Otto Rehhagel sprung few surprises in his final 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup as he relies predominantly on the players who guided Greece through qualifying.
Rehhagel has included five members of the UEFA EURO 2004 winning squad – the Panathinaikos FC trio of Giorgos Karagounis, Kostas Katsouranis and Giourkas Seitaridis, as well as striker Angelos Charisteas and goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias – and the uncapped duo of PAOK FC defender Stelios Malezas and Aris Thessaloniki FC midfielder Athanasios Prittas.
The most notable omissions from Rehhagel's party were Grigoris Makos and Giorgos Tzavellas. "Emotionally it was very hard for me to tell these two players that they won't accompany us to South Africa," said the German coach. "But they are good professionals and accepted the decision gracefully."
Goalkeepers: Kostas Chalkias (PAOK FC), Alexandros Tzorvas (Panathinaikos FC), Michalis Sifakis (Aris Thessaloniki FC).
Defenders: Giourkas Seitaridis (Panathinaikos FC), Loukas Vyntra (Panathinaikos FC), Vangelis Moras (Bologna FC), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Genoa CFC), Avraam Papadopoulos (Olympiacos FC), Vassilis Torosidis (Olympiacos FC), Nikos Spyropoulos (Panathinaikos FC), Sotiris Kyrgiakos (Liverpool FC), Stelios Malezas (PAOK FC), Christos Patsatzoglou (AC Omonia).
Midfielders: Kostas Katsouranis (Panathinaikos FC), Alexandros Tziolis (AC Siena), Giorgos Karagounis (Panathinaikos FC), Sotiris Ninis (Panathinaikos FC), Athanasios Prittas (Aris Thessaloniki FC).
Forwards: Angelos Charisteas (1. FC Nürnberg), Dimitris Salpingidis (Panathinaikos FC), Fanis Gekas (Eintracht Frankfurt), Pantelis Kapetanos (FC Steaua Bucureşti), Giorgos Samaras (Celtic FC).