Greece’s Kostas Mitroglou (r), Kostas Manolas (c) and Georgios Samaras (l) training in Athens last month. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis / Reuters
Manager: Fernando Santos
Best finish: Group stages (1994, 2010)
World Cup record: P 9, W 2, D 1, L 6
It’s 10 years since Greece angered the footballing gods by winning Euro 2004 in admirably agricultural fashion, beating hosts Portugal twice. It was an impressive feat from an unfashionable side but the their World Cup pedigree is tragic by comparison. In 1994 they left the USA with no wins, no points and no goals. In 2010 they beat Nigeria but lost to Argentina and hosts South Korea.
Fernando Santos is 4-3-3 man, who allows Giorgios Samaras drop deep on the left to get possession and lollop forward the way he does. On the other flank, Dimitris Salpingidis offers more of a goal threat in support of Kostas Mitroglou. Behind them, Kostas Katsouranis (34) and Giorgios Karagounis are still options 10 years after their triumph in Portugal. Full-backs Vasilis Torosidis (Roma) and José Holebas (Olympiakos) will be threats going forward.
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What convinced Mitroglou to leave Champions League side Olympiakos for Fulham is anyone’s guess but, after injury, a manager change, three starts, no goals and then relegation, he must be dying to get out of there. With Greece, his fortunes have been vastly different, thanks largely to five of his side’s 16 goals in the qualifiers.
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The draw has been kinder than in the past, and with a miserly defence, just four conceded in the group stage, Greece can frustrate. The fear must be goals. Bosnia beat them to Brazil, also finishing on 25 points but with 30 goals rather than a mere 12. Can’t see them getting out of Group C, where Colombia, Ivory Coast and Japan look better equipped, but, sure, they’ve shocked us before.