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GREECE FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Greek national football team (Greek: Εθνική Ελλάδος, Ethniki Ellados) represents Greece in association football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece's home ground is Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus and their head coach is Fernando Santos. Greece is one of the most successful national teams in European football, being one of only nine national teams to have won the European Championship.

They hadn't produced any big successes in major tournaments, having participated only twice in the final tournaments of the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship, in 1994 and 1980 respectively, until UEFA Euro 2004, when they became European champions in only their second participation in the tournament. 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, who Greece beat in both the opening game of the tournament and again in the final.

Since that victory Greece have qualified for the finals of all but one major competitions (European Championships and World Cups), reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2012. Moreover, they have occupied a place in the top 20 of the FIFA World Rankings for all but four months since the 2004 triumph, and reached a high of eighth from April to June 2008, as well as in October 2011.

Greece, under the guidance of Alketas Panagoulias, made its first appearance in a major tournament at the Euro 1980 in Italy, after qualifying top of a group that included the Soviet Union and Hungary, both world football powers. 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 until the only goal of the game was scored with a penalty kick by Kist, in the 65th minute. Three days later Greece played Czechoslovakia in Rome. After holding the Czechoslovakians 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, concluding what was considered a decent overall performance in the team's maiden presence in a final phase of any football competition.

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. Furthermore, they had the disadvantage of being drawn into a "group of death", with runners-up at the 1990 FIFA World Cup Argentina, later semifinalists Bulgaria, and Nigeria, one of the strongest African teams. It is worth mentioning that all players of the squad, including the 3 goalkeepers, took part in those three 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.

 

GREEK FOOTBALL TEAM

Fifa  Non-Fifa 
Name  D. o. B.  Position  Current club  M  S  G  M  S  G 
Glykos, Panagiotis 1986-06-03 Goalkeeper   PAOK Thessalonikis 1 0 0 0 0 0
Holebas, José 1984-06-27 Left Back   Olympiakos Piraios 1 0 0 0 0 0
Manolas, Kostas 1991-06-14 Centre Back   Olympiakos Piraios 1 0 0 0 0 0
Papadopoulos, Avraam 1984-12-03 Centre Back   Olympiakos Piraios 1 0 0 0 0 0
Torosidis, Vasilis 1985-06-10 Right Back   AS Roma 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tzavellas, Giorgos 1987-11-26 Left Back   PAOK Thessalonikis 0 1 0 0 0 0
Katsouranis, Kostas 1979-06-21 Defensive Midfielder   PAOK Thessalonikis 1 0 0 0 0 0
Maniatis, Giannis 1986-10-12 Defensive Midfielder   Olympiakos Piraios 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tziolis, Alexandros 1985-02-13 Defensive Midfielder   Kayserispor 1 0 0 0 0 0
Karagounis, Georgios 1977-03-06 Centre Midfielder   Fulham FC 0 1 0 0 0 0
Mitroglou, Kostas 1988-03-12 Centre Forward   Fulham FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Salpingidis, Dimitris 1981-08-18 Centre Forward   PAOK Thessalonikis 1 0 0 0 0 0
Samaras, Giorgos 1985-02-21 Left Winger   Celtic Glasgow 1 0 0 0 0 0
Christodoulopoulos, Lazaros 1986-12-19 Left Winger   Bologna FC 0 1 0 0 0 0
Fetfatzidis, Giannis 1990-12-21 Left Winger   Genoa CFC 0 1 0 0 0 0
Papadopoulos, Dimitris 1981-09-20 Centre Forward   Atromitos Athinon 0 1 0 0 0 0

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Position Pld W D * L GF GA
 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
 1934 Did not qualify - 1 0 0 1 0 4
 1938 - 3 2 0 1 5 12
 1950 Did not enter Did not enter
 1954 Did not qualify 2 4 2 0 2 3 2
 1958 3 4 0 1 3 2 9
 1962 3 4 1 0 3 3 8
 1966 3 6 2 1 3 10 14
 1970 2 6 2 3 1 13 9
 1974 3 4 0 0 4 5 11
 1978 3 4 1 1 2 2 6
 1982 4 8 3 1 4 11 14
 1986 3 6 1 2 3 5 10
 1990 3 6 1 2 3 3 15
 1994 Group Stage 24 3 0 0 3 0 10 1 8 6 2 0 10 2
 1998 Did not qualify 3 8 4 2 2 11 4
  2002 4 8 2 1 5 7 17
 2006 3 12 6 3 3 15 9
 2010 Group Stage 25 3 1 0 2 2 5 Playoffs 12 7 3 2 21 10
 2014 Qualified - - - - - - - Playoffs 12 9 2 1 16 6
Total 3/20 6 1 0 5 2 15 Total 116 49 24 43 142 162


 

GREEK FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

TOP CAPS

# Name Career Caps Goals
1
Giorgos Karagounis
1999– 132 10
2
Theodoros Zagorakis
1994–2007 120 3
3
Kostas Katsouranis
2003– 109 9
4
Angelos Basinas
1999–2009 100 7
5
Stratos Apostolakis
1986–1998 96 5
6
Antonis Nikopolidis
1999–2008 90 0
7
Angelos Charisteas
2001–2011 88 25
8
Dimitris Saravakos
1982–1994 78 22
9
Stelios Giannakopoulos
1997–2008 77 12
Anastassios Mitropoulos
1978–1994 77 8

 

TOP GOAL SCORERS

# Name Career Goals Caps Average
1
Nikos Anastopoulos
1977–1988 29 75 0.387
2
Angelos Charisteas
2001–2011 25 88 0.284
3
Theofanis Gekas
2005– 24 69 0.348
4
Dimitris Saravakos
1982–1994 22 78 0.282
5
Mimis Papaioannou
1963–1980 21 61 0.344
6
Nikos Machlas
1993–2002 18 61 0.295
7
Demis Nikolaidis
1995–2004 17 54 0.315
8
Panagiotis Tsalouchidis
1987–1995 16 76 0.211
9
Giorgos Sideris
1958–1970 14 28 0.500
10
Nikos Liberopoulos
1996–2012 13 76 0.171
Dimitris Salpingidis
2005– 13 73 0.178


 

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