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Greece
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Hellenic Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Germany Otto Rehhagel
Asst coach Greece Ioannis Topalidis
Captain Giorgos Karagounis
Most caps Theodoros Zagorakis (120)
Top scorer Nikos Anastopoulos (29)
Home stadium Olympic Stadium
FIFA code GRE
FIFA ranking 10
Highest FIFA ranking 8 (April 2008 – June 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 66 (September 1998)
Elo ranking 23
Highest Elo ranking 7 (August 2004)
Lowest Elo ranking 78 (May 1963 and November 1963)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Greece 1 – 4 Italy 
(Athens, Greece; 7 April 1929)
Biggest win
 Greece 8 – 0 Syria 
(Athens, Greece; 25 November 1949)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 11 – 1 Greece 
(Budapest, Hungary; 25 March 1938)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1994)
Best result Round 1, 1994
European Championship
Appearances 3 (First in 1980)
Best result Winners, 2004
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2005)
Best result Round 1, 2005
Greece national football team on Olympic games of 1906

The Greece national football team represents Greece in international football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation.

Greece spent most of their history in relative obscurity, having participated only twice in the final tournaments of the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship, in 1994 and 1980 respectively. But it was in the UEFA Euro 2004, when Greece were crowned European champions in only their second participation in the tournament, in one of international football's greatest surprises. The Greeks, dismissed as rank outsiders before the tournament with bookmakers giving odds of between 80–1 to 150–1 for them to win, defeated some of the favourites in the competition including defending champions France and hosts Portugal; the latter succumbed twice to Greece, the first time coming in the inaugural game of the tournament and the second in the final.

Since then, Greece have received several distinctions for their triumph and have reached a higher status in international football. They have also been proven more competitive than they used to be and often reach high places in the FIFA World Rankings. Furthermore, the team attracts large numbers of fans not only at home matches, a rare phenomenon in the previous years, but even when they play abroad, providing the team with great support. For instance, a friendly clash between Australia and Greece in 2006 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in Melbourne, Australia, set a stadium attendance record for association football attracting 95,103 fans, a portion of whom originated from the large Greek Australian community.[1]

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History

1980 European Football Championship

Greece made its first appearance in a major tournament at the Euro 1980 in Italy after qualifying as first - under the guidance of Alketas Panagoulias- from a group that included USSR and Hungary, both world powers back then. In the final tournament, Greece was drawn into group A with West Germany, the Netherlands, and Czechoslovakia. In their first game, Greece held the Dutch 0-0 until 65' when the only goal of the game was scored by Kist. Three days later Greece played against Czechoslovakia in Rome. After halting the Czechoslovakians to a 1-1 at the end the first half, Greece eventually lost 3-1. In their last game, Greece earned a 0-0 draw against eventual winners West Germany culminating what was considered a decent overall performance in the team's maiden presence in a final phase of any football competition.

World Cup 1994

The team's success in qualifying for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA, marked the first time they had made it to the FIFA World Cup finals. Greece finished first and undefeated in their qualifying group, surpassing Russia in the final game. In the final tournament Greece were drawn into group D with Nigeria, Bulgaria, and Argentina. After the successful qualifying campaign, expectations back in Greece were high as no one could imagine the oncoming astounding failure. Most notable reason for this complete failure was the fact that legendary coach Alketas Panagoulias opted to take a squad full of those players -though most of them aging and out of form - that helped the team in the qualifying instead of new emerging talents seeing it as a reward for their unprecedented success. It is worth mentioning that all players of the squad included the 3 goalkeepers took part in those 3 games, something very rare. In their first game against Argentina, Greece lost 4-0. Four days later Greece suffered another 4-0 blow from Bulgaria and in their final game lost to Nigeria 2-0. In the end, Greece were eliminated in the first round by losing all three games, scoring no goals and conceding 10, thus making one of the worst records in World Cup history.

