Greece – World Cup 2010 – Betting
Manager: Otto Rehhagel
Captain: Giorgos Karagounis
FIFA Ranking: 12
World Cup appearances: 1
Best World Cup: Round 1 – 1994
Greece Team Profile
The 2004 European Champions will be making just their second appearance in the finals of a World Cup when they travel to South Africa after successfully coming through a two-legged qualifying play-off to get there, beating Ukraine 1-0 on aggregate after a 1-0 win in Donetsk.
The Greeks will be lead in by Otto Rehhagel of Germany, one of the longest serving international managers in modern history after spending nine years at the helm of the Greek national team. Rehhagel is up their with the sporting bests in Greece, with his leadership qualities and motivational skills enabling Greece to perform to some very high standards in recent tournaments, even winning the 2004 European Championships against all odds, while the loyal and passionate Greece fans will wish for another shock win when they make the long distance trip to South Africa in the summer.
Despite Rehhagel’s position as manager looking assured after gaining qualification into South Africa, the pressure will certainly be on the German and his Greek squad to perform after an unsatisfactory display in the 2008 European Championships which seen Greece fail to make it past the group stages. Their group this time around remains competitive but one they could quite easily bypass, so there will be no excuse for failure in South Africa.
The Greeks are worldwide renowned for their stubborn, resolute qualities. Otto Rehhagel sets his team up in an organised manner, with every defensive and midfield player knowing their role and often performing their respective duties to perfection. The Greeks really are a well oiled machine when it comes to defending, while their patient attitude when in possession enables them to dictate the tempo of most games and go at a pace that suits them, which is generally walking pace.
Greece, for all their admirable qualities at the back and in midfield, aren’t the most attractive of teams on the eye, nor do they play the most entertaining of football. They go at their own pace, which is often very steady and sometimes extremely slow, to the point where the play often stops and breaks down. However, what this all boils down to is when Greece do need a goal, in those do or bust situations, they lack the required urgency needed in order to pile necessary pressure on the opposing defence. Moreover, because of their slow build ups, Greece are very predictable and very easy to defend against.
Greece Qualification for the World Cup
Goals Scored: 20
Goals Conceded: 10
It took a two-legged play-off with Ukraine to decide Greece’s World Cup fate. In typical Greece fashion, they made both legs scrappy and untidy, but it proved an effective tactic as they prevailed over two-legs thanks to a 1-0 win in the away leg in Donetsk.
World Cup Potential: 1/5
If we’re completely honest, we don’t think Greece will go far and, quite frankly, we don’t want them too either. They are one of the dullest footballing nations to watch and the sooner they leave the competition the better. It’s very, very rare that you come across an entertaining affair when Greece are involved, and in the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet, everyone wants to be treated to exciting games. The Greeks are too slow in their build up and often turn games in a snooze-fest, while world-class talent is at a premium to really make any serious in-roads anyway.
Greece World Cup Betting Odds
Greece to win the World Cup – 350/1 Expekt
Before the World Cup the odds on Argentina were 199/1
Official Greece World Cup Squad
Tzorvas (Panathinaikos Athens)
Chalkias (PAOK Thessaloniki)
Sifakis (Aris Saloniki)
Seitaridis (Panathinaikos Athens)
Vyntra (Panathinaikos Athens)
Spiropoulos (Panathinaikos Athens)
A. Papadopoulos (Olympiakos)
Malezas (PAOK Thessaloniki)
Karagounis (Panathinaikos Athens)
Katsouranis (Panathinaikos Athens)
Ninis (Panathinaikos Athen)
Patzazoglou (Omonia Nicosia)
Gekas (Hertha Berlin)
Salpigidis (Panathinaikos Athens)
Samaras (Celtic Glasgow)
Kapetanos (Steaua Bucarest)
last update: 18 June 2010
World Cup 2010 Greece Fixtures – Group B
|Date - Time||Group||Match||Result|
|12/06 - 12.30||B||South Korea - Greece||2-0|
|12/06 - 15.00||B||Argentina - Nigeria||1-0|
|17/06 - 12.30||B||Argentina - South Korea||4-1|
|17/06 - 15.00||B||Greece - Nigeria||2-1|
|22/06 - 19.30||B||Nigeria - South Korea||2-2|
|22/06 - 19.30||B||Greece - Argentina||0-2|
World Cup 2010 Group B - Table
|Rank||Team||Matches / Points|
|1||Argentina||3 Matches / 9 Points|
|2||South Korea||3 Matches / 4 Points|
|3||Greece||3 Matches / 3 Points|
|4||Nigeria||3 Matches / 1 Point|