The Greeks come on the back of financial and political turmoil in their country, and will be hoping to provide some cheer for their long suffering countrymen. Here are 3 players to look out for in the Greek squad.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos, 20, Schalke 04 (Germany), Defender, 10 international caps
All of 20, Papadopoulos is short, but strong defender, with an eye for goal. He was the youngest player to play in the Greek league, at just 15 years and 283 days. After impressive displays for Olympiakos, he got his big break, when he moved to German giants Schalke 04, where he has put in some fine performances. He has also attracted interest from top English clubs. He was also considered as one of the 10 most talented players as chosen by UEFA in the UEFA Under 19 Team of the Tournament. He has scored 4 goals in just 10 games for the national side.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 23, Werder Bremen (Germany), Defender, 28 international caps
A versatile defender, who can play at right back or centre back, Papastathopoulos has risen quickly to prominence, and is already been compared to the great defenders of the last generation of world football. He became the youngest player to captain AEK Athens, and this drew the attentions of Italian side Genoa. After two good season, he earned a transfer to Italian giants AC Milan, but he struggled to make into the first team, and returned to Genoa a year later, and he was loaned to German side Werder Bremen immediately, where he has been a mainstay in defence.
Ioannis Fetfatzidis, 21, Olympiakos, (Greece), Midfielder, 13 international caps
Often referred to as the “Greek Messi”, Fetfatzidis has emerged as a bright young talent for Olympiakos and Greece. Skillful on the ball, and blessed with close control and pace, he can be deployed as a winger or an attacking midfielder. His good displays have earned him a lucrative contract with his club, and a call to the national set up where he has scored 3 goals in 13 games.