Near misses

Greece failed to qualify for the Euro 1996 finishing third in the group behind Russia and Scotland. In their 1998 World Cup qualifying tournament the team finished only one point shy of second-placed Croatia as, despite a plethora of missed chances, it was halted to a 0-0 draw by the eventual Group winners, the Danish national football team. In their Euro 2000 qualifying group, Greece finished again in third place, two points behind second-placed Slovenia in a highly disappointing campaign that saw the team lose at home to Latvia and led to the sacking of then national coach Kostas Polychroniou. In the 2002 World Cup qualifying Greece finished a disappointing fourth in their group behind England, Germany and Finland making them change their coach Vasilis Daniil in the process and replace him with Otto Rehhagel. Highlights of the campaign were the humiliating 5-1 defeat in Helsinki and the 2-2 draw that followed in England, both the first two games of the soon to become legendary German coach at the reins of the Greek national team.

Euro 2004 triumph

Greece lineup during Euro 2004

Qualification

Greece started the qualification process for the Euro 2004 in poor fashion losing at home to Spain and away to Ukraine both times with a 2-0 scoreline. Astonishingly, the team went on to win their remaining six games, including a highly decisive 1-0 away win over Spain in their second matchup, securing first place in the group and an appearance in the European Championship finals for the first time in 24 years. Expectations before the tournament were low with memories of a bitter 1994 FIFA World Cup experience still fresh in the minds of many, where Greece lost all three group stage matches, conceding ten goals and scoring none.

Group Stage

In the opening match against hosts Portugal, Greece achieved a surprise 2-1 victory, receiving the nickname "pirate ship" used by Greek sportscasters in reference to the floating ship used in the tournament's opening ceremony. Greece won with a 25-yard strike from Giorgos Karagounis and a penalty from Angelos Basinas. Four days later, Greece stunned Spain in front of a largely Spanish crowd with a 1-1 draw after being down 1-0 at half time. Greece fell behind from a defensive lapse, which allowed Fernando Morientes to score. However, a sublime diagonal pass from playmaker Vasilios Tsiartas allowed Angelos Charisteas to score an equaliser in the second half, giving Greece hope of qualifying. In the last group game, Greece fell behind 2-0 to Russia (who were already eliminated) within the first ten minutes of the game but managed to pull one back through Zisis Vryzas and thus progressed to the next round, at the expense of Spain, on goals scored. Dmitri Kirichenko had the chance to eliminate Greece in the final minutes of this game, but his stretched effort squeezed just wide.

Kit worn by Greece in the final.

Quarter-final

In the quarterfinals Greece faced off with the undefeated and reigning champions France. At 65 minutes, Greece took the lead. Angelos Basinas played a perfect pass to captain Theodoros Zagorakis, who flicked the ball high in the air, passed veteran French defender Bixente Lizarazu, and sent a perfect cross to Angelos Charisteas for the header and goal. Greece held on to win, despite a late French onslaught on goal with close efforts from Thierry Henry, thus knocking France out of Euro 2004 and becoming the first team ever to defeat both the hosts and defending champions in the same tournament.

Semi-final

Greece reached the semifinals to face the Czech Republic, who were the only team to defeat all of their opponents to that point. The Czech record included a convincing 3-2 win over the Netherlands, a 2-1 win over Germany, and a 3-0 win over Denmark in the quarterfinals. At this stage in the tournament, the Czechs were favourites to take the trophy. The game began nervously for Greece, as the Czech Republic applied much pressure. Tomáš Rosický hit the crossbar in the opening minutes, and Jan Koller had several efforts saved by Antonis Nikopolidis. The Czechs chances were dealt a blow when influential midfielder Pavel Nedved left the pitch injured in the first half. After 90 minutes the game ended 0-0, despite the Czechs having most of the game's missed chances. In the last minute of the first half of extra time, a close range silver goal header from Traianos Dellas from a Vassilios Tsiartas corner ended the Czech campaign, putting Greece into the final of Euro 2004 and sending their fans into raptures.

Final

The winning goal

For the first time in history (a recurring theme in this tournament), the final was a repeat of the opening game, with Greece and hosts Portugal facing off in a rematch. In the 57th minute, Charisteas gave Greece the lead with a header from a corner by Angelos Basinas. Portugal had much of the possession, but the Greek defence was solid and dealt with most attacks. Cristiano Ronaldo had a good chance to equalise in the dying moments, but could not apply a finish. Greece held on to win 1-0, winning the tournament, an achievement considered by many to be one of the greater, if not the greatest, football upset in history. Captain Zagorakis was named the man of the tournament, having led Greece and made the most tackles in the entire tournament.

