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Giorgos Karagounis confirms Grrece retirement

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Greece plummeted out of the 2014 World Cup in the round of 16 after losing on penalties to Costa Rica, but this wasn't the only news to send the Greeks into despair as captain Giorgos Karagounis announced his retirement from international football on Sunday night, according to Sky Sports.

The Greeks made it through their group by the skin of their teeth, having lost on the opening day to Colombia 3-0, followed by a 0-0 draw with Japan considering the Greeks went down to ten men.

But on the final day luck was on their side as Fernando Santos' men managed to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 with a last second penalty scored by Georgios Samaras to help the Greeks finish second in the group.

Greece eliminated

In the round of 16 their run then came to an end, as considering they scored a late equaliser to take the game into extra-time along with some great goalkeeping from Keylor Navas, the Greeks couldn't take their chances and lost the game 5-3 on penalties.

But after this heart-breaking result, captain Karagounis spoke to Sky Sports at stated he won't be playing for Greece anymore, but noted how the Greek national team progressed well over the last decade.

Karagounis quotes

"This was my last game for Greece." Karagounis said. "The national team has grown up, younger players have won invaluable experiences. This is no small thing and as we helped the team come of age we hope it will continue to be as successful in the future."

Karagounis has been an ideal player for Greece, as the 37-year-old can be proud of what he has achieved in a blue and white shirt.

In the game against Costa Rica the veteran midfielder played the whole 120 minutes and seemed to outlast the rest of his younger teammates and competitors covering impressive ground.

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Whilst representing his country the current free agent made 139 appearances on the international stage along with scoring ten goals as the Greek made his debut in 1999.

The midfielder helped Greece to win the Euro 2004 Championship against Portugal playing a key part on route to the final as well as scoring on the opening day against the runners-up.

Karagounis has also played in two World Cups and three European Championships having scored in two major competitions but never in a World Cup.

The 37-year-old has become a national icon for the Greeks and has left a long legacy that should be respected at the highest level.

There is no doubt that Karagounis will be hard to replace, but with a new manager coming into the job their focus may move onto qualifying for Euro 2016, as Greece's next match will be against Romania in September followed by Finland and Northern Ireland in October.

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