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‘We wanted to finish the miracle’: how Greece won Euro 2004 against all odds

Nikos Dabizas, the coach Ioannis Topalidis and the maker of a new documentary recall manager Otto Rehhagel’s stunning triumphSeventeen years on, Nikos Dabizas is straining for the faintest recollection of the moment Markus Merk whistled for full?time a…

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The first modern Olympics begin in Athens – archive, April 1896

On 6 April 1896, the inaugural Games opened in the Greek capital. Over the next nine days, male athletes from 12 countries competed in sports ranging from running to rope-climbing. See how the Guardian reported eventsFrom a correspondent5 February 1896…

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Tasos Bakasetas makes wasteful Spain pay penalty with leveller for Greece

The team that cut through Germany crashed into Greece. Spain began a new World Cup qualifying campaign exhibiting some old, familiar flaws. Possession was not enough and nor was the Álvaro Morata goal that gave them a first-half lead, seeming to set th…

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Stunning scissor-kick by Kristian Kushta in Greek Super League 2 match – video

A moment of acrobatic brilliance in the Greek Super League 2 from OF lerapetra’s Kristian Kushta. Twenty minutes into the match with Kushta’s side 1-0 down, a cross from outside the right-hand side of the penalty area was cushioned off his chest before…

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Stunning scissor-kick by Kristian Kushta in Greek Super League 2 match – video

A moment of acrobatic brilliance in the Greek Super League 2 from OF lerapetra’s Kristian Kushta. Twenty minutes into the match with Kushta’s side 1-0 down, a cross from outside the right-hand side of the penalty area was cushioned off his chest before…

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Harry Maguire free to focus on United and Euros with Greek hearing delayed

Defender could have faced a hearing before the summerMaguire’s appeal unlikely to be heard in 2021, official saysHarry Maguire is unlikely to be summoned to court for his appeal hearing in Greece this year amid a backlog in the country’s judicial syste…

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Olympic gold winner’s sexual abuse case is a turning point for Greece

Action brought by sailor Sofia Bekatorou likely to end patriarchal country’s taboo on discussing treatment of womenWhen the Olympic gold medallist Sofia Bekatorou appears before a public prosecutor on Wednesday to reveal the sexual abuse she allegedly …

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Greek president praises Sofia Bekatorou for reporting alleged sexual assault

Olympic sailing gold medallist alleges assault occurred in 1998Katerina Sakellaropoulou praises athlete’s ‘brave revelation’Greece’s president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, has praised Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou for dissolving a potential “c…

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Nations League: Duffy rescues point for Republic of Ireland against Bulgaria

Group B4: Bulgaria 1-1 Republic of IrelandUkraine 2-1 Switzerland; Russia beat Serbia 3-1Republic of Ireland captain Shane Duffy left it late to ensure Stephen Kenny’s first game in charge did not end in defeat as his side fought back to secure a 1-1 N…

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Greek lawyer in Harry Maguire case reveals details of hate mail he received

Prosecutor Ioannis Paradissis says messages from supporters of Manchester United footballer have shocked himThe fallout from Harry’s Maguire’s calamitous holiday in Mykonos has been swift, brutal and revelatory, not least for the Manchester United capt…

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Harry Maguire’s lack of apology ‘shocking’, says police officers’ lawyer

Lawyer says apology would affect any appeals processFootballer has said he is victim and vowed to clear nameThe lawyer who represented two police officers in the Harry Maguire assault case says it is “shocking” there has been no apology from the Manche…

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Harry Maguire hopes to make England squad despite arrest and trial in Greece

Gareth Southgate to name squad for Nations League gamesManchester United defender denies all chargesHarry Maguire is eager to be selected on Tuesday by Gareth Southgate in the England squad to face Iceland and Denmark early next month, because he belie…

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Harry Maguire hopes to make England squad despite arrest and trial in Greece

Gareth Southgate to name squad for Nations League gamesManchester United defender denies all chargesHarry Maguire is eager to be selected on Tuesday by Gareth Southgate in the England squad to face Iceland and Denmark early next month, because he belie…

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Sweden v Norway, Finland v Italy and more – live!

Updates from Sunday’s matches, including Spain v Faroe IslandsSaturday’s fixtures: France cruise after Albania anthem debacleEmail Alex or tweet him with your thoughts 7.47pm BST And we’re off. And Spain have started off with – get this – a spell of in…

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Euro 2020 qualifying roundup: Spain and Italy start with wins, Swiss beat Georgia

• Sergio Ramos scores Panenka in Spain’s 2-1 win over Norway• Italy beat Finland 2-0; Sweden defeat Romania 2-1The Spain captain Sergio Ramos scored another Panenka penalty to give his side a 2-1 home win over Norway in their opening Euro 2020 qualifie…

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Violence and teargas forces Panathinaikos v Olympiakos derby to be abandoned – video

Panathinaikos’ match at home to Olympiakos was abandoned on Sunday after fans were seen attacking players on the visiting team’s bench and clashing with police outside their Olympic Stadium.The violence began four minutes after the Athens derby ki…

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Claudio Ranieri’s journey to Fulham and back to the Premier League – video profile

Fulham have appointed Claudio Ranieri as manager in a bid to end an alarming run of form that has seen the club take five points from 12 matches this season.Best known for leading Leicester City to their first ever Premier League title, Ranieri ha…

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Cristiano Ronaldo rewards Greek hotel workers with big tip

Footballer spent 10 days at Costa Navarino after Portugal were knocked out of World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo has rewarded hotel employees with a huge tip after a holiday in Greece.When the world’s most marketable footballer checked out of the exclusive Co…

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Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis charged with drug trafficking

• 50-year-old accused of ‘very serious charges’ in Greece• Marinakis bought Forest in £50m deal in May 2017The Nottingham Forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis, has been charged with drug trafficking in a heroin smuggling case that has shocked Greece.Late …

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PAOK owner who stormed pitch with gun ordered to testify

Ivan Savvidis is expected to be fined at least €50,000 and banned from stadiums for up to five yearsThe Russian oligarch and football club proprietor who stunned spectators when he stormed on to the pitch carrying a gun during a match in Greece has bee…