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Greece's World Cup Preview: The Roster

Rodin, Le PenseurGreece

The Keeper

Kostas Chalkias will be the likely starting keeper this summer and the 35 year old will also be playing in what will likely be his first and last World Cup.  Chalkias is probably considered to be around the middle of the pack in the keeper category and the keeper also has a decent amount of international experience with around 30 caps.  Overall this unit is pretty solid though.

Grade: C +

The Defense

Sotirios Kyrgiakos anchors the back line and the AEK Athens defender leads the unit with over 50 caps in his international career.  Giourkas Seitaridis, Avraam Papadopoulos, Vassilis Torosidis, and Loukais Vyntra all will play valuable roles as well in the defensive schemes.  The Greek national football team is well known for giving opponents several different looks and using several different players.  Last Cup in the 1990’s they were the only team to play every man on their roster.  This includes all three goalies as well.

Grade: B –

The Midfield

Captain and former Inter man Georgios Karagounis leads the unit and the thirty two year old has the most caps of any player on the team with over 90 during his international career.  Karagounis will likely be joined by Panathinaikos teammate Kostas Katsouranis who has over 60 caps in his international career as well.  Pantelis Kafes will also be a likely starter as well with 45 caps in his international career.

Grade: B –

The Forwards

Theofanis Gekas might not have great name recognition, but the guy deserves another shoutout for his ten goal performance in the WCQ.    Dimitris Salpigidis will also play a valuable role with the club and he was the hero of the WCQ when he scored the winner in the away leg against Uruaguay for a spot in the tournament. Ioannis Amanatidis and Angelos Charisteas should also see some critical minutes as well.

Grade: C +


The Greek squad relies heavily on balance and great depth rather then superstar players.  They have a very respectable domestic league in the nation and all of their players are featured in the homeland’s league.  This might hurt them a little bit considering they lack a great deal of experience in international play and few superstar players call Greece’s league their home.  But with great success in recent memory (the club won Euro 2004), the club is fully prepared for a legendary run this World Cup.  But the odds of that happening is still not in the club’s favor.

Grade: C +

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