Greece squad depart for Austria

Fernando Santos' men have travelled to Tyrol as they look to build on their fitness ahead of the European Championship, a tournament they surprisingly won eight years ago
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Greece's provisional squad have departed for Austria on Tuesday where they will step up their preparations for Euro 2012, which kicks off on June 8.

The Greeks, who won the competition in 2004, will be located in the medieval town of Kitzbuhel in Tyrol where they will take part in friendlies against Slovenia (May 26) and Armenia (May 31).

Greece coach Fernando Santos currently has a 25-man squad with two players set to miss out on this summer's showpiece, which will be held in Poland and Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters ahead of his side's trip to Austria, the former PAOK trainer was critical of Greek league officials for their failure to end the domestic campaign earlier in preparation for Euro 2012.

"I know my players very well. I know that they are very happy to be here and I'm sure that they will work hard to be ready for the opening game against Poland on June 8," he stated.

"We are late in starting our preparation for the Euros, but there is nothing we can do now."

Experienced midfielder Kostas Katsouranis also spoke to the press, stating that Greece's aim is to progress to the quarter-finals.

"Our goal is to advance from the group stage and we will do everything to make sure this happens. We want this because Greek fans love and support this team," he added.

The squad will return to Athens on June 1 before taking two days rest. The 23-man panel will then travel to Warsaw on June 3 where they will be based during the tournament.