World Cup 2010 PREVIEW: Greece vs Nigeria

The whole of Africa is behind Nigeria. Hellenic Society promised to hold a party if Greece can win
Since defeated Argentina 1-0 in opening match of Group B, Nigeria shut himself. They rehearsed in enclosed places, off the coast of the Indian Ocean. Greece still continue to analyze the defeat of South Korea.

Super Eagles are preparing a secret weapon though, by choosing Richard Bay Camp – located in north of Durban. This established a British military camp in the war against the Zulu in the 19th century.

In the Greek camp, coach Otto Rehhagel of Greece to find the cause of the defeat of South Korea in the first game. According to him, just to look good for seven minutes, and affected the rhythm of the game Taeguk Warriors – South Korean national team nickname – the next minute.

Coach Lars Lagerback will not predicted to make changes. Vincent Enyuama relatively goalkeeper played well against Argentina. Taye Taiwo recovering from injury, and practicing since Sunday.

What makes a little dizzy Lagerback is whether Chinedu Obasi will still be on the right, or replace it with Peter Odemwingie. Obasi played an impressive game against Argentina, but quickly tired.

Although the status of one of the enduring power of Africa, Nigeria difficulty dispensing team consisting of veterans and young players. Lagerback also do not have enough time to do it. He replaced Shaibu Amodu, February 2010, and effective new work, early May.

Nigeria received support not only from the public, but also the entire black African communities. Africans dreamed of seeing one of his team reaching the final.

Than four times present at the World Cup, Nigeria could always beat European teams. Nigeria-Greek meeting in the World Cup this time a second time. The two teams have met in the World Cup in 1994, and Nigeria won 2-0.

Greece has not even picked a victory in the World Cup. When first arriving in 1994, Greece came home with three successive defeats. Yet that moment of Greece bring their best generation.

Rehhagel says one thing not to do when facing Nigeria Greece, which is making the same mistakes repeatedly. Greece striker Dimitris Salpingidis said should return to its original character, which is playing to survive.

“For years we won the game with how to play defense, and scored by a counterattack,” he said. “That’s what we will do.”

Rehhagel will likely make many changes. One of them by entering Socratis Papastathopoulos and Sotiris Kyrgiakos, two players can survive up to the front to disrupt the opponent’s defense.

Unpleasant news for Nigeria is to support them has come home because of financial difficulties. While the Hellenistic society promised to give a special welcome if Greece can win the game.


19-11-2009 Ukraine 0-1 Greece
03-03-2010 Greece 0-2 Senegal
26-05-2010 Greece 2-2 North Korea
02-06-2010 Greece 0-2 Paraguay
12-06-2010 South Korea 2-0 Greece

28-03-2010 Nigeria 0-0 Niger
26-05-2010 Nigeria 0-0 Saudi Arabia
31-05-2010 Nigeria 1-1 Colombia
06-06-2010 Nigeria 3-1 North Korea
12-06-2010 Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

Greek Situation

Vangelis Moras still injured, which makes Otto Rehhagel had no choice but to call Sotirios Kyrgiakos. On the front lines, Constantine Samaras and Gekas Teofanis irreplaceable, despite carrying the young Greek Sotiris Ninis.

The expected composition of the players (4-3-3): Tzorvas, Seitaridis, Vyntra, Kyrgiakos, Torosidis; Patsatzoglou, Katsouranis, Karagounis; Salpingidis, Samaras, Gekas

Nigeria Sitaution

Obasi predicted would still retain his place. However, as when against Argentina, coach Lagerback will only play in the first round. Peter Odemwingie will be his successor. Striker Obafemi Martins may be a starter, having looked impressive as a substitute.

The expected composition of the players (4-3-3): Enyeama, Odiah, Shittu, Yobo, Taiwo, Etuhu, Lukman, Kaita; Aiyegbeni, Odemwingie, Obinna

Eligible players Observed

Theofanis Gekas: He is a qualified scorer with 10 goals. Despite failing to score goals dreamily Korea, Gekas is still the hope of the Greek public. Physically, Gekas no longer like six years ago, when Greece won Euro 2004. But he had an instinct in the penalty box.

Vincent Enyeama: Among the rescue he made when Nigeria defeated Argentina to make Lagerback increasingly believe it. If he can withstand gunfire and Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Enyeama certainly be able to annihilate the effort an attacker-attackers Gekas and Greece.


It’s not easy matches for both teams. Opportunity Nigeria won the match just 33 percent. Possible series 31 per cent.

Nigeria 1-1 Greece


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