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Greece: Respect earned

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Resetting of expectations gives Greece a chance to qualify for Russia 2018

The FC crew examine the World Cup playoff draw in Europe and Italy's chances of qualifying for Russia.
Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes preview and predict the playoff fixtures of World Cup qualifying.

If your predecessors overachieve, you are bound to be in trouble. Greece will never regret winning Euro 2004, of course, but the generations that came after the triumph are a bit unlucky.

Their efforts had always been compared -- both domestically and globally -- to the incredible feat of becoming European champions, thus failure was unavoidable, despite the fact that Greece managed to remain relatively stable and keep the same style.

Their brand is so-called boring defensive football, even before...

 By Chris Wright

Incredible miss from Kozanis' Thanasis Takidis in Greek lower leagues

There's a good chance you missed last weekend's clash between Makedonikos Kozanis and Vatera in the regional fourth tier of Greek football.

Thankfully, there was but one notable highlight -- a truly amazing miss from Kozanis striker Thanasis Takidis.

Indeed, having picked the goalkeeper's pocket, our friend Thanasis still somehow failed to hit the back of the net despite finding himself less than 30cm out from a completely vacant goal.

While it should be noted that the defender on the line did actually...

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Edin Dzeko sent off for relieving opponent of his shorts

Edin Dzeko had to have known he'd be sent off for his actions against Greece on Sunday.

Well now, Edin Dzeko. What exactly were you thinking here?

The incident occurred in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday, with Dzeko's Bosnia-Herzegovina leading 1-0 at Greece in the second half.

Dzeko fell down over the ball and -- taking objection to Sokratis Papastathopoulos standing over him -- the former Manchester City striker pulled the defender's shorts down to his knees.

Then in a finishing...

 By Jason Dasey

Leckie, Kruse and Burns must learn from Tim Cahill's Socceroos' success

For once, Tim Cahill wasn't the hero on home soil as Mathew Leckie grabbed a rare international goal to keep Australia on track in the two-match series against the birth nation of coach Ange Postecoglou.

The last gasp 1-0 victory over Greece on a rain-sodden Sydney pitch means that the Socceroos prepare for the concluding game in Melbourne on Tuesday night with a spring in their step.

It also raised hopes that FC Ingolstadt's Leckie might one day turn into the kind of forward that Australia so desperately...

 By Rory Smith

How 'boring' Greece stunned the world to win Euro 2004

Greece won the 2004 Euros amid harsh criticism that they were boring and played anti-football.

Takis Fyssas's fiancée, Christina, was worried. They had set a date for their wedding: July 9, 2004. Everything was arranged. The ceremony would be held on the beach at Vouliagmeni, an ornate seaside town about 15 miles south of Athens. They had been living in Lisbon that year but wanted to get married at home, surrounded by 300 of their friends and family.

That summer's European Championships would only have finished a few days before the ceremony. The final was scheduled for July 4. Fyssas'...

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

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...