Recognition

Greece's victory shot them up in the FIFA World Rankings from 35th in June 2004 to 14th in July 2004. This is one of the largest upward moves in a single month in the top echelon of the rankings. The triumph of Greece at Euro 2004 is the biggest sporting achievement in the country's history for a team sport, along with the successes of the Greece national basketball team in the European Championships of 1987, 2005 and 2006 FIBA World Championship. The team has appeared on stamps and received medals from the President of Greece, the Archbishop of Athens, and an ecstatic ovation from the country's population which came out to see the team with the trophy from the Athens airport to the Panathinaiko Stadium where the Greek political and religious leadership was awaiting them. The Euro 2004 winners were selected as "World Team of the Year" at the 2005 Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year.

2005 Confederation Cup

As Euro 2004 winners, Greece qualified for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany. Greece were drawn into Group A along with 2002 World Cup champions Brazil, 2004 Asian champions Japan, and 2003 North America champions Mexico. Greece lost 3-0 to Brazil and 1-0 to Japan and draw 0-0 with Mexico in a tournament that was seen mostly as a time for experimentation as players like Efstathios Tavlaridis, Loukas Vyntra, Mihalis Sifakis, Ioannis Amanatidis, and Theofanis Gekas either received their first ever calls or earned their maiden caps in the national squad.

World Cup 2006

After winning the Euro 2004, Greece were considered favourites to top their group, in the 2006 World Cup qualification. The team was drawn into Group 2 along with Ukraine, Turkey, Denmark, Albania, Georgia and Kazakhstan.

In their first qualifier, Greece could not handle the game with Albania and lost 2-1, which was the reason Greece could not go to Germany for the 2006 World Cup. Afterward their matches were followed by draws (home and away respectively) with Turkey and Ukraine, before defeating Kazakhstan 3-1 at home. It was thought that the team was back on course as the 2-1 win over Denmark, with Zagorakis scoring his first ever goal in over 100 caps. This was followed by wins against Georgia and Albania and a respectable away draw with Turkey. However, despite dominating the game, Greece lost at home to Ukraine 1-0 having two goals disallowed. Three months later, Greece barely escaped embarrassment as they scraped to a 2-1 away win against Kazakhstan in the dying seconds. Greece was defeated 1-0 by Denmark in Copenhagen as chances for a qualification through a playoff looked dismal after a 1-0 win of Turkey in Kiev against the already qualified Ukrainian side. In their last game, Greece defeated Georgia finishing 4th, four points behind first-placed Ukraine and two behind Turkey. Throughout the match, the 30,000 fans in the Karaiskákis Stadium chanted the name of Otto Rehhagel in their utmost support and he said afterwards "Even if 10 years pass, part of my heart will be Greek". There was a dissatisfaction with the selection of the team by Otto Rehhagel throughout qualification campaign from some journalists as they argued that he was sticking to exactly the same Euro 2004 squad even though some players didn't even have a club and was overlooking others most notably Ieroklis Stoltidis of Olympiacos and Akis Zikos of Monaco.

On 25 May 2006, less than a month before the opening of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Greece lost 1-0 to Australia in a friendly match in front of 95,103 people at the MCG.

Greece national football team kit (home) 2008-09

Euro 2008

Greece was the highest ranked seed in the 'pots' for qualification to the UEFA Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria and was drawn with Turkey, Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Moldova and Malta being the only group which did not have a team represented in the World Cup 2006.

