recent results & upcoming fixtures

Date Competition Home Team Score/Time Away Team
7-Oct-17 World Cup Qualifier Cyprus 1 - 2 Greece
10-Oct-17 World Cup Qualifier Greece 4 - 0 Gibraltar
9-Nov-17 World Cup Qual. Playoffs Croatia 4 - 1 Greece
12-Nov-17 World Cup Qual. Playoffs Greece 0 - 0 Croatia
**All times listed are in EST (New York) which is 7 hours behind the local Greek time**


-- THE GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM --

fifa world rank: 47th (OCtober 2017)

 

about the greek national soccer team

The Greek National Soccer Team represents Greece in international soccer competitions such as the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships. Greece recently failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 2016 in France and will look to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with qualifiers taking place from September 2016-October 2017. It consists of the best Greek soccer players and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), the governing body for football in Greece. The team’s colors are blue and white, representing the colors of the Greek flag. Traditionally, Greece is referred to as the Ethniki, which literally means “National”, and the Galanolefki (Sky blue-white). Both names are used for Greece’s national teams in other sports as well. Their most recent nickname To Piratiko (The pirate-ship) came during UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal. The team mainly plays its home games at the Karaisaki stadium, home to Olympiacos, in Piraeus. They are currently coached by German manager Michael Skibbe. More information at their Online Team Site.

 

history & Statistics

Greece was first recognized by FIFA in 1920 when the team competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics. Due to various social and economic problems during the decades after World War II, the team had little success. They qualified for their first major tournament in 1980 (European Championship) and in 1994 qualified for their first World Cup. Greece qualified for their second European Championships in 2004, where they shocked the world by winning the competition. At Euro 2004, Greece advanced out of the Group Stage behind Portugal (knocked out Spain & Russia), defeated the defending champions France in the Quarter-Finals, the most in-form team of the tournament the Czech Republic in the semi-finals, and the hosts, Portugal, once again in the Final. It is without a doubt the biggest accomplishment in Greek sports. They are one of ten countries to have won a European Championship. Since then, Greece has qualified for 4 out of the last 6 major tournaments and made it to the Quarter-Finals of UEFA Euro 2012 and the Last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Since 2004, Greece has mostly been ranked in the top 20 of the FIFA World Rankings, but has recently fallen in the rankings due to their poor form from 2014-2015. Greece reached an all-time high of 8th in the world from April - June 2008, as well as in October 2011. Otto Rehhagel is considered Greece’s most successful coach by leading the side to their Euro 2004 victory. Fernando Santos is considered Greece's second most successful coach leading them to UEFA Euro 2012 (Quarter-finals), the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Last 16), and their record breaking 17-game unbeaten streak. Giorgios Karagounis has the most appearances with the National team (139 caps) while Theodoros Zagorakis is second with 120 appearances.  Nikos Anastopoulos has scored the most goals with the national team, with 29 goals, while Euro 2004 hero Angelos Charisteas is second with 25 goals. Below is a list of all the major tournaments Greece has qualified for: 

  • UEFA Euro 1980: Group Stage
  • FIFA World Cup 1994: Group Stage
  • UEFA Euro 2004: Winners
  • FIFA Confederations Cup 2005: Group Stage
  • UEFA Euro 2008: Group Stage
  • FIFA World Cup 2010: Group Stage
  • UEFA Euro 2012: Quarter-Finalists
  • FIFA World Cup 2014: Last 16
     

greece's result in previous competitions