If, as Paul Auster once wrote, “Countries now wage their battles on the soccer field with surrogate armies in short pants,” then Brazil 2014 represents a new battle for Greece. One that at a time of crisis carries an importance that transcends beyond the limits of the soccer field; one that can transform fear and pessimism back into hope and enthusiasm, two of the elements that pushed the underdogs of Euro 2004 into becoming champions.
- Achilles Kallergis, Greek fans hope to relive 2004
1st July 2014
12th December 2012
Panathinaikos (PAO to its friends, vasles— from Vaseline— to its foes) is not simply taken as the team of the city (a point of identification) but also as a point of distinction between bourgeois Athens and proletarian Piraeus and its team Olympiakos (Thrylos— legend— to its friends, gavroi— smelts— to its foes). This, of course, does not mean that there is a monolithic devotion of the citizens of the two cities to their respective teams. The devotion of an individual to a team many times is superseded by an alliance of a different order, always ad hoc and largely unclassifiable .
- Neni Panourgia, Fragments of Death, Fables of Identity: An Athenian Anthropography