Wednesday Jan 28, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
9o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greece's players given heroes' welcome in Athens

Greece's World Cup squad received a heroes' welcome home on their return to Athens on Tuesday after reaching the World Cup last 16 for the first time in their history.

Over 200 supporters greeted the players at Eleftherios Venizelos airport in an impromptu gathering, chanting loudly and embracing them as they made their way through the arrivals hall.

The Greeks lost on penalties to 10-man Costa Rica in a second-round match in Recife on Sunday after a match in which they missed several opportunities ended 1-1 in extra time.

"We thank all the people who came here and all Greeks, midfielder Costas Katsouranis told reporters.

"Unfortunately, we could not give them a little more joy for a while longer. We are proud and we thank the fans who recognize this."

Fanis Gekas, whose shootout penalty was saved by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas to send the Greeks out, thanked the supporters. For me it means so much, such love is the best reward for us, he said.

Although there was no official gathering organized by the Hellenic Football Federation or the government, the state was represented by Deputy Minister for Sport Yiannis Adrianos, who pledged to follow through on the team's wish to forfeit their bonuses for a new training centre.

"Today is a day for our national team, he said. I want to say a big thank you from the bottom of my heart, like all Greeks. Also, it's the obligation of the state for the issue of the training centre, the Prime Minister's interest is a given and we will begin planning."

Outgoing Greece coach Fernando Santos was conspicuous by his absence, the 59-year-old Portuguese having returned to his homeland after his contract expired.

[Reuters]

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday Jul 1, 2014 (21:23)  
PAOK strikes deal with Portugals Ricardo Costa
Basket League favorites survive challenges on the road
Olympiakos overcomes depleted OFI at Iraklio
Tremendous Spanoulis sweeps Laboral Kutxa
Germans in shock as new Greek leader starts with a bang
In his first act as prime minister on Monday, Alexis Tsipras visited the war memorial in Kaisariani where 200 Greek resistance fighters were slaughtered by the Nazis in 1944. The move did no...
Golden Dawn suggests it backs coalition over Russia, privatizations
Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn issued a statement on Wednesday in which it indicated that it supports the government's decisions to stop privatizations and to block further European Union sanctions ag...
Inside News
Greece credit swaps surge to signal 70 pct probability of default
Greek sovereign bond risk is soaring as newly elected Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras seeks to overhaul the countrys debt agreements. Credit-default swaps now signal a 70 percent probability ...
European stocks decline for a second day as Greece leads losses
European stocks declined for a second day, erasing earlier gains, as Greek equities led losses. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slipped 0.2 percent to 367.86 at 10:56 a.m. in London. The gauge ro...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
Greece puts mind over money
Whenever a public intellectual runs for or is appointed to high public office, people who think and/or write for a living tend to get very excited. At some point after that, they usually get...
COMMENTARY
EU must accept that Greek debt relief is inevitable
A prediction for you: Greece and the European Union will split the difference in their quarrel over debt relief. What's uncertain is how their respective governments will justify the new dea...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Germans in shock as new Greek leader starts with a bang
2. Greece credit swaps surge to signal 70 pct probability of default
3. Golden Dawn suggests it backs coalition over Russia, privatizations
4. New FinMin slams bailout deals as toxic mistake, sees chance to reboot Europe
5. Greek PM Tsipras pushes on with radical change, markets tumble [Update]
6. European stocks decline for a second day as Greece leads losses
more news
Today
This Week
1. Athens may veto further EU sanctions against Russia
2. Greece's looming clash in Europe starts with sanctions on Russia
3. EU must accept that Greek debt relief is inevitable
4. Greek PM Tsipras pushes on with radical change, markets tumble [Update]
5. EU toughens stance after Tsipras names cabinet
6. A turn toward responsibility
Today
This Week
1. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
2. SYRIZA heads for historic victory but without majority
3. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
4. Greeks fork out nearly 5 pct of their incomes on telecom services
5. Greek Elections 2015: The day after | LIVE
6. Unsupervised voting
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.