World Cup Appearances: 1994, 2010
Euro Cup Appearances: 1980, 2004, 2008
Achievements: Greek National team wins the Euro Cup in 2004
Highest FIFA ranking: 8 (April 2008 – June 2008)
Top Scorer: Nikos Anastopoulos (29)
The Greece national football team is governed by the Hellenic Football Federation. The team is known as”Ethniki” which literally translates to “national”. Their official colours are blue and white and their official shirt supplier is Adidas. Their home stadium is Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus.
The first tournament they qualified for was at the eight-team Euro Cup in 1980. However, there they failed to win a game. Anastopoulos scored the only goal for Greece in the tournament and the team did tie West Germany who went on to win the tournament. Greece reached their first World Cup tournament in 1994 but unfortunately did not win a game or score a goal. The team reached the Euro Cup again in 2004, but this time was different. In what turned out to be one of the greatest underdog stories in sports history, Greece won the Euro Cup. They beat the reigning champions France in the Quarter-Finals, Czech Republic in the semi-finals and finally the hosts of the tournament Portugal in the Finals. Bookmakers had them at a 150-1 favourites to win the tournament. It was a historic moment and one of the biggest moments in sports for Greece.
Since 2004 Greece has managed to be a competitive football team for the following six years. Theyqualified directly for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup because of their 2004 Euro Cup victory but did not pass through the first round. Although they failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup they did qualify for the 2008 Euro Cup and the 2010 World Cup, winning their first World Cup game and scoring theirfirst World Cup goal. The future looks bright for the Greek Football team and the bar has been set high. Let us hope there is another trophy to add to the collection.
Football EURO Classics Greece – Portugal Final 2004: