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Achieving the Impossible: The Remarkable Story of How Greece Won EURO 2004

By: George Tsitsonis

By: Greg Werner and Andrew Howe
Release Date: May 2020
Paperback:  
ISBN: 978-1-925914-08-5
ISBN: 978-1-925914--09-2 (e-book)
BOOK SYNOPSIS
Achieving the Impossible covers the magical run the Greek National Team went on in order to win EURO 2004. At the turn of the millenium the Greek national team was at its lowest ebb. Team unity was non-existent, the team had just missed out on qualifying for another major tournament, and the future looked extremely bleak. In August 2001, a German manager named Otto Rehhagel was appointed as the team’s coach. He lost his first match to Finland 5-1. However, through Rehhagel’s amazing ability to fix broken teams, Greece rebounded from early setbacks. What followed in the next two years was an unlikely qualification to the 2004 European Championships and eventually the stunning victory of the team during that tournament in Portugal where the 250-1 underdogs staged one of  the sport’s most unbelievable fairytale victories.
CONTACT
George Tsitsonis
Twitter: @gtsitsonis
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

George Tsitsonis is a Greek-American football writer who has had a life-long love of the beautiful game. This has led to his participation in the sport in a variety of ways, from amateur player to coach to writer. 

 

The son of Greek immigrants, George was exposed to the game as a young boy through kickabouts with his father. That, coupled with growing up alongside football-mad friends and reading magazines such as Soccer America and World Soccer, fueled an intense passion for the sport. 

 

After graduating from Keene State College, George became a freelancer in 2002. Since then he has had his work included in a number of publications including FourFourTwo, ESPN Soccernet, FIFA World, FIFA Magazine, Soccer International, Inside Soccer Magazine, 90 Minutes Magazine, Football Club Magazine, Greeksoccer.com, SoccerAge, and Goal.com. He has been a Senior Staff Writer for AGONAsport.com, the world’s biggest English-language website devoted to Greek sport, since 2016.

 

Tsitsonis has covered stories around the football world, specifically places and teams far away from the limelight. He has always specialised in covering Greek football and has written extensively on the Greek game. He has offered his views and opinions on Greek leagues, the national team, and clubs to various outlets from England to Colombia, from the United Arab Emirates to the Czech Republic. The lack of English-language coverage of Greece’s unbelievable EURO 2004 success prompted him to write Achieving The Impossible, a book detailing one of the greatest shocks in the history of international football. 

 

George resides in Walpole, New Hampshire, USA with his wife and two children. He continues to work at his family’s restaurant business while finding joy in writing and coaching football as well as losing to his kids in the backyard. 

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