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2014 World Cup Nation Profile: Greece

2014 World Cup Nation Profile Greece

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The 2014 World Cup is approaching fast as we are less than 40 days until the first kickoff. We will be previewing each participating country over the next two weeks in order to give you a little background on how that nation qualified for the World Cup as well as some key players to keep an eye on as the tournament progresses. We continue our coverage with Greece.

2014 World Cup Nation Profile

Confederation: UEFA
Manager: Fernando Santos
2014 FIFA World Cup Group: C
FIFA World Rank: 10 (as of April 2014)
Qualifying Record (W-D-L): 9-2-1
All-Time FIFA World Cup Record (W-D-L): 1-0-5

Impact Players

1. Alexandros Tziolis — Kayserispor (Turkish Super League) — Alexandros Tziolis does not have the most international experience nor does he play in the best club league in the world but he does have something that is very valuable at this time in a World Cup preparation; the trust of his manager. It doesn’t matter how Greece lines up, manager Fernando Santos has started Tziolis in the ever important central midfield spot.

One of the things that makes Tziolis dangerous is that he is not the typical defensive midfielder type, he plays more of a playmaker role from his deep midfield position. His distribution skills will need to be very crisp for Greece to have a chance to advance.

2. Kostas Mitroglou — Fulham (English League Championship) — One of the things that Greece is a good young goalscorer; Mitroglou could fill that role. It was looking like that was the direction that he was headed as he was having a good season with Olympiacos before being transferred to Fulham.

Unfortunately for Mitroglow, he has only made three appearances for Fulham while nursing an injury. Santos is expected to release his squad soon and I expect to see Mitroglou on that squad.

Group Stage Schedule

June 14: vs. ColombiaEstádio Mineirão (Belo Horizonte), 12:00 p.m. EDT
June 19: vs. Japan, Arena das Dunas (Natal), 6:00 p.m. EDT
June 24: vs. Ivory CoastEstádio Castelão (Fortaleza), 4:00 p.m. EDT

Prediction

In a group made up like this one where there is a nation from Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, the safe bet is that the European and South American nations will go through. However in this case though, I feel like the European nation is not as strong. Therefore, I am picking Greece to not advance from the group stage.

Check back in with Stoppage Time Soccer for all of your 2014 World Cup news and notes from training camps all the way through the Final.

Matthew Evans is a soccer writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google

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