Greece Greece.png
Team Name Greece
Nickname(s) Ethniki (National)
Piratiko (The Pirate Ship)
Galanolefki (Sky blue-white)
Stadium Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Manager Germany Michael Skibbe
Captain Vasilis Torosidis
Confederation UEFA.png UEFA

The Greek national football team (Greek: Εθνική Ελλάδος, Ethniki Ellados) represents Greece in association football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece's home ground is Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. Greece is one of only ten national teams to have been crowned UEFA European Champions.

At the UEFA Euro 1980 Greece made their first appearance in a major tournament and although they did not make it through the group stage, their qualification to the then eight-team tournament gave them a position in the top eight European football nations that year. Greece had to wait until 1994 to experience their first FIFA World Cup participation, but after an undefeated qualifying run they produced a poor performance in the final tournament, losing all three group matches without scoring.

The UEFA Euro 2004 marked a high point in Greece's football history when they were crowned European champions, in only their second participation in the tournament, against all the odds. The Greeks, dismissed as rank outsiders before the tournament, defeated some of the favourites in the competition including defending European champions France and hosts Portugal, with Greece beating the latter in both the opening game of the tournament and again in the final. Their triumph also gave them a qualification for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Since that victory Greece have qualified for the final tournaments of four out of six major competitions entered, reaching the quarter-finals at the UEFA Euro 2012 and the round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Moreover, they occupied a place in the top 20 of the FIFA World Rankings for all but four months in the decade following the 2004 triumph, and reached an all-time high of eighth in the world from April to June 2008, as well as in October 2011.

Due to the Greeks using a totally different alphabet, some names may have more than one way of being spelled when using Latin characters.

[edit] Squad

Pos. No. Name
GK.png 1 Orestis Karnezis
CB.png 19 Sokratis Papastathopoulos VC
CB.png 4 Kostas Manolas
RB.png 15 Vasilis Torosidis C
LB.png 20 Jose Holebas
DMF.png 22 Andreas Samaris
CMF.png 2 Giannis Maniatis
AMF.png 18 Petros Mantalos
AMF.png 10 Konstantinos Fortounis
SS.png 7 Nikos Karelis
CF.png 9 Konstantinos Mitroglou
GK.png 12 Panagiotis Glykos
GK.png 13 Stefanos Kapino
CB.png 5 Kyriakos Papadopoulos
CB.png 8 Marios Oikonomou
LB.png 3 Georgios Tzavelas
LB.png 11 Konstantinos Stafylidis
DMF.png 28 Thanos Petsos
RWF.png 7 Giannis Gianniotas
SS.png 18 Anastasios Bakasetas
CF.png 16 Dimitrios Diamantakos
CF.png 9 Apostolos Vellios

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