-- youth greek national teams --


general information & current status

The Youth Greek National Teams consists of young, talented Greek players. There are three Youth National Teams: Under-17 (Ethniki Paidon), Under-19 (Ethniki Neon), Under-21 (Ethniki Elpidon). Like the Men’s National Team they compete in qualifying for the Youth European Championships. Also, Based on teams’ performances in their continental tournament they can qualify for the youth FIFA World Cups. Below is the current status of each of the Youth National Soccer Teams:

  • Greece Under-17: UEFA Euro 2018 Qualifying (Eliminated) 
  • Greece Under-19: UEFA Euro 2018 Qualifying (Eliminated) 
  • Greece Under-21: UEFA Euro 2019 Qualifying (Group Stage)


The Youth Greek National teams have never won a European Championship or FIFA World Cup, however they have come close on many occasions. All three teams have had much success in the Youth European Championships throughout the years. In 1985, The U-17 team was runner-up to the Soviet Union, and in 1991 received third place in the competition. The Greek U-19 team has reached the European Final on two occasions, 2007 and 2012. In 2007 the team was led to the final by players like Kostas Mitroglou, Sotiris Ninis, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. In 2012 players like Dimitris Diamantakos, Giannis Gianniotas, and Kostas Stafylidis led the team to the tournament final. In both 2007 and 2012 finals the Greek team lost to Spain 1 – 0 to finish as runner ups. The 2012 U-19 team earned a place in the FIFA U-20 World Cup where Greece finished top of their group, but where knocked out in the Round of 16 to Uzbekistan. The Greek U-21 National team has advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the European Championships in 1994 and 2002. Both teams where composed of players that led the Men’s National team to their UEFA Euro 2004 Championship. Players from 1994 included Giannis Goumas, Giorgos Karagounis, Michalis Kapsis, Pantelis Kafes, Giorgios Georgiadis, Zisis Vryzas, Vasilis Tsiartas, Antonis Nikopolidis, Kostas Chalkias, Pareskevas Antzas, Stelios Giannakopoulos, Theodoros Zagorakis, Trianos Dellas, Grigoris Georgatos, and Nikos Liberopoulos. The team from 2002 included memorable players like Sotiris Kyrgiakos, Yiannis Amanatidis, Kostas Katsouranis, Dimitris Salpingidis, Giourkas Seitaridis, and Euro 2004 hero Angelos Charisteas. Below is a list of the Youth National Teams’ Major Accomplishments:  

  • Greece Under 17
    • Euro 1985: Runner-Up
    • Euro 1991: Third Place
    • Euro 1996: 4th Place
    • Euro 2000: 4th Place
  • Greece Under 19
    • Euro 2007: Runner-Up
    • Euro 2012: Runner-Up
    • World Cup 2013: Last 16
    • Euro 2015: 4th Place
  • Greece Under 21
    • Euro 1988: Runner-Up
    • Euro 1994: Quarter-Finalists
    • Euro 1998: Runner-Up
    • Euro 2002: Quarter-Finalist