GREECE (12)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

GER­MAN coach Otto Re­hhagel is en­joy­ing prov­ing his scep­tics wrong – some ob­servers had be­gun to ques­tion the 71-year-old's abil­ity to steer the 2004 Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons to the World Cup af­ter fail­ing to do so for the 2006 World Cup.

This is only the sec­ond time-ever that Greece have qual­i­fied for a World Cup fi­nals, com­ing 16 years af­ter their first ap­pear­ance in the United States in 1994 - when they lost all three group matches without scor­ing and con­ceded 10 goals.

Re­hhagel – dubbed “King Otto” – has en­joyed an eight-year run as Greece coach but the fi­nals of the World Cup was the miss­ing piece in his five decades of in­volve­ment in the game, hav­ing never coached or played at the high­est level.

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