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Greece team profile

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

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/06/2017 14:59 CET
1 September 2016 01 Sep - Friendlies 2016-18
Netherlands1-2Greece
Referee: not available Stadium: PSV Stadion, Eindhoven (NED)
06/06/2017 14:45:11
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Gibraltar1-4Greece
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loulé (POR)
04/20/2017 15:30:37
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Greece2-0Cyprus
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
05/25/2017 13:40:01
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Estonia0-2Greece
Referee: István Vad (HUN) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
08/06/2017 11:01:45
9 November 2016 09 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Greece0-1Belarus
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
05/25/2017 13:40:02
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Greece1-1Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
05/25/2017 13:40:01
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Belgium1-1Greece
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
03/27/2017 10:40:29
Bosnia and Herzegovina0-0Greece
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
06/17/2017 13:54:35
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
GreeceEstonia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
08/02/2017 17:17:23
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
GreeceBelgium
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
08/02/2017 17:16:52
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
CyprusGreece
Referee: TBD Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
07/10/2017 15:34:23
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
GreeceGibraltar
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
07/10/2017 15:45:37

General info

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