Striker Dimitrios Salpingidis may boast only a modest international goal return but he is an icon among Greek fans. Here he tells FIFA.com about his career highlights and thoughts ahead of the play-off as Greece eye a ticket to Brazil.
FIFA.com reviews the action from the FIFA World Cup European zone qualifying play-offs. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a crucial goal, Greece took control over Romania and France slipped to a 2-0 defeat in Ukraine.
Kostas Mitroglou scored a brace to lift Greece to a 3-1 win over Romania in their FIFA World Cup play-off first leg, putting them in pole-position for claiming a spot at Brazil 2014.
Goals from Dimitrios Salpingidis and Georgios Karagounis earned Greece a a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein, but it was unable to secure them an automatic place in Brazil due to Bosnia-Herzegovina’s victory.
Greece maintained the pressure on European Group G leaders Bosnia-Herzegovina with a 1-0 win at home against Latvia. Dimitris Salpingidis grabbed the second half winner and both sides finished with ten men.
Greece beat Slovakia 1-0 on their travels to move above their opponents into second in their Brazil 2014 qualifying group, with Dimitris Salpingidis the lone scorer.