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post Apr 29 2008, 03:40 AM
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Ok, its almost here, another month of no sleep for the ones not going to Austria and Switzerland.

This is going to be the thread where we discuss the Greek national team.

Here is my question. Who deserves to be in the 20 man squad and why. And who would you like to see in the starting 11.

Any long term injuries to players?


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post May 19 2008, 11:46 AM
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Rehhagel Names Squad For Friendly

Panathinaikos’ hot prospect Sotiris Ninis has been handed a late chance by national coach Otto Rehhagel to make it into Greece’s squad, as he was called up for the first time in the senior team for the friendly match of the defending EURO champions against Cyprus.

The 18-year-old Panathinaikos midfielder was one of the several new faces in European champions squad, as Rehhagel had to deal with many absences as most of his players are missing for the final rounds in their leagues.

Panionios midfielder Grigorios Makos, PAOK striker Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and OFI goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas also received their first call-ups.

"It's a dream come true and an extra motivation to work even harder and improve myself. I'm very happy," Ninis told uefa.com.

Greece squad

Goalkeepers: Costas Chalkias (Aris Thessalonica), Alexandros Tzorvas (OFI Crete)

Defenders: Nikos Spyropoulos, Loukas Vintra, Giannis Goumas (all Panathinaikos) Traianos Dellas, Socratis Papastathopoulos (both AEK), Christos Melissis (PAOK)

Midfielders: Giorgos Karagounis, Alexandros Tziolis, Sotiris Ninis (all Panathinaikos), Stelios Giannakopoulos (Bolton Wanderers), Costas Katsouranis (Benfica), Grigorios Makos (Panionios)

Forwards: Dimitris Salpigidis (Panathinaikos), Nikos Liberopoulos (AEK), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (PAOK)

No players from Olympiakos? laugh.gif


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post May 19 2008, 12:16 PM
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It's because Olympiakos had the cup mid-week, a lot of the foreign players weren't able to make it either.


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post May 19 2008, 01:07 PM
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Even then, the "Champions" of Greece could only get 4 players into the NT. Not good enough.


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post May 19 2008, 03:11 PM
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The only good gays in the squad are Torosidis and Antzas. I'd still prefer Spyropoulos on the left and Seitaridis on the right though. I'd prefer Antzas to start rather than Dellas who has been shite since leaving Roma. Patsa should be a bench player, he's had one or two good games with the NT since his return


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post May 29 2008, 12:00 AM
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GREECE EURO 2008 FINAL SQUAD

1 Antonis Nikopolidis (Olympiakos Piraeus)
2 Giourkas Seitaridis (Atletico Madrid)
3 Christos Patsatzoglou (Olympiakos Piraeus)
4 Nikos Spyropoulos (Panathinaikos Athens)
5 Traianos Dellas (AEK Athens)
6 Angelos Basinas (RCD Mallorca)
7 Georgios Samaras (Celtic Glasgow)
8 Stylianos Giannakopoulos (Bolton Wanderers)
9 Angelos Charisteas (Nuremberg)
10 Georgios Karagounis (Panathinaikos Athens)
11 Loukas Vyntra (Panathinaikos Athens)
12 Konstantinos Chalkias (Aris Saloniki)
13 Alexandros Tzorvas (OFI Crete)
14 Dimitris Salpingidis (Panathinaikos Athens)
15 Vassilios Torosidis (Olympiakos Piraeus)
16 Sotirios Kyrgiakos (Eintracht Frankfurt)
17 Theofanis Gekas (Bayer Leverkusen)
18 Ioannis Goumas (Panathinaikos Athens)
19 Paraskevas Antzas (Olympiakos Piraeus)
20 Ioannis Amanatidis(Eintracht Frankfurt)
21 Konstantinos Katsouranis (Benfica Lisbon)
22 Alexandros Tziolis (Panathinaikos Athens)
23 Nikolaos Liberopoulos (AEK Athens)
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QUOTE (Tellia Pavla @ May 29 2008, 12:00 AM) *
GREECE EURO 2008 FINAL SQUAD

