Group D

Greece

Coach: Otto Rehhagel

Group D: Spain, Sweden, GREECE, Russia

Key Player: Theofanis Gekas (Striker, Leverkusen)

Reigning champions after their success in 2004 beating, home nation, Portugal 1-0 in the final. Up until the end of UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, Greece had played 100 games in the UEFA European Championship (including the forfeit 3-0 defeat to Albania in 1963) winning 48, drawing 19 and losing 33 times with 146 goals scored and 115 conceded. They will have to put up a strong fight to retain the trophy this time around.

Russia

Coach: Guus Huddink

Group D: Spain, Sweden, Greece, RUSSIA

Key Player: Andrei Arshavin

Up until the end of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008, Russia had appeared in the UEFA European Championships on four occasions, and had played 48 matches. In that time, they had won 27, drawn ten and lost eleven of those fixtures with 100 goals scored and 48 conceded. Russia’s first international since the dissolution of the Soviet Union came on 16 August 1992 when they defeated Mexico 2-0. Previously, Russia had played international matches as an independent state between 1912 and 1914. Russia’s best performance since competing as an independent state came at UEFA EURO 2004 although their best qualification round came in the run up to EURO ’96. From ten matches, Russia collected 26 points to claim first position from a group featuring Finland, Greece, Scotland, the Faroe Islands and San Marino.

Spain 

Coach: Luis Aragones

Group D: SPAIN, Sweden, Greece, Russia

Key Player: Iker Casillas (Goal Keeper, Real Madrid)

Renowned for their under achivement in major tournaments, they will be hoping they fair better this time around. Spain’s greatest UEFA European Championship moment came on 21 June 1964 when they won the competition in Madrid, defeating the Soviet Union 2-1. The Spaniards defeated Romania, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the qualifying rounds before overcoming Hungary (2-1) in the semi-finals. Up until the end of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008, Spain had appeared in all 13 UEFA European Championship qualifying competitions, and had played 122 matches. In that time, they had won 72, drawn 24 and lost 26 with 260 goals scored and 108 conceded.

Sweden 

Coach: Lars Lagerback

Group D: Spain, SWEDEN, Greece, Russia

Key Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Striker, Inter Milan)

Qualification for the final tournament was assured before their last-game slip-up at home to Latvia who left Stockholm with a 1-0 victory. In their previous seven games, Sweden amassed five wins and two draws with 19 goals scored and only two conceded. By reaching UEFA EURO 2008, Sweden qualified for their fifth successive major international tournament. Up until the end of UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying Sweden had played 92 matches in the UEFA European Championship with 43 wins, 24 draws and 25 losses, 137 goals scored and 91 conceded.

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