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Maniatis: We don´t fear Germany

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 19 Jun 2012

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Defender Giannis Maniatis says Greece have no fear of Germany ahead of their Euro 2012 quarter-final clash in Gdansk on Friday.

The Greeks qualified in second spot in Group A following a

surprise 1-0 victory over Russia in their final game, setting up a meeting with

Germany in the final eight.

And Maniatis said Greece, who shocked most observers by

winning the tournament in 2004, are not afraid of Joachim Loew’s side.

“They are one of the best national teams in Europe.

They will be the favourites for the match, but we will have our chances,”

Maniatis said.

“We respect them, we are not afraid of them and we will

give 100 percent on the day. We will try to perform as well as possible. We

believe in ourselves and have proved that by qualifying for the

quarter-finals.”

Maniatis’ fellow defender Grigoris Makos said his team are

well equipped to handle the loss of Avraam Papadopoulos and Giorgos Karagounis

through injury and suspension respectively.

“Everybody in

the team is ready to give their best for the team,” Makos said. “We

have proved that.

“An example was replacing Avraam Papadopoulos, who was

seriously injured, the replacements gave 100 percent. If I am the player who is

going to fill the void left by Giorgos Karagounis, then I hope that I will do

my best and help our team to win the match.”

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