Greece national under-19 football team

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Greece Under-19
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Εθνική Νέων
("Youth National Team")
AssociationHellenic Football Federation
Head coachGiannis Goumas
CaptainLefteris Lyratzis
Most capsGiorgos Katidis (30)
Top scorerDimitris Diamantakos (10)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 2–0 Greece Greece
(Hungary; 29 March 1956)
Biggest win
Greece Greece 10–0 Andorra Andorra
(Greece; 21 October 2011)
Biggest defeat
Belgium Belgium 7–1 Greece Greece
(Belgium; 21 May 1977)
UEFA U-19 Championship
Appearances5 (first in 2005)
Best resultRunners-up (2007, 2012)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2013)
Best resultRound of Sixteen

The Greece national under-19 football team is the national football team of Greece and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation. In July 2007 the Under-20/19 Football Team finished second in the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in Linz, Austria. They also reached the final of the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.

History[edit]

First and early years[edit]

The Youth National Team of Greece (U-18) was first set up in 1956 for their participation in the UEFA European Under-18 Championship, which was held in Hungary. Since then, they have been continuously participating in European Youth Leagues, formerly as U-18 and since 2002 as U-19. They have qualified several times in the final stage and has played twice in the final of the event: in 2007 and 2012 and three times in the final: 1974 and 1999 (defeated) and 1995 (who beat and took third place).

The road to Austria[edit]

Greece Under-19 Team started the campaign leading to the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in October 2006. During the First Qualifying Round the team was seeded in the Group 1, with Bulgaria (hostess), Ukraine and Kazakhstan being the other participants in the group. Greece finished at the top of the Group 1, after two wins against the hosts Bulgarians (2–0 on October 20, goals by Lambropoulos and Vallianos) and Ukraine (2–1 on October 25, goals by Vasilis Pliatsikas and Lambropoulos). The team also lost 4–2 to Kazakhstan (October 22, goals by Kostas Mitroglou and Pliatsikas).

Greece hosted the next phase, called Elite Round, facing now stronger opponents. Against Croatia on June 1 of 2007, Greece was held to 2–2 by a late equaliser despite two goals from the Greek promising attacker Kostas Mitroglou. Two days later, Mitroglou stroke against and lead the team to a 2–0 win against Italy, Siovas scoring the other goal. Finally, on June 6, Greece crushed Sweden 4–0, with goals from Papadopoulos, Mitroglou, Ath. Papazoglou and a late own-goal from the Swedish team. Again, Greece U-19 Team sealed the first place of the group.

2007 European Under-19 Championship in Austria[edit]

Greece was seeded in the Group A with Austria, Portugal and Spain. The team started with a precious victory against Portugal (16 July 2007), in a close encounter with lots of opportunities from both sides. Sotiris Ninis and Kostas Mitroglou were a constant danger and finally the second scored on the 52nd minute. Two days later, Greece faced the hosting Austria team and also the crowd that filled the stadium in Pasching. Ninis showed great vision breaking the Austrian defense with a through ball that brought Mitroglou alone against the opponent goalkeeper. Mitroglou scored again but the hosts scored a second half goal from penalty and the match ended 1–1. On July 21 Greece faced holders and favourites Spain. Both teams qualified after a goalless draw, despite a good second half performance from the Greek side and a lost penalty by Mitroglou.

The semifinal against Germany was held on July 24 in Steyr. The German side included promising stars with experience in the Bundesliga, such as Sebastian Tyrala, Jerome Boateng, and Anis Ben-Hatira. The Germans, who had finished first in Group B, started strongly and piled up pressure until they scored on the 25th minute with Ben-Hatira. Greece responded almost immediately with shots from Papadopoulos, Vasilis Pliatsikas and Mitroglou and it was Sotiris Ninis, Greece's wonderkid who unlocked the German defense on the 40th minute to score a deserved equaliser. Greece seemed vivid in the start of the second half and had some chances until Ninis with a clever header found Mitroglou in the area 58 minutes after the start of the game. The Greek striker scored his third goal of the tournament and Greece was now ahead 2–1. On the 61st minute Vasilis Pliatsikas was shown a second yellow card and the team now is left with ten. Germany started its counterattack and was given a controversial penalty four minutes later, taken successfully from Ben-Hatira for the 2–2. Despite playing with ten men the Greek side managed to overcome the German pressure and tried to hit back. It was the 90th minute when Ninis took a corner from left, aimed Lambropoulos at the near post and the young forward beat the German goalkeeper to give a dramatic and memorable 3–2 win to the Greek side.

