A restaurant owner, MEP & fireman – Greece’s Euro 2004 XI, 13 years on

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Thirteen years ago today, Greece completed one of football’s greatest upsets as they beat Portugal in the final of Euro 2004.

Greece were rank outsiders, priced at 150/1 with bookmakers, before the tournament, but qualified ahead of Spain and Russia in Group A before beating France and Czech Republic in the knockout stages.

Portugal, who hosted the tournaments and had the likes of Luis Figo, Rui Costa and a young Cristiano Ronaldo among their ranks, were favourites for the final, only for Greece to triumph 1-0 in the Estadio de Luz.

Throughout the whole competition Greece only scored seven goals in six matches, never winning a game by more than one goal, but they did not concede a single goal from the quarter-finals onwards.

To this day, many of the Greece team which succeeded in 2004 remain relatively unheralded, while there were only a few familiar faces in England of players who had represented Bolton, Leicester, Portsmouth and Sheffield United.

To celebrate their remarkable triumph, we’ve revisited the Greece XI from the final, and taken a look at what they want on to achieve, and where they are now.

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