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Greece’s new soccer squad February 2, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Football.
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Greece soccer coach Otto Rehhagel sprang a surprise yesterday by recalling Olympiakos midfielder Ieroklis Stoltidis to the national squad, some eight years after his last appearance, for friendly matches against the Czech Republic on Tuesday and Finland on Wednesday.

Stoltidis, who turns 33 today, has forced his way back into the squad with robust performances for his club in domestic and European competition. But Rehhagel named six total newcomers on his 30-man squad as well. They include five players who have represented Greece at Under-21 level. Greece will play the two games in Cyprus as part of a warmup tournament ahead of this summer’s European Championships in Austria and Switzerland.