Greece’s history against the UEFA Nations League opponents
Greece were drawn into League C/Group B of the new UEFA Nations League, a tournament which will begin in September 2018. The Ethniki Omada will face Hungary, Finland and Estonia in the competition, with the first match taking place against the Estonians in Tallinn.
Following the disappointment of not qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Greeks are eager to make an impression on the international stage once again. AGONAsport takes a look at Greece’s history against the opponents in Group B.
Overall, Greece and Hungary have locked horns on twenty different occasions over the years, with the Greeks winning nine of those games. Hungary have taken five victories, and the remaining six matches ended in a draw. The most recent duel between these two countries came in late 2015 in Piraeus, when Greece registered a thrilling 4:3 victory at the end of a terrible Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
Interestingly, Greece’s largest ever defeat came against the Hungarians: the Ethniki dropped a huge 1:11 loss to Hungary on March 25, 1938. The Greeks’ biggest victory in a game with these opponents was 4:1 in a Euro 1980 qualifying match. At this moment in time, Hungary occupy 54th position in the FIFA rankings and failed to make the 2018 World Cup after finishing in third place of their qualifying group.
Greece have a decent record against the Finns, winning exactly half of the fourteen matches against the Scandinavian country. Finland boast four victories, while three draws were also played out. One of Greece’s most impressive performances came against this team, as the Ethniki Omada thrashed Finland 8:1 in the Euro 1980 qualifying campaign. However, in 2015, Greece did lost 0:1 to the Finns at the Karaiskakis Stadium.
Currently, Finland find themselves languishing in 68th place of the FIFA rankings. They couldn’t perform successfully while attempting to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, taking fifth position in a group with Iceland, Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey and Kosovo.
Having met in the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase, these two countries know each other well. Greece triumphed 2:0 in Tallinn, before Estonia held the Ethniki to a frustrating 0:0 draw on the road. Estonia have never beaten Greece in four matches, losing twice and taking two draws.
Generally regarded as one of Europe’s smaller teams, Estonia sit in 88th place of the FIFA rankings. They came in fourth position of their World Cup qualification group, losing out to Belgium, Greece and Bosnia. Estonia did manage to finish ahead of Cyprus and Estonia.
Greece’s full UEFA Nations League schedule can be found on this link.