Shocks In A Snippet: Greece Euro 2004

Who? – Greece Men’s National Team

What? – Euro 2004

Where? – Portugal

When? – June – July 2004

How? – ‘Boring’ Greece pulled off a sensational run towards the final of Euro 2004 and defeated the host nation Portugal on their own soil in one of the greatest upsets in International history. German manager Otto Rehhagel tactics, with player of the tournament and former Leicester City player Theodoros Zagorakis and Euro 2004 Final’s only goalscorer Angelos Charisteas were just some of the key reasons for their shock success. Below is there path to how they beat off other nations to the trophy.

Group A:

Matchday 1: Portugal 1-2 Greece (Karagounis 7′, Basinas 51′ pen)

Matchday 2: Greece 1-1 Spain (Charisteas 66′)

Matchday 3: Russia 2-1 Greece (Vryzas 43′)

Quarter-Final: France 0-1 Greece (Charisteas 55′)

Semi-Final: Greece 1-0 Czech Republic (Dellas 105+1′ Silver Goal Rule)

Final: Portugal 0-1 Greece (Charisteas 57′)

Greece Euro 2004 Squad:

Antonis Nikopolidis (Panathinaikos), Kostas Chalkias (Panathinaikos), Fanis Katergiannakis (Olympiakos)

Traianos Dellas (Roma), Yannis Goumas (Panathinaikos), Yourkas Seitaridis (Panathinaikos), Takis Fyssas (Benfica), Nikos Dabizas (Leicester City), Stelios Venetidis (Olympiakos), Michalis Kapsis (AEK Athens)

Costas Katsouranis (AEK Athens), Angelos Basinas (Panathinaikos), Theodoros Zagorakis (AEK Athens), Pantelis Kafes (Olympiakos), Vassilis Lakis (AEK Athens), Vassilis Tsartas (AEK Athens), Giorgios Georgiadis (Olympiakos), Stelios Giannakopoulos (Bolton), Giorgos Karagounis (Inter Milan)

Dimitrios Papadopoulos (Panathinaikos), Zisis Vryzas (Fiorentina), Angelos Charisteas (Werder Bremen), Demis Nikolaidis (Atletico Madrid)

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