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Developing football in Greece

Greece's triumph at UEFA EURO 2004 represents the pinnacle of the country's long-standing involvement in football.

Greece celebrate their shock triumph at UEFA EURO 2004
Greece celebrate their shock triumph at UEFA EURO 2004 ©Getty Images


Good governance and sound financial principles are underpinning Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) plans, following the adoption of new statutes in light of the findings from a holistic study of the state of Greek football, with "sustainable football" the core message. Ongoing challenges remain hooliganism and match-fixing, but the HFF continues to collaborate with clubs, players, referees and the national authorities to stamp out these scourges.

While major projects include a new House of Greek Football – which will house the HFF and a museum of Greek football – huge amounts of work are being put into grassroots projects to bring more people into the game. In 2019/20, 685 men and 39 women held UEFA Grassroots leaders certificates; by the following campaign, those numbers had risen to 1,866 and 169 respectively.

A strategy to continue the development of women's football remains a major priority, with the number of registered clubs haven risen 29% from 2019 to 2022 – 239 sides are now involved. Moreover, 2022 saw the first women's futsal tournament organised in Greece, with 14 teams involved.

"The Hellenic Football Federation will continue its efforts to develop football for all, in particular in this challenging post-pandemic era. Football remains a passion for all Greeks and our dream is to see as many people involved as possible."

Panagiotis Baltakos, Hellenic Football Federation president

UEFA support

UEFA has supported the HFF through its development programmes in coaching education, referee training, the development of women's football and campaigns focused on mental health issues as well as projects to combat anti match-fixing and doping. UEFA HatTrick investment funding, meanwhile, has helped infrastructure development by building training centres in the HFF's 42 regional divisions.

UEFA Foundation for Children in Greece

Set up in 2015, the UEFA Foundation uses football as a vehicle to help improve children's lives by supporting hundreds of campaigns and projects across Europe and around the world.

RISE – Beyond Goals 2

Beyond Goals 2 is the second phase of ActionAid Hellas’ RISE programme aimed at deepening and scaling up its impact. The programme is led by international football player Dimitris Papadopoulos, who was inspired to create a football-based programme that would provide marginalised children with life values and skills affording them a better life with dignity and greater opportunities to develop themselves and their communities.


Association history

1926 The Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) is founded, but football has been extremely popular in Greece since the last decade of the 19th century, with Athens side Panionios GSS formed in 1890. 1927 The HFF becomes a member of FIFA and establishes Greece's first national competition, Aris Thessaloniki the first title winners. 1954 The HFF is a founder member of UEFA in 1954. 1971 Panathinaikos reach a pinnacle for Greek clubs in Europe when they make it to the European Champion Clubs' Cup final in 1971, going down to Ajax; the Greens also reach the semi-finals in 1984/85 and 1995/96. Present day

National team history

1906 Greece is represented by an Athens side at the 1906 Intercalated Games; they lose 9-0 to Denmark in the final. 1934 Greece lose 4-0 to Italy in their first FIFA World Cup qualifier. 1958 The nation's first EURO qualifiers end in a 7-1 defeat by France in Paris and then a 1-1 draw at home against the same opponents. 1988 Greece are runners-up in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship; they are silver medallists again in the same competition in 1998. 2004 Greece unexpectedly win UEFA EURO 2004, Otto Rehhagel's side beating hosts Portugal in the final thanks to a solitary Angelos Charisteas goal in Lisbon; Greece's men have reached seven major final tournaments – three FIFA World Cups and four EUROs. 2007 The Under-19s reach their EURO final, succumbing to Spain. 2014 His nation's most-capped player, Giorgos Karagounis makes his 139th and final international appearance in his side's shoot-out loss to Costa Rica in the World Cup round of 16. Present day



Panagiotis Baltakos

Nationality: Greek
Date of birth:
4 April 1954

Panagiotis Baltakos
Panagiotis BaltakosINTIME SPORTS


Iakovos Filippousis

Nationality: Greek
Date of birth: 1 December 1965

Hellenic Football Federation website