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 Charalambos Lykogiannis
Top scorer Demis Nikolaidis (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 169 77 29 63

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 TBD
Total 6/20

Euro 2015 Under-21 Championship qualification[edit]

Group 7[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad called for 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Israel on 28 March 2016.[1]

Caps and goals as of 28 March 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Vasilios Barkas (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Greece Atromitos
13 1GK Stefanos Kapino (1994-04-18) 18 April 1994 (age 22) 10 0 Greece Olympiacos
2 2DF Manolis Saliakas (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Greece Olympiacos
3 2DF Diamantis Chouchoumis (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Greece Panathinaikos
4 2DF Spyros Risvanis (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 22) 8 0 Greece Panionios
5 2DF Adam Tzanetopoulos (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Greece AEK Athens
14 2DF Praxitelis Vouros (1995-05-05) 5 May 1995 (age 21) 6 0 Greece Olympiacos
16 2DF Achilleas Poungouras (1995-12-13) 13 December 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Greece Veria
18 2DF Dimitris Giannoulis (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 20) 2 0 Greece Veria
6 3MF Emmanouil Siopis (Vice-captain) (1994-05-14) 14 May 1994 (age 22) 11 0 Greece Panionios
8 3MF Charis Charisis (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Greece PAOK
10 3MF Taxiarchis Fountas (1995-09-04) 4 September 1995 (age 21) 5 1 Greece Asteras Tripolis
17 3MF Giorgos Mygas (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Greece Panetolikos
19 3MF Kyriakos Savvidis (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Greece PAOK
20 3MF Christos Donis (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Greece Panathinaikos
21 3MF Giannis Mystakidis (1994-12-07) 7 December 1994 (age 21) 4 0 Greece PAOK
7 4FW Charis Mavrias (Captain) (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 (age 22) 22 5 England Sunderland
9 4FW Nikos Ioannidis (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 22) 9 6 Greece Asteras Tripoli
11 4FW Kosmas Tsilianidis (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 22) 8 1 Greece Iraklis
15 4FW Nikos Vergos (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 (age 20) 2 1 Greece Olympiacos

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
1GK Nestor Gkekas (1995-03-07) 7 March 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Greece Fostiras

2DF Stelios Pozatzidis (1994-06-24) 24 June 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Greece Panionios

3MF Dimitris Grontis (1994-08-24) 24 August 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Greece AEK Athens

4FW Dimitrios Manos (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Greece Ergotelis


  • Player withdrew from the squad before any games had been played.

Honors[edit]

Twice Balkan Youth Championship winners (1969, 1971).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]

External links[edit]