas.

In qualification they shone, finishing second in their group, only losing out on an automatic spot to Bosnia and Herzegovina on goal difference but then beating Romania in a play off.

Greece are more defensively minded but do have talent going forward in Fulham flop Kostas Mitroglou. Despite his shaky start to life in West London, Mitroglou does provide the goods as he scored 14 in 12 for Olympiakos before his move. His poor form probably due to getting accustomed to the pace of English football which is not present in Greece.

 

 

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