Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

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.

All the week­end’s World Cup fix­tures and logs, page 8

Otto Re­hhagel

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