Veteran Greek duo retire
Published: 23 Jun 2012 - 11:17:18
Greece's 4-2 defeat by Germany in Friday's quarter-final prompted veteran duo Kostas Chalkias and Nikos Liberopoulos to announce they were retiring from international football.
PAOK goalkeeper Chalkias, at 38 the oldest player at the tournament, said he was bowing out after enjoying his time in the competition.
"This has been one of the best months of my career. Right now I am very emotional and proud -- it was a dream finish for my international career," added Chalkias, who was capped 32 times.
Striker Liberopoulos, 36, made his senior debut for Greece in 1996 and said the decision to retire was like leaving a family.
"I am proud and happy to have participated in Greece's effort to reach the quarter-finals," said Chalkias.