2014 FIFA World Cup – Getting Greece to the Final

2014 FIFA World Cup – Getting Greece to the Final

📅22 April 2014, 11:42

Currently coming in at number 10 in FIFA’s world rankings, Greece will have to live up to its reputation as one of the top European teams during this year’s World Cup competition.

Greeted by bookies the world over as an underdog, Greece upset the lot and earned themselves a top 10 ranking in the FIFA standing’s after taking the UEFA Euro competition in 2004. Since then, the team has qualified for all major events’ finals, save for the Euro Cup Quarter-finals in 2012.


While the Greek style of football maybe draw influence form the traditional Catnaccio-style of play, it bears little resemblance to the old system.  Zone defending and less emphasis on attacking structure are what helped the team earn their distinction as UEFA Euro winners in 2004.


Strong defensive tactics, being quick on the ball and stringing together passes from the back-end to offensive players are what make brought this team from underdog status to one of the world’s top 10.


Greece poses no real attacking threat to opponents of worth. Their emphasis on defensive tactics may strengthen the backfield, but wins can only be achieved through smart offense and finding the back of the opponent’s goal.

Inconsistent overall and while they have proven themselves to be worthy of merit on the international stage, they lack the reliable qualities that would deliver them another title.