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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: 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: 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

Football: World Cup European zone play-off results

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 Playing later At Paris (2000 GMT) France v Ukraine (first leg - 0-2) At Solna (1945) Sweden v Portugal (0-1) afp

Greece beat Romania 3-1 with Mitroglou double

By Graham Wood ATHENS (Reuters) - Kostas Mitroglou narrowly missed a hat-trick as Greece hit their stride and beat Romania 3-1 in the first leg of a World Cup qualifying playoff tie at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Athens on Friday. The Olympiakos Piraeus striker volleyed Greece in front after 14 minutes but the visitors hit back four minutes later via Bogdan Stancu's header from a clever Gabriel Torje free-kick.

Football: Greece eye Brazil after beating Romania 3-1

Two goals by Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou lifted Greece to a 3-1 win over Romania in a 2014 World Cup play-off on Friday. A packed crowd of 32,000 at Karaiskakis Stadium, which included Greek President Karolos Papoulias, saw coach Fernando Santos's squad create a convincing victory which provided a good cushion for the return match in Romania on Tuesday. Mitroglou scored one goal in each half and PAOK forward Dimitris Salpingidis added another in the first half for the Greeks.

Football: Greece eye Brazil after beating Romania 3-1

Two goals by Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou lifted Greece to a 3-1 win over Romania in a 2014 World Cup play-off on Friday. A packed crowd of 32,000 at Karaiskakis Stadium, which included Greek President Karolos Papoulias, saw coach Fernando Santos's squad create a convincing victory which provided a good cushion for the return match in Romania on Tuesday. Mitroglou scored one goal in each half and PAOK forward Dimitris Salpingidis added another in the first half for the Greeks.

Football: Greece name squad for final qualifiers

Greece coach Fernando Santos on Friday named a 24-man squad for 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Slovakia on October 11 and Liechtenstein four days later. The Greeks and Bosnia-Herzegovina are level at the top of qualifying Group G with 19 points from eight matches. Santos gave a first call-up to 24-year-old midfielder Andreas Samaris, who has earned a starting position with Greek champions Olympiakos.
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