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Football: Manchester United v Olympiakos factfile

Factfile on Manchester United and Olympiakos ahead of the Champions League last 16, second leg tie between the clubs on Wednesday:

Football: Santos explains departure from Greek side

Greece coach Fernando Santos said Friday that his decision to leave the team after the World Cup would not undermind his side's chances in Brazil. "I see only a positive impact on my players. I know them well. They know that we will not continue together and I know they will give their best to the end. So we will not deviate from our target of advancing to the second round," Santos said. Santos said his decision not to renew his contract with the Greek football federation after the World Cup was to afford more time for himself.

Football: Greece coach Santos set to quit after World Cup

Greece coach Fernando Santos is expected to announce that he will step down from his post after the World Cup finals later this year, Greek media reported late Wednesday. Reports said that the Greek football federation will most likely announce Santos' departure at a press conference scheduled for Thursday or when the Portuguese coach announces his squad for next week's friendly with South Korea on Friday. Santos, 59, has expressed interest in coaching a club team in the near future, according to the reports.

Football: Olympiakos v Manchester United factfile

Factfile on Olympiakos and Manchester United ahead of the Champions League last 16, first leg tie between the clubs on Tuesday:

Football: Olympiakos denies Mitroglou move to Fulham a done deal

Greek champions Olympiakos said on Tuesday they had not concluded a deal for their star striker Kostas Mitroglou to move to English Premier League strugglers Fulham. British and Italian media reported earlier on Tuesday that Fulham was close to a deal for the 25-year-old player which would see him move for 14 million euros ($19.1million) on a four-year-deal that would see the player earn 10 million euros. Greek media reported that Mitroglou is keen on joining Greece international teammate Giorgos Karagounis at Fulham.

Football: Former Greek star Mavros arrested

Retired Greek international Thomas Mavros was arrested Wednesday for running up debts to the state from the time when he was president of his former club AEK. The 59-year-old former striker took over the financially-troubled Athens team in the summer of 2012. But he left that October after pressure from fans and board members as a result of poor results which led to the side's first relegation in their 90-year-history.

Football: Injured Mitroglou out for a month

Injured Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou will be out of action for at least a month, the Greek champions announced on Thursday. Mitroglou, 25, the leading scorer in the Greek Super League with 14 goals in 11 matches, was injured in the second half of Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. He was later dignosed with a meniscus injury that will require exploratory surgery.

Greece say fair play saved Romania from World Cup forfeit

By Graham Wood ATHENS (Reuters) - An act of sportsmanship by Greece coach Fernando Santos and team director Takis Fyssas saved Romania from the possibility of a forfeited 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their World Cup playoff last week, they claimed on Thursday. The Greeks said they alerted Romanian officials before the game in Athens after they named only two goalkeepers because first choice Ciprian Tatarusanu was injured and not included in the squad list.

Football: World Cup European zone play-off results - collated

Results from World Cup European zone play-off second leg matches on Tuesday (first leg scores in brackets; kick-offs GMT): At Bucharest Romania 1 (Torosidis 55-og) Greece 1 (Mitroglou 23) Greece qualify 4-2 on aggregate At Zagreb Croatia 2 (Mandzukic 27, Srna 47) Iceland 0 Croatia qualify 2-0 on aggregate At Solna Sweden 2 (Ibrahimovic 68, 72) Portugal 3 (Ronaldo 50, 77, 79) Portugal qualify 4-2 on aggregate At Paris France 3 (Sakho 22, Benzema 34, Gusev 72-og) Ukraine 0

Football: Greece qualify for the World Cup finals

Greece qualified for next year's World Cup finals with a 1-1 draw in their play-off second leg against Romania on Tuesday for a 4-2 aggregate win. Greece went into the return leg on the back of a comfortable 3-1 first leg victory, and made it 4-1 on aggregate when Konstaninos Mitroglou struck in the 23rd minute. Romania pulled one back 10 minutes after the restart via an own goal from Vasilis Torosidis, but Greece held on to book their passage to Brazil. The 2004 European champions will be appearing at their third world Cup after 1994 and 2010. nr/ea
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