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Can Mitroglou inspire Greece to do the unthinkable?

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The Greek national team have always been looked at as underdogs when it comes to international competitions.

After their shock European Cup win in 2004, the Greeks have fallen back into the shadows but may emerge as heroes in Brazil with the help of Kostas Mitroglou.

The Greeks have always been categorised as a defensive team, dating back to their 2004 Euro Cup victor, taking on a very conservative approach in the past, usually leaving only one striker far forward on the pitch.

Greece may still have this mentality but with Mitroglou now at the striker position, they are a dangerous offensive threat.

Mitroglou has been with the national team since 2009 but only recently emerged as an important player for the squad, helping them get through the World Cup qualifiers with his offensive skill.

It's no secret that the only Euro Cup winners still on the Greek team, Karagounis and Katsouranis are ageing quickly and will likely retire from international football after this World Cup.

Although it will be sad for Greece to see these players for the last time, it has to be reassuring that they have such a talent in Mitroglou who is only 25-years-old and is likely to have a great impact for Greece in years to come.

In late January of this year Mitroglou left Greek club Olympiacos to join English club Fulham, joining his Greek teammate, Giorgos Karagounis and signing a four and a half year contract for £11million. A great deal for a young talent that has yet to reach his peak.

Even with Mitroglou, it is not likely that Greece will win the World Cup. Then again it wasn't likely that they would win the Euro Cup in 2004.

It may not be likely but it is possible, can Mitroglou help lead Greece to the glory that they had 10 years ago in Portugal? Only time will tell.

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