It depends in what aspect you are looking. First the fact Greece were the better side in Crete, doesn´t diminuish the act of the Greek fans. I agree with you when you say that this case will be forgotten by FIFA and Uefa, but i bet you that if the opposing side was England, Italy, Spain or Germany than the story would be different and Greece would receive some punishment. Anyways, we need to focus on our game more and not depend on FIFA decisions to qualify for a World Cup.
Second point, You say Greece is better than Israel, maybe overall they are in fact. But, they aren´t so much superior and in Ramat Gan i saw very much possible an Israeli win. Even with Kashtan being scared coach and playing always safe, we almost won the game and maybe if we had a bit more luck on finishing we would still be talking in going to South Africa next year.
Look, im not saying that Greece is better than Israel.
They arent that good and they had weaknesses in both games..but their weakness didn't stop ours and we showed it very much so in many of the plays we did.
We did have good plays, i gotta admit...especially in game 1 and the 2nd half...but we were fruitless and hardly ever making a charge..the Greeks had many good chances and like always we came away with a tie.
The thing that bothered me the most about this game is that ****ing 72 hour difference between one game and the other. I hated it and i think our FA is runned by sfaradic ****erss who dont know anything..
If it was up to me, id play in -20 degrees in moldova or Latvia just to play the Greeks in the begining of the year and then in Ramat Gan.
Moreoever, Crete is a villager's island. People there are nationalistic. In Mainland Greece..or in Athens area, you find more international/liberal scene while in the Islands, having the national team come to play is a huge honor for them......so i dont know why our FA wanted 30,000 fans screaming their national anthem 10 minutes after it was sung?
Greece tactically is much more organized, experienced team. Has a solid defense and physically strong players and smartly they practice a lot set pieces, taking advantage of that. They have a very good coach, Otto Rehaguel who has imposed a German style football with organization and discipline. Well, my description was apparently very optimistic and sounded like i am a Greek speaking, but they haven´t won Euro 2004 by accident, they had their merits. They are far from being brilliant and world class team, but they know how to use their qualities and that is why i believe they will qualify.
Look, Greece had its advances in EUro 2004 and they played the game beautifully..
They showed that alot of teams can do it as well if they focus on a few key strategies and organized themselves and their defense very well.....
But regardless, if Greece does make it to S. Africa...i doubt they will have any success their.... and i hope they dont concede too many goals to whoever they play..
Israel on the other hand, on most situations are exactly opposed to Greece characteristics. More technical players than Greece (including those who weren´t called for the squad), better on one-one situations, on dribbling, on creative game. But Israeli players in general despite playing rough and tackling hard, normally aren´t so strong physically. Set pieces are a chronical problem for Israeli teams and NT, especially defensively speaking. Teamwork had improved in the last years, it came with Grant and that is one positive thing Kashtan has apparently, but tactically still not so much organized and disciplined (together with this discipline comes with mentality, the dying moments of the game and comeptition when you need to be mentaly strong and apparently the Israeli NT still lacks it). I would compare our team a bit with Turkey, similar characteristics, but less competent in using them.
So after these two briefings of each squad i come back to my previous answer when i say Greece is overall better, but not so better. The big difference is that Greece knows how to explore their qualities while we don´t. If we have a more technical team we should use that, speed up over their tall defense, move the ball around and in the only moments we did it was in Ramat gan for 15 minutes when we scored and had two golden opportunities especially with Itzhaki. Sahar used his skill and was very good in the match. But we insist on the big games to play defensively and wait to concede to play forward, that is why never lose at home because we concede early and then use a bit of our qualities.
The day we understand that and improve our mentality we could reach somewhere far. We have a lot of potential for it.
I think that Kashtan days are numbered and we need to find a solution to our coaching issues...
meanwhile, we should also see ways to use shahar, assuilin, buzaglo and such.....
we had a bad line up to start with and rellying on 1 player only...