Greece faced Spain on July 27 in Linz. The Spanish coach, Juan Santisteban and his side were the holders and the first to reach successive U-19 finals. Players from giants Real Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona were among the Spanish players. The Greek team, on the other side was very confident and inspired by the coaching of Nikos Nioplias who pushed a ten-men team forward in the game against Germany. However Greece had two experienced players out. Vasilis Pliatsikas had faced a red card in the semifinal and the captain, central defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos picked a second yellow in the tournament when Germany was awarded a controversial penalty in the semifinal. It is said that the referee has acknowledged his mistake to Papastathopoulos after the game.

The game started with long shots from the Spanish team in the first ten minutes and the Greek team was also dangerous with Mitroglou and Ninis. Unfortunately Greece paid for the missed chances when Daniel Parejo scored a free-kick from a wide position on the 38 minute, after the best Spanish player, Aaron had won a foul from Siakas. Greece showed an impressive fight to come back with chances missed from Moniakis, Siovas, Mitroglou and Papadopoulos but the Spanish defence held during the second half. The Spanish team won the final but the Greek team deserved more with its display after the 1–0. Nikos Nioplias expressed his pride in the team after the game and the Spanish coach referred to a "great Greek side". Sotiris Ninis and Sokratis Papastathopoulos were included by UEFA in the "name-to-note" list after the end of the tournament. Kostas Mitroglou, with 3 goals in 5 games, shared the first scorer title with highly rated Ben-Hatira (Germany) and Monnet-Paquet (France).

UEFA European Under-19 Championship Record[edit]

Year Position
Northern Ireland 2005 6th
Austria 2007 Silver medal icon.svg
Czech Republic 2008 7th
Romania 2011 6th
Estonia 2012 Silver medal icon.svg
Greece 2015 4th
Total 6/14

Results and schedule[edit]

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

13 November 2019 2020 Euro U-19 QualificationGreece v AlbaniaTBA, Belgium
16 November 2019 2020 Euro U-19 QualificationGreece v IcelandTBA, Belgium
19 November 2019 2020 Euro U-19 QualificationBelgium v GreeceTBA, Belgium

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named in the squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite qualifying round matches against Denmark, England and Czech Republic, to be played on 20, 23 and 26 March 2019 respectively.[1]

All caps and goals as of 23 March 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Giannis Nikopolidis (2000-12-08) 8 December 2000 (age 18) 4 0 United States Georgetown Hoyas
12 1GK Christos Mandas (2001-09-17) 17 September 2001 (age 17) 0 0 Greece Atromitos

2 2DF Lefteris Lyratzis (Captain) (2000-02-22) 22 February 2000 (age 19) 10 0 Greece Volos
3 2DF Marios Tsaousis (2000-05-11) 11 May 2000 (age 19) 5 2 Greece Volos
4 2DF Giannis Michailidis (2000-02-18) 18 February 2000 (age 19) 4 0 Greece PAOK
5 2DF Giorgos Antzoulas (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 19) 5 1 Greece Asteras Tripolis
15 2DF Apostolos Diamantis (2000-05-20) 20 May 2000 (age 19) 4 1 Greece Volos
22 2DF Georgios Vitaliotis (2000-03-24) 24 March 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Greece Atromitos
23 2DF Giorgos Liavas (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 18) 5 1 Greece Panetolikos

6 3MF Georgios Neofytidis (2000-07-28) 28 July 2000 (age 19) 4 0 Greece Olympiacos
8 3MF Dimitris Meliopoulos (2000-03-22) 22 March 2000 (age 19) 12 1 Greece PAOK
10 3MF Giorgos Vrakas (2001-04-28) 28 April 2001 (age 18) 0 0 Italy Napoli
16 3MF Theocharis Tsingaras (2000-08-20) 20 August 2000 (age 18) 2 0 Greece PAOK
18 3MF Giannis-Fivos Botos (2000-12-20) 20 December 2000 (age 18) 5 1 Greece AEK Athens
20 3MF Panagiotis Tzimas (2001-03-12) 12 March 2001 (age 18) 2 1 Greece Asteras Tripolis

