Katsouranis wants to beat Germany for Greek countrymen

The Panathinaikos defender is hopeful of causing yet another upset at Euro 2012, and sees the harsh times his nation and its people are through as added motivation

Greece veteran Kostas Katsouranis has urged his side to play for their countrymen back home by representing them with pride on the field against Germany.

The quarter-final contestants' nations are at the heart of the Eurozone crisis, and the 33-year-old feels a strong desire to give their Greek compatriots something to cheer about amidst the dark financial times they are currently going through.

"There is this feeling of self-sacrifice in the team, just like in 2004," Katsouranis stated at a press conference. "We are here to represent our country, who is going through a lot."

"The Germans are the favorites while we are the outsiders, but we do have some small chances of pulling of another minor miracle.

"For any political questions you have, we have a new prime minister who you can call."

Friday's clash in Gdansk has been built up as a possible political battle, with many Greeks resenting German attempts to impose heavy public sector cuts on their administration in efforts to curb rising debt.