Whatever happened to the Greeks who shocked us?

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Four years ago Greece shocked everyone by winning Euro 2004, which was their first major success. Emerging from their group by dint of scoring one goal more than Spain, the 100-1 outsiders defeated France, the Czech Republic, and Portugal, all 1-0, to triumph overall.

They were an unknown team then, but they should not take anyone by surprise this time, not least because the side has a familiar look about it. Eight of the key 12 players from four summers ago remain involved, most in the starting line-up. The manager is still Otto Rehhagel (pictured, at the final whistle), the veteran German, who is known as King Otto in Greece.

When they failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup their success looked to be a fluke, but they reached these finals in style taking 31 points from 12 games.

The squad is stronger than four years ago, both in depth and experience. The players should be fresh with most having not been involved in gruelling European club campaigns. They are ranked sixth in Europe, but face a tough quarter-final. This time the bookies are pricing them at 25-1.

History Boys: How many of the winning team of 2004 are back to defend their crown?

YES= In squad for Euro 2008

*GK: Antonios Nikopolidis YES Now 37 but still the Greek's No 1. George Clooney appears to be ageing faster than his lookalike. With Olympiakos, whom he joined from Panathinaikos after Euro 2004.

*RB: Giorgios Seitaridis YES Transferred for £18m in fees from Panathinaikos to Atletico Madrid via Porto and Dynamo Moscow. Recovered from Achilles injury to regain international place.

*CB: Traianos Dellas YES Became a regular at Roma, for a year, then suffered injuries just as his contract ran out. Now at AEK Athens.

*CB: Michalis Kapsis. Left financially stricken AEK after Euros to join Bordeaux. Came back to Greece with Olympiakos, now at Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus.

*LB: Takis Fyssas. Remained at Benfica for a season then joined Heart of Midlothian, winning the Scottish Cup in 2006. Now with Panathinaikos.

*RM: Theo Zagorakis. The captain, and former Leicester City player, spent a lucrative year at Bologna before rejecting another payday with Shakhtar Donetsk to join PAOK Salonika. Seven thousand fans greeted his arrival at the airport. Retired last year and is now club president.

*CM: Kostas Katsouranis YES Remained with AEK for two seasons before joining Benfica where his success has attracted interest from Spurs.

*LM: Angelos Basinas YES Now 32 and captain. Had another season at Panathinaikos before joining Real Mallorca. Just missed out on a Uefa Cup place this season.

*RW: Angelos Charisteas YES Scored Greece's winner in the final. Remained a reserve at Werder Bremen so moved to Ajax, then Feyenoord. Joined Nuremberg last year, and has been relegated.

*CF: Zisis Vryzas. Helped Fiorentina to get back into Serie A, then played for Celta Vigo and Torino before returning to Greece with Xanthi, then PAOK. Retired in January to become technical director.

*LW: Stelios Giannakopoulos YES Will be in the shop window at the Euros having been released last month by Bolton after five years, 177 matches and 28 goals.

*Giorgios Karagounis YES Suspended for the final, but the midfielder was an integral part of the Greek campaign. Then with Internazionale, now at Panathinaikos after two years at Benfica.

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