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Six Olympiakos players, two Cottagers headline Greece World Cup squad

Giorgos Samaras, Vassilis Torosidis, Dimitris Salpigidis, Giannis Maniatis, , Sotiris Ninis, Orestis Karnezis, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Kostas Mitroglou, Kostas Katsouranis, Dimitris Siovas,Giorgos Tzavelas

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013 file photo, Greece national soccer team poses prior to the start of a World Cup Group G qualifying soccer match between Greece and Latvia at the Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens. Foreground from left: Giorgos Samaras, Vassilis Torosidis, Dimitris Salpigidis, Giannis Maniatis and Sotiris Ninis. Background from left: Orestis Karnezis, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Kostas Mitroglou, Kostas Katsouranis, Dimitris Siovas and Giorgos Tzavelas. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

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Unity in the back takes on another meaning for the Greece World Cup squad, which has five Olympiakos defenders in camp ahead of the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Fernando Santos of Portugal has selected his squad, and chosen three players from the United Kingdom: departing Celtic striker Giorgios Samaras and Fulham’s Giorgos Karagounis and Konstantinos Mitroglou.

The World Cup will be Santos’ last journey as Greece boss, as he’ll manage “The Pirate Ship” no more after the tournament.

Goalkeepers: Alexandros Tzorvas (Apollon Smyrnis), Michalis Sifakis (Atromitos), Orestis Karnezis (Granada), Panaglotis Glykos (PAOK), Stefanos Kapino (Panathinaikos)

Defenders: Avraam Papadopoulos (Olympiakos), Dimitris Siovas (Olympiakos), Kostas Manolas (Olympiakos), Giannis Maniatis (Olympiakos), Jose Holebas (Olympiakos), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund), Giorgios Tzavellas (PAOK), Loukas Vyntra (Levante), Vasilis Torosidis (Roma)

Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis (Kayserispor), Andreas Samaris (Olympiakos), Kostas Katsouranis (PAOK), Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Torino), Sotiris Ninis (PAOK), Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Genoa), Kostas Fortounis (Kaiserslautern), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Bologna) Panagiotis Kone (Bologna)

Forwards: Dimitris Papadopoulos (Atromitos), Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK), Giorgios Samaras (Celtic), Konstantinos Mitroglou (Fulham), Theofanis Gekas (Konyaspor)

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