On line sports gambling handicappers give Greece two chances; slim and none; against Argentina in their Group Stage finale but the Greeks are not ready to hoist the white flag.
Greece is coming off their first ever World Cup win on June 17 as they defeated Nigeria 2-0. Until that victory Greece had lost all four of its previous World Cup appearances. Not only had the Greeks not ever won a game they had not even scored a goal until doing so in their win.
“We badly wanted this, because we’d never even scored a goal in the World Cup before,” said Dimitris Salpingidis. “I can’t say whether we’ll make it out of the group. But I can say that we’ll leave with our heads held high.”
To have any chance of advancing beyond the Group Stage, Greece will need at the bare minimum a draw against the powerful and talented Argentine team that is 2-0 so far in FIFA World Cup action.
The Greek team is actually coached by a German, Otto Rehhagel, who led the country to a major upset in the 2004 European Championship. Rehhagel is a demanding coach that believes that his players must strictly adhere to his strategy of denying opponents space to operate.
In their first game, a 0-2 loss to South Korea, Greece failed to play Rehhagel’s style but rebounded nicely against Nigeria. In order to pull off the big on line sports gambling upset over Argentina the Greeks will have to play Rehhagel’s strategy to perfection.
With all of the problems in their home country, including a total melt down of the financial system, the win by Greece was a welcome distraction that even caught the attention of Prime Minister George Papandreou, who delayed a news conference to watch the victory over Nigeria.
“The boys made us proud,” said the PM. “At a time when Greece has had a lot of bad press recently I think it was a very important revival for all of us.”
Rehhagel was highly critical of his team after the loss to South Korea saying that they were like school children that needed extra homework. Apparently it paid off against Nigeria.