Nikopolidis announces international retirement
Greece's UEFA EURO 2004 winning goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis announced that he would be retiring from international football after Wednesday's final EURO 2008 match with Group D winners Spain.
The 36-year-old Olympiakos guardian made his announcement barely 12 hours after his howler handed Russia the only goal in a 1-0 win that ended Greece's four year reign as European champions.
"I have decided that the match against Spain will be my last one," said Nikopolidis, who was outstanding in Greece's EURO 2004 campaign. "I took the decision a long time ago," added the goalkeeper, who acquired the nickname of 'Clooney' after Hollywood hearth throb George because of their similar looks.
Another member of the Greek squad Paraskevas Antzas, 31 but who wasn't in the 2004 squad, also announced he was retiring from the international stage.