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Nikopolidis recalls Greece's EURO miracle

"Greek people can work miracles when they act as a team – that's what we did," Antonios Nikopolidis told UEFA.com as he looked back on Greece's UEFA EURO 2004 triumph.
by Ian Holyman

Nikopolidis recalls Greece's EURO miracle

"Greek people can work miracles when they act as a team – that's what we did," Antonios Nikopolidis told UEFA.com as he looked back on Greece's UEFA EURO 2004 triumph.

Ten years on, it is still a shock; Greece beat host side Portugal 1-0 in the final of UEFA EURO 2004, having defied the odds at every stage under coach Otto Rehhagel.

"The main reason European people remember this achievement is because no one believed – and still can't believe – that the Greek national team won the EURO tournament," goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis told UEFA.com. "Maybe this was the greatest miracle of our century in terms of football history."

A solid and disciplined defence was seen as key to Greece's triumph – with Nikopolidis keeping clean sheets in all three of his nation's knockout stage matches. Enormous credit also went to their German coach. Nikopolidis recalled: "He brought together a group of people, Greek people, and as you know Greek people can work miracles when they act as a team. That's what we did – a miracle. A great miracle, I could say."

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