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What happened to Greece's 2004 heroes?

Traianos DellasAngelos CharisteasTakis FyssasKostas KatsouranisMichalis KapsisAntonios NikopolidisStelios GiannakopoulosZisis VryzasGiourkas SeitaridisAngelos BasinasTheo ZagorakisGeorgios Karagounis

By Andrew McKenzie

Greece shocked the world of football when they were crowned European champions in Portugal in 2004.

Their players returned to a hero's reception back home where they were treated as gods.

But did the victory bring with it fortune and fame to the Greek players? Here's what happened to the men that pulled off one of sport's greatest shocks.


Antonios Nikopolidis

Antonios Nikopolidis

The goalkeeper, who was 33 at Euro 2004, made a controversial move to Olympiakos after 15 years with rivals Panathinaikos following the tournament.

The George Clooney lookalike is still at Olympiakos and still in contention for the goalkeeping position at Euro 2008.


Giourkas Seitaridis

Giourkas Seitaridis

Possibly Greece's outstanding player in Euro 2004, at 23 the right-back was reportedly interesting Real Madrid but had made a pre-tournament contract with Porto, who looked to have a bargain at 3m.

In 2005 he moved to Dynamo Moscow for 7m only to be sold to Atletico Madrid for 8m a year later. He has recovered from a serious injury to make the 2008 squad.


Traianos Dellas

Traianos Dellas

The towering centre-half, who struggled at Sheffield United but starred at Euro 2004, continued his form after the tournament to earn a starting role at Roma.

He moved back to Greece in 2005 with AEK Athens, where he is now captain, and he has also overcome injuries to return to form.


Michalis Kapsis

Michalis Kapsis

An ever-present alongside Dellas in the Greek defence, he was one of five AEK Athens players in the Euro 2004 squad.

He left the club, who were close to bankruptcy, and spent a season in France with Bordeaux before returning to Greece with Olympiakos and then Apoel but he will not be at Euro 2008.


Takis Fyssas

Takis Fyssas

The uncompromising left-back who stifled Cristiano Ronaldo in the final spent a second season at Benfica after Euro 2004 before deciding on a move to Scotland with Hearts.

After two years at Tynecastle he headed back home with Panithinaikos but now in his mid-30s he is no longer involved in the national set-up.


Theo Zagorakis

Theo Zagorakis

Greece's skipper, their inspiration and voted player of the tournament in 2004. He left AEK Athens on a free transfer after the win to earn a lucrative deal with Italian side Bologna.

After only one season he headed back to his spiritual home of PAOK Thessaloniki, where he played for two seasons before becoming their president. He retired from international football in 2007 with 120 caps.


Kostas Katsouranis

Kostas Katsouranis

The defensive midfielder was the only squad member to stick with AEK Athens after Euro 2004 amid their financial problems.

However, after two further seasons he decided to leave his home country for Benfica, but he remains one of the first names on Otto Rehhagel's teamsheet.


Angelos Basinas

Angelos Basinas

Basinas, who set up the winning goal in the final, was chased by both Portsmouth and Birmingham but stayed with Panathinaikos until September 2005 when the Greek side ended his contract after over a decade of service.

He joined Real Mallorca in Spain and has become a popular player with the Spanish club, while taking over the armband for the national team ensures he is as influential as ever as their playmaker.


Georgios Karagounis

Georgios Karagounis

A fixture in the Inter Milan side before Euro 2004 but the midfielder, who was banned from the final, fell out of favour in the 2004-05 season.

Karagounis, nicknamed 'The Dude', spent two seasons back in Portugal with Benfica before returning to Panathinaikos in 2007 and remains a key part of the national side.


Stelios Giannakopoulos

Stelios Giannakopoulos

The Bolton midfielder, who appeared in the final because of Karagounis's suspension, became a firm fixture for the English club after his Euro 2004 exploits.

His stay at the Reebok Stadium lasted until this summer when his contract ended and he was released. He has been linked with a return to Greece but there was no doubt over his place in Rehhagel's squad for Euro 2008.


Zisis Vryzas

Zisis Vryzas

The hard-working leader of Greece's forward line became something of a journeyman, heading from Fiorentina to Celta Vigo on loan, then to Torino in the two seasons after Euro 2004.

He returned to Xanthi, the club where he started his career, before hanging up his boots after a spell with PAOK, where he is now technical director.


Angelos Charisteas

Angelos Charisteas

The scorer of Greece's winning goal in the final headed back to Werder Bremen after the tournament but before the season was out he had signed for Ajax for more than 3m.

He struggled for games in Amsterdam so made a controversial move to Rotterdam to join Feyenoord, before heading back to Germany with Nuremberg last summer. Another who remains a key cog in Rehhagel's side.




see also
Greece's rise and fall
05 Jun 08 |  Greece
Archive: Euro 2004 review
27 May 08 |  Euro 2008
Greece win Euro 2004
04 Jul 04 |  Euro 2004
Portugal v Greece photos
04 Jul 04 |  Photo Galleries
Zagorakis named top player
05 Jul 04 |  Greece
Greece welcomes back squad
05 Jul 04 |  Sport Homepage
Greek joy, Portuguese woe
05 Jul 04 |  Europe
In pictures: Joy in Athens
06 Jul 04 |  In Pictures
Pick your Greece XI
22 May 08 |  Greece
Greece team guide
15 May 08 |  Greece


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