Greece began their Euro 2008 campaign with victories over Moldova, Norway and Bosnia-Herzegovina. As a result, Greece climbed eighteen places in two months to 13th place in the October FIFA World Rankings. On 24 March 2007 Greece lost their fourth game 4-1 against Turkey in Athens. Nevertheless the team went on to win away to Malta, with the only goal coming in the 66th minute from an Basinas penalty, Hungary and Moldova at home and drew 2-2 away to Norway despite having hit the goalpost three times in this match. The draw in Oslo was followed by a 3-2 home win against Bosnia-Herzegovina and a 1-0 away win to Turkey, securing its presence to the Euro 2008 finals at their old rival's home ground. In the last two matches, Greece smashed Malta 5-0 in Athens and defeated Hungary with an away 2-1 win, finishing first in their group with a total of 31 points, the most points gained among any group. In the draw for the final tournament, Greece was seeded first as the defending European Champion. In addition to this, Greece climbed to the 11th place in the FIFA World Rankings, the highest ever for them, thus they are seeded first for the draw of the European qualification zone for the World Cup 2010, also for the first time. The draw for the Euro 2008 finals was held on December 2 in Switzerland, Greece were drawn in Group D along with Sweden, Spain, and Russia. In preparation for the tournament, Greece defeated Portugal 2-1 on 26 March 2008, in a repeat of the Euro 2004 opening and final match; as a result, Greece moved up to a record 8th position in the FIFA world ranking.

In the tournament finals, however, the Greek team lost all three games and scored only one goal. Greece underperformed in the opening match against Sweden and lost 2-0. They tried to recover in the match against Russia, but lost 1-0. Having already been eliminated, the Greek team tried their chances against already qualified Spain, but also lost 2-1, becoming the first defending champion not to earn a single point in the next European Championship.

World Cup 2010

By way of the November 2007 FIFA World Rankings, Greece was seeded in Pot A for the European zone group stage draw for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. They were drawn into Group 2 with Israel, Switzerland, Moldova, Latvia and Luxembourg. Greece's group stage campaign began and ended with matches against Luxembourg on 6 September 2008 and 14 October 2009. While earning only three clean sheets in ten qualifying games, Greece relied heavily upon the scoring prowess of Theofanis Gekas, who led all Europeans in scoring with 10 goals. Two losses to Switzerland placed the Greeks one point behind the Swiss group winners, leaving Greece's 2010 World Cup hopes to be decided in a play-off with Group 6 runner-up Ukraine. A 0-0 tie in Athens preceded a 0-1 second-leg Greek triumph in Donetsk to secure a spot in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.[2]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Switzerland 10 6 3 1 18 8 +10 21
 Greece 10 6 2 2 20 10 +10 20
 Latvia 10 5 2 3 18 15 +3 17
 Israel 10 4 4 2 20 10 +10 16
 Luxembourg 10 1 2 7 4 25 −21 5
 Moldova 10 0 3 7 6 18 −12 3
  Greece Israel Latvia Luxembourg Moldova Switzerland
Greece  2 – 1 5 – 2 2 – 1 3 – 0 1 – 2
Israel  1 – 1 0 – 1 7 – 0 3 – 1 2 – 2
Latvia  0 – 2 1 – 1 2 – 0 3 – 2 2 – 2
Luxembourg  0 – 3 1 – 3 0 – 4 0 – 0 0 – 3
Moldova  1 – 1 1 – 2 1 – 2 0 – 0 0 – 2
Switzerland  2 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 1 1 – 2 2 – 0


At the 2010 World Cup Draw in Cape Town, South Africa on 4 December 2009, Greece found itself grouped with two familiar opponents from its lone World Cup appearance in 1994. Argentina and Nigeria were yet again drawn into group stage play alongside Greece, this time into Group B with South Korea replacing Greece's third 1994 opponent, Bulgaria.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Korea Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Stadium

Greece, at first, used the Karaiskákis Stadium in Piraeus as their home ground since they became European Champions. They used that stadium for all the home games of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying round.

For the home games of the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying round Karaiskákis Stadium was used at first, but after some riots took place the National Team was forced to play at another ground for two fixtures, so they moved to Pankritio Stadium in Heraklion. What is more, it was decided that the homefixtures against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Malta be held at the Olympic Stadium of Athens.

In the past, Greece used several other stadiums including Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Athens Olympic Stadium, Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, etc. For the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying round - in which Greece ended up winning the trophy - Greece used the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium (Panathinaikos' stadium) for all their home matches.

Colours

Greece's home kit since the Hellenic Football Federation was first established was blue, but after Greece's triumph at Euro 2004 they changed their home kit from blue to white. The team wears either a set of white jerseys, shorts and socks or a set of blue jerseys, shorts and socks. A combination of a blue jersey and white shorts has also been used in some matches. The official shirt supplier is Adidas which has signed a long-term agreement with the Greek Federation until 2012.

