Greece players will get a a lengthy holiday in the summer of 2016. For the first time in the last decade they will not be present in the final stage of a major tournament. In the aftermath of a second defeat by Faroe Islands in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, the Greek press is ironic and unforgiving this Sunday morning:
"Go to Mykonos!" is the headline of GoalNews: "The national team got humiliated for a second time by the smart amateurs of Faroe Islands. Almost all players looked unconcerned – only [Sotoris] Ninis and [Sokratis[ Papastathopoulos made an effort."
SportDay opted for the headline "Go fish!", adding: "There is no ending to the debacle of Greek football."
As for LiveSport, they write: "Grexit and humiliation," explaining: "Greece became the laughing stock of world football with their second loss to Faroe Islands. It can't get any worse. They were tragic in their last effort to remain in contention for a ticket to the France finals and made their opponents look like [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi."
Sergio Markarián, Greece coach
We created many chances to score today, but it wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes my players didn't have a clear head. If a team functions well and has a solid idea of their game, they can turn around difficult situations. But we lacked organisation and couldn't get the desired result despite our late effort.
When I took over Greece, their situation in the [UEFA EURO 2016] qualifiers was already very bad and their chances of progressing to the finals were slim to none. I thought that I could help, but it was a tough period. Greece need to regroup and carve out a new path in their football at all levels, national team and domestic league.
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