Football team of Greece


August 11, 2022

The national football team of Greece (Greek: Η Ενταική τουποδοκά της Ελλάδας) represents Greece in international football competitions, under the administration of the Football Association of Greece. They performed three times at the World Championship, the first time in 1994 in the USA. The best result of the national team was achieved by placing in the eighth finals at the World Championship in Brazil in 2014. They lost the round of 16 match against Costa Rica after penalty shootout, it was 1:1 in the regular part. Greece's first appearance at a major competition was at the 1980 European Championship in Italy, but they went winless until their first European Championship meeting in 2004 in Portugal when they defeated hosts Portugal 2-1. Greece surprisingly won the championship, defeating defending champions France in the quarter-finals, the favored Czech Republic in the semi-finals and Portugal in the final with a goal by Angelos Harristeas. In the group stage, they achieved one win, one draw and one loss each. Before the championship, the bookmakers gave the Greeks very little chance to win the trophy. While some disputed the title due to the defense-oriented and unattractive game, others celebrated the German coach Otto Rehagel, who became a Greek national hero. Rehagel became the first foreign coach of a national team to win the European Championship. The captain of the national team at the time, Teodoros Zagorakis, was declared the best player of the final game and of the championship. Greece is one of the ten national teams that won the European Football Championship. In addition to that success, they achieved one placement in the quarterfinals eight years later at the championship held in Poland and Ukraine. Since the triumph in Portugal in 2004, the Greek national team has qualified for the next four of the seven final competitions, ending with the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In 2005, they participated in the Confederations Cup in Germany, but without a notable result. Greece's highest ranking in the FIFA ranking is eighth place in April 2008. He usually plays home games at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. Giorgos Karagounis has the most appearances in the national team with 139 games played, and the best scorer is Nikos Anastopoulos with 29 goals scored.