Greece's 1-0 UEFA EURO 2004™ final victory against Portugal sparked euphoria across Greece and its diaspora last night, and in the country's press today. For a host nation who have put so much into staging a wonderful tournament, however, it is a day for reflection as it dawns on them what might have been. euro2004.com rounds up the media reaction.
Olympus has new Greek gods. Now tear down the walls to welcome the heroes home. A whole country is on its feet and is waiting for the men who have bled for the national team. The sweetest fairy tale of our lives had the best ending. The journey of the rank outsiders began on 12 June and ended in the most magical fashion. In Lisbon, the home of the favourites, Rehhagel's men achieved the impossible: they beat Luís Figo and company for a second time. (Sportime)
An absolute miracle. Can you believe it? Read our lips, drenched in champagne and sweet Greek wine: Greece are the champions of Europe! They abolished the rules of football, sport, society, gravity and logic. For our country and downtrodden football, last night was like Easter and New Year all at once. (Eleftherotypia)
Greece's victory at EURO 2004 will be forever remembered as a victory of effectiveness over entertainment. The victory of the spider which catches its adversary in its web in order to kill it. And that's not good for football. Nevertheless, we have to admit that Portugal were never capable of solving the problems they encountered in the opening match; they simply did not have enough inspiration or courage. We're left with the consolation that France or the Czech Republic didn't either. (A Bola)
A quarter of the stadium was delirious and the Greek team deserved their applause from the devastated Portuguese supporters. Portugal lost a unique opportunity and Eusébio cried once again, like he had done 38 years ago in 1966. Scolari was just two years old when Brazil lost the 1950 World Cup final to Uruguay in the Maracanã. Brazil will never forget the Uruguayan Gigghia, and the Portuguese will always have Charisteas on their minds. (Público)
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