GREEKS AIM TO RETURN TO GLORY DAYS
FIVE years and four months after their surprise Euro 2004 crowning, Greece are still searching for that magic touch which will lead them back to glory days.
A disastrous showing in the 2005 Confederations Cup, failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, a disappointing performance in Euro 2008 and failure to qualify outright in an easy group for the 2010 World Cup are all the team has to show in their postEuro 2004 history.
But 71-year-old German coach Otto Rehhagel, the mas- ter mind behind the Euro 2004 triumph, and a handful of players left over from that team have a chance to bring back lost respect if they get by Ukraine in the play-offs. If they accomplish that, it will only be the second time that Greece has made it to the World Cup, having done so for the first time in 1994 when they lost all their matches in the United States and even failed to score. Greece are at home today and travel to Ukraine on Wednesday.
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