Team Preview: Greece

FIFA Ranking: 14

Euro history: Greece pulled off one of the biggest surprises in soccer history by winning Euro 2004. The Greeks beat host Portugal in the final game. Greece couldn’t repeat their magic in 2008. They lost all three games and only scored one goal.

How they qualified: Greece won their qualifying group ahead of Croatia, Israel, Lativa, Georgia and Malta. Greece only conceded five goals and went undefeated in ten matches.

Group information and schedule: Greece is in Group A with Poland, Czech Republic and Russia. All three group matches will be played in Poland.

June 8 vs. Poland in Warsaw

June 12 vs. Czech Republic in Wroclaw

June 16 vs. Russia in Warsaw

Early roster thoughts: Greece has a mix of experience and youth. Midfielders Giorgos Karagounis and Kostas Katsournais were both on the 2004 championship team. Young defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, 20, plays for Schalke in Germany. Theofanis Gekas and Giorgos Samaras (Celtic) are Greece’s most dangerous strikers.

How they will do: In a very evenly matched group A, Greece could first or last. They will play tough defense, but must score a few goals if they want to make the quarterfinals.


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