For the duration of the 2004 summer season, my property nation, Greece had the privilege to be the protagonist in two incredibly crucial and prestigious events in the nation’s sports history the EURO 2004 Soccer Championship and the 2004 Olympic Games. In the EURO 2004 Soccer Championship, the National Soccer Group of Greece gained the title as the new European Soccer Championship and by hosting successfully the 2004 Olympic Games, has verified to the planet that it can surpass even the wildest expectations of its critics.
When Theodoros Zagorakis, the Greek national soccer team captain, lifted the Cup of the EURO 2004 Championship, every single Greek, all over the world, felt proud to belong to this nation. It is hard to describe the overwhelming feeling every person felt that evening when the Greek soccer team managed to defeat the national Portuguese soccer team in their homeland, at the national stadium in Lisbon, with a single purpose. That hot summer time evening, every Greek, man or woman, child or elder, was viewing the most anticipated game in the Greek sports history. The powerful heartbeat everybody felt that evening was one of the most critical moments in each Greek’s life.
Soccer is still the beloved sport of Greece and with this unexpected result soccer has managed to overcome social obstacles of age, politics and gender, shaping a new game identity. Nothing at all equivalent has ever occurred to Greeks. Absolutely nothing as potent, as that single scream of joy, has ever in the modern Greek sports history, united so dynamically this nation. For days after this accomplishment, Greeks had been nonetheless unable to think the outcome of their national soccer team’s efforts and absolutely everyone felt the need to have to celebrate once again and once again their enormous success. For many critics, very essential, if not more than the players’ efforts, was the presence of Mr. Otto Rehhagel, the German coach of the Greek national soccer group, who managed to grow to be the most familiar and friendly face in the Greek public surpassing the fame and status of all of his Greek soccer colleagues. His management style, his character and his persistence, became a new national anthem for Greeks, who have made his profile the modern day icon for an ancient Greek god.
In this distinct meaningful sport event, every Greek felt like their support was projected in the field and their presence felt by the players, influencing each outcome in the series of the games played, reaching its peak during the final. From the recognized myths of sports, the 12th man was the classic illusion that promoted the spectators’ wishing, screaming and cheering. The eleven modern heroes of the Greek national soccer group extended Greece’s political culture to its undiscovered limits and cultivated the publics’ belief in the ‘hidden star-quality’ that could illuminate when once more everyone’s life, as lengthy as chance evolves and timing is correct. These eleven stars, won a distinct spot in the hearts of every single Greek, transforming themselves to part models, resembling to the fame and prestige of ancient warriors. From the battlefields of this European Soccer Championship, this team’s perseverance, work and consistency, played the most vital role in the turnout. As a result, the Greeks will value every minute of those athletes’ accomplishment, in a lot of years to come.