The sporting world will have their attention on Brazil come this summer as the 2014 FIFA World Cup is coming to the large South American country. The locals will be cheering hard for their squad to capture its record sixth World Cup title, which will be a difficult task, even with the matches being played on home soil.
There will be 32 teams dreaming of World Cup glory and every squad has to believe in their tactical ability, despite where expectations may be. Amongst them is a team that comes from the Mediterranean region of Europe-a team that has had success on the world stage before. Greece can hope for a strong performance at this year’s tournament; here are some things to preview of the squad that will be representing Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.
Group C is up for grabs
There is no question that squads will be out to compete at the senior level of major international football tournaments. In writing that, not all international teams are created equally and those who cover the sport or follow it alike, know that there are weaker groups than others and vice versa.
Fans of Greece football will see their placement in Group C as favorable, most likely. They certainly aren’t in a group stacked with world powers; filled with talent, yes, but Group C lacks a Spain or a Germany per se.
In all likelihood, the matches of Group C should be close and the top two spots can be grasped by any one of the four squads: Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, and Greece. For what it’s worth, Colombia should have the advantage playing on their home continent of South America but that hasn’t always translated in results at World Cup play. See Group C member, the Ivory Coast, for example; playing on their home continent soil in Africa at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa didn’t see them get out the group stage. Frankly, of these four teams in the group, only Japan was able to navigate into the knockout stage in the last World Cup, and Colombia didn’t even qualify for South Africa. Greece will come out hungry and have a very legitimate shot at advancing out of Group C at this year’s tournament.
Who to watch for
Greece has typically been a more defensively conscious squad, which has been successful in the past for them as they were victories in the 2004 Euro Cup. Defense doesn’t always come first, but it does for Greece and will be vital for their success at the tournament.
They’ll also have to score goals and striker Kostas Mitroglou will be keen to be the goal scorer that lifts Greece through to the knockout stage of the tournament. The Fullham man helped Greece qualify for the finals of this tournament and they’ll need his ability in Brazil. Other names like Georgios Samaras and Giorgos Karagounis will definitely play a role; Karagounis and Costas Katsouranis were both members of the 2004 European Championship squad for Greece, thus giving impeccable leadership to the 2014 team in Brazil
June 14 versus Colombia in Belo Horizonte
June 19 versus Japan in Natal
June 24 versus Ivory Coast in Fortaleza