Greece Squad for Brazil World Cup Announced

Greek-football-team-brazil-world-cup-2014Greece’s national football team head coach Fernando Santos offered no surprise selections in his 23-man squad for next month’s 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, announced Monday.

Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis, Panagiotis Glykos, Stefanos Kapin

Defenders: Kostas Manolas, José Holebas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Vasilis Torosidis, Giorgos Tzavelas, Loukas Vyntra, Vaggelis Moras

Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis, Andreas Samaris, Giannis Maniatis, Kostas Katsouranis, Giorgos Karagounis, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Ioannis Fetfatzidis, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Panagiotis Kone

Forwards: Dimitris Salpingidis, Giorgios Samaras, Konstantinos Mitroglou, Theofanis Gekas

“The only selection criteria was to pick players who make me feel safe concerning tactics, and are in good physical shape. Until 3-4 weeks ago, I wasn’t 100 percent about all the choices, like Mitroglou, whom at the time I hadn’t seen on the field. I saw him, finally, he seemed okay and I took him. I would like to have seen more players, but this wasn’t possible, and therefore they are not in the final team. From the moment we had to provide FIFA with 30 members, I had no doubts -more or less- about the final composition,” Santos said of his selection of the Greek national team.

Santos also announced that he will be taking amateur footballer Manos Sergios, who has played for football teams in Brazil. Sergios is said to help the efforts of the Greek national team, providing insight on the rival teams and their tactics.



  1. While we cheer our players to victory we must remember that officiating can make or break a championship. June 2012 UEFA semi-finals Greece played Russia when Georgios Karagounis was fouled but was given a yellow card eliminating him from the next crucial game in the tournament. Although the foul happened in front of him the official’s anti-Greek politics interfered with his impartiality. After viewing the video Karagounis demanded the yellow card be retracted but never was. Karagounis was not allowed to play and the rest was history. If the same official was to be scheduled in a game with Greece, the coaches should immediately protest and demand an alternate, one hopefully with better vision and a clear conscious.