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Just like the country itself, Greece has been in turmoil when it comes to the national team. After struggling to even qualify for the Euro 2016, the team has been searching for a new manager to lead.

Greece has been in dilemma for the last 18 months after Fernando Santos stepped down from his post following a successful spell. Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri was brought to replace him, but he lasted only a few matches.

This spell also marked the start of a disastrous run of form, which ultimately resulted in Greece failing to qualify for the Euro 2016 even after a managerial change.

Greece even suffered humiliating defeats against the likes of Faroe Islands, who are amongst the minnows in world football, and was one of the biggest betting shocks according to StanJames. Greece finished bottom of their group.

German Michael Skibbe has been brought in to solve the crisis at the national team. The 50-year-old will be the fourth coach to be in charge of the national team in the last 12 months.

The resume of the German does look impressive since he has been the coach of several top teams like Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Leverkusen over the years. His international managerial experience, though, is limited with spells in charge of the German team back at the start of the century.

The Greek football Association revealed that the German will sign a three-year contract and will start working immediately. This appointment is expected to provide at least some hope of doing well in the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualification campaign.

The World Cup qualification does not begin after 12 months and this provides Skibbe with enough time to take a look at the players. He can also experiment with some new names in the upcoming friendlies against Russia. The first World Cup qualification match will be against Cyprus.