Nicknames

During the opening ceremony of Euro 2004, which took place right before the match of Portugal vs. Greece, the hosts used the replica of a 16th century ship referring to the Portuguese expeditions of that time. The Greek radio sports journalist Georgios Helakis commented that "since the portuguese team appear in such ship, it's time for us to become pirates and steal the victory". This nickname was repeated at every win, and especially after the final match (again vs Portugal). After Greece won the trophy, The Pirate Ship is one of the nicknames of the Greek team. Another common nickname is the ethniki, which simply means national team, similar to the Mannschaft, a nickname for the German National Football Team. This having been said, the most popular name for the national team in Greece is the 'galanoleyki.'

  • Some DVD collections of the tournament have also been released under the name "The Pirate Ship".

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Withdrew during qualifying - - - - - -
France 1938 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Brazil 1950 Did not enter - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Did not qualify - - - - - -
England 1966 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify - - - - - -
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - -
United States 1994 Round 1 3 0 0 3 0 10
France 1998 Did not qualify - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Qualified
Total 2/19 3 0 0 3 0 10

FIFA Confederations Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1995 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Mexico 1999 Did not qualify - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2001 Did not qualify - - - - - -
France 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Germany 2005 Round 1 3 0 1 2 0 4
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 1/8 3 0 1 2 0 4

UEFA European Championship record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
France 1960 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Spain 1964 Withdrew from qualifying - - - - - -
Italy 1968 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Yugoslavia 1976 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1980 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 4
France 1984 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Germany 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Sweden 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
England 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - -
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Portugal 2004 Champions 6 4 1 1 7 4
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 5
PolandUkraine 2012
Total 3/13 12 4 2 6 9 13
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.

Players

Most capped players

As of March 2010[3]

Rank Name Debut Caps Goals Active?
1 Theodoros Zagorakis 1994 120 3 No
2 Angelos Basinas 1999 100 7 Yes
3 Stratos Apostolakis 1986 96 5 No
4 Antonios Nikopolidis 1999 90 0 No
5 Giorgos Karagounis 1999 91 6 Yes

Top goalscorers

As of March 2010[3]

Rank Player Debut Goals Caps Active?
1 Nikos Anastopoulos 1977 29 75 No
2 Angelos Charisteas 2001 23 81 Yes
3 Dimitris Saravakos 1982 22 78 No
4 Mimis Papaioannou 1963 21 61 No
5 Theofanis Gekas 2005 20 46 Yes

Current squad

Squad called up for the friendly match against Senegal on 3 March 2010.

Players' records are accurate as of 3 March 2010.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Kostas Chalkias 30 May 1974 (1974-05-30) (age 35) 27 0 Greece PAOK
12 GK Michalis Sifakis 9 September 1984 (1984-09-09) (age 25) 1 0 Greece Aris
13 GK Alexandros Tzorvas 12 August 1982 (1982-08-12) (age 27) 6 0 Greece Panathinaikos
2 DF Ioannis Maniatis 12 October 1986 (1986-10-12) (age 23) 0 0 Greece Panionios
3 DF Georgios Tzavelas 26 November 1987 (1987-11-26) (age 22) 0 0 Greece Panionios
4 DF Nikos Spiropoulos 10 October 1983 (1983-10-10) (age 26) 17 0 Greece Panathinaikos
5 DF Vangelis Moras 18 August 1981 (1981-08-18) (age 28) 10 0 Italy Bologna
8 DF Avraam Papadopoulos 3 January 1984 (1984-01-03) (age 26) 12 0 Greece Olympiacos
11 DF Loukas Vyntra 5 February 1981 (1981-02-05) (age 29) 27 0 Greece Panathinaikos
16 DF Sotirios Kyrgiakos 23 July 1979 (1979-07-23) (age 30) 56 4 England Liverpool
18 DF Georgios Galitsios 8 June 1986 (1986-06-08) (age 23) 0 0 Greece Olympiacos
19 DF Stelios Malezas 11 March 1985 (1985-03-11) (age 25) 0 0 Greece PAOK
6 MF Alexandros Tziolis 13 February 1985 (1985-02-13) (age 25) 17 0 Italy Siena
10 MF Giorgos Karagounis Captain sports.svg 3 June 1977 (1977-06-03) (age 32) 91 6 Greece Panathinaikos
21 MF Kostas Katsouranis 21 June 1979 (1979-06-21) (age 30) 67 7 Greece Panathinaikos
23 MF Grigoris Makos 18 January 1987 (1987-01-18) (age 23) 3 0 Greece AEK Athens
7 FW Georgios Samaras 21 February 1985 (1985-02-21) (age 25) 32 5 Scotland Celtic
9 FW Angelos Charisteas 9 February 1980 (1980-02-09) (age 30) 82 23 Germany Nuremberg
14 FW Dimitris Salpigidis 18 August 1981 (1981-08-18) (age 28) 34 3 Greece Panathinaikos
17 FW Theofanis Gekas 23 May 1980 (1980-05-23) (age 29) 46 20 Germany Hertha BSC
20 FW Pantelis Kapetanos 8 June 1983 (1983-06-08) (age 26) 1 0 Romania Steaua Bucureşti
22 FW Lazaros Christodoulopoulos 19 December 1986 (1986-12-19) (age 23) 3 0 Greece Panathinaikos

