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Greece men's national water polo team

The Greece men's national water polo team represents Greece in international men's water polo competitions and it is organized and run by the Hellenic Swimming Federation.

Greece
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Nickname(s)Galanolefki (The Blue-white)
Ethniki (The National)
AssociationHellenic Swimming Federation
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachThodoris Vlachos
Asst coachDimitris Kravaritis
CaptainIoannis Fountoulis
FINA codeGRE
Olympic Games
Appearances15 (first in 1920)
Best result4th place (2004)
World Championships
Appearances14 (first in 1973)
Best result3rd, bronze medalist(s) (2005, 2015)
World League
Appearances7 (first in 2002)
Best result3rd, bronze medalist(s) (2004, 2006, 2016)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1985)
Best result2nd, silver medalist(s) (1997)
European Championship
Appearances17 (first in 1970)
Best result4th place (1999, 2016)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances8 (first in 1951)
Best result2nd, silver medalist(s) (2018)

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.

Contents

PalmarèsEdit

Competition       Total
Olympic Games
World Championship 2 2
World League 3 3
World Cup 1 1
European Championship
Mediterranean Games 1 4 5
Total 2 9 11

World ChampionshipEdit

World CupEdit

World LeagueEdit

Mediterranean GamesEdit

Competitive recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

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.

Year Position
  1920 5th
  1924 First round
  1948 First round
  1964 7th
  1968 14th
  1972 14th
  1980 10th
  1984 8th
  1988 9th
  1992 10th
  1996 6th
  2000 10th
  2004 4th
  2008 7th
  2012 9th
  2016 6th
Total 16/27

World ChampionshipEdit

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.[1] 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.

Christos Afroudakis (left) and Manolis Mylonakis (right) are the two players who have won both the 2005 and the 2015 bronze medals of Greece at the World Championship.
Year Position
  1973 12th
  1978 12th
  1982 12th
  1986 11th
  1991 10th
  1994 7th
  1998 8th
  2001 6th
  2003 4th
  2005  
  2007 6th
  2013 6th
  2015  
  2017 4th
Total 14/17

World LeagueEdit

Greece had a regular presence at the FINA Water Polo World League during the first years of the competition, starting from 2002. They have won three bronze medals so far in 2004, 2006 and 2016.

Year Position
  2002 4th
  2003 5th
  2004  
  2005 5th
  2006  
  2008 8th
  2016  
Total 7/15

World CupEdit

Greece had qualified for the FINA Water Polo World Cup in all but two occasions between 1985 and 2006, winning the silver medal in 1997 in Athens, losing 5–8 to the United States in the final.

Year Position
  1985 8th
  1987 8th
  1993 7th
  1995 6th
  1997  
  1999 7th
  2002 5th
  2006 7th
Total 8/15

European ChampionshipEdit

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.

Year Position
  1970 10th
  1985 8th
  1989 11th
  1991 6th
  1993 7th
  1995 9th
  1997 7th
  1999 4th
  2001 7th
  2003 7th
  2006 6th
  2008 11th
  2010 9th
  2012 6th
  2014 6th
  2016 4th
  2018 5th
Total 17/33

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Roster for the 2018 Men's European Water Polo Championship.[2]

Head coach: Thodoris Vlachos

No Name Date of birth Position L/R Height Weight Club
1 Konstantinos Flegkas (1988-07-17) 17 July 1988 (age 30) Goalkeeper R 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (200 lb)   NC Ydraikos
2 Konstantinos Genidounias (1993-05-03) 3 May 1993 (age 25) Field player R 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb)   Olympiacos
3 Dimitrios Skoumpakis (1998-12-18) 18 December 1998 (age 19) Defender R 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 110 kg (240 lb)   ANO Glyfada
4 Dimitrios Nikolaidis (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 19) Defender R 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb)   Olympiacos
5 Ioannis Fountoulis (C) (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 30) Field player R 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb)   Olympiacos
6 Marios Kapotsis (1991-09-13) 13 September 1991 (age 27) Wing R 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb)   NC Vouliagmeni
7 Georgios Dervisis (1994-10-30) 30 October 1994 (age 24) Field player R 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb)   Olympiacos
8 Stylianos Argyropoulos (1996-08-02) 2 August 1996 (age 22) Centre forward R 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 96 kg (212 lb)   Olympiacos
9 Konstantinos Mourikis (1988-07-11) 11 July 1988 (age 30) Centre forward R 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 109 kg (240 lb)   Olympiacos
10 Christodoulos Kolomvos (1988-10-26) 26 October 1988 (age 30) Centre forward R 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 105 kg (231 lb)   Enka SK
11 Alexandros Gounas (1989-10-03) 3 October 1989 (age 29) Field player R 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 73 kg (161 lb)   Olympiacos
12 Angelos Vlachopoulos (1991-09-28) 28 September 1991 (age 27) Field player R 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 77 kg (170 lb)   Egri VK
13 Emmanouil Zerdevas (1997-08-12) 12 August 1997 (age 21) Goalkeeper R 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb)   NC Vouliagmeni

World Championship medal-winning squadsEdit

The following are the bronze medal-winning Greek rosters in the men's water polo tournaments of the 2005 and the 2015 World Championships:

Notable coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Το χάλκινο μετάλλιο της Εθνικής ομάδας πόλο των ανδρών στο Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα του 2005 στο Μόντρεαλ sport24.gr, 30 July 2014 (in Greek)
  2. ^ "Team Roster" (PDF). wp2018bcn.microplustiming.com. 16 July 2018.

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