The nationwide hysteria surrounding Greece’s fantastic 2004 Euros win is a sight to behold in a considerate portrait of the executive who made it occur
No longer many soccer documentaries kick off with a quote from Homer, however this profile of Otto Rehhagel, the German trainer who recommended Greece to their fantastic Ecu Championship win in 2004 is extra considerate and, certainly, erudite than maximum. First pictured reflecting on classical Greek civilisation whilst status inside of Athens’s Panathenaic stadium (“As Greek historical past teaches us, the gods have their very own plans”), Rehhagel is gifted as soccer’s final transnational sophisticate, in a position to best friend his innately Teutonic sense of self-discipline with the Greek’s extra emotional dating to the sport.
Neatly, maximum soccer documentaries are there to replay the best hits, and this one doesn’t disappoint: the Greeks struggle their well past France, the Czech Republic and Portugal within the ultimate rounds (all through 1-Zero) after managing to get out of the gang level through the outside in their enamel. All that is widely recognized, if such an odd outlier in global soccer that it’s since nearly been blanked out of the collective awareness. Nonetheless the expanding nationwide hysteria throughout the workforce’s growth is a sight to behold, as is the glee with which Rehhagel and his assistant Ioannis Topalidis mug one facet after any other to win the name. (My non-public favorite cameo, even though, is from Vassilis Gagatsis, the endlessly doleful president of the Greek soccer federation; to look him screaming to the heavens when the overall whistle in the end blows is without doubt one of the maximum uplifting issues I’ve ever observed.)