Greece

Euro 2012 Teams: Greece
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  • Manager: Fernando Santos
  • Best Finish: Winners 2004
  • No of Appearances: 3

General Information

Greece shocked everyone in European football when winning the tournament eight years ago as rank outsiders.

 

The Galanolefki escaped a group containing Spain and then hosts Portugal at Euro 2004 before grinding their way through to triumph.

 

They can be perhaps written off at the punters peril based on events of the past however the Greeks have enjoyed little success on the big stage ever since.

 

Nevertheless, they qualified for this year’s finals unbeaten and appear to have found a new lease of life under coach Fernando Santos, who is markedly more positive from a tactical perspective than predecessor Otto Rehagel.

Chances

Greece emerged consummately from a tough looking qualifying pool which contained the likes of Croatia and Israel.

 

And the group phase at the finals has been relatively kind to Santos’ side who have been paired with Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic.

 

They definitely have a squeak of making the quarter-finals but will need to be at their very best and hope that things fall their way as other nations underperform.

 

Both Russia and the Czech Republic appear stronger overall and should chop down the Greeks in the second and third group fixtures.

Key Player: Giorgos Samaras

Celtic striker Samaras is likely to be Greece’s main man up front this summer and the expectations of a proud footballing nation will rest upon his shoulders – especially as he as often flattered to deceive on the big stage.

TitanBet Prediction

3rd in Group Phase - Folly it may be to write of Greece’s chances however they cannot be fancied strongly to progress even in a sub-standard looking group.

 

Coach Fernando Santos will certainly have earned his keep should he manage to steer his side through to the last eight, but it really is a tall order as both Russia and the Czech Republic have a massive edge in terms of quality and squad depth.

 

A victory against co-hosts Poland in the opening group fixture will definitely be required if Greece are to sustain a worthy challenge.

Did You Know:

Theo Zagorakis is Greece’s most capped player with 120 appearances however Giorgos Karagounis is likely to surpass that total by the end of the finals. The former Internazionale attacker has currently played on 115 occasions for his country.