Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Monday, May 26, 2014

World Cup Preview - Group C - Greece

Continuing our discussion of the extremely weak Group C, today's focus is on Greece:

Nickname: “Galanolefki” (“Blue and whites”)
Absurd FIFA ranking: 10th

Coach: Portugeezer Fernando Santos

Match Schedule:
June 14 – Greece v. Colombia (Belo Horizonte, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC)
June 19 – Greece v. Japan (Natal, 6:00 p.m., ESPN)
June 24 – Greece v. Ivory Coast (Fortaleza, 4:00 p.m., ESPN2)

Prospects: A decade after their surprise win at Euro 2004 in Portugal, Greece are continuing the Otto Rehhagel mold of keeping it extra tight at the back and hoping to nick a goal off a set piece under Portuguese manager Fernando Santos. They qualified through a hard-fought win against Romania over two playoff legs in UEFA qualifying back in the fall.

Key Player: Skipper Georgios Karagounis, one of the surviving 2004 champions, is 36 years old now, but he’s still the heart and soul of a tight defensive midfield unit.

Youngster to watch: There is very little youthful spark in Santos' set-up, unless 20 year old third-string keeper Stefanos Kopanis gets a chance. 
Who Will Get the Goals: Not a lot of goals in this side; Fulham's Kostas Mitroglou was the lone forward throughout their qualifying campaign.
Who Will Get the Cards: Roma central defender Vasilis Torisidis was frequently suspended during the qualifiers.
Prediction: Battling with Japan for the bottom of Group C.


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