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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: 15/10/2014 12:21 CET
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
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
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
Colombia3-0Greece
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA) – Stadium: Estadio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (BRA)
06/17/2014 08:19:02
Japan0-0Greece
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV) – Stadium: Estadio das Dunas, Natal (BRA)
06/20/2014 01:48:39
Greece2-1Côte d'Ivoire
Referee: Carlos Vera (ECU) – Stadium: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza (BRA)
06/24/2014 22:54:30
29 June 2014 - FIFA World Cup, Round of 16
Costa Rica1-1Greece
Costa Rica win 5-3 on penalties
Referee: Williams Benjamin (AUS) – Stadium: Arena Pernambuco, Recife (BRA)
06/29/2014 23:57:34
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-1Romania
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
10/13/2014 19:03:52
11 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland1-1Greece
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) – Stadium: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki (FIN)
10/13/2014 19:02:12
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
10/17/2014 10:26:37
14 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
GreeceFaroe Islands
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
10/29/2014 09:40:20
HungaryGreece
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
10/08/2014 17:34:55
Faroe IslandsGreece
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
10/08/2014 17:35:36
4 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
GreeceFinland
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:16
7 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
RomaniaGreece
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:59
8 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern IrelandGreece
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:22
11 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
GreeceHungary
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:36

General info

  • Founded : 1926
  • Stadium : Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

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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