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5 things we miss about football in the 2000s

Greece Euro 2004
Greece stunned the world of football by winning Euro 2004
Trevor Murray
Modified 22 Jan 2016, 12:00 IST
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Every now and then we all get a little nostalgic about one thing or another. Football fans are certainly no exception to the rule.Whether it’s a specific retro jersey that they simply don’t make anymore, a special player that has since retired or faded from popularity or simply a crazy match that captured the imagination, there are plenty of memories populating the annals of the beautiful game’s history that make us pine for a return to a simpler time.So, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back at five things we all (probably) miss about football in the “noughties”.

#5 Underdogs like Greece and Porto FC

Sure, every era has their surprise packages but there was something extra enthralling about the crusades undertaken by both Porto FC and Greece.

Each team conquered Europe in their own way and although they were definitely not everybody’s cup of tea (more like a bitter cup o’ joe), it’s hard to argue that they weren’t super effective and deserving of their respective victories. Greece took Euro 2004 by storm while Jose Mourinho’s Porto won the Champions League against all the odds in the same year.

Usurping all the big guns along the way, they injected a fresh sense of romanticism into the life-stream of world football and provided minnows everywhere a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work, diligence and tactical astuteness. At times, it wasn’t pretty but their achievements have arguably grown since then due to the fact they have yet to be matched in those particular competitions in recent years.

Bring back the age of the underdog.

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