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Karagounis set to break Greece record
- Updated: October 11, 2012
With an appearance in Friday’s World Cup Qualifier, Giorgos Karagounis will officially become the most-capped Greek international ever.
Karagounis’ perhaps best-ever performance for the National Team, a remarkable effort in Greece’s 1-0 defeat of Russia at UEFA EURO 2012, pulled the Fulham midfielder level with former Greece team-mate Theodoros Zagorakis for the all-time lead for appearances in a Greece shirt with 120 caps.
A subsequent booking in that match, a judgement in error by the referee, meant Karagounis would miss Greece’s quarter-final date with Germany — a match Greece would ultimately lose 4-2.
Karagounis was expected to get a chance to break the record against Norway in a friendly in mid-August but failure to reach an agreement with club side Panathinaikos meant Karagounis was out-of-countract and of out of a place on Fernando Santos’ Greece squad.
Now, having made his Premier League debut with Fulham, Karaogunis looks set to make an honorable Greek football record his against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Despite not having as much match fitness as perhaps some of his Greece colleagues, Karagounis is expected to play a role in the midfield, most likely as a starter.
Most-capped Greek internationals
1. Theodoros Zagorakis, 120 caps (1994-2007)
2. Giorgos Karagounis, 120 (1999-present)
3. Angelos Basinas 100, (1999-2009)
4. Kostas Katsouranis 98, (2003-present)
5. Stratos Apostolakis 96, (1986-1998)
6. Antonis Nikopolidis 90, (1999-2008)
7. Angelos Charisteas 88, (2001-present)
8. Dimitris Saravakos 78, (1982-1994)
9. Stelios Giannakopoulos 77, (1997-2009)
10. Anastassios Mitropoulos 77, (1978-1994)