Greece national under-21 football team

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Greece Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Εθνική Ελπίδων
("National team of Hopes")
Association Hellenic Football Federation
Head coach Antonis Nikopolidis
Captain Efthimis Koulouris
Most caps Giorgos Karagounis (39)
Top scorer Nikos Liberopoulos & Lampros Choutos (15)
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win

Greece Greece 6 - 0 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(Greece; 1993)

Greece Greece 6 - 0 Latvia Latvia
(Greece; 1999)
Biggest defeat
Hungary Hungary 7 - 0 Greece Greece
(Hungary; 1976)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 4 (first in 1988)
Best result Runners-up, 1988, 1998
Greece U-21-national football team (2011-09-05).

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[edit]

Competition Pld W D L
UEFA U-21 Championship 210 97 40 73

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record[edit]

Year Position
1978 Did Not Qualify
1980 Did Not Qualify
1982 Did Not Qualify
1984 Did Not Qualify
1986 Did Not Qualify
1988 Silver medal icon.svg
1990 Did Not Qualify
1992 Did Not Qualify
France 1994 Quarter finalist
Spain 1996 Did Not Qualify
Romania 1998 Silver medal icon.svg
Slovakia 2000 Play-Off for Final Tournament
Switzerland 2002 Quarter finalist
Germany 2004 Did Not Qualify
Portugal 2006 Did Not Qualify
Netherlands 2007 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 2009 Did Not Qualify
Denmark 2011 Play-Off for Final Tournament
Israel 2013 Did Not Qualify
Czech Republic 2015 Did Not Qualify
Poland 2017 Did Not Qualify
Italy 2019 To be determined
Total 4/20'

Euro 2019 Under-21 Championship qualification[edit]

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Croatia (Q) 10 8 1 1 31 5 +26 25[a] Final tournament 2–0 5–1 2–1 4–0 5–0
2  Greece (A) 10 8 1 1 26 5 +21 25[a] Play-offs 1–1 3–0 2–0 5–1 4–0
3  Czech Republic (E) 10 5 1 4 14 15 −1 16 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–1
4  Belarus (E) 10 4 2 4 11 14 −3 14 0–4 0–2 1–0 3–1 1–0
5  Moldova (E) 10 2 1 7 8 23 −15 7 0–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–0
6  San Marino (E) 10 0 0 10 1 29 −28 0 0–4 0–5 0–2 0–2 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Greece 1–1 Croatia, Croatia 2–0 Greece.

Current squad[edit]

Players born in on or after 1 January 1996 are eligible for the next UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Squad called for 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches after Croatia on 12 October 2018.[1]

Caps and goals as of 12 October 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Konstantinos Kotsaris (1996-07-25) 25 July 1996 (age 22) 12 0 Greece Panathinaikos
1GK Lefteris Astras (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Greece Apollon Smyrni
1GK Christos Theodorakis (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Greece Atromitos
1GK Marios Siampanis (1999-09-28) 28 September 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Greece PAOK
2DF Manolis Saliakas (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 22) 13 3 Greece Kissamikos
2DF Konstantinos TsimikasSENIOR TEAM (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 22) 16 2 Greece Olympiakos
2DF Stefanos Evangelou (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 20) 5 0 Greece Panathinaikos
2DF Dimitris Nikolaou (1998-08-13) 13 August 1998 (age 20) 9 0 Greece Olympiacos
2DF Konstantinos Mavropanos (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 20) 3 0 England Arsenal
2DF Panagiotis Deligiannidis (1996-08-29) 29 August 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Greece OFI
2DF Triantafyllos Pasalidis (1996-07-19) 19 July 1996 (age 22) 10 0 Greece Asteras Tripolis
2DF Alexandros Katranis (1998-05-04) 4 May 1998 (age 20) 5 1 Belgium Royal Mouscron
2DF Giannis Masouras (1996-08-24) 24 August 1996 (age 22) 2 1 Greece Olympiakos
2DF Pantelis Hatzidiakos (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 21) 5 0 Netherlands AZ Alkmaar
2DF Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Greece Panathinaikos
3MF Zisis Karachalios (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 22) 11 1 Greece Levadiakos
3MF Thanasis Androutsos (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 21) 11 6 Greece Olympiacos
3MF Petros Orphanides (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 (age 22) 10 0 Greece Xanthi
3MF Konstantinos Galanopoulos (1997-12-28) 28 December 1997 (age 20) 11 2 Greece AEK Athens
3MF Giannis Bouzoukis (1998-03-27) 27 March 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Greece Panathinaikos
4FW Giorgos Manthatis (1997-05-11) 11 May 1997 (age 21) 12 3 Greece Panionios F.C.
4FW Efthimis KoulourisSENIOR TEAM (Captain) (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 22) 16 7 Greece PAOK
4FW Lazaros Lamprou (1997-12-19) 19 December 1997 (age 20) 10 1 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard
4FW Dimitris Melikiotis (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 22) 6 1 Greece Volos
4FW Nikos Vergos (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 (age 22) 12 4 Greece Panathinaikos
4FW Dimitris Limnios (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 20) 8 2 Greece PAOK
4FW Anastasios Chatzigiovannis (1997-05-31) 31 May 1997 (age 21) 9 0 Greece Panathinaikos

Recent call ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Greece under-21 squad and remain eligible:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
4FW Vasilis Angelopoulos (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Greece Platanias

4FW Paschalis Staikos (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Greece Panathinaikos

2DF Giorgios Kyriakopoulos (1996-02-05) 5 February 1996 (age 22) 5 1 Greece Asteras Tripoli
  • Player withdrew from the squad before any games had been played.

Statistics[edit]

Managers[edit]

The following table provides a summary of the complete record of each Greek manager including their results regarding European Under-21 Championship.

Key: Pld–games played, W–games won, D–games drawn; L–games lost, %–win percentage
Antonis Nikopolidis is the current U-21 Greek national team manager
Manager Greece tenure Pld W D L Win % Major competitions
Greece Stelios Aposporis 2004–2007 18 9 1 8 050.0 Symbol delete vote.svg 2006 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Symbol delete vote.svg 2007 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Greece Nikos Nioplias 2007–2009 19 9 5 5 047.4 Symbol delete vote.svg 2009 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Greece Georgios Georgiadis 2010–2012 19 10 2 7 052.6 Symbol delete vote.svg 2011 European Championship – Play-offs
Symbol delete vote.svg 2013 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Greece Kostas Tsanas 2012–2015 18 9 2 7 050.0 Symbol delete vote.svg 2015 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Greece Michalis Iordanidis 2015 1 1 0 0 100.0 &
Greece Antonis Nikopolidis 2015– 26 13 4 9 050.0 Symbol delete vote.svg 2017 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Totals

Last updated: Greece vs Croatia, 13 November 2017. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Honors[edit]

Twice Balkan Youth Championship winners (1969, 1971).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]

External links[edit]