FIFA World Cup 2010: Being There Is Not Good Enough for Greece Anymore

Nicholas LianosCorrespondent IJune 16, 2010

ATHENS, GREECE - NOVEMBER 22:  Sotiris Ninis of Panathinaikos during the Super League match between Panathinaikos FC and Asteras Tripolis held on November 22, 2009 at the Olympic Stadium, in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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 After watching the horrible performance on Saturday morning Greece needs to know the following, being there is no longer acceptable.  That was all well and good before 2004. Ever since winning the Euro championship Greece's standards can no longer be just making it, it has to be make an impact. Advancing out of the group stage should be the goal from now on.

Greece 2-0 loss to South Korea is a bad loss.  It was made even worse with the way they played.  Playing unorganized, disenchanted, heartless football was a disgrace. The players should have been embarrassed by this performance.  Coach Otto Rehhegal should be embarrassed by this display.

With that said its time to turn the page and start anew on Thursday morning. The veterans run of greatness that help this team qualify for Euro 2008 and this World Cup have has simply run out.  Angelos Charisteas, Christos Patsa, Kostas Katsouranis should not see the field again. I thank them for all they have giving to the team but its time to move on and let the younger players take Greece to the next level.

Start with the addition of Sotiris Ninis at attacking midfield spot.  Ninis' speed, creativity, passing was missing on Saturday against South Korea. Not including him into the lineup was a huge mistake.  This team needs a spark and your looking at your future that starts against Nigeria.

Moving Vasilis Torosidis to the midfield is move to allow for more of an offensive attack. The versatile Torosidis can play anywhere on the pitch and is now fully healthy, something he wasn't during the 2009-2010 season for Olympiacos.  Torosidis was tied for second in goals scored in qualifying with 3 along with Charisteas. The move to the midfield will also solidify the middle of the field with the expected return of Evangelos Moras and Sotiris Kygriakos at center back.

Nikos Spyropoulos should replace Torosidis in the back line.  Spyropoulos looks forward and adds an different element to this team. With an pinpoint left foot Spyropoulos can cross the ball with the best of them allowing for the forwards to keep the pressure on the opposing goalkeeper.

I would go with a lineup of Tzorvas (G), Spyropoulos (LB), Moras (CB), Kygriakos (CB), Seiteridis (RB), Torosidis (DMF), Ninis (AMF), Karagounis (M), Salpagidis (M), Kapetanos (F) Gekas (F).

This gives us a different look of some old and new players that can threaten all over the field. This lineup has a mix of speed and creativity from the forwards and midfielders and solid defense in front of the Greek goal. I look for Greece to win this game and keep its hope of advancing alive.  Final score Greece 2 Nigeria 1.