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World Cup: Potential Greece squad

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With the World Cup now less than 40 days away, the footballing world will soon descend upon Brazil. Here, we look at how Greece could line up at this summer's tournament.

At the last World Cup, Greece finished third in their group with one win and two losses, so there is a bit of work needed to improve. If they can make it through their group this time it will be a big boost for the team.

Probable squad of 23:

Goalkeepers - Alexandros Tzorvas, Panagiotis Glykos

Defenders - Giannis Maniatis, Giorgos Tzavellas, Kostas Manolas, Avraam Papadopoulos, Loukas Vyntra, Vasilis Torosidis, Jose Holebas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Midfielders - Alexandros Tziolis, Giorgos Karagounis (Captain) Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Sotiris Ninis, Kostas Fortounis, Kostas Katsouranis, Giannis Fetfatzidis and Panagiotis Kone

Forwards - Giorgos Samaras, Kostas Mitroglou, Dimitris Salpingidis, Dimitris Papadopoulos and Theofanis Gekas

Key player - Georgios Samaras. Held as a hero in Greece with his pace and ability, the Celtic man will lead the line and be looking to put himself in the shop window especially with his contract in the SPL ending this summer.

Player to watch - Sokratis Papastathopoulos. He has established himself as a rock-solid centre-half with Borussia Dortmund during the last couple of seasons.

While he is exceptionally tall, he also has a lot of pace, which will make a difference if any teams look to catch Greece out.

Manager - Fernando Santos took over in July 2010 and was seen as the heir apparent to Otto Rehhagel, who brought success at Euro 2004.

Since Santos took over, he has followed the same principles and has made the team incredibly hard to score against.

Hiis record says it all with only five losses in 42 games. That stat could be crucial in that if the team can go unbeaten in their group, they could go far and teams will have to be aware it will be tough to break them down.

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