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Republic of Ireland goalkeeping coach Jan Willem van Ede: he and head coach Vera Pauw are  desperate to repeat the success they kick-started more than a decade ago with the Dutch national team. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

With the Republic of Ireland’s vital group games at home to Greece next Thursday at Tallaght and then away to Montenegro looming, goalkeeping coach Ja(...)

Angelos Charisteas wheels away after scoring the winner in the Euro 2004 final against hosts Portugal. Photograph: Getty

Euro 2004: Portugal 0 Greece 1 July 4th, 2004 At odds of 250/1 before the tournament and having never won a match in the finals in their history it’(...)

Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz (left) celebrates his goal with team-mates  at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife. Photograph: Yves Herman / Reuters

Costa Rica 1 Greece 1 (aet, Costa Rica win 5-3 on penalties)Costa Rica have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, hanging on to d(...)

Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz: will pose a big threat in attack with Joel Campbell. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Before a ball was kicked few pundits expected Greece or Costa Rica to make much of an impression on this World Cup. But now they face each othe(...)

Giorgos Samaras of Greece celebrates scoring his team’s second goal against the  Ivory Coast. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1 Greece stubbornly refuse to enter the spirit of this liberating World Cup or give up their place in it. Water-tight, compact an(...)

Greece and Ivory Coast are both appearing at their third World Cup and neither has ever reached the second round, but that could change today when the(...)

Colombia’s Teofilo Gutierrez (left) celebrates with teammates Pablo Armero and Victor Ibarbo (right) after scoring the second  against Greece at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger / Reuters

Colombia 3 Greece 0 Being hard to beat is all well and good in the qualifiers but come tournament time the currency is goals and against Colombia in B(...)

Falcao’s Monaco team mate James Rodriquez carries Colombian hopes in the absence of ’El Tigre’

Colombia face Greece in Belo Horizonte on Saturday night with both sides having legitimate hopes of progressing from arguably the tournament’s weakest(...)

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  (...)

Colombia’s national soccer team coach Jose Pekerman, next to the injured   Radamel Falcao (right), announces the 23-man squad for the World Cup finals. Photograph: Enrique Marcarian /Reuters

Colombia’s star striker Radamel Falcao has lost his battle to be fit for the World Cup. National coach Jose Pekerman named his tournament squad on Mo(...)

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