Zagorakis retirement on hold after Euro call-up

Updated: October 2, 2006, 6:05 AM ET

ATHENS, Oct 2 - Greece captain Theodoros Zagorakis, who was considering retiring after his team's European championship qualifier against Norway in Athens on Saturday, has also been called up for the match against Bosnia four days later, officials said on Monday.

The 34-year-old, who has a record 119 caps for his country, had repeatedly hinted he was ready to end his 12-year career with the national team following the game against the Group C leaders.

"He has been called up for both matches so he is at the disposal of the coach for both of them and not just one," a Greek FA official said on Monday.

Zagorakis is expected to start against Norway in front of a a sell-out 33,000 crowd in the Karaiskaki stadium.

Greece, the 2004 European champions, unconvincingly won their first qualifier away against Moldova with a late goal while Norway are the early pacemakers with two wins.


Goalkeepers: Antonis Nikopolidis (Olympiakos Piraeus), Costas Chalkias (Aris Salonika)

Defenders: Sotiris Kyrgiakos (Eintracht Frankfurt), Panagiotis Fyssas (Hearts), Yourkas Seitaridis (Atletico Madrid), Loukas Vintra (Panathinaikos), Georgios Anatolakis (Olympiakos Piraeus), Yannis Goumas (Panathinaikos).

Midfielders: Angelos Basinas (Real Mallorca), Stelios Giannakopoulos (Bolton Wanderers), Georgios Karagounis (Benfica), Konstantinos Katsouranis (Benfica), Panagiotis Lagos (AEK Athens), Theodoros Zagorakis (PAOK Salonika), Pantelis Kafes (Olympiakos Piraeus).

Forwards: Angelos Charisteas (Feyenoord), Ioannis Amanatidis (Eintracht Frankfurt), Dimitrios Salpigidis (Panathinaikos), Dimitrios Papadopoulos (Panathinaikos), Nikos Lyberopoulos (AEK Athens), Fanis Gekas (VfL Bochum), Giorgos Samaras (Manchester City).

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