Group D

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Euro 2004 Champions Greece find themselves on familiar territory, with Spain and Russia ready to prove their worth. Sweden is also joining in on the fun, in what will be an intriguing group.

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Tuesday 10 June 2008
7 Grp D Spain v Russia Innsbruck - Tivoli Neu
8 Grp D Greece v Sweden Salzburg - EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim

Saturday 14 June 2008
15 Grp D Sweden v Spain Innsbruck - Tivoli Neu
16 Grp D Greece v Russia Salzburg - EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim

Wednesday 18 June 2008
23 Grp D Greece v Spain Salzburg - EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim
24 Grp D Russia v Sweden Innsbruck - Tivoli Neu


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Spain Squad
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Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Andres Palop (Sevilla)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Raul Albiol (Valencia), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Fernando Navarro (Real Mallorca), Alvaro Arbeloa (Liverpool), Juanito (Real Betis)

Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Ruben de la Red (Getafe), Marcos Senna (Villarreal)

Forwards: David Villa (Valencia), Daniel Guiza (Real Mallorca), Sergio Garcia (Real Zaragoza), Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

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Russian Squad

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (PFC CSKA Moskva), Vladimir Gabulov (FC Amkar Perm), Vyacheslav Malafeev (FC Zenit St. Petersburg).

Defenders: Aleksandr Anyukov (FC Zenit St. Petersburg), Aleksei Berezutski (PFC CSKA Moskva), Vasili Berezutski (PFC CSKA Moskva), Sergei Ignashevich (PFC CSKA Moskva), Denis Kolodin (FC Dinamo Moskva), Roman Shirokov (FC Zenit St. Petersburg), Renat Yanbayev (FC Lokomotiv Moskva).

Midfielders: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Dmitri Torbinskiy (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Vladimir Bystrov (FC Spartak Moskva), Aleksandr Pavlenko (FC Spartak Moskva), Yuri Zhirkov (PFC CSKA Moskva), Konstantin Zyrianov (FC Zenit St. Petersburg), Igor Semshov (FC Dinamo Moskva), Oleg Ivanov (FC Krylya Sovetov Samara), Sergei Semak (FC Rubin Kazan).

Forwards: Roman Adamov (FC Moskva), Roman Pavlyuchenko (FC Spartak Moskva), Dmitri Sychev (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Pavel Pogrebnyak (FC Zenit St. Petersburg), Andrei Arshavin (FC Zenit St. Petersburg), Ivan Saenko (1. FC Nürnberg).
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Sweden Squad

Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Manchester City), Rami Shaaban (Hammarby), Johan Wiland (Elfsborg Boras).

Defenders: Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa), Petter Hansson (Stade Rennes), Mikael Nilsson (Panathinaikos), Niclas Alexandersson (IFK Gothenburg), Andreas Granqvist (Helsingborgs IF), Daniel Majstorovic (FC Basel), Fredrik Stoor (Rosenborg), Mikael Dorsin (CFR Cluj).

Midfielders: Tobias Linderoth (Galatasaray), Daniel Andersson (Malmö), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg Boras), Kim Kallström (Olympique Lyon), Christian Wilhelmsson (Deportivo la Coruña), Fredrik Ljungberg (West Ham United), Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham City).

Attackers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan), Johan Elmander (Toulouse), Marcus Allbäck (FC Kopenhagen), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen), Henrik Larsson (Helsingborgs IF).

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Greece Squad

Goalkeepers:
1. A.Nikopolidis (Olympiakos) - GK
2. Kostas Chalkias (Aris) - GK

Defense:
4. G. Seitaridis (Atletico Madrid) - RWB
5. V. Torosidis (Olympiakos) - RWB
6. T. Dellas (AEK) - CD
7. S. Kyrgiakos (Eintracht F.) - CD
8. P. Antzas (Olympiakos) - CD
9. Y. Goumas (Panathinaikos) - CD
10. L. Vyntra (Panathinaikos) - LB
11. N. Spyropoulos (Panathinaikos) - LWB

