Friday, 5 July 2013
This is the home shirt for Sporting Lisbon from last season. I know that Ricky Van Wolfswinkel has now transferred to Norwich but whilst he was at Sporting he did quite well which made me like him and the shirt was fairly cheap so I thought why not buy it.
First international: Greece 1-4 Italy (1929)
Biggest win: Greece 8-0 Syria (1949)
Biggest loss: Hungary 11-1 Greece (1938)
Most capped: Giorgos Karagounis (125 caps)
Top scorer: Nikos Anastopoulos (29 goals)
Best player: Vasilas Torosidis
Everyone will probably remember Greece for their momentous win at the 2004 European Championship. The Greek team was not favoured to do very well and in a group of Russia, Portugal and Spain they were not expected to even get out of the group stage. But with a surprise win against Portugal, a draw against Spain and a loss to Russia they managed to qualify for the knockout stages. Greece then beat France 1-0 in the quarter finals and then beat the Czechs 1-0 in extra time thanks to a goal from Trainos Dellas. This then led to another game against Portugal but instead this time it was the final. Greece then managed to score a goal in the 57th minute and defended solidly for the rest of the match creating one of the biggest upsets in football ever.
Nowadays Greece are usually ranked in the top 20 in the world but it will be hard to see them ever repeat their achievement from 2004.
Monday, 1 July 2013
Biggest win: Jordan 9-0 Nepal (2011)
Biggest loss: Japan 6-0 Jordan (2012)
Star player: Amer Deeb
Jordan are not known around the world as a country that are good at football but surprisingly to some people they have a chance of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. They came 3rd in their qualifying group behind Japan and Australia which means they will face a play off game against Uzbekistan. Although even if they beat Uzbekistan in this play off game they will still have to play the 5th place team in a play off from the South American qualifying and with teams like Uruguay, Venezuela and Chile all hovering around that place it would be hard to see how a team like Jordan could overcome a side like those.