Wednesday April 22, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Karagounis: We've reached our goal in emphatic fashion

By George Georgakopoulos

Greece’s players stressed that they got what they deserved, but appeared quite reserved after the game with the Ivory Coast being visibly tired from the historic triumph of the national team that has seen it through to the last 16 of the World Cup.

Captain Giorgos Karagounis stated: “We are all very happy, it was what we had wanted from the start, to advance to the second round. We have achieved that in emphatic fashion, we were the better team throughout the 90 minutes and when you win right at the end, it makes it ever sweeter.

“In the end we got what we deserved and we have made all Greeks proud. Let’s hope we stay here for long, Greece will make this World Cup even more beautiful, as the heart of the Greeks helps us play against the odds and we have done it again after the Euro 2012 with Russia,” said Karagounis.

A sweating and exhausted coach Fernando Santos explained why he opted for leaving center forwards Fanis Gekas and Costas Mitroglou out and choosing Dimitris Salpingidis, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Giorgos Samaras in attack: “We thought it would be a good idea to play with three highly mobile strikers up front and Samaras has played at the edge of the attack several times at Celtic.” He added that “we obviously want to march along in the competition.”

Salpingidis appeared very collected after the game and stated: “We have cast the critics aside and fought for our country,” while Samaras said “We have given the Greeks a reason to smile.”

Christodoulopoulos added: “It was an amazing performance by our team. We have shown what we can do on an individual basis and what this can generate when combined into a team.”

Prime Minister Samaras sent a message of congratulations to Santos and the players, while Greece fans started gathering at Omonia Square in central Athens and at the White Tower in downtown Thessaloniki to celebrate a historic triumph, state TV channel NERIT reported.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday June 25, 2014 (01:47)  
Second win for the Reds over Barca in four days
Panathinaikos recovers to beat CSKA for 2-1
Petrounias wins gold in Europeans
Panelefsiniakos is relegated from the Basket League
Greek PM eyes Merkel support
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday in Brussels in a bid to secure a statement of political support from Berlin amid tough negotiations wit...
Mayors resist coalition´s demand to hand over cash reserves
Mayors insisted on Tuesday that they would not allow their municipalities’ cash reserves to be transferred to the Bank of Greece, as the government wants, at least until they have held a mee...
Inside News
Carrot to pay income tax all in one go
In an effort to bolster crumbling budget revenues, the Finance Ministry is considering offering a 10-15 percent income tax discount for those who choose to pay their dues in a lump sum this ...
IOBE: No agreement would be a huge failure
Greece’s Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) on Tuesday revised this year’s growth estimate from 3 to 1 percent, while its head, Nikos Vettas, described the possible lack ...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
IMF needs to correct its big Greek bailout mistake
The Greek government's mounting financial woes are leading it to contemplate the unthinkable: defaulting on a loan from the International Monetary Fund. Instead of demanding repayment and fu...
COMMENTARY
Tragedy in the Mediterranean
Every time we in the West see yet another video of an atrocity committed by Islamic State or Boko Haram and express our abhorrence, and every time we are shocked to read of a boatload of mig...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Second win for the Reds over Barca in four days
2. Carrot to pay income tax all in one go
3. IOBE: No agreement would be a huge failure
4. Haircut on Greek banks’ collateral?
5. Uncertainty hits bookings from Germany and the UK
6. No leap in relations with Russia
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek government's popularity takes a hit as talks drag on
2. Tragedy in the Mediterranean
3. No ferries on Labor Day as seamen take industrial action
4. ECB studying curbs on Greek bank support
5. Silence is not an option
6. Two men accused of migrant smuggling face prosecutor over deadly shipwreck
Today
This Week
1. Quarantine for Greek bank subsidiaries in neighboring countries
2. Time to get serious
3. Putting off payments led to Q1 budget primary surplus
4. Obama calls for flexibility in Greek reform talks in brief exchange with Varoufakis
5. Greek government's popularity takes a hit as talks drag on
6. Greece denies report that it is preparing for debt default
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.