You can get 8/5 with bwin.com on Greece drawing their third blank of the 2014 World Cup against Ivory Coast, which rates a helluva bet considering the Euro 2004 winners’ incredibly poor record at this level.
A strike from Fernando Santos’ side would be their third in nine World Cup games, and the other two came in a 2-1 win over Nigeria four years ago in South Africa.
To put their profligacy into context, here’s four famously slow movers who the Greeks may actually stand a chance against in a philosophical foot-race.
Solar eclipses on Uranus
There’s been solar eclipses on Mars, Saturn and our moon since Bloemfontein four years ago, but the best-named planet going isn’t likely to see another until the mid-point of this century, having experienced said in 2007/08.
The Liberals reaching government
Nick Clegg may have led his band of yellows into Whitehall’s ministerial offices in 2010, but that was the first time the rebranded Liberals tasted power since that year of high Modernism, 1922.
It hasn’t gone particularly well for old Cleggers, who is in danger of losing his Sheffield Hallam seat – along with half of his parliamentary party – at next year’s General Election.
Newcastle appearing in the FA Cup final
Why pick on Newcastle? Because they’ve reached the world’s greatest domestic club showpiece every eight years on average since their first appearance in 1910, which is twice as long (give or take a week) as we’ve waited for an Ethniki strike on world football’s great stage.
Daniel Day-Lewis films
Since making his screen debut in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), the record three-time Academy Award winning actor has appeared in 20 films.
However, only one – Lincoln – has been released since Dmitris Salpingidis and Vasilis Torosidis struck against the Super Eagles, which makes Greece slightly more prolific than Arthur Miller’s son-in-law.