Greece national under-21 football team
Εθνική Ελπίδων |
("National team of Hopes")
|Association||Hellenic Football Federation|
|Head coach||Antonis Nikopolidis|
|Most caps||Giorgos Karagounis (39)|
|Top scorer||Nikos Liberopoulos & Lampros Choutos (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.
- 1 Greece National Team Competition Record
- 2 Euro 2019 Under-21 Championship qualification
- 3 Current squad
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Honors
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Greece National Team Competition Record
|UEFA U-21 Championship||210||97||40||73|
|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|
|2017||Did Not Qualify|
|2019||To be determined|
Euro 2019 Under-21 Championship qualification
2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship 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|
|3||Czech Republic (E)||10||5||1||4||14||15||−1||16||2–1||1–2||—||1–1||1–0||3–1|
|6||San Marino (E)||10||0||0||10||1||29||−28||0||0–4||0–5||0–2||0–2||0–2||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
- Head-to-head results: Greece 1–1 Croatia, Croatia 2–0 Greece.
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.
Caps and goals as of 12 October 2018.
Recent call ups
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|
|FW||Vasilis Angelopoulos||12 February 1997||4||0||Platanias|
|FW||Paschalis Staikos||8 February 1996||3||0||Panathinaikos|
|DF||Giorgios Kyriakopoulos||5 February 1996||5||1||Asteras Tripoli|
- Player withdrew from the squad before any games had been played.
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
|Manager||Greece tenure||Pld||W||D||L||Win %||Major competitions|
|Stelios Aposporis||2004–2007||18||9||1||8||50.0|| 2006 European Championship – Failed to qualify|
2007 European Championship – Failed to qualify
|Nikos Nioplias||2007–2009||19||9||5||5||47.4||2009 European Championship – Failed to qualify|
|Georgios Georgiadis||2010–2012||19||10||2||7||52.6|| 2011 European Championship – Play-offs |
2013 European Championship – Failed to qualify
|Kostas Tsanas||2012–2015||18||9||2||7||50.0||2015 European Championship – Failed to qualify|
|Antonis Nikopolidis||2015–||26||13||4||9||50.0||2017 European Championship – Failed to qualify|
Last updated: Greece vs Croatia, 13 November 2017. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.
Twice Balkan Youth Championship winners (1969, 1971).
- UEFA U21 Football Championship
- Greece National Football Team
- Greece National U19 Football Team
- Greece National U17 Football Team