Greece were rank outsiders ahead of Euro 2004, but that didn't stop them from marching all the way to the final where they were crowned champions. The world was smiling but the betting world was turned on its head as the few who'd dared to have a punt on the Greeks had well and truly won.
Twelve years earlier, Denmark shocked the betting public when they defeated the Germans against all odds to win the Euro '92 final – two of the highlights of the competition's entire history. Along with luck, both successes were largely down to resilience – results of a canny ability to get their noses in front and then proceed to shut out the opposition for the remainder of the game. A former contributor to a well-known online bookmaker put it perfectly when he said:
'In a tournament contested by just 16 teams, it's dangerous to bet all your money on the favourites…no matter how narrow, every team has a chance, even if the odds suggest otherwise…place bets based on results – Greece topped the standings and were unbeaten in qualification, so YES, they can win it…make sensible predictions but don't be afraid to wager on an outsider – this is their time to shine after all…search the internet for online bookmakers with the best promotions and take advantage of a free bet which can often make it feel less like punting, more like wagering…look out for hotshot PAOK striker Dimitris Salpigidis whose keen eye for goal could well land him the golden boot…stranger things have happened in the past!'
Greece kick-off their campaign against the Poles on 8th June in Warsaw. It's a tough one for any predictor to call and, although the majority of the crowd will be against them, you can bet that coach Fernando Santos will have his players 100 per-cent focused to ensure that they don't get lost in the occasion. Next up is a fixture against the Czechs before a final group fixture against Russia which could prove to be the group decider.
For those who want to place bets ahead of the tournament, 888sport currently have Greece at 9/2 to finish top of the Group A standings and 66/1 to win their 2nd Euro title in eight years. Win free bets throughout the tournament when you play at 888sport – the home of Euro 2012 betting.