1 Antonis Nikopolidis (Olympiakos Piraeus)
2 Giourkas Seitaridis (Atletico Madrid)
3 Christos Patsatzoglou (Olympiakos Piraeus)
4 Nikos Spyropoulos (Panathinaikos Athens)
5 Traianos Dellas (AEK Athens)
6 Angelos Basinas (RCD Mallorca)
7 Georgios Samaras (Celtic Glasgow)
8 Stylianos Giannakopoulos (Bolton Wanderers)
9 Angelos Charisteas (Nuremberg)
10 Georgios Karagounis (Panathinaikos Athens)
11 Loukas Vyntra (Panathinaikos Athens)
12 Konstantinos Chalkias (Aris Saloniki)
13 Alexandros Tzorvas (OFI Crete)
14 Dimitris Salpingidis (Panathinaikos Athens)
15 Vassilios Torosidis (Olympiakos Piraeus)
16 Sotirios Kyrgiakos (Eintracht Frankfurt)
17 Theofanis Gekas (Bayer Leverkusen)
18 Ioannis Goumas (Panathinaikos Athens)
19 Paraskevas Antzas (Olympiakos Piraeus)
20 Ioannis Amanatidis(Eintracht Frankfurt)
21 Konstantinos Katsouranis (Benfica Lisbon)
22 Alexandros Tziolis (Panathinaikos Athens)
23 Nikolaos Liberopoulos (AEK Athens)




A good mix there, preferred to keep experience, but i wanted to see Nini in the squad.


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post May 29 2008, 01:16 PM
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Devestated the young lad didnt get in sad.gif he would've gone off!


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post May 29 2008, 10:18 PM
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Your mum goes off..

But in all seriousness i would have thought they'd play him. Some young meat in our squad instead of all the greek sindaksiouxi.


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post May 29 2008, 11:47 PM
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Obviously you all know Rehagel's style very well


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post May 30 2008, 11:09 AM
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Yep, we know his style & the last time I checked that style made Greece European Champions.

Ninis is a great young talent & I would of prefer him to Tziolis in the squad to strengthen our attacking options in the midfield. Other than that a very balance & experienced. Otto knows what a great youug talent Ninis is & thats why he gave him his 1st senior international cap for Greece against Cyprus in the starting lineup even though at Panathinaikos he was in their starting linup in only 1 match this season & about 7 coming on late in the 2nd half.

I remember Nikos Dabizas once said Otto Rehhagel's is very loyal to the players which are loyal to him. I have heard it many times from other players & people whom have worked with him in Germany & in Greece. That in mind Otto will not tell players whom did the job for him to qualify for Euro 2008 with only 1 lose, 1 draw & 10 wins from 12 matches that their place in the National team for Euro 2008 will be taken by someone whom has started in one league match this season for his club. Imagine the morale in the team if that happend.
This faith that Otto has on his players is what makes the squad strong & are willing to do anything for him on the field.

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post May 30 2008, 12:23 PM
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All well and good but at the end of the day these players aren't going to be around for much longer, and giving the young talent of Greece the experience is important as well. Because one day, nini will turn out to be loyal to our squad just like the rest of them, but unless given the opportunity how can he?

I am not going to act like i know alot about the NT team because i don't, but i do think what i am saying is logical



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post May 30 2008, 08:27 PM
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Personally, I think that friendlies and the foregone conclusion qualifiers are the time to try out new things. If Ninis was going to be included in the EURO squad, he would have been bled in through friendlies and games against Malta or Estonia or something. Otto would never include a player like Ninis in his squad at a time like this because it's just plain stupid. You don't know how he'll do and you don't know what he'll do to team morale. WC 2010 is his time to shine


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QUOTE (Vicky @ May 30 2008, 12:23 PM) *
All well and good but at the end of the day these players aren't going to be around for much longer, and giving the young talent of Greece the experience is important as well. Because one day, nini will turn out to be loyal to our squad just like the rest of them, but unless given the opportunity how can he?

I am not going to act like i know alot about the NT team because i don't, but i do think what i am saying is logical


Vicky, very true about Ninis being the Greek National Teams future & players like Stelios Giannakopoulos & Angelos Basinas dont have too many more years in the National Team, but this current squad is about June 2008 not the future. Dont worry, Ninis is a great young talent & we will see alot of him in National Team, probably starting in September against Luxembourg in the opening World Cup Qualifying match as Niko said above.
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post Jun 2 2008, 10:20 AM
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Basinas is two years younger than Stelio and is having a much greater impact on the team these days. He's got at least a few years left in him as a starter. Stelio is on his way out.

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so where can we watch Greece's games?
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post Jun 5 2008, 10:20 AM
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Won't most of it be on Setanta Sports ?



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What's Setanta Sports?
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Its a channel available on Foxtel Digital for $15 a month. All of Greece's group games will be on Setanta so im ordering it today.


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oh we dont have that. can you watch it online?
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