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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET
Greece were one of the lesser lights of European international football until they burst spectacularly into life under German coach Otto Rehhagel at UEFA EURO 2004.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET

Greece team profile

Greece were one of the lesser lights of European international football until they burst spectacularly into life under German coach Otto Rehhagel at UEFA EURO 2004.

Best result: winners 2004
Coach: Fernando Santos
Leading scorers: all-time – Nikos Anastopoulos (29); current – Fanis Gekas (24)
Most appearances: all-time – Giorgos Karagounis (131); current – Giorgos Karagounis (131)
Association formed: 1926
Nickname: Galanolefki (Sky blue and whites)
Where they play: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus

Greece were one of the lesser lights of European international football until they burst spectacularly into life under German coach Otto Rehhagel at UEFA EURO 2004, defying all odds to win the tournament in Portugal with a 1-0 victory over the hosts in the Lisbon final. Prior to that the country had appeared in just two major tournaments, the 1980 UEFA European Championship and the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and failed to win a game in either. However, since becoming champions of Europe they have improved their standing considerably, qualifying for each of the last four major tournaments and reaching the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P118 W56 D23 L39 F166 A135
Final tournament: P16 W5 D3 L8 F14 A20
Qualifying: P102 W51 D20 L31 F152 A115

Greece waited 24 years to follow up their first finals appearance – where they collected one point from their three games – but it proved sensationally worthwhile as Rehhagel's men confounded expectations to lift the trophy in Portugal in 2004. The German coach masterminded a highly effective game plan, his side catching the hosts cold in the opening game with a 2-1 victory.

France and the Czech Republic both succumbed 1-0 in the knockout rounds, before a second defeat of Portugal provided a fairy-tale ending to one of football's true surprise stories. As holders they lost all three of their group games in Austria and Switzerland in 2008 and were eliminated by Germany at the quarter-final stage of UEFA EURO 2012, but nothing will take the shine off their momentous achievement of 2004.

Memorable EURO matches
04/07/2004: Portugal 0-1 Greece, UEFA EURO 2004 final

Angelos Charisteas' second-half header completed one of the biggest shocks at a major finals.

25/06/2004: France 0-1 Greece, UEFA EURO 2004 quarter-finals
Theodoros Zagorakis and Charisteas combined to end the holders' aspirations.

07/06/2003: Spain 0-1 Greece, UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying
Stelios Giannakopoulos' strike and a dogged defence served notice of Greece's potential.

Did you know?
Under Rehhagel, Greece recorded their longest winning streak (eight victories, between October 2007 and May 2008), while their longest undefeated streak came under Fernando Santos (17 matches, from August 2010 to November 2011).

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.24CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/04/2016 15:18 CET
7 September 2014 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-1Romania
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
03/31/2016 13:28:03
11 October 2014 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland1-1Greece
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) Stadium: Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN)
01/08/2016 08:06:23
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
03/31/2016 13:28:03
14 November 2014 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-1Faroe Islands
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
03/31/2016 13:28:06
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Greece0-2Serbia
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
03/31/2016 13:28:02
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary0-0Greece
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
04/05/2016 13:40:52
13 June 2015 13 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe Islands2-1Greece
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR) Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
01/08/2016 08:06:35
16 June 2015 16 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland0-0Greece
Referee: not available
03/21/2016 10:42:45
4 September 2015 04 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-1Finland
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
03/31/2016 13:28:03
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania0-0Greece
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
01/08/2016 08:06:32
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland3-1Greece
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/26/2016 10:01:54
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece4-3Hungary
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
03/31/2016 13:28:03
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Luxembourg1-0Greece
Referee: Tim Marshall (NIR)
12/29/2015 11:27:08
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Turkey0-0Greece
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
12/29/2015 10:09:42
24 March 2016 24 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Greece2-1Montenegro
Referee: István Kovács (ROU) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
03/31/2016 13:28:02
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Greece2-3Iceland
Referee: Javier Estrada (ESP) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
03/31/2016 14:34:15
4 June 2016 04 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Australia
12.00
Greece
Referee: TBD Stadium: Aussie, Sydney (AUS)
05/16/2016 13:46:23
7 June 2016 07 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Australia
10.00
Greece
Referee: TBD Stadium: Telstra Dome, Melbourne (AUS)
05/17/2016 09:37:27
GreeceCyprus
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:48:37
EstoniaGreece
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:36:02
GreeceBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:52:37
BelgiumGreece
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:52:48
Bosnia and HerzegovinaGreece
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:21:33
GreeceEstonia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:00:46
GreeceBelgium
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:52:48
CyprusGreece
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:08:48

General info

  • Founded : 1926
  • Stadium : Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    11/10/1978, Greece 8-1 Finland, Athens
  • Biggest defeat:
    01/10/1958, France 7-1 Greece, Paris
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 38
    Giorgos Karagounis (GRE)
  • Top scorers: 11
    Nikos Anastopoulos (GRE)
    Angelos Charisteas (GRE)