7 4FW Dimitris Emmanouilidis (2000-10-24) 24 October 2000 (age 18) 13 7 Greece Panathinaikos
9 4FW Klaidi Lolos (2000-10-06) 6 October 2000 (age 18) 0 0 England Plymouth Argyle
11 4FW Antonis Gaitanidis (2000-03-18) 18 March 2000 (age 19) 4 3 Greece PAOK
19 4FW Kristo Shehu (2000-03-01) 1 March 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Greece Panathinaikos
21 4FW Alexandros Gargalatzidis (2000-04-12) 12 April 2000 (age 19) 4 1 Greece Xanthi

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have previously been called up to the Greece under-19 squad and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nikos Christogeorgos (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Greece Panathinaikos v.  Bulgaria, 20 November 2018
GK Marios Siampanis (1999-09-28) 28 September 1999 (age 19) 17 1 Greece Olympiacos v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
GK Antonis Stergiakis (1999-03-16) 16 March 1999 (age 20) 4 0 Bulgaria Slavia Sofia v.  Poland, 27 March 2018

DF Dimitrios Papazoglou (1999-09-16) 16 September 1999 (age 19) 14 0 Croatia Novigrad v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
DF Georgios Zisis (1999-04-23) 23 April 1999 (age 20) 8 0 Greece Asteras Tripolis v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
DF Konstantinos Dimitriou (1999-06-30) 30 June 1999 (age 20) 10 0 Switzerland Basel v.  Czech Republic, 24 March 2018
DF Konstantinos Tampas (1999-04-14) 14 April 1999 (age 20) 9 0 Greece Kalamata v.  Hungary, 31 January 2018
DF Thodoris Petrakis (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 20) 7 0 Germany Seligenporten v.  Russia, 14 November 2017
DF Nikos Baxevanos (1999-07-16) 16 July 1999 (age 20) 6 0 Italy Lazio v.  Russia, 14 November 2017

MF Ilias Koutsoupias (2001-05-10) 10 May 2001 (age 18) 3 0 Italy Bologna v.  Bulgaria, 20 November 2018
MF Christos Giousis (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 20) 14 3 Greece AEK Athens v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
MF Konstantinos Chatzidimpas (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 20) 14 0 Greece Ergotelis v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
MF Georgios Xenitidis (1999-09-04) 4 September 1999 (age 19) 11 0 Greece Olympiacos v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
MF Michalis Bousis (1999-01-02) 2 January 1999 (age 20) 10 0 Greece AEK Athens v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
MF Konstantinos Apostolakis (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 20) 4 0 Greece Panathinaikos v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
MF Konstantinos Balogiannis (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Greece Volos v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
MF Dimitris Dalakouras INJ (1999-03-31) 31 March 1999 (age 20) 7 1 Greece Panetolikos v.  Ukraine, 22 February 2018

FW Alexandros Voilis (2000-05-26) 26 May 2000 (age 19) 6 2 Greece Olympiacos v.  Bulgaria, 20 November 2018
FW Fotis Ioannidis (2000-01-10) 10 January 2000 (age 19) 3 2 Greece Levadiakos v.  Bulgaria, 20 November 2018
FW Georgios Doumtsis (2000-03-04) 4 March 2000 (age 19) 3 0 Greece PAOK v.  Bulgaria, 20 November 2018
FW Georgios Marinos (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Greece Olympiacos v.  Bulgaria, 20 November 2018
FW Argyris Kampetsis (1999-05-06) 6 May 1999 (age 20) 19 6 Greece Panathinaikos v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
FW Georgios Tzovaras (1999-11-03) 3 November 1999 (age 19) 12 2 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
FW Tasos Douvikas (1999-08-02) 2 August 1999 (age 20) 10 7 Greece Asteras Tripolis v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
FW Athanasios Dimitroulas (1999-03-02) 2 March 1999 (age 20) 8 0 Greece Panathinaikos v.  Poland, 27 March 2018
FW Athanasios Kostanasios INJ (1999-01-11) 11 January 1999 (age 20) 9 1 Greece Olympiacos v.  Russia, 14 November 2017
Notes

Former squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greece U19 roster" (in Greek). EPO. 5 November 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.

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