Greece prepare for Hungary encounter
European Champions Greece will tackle Hungary in Budapest tomorrow (Saturday May 24th). The Greeks are coming off a 2-0 in over Cyprus in Patras. That game featured a Greek team which was filled with a variety of youth stars; however this match will feature a side likely to compete in this summer’s European Championship.
Greece visit the venue where they ended their EURO 2008 Qualifying campaign. This time the stakes wont be as high, but a good result will be necessary in order to keep up the confidence ahead of their EURO 2008.
On another note, Greece youngster Sokratis Papastathopoulos was called up to the national team roster earlier this week. This match will be his final chance to shine ahead of cut of one squad member.
Goalkeepers: Antonios Nikopolidis (Olympiacos CFP), Konstantinos Chalkias (Aris Thessaloniki FC), Alexandros Tzorvas (OFI Crete FC).
Defenders: Sotirios Kyrgiakos (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giourkas Seitaridis (Club Atlético de Madrid), Traianos Dellas (AEK Athens FC), Loukas Vintra (Panathinaikos FC), Nikolaos Spiropoulos (Panathinaikos FC), Ioannis Goumas (Panathinaikos FC), Vassilis Torosidis (Olympiacos CFP), Christos Patsatzoglou (Olympiacos CFP), Paraskevas Antzas (Olympiacos CFP), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (AEK Athens FC).
Midfielders: Angelos Basinas (RCD Mallorca), Stelios Giannakopoulos (Released by Bolton Wanderers), Georgios Karagounis (Panathinaikos FC), Alexandros Tziolis (Panathinaikos FC), Konstantinos Katsouranis (SL Benfica).
Forwards: Dimitrios Salpingidis (Panathinaikos FC), Nikolaos Liberopoulos (AEK Athens FC), Theofanis Gekas (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Georgios Samaras (Celtic FC), Ioannis Amanatidis (Eintracht Frankfurt), Angelos Charisteas (1. FC Nürnberg).
Check back for analysis and highlights after tomorrow’s game.
Player profiles to follow after official EURO 2008 squad is named.
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