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Greece: Respect earned

Team Assessment Jul 1, 2014
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Best of Karagounis' Greece career

Greece Jun 30, 2014
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Positivity for Greece in wake of exit

Greece Jun 29, 2014
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Five Aside: Round of 16 records fall

Five Aside Jun 29, 2014
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Engineering the rise of Greece

Greece Jun 29, 2014
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Hero Samaras deserves respect

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World Cup firsts abound on Matchday 13

Five Aside Jun 24, 2014
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 Posted by Michael Cox
Jul 2, 2014

Fatigue played a role in round of 16

Relive all of the best moments from the World Cup 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 mo...

 Posted by Chris Paraskevas
Jul 1, 2014

Assessment: History made, respect earned

Greece were left to rue their missed chances against Costa Rica on Sunday.
Greece players look dejected after their round of 16 exit to Costa Rica on penalties but their tournament was not without its plus points.

Greece have bowed out of the World Cup at the Last 16 and ESPNFC blogger Chris Paraskevas gives his verdict on the brighter points of the campaign as well as what went wrong.

One sentence, World Cup recap

Greece made history, earned plenty of respect and have laid the foundation for this team to build towards the next European Championships and World Cup.

All team assessments

Group Stage: Australia | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Cameroon | Croatia | Ecuador | England | Ghana | Honduras | Italy | Iran
Ivory Coast Japan | Portugal | Russia | South Korea | Spain
Round of 16: Algeria | Chile | Greece | Mexico
Nigeria | Switzerland | Uruguay | United States
Quarterfinals: Colombia | France | Belgium | Costa Rica
Semifinals: Brazil | Netherlands
Finalists: Argentina
Winners: Germany

Star Man

Kostas Manolas. The Olympiakos centre-back wasn't always convincing during his first two seasons with the Greek giants but he loo...

 Posted by Chris Paraskevas
Jun 30, 2014

The best of Karagounis' Greece career

A look ahead at the final matches for the Round of 16, while Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history with a shootout win over Greece, and the Netherlands overcame Mexico in stoppage time.

After more than a decade of service to his Greece -- and with 139 senior caps to his name -- Giorgos Karagounis has officially retired from international football.

The Euro 2004-winner has played in England, Italy and Portugal during a long and successful career. But it is his contributions in the blue and white colours of his country that will always be most fondly remembered by Greek fans.

In no particular order, here are five of his most memorable moments for Greece.

1. 1998 U-21 European ch...

 Posted by Matt Levin
Jun 29, 2014

Costa Rica's Navas saves the day

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas takes a moment to thank his team and supporters.

The Ticos were down to 10 players. The offense looked gassed. The defense seemed utterly vulnerable. And yet Greece could not finish off Costa Rica because keeper Keylor Navas stood like a mountain in goal.

He kept Costa Rica in the match as the rest of the team struggled through Recife's relentless humidity in the late stages against Greece. His save in penalty kicks cemented the best performance of his career and perhaps the top goalkeeping showcase of the tournament. Navas ruined the Greeks a...

 Posted by Iain Macintosh
Jun 29, 2014

Ten-man Ticos' tough triumph

The ESPN expert panel discuss how Costa Rica were able to withstand a late charge from Greece and advance in penalties.

Even Jorge Luis Pinto's mum would never have predicted that the only team from Group D to reach the quarterfinals would be Costa Rica. And yet there they are, preparing to do battle with the Netherlands while hundreds of millions of pounds worth of Uruguayan, Italian and English footballers sit on the sofa and watch it all on TV. And they've deserved it too.

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Their fight for a place in the last eight began as a concerted effort to knock down an obdurate Greek defence, offered 14 minutes of relat...

 Posted by Chris Paraskevas
Jun 29, 2014

Greece positive despite elimination

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas was the hero for 10-man Costa Rica as the nation reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in their history, beating Greece 5-3 on penalties.

When Sokratis Papastathopoulos gets married July 5 at Cape Sounio's St. Constantine and Helen Church, you wonder whether his mind will stray for a moment at the altar.

The centre-back, who seemed to have put Greece on the cusp of the quarterfinals of the World Cup with his injury-time equalizer against Costa Rica, was happy to postpone his wedding day in the event of victory. Perhaps the celebrations will have a bittersweet feeling.

Penalties, after all, are arguably the worst way to lose...