Greece national under-21 football team
("National team of Hopes")
|Association||Hellenic Football Federation|
|Head coach||Antonis Nikopolidis|
|Top scorer||Demis Nikolaidis (15)|
Greece 6 - 0 Luxembourg
| Hungary 7 - 0 Greece
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||4 (First in 1988)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1988, 1998|
The Greece national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Greece and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years.
The under-21 competition rules insist that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition,so technically it is up to an U-23 competition.To be eligible for the Greece National Team, all the football players must hold Hellenic (Greek) nationality and comply with the provisions of Article 15 of the regulations governing the Application of FIFA Statutes. A list of 35 football players must be submitted to the UEFA administration 30 days before the European Under-21 Football Championship opening match. Only 22 of the 35 players listed are authorised to take part in the final tournament and 3 of them must be goalkeepers.
As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U-21s, senior side and again for the U-21s, as Sotiris Ninis has done recently. It is also possible to play more than one country at youth level or different at youth level and different at senior level (providing the player is eligible). But a football player can represent only the senior national team that capped him first.
Also in existence are national teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s.Greece also has a women's national team.
Greece National Team Competition Record
|UEFA U-21 Championship||163||75||28||60|
|1978||Did Not Qualify|
|1980||Did Not Qualify|
|1982||Did Not Qualify|
|1984||Did Not Qualify|
|1986||Did Not Qualify|
|1990||Did Not Qualify|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|1996||Did Not Qualify|
|2000||Play-Off for Final Tournament|
|2004||Did Not Qualify|
|2006||Did Not Qualify|
|2007||Did Not Qualify|
|2009||Did Not Qualify|
|2011||Play-Off for Final Tournament|
|2013||Did Not Qualify|
|2015||Did Not Qualify|
Euro 2015 Under-21 Championship qualification
Squad called for 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification matches against Portugal on 13 October 2015.
Caps and goals as of 17 November 2015.
Recent call ups
The following players have also been called up to the Greece under-21 squad and remain eligible:
*Player withdrew from the squad before any games had been played.
Twice Balkan Youth Championship winners (1969, 1971).
- UEFA U21 Football Championship
- Greece National Football Team (Junior)
- Greece National U19 Football Team
- Greece National U17 Football Team