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Greece squad within the last 12 months.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
DF Giourkas Seitaridis 4 June 1981 (1981-06-04) (age 28) 67 1 Greece Panathinaikos
DF Traianos Dellas 31 January 1976 (1976-01-31) (age 34) 53 1 Cyprus Anorthosis
DF Vasilis Torosidis 10 June 1985 (1985-06-10) (age 24) 25 2 Greece Olympiacos
DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos 9 June 1988 (1988-06-09) (age 21) 10 0 Italy Genoa
MF Sotiris Ninis 3 April 1990 (1990-04-03) (age 19) 3 1 Greece Panathinaikos
MF Christos Patsatzoglou 19 March 1979 (1979-03-19) (age 30) 41 1 Cyprus Omonia
MF Georgios Fotakis 29 October 1981 (1981-10-29) (age 28) 1 0 Greece PAOK
MF Vasilis Pliatsikas 14 April 1988 (1988-04-14) (age 21) 4 0 Germany Schalke 04
MF Angelos Basinas 3 January 1976 (1976-01-03) (age 34) 100 7 England Portsmouth
FW Kostas Mitroglou 12 March 1988 (1988-03-12) (age 22) 1 0 Greece Olympiacos
MF Ioannis Amanatidis 3 December 1981 (1981-12-03) (age 28) 35 3 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
MF Vasilis Koutsianikoulis 9 August 1988 (1988-08-09) (age 21) 0 0 Greece PAOK
FW Evangelos Mantzios 22 April 1983 (1983-04-22) (age 26) 7 0 Cyprus Anorthosis

See also

Past squads

FIFA World Cup squads
UEFA European Championship squads
FIFA Confederations Cup squads

Managers

All the managers in team's history.[4]

 
Name Nationality Years
Otto Rehhagel Germany 2001-present
Vassilis Daniill Greece 1999-2001
Anghel Iordănescu Romania 1998-1999
Kostas Polychroniou Greece 1994-1998
Alketas Panagoulias Greece 1992-1994
Antonis Georgiadis Greece 1989-1992
Alekos Sofianidis Greece 1988-1989
Miltos Papapostolou Greece 1984-1988
Christos Archontidis Greece 1982-1984
Alketas Panagoulias Greece 1977-1982
Lakis Petropoulos Greece 1976-1977
Alketas Panagoulias Greece 1973-1976
Billy Bingham Northern Ireland 1971-1973
Lakis Petropoulos Greece 1969-1971
Dan Georgiadis Greece 1968-1969
Panos Markovits Greece 1966-1968
 