Midfield:
12. A. Basinas (Mallorca) - DCM
13. A. Tziolis (Panathinaikos) - DCM
14. C. Patsatzoglou (Olympiakos) - RDM
15. K. Katsouranis (Benfica) - CM
16. G. Karagounis (Panathinaikos) - ACM
17. S. Giannakopoulos (Bolton W.) - RW

Attack:
18. A. Charisteas (Nuernberg) - RF
19. D. Salpingidis (Panathinaikos) - RF
20. I. Amanatidis (Eintracht F.) - LF
21. N. Lymberopoulos (AEK) - CF
22. G. Samaras (Manchester City/Celtic FC) - ST
23. T. Gekas (B. Leverkusen) - ST
 

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This is the hardest group for me.
I can't see Greece getting through, Sweden I have for granted and then we have Hiddink's Russia and Spain.

Russia and Sweden for me.
Although I believe that if Spain goes through the group they'll win it
 

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Spain n Sweden coz Ibra =)
 

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The more obvious pick would be Spain and Sweden, but you never know in Euro.
 

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--------------Nikopolidis----------------
-Seitaridis--Kyrgiakos--Dellas--Torosidis
--Karagounis--Katsouranis--Basinas
-----Amanatidis---Charisteas
-------------Gekas-----------

What I predict as my country's most probable formation..

Viva la Grecia===>Campione Euro2004
 

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Spain and Sweden it's for sure.
It was a suprise by Greece last Euro. Not a good work but a suprise.
 

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Why do you write HIDDINK's Russia off? ;)
 

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FOrza Sweden and Russia...

I don't believe Russia can win, but I do hope so... I love their style, Arshavin is beast... And their defense imo is one of the best in the world...
 

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Finally!!!

FORZA HELLAS!

I know they are outsiders, all 3 teams in group have better chances and better individual palyers, but WE:) are still European champions, so be aware:) Greece wont give up easily!
 

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I will be supporting our guys in Karagounis and IbraCadabra !!!

Hope they suprise everyone..I wouldnt mind Russia going through too..
 

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It will be tough for Greece.

Russia will not have Arshavin for the first 2 games.
Sweden is a bit of an awkward team.
Spain may somehow surprise us and get disqualified again.

On paper it doesn't seem so tough, but for me, it's the toughest group.
People say it's Group C, but it's just the best teams there, not the most complicated situations. And already Holland has beaten Italy 3-0. I can't see Spain doing that.


Anyway, I want Greece to get through, I'll be a bit disappointed to see them not get through, but I'm realistic and I know that we have limited chances against a mighty Spain, Hiddink's Russia and Zlatan's Sweden. I believe that all four teams can go far in this competition, and besides Group C, I can't say this about the other two groups ;)
 

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I have a feeling Greece will target Ibra's knee. That's how they play.
 

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I thought Ibra wont play....?

Nevermind, Zorba and Greece, Let's go!!!!
 

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Spain and Sweden will qualify to the quarter-finals. I think it will be Spain's EURO.
 

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I have a feeling Greece will target Ibra's knee. That's how they play.

Huh??? What are you talking about?

Only 2 players in that are going to play are "dirty", Kirgiakos and Torosidis. Probably Kirgiakos will try to man mark Zlatan, but I doubt he'd aim at his knee. Only if he humiliates him:p
 

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FORZA HELLADARA!!!..

My country was awlays being seen as an outsider in national football competitions but we use to surprise everyone with our performance..


--------------Nikopolidis----------------
-Seitaridis--Kyrgiakos--Dellas--Torosidis---
--Karagounis--Katsouranis--Basinas---
-----Amanatidis---Charisteas--
-------------Gekas-----------

They only player I don't like in our lineup is Dellas but our coach seems to trust experienced players..
Papastathopoulos of AEK Athens is a great talent but unfortunately didn't make it for the Euro..

PS:Σηκωσε το το τιμημενο δεν μπορω δεν μπορω να περιμενω..;)
 

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Good luck to Spain
 

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Superb move by Spain. 1-0
Great duel by Torres and a easy finish for Villa
 

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So much space for both teams makes for an entertaining match. Even though Spain is dominating Russia are looking good aswell. Something tells me Sweden will finish last in this group.

Lagerbäck is just too defensive minded and will never play our younger more skilled players. If he did that we might actually have a shot of a semifinal.
 
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