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  • Archaeologists discover lost Sphinx head in Greece October 22, 2014

    Athens: Archaeologists excavating the tomb of Amphipolis in northern Greece have uncovered the head of one of the two sphinxes that guard the entrance to the site which dates back to the time of Alexander the Great. The head was found in the third chamber of the tomb in a marble...
  • Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou set to rejoin Olympiakos August 31, 2014

    Athens: Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus are set to resign Kostas Mitroglou on loan from English second tier club Fulham after the striker arrived in Athens for talks on Sunday. An Olympiakos spokesman told Reuters the Piraeus club were scheduled to hold talks with their former player and that an agreement could...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis bows out after 139 caps June 30, 2014

    Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis announced his retirement from an international football career spanning 139 caps over 15 years following his team's World Cup round of 16 exit to Costa Rica on penalties on Sunday. "This was my last game for Greece," the 37yearold told reporters. "We wanted to stay on another week...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece pay the price for toothless attack June 30, 2014

    Greece's World Cup exit in the round of 16 on Sunday came as no real surprise after they again struggled for goals in a major international tournament, netting only three time in four games. Greece's 11 draw with exciting Costa Rica, who advanced after a 53 penalty shootout win, came after...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica dreams come true against Greece June 30, 2014

    Recife: For Costa Rica defender Michael Umana it was a case of dreams come true as he stepped up to take the decisive spot kick for his country in a World Cup last16 penalty shootout with Greece on Sunday. Umana calmly slotted the ball in the net to send Costa Rica...
  • World Cup 2014: Coach Santos rues waste of extra time as Greece exit June 30, 2014

    Greece wasted a golden opportunity to beat 10man Costa Rica in extra time before exiting the World Cup on penalties, coach Fernando Santos said on Sunday. Leading 10, the Costa Ricans struggled to hold on following the dismissal of defender Oscar Duarte after 66 minutes of the last 16 clash. Greece hauled...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica beat Greece on penalties, enter quarters June 30, 2014

    Recife: Tenman Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout on Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time. Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 53 after the game ended 11 following extra time. Theofanis Gekas saw his penalty saved by Costa Rica...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Costa Rica vs Greece, Round of 16 June 30, 2014

    (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Costa Rica turned heads by finishing above Uruguay, Italy and England in ultracompetitive Group D, yet it was the manner in which the Central Americans accumulated seven points from their three games that proved the most surprising. Greece, who emerged into the knockout stages after...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on Day 18 June 29, 2014

    The Netherlands will put their perfect record on the line in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday, taking on a Mexico side aiming to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since hosting the 1986 tournament. The Dutch have scored 10 goals in their opening three matches, more...
  • World Cup 2014: Newlook Greece and Costa Rica eye quarterfinals June 28, 2014

    A solid defence used to be Greece's modus operandi while Costa Rica traditionally relied on maverick individuals but the stereotypes have been shed in this World Cup where the two teams face a last16 clash on Sunday. A World Cup quarterfinal against either the Netherlands or Mexico is the prize on...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece upset Ivory Coast 21, meet Costa Rica in Round of 16 June 25, 2014

    Fortaleza: Georgios Samaras scored an injurytime penalty to put Greece into the second round of the World Cup with a 21 win over Ivory Coast on Tuesday. Samaras was adjudged to have been tripped in the area by substitute Giovanni Sio, and calmly slotted in the spot kick for a win...
  • As it happened: Japan vs Colombia and Greece vs Ivory Coast, World Cup 2014 June 25, 2014

    Catch all the Live updates from both the Group C matches as Japan look for missing spark against Colombia whereas Greece take on a resurgent Ivory Coast. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Coach Alberto Zaccheroni must urgently find a way to unlock Japan's attacking potential against alreadyqualified Colombia but...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on Day 13 June 24, 2014

    It's Day Two of the inorout matches of the World Cup, with five teams competing for two places in the knockout stages. Group D winds up in the two early fixtures, with Group C following later. Each pair of games is played simultaneously. The highlight of the early matches is Italy's game...
  • World Cup 2014: Goalless Greece take on resurgent Ivory Coast June 23, 2014

    Fortaleza: After a troubled start, the smiles are returning to West Africa at the World Cup. Nigeria have earned their first victory after a stalemate with Iran, and Ghana held Germany to a 22 draw after losing to the United States. Now Ivory Coast are looking for a place in the...
  • World Cup, Japan vs Greece: as it happened June 20, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group C match between Japan and Greece at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Rocksolid defenders who constantly chase, tackle and bully their opponents have been the key to Greece tactics ever since they became European champions in...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on day eight June 19, 2014

