Feb
09
2008
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Gekas – Outmoded Football

Whatever happens in the EURO, the World Cup is still Theofanis Gekas’ big dream. “Of course the European championship is a competition with first-rate players. The fact that six out of the eight teams in the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals, and all four in the semi¬finals, were from Europe says it all. But a World Cup is still one notch higher; it’s impossible to compare it with anything else.”
It also came as a surprise to him that neither Brazil nor Argentina – South America’s elite – were anywhere in sight when it came to distributing the medals the year before last. “That shows you how unpredictable football is,” reflects Gekas. And that ridicule and prejudice are out of place in the endless discussions about the world’s most popular sport. “In 2004, our style of play was mocked as outmoded,” he points out. “But in the end, it was we who won the EURO. The Italians were accused of playing safe football. And it was they who became world champions in 2006. There’s no such thing as attractive or unattractive football. Outmoded or revolutionary football does not exist. There is only successful or unsuccessful football.”
Greece were successful with their style of play in 2004. And in 2008? Gekas is too modest to predict the winners but he feels very confident. “I don’t know who will come out on top. But one thing I do know — Greece will be a tough nut to crack.”