Karagounis Ends His Career With Greece Team
Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 30, 2014
Greece captain Giorgios Karagounis and coach Fernando Santos were two people bidding the 2004 European champions farewells on Sunday, following the sides elimination from the Fifa World Cup.
This was my last game for Greece, said Karagounis after Greece lost on penalties to Costa Rica.
We wanted to stay in Brazil another week or even longer but you cant change it now.
Sokratis Papastathopouloss injury-time equaliser for Greece forced the last-16 tie into extra-time after leveling Costa Rica Bryan Ruizs opener at 1-1.
Giorgios Karagounis and Orestis Karnezis of Greece. Fifa via Getty Image.
But goalkeeper Keylor Navas emerged the hero of the shootout, saving Theofanis Gekas penalty before Michael Umana slotted home from 12 yards to help Los Ticos triumph 5-3 on spot-kicks.
The 37-year-old midfielder and Kostas Katsouranis were the only two survivors from the triumphant squad of 2004 to take part in Brazil.
Karagounis ends his international career with 139 caps and ten goals to his name. He says he is calling time on his journey with Greeces national team to allow the younger generation grow.
These games and experiences are a great launching pad for the future, he said. They will help keep the team on this level, something not always easy. We are Greece after all, we dont have many means.
The national team has grown up, younger players have won invaluable experiences. This is no small thing and as we helped the team come of age we hope it will continue to be as successful in the future.
Coach Santos contract expired on Monday, after guiding them to their first knockout stage appearance at the World Cup.
Santos watched the shootout on television, having being sent to the stands.