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It makes you wonder how they produce so many good footballers with a smaller population and weaker league system than Greece

I know this topic has been beaten to death already many times but we really lack a youth academy and grass roots development system in our country.

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Greece weren’t as bad overall against Croatia other than the first leg of the playoffs. We’re not far off where a decent team we just need to fix up our midfield and get rid of the old σειρά and blood in youth. It all starts with the domestic league we need to blood in as many Greek talents as we can and forget about investing a lot of money on foreigners. Since the εθνική has been going through a revamp why not try something different.

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^^^^^

Somehow I don't think Greece would have displayed the same form as Croatia.... not even 10% of it.

I think Croatia deserved to be there. And, against England, they were stunned and lacked confidence in the first few 20 minutes, but then they hit England hard and had better chances over all.  Greece would have stayed back, behind a bus, hoping to get lucky on a rare counter or through penalties.

The semifinal game was one of the better ones this WC.  I'm looking forward Croatia playing France.

Sorry to say this about the Greek team--they play crappy football, the type you'd have to pay me to watch if I wasn't supporting the team.

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On 7/11/2018 at 9:50 PM, paokara777 said:

It makes you wonder how they produce so many good footballers with a smaller population and weaker league system than Greece

I know this topic has been beaten to death already many times but we really lack a youth academy and grass roots development system in our country.

Croatia, Uruguay, Portugal, the Scandinavian countries, etc, all produce very good teams with populations equal or lot less than Greece.

As in many other cases, the internal culture maters a lot. The Greek league--run by Greeks 100%--has been a disaster. And, if it weren't for king Otto, Greece wouldn't have won the 2004 Euro

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Viva la France! They won their 2nd cup in nations history. Good run by Croatia. 

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I think this highlights again how incredible euro 2004 was, all good and well making semis or the final but closing the deal and actually lifting the trophy is a whole new ball game, Croatia played great all tournament but wasn’t enough and the score line of the final probably didn’t do them justice.

anyhow obviously they have a much better team than us but if Manolas wasn’t disgraceful suspended by FIFA I’m confident we don’t get blown out in leg 1 and that playoff against Croatia would have been very close.

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10 hours ago, Greekoz said:

I think this highlights again how incredible euro 2004 was, all good and well making semis or the final but closing the deal and actually lifting the trophy is a whole new ball game, Croatia played great all tournament but wasn’t enough and the score line of the final probably didn’t do them justice.

anyhow obviously they have a much better team than us but if Manolas wasn’t disgraceful suspended by FIFA I’m confident we don’t get blown out in leg 1 and that playoff against Croatia would have been very close.

Yes overcoming the Czechs was the most difficult game the biggest test and getting through the first 30 minutes when they were dominating the play and the chances was huge. When Greece beat them I knew we would beat Portugal, but your right getting your hands on the trophy is a once in a lifetime opportunity and Croatia had a chance to get a star etched on there NT jersey and I don’t think they will have that opportunity again. I give them credit for a great tournament run and the resiliency they displayed.

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