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Euro Cup 2012 Tips & Predictions: Greece UEFA Euro 2012 Odds

UEFA Euro 2012 Predictions: Greece Euro Cup 2012 In Trouble: For the most part, the Greece soccer team has been a team that has been at the bottom of the rung in European soccer. Yes, the Greeks occasionally were able to win a few matches here and there and qualify for a few tournaments, but it wasn’t until 2004 that they came onto the scene in huge form. That year, they used what turned out to be a stifling defense to shock the world and win the European championship, but since that point, they haven’t had a heck of a lot to be proud of.

This isn’t nearly the first time that the Greeks have been in this tournament, but they had to know that they were given a gift of a draw in Group F for qualifying. Save for dealing with Israel, a team which Greece had no real troubles with, there shouldn’t have been a team to give the Sky Blue and Whites any trouble. That’s exactly what turned out to be the case, as they didn’t end up dropping all three points in a match in qualifying for this tournament. That being said, even though they were put into a relatively easy Group A, that doesn’t mean that there are all that many that think that the Greeks have a real chance of success on the Euro 2012 odds.

Greece Euro 2012 Schedule
Friday June 8th: Poland vs. Greece 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Tuesday, June 12th: Greece vs. Czech Republic 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Saturday, June 16th: Greece vs. Russia 2:45 p.m. (ET)

Once again, it is going to take a heck of a lot of defense and some timely goals to get the job done for Greece. This is what got the team all the way through Euro 2004, and it will be the same formula now. The problem is that there really is some major offensive firepower in Group A, not the least of which is the fact that the Galanolefki have to take on Poland in the opening match and Russia in the final match of the group stages. However, Portugal and others were stunned by the organization of this defense in 2004, and the possibility could be there for the same thing to happen once again.

The one thing that this Greece team absolutely has is a heck of a lot of experience. Giorgos Karagounis is one of the veteran players on this team, earning 116 games and eight goals for his country in international play. The problem though, is that Karagounis is 35 years old, and he is one of the many regulars that are going to be in the lineup that are 30+ years old. With that comes experience though, and Celtic’s Giorgos Samaras, Dimitris Salpingidis, Fanis Gekas, and Kostas Katsouranis are all players at least 50 caps playing in the front six or seven that Portugal’s Fernando Santos, the squad’s skipper, will throw out there. He used a ton of different combinations of lineups in qualifying for this event, and the Galanolefki will surely use a ton of their players here in Poland and Ukraine at Euro 2012 as well.

Even when the Greeks were on top of the world as the winners of Euro 2004, they never really were considered one of the premier sides in Europe. They never made it into the Top 10 in the world internationally, and they really haven’t lived up to their billing since that point. The team didn’t even qualify for the 2006 World Cup, and went out in the first round without a peep in the first round of Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. This is a chance to make amends, but it could also be a harsh reminder that this team has a long way to go to get to the top of the food chain in European soccer.

Greece 2012 Euro Championship Tips & Predictions: There is a reason that Greece is tied as the longest shot on the board on the odds to win Euro 2012 at at 80 to 1. The squad is the bottom ranked team Group A as well at +400 to win the group and +150 to advance into the knockout rounds. We just don’t see this club getting out of this opening match with even a single point against Poland, and if that’s the case, the best that we could really see is just one point. In the end, it will be a very quiet tournament for a Greece team that is going to be out of the fold very quickly.

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