The Greece national team couldn’t have been given a better spot in the knockout stage. Colombia are the best team in this group, but they will be without top striker Radamel Falcao. Besides Colombia, Greece have two good matchups against Japan and Ivory Coast. Although Greece are young and experienced, their group is easy enough for them to make it to the Round of 16.
Greece have a decent offense highlighted by Kostas Mitroglou, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Dimitris Salpingidis. Their defense isn’t too shabby either with the combination of Vasilis Torosidis and Georgios Tzavellas. Torosidis, in particular, got a lot better for A.C. Roma in Serie A. Torosidis gained a lot of experience, and he will make an impact in this year’s World Cup by being an aggressive defender.
Manager Fernando Santos has a lot of young talent on this team, and it will be interesting to see how this Greece team develops in the next few weeks. This year’s World Cup will likely be the last one for Kostas Katsouranis, and Greece will use that as motivation to make a run. Greece have the talent to make it past the knockout stage, but they likely won’t go any further, as they would have to go through England or Italy, which are both bad matchups.
Group Stage Game 1: Greece vs. Colombia – Saturday June 14, noon EST on ABC.
Group Stage Game 2: Greece vs. Japan – Thursday June 19, 6 p.m. EST on ESPN.
Group Stage Game 3: Greece vs. Ivory Coast – Tuesday June 24, 4 p.m. EST on ESPN2.