Euro 2012 Scores: Why Greece Will Make Another Run in European Championship

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 17, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 16:  Giorgos Samaras, Giannis Maniatis and Giorgos Tzavelas of Greece celebrate victory and progress to the quarter finals during the UEFA EURO 2012 group A match between Greece and Russia at The National Stadium on June 16, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Nobody believed in Greece at the 2004 European Championship and few aren't believing in 2012.

Not me.

Greece is capable of making another deep run in the European Championship. 

If they play Germany in the next round, which is highly possible, it's going to be extremely difficult to make it past the Germans. But that's why they play the game. 

Defense, and more importantly, tactical defending, is what the Greeks do better than any team in the world. It may be boring, it may be hard to watch, you may consider them lucky, but they find ways to get it done.

When it's single elimination, anything can happen. Similar to what Greece did to Russia, if you defend as well as they did, play counter-attack football and capitalize on scoring chances, you can defeat any team in the world.

Let's take a trip down memory lane.

In 2004, Greece was in Group A with the host country, Portugal. Greece finished with four points, two points behind Portugal. It scored four goals and conceded four goals.

In 2012, Greece is in Group A with one of the host countries (Poland). It finished in second place with four points, two points behind the winner. The team has scored three goals and conceded three goals.

History is repeating itself.

All Greece has to do is defend, create on the counter attack and capitalize on scoring opportunities. It sounds like everything has to go perfectly for Greece to compete.

Well, that's the way it had to happen in 2004.

During the knockout stages, Greece defeated European powers France, Czech Republic and Portugal by scores of 1-0. 

Defense reigned supreme, Greece capitalized on scoring opportunities and kept its form. They did it against the world's best teams. 

It can happen again. 

 

Prediction

If Greece plays Germany, it's going to be extremely difficult because of how great the Germans have played thus far. Nevertheless, the upset can still take place. It might not seem probable, but anything is possible.

Despite the opponent, Greece has what it takes to make another run at a European Championship. 

 

For complete scores and schedules check out bbc.co.uk.