Greece World Cup ticket "victory for Greek people" - Santos

Greek coach Fernando Santos is thrown into the air by his players and staff on November 19, 2013 in Bucharest during a FIFA 2014 World Cup playoff match against Romania

Greece's Portuguese coach Fernando Santos proclaimed his adopted country's qualification for the World Cup as a victory "for the Greek people".

Greece secured their ticket for Brazil with a 1-1 draw in their play-off second leg against Romania on Tuesday for a 4-2 aggregate win.

The 2004 European champions will be appearing at their third World Cup after 1994 and 2010 and their fifth major tournament in the last decade.

"I know that this qualification is important to me, for the players, but also for the Greek people," said Santos.

"It is a message of hope and faith," he added.

"Belief in our abilities and hope that the wheel will turn and we will find ourselves overcoming the (economic) crisis."

"We are pleased to bring such joy to millions of Greeks," ventured PAOK forward Dimitris Salpingidis who scored in the 3-1 play-off first leg win over Romania last week.

Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos said that united Greeks can achieve miracles.

"When you work hard, things come into place," he added.

Orestis Karnezis, who kept goal in both matches against Romania, said qualifying "is a dream come true for all of us. We are very happy and touched, just like our coach. We deserved to go to Brazil."

The team's success took pride of place on the front pages of the national press.

Ta Nea (The News) had as their main headline "The national team goes to Brazil with a surplus of soul in the land of Samba".

Kathimerini (Daily), with a huge photograph of the team celebrating, wrote: "Greece once again in the World Cup!"

Ethnos (National) headlined "We're going to the World Cup!"

Eletheros Typos (Free Press) "World class Greece! Proud qualification to the World Cup!"

Eleftherotypia (Free Press) wrote: "We're going to the World Cup, we're going for Samba, with a brave appearance in Bucharest, excellent discipline and another goal by Kostas Mitroglou."

The only major Athens daily newspaper which did not mention the team's accomplishment on the front page was Rizospastis (Radical), owned by the Greek Communist Party.

Greek sports daily summed up the achievement as "World class!" followed by a 15-page dedication to the accomplishment.

"Greek heroes!" was the headline in Sport Day after what the paper described as "an epic appearance, perfect coaching from Fernando Santos, we deserved the victory from the arrogant Romanians".

The only major Athens daily newspaper which did not mention the team's accomplishment on the front page was Rizospastis (Radical), owned by the Greek Communist Party.