Euro 2012 team guide: Group A – Greece

Everything you need to know about Group A competitors Greece

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COACH: Fernando Santos

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WORLD RANKING: 14

QUALIFIED: Group F winner

BEST EURO FINISH: Winners (2004)

FORMATION: 4-3-3

PLAYING STYLE: Defensive

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

STRENGTHS: Their defensive shape and discipline make them extremely difficult to break down and score against.

WEAKNESSES: However, a serious lack of flair and creativity means they struggle to score enough goals at the other end.

TEAM RATING:

STAR PLAYER:

Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Position: Centre-back

Age: 20

Club: Schalke

The powerfully built youngster has burst onto the scene in the past 12 months. He’s comfortable on the ball, wins tackles and likes to step out of defence with the ball at his feet.

THE CAPTAIN:

Giorgos Karagounis

There’s nothing fancy about this 35-year-old Panathinaikos midfielder – but he sets the tempo with his accurate passing.

GREECE FACTS:

Capital: Athens
Population: 11.3 million
Official language: Greek
Best ever player: Dimitris Saravakos

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