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Greece: Respect earned

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Why Greece's European Championship campaign has been an utter disaster

In what turned out to be an epic display of attacking football, Greece claimed all three points over Hungary.
Greece have become the first top-seeded team in European Championship qualifying history to finish at the bottom of their group.

The tickets were distributed for free, but less than 10,000 spectators bothered to come to the wonderfully modern Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus to watch Greece playing Hungary on Sunday evening. Even that number was considered too high by some, who wanted the fans to boycott the fixture completely in order to send the strongest possible message to the Greek Football Federation (EPO).

A couple days before the last Greece game in Euro 2016 qualifiers, popular journalist Vangelis Braoudakis published...

 By Nick Miller

Netherlands among big teams making a mess of Euro 2016 qualification

Turkey secured a vital three points as two first half goals paved the way in a 3-0 win over the Netherlands moving them into third in Group A.
The ESPN FC panel discuss Netherland's poor run in European Championship qualifying after their 3-0 defeat against Turkey.

The last time the European Championships were held in France was 1984, which coincidentally was also the last time the Netherlands failed to qualify. Back then, only eight teams made it through to the finals, and only the winners of each qualification group were deemed good enough, so it was a pretty tough selection process.

On that occasion the Dutch were battling Spain for the only place in their group, and the two sides went into their respective last games, both against Malta, level on points....

 By Nick Miller

Portugal rely too much on Cristiano Ronaldo, Ireland's hopes are fading

It's heading toward crunch time in the 2016 European Championship qualifiers. ESPN FC's Nick Miller takes a look at some of the biggest talking points from this week's games.

Portugal jump on Ronaldo's back ... again

We have seen this season for Real Madrid that Cristiano Ronaldo, as he continues his relentless pursuit of cartoon goal-scoring numbers, is rarely happier than when he's doing something on his own. Ronaldo looks positively irked when his teammates score, with the notion of it being...

Greek football, both domestic and the national team, is in a state of disarray

Greek football is in a significant sporting and cultural slump after the recent highs of Olympiakos.

Almost 12 months ago, Olympiakos defeated Manchester United 2-0 in the Champions League round of 16 first leg, setting up the possibility of them making the quarterfinals for only the second time in their history, while also on course to win a fourth consecutive Super League title. Fast forward three weeks and they lost 3-0 to David Moyes' side, exiting the competition.

Despite going on to win the league in 2013-14, this season has been complicated. More than that, 2014-15 has been a difficult...

 By Sam Crocker

Asamoah Gyan hands Ghana last-gasp victory

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea -- Three thoughts on Ghana's 1-0 win vs. Algeria in Group C of the African Cup of Nations.

1. Gyan returns to save Grant

Asamoah Gyan, who missed Ghana's opening game vs. Senegal having contracted malaria, was the Black Stars' hero with an injury-time winner that secured Avram Grant's team their first points of the tournament, and very much saved the Israeli some blushes.

Ghana had seemed content with a 0-0 draw from the start, before Gyan's late, late strike -- a...

 By Michael Cox

Fatigue played a role in round of 16

If the group stage was about shocks, the round of 16 was what we expected.

For the first time since the switch to a 32-team tournament in 1998, the World Cup's round of 16 games were won by the eight group winners, with the eight runners-up eliminated.

How predictable, you might think. We might as well scrap the round of 16 and put the group winners straight through to the quarterfinals. Although, of course, the actual matches weren't remotely predictable.

Two were decided on penalties, three more...