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Greece 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Paul AnsorgeFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2014

Greece 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    Greece have announced their 30-person squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    The squad features players plying their trade in Greece, including an unsurprisingly substantial Olympiakos contingent, as well as players playing in England, Germany and Italy. 

    Their triumph in Euro 2004 was a shock of enormous proportions, but it would be as nothing compared to a Greek win in Brazil. Let's take a look at the players tasked with this Herculean endeavour. 

    Updated 19 May 2014

    The 23-person, final squad has been announced. Fernando Santos, the Portuguese coach of Greece said "I was sorry not to include players that helped us in qualification, like [midfielder] Sotiris Ninis and [Dimitris] Siovas, but the national team is above players and above the coach. We must use the safest choices," per The Guardian

Goalkeepers

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    Name: Orestis Karnezis

    Date of Birth: July 11, 1985

    Birthplace: Athens, Greece

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 17

    Club: Granada (on loan from Udinese)

     

    Name: Stefanos Kapino

    Date of Birth: March 18, 1994

    Birthplace: Piraeus, Greece

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 1

    Club: Panathinaikos

     

    Name: Panagiotis Glykos

    Date of Birth: October 10, 1986

    Birthplace: Volos, Greece

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 1

    Club: PAOK

Defenders

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    Name: Vasilis Torosidis

    Date of Birth: June 10, 1985 

    Birthplace: Xanthi, Greece

    Position: Full-back, Defensive midfielder, Right-winger

    Caps: 63

    Club: Roma

     

    Name: Ioannis "Giannis" Maniatis

    Date of Birth: October 12, 1986

    Birthplace: Livadeia, Greece

    Position: Right-back, Defensive midfielder

    Caps: 28

    Club: Olympiakos

     

    Name: Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    Date of Birth: June 9, 1988

    Birthplace: Kalamata, Greece

    Position: Centre-back, Right-back

    Caps: 46

    Club: Borussia Dortmund

     

    Name: Vangelis Moras

    Date of Birth: August 26, 1981

    Birthplace: Larissa, Greece

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 16

    Club: Hellas Verona

     

    Name: Jose Holebas

    Date of Birth: June 27, 1984

    Birthplace: Aschaffenburg, West Germany

    Position: Left-back, Left midfielder

    Caps: 20

    Club: Olympiakos

     

    Name: Kostas Manolas

    Date of Birth: June 14, 1991

    Birthplace: Naxos, Greece

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 6

    Club: Olympiakos

     

    Name: Georgios Tzavellas

    Date of Birth: November 26, 1987

    Birthplace: Athens, Greece

    Position: Centre-back, Left-back

    Caps: 12

    Club: PAOK

     

    Name: Loukas Vyntra

    Date of Birth: February 5, 1981

    Birthplace: Mesto Albrechtice, Czechoslovakia

    Position: Centre-back, Right-back

    Caps: 47

    Club: Levante

Midfielders

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    Name: Andreas Samaris

    Date of Birth: June 13, 1989

    Birthplace: Patras, Greece

    Position: Central midfielder

    Caps: 3

    Club: Olympiakos

     

    Name: Georgios "Giorgos" Karagounis

    Date of Birth: March 6, 1977

    Birthplace: Pyrgos, Greece

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 132

    Club: Fulham

     

    Name: Panagiotis Tachtsidis

    Date of Birth: February 15, 1991 

    Birthplace: Nafplio, Greece

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 4

    Club: Torino (On loan from Catania

      

    Name: Konstantinos "Kostas" Katsouranis

    Date of Birth: June 21, 1979

    Birthplace: Patras, Greece

    Position: Defensive Midfielder, Centre-back

    Caps: 109

    Club: PAOK

     

    Name: Alexandros Tziolis

    Date of Birth: February 13, 1985

    Birthplace: Katerini, Greece

    Position: Defensive midfielder

    Caps: 46

    Club: Kayserispor (On loan from PAOK)

     

    Name: Panagiotis Kone

    Date of Birth: July 26, 1987

    Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

    Position: Attacking midfielder, Winger

    Caps: 14

    Club: Bologna

     

    Name: Lazaros Christodoulopoulos

    Date of Birth: December 19, 1986 

    Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece

    Position: Attacking midfielder, Right-winger, Central midfielder

    Caps: 13

    Club: Bologna

     

    Name: Ioannis "Giannis" Fetfatzidis

    Date of Birth: December 21, 1990 

    Birthplace: Drama, Greece

    Position: Attacking midfielder, Winger

    Caps: 16

    Club: Genoa

Forwards

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    Name: Georgios Samaras

    Date of Birth: February 21, 1985

    Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece

    Position: Winger, Striker

    Caps: 71

    Club: Celtic

     

    Name: Dimitrios Salpingidis

    Date of Birth: August 18, 1981 

    Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece

    Position: Winger, Striker

    Caps: 73

    Club: PAOK

     

    Name: Theofanis "Fanis" Gekas

    Date of Birth: May 23, 1980

    Birthplace: Larissa, Greece

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 69

    Club: Konyaspor

     

    Name: Konstantinos "Kostas" Mitroglou

    Date of Birth: March 12, 1988

    Birthplace: Kavala, Greece

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 28

    Club: Fulham

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