    Natal: The mustwin World Cup encounter between England and Uruguay could boil down to which team best targets Luis Suarez. Both former champions realize a loss Thursday could signal the end of their World Cup campaign after just two matches. Uruguay, semifinalists in 2010, will be desperate to have Liverpool striker...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece must fix defence to survive against Japan June 18, 2014

    Natal, Brazil: Rocksolid defenders who constantly chase, tackle and bully their opponents have been the key to Greece tactics ever since they became European champions in 2004. A decade ago, that team conceded a miserly four goals at Euro 2004 and its successor only conceded four in qualifying to secure its...
  • Football World Cup 2014: How the world tweeted #COL versus #GRE June 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Colombia marked their return to the World Cup after a 16year absence with an attacking display that earned a 30 victory over Greece on Saturday. While the match was on, the world was also simultaneously tweeting, vigorously. According to Twitter, there were a total of 2.3 million tweets...
  • The Beautiful Game: No Greek tragedy for Colombia June 14, 2014

    Colombia enjoyed their best ever outing in a World Cup with a 30 rout of Greece in the Group C opener on Saturday. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Colombia thrash Greece 30 in Group C opener June 14, 2014

    Belo Horizonte: Colombia started their first World Cup campaign in 16 years in dazzling fashion, beating Greece 30 to open Group C on Saturday in front of a big, loud proColombian crowd. Left back Armero opened the scoring in the fifth minute when his deflected shot rolled past Greece goalkeeper Orestis...
  • World Cup 2014, Colombia vs Greece: as it happened June 14, 2014

    Catch the action as it happens from the Estadio Mineirao as Greece attempt to clip Colombia's attacking wings. (Scroll down to read and interact through our live blog) Containing Colombia's potent attacking game, even without injured striker Radamel Falcao, will be key to defensiveminded Greece's attempt to upset the World Cup...
  • The Beautiful Game: England vs Italy the big clash on day three June 14, 2014

    CNNIBN's panel of experts focuses on the big England vs Italy match and three more games on the first Saturday of World Cup 2014. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Colombia over Falcao, ready to 'hurt' Greeks June 14, 2014

    Belo Horizonte Colombia have recovered from losing top striker Radamel Falcao to injury with others in their attackminded team hoping to "hurt" Greece in Saturday's Group C opener, coach Jose Pekerman said. Though Falcao's absence is a huge blow for the South Americans in their first World Cup since 1998, they...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece out to clip Colombia's attacking wings June 13, 2014

    Containing Colombia's potent attacking game, even without injured striker Radamel Falcao, will be key to defensiveminded Greece's attempt to upset the World Cup Group C favourites on Saturday. The Greeks, who also play Japan and Ivory Coast in the group, have long said their first game will be the most crucial...
  • PM Modi releases commemorative 2014 FIFA World Cup postage stamps June 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi released commemorative postage stamps on the 2014 FIFA World Cup that gets underway in Brazil on Thursday night. Modi said the sport brings about a spirit of amity and belongingness among nations of the world. Modi hoped that the FIFA World Cup become a bridge...
  • US referee Mark Geiger gets ColombiaGreece duty June 12, 2014

    Sao Paulo: American referee Mark Geiger has been selected for his first World Cup duty when Colombia plays Greece on Saturday. FIFA also said on Thursday that England vs Italy in Manaus will be refereed by Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands. Kuipers is arguably Europe's top official and refereed the BrazilSpain Confederations...
  • Colombia eye win against Greece to boost last 16 chances June 10, 2014

    Even without prolific striker Radamel Falcao, Colombia start as favourites to qualify from World Cup Group C after finishing second in the South American qualifiers and taking decent results against Belgium and the Netherlands in friendlies. A successful opening match against Greece in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, hours before Ivory...
  • Greece's departure for World Cup delayed June 7, 2014

    Newark: Greece's departure for their World Cup training base in Brazil has been delayed after their flight was cancelled in the United States. The Greek Football Association says "due to a technical problem of the navigation system of the airplane the flight of the national team from New Jersey to Aracaju...
  • Greece, Nigeria tune up with 00 draw June 4, 2014

    Chester: Greece and Nigeria played a scoreless draw in a preWorld Cup friendly at the home of the MLS Philadelphia Union. There were few scoring chances in one of the final tuneups for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which begins June 12. The best opportunity came for Greece in the...