Can the defending champions shock Europe again?
GREECE (Group D)
Group mates Sweden (10 June, Salzburg), Russia (14 June, Salzburg), Spain (18 June, Salzburg)
Three most valuable players 1) Giorgos Karagounis Proved his immense worth to Greece at Euro 2004 – he’s a clever, dynamic, tenacious midfielder, although at 31, he’s less dynamic these days. 2) Fanis Gekas The striker has thrived in German club football, and scored five goals for his country in Euro qualifying. 3) Giourkas Seitaridis Another stalwart from Euro 2004. He was injured for a lot of last season, thanks to operations on troublesome achilles tendons, but he’s back to full fitness and will offer the Greeks a solid foundation at right back.
Hard fact They finished the qualifying campaign for Euro 2008 with 31 points – more than any other team.
What the media say “On occasions, and for no good reason, this Greek team go missing. They were humbled by Steve McClaren’s England at Old Trafford, trounced 4-1 by Turkey in Athens, and were recently given a footballing lesson by Hungary. If that Greek side turn up, even for 45 minutes, then Rehhagel’s mission to retain the European Championship title will crumble as quickly as a slice