Name Nationality Years
Lakis Petropoulos Greece 1964-1966
Tryfon Tzanetis Greece 1960-1964
Paul Baron France 1959-1960
Rino Martini Italy 1957-1959
Kostas Andritsos Greece 1956-1957
Ioannis Chelmis Greece 1955-1956
Antonis Migiakis Greece 1954-1955
Kostas Negrepontis Greece 1953-1954
Antonis Migiakis Greece 1951-1953
Kostas Negrepontis Greece 1938-1951
Kostas Konstantaras Greece 1935-1938
Apostolos Nikolaidis Greece 1934-1935
Kostas Negrepontis Greece 1933–1934
Lefteris Panourgias Greece 1932–1933
Jan Kopsiva Czechoslovakia 1930-1932
Apostolos Nikolaidis Greece 1929–1930

Records and statistics

Competitive results

These are Greece's results in the three major competitions that they have participated. The results in the main tournaments have been listed directly in the total column.

As of November 18, 2009

Competition Total Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA W D L GF GA
FIFA World Cup 107 40 22 45 125 165 –40 26 10 15 72 54 14 12 27 53 101
UEFA EURO 102 48 19 35 147 117 +30 29 4 12 86 46 15 13 17 52 58
FIFA Confederations Cup 3 0 1 2 0 4 –4
Total 212 88 42 82 272 286 –14 55 14 27 158 100 29 25 44 105 159

Total results by opponent

Against P W D L
 Albania 12 6 3 3
 Argentina 1 0 0 1
 Armenia 3 2 1 0
 Australia 9 3 3 3
 Austria 10 2 5 3
 Belarus 1 1 0 0
 Belgium 6 3 1 2
 Bolivia 1 0 1 0
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 4 0 0
 Brazil 2 0 1 1
 Bulgaria 24 7 6 11
 Cameroon 1 0 0 1
 Canada 3 2 1 0
 Chile 1 1 0 0
 Colombia 1 0 0 1
 Croatia 4 1 2 1
 Cyprus 24 15 6 3
 Czech Republic 4 2 2 0
 Czechoslovakia 5 0 0 5
 Denmark 16 3 5 8
 East Germany 8 2 0 6
 Egypt 9 4 2 3
 El Salvador 2 2 0 0
 England 11 1 2 8
 Estonia 2 1 1 0
 Ethiopia 3 3 0 0
 Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0
 Finland 12 7 2 3
 France 13 2 2 9
 Georgia 5 5 0 0
 Germany 7 0 2 5
 Ghana 1 0 1 0
 Great Britain 1 0 0 1
 Hungary 18 8 5 5
 Iceland 2 2 0 0
 Republic of Ireland 2 1 1 0
 Italy 17 1 6 10
 Israel 14 7 4 3
 Japan 1 0 0 1
 Kazakhstan 3 3 0 0
 Korea Republic 2 0 1 1
 Latvia 4 2 1 1
 Libya 1 1 0 0
 Liechtenstein 1 1 0 0
 Lithuania 1 0 0 1
 Luxembourg 8 8 0 0
 Malta 8 5 2 1
 Mexico 4 1 2 1
 Moldova 6 5 1 0
 Morocco 1 0 1 0
 Netherlands 8 0 1 7
 Nigeria 2 1 0 1
 Northern Ireland 5 4 0 1
 Norway 7 3 2 2
 Palestine 2 2 0 0
 Poland 15 4 1 10
 Portugal 12 5 4 3
 Qatar 1 1 0 0
 Romania 31 7 8 16
 Russia 9 1 4 4
 San Marino 2 2 0 0
 Saudi Arabia 2 1 1 0
 Scotland 2 1 0 1
 Slovakia 3 1 1 1
 Slovenia 4 3 1 0
 Spain 12 2 2 8
 Sweden 6 2 3 1
 Switzerland 11 2 3 6
 Syria 2 2 0 0
 Turkey 11 1 2 8
 Ukraine 4 1 1 2
 United States 1 0 1 0
 Soviet Union 11 2 0 9
 Wales 2 1 0 1
 Yugoslavia 22 2 3 17
Total 485 177 110 198

