ECONOMY

Greece’s financial woes may spur World Cup results

The financial troubles Greece is going through could actually prove to be to the benefit of its national soccer team, claims Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger (r). The French coach of the English Premier League club suggested yesterday that Greece’s players, including Vassilis Torosidis (l), could be more motivated for success in the World Cup that begins this Friday in South Africa. ‘What you might say for Greece is that the political problems in their country at the moment might end up having a positive effect on their World Cup, it is a release for them,’ he said in a statement posted yesterday onto the London club’s website. He drew a parallel with Italy four years ago, when, just after the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal broke, the Italian national team went on to win the World Cup.