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England National Football Team Match No. 784

England 2 Greece 2 [0-1]

Saturday, 6 October 2001

Greece Pre-Match


Greece Squad for the Match against England October 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
Basinas, Angelos 03-Jan-1976 25 M Panathinaikos FC 21 2
Chalkias, Kostas 24-May-1975 26 G FC Heraklis Thessalonika 0 0

Kostas Chalkias drafted into the squad as replacement for Dimitrus Eleftheropoulos on 28 September.

Charisteas, Angelas 09-Feb-1980 21 F FC Aris Thessaloniki 6 3
Dabizas, Nikolaos 03-Aug-1973 28 D Newcastle United FC, England 46 0
Eleftheropoulos, Dimitris 07-Aug-1976 25 G Olympiakos Piraeus CFP 12 0

Dimitris Eleftheropoulos withdraws from the squad on 28 September due to conflicts with his club, Olympiakos.

Fyssas, Panayiotis 12-Jun-1973 28 D Panathinaikos FC 5 0
Georgiadis, Georgios S. 08-Mar-1972 30 M FC PAOK Thessaloniki 37 11
Karagounis, Georgios 06-Mar-1977 24 M Panathinaikos FC 12 1
Kasapis, Michalis 06-Jun-1971 30 D AEK Athens 33 0
Konstantinidis, Konstantinos 31-Aug-1972 29 M Hertha BSC Berlin, Germany 31 1
Konstantinidis, Pantelis 16-Aug-1975 26 M FC PAOK Thessaloniki 12 0
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
Kyrgiakos, Sotiris 23-Jul-1979 22 D Panathinaikos FC 0 0
Lakis, Vassilis 10-Sep-1976 25 M AEK Athens 10 2
Machlas, Nikos


28 F AFC Ajax, Netherlands 55 17
Nikolaidis, Themistokles 17-Sep-1973 28 F AEK Athens 30 11
Nikopolidis, Antonis 14-Oct-1971 29 G Panathinaikos FC 14 0
Patsatzoglou, Christos 19-Mar-1979 22 D Olympiakos Piraeus CFP 9 0
Seitaridis, Georgios 04-Jun-1981 20 D Panathinaikos FC 0 0
Venetidis, Stelios 19-Nov-1976 24 D Olympiakos Piraeus CFP 19 0
Vokolos, Leonidas 31-Aug-1970 31 D Panathinaikos FC 4 1
Vryzas, Vizis 09-Nov-1973 27 F AC Perugia, Italy 24 2
Zagarakis, Theodoros 27-Oct-1971 29 M AEK Athens 61 0
Zikos, Andreas 01-Jun-1974 27 M AEK Athens 16 0


Tuesday, 25 September 2001 - Greek coach Otto Rehhegal has named his 22-man squad for the World Cup qualifier against England on October 6.  AEK Athens striker Demis Nikolaidis has been recalled to the Greece squad after a self-imposed 20-month boycott of the national team.  Nikolaidis refused to play for the national side in protest at refereeing standards in the Greek league in November 1999.  Michalis Kasapis, who has also been recalled after a self-imposed exile, kicked a referee in a league match in 1999 and given a 22-match ban.  The AEK pair will be joined by Panathiniakos debutants Sotiris Kyrgiakos and Yourkas Seitaridis, promoted from the under-21 setup.  There is no place for Inter Milan's Grigoris Georgatos who publicly quit the Greece team in the wake of their 5-1 thrashing away to Finland on September 5.  Central defender and Panathinaikos captain Ioannis Goumas is missing after breaking a foot in pre-season.

Friday, 28 September 2001 - Olympiakos goalkeeper Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos asked not to be included in the national side which will confront England.  Eleftheropoulos was distraught after letting in a soft goal in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Lille OSC in the Champions league midweek.  He had also earlier been involved in a fight with team mate Jorge Bermudez and was punished by missing the opening game for the Greek championship, a 3-0 win over Heraklis. Eleftheropoulos is almost sure he won't play against Panionios in the second matchday of the Greek League and has asked for a permission to skip the World Cup qualifier against England.  Greece coach Otto Rehhagel has accepted his decision, and has called in Kostas Chalkias of Heraklis as a replacement for Eleftheropoulos and cover for Panathinaikos' goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis who will start against England.


Greece Results
No. Date Opposition Venue Type F A Result H.T.
384 16-Aug-2000 Switzerland Espenmoos Stadion, St Gallen F 2 2 AD [2-1]
385 02-Sep-2000 Germany AOL Arena, Volksparkstadion, Hamburg WCP 0 2 AL [0-1]
386 07-Oct-2000 Finland Olympiako Stadio Athinas Spyros Louis, Athína WCP 1 0 HW [0-0]
387 11-Oct-2000 Albania Stadiumi Kombetar "Qemal Stafa" Stadium, Tiranë WCP 0 2 AL [0-0]
388 15-Nov-2000 Slovakia Diagoras Stadio, Rodos F 0 2 HL [0-1]
389 13-Dec-2000 Yugoslavia Pigadia Stadio, Xanthi F 1 1 HD [0-1]
390 28-Feb-2001 USSR OFI Stadium, Heraklion, Crete F 3 3 HD [2-1]
391 28-Mar-2001 Germany Olympiako Stadio Athinas Spyros Louis, Athína WCP 2 4 HL [2-2]
392 25-Apr-2001 Croatia Stadion Varteksa, Varaždin F 2 2 AD [1-0]
393 02-Jun-2001 Albania OFI Stadium, Heraklion, Crete WCP 1 0 HW [0-0]
394 06-Jun-2001 England Olympiako Stadio Athinas Spyros Louis, Athína WCP 0 2 HL [0-0]
395 15-Aug-2001 USSR Luzniki Stadium, Moskva F 0 0 AD [0-0]
396 05-Sep-2001 Finland Olimpiastadion, Helsinki WCP 1 5 AL [1-4]