Greece’s basketball team will be coached by Fotis Katsikaris at the World Championship that will take place this summer in Spain from Aug. 30-Sept. 14.
FIFA had to step in to help Greece’s national team get to its World Cup base in Brazil a day later than expected after a flight cancellation in the United States.
Storming back from a 2-1 deficit, defending champion Panathinaikos wiped out arch-rival Olympiakos 82-71 on June 4 to hold on to its Greek basketball league title.
With few famous players, Greece will rely heavily on a handful of team members who had a role in qualifying for the World Cup, and is counting on striker Kostas Mitroglou.
Greece and Nigeria played a scoreless draw in a pre-World Cup friendly the night of June 3 at the home of the MLS Philadelphia Union.
Greece’s crippling financial crisis has a popular survivor: It’s national football team, which uses a daunted defense to keep its world standing high.
Panathinaikos withstood a furious rally by host Olympiakos to win the fourth game in the best-of-five Greek league playoff finals 67-65 on June 1.
Cristiano Ronaldo sat out Portugal’s exhibition match against Greece on May 31 as the two World Cup-bound teams produced a tedious 0-0 draw.
With Colombia favored in Group C, Greece will have to fight it out with Japan and Ivory Coast to advance in the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
Olympiakos is now a win away from winning the Greek basketball league championship after beating its eternal rival Panathiniakos, 69-64.