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Greek National Team Prepares for Today's Game

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Greek National Team's soccer coach Fernando Santos has called on his team to redefine history, in today's World Cup match against Costa Rica.

The Hellenic athletes play today in round 16 in Brazil, at 11:00 p.m. GST. Santos began his post in 2010 and has guided Greece for the first time ever, into the top 16. They finalized in Group C, after player Giorgos Samaras scored a goal near end of their match against the Ivory Coast on Tuesday.

Leading coach Santos described, "After the group stage, it is an opportunity to rewrite history...There have only been eight winners (of the World Cup), but this is an excellent opportunity to go on and continue to enjoy playing in this unique tournament", as reported by Kathimerini.

Referring to their Euro Cup success in 2004, defender Vassilis Torosidis commented, "I loved this team...These moments were unforgettable, we were so happy...This is water under the bridge now, we still remember those great moments... and hope we can emulate the achievement of those players in 2004".

Torosidis added of today's game, "There is no pressure. There was pressure in the group stage when our objective was to qualify for the last-16...Of course we cannot be complacent. It is a huge opportunity for the country and we want to qualify and be among the top eight teams in the world".

(Source: http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite5_1_29/06/2014_540938)