Greece World Cup 2014 Team Profile

Greece - World Cup 2014 Team Profile

Greece.

Road to Brazil

Greece finished second behind Bosnia & Herzegovina in UEFA Qualifying Group G, level on points but with an inferior goal difference. Greece then saw off Romania in the play-offs to reach their third World Cup finals.

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Fixtures

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Greece Kit 2
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Greece v Colombia 14 June; Belo Horizonte
Greece v Japan 19 June; Natal
Greece v Ivory Coast 24 June; Fortaleza

Analysis

Only a few players remain from the 2010 squad in South Africa, which failed to negotiate the group stage, though the mind-set and tactics remain roughly the same.

Fernando Santos' team is slightly more attack-minded than Otto Rehhagel's side, but the Greek attack has remained an impotent force, scoring only 12 goals in 10 qualifying games, though conceding just four.

Kostas Mitroglou is the heir to Angelos Charisteas as a Greek goal-getter but since his move to Fulham he has been largely injured.

Amazingly midfield general Giorgos Karagounis and the main ball-winner Kostas Katsouranis continue from the glory days of Euro 2004, but it is difficult to see their aging legs carrying the team past Colombia, Ivory Coast and Japan in Group C.

The defense is the strongest part of the team, having inherited the solidity acquired during Rehhagel's reign, as shown by only four goals conceded in the ten qualifying games. Roma right back Vasilis Torosidis is excellent at the back alongside Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Key player: Kostas Mitroglou

Kostas Mitroglou will be expected to provide the goals as fellow striker, Celtic's Giorgios Samaras rarely finds the net at international level.

One to watch: Vasilis Torosidis

Versatile, strong and athletic, Torosidis can shoot from distance, cross well and is a danger at set pieces with his height and heading ability.

Scored the decisive goal against Nigeria for the first Greek win at a World Cup in South Africa 2010.

Coach: Fernando Santos

The wily Portuguese tactician has had productive spells in charge at Porto, AEK and PAOK and lead Greece to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine.

FIFA World Ranking

Record

1994, 2010 First Round.

World Cup Betting

Soccerphile Says

Greece may well go through the group - or finish last. A disciplined defence makes them hard to beat but a lack of quality in the final third sees them just missing out.

2014 World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis (Granada), Panagiotis Glykos (PAOK), Stefanos Kapino (Panathinaikos)

Defenders: Kostas Manolas, Giannis Maniatis, Jose Holebas (all Olympiacos), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund), Giorgios Tzavellas (PAOK), Loukas Vyntra (Levante), Vasilis Torosidis (Roma), Vangelis Moras (Verona)

Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis (Kayserispor), Andreas Samaris (Olympiacos), Kostas Katsouranis (PAOK), Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Torino), Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Genoa), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Bologna), Panagiotis Kone (Bologna)

Strikers: Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK), Giorgios Samaras (Celtic), Kostas Mitroglou (Fulham), Theofanis Gekas (Konyaspor)