The Greek national team left Athens on Friday for Portugal, the start of their long journey towards the World Cup with three friendly matches en route to South America.
Greece faces Portugal in Lisbon Saturday followed by two friendlies in the United States against Nigeria (June 3) and Bolivia (June 6) before setting up base camp in Brazil at Aracaju.
“I’m not going to say much because words get lost in the wind. The only thing I can say is that the dream starts and we will definitely work to the maximum to stabilize this dream,» Greece coach Fernando Santos said at the airport.
Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis said he considers himself «lucky to get on the plane with my team-mates on this beautiful journey».
“I believe we are in good shape and have one goal, to return from Brazil after a long time and after more than a month. We will give our best, as we do always,» the Fulham midfielder continued.
Striker Fanis Gekas added: «There is no need to say much. We have a good spirit on the team and we will go for our dream.”
Greece’s group in the World Cup consists of Colombia, Japan and the Ivory Coast.