Memorable matches

Date Tournament Place Match Score
9 December 1964 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification Athens, Greece  Greece -  Denmark 4 - 2
4 October 1967 UEFA EURO 1968 qualifying Athens, Greece  Greece -  Austria 4 - 1
11 December 1968 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Athens, Greece  Greece -  Portugal 4 - 2
4 May 1969 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Porto, Portugal  Portugal -  Greece 2 - 2
15 October 1969 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Thessaloniki, Greece  Greece -  Switzerland 4 - 1
20 November 1974 UEFA EURO 1976 qualifying Athens, Greece  Greece -  West Germany 2 - 2
11 October 1975 UEFA EURO 1976 qualifying Düsseldorf, West Germany  West Germany -  Greece 1 - 1
10 May 1977 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification Thessaloniki, Greece  Greece -  Soviet Union 1 - 0
11 October 1978 UEFA EURO 1980 qualifying Athens, Greece  Greece -  Finland 8 - 1
29 October 1978 UEFA EURO 1980 qualifying Thessaloniki, Greece  Greece -  Hungary 4 - 1
12 September 1979 UEFA EURO 1980 qualifying Athens, Greece  Greece -  Soviet Union 1 - 0
17 June 1980 UEFA EURO 1980 Turin, Italy  Greece -  West Germany 0 - 0
15 October 1980 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark -  Greece 0 - 1
14 November 1981 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification Turin, Italy  Italy -  Greece 1 - 1
30 March 1983 UEFA EURO 1984 qualifying London, England  England -  Greece 0 - 0
25 March 1987 UEFA EURO 1988 qualifying Rotterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands -  Greece 1 - 1
23 January 1991 UEFA EURO 1992 qualifying Athens, Greece  Greece -  Portugal 3 - 2
17 November 1993 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification Athens, Greece  Greece -  Russia 1 - 0
6 October 2001 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification Manchester, England  England -  Greece 2 - 2
7 June 2003 UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying Zaragoza, Spain  Spain -  Greece 0 - 1
12 June 2004 UEFA EURO 2004 Porto, Portugal  Portugal -  Greece 1 - 2
25 June 2004 UEFA EURO 2004 Lisbon, Portugal  France -  Greece 0 - 1
1 July 2004 UEFA EURO 2004 Porto, Portugal  Greece -  Czech Republic 1 - 0
4 July 2004 UEFA EURO 2004 Lisbon, Portugal  Portugal -  Greece 0 - 1
17 October 2007 UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey -  Greece 0 - 1
18 November 2009 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying Donetsk, Ukraine  Ukraine -  Greece 0 - 1


FIFA ranking history

Greece's history in the FIFA World Rankings. The table shows the position that Greece held in December of each year (and the current position as of 2009), as well as the highest and lowest positions annually.

Year Position Highest Lowest
1993 34 32 36
1994 28 28 37
1995 34 23 34
1996 35 30 45
1997 42 29 46
1998 53 42 66
1999 34 30 46
2000 42 31 42
2001 57 43 61
2002 48 46 59
2003 30 26 48
2004 18 14 36
2005 16 12 20
2006 16 14 32
2007 11 11 16
2008 20 8 20
2009 12 11 20

Honours

2004
Other distinctions
World Team of the Year 2004
FIFA Fair Play Trophy 2005
Team of the Year 2005

References

External links

Preceded by
2000 France 
European Champions
2004 (First title)
Succeeded by
2008 Spain 
Preceded by
England Rugby Union Team
Laureus World Team of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
Renault F1

Simple English

Greece
Association Hellenic Football Federation
Confederation UEFA
Coach Otto Rehhagel
Most caps Theodoros Zagorakis (120)
Top scorer Nikos Anastopoulos (29)
World Cup
Appearances 2
First Apps 1994
Best result Round 1 (1994)
File:Greece national football team (2010-11-17).jpg
Greece national football team (2010-11-17)

Greece national football team is the national football team of Greece. Their last win was Euro 2004, they are currently qualifying for World Cup 2010.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Theodoros Zagorakis12031994-?
2Angelos Basinas9871999-present
3Stratos Apostolakis9651986-?
4Antonios Nikopolidis9001999-?
5Giorgos Karagounis8261999-present

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Nikos Anastopoulos29751977-?
2Angelos Charisteas23732001-present
3Dimitris Saravakos22781982-?
4Mimis Papaioannou21611963-?
5Nikos Machlas18611993-?








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