21 July ~ By winning Euro 2004, Greece pulled off the most surprising tournament victory in WSC's 25 year history. They were ranked 150-1 outsiders before their first match – a victory over hosts Portugal, who they also beat in the final. As Paul Pomonis reported in WSC 210, a Greek win was all the more surprising as the country's domestic game had suffered from chaotic mismanagement, widespread corruption and staggering debts for decades. Sound familiar?
"Greeks always exaggerate, whether in sorrow or in joy,” was Otto Rehhagel's rather unkind remark when, minutes after the Euro 2004 final, a Greek TV reporter asked him to comment on the explosion of mass euphoria that greeted his team’s astonishing crowning as European champions. Read the full article