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The Greeks "don't give a damn about the Olympics"

So says a Greek sportswriter at any rate. They're all cranked up about Euro 2004.

After the team's victory over the host nation in Porto and their dogged rearguard action to clinch a draw against Spain, the players have been deified by the media as the modern-day gods of Mount Olympus, while headline writers have raided the words of the Greek national anthem to articulate the sense of national pride. Talk shows and news programmes in Greece are dominated by one subject.

Meanwhile, the prospect of bringing the Olympic Games back to their birthplace in Athens in two months' time is all but forgotten. "People don't give a damn about the Olympics at the moment," said one Greek sports writer. "My only worry is how it is all going to end. There's going to be a terrible let-down if the Greek team are badly beaten."

After a history of under-achievement - it is 24 years since Greece last appeared at the European Championship finals and their victory over Portugal was their first in a major tournament - it is understandable that pessimism still lurks beneath the euphoria, though a draw in Faro tonight in their final Group A clash against the already eliminated Russians is all they need to make sure of their place in the last eight. Even if they lose, only a victory for Portugal over Spain can halt their progress into the knockout phase.

An appearance in the quarterfinals seems in the cards. Making the semis would be a major achievement for Greece.