Greece At Euro 2008 Live
Euro 2004 truly belonged to Greece, just as Denmark stole the show at Euro 1992. And this summer at Euro 2008, Greece will aim to become the first team ever to successfully defend their European title. Otto Rehhagel and his boys have certainly started on the right note- they were the best team in qualification, picking up thirty one points from twelve games. Greece are certainly not the favourites to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy come June 29 in the books of most pundits, but as we all know, the unpredictability of football is one of the things that makes it the beautiful game. If you missed out on Greece's historic Euro 2004 win, then do consider watching Greece live at Euro 2008. Our superior, unparalleled coverage allows you to sit back in your favourite chair in front of your computer and watch the Greeks in action at Euro 2008. It costs just £9.99, and we already have over 25,000 satisfied customers. We also offer you the chance to watch live football from all the major leagues in the world for one year with this package, without you having to pay an extra penny.
With tens wins, one draw and one loss, Greece topped Group C ahead of Turkey, Norway and Bosnia and Herzegovina. They drew against Norway and lost to Turkey in the only two games where they were unable to score three points. Qualifying impressively was even more important for the Greeks, given the fact that they had failed to make it to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Theofanis Gekas top scored with five goals, while Basinas, Charisteas, Kyrgiakos and Lyberpoulos chipped in with three each.
List of Greece's group fixtures at Euro 2008
June 10- Greece vs Sweden in Salzburg ( 20.45)
June 14- Greece vs Russia in Salzburg ( 20.45)
June 18- Greece vs Spain in Salzburg ( 20.45)
All timings in Central European Summer Time (UTC + 2)
It might be worth noting that Spain and Russia were in the same group as Greece at Euro 2004.
Past performances at the European Football Championship
Greece qualified for Euro 1980 ahead of Finland, Hungary and the USSR in an extremely tightly contested group. They did not do too badly, drawing with West Germany and losing to Holland and Czechoslovakia.
Greece would have to wait for another twenty four years before they would make it to the European Football Championship. Failure to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, coupled by domestic squabbles and qualifying losses to Spain and Ukraine did little to raise the morale of the Greek public. Under Rehhagel, the team staged a magnificent turnaround, winning the next six games to top the group, and forcing European giants Spain to have to go through the playoffs in order to qualify.
Despite qualifying for the tournament, very few Greeks expected their team to get past the group stage, let alone win the Cup. They shocked hosts Portugal 2-1 in the opening game of the tournament, and then drew 1-1 with Spain. Despite losing to Russia, Greece qualified as a result of Spain's loss to Portugal. Angelos Charisteas headed defending champions France out of the tournament in the quarterfinals. Their next opponents were the in form Czech Republic, who had come out of the Group of Death unscathed, and had brushed off Denmark's challenge 3-0 in the quarterfinals. Defender Trainios Dellas was in brilliant form during the game, neutralising the threat of Koller, Baros and co. and it was his silver goal that propelled the Greeks into the final. Greece, a deemed bunch of no hopers, had climbed their Mount Everest. But the dream did have a fairytale ending, as they beat Portugal in the final, and gave themselves the right to be called European champions. Nothing short of a miracle, but hey, Greece deserved the title for the effort they put in despite having a fairly mediocre team. Sometimes, mere talent is not enough. You need hard work and luck too. Greece had both.
While, Theodoros Zagorakis, their skipper and player of the tournament at Euro 2004 has retired, Greece can still bank on the experience of Angelos Basinas, Antonios Nikopolidis and others. Angelos Charisteas' career has not really taken off despite him scoring the winning goal at Euro 2004, but Rehhagel seems to be able to get the best out of the Nuremberg forward, whose strength primarily lies in the air. He will battle with Amanatidis, Gekas, Samaras and Lyberpoulos for a spot in the starting eleven. The defensive line looks set- Seitaridis, Trainios Dellas, Kyrgiakos and Torosidis. The two K's- Karagounis and Katsouranis also seem to have booked their spots in midfield. The Greek team of now is more flexible than the one that won Euro 2004, and that may work to their advantage.
It will certainly be a tough job for Greece to repeat their 2004 feat, but Rehhagel and his men will strive hard to go as far as possible in this tournament. None of the teams will be taking them for granted, that is for sure !
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