The trophy was presented to him by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Mitsotakis said he was touched and honored to honor the man who led the country to the top of Europe. “We will never forget the summer of 2004.”

“I wished the prime minister smart decisions, like we managed to do in Portugal,” he said. Oleniy Hail. When you’re in charge somewhere, you have to make decisions that make everyone happy. The translation into Greek was then carried out by his then assistant and translator Ioannis Topalidis, a former footballer who worked for many German clubs during his playing days.

The Greek team arrived at the European Championships in Portugal in 2004 as absolute outsiders. By this time, Rehhagel had been coach of the Greek national team for three years. Under him, nothing more than lone fighters became a team, say Greek fans, who still talk about the “Lisbon miracle.” Thanks to his success at the European Championships, Rehhagel became an honorary citizen of Athens in 2004.
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