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Greece and Israel meet for a 14th time

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 21.45CET
The teams' records in the course of 13 previous meetings would suggest that Greece should be the more optimistic side as they play host to Israel in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F.
Greece and Israel meet for a 14th time
Greece coach Fernando Santos ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

GreeceIsrael

Goals scored14
 
13
Total attempts137
 
136
Attempts on target54
 
43
Attempts off target63
 
63
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners52
 
53
Offsides29
 
25
Yellow cards27
 
21
Red Cards1
 
1
Fouls committed138
 
126
Fouls suffered157
 
122
 
Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 21.45CET

Greece and Israel meet for a 14th time

The teams' records in the course of 13 previous meetings would suggest that Greece should be the more optimistic side as they play host to Israel in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F.

Already familiar with each other from FIFA World Cup qualifying, Greece and Israel are set to meet again in UEFA EURO 2012 Group F, with recent encounters perhaps pointing to another 2-1 scoreline.

Match background
• Greece's record in 13 games against Israel is W6 D5 L2 (W4 D1 L1 at home).

• Greece's last three home matches against Israel – friendlies on 28 March 1990 and 24 January 1996, as well as their most recent World Cup qualifying encounter in Heraklion on 1 April 2009 – all ended in 2-1 wins for the home side.

• Israel's only victory in six trips to Greece was a 1-0 friendly success in Patras on 22 September 1976.

• The teams first locked horns on 1 November 1953 in Athens, with Greece prevailing 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. The return fixture in Tel Aviv then produced a 2-0 victory for the away side, and that proved to be their last competitive meeting for over 50 years.

• Prior to the foundation of the state of Israel, Greece contested two World Cup qualifiers against Eretz Israel during the time of the British Mandate for Palestine, winning 3-1 in Tel Aviv on 22 January 1938 and 1-0 in Athens on 20 February the same year.

Last updated: 10/10/10 0.16CET

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