Greece men's national water polo team
|Nickname(s)||Galanolefki (The Blue-white)|
Ethniki (The National)
|Association||Hellenic Swimming Federation|
|Head coach||Thodoris Vlachos|
|Asst coach||Dimitris Kravaritis|
|Appearances||15 (first in 1920)|
|Best result||4th place (2004)|
|Appearances||14 (first in 1973)|
|Best result||(2005, 2015)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||(2004, 2006, 2016)|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1985)|
|Appearances||17 (first in 1970)|
|Best result||4th place (1999, 2016)|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1951)|
Greece has a long tradition of strong presence at international level, with their major successes being the two bronze medals won at the World Championship in 2005 and 2015. The Greeks have also won a silver medal at the World Cup in 1997, three bronze medals at the World League in 2004, 2006 and 2016, as well as one silver (2018) and four bronze medals (1951, 1991, 1993, 2013) at the Mediterranean Games.
Moreover, they have closely missed a medal in the 2016 European Championship, the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2003 World Championship and the 1999 European Championship, ending up in the 4th place in all four of them. Greece is one of only nine national teams in the world to have won (at least) a medal in the World Championship, currently occupying the eighth place on the medal table, one above Germany. They have qualified at least for the quarter-finals in all their World Championship participations since 1994, winning the two aforementioned bronze medals and never finishing below the 6th place from 2001 and on.
- Silver medal:
Greece has participated 16 times at the Olympic Games, always present in the tournament since 1980. Their best result is the 4th place at the 2004 Olympics inn Athens, after losing 5–6 to Russia in the bronze medal game. The Greeks have secured a quarter-finals' presence in six occasions.
Greece has a strong presence at the World Aquatics Championships, where they have been placed third in the world in two occasions. The first was in 2005 in Montreal, after their 11–10 victory over Croatia in the bronze medal game, with Georgios Afroudakis scoring the winning goal, with a spectacular backhand shot, with only 11 seconds left in the overtime. The second one was in 2015 in Kazan, after their penalty shootout win over Italy in the bronze medal game. Greece has qualified at least for the quarter-finals in all their tournament participations since 1994, with the 6th place being their lowest position from 2001 and on.
As one of the most competitive European nations in water polo, Greece is a regular contestant at the European Water Polo Championship since 1989, although they have yet to win a medal, with their best results being the 4th place in 1999 in Florence and in 2016 in Belgrade.
Head coach: Thodoris Vlachos
|No||Name||Date of birth||Position||L/R||Height||Weight||Club|
|1||Konstantinos Flegkas||17 July 1988||Goalkeeper||R||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||NC Ydraikos|
|2||Konstantinos Genidounias||3 May 1993||Field player||R||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||Olympiacos|
|3||Dimitrios Skoumpakis||18 December 1998||Defender||R||2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)||110 kg (240 lb)||ANO Glyfada|
|4||Dimitrios Nikolaidis||10 June 1999||Defender||R||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)||100 kg (220 lb)||Olympiacos|
|5||Ioannis Fountoulis (C)||25 May 1988||Field player||R||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||Olympiacos|
|6||Marios Kapotsis||13 September 1991||Wing||R||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)||87 kg (192 lb)||NC Vouliagmeni|
|7||Georgios Dervisis||30 October 1994||Field player||R||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||Olympiacos|
|8||Stylianos Argyropoulos||2 August 1996||Centre forward||R||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)||96 kg (212 lb)||Olympiacos|
|9||Konstantinos Mourikis||11 July 1988||Centre forward||R||1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)||109 kg (240 lb)||Olympiacos|
|10||Christodoulos Kolomvos||26 October 1988||Centre forward||R||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)||105 kg (231 lb)||Enka SK|
|11||Alexandros Gounas||3 October 1989||Field player||R||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||73 kg (161 lb)||Olympiacos|
|12||Angelos Vlachopoulos||28 September 1991||Field player||R||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||77 kg (170 lb)||Egri VK|
|13||Emmanouil Zerdevas||12 August 1997||Goalkeeper||R||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||NC Vouliagmeni|
World Championship medal-winning squadsEdit
- Το χάλκινο μετάλλιο της Εθνικής ομάδας πόλο των ανδρών στο Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα του 2005 στο Μόντρεαλ sport24.gr, 30 July 2014 (in Greek)
- "Team Roster" (PDF). wp2018bcn.microplustiming.com. 16 July 2018.