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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: 13/02/14 23.07CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 06/03/2014 00:53 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Norway2-3Greece
Referee: not available
11/13/2013 09:34:44
Latvia1-2Greece
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) – Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
04/18/2013 21:37:14
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
Greece2-0Lithuania
Referee: Mark Courtney (NIR) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
09/23/2013 16:58:36
Greece0-0Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Antonio Damato (ITA) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
09/23/2013 16:58:36
Slovakia0-1Greece
Referee: William Collum (SCO) – Stadium: Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava (SVK)
04/18/2013 22:12:51
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Republic of Ireland0-1Greece
Referee: not available
06/12/2013 08:57:17
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Greece0-0Switzerland
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
09/23/2013 17:09:36
Bosnia and Herzegovina3-1Greece
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) – Stadium: Bilino Polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/28/2013 11:07:20
Lithuania0-1Greece
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) – Stadium: LFF, Vilnius (LTU)
07/25/2013 10:54:39
14 August 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Austria0-2Greece
Referee: Richard Trutz (SVK) – Stadium: Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
08/20/2013 14:22:52
Liechtenstein0-1Greece
Referee: Stanislav Todorov (BUL) – Stadium: Rheinpark, Vaduz (LIE)
09/06/2013 22:11:28
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
Greece1-0Latvia
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
09/23/2013 16:58:36
Greece1-0Slovakia
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
12/16/2013 12:41:54
Greece2-0Liechtenstein
Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
12/16/2013 12:41:54
Greece3-1Romania
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
12/16/2013 12:43:08
Romania1-1Greece
Aggregate: 2-4
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
12/16/2013 13:39:10
05 March 2014 - Friendlies 2010-12
Greece - Korea Rep.
Referee: TBD
31 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Portugal - Greece
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 05:21:24
3 June 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Greece - Nigeria
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 11:43:52
6 June 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Greece - Bolivia
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 11:43:52
ColombiaGreece
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (BRA)
01/10/2014 15:33:08
JapanGreece
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Estadio das Dunas, Natal (BRA)
01/10/2014 15:35:56
GreeceCôte d'Ivoire
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza (BRA)
01/10/2014 15:37:39
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
GreeceRomania
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:28:47
11 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
FinlandGreece
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 09:48:54
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
GreeceNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:14:10
14 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
GreeceFaroe Islands
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 01:41:50
HungaryGreece
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 01:41:51
Faroe IslandsGreece
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
04/08/2014 14:33:53
4 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
GreeceFinland
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 01:06:22
7 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
RomaniaGreece
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:22:15
8 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern IrelandGreece
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 03:34:31
11 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
GreeceHungary
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 03:36:01

General info

  • Founded : 1926
  • Currently playing : European Championship , World Cup 2012/2014, Friendly matches 2012/2014

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)
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