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Greece striker Samaras not expecting repeat title at Euro 2008

Greece striker Samaras not expecting repeat title at Euro 2008

When Georgios Samaras was 19 years old, he watched Greece win the European Championship. Four years later and now a member of the country's national football team, he doesn't dare think of a repeat.
"I can't have such big dreams. The truth is that it would be very difficult to achieve that success again," the Celtic striker said. "I'm jealous of the older players, in a good way.
"Our target is to reach the knockout stages, and after that it's step-by-step."
Greece plays Sweden on Tuesday in it's Group D opener, and then faces Russia and Spain.
The 23-year-old Samaras, on loan to Celtic from Manchester City, said his teammates were focused on the Sweden game, hoping for another dream start.
"It would be great to get the three points. ... Victory in the first game is winning half the battle," Samaras said. "We've been studying Sweden, and we're mentally and physically ready for the game."
Greece coach Otto Rehhagel got a fitness boost Friday when playmaker Giorgos Karagounis, recovering from a knee injury, returned to training. Four other players were also back.
Unlike his Greece teammates, Samaras singled out striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Sweden's danger man.
"Ibrahimovic is a high-quality player, but we're not afraid of him," Samaras said. "One player can never make the difference."
Samaras also said he was not troubled by Sweden's physical game or how the referee may react.
"We play a strong game but not a dirty game, so I couldn't care less what the referee does," he said. "We don't concern ourselves with him."


Updated : 2021-03-05 00:56 GMT+08:00