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The Euro 2004 winning team.
Three legends of Greek football, Giorgos Sideris, Mimis Domazos, Mimis Papaioannou in an appearance with the National Football team

The Greece national football team is the national team of Greece and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF - EPO)

Greece's first appearance in a major tournament was the 1980 European Championship, but their first win in a major tournament did not come until the first match of Euro 2004, a 2-1 win over the hosts Portugal. The Greeks went on to win the tournament, stunning defending champions France in the quarterfinals and the heavily favored Czech Republic in the semifinals before beating Portugal a second time, 1-0, in the final. Bookmakers were giving odds of about 80-1 to 150-1 for the Greeks before the tournament.

The Greeks' victory in Euro 2004 sent them skyrocketing up the FIFA World Rankings from 35th before the event to 14th in the July 2004 rankings. This is believed to be the largest upward move ever by a team in a single month within the top echelon of the rankings; there have been larger month-to-month moves, but by teams considerably further down the table.

The Euro 2004 winners were selected as World Team of the Year at the 2005 Laureus World Sports Awards.

However, Greece's failure to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2006, in Germany, made them only the third European champions failing to qualify for the World Cup finals after the 1976 champions Czechoslovakia missed out on a place in Argentina and 1992 champions Denmark did not reach USA'94.

Greece qualified for Euro 2008, in Switzerland and Austria, by accumulating the greatest number of points of any team in their qualifying matches. However, they finished last in Group D of the finals and were eliminated from further play.

Greece qualified for World Cup 2010, in South Africa, after a playoff victory against Ukraine (0-0 in Athens, 1-0 in Donetsk). They recorded their first victory ever in the finals of the 2010 World Cup - a 2-1 win over Nigeria.

World Cup record

  • 1930: Did not enter
  • 1934: Withdrew during qualifying
  • 1938: Did not qualify
  • 1950: Did not enter
  • 1954 to 1990: Did not qualify
  • 1994: Finals (Round 1)
  • 1998: Did not qualify
  • 2002: Did not qualify
  • 2006: Did not qualify
  • 2010: Finals (Round 1)

European Championship record

  • 1960 - Did not qualify
  • 1964 - Withdrew from qualifying
  • 1968 to 1976 - Did not qualify
  • 1980 - Round 1
  • 1984 to 2000 - Did not qualify
  • 2004 - Champions
  • 2008 - Round 1

Stats

Coaches

Name Dates
Fernando Santos 2010 - present
Otto Rehhagel 2001 - 2010
Vasilis Daniil 1999 - 2001
Anghel Iordanescu 1998 - 1999
Kostas Polychroniou 1994 - 1998
Alketas Panagoulias 1992 - 1994
Antonis Georgiadis 1989 - 1992
Alekos Sofianidis 1988 - 1989
Miltos Papapostolou 1984 - 1988
Christos Archontidis 1982 - 1984
Alketas Panagoulias 1977 - 1982
Lakis Petropoulos 1976 - 1977
Alketas Panagoulias 1973 - 1976
Billy Bingham 1971 - 1973
Lakis Petropoulos 1969 - 1971
Dan Georgiadis 1968 - 1969
Panos Markovits 1966 - 1968
Lakis Petropoulos 1964 - 1966
Tryfon Tzanetis 1960 - 1964
Paul Baron 1959 - 1960
Rino Martini 1957 - 1959
Kostas Andritsos 1956 - 1957
Yiannis Chelmis 1955 - 1956
Antonis Migiakis 1954 - 1955
Kostas Negrepontis 1953 - 1954
Antonis Migiakis 1951 - 1953
Kostas Negrepontis 1938 - 1951
Kostas Konstantaras 1935 - 1938
Apostolos Nikolaidis 1934 - 1935
Kostas Negrepontis 1933 - 1934
Lefteris Panourgias 1932 - 1933
Jan Kopsiva 1930 - 1932
Apostolos Nikolaidis 1929 - 1930

Nickname

During the opening ceremony of Euro 2004, which took place right before the match of Portugal vs. Greece, the hosts used the replica of a 16th century ship referring to the portuguese expeditions of that time. The Greek radio sports journalist Georgios Helakis commented that "since the portuguese team appear in such ship, it's time for us to become pirates and steal the victory". This nickname was repeated at every win, and especially after the final match (again vs Portugal). After Greece won the trophy, The Pirate Ship is the nickname of the Greek team.

  • Some DVD collections of the tournament have also been released under the name "The Pirate Ship".

See also

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