If Greece played economics as well as it plays football, Europe, and the world, wouldn’t be teetering on the brink of a double-dip recession compliments of the people Ronald Reagan lovingly called “Grecians.”
Greece improbably won the quadrennial European Championship in 2004. That’s ancient history by now. But these men can surprise. They’re ranked 13th in the world, 10th in Europe in FIFA’s meaningless rankings.
South Korea? They can be exciting to watch, though it’s difficult to pin down their style. As I recall from the previous World Cup, they’re a snapper of a team, darting at foot-level to compensate for heights they don’t possess. Their star is Park Ji-Sung, who plays with Manchester United.
This is Group B, where Greece and South Korea are up against Argentina and Nigeria. For all of Argentina’s football fame, and despite having Lionel Messi, the best player in the world today, Argentina is only as good as its coach, Diego Maradona, will allow it to be. Maradona is nuts. He’s dysfunctional. He’s undisciplined. That has leaked to his team. So Group B is wide open. Any of these four teams can advance.
Greece and Korea are taking the pitch.