Greece men's national water polo team

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Greece
Flag of Greece.svg
Nickname(s)Galanolefki (The Blue-white)
Ethniki (The National)
AssociationHellenic Swimming Federation
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachThodoris Vlachos
Asst coachAntonios Aronis
Dimitris Kravaritis
CaptainIoannis Fountoulis
FINA codeGRE
Olympic Games
Appearances15 (first in 1920)
Best result4th place (2004)
World Championships
Appearances15 (first in 1973)
Best result3rd, bronze medalist(s) (2005, 2015)
World League
Appearances7 (first in 2002)
Best result3rd, bronze medalist(s) (2004, 2006, 2016)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1985)
Best result2nd, silver medalist(s) (1997)
European Championship
Appearances17 (first in 1970)
Best result4th place (1999, 2016)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances8 (first in 1951)
Best result2nd, silver medalist(s) (2018)

The Greece men's national water polo team represents Greece in international men's water polo competitions and it is organized and run by the Hellenic Swimming Federation.

Greece has a long tradition of strong presence at international level, with their major successes being the two bronze medals won at the World Championship in 2005 and 2015. The Greeks have also won a silver medal at the World Cup in 1997, three bronze medals at the World League in 2004, 2006 and 2016, as well as one silver (2018) and four bronze medals (1951, 1991, 1993, 2013) at the Mediterranean Games.

Moreover, they have closely missed a medal in the 2016 European Championship, the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2003 World Championship and the 1999 European Championship, ending up in the 4th place in all four of them. Greece is one of only nine national teams in the world to have won (at least) a medal in the World Championship, currently occupying the eighth place on the medal table, one above Germany. They have qualified at least for the quarter-finals in all their World Championship participations since 1994, winning the two aforementioned bronze medals and never finishing below the 6th place from 2001 and on.

Palmarès[edit]

Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Olympic Games
World Championship 2 2
World League 3 3
World Cup 1 1
European Championship
Mediterranean Games 1 4 5
Total 2 9 11

World Championship[edit]

World Cup[edit]

World League[edit]

Mediterranean Games[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Greece has participated 16 times at the Olympic Games, always present in the tournament since 1980. Their best result is the 4th place at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, after losing 5–6 to Russia in the bronze medal game. The Greeks have secured a quarter-finals' presence in six occasions.

Year Position
Belgium 1920 5th
France 1924 First round
United Kingdom 1948 First round
Japan 1964 7th
Mexico 1968 14th
West Germany 1972 14th
Soviet Union 1980 10th
United States 1984 8th
South Korea 1988 9th
Spain 1992 10th
United States 1996 6th
Australia 2000 10th
Greece 2004 4th
China 2008 7th
United Kingdom 2012 9th
Brazil 2016 6th
Total 16/27

World Championship[edit]

Greece has a strong presence at the World Aquatics Championships, where they have been placed third in the world in two occasions. The first was in 2005 in Montreal, after their 11–10 victory over Croatia in the bronze medal game, with Georgios Afroudakis scoring the winning goal, with a spectacular backhand shot, with only 11 seconds left in the overtime.[1] The second one was in 2015 in Kazan, after their penalty shootout win over Italy in the bronze medal game. Greece has qualified at least for the quarter-finals in all their tournament participations since 1994, with the 6th place being their lowest position from 2001 and on.

Christos Afroudakis (left) and Manolis Mylonakis (right) are the two players who have won both the 2005 and the 2015 bronze medals of Greece at the World Championship.
Year Position
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1973 12th
West Germany 1978 12th
Ecuador 1982 12th
Spain 1986 11th
Australia 1991 10th
Italy 1994 7th
Australia 1998 8th
Japan 2001 6th
Spain 2003 4th
Canada 2005 Bronze medal icon.svg
Australia 2007 6th
Spain 2013 6th
Russia 2015 Bronze medal icon.svg
Hungary 2017 4th
South Korea 2019 7th
Total 15/18

World League[edit]

Greece had a regular presence at the FINA Water Polo World League during the first years of the competition, starting from 2002. They have won three bronze medals so far in 2004, 2006 and 2016.

Year Position
Greece 2002 4th
United States 2003 5th
United States 2004 Bronze medal icon.svg
Serbia and Montenegro 2005 5th
Greece 2006 Bronze medal icon.svg
Italy 2008 8th
China 2016 Bronze medal icon.svg
Total 7/15

World Cup[edit]

Greece had qualified for the FINA Water Polo World Cup in all but two occasions between 1985 and 2006, winning the silver medal in 1997 in Athens, losing 5–8 to the United States in the final.

Year Position
West Germany 1985 8th
Greece 1987 8th
Greece 1993 7th
United States 1995 6th
Greece 1997 Silver medal icon.svg
Australia 1999 7th
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 2002 5th
Hungary 2006 7th
Total 8/15

European Championship[edit]

As one of the most competitive European nations in water polo, Greece is a regular contestant at the European Water Polo Championship since 1989, although they have yet to win a medal, with their best results being the 4th place in 1999 in Florence and in 2016 in Belgrade.

Year Position
Spain 1970 10th
Bulgaria 1985 8th
West Germany 1989 11th
Greece 1991 6th
United Kingdom 1993 7th
Austria 1995 9th
Spain 1997 7th
Italy 1999 4th
Hungary 2001 7th
Slovenia 2003 7th
Serbia 2006 6th
Spain 2008 11th
Croatia 2010 9th
Netherlands 2012 6th
Hungary 2014 6th
Serbia 2016 4th
Spain 2018 5th
Total 17/33

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Roster for the 2019 World Championships.[2]

Head coach: Theodoros Vlachos

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth Club
1 Emmanouil Zerdevas GK 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) (1997-08-12) 12 August 1997 (age 22)
2 Konstantinos Genidounias FP 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) (1993-05-03) 3 May 1993 (age 26)
3 Dimitrios Skoumpakis FP 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) (1998-12-18) 18 December 1998 (age 20)
4 Alexandros Papanastasiou FP 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) (1990-02-12) 12 February 1990 (age 29)
5 Ioannis Fountoulis (C) FP 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 31)
6 Marios Kapotsis FP 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) (1991-09-13) 13 September 1991 (age 28)
7 Georgios Dervisis FP 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) (1994-10-30) 30 October 1994 (age 25)
8 Stylianos Argyropoulos FP 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) (1996-08-02) 2 August 1996 (age 23)
9 Konstantinos Mourikis FP 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) (1988-07-11) 11 July 1988 (age 31)
10 Christodoulos Kolomvos FP 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) (1988-10-26) 26 October 1988 (age 31)
11 Alexandros Gounas FP 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) (1989-10-03) 3 October 1989 (age 30)
12 Angelos Vlachopoulos FP 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 28)
13 Konstantinos Gaöanidis GK 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) (1990-09-01) 1 September 1990 (age 29)

World Championship medal-winning squads[edit]

The following are the bronze medal-winning Greek rosters in the men's water polo tournaments of the 2005 and the 2015 World Championships:

Notable coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Το χάλκινο μετάλλιο της Εθνικής ομάδας πόλο των ανδρών στο Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα του 2005 στο Μόντρεαλ sport24.gr, 30 July 2014 (in Greek)
  2. ^ "2019 World Championships roster" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

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