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  1. Had we played with more confidence we could have beaten the Germans. The Italians had a game plan and showed the Germans had a glass jaw.
  2. Karagounis retire, I mean I think it was plain for everyone to see what Greece is like without Karagounis. They were flat, lacked creativity, couldn't hold the ball for more than three passes, couldn't win free kicks. With players you have to take the good with the bad. It was insane not to give Fetfa a chance, but to take Karagounis out? That will require rebuilding the squad and throwing away qualification for 2014 to give chances to and experience to youngsters and that's not going to happen.I think he's a 60 minute player and we need his leadership for two more years. Just think, he's don
  3. guys let us put things in perspective.The real Greek team didn't show up on Friday and we got two goals off the Germans. Sifakis had a nosebleed and probably wasn't seeing clearly. We had an excuse to lose to Germany, they have no excuse to give up two goals to a team lacking a natural left back, and our midfield general. Let's wait for four years and these Germans if they win nothing will be considered failures and our golden generation will have blossomed.
  4. Because many of these guys don't travel well. Giorkas was case in point, his move abroad doomed him.Look at Charisteas--he went from club to club and is now playing for a new promoted team. These guys think that it's better to be a star in Greece than a bench warmer in Germany or Italy.
  5. I know how certain things hurt, but it was a success which we should celebrate. there are regrets, why not play Fetzfatzidis, why not put Chiotis in rather than Chalkias, why have the refs against us when we could have if we qualified first beaten Portugal. Soccer is about luck and let's just say that in 2004 how about if one of those Czech shots went into the back of our net we wouldn't have won the final. We got lucky at times and it has been 8 years of at times poor skill and horrible luck such as (the offside call against a legit Gekas goal against Russia in 2008). Luck works for y
  6. I didn't see the game, I was too nervous so I won't comment. I can say a few things. Greece had what should have been a goal against the Poles, one was disallowed against the Czechs, and in addition to that 5 other goals in four games. That's 8 goals in 4 games not bad for only creating very few chances. If you look at our strike rate and compare it to the Germans we have a far better chance of scoring if we move forward. Had we not played with fear we would have won. A telling stat: When Greece played with a back four just made up of defenders, not midfielders subbing for defenders we h
  7. I don't want to be a prophet of doom, but without a leader we don't have a chance. Don't forget we had Zagorakis in the game against Portugal, he was our natural leader, made the most tackles, and kept us tight. Can Katsou fill in for him? I don't think so. Sadly in Euro 2008, we had a horrible game against Sweden, against Russia we played better in 2008 than we did against them in 2004. Gekas was called for offside even though that goal should have stood and Nikopolids acted like a maniac running out of his goal for a ball that his defenders would have no problem clearing and against Spai
  8. I didn't think they could beat Russia and they did. But they have a few problems. 1. Ninis I don't think has been the same since he was injured in the Israel game. 2. I don't know why Santos won't play Fetzfatzidis. To suddenly throw him into the frying pan against Germany is going to be reckless. 3. Who will give us a spark? Torosidis might, since he's more offensively minded than all the midfield players who will start on Friday. 4. 25 year old Makos with very limited experience has to fill in for one of the greatest soccer players in Greek history? I don't like to blame referees
  9. Also, Fotakis was not offside. ESPN showed a camera angle that showed his arm was ahead of him but the Czech player was half a yard ahead of him.
  10. Can someone answer why put katsouranis as a center back when you have so many other players who can fill that spot. I have never seen that.
  11. I agree about us being too critical, but can't agree that we played the right game against Argentina. The key to winning games is to keep the ball away from the other team and frustate them. Instead we rolled over and gave the Argentines several gifts. If we couldn't shut out Moldova and Latvia, it stands to reason that we couldn't shut out the powerful Argentines. I am not saying go for an all out attack but if Samaras had Salpi as his strike partner we could have sprung a surprise.
  12. I never said we beat Russia, I know they beat us, but we managed to pull a goal back, I felt we were in control of things, we didn't crumble and if you'll recall Tsartas nearly tied the game. The 2010 team doesn't have that fight in it.
  13. I agree with you 100% on that one.A
  14. I agree good riddance, but Greece did not play destructive football in 2004, they had a midfield line, they fought, and after six games playing some of the best teams they were never shut out.In this tournament Greece played boring soccer, except for the game against Nigeria.
  15. I am not being a wiseguy when I ask this, but would you have played with 6 or 7 defenders? Let me know how you would have done it. I would have put Giorkas, Ninis, and Salpi in from the start.Best, A
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