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Greece geared up for Germany
Posted Friday, June 22, 2012 by SNTV


Greece coach Fernando Santos said on Thursday that Germany will be favourites to progress to the semi-finals when the two sides meet in the last eight of the UEFA European Championship on Friday.


SOUNDBITE: (Portuguese) Fernando Santos, Greece manager
"Of course we are very well aware that Germany are favourites. Let us not forget the German team is not just the favourite in this particular fixture but is one of the favourites to win the trophy."

SOUNDBITE: (Greek) Theofanis Gekas, Greece forward (Q. How much are you going to miss Georgos Karagounis and do you feel more responsibility to be a leader on the pitch?)
"Of course we have to say we are really going to miss Georgos Karagounis tomorrow, he is our captain, he is the soul of this team. So if it is going to be me or someone else taking the lead it doesn't matter. What is important is for all the players to be healthy and try to compensate for the absence of George all together and try to get the best out of this match."

SOUNDBITE: (Portuguese) Fernando Santos, Greece manager (Q. Is this match a 'David versus Goliath' situation and what are the different skills of the two squads?)
"It's true the size of the German national team is very big. It's an important team, they usually make it to the semi-finals, last eight or to finals. You are talking about a stable and concrete side and they always try to make it. And I'm really willing to accept the role of David to their Goliath as long as history repeats itself."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia