Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis (Granada), Panagiotis Glykos (PAOK), Stefanos Kapino (Panathinaikos).
Defenders: Kostas Manolas, Giannis Maniatis, Jose Holebas (all Olympiakos), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund), Giorgios Tzavellas (PAOK), Loukas Vyntra (Levante), Vasilis Torosidis (Roma), Vangelis Moras (Verona).
Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis (Kayserispor), Andreas Samaris (Olympiakos), Kostas Katsouranis (PAOK), Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Torino), Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Genoa), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Bologna), Panagiotis Kone (Bologna).
Forwards: Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK), Giorgios Samaras (Celtic), Konstantinos Mitroglou (Fulham), Theofanis Gekas (Konyaspor)
14 June v Colombia (Belo Horizonte)
19 June v Japan (Natal)
24 June v Ivory Coast (Fortaleza)
A team that can always cause a surprise, they are not to be underestimated. Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Roma’s Vasilis Torosidis provide a commanding centre-back pairing.
The Greeks will aim to press to win the ball back and cover players when they are beaten. Georgios Samaras is more useful for his link-up play than his goalscoring ability, with only eight goals in 71 appearances.
There is no real source of creativity from midfield. Giorgos Karagounis can still thread a good ball but, at 37-years-old, may lack the stamina to last. Greece will aim to contain their opposition, if they concede first there is no back-up plan.
Despite having endured a faltering start to his Premier League career, Kostas Mitroglou is the Greeks’ biggest goal threat. His hold-up play and creativity in the box will be key.
With a tough opening fixture against Colombia, they would require two great performances against Ivory Coast and Japan to progress. The Greeks will not go down without a fight but might struggle to make the last 16.
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