EURO2012 Opener: Poland vs Greece live scores, blog
The second biggest football tournament in the world gets underway at 2am on Saturday morning in Australia, as we see the 2012 European Champions begin in Warsaw, with co-hosts Poland taking on Greece in the opening game.
In one of the most memorable underdog stories in sporting history, Greece came from nowhere to win it all (and simultaneously put everyone to sleep) with a series of scrappy results that yielded the ultimate success in the 2004 tournament.
Much of Poland’s success will hinge on Borussia Dortmund’s star marksman (and my sneaky bet for the Golden Boot) Robert Lewandowski, who netted 30 times for the German champions in all competitions.
He will be ably supported by his club teammates Łukasz Piszczek and national team captain Jakub Błaszczykowski and hopefully be aided in goal by Arsenal number one Wojciech Szczęsny.
On the Greek side of things, there’s not a lot expected in terms of flowing, attacking football but they are well known for being able to keep things close and who knows, maybe shock the world by pulling off another deep run.
The drive from midfield will come from skipperGiorgos Karagounis, and if they do jag a goal, look for it to come from Celtic target man Giorgos Samaras. I’m not going to pretend like I know a whole lot about this team apart from remembering a few of the guys from their 2004 run, and watching gorgeous George tear it up at Celtic Park (I apologise if you can smell the cynicism of that last remark)
In any case, there’s never a dull game for football lovers in a tournament like this, and, motivated particularly by my Lewandowski bets, I’ll be glued to the screen. I hope you will be too.
Join us just before 2am for line-ups, formations and team news. (Expect hand cramps after about five minutes of typing all these ridiculously long names)
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