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Greece national under-21 football team

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.

Greece Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Εθνική Ελπίδων
("National team of Hopes")
AssociationHellenic Football Federation
Head coachAntonis Nikopolidis
CaptainManolis Saliakas
Most capsGiorgos Karagounis (39)
Top scorerNikos 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
Appearances4 (first in 1988)
Best resultRunners-up, 1988, 1998
Greece U-21 team at 5 September 2011

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.

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HistoryEdit

The first time that Greece's national team of hopes were formed was in 1968, with the aim of participating in the first Balkan Youth Championship that took place at the Kaftanzoglio Stadium in Thessaloniki.

In their maiden match she played with the corresponding team in Turkey and it was a draw without goals.

The first eleven were the following: Tourkomenis, B. Intzoglou (59' Dimitriou), Chaliambalias, Kyriazis, Athanasopoulos, Karafeskos, Fylakouris, Sarafis (46' Stoligas), K. Papaioannou, Koudas, Kritikopoulos (70' Alexiadis).

In the following years, Greece won twice the Balkan Youth Championship (1969 and 1971), and they fought twice (1988 and 1998) in the final of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Competition RecordEdit

As of 26 March 2019

Competition Pld W D L
UEFA U-21 Championship 214 97 41 76

UEFA European Under-21 Championship RecordEdit

Year Position
1978 Did Not Qualify
1980 Did Not Qualify
1982 Did Not Qualify
1984 Did Not Qualify
1986 Did Not Qualify
1988  
1990 Did Not Qualify
1992 Did Not Qualify
  1994 Quarter finalist
  1996 Did Not Qualify
  1998  
  2000 Play-Off for Final Tournament
  2002 Quarter finalist
  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 Play-Off for Final Tournament
Total 4/20'

HonoursEdit

Winners (2): 1969, 1971

Results and scheduleEdit

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2018Edit

2019Edit

2020Edit

Euro 2021 Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Greece 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3 Final tournament 10 Sep '19 13 Oct '20 27 Mar '20 31 Mar '20 5–0
2   Lithuania 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
8 Oct '20 14 Nov '19 13 Oct '20 8 Sep '20 27 Mar '20
3   Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Sep '20 31 Mar '20 18 Nov '19 10 Sep '19 8 Oct '20
4   Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Oct '19 6 Sep '19 7 Sep '20 14 Oct '19 14 Nov '19
5   Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov '19 10 Oct '19 27 Mar '20 9 Oct '20 5 Sep '19
6   San Marino 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 0 7 Sep '20 0–3 14 Oct '19 2 Sep '20 13 Oct '20
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Coaching staffEdit

ManagersEdit

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

 
Antonis Nikopolidis is the current U-21 Greek national team manager
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 8 050.0   2006 European Championship – Failed to qualify
  2007 European Championship – Failed to qualify
  Nikos Nioplias 2007–2009 19 9 5 5 047.4   2009 European Championship – Failed to qualify
  Georgios Georgiadis 2010–2012 19 10 2 7 052.6   2011 European Championship – Play-offs
  2013 European Championship – Failed to qualify
  Kostas Tsanas 2012–2015 18 9 2 7 050.0   2015 European Championship – Failed to qualify
  Michalis Iordanidis 2015 1 1 0 0 100.0
  Antonis Nikopolidis 2015– 32 15 5 12 046.9   2017 European Championship – Failed to qualify
  2019 European Championship – Play-offs
Totals

Last updated: Austria vs Georgia, 10 June 2019. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Players born in on or after 1 January 1996 are eligible for the next UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The following players were named in the squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Austria, to be played on 16 and 20 November 2018.[1]

Caps and goals updated as of 20 November 2018. Names in bold denote players who have been capped for the senior team.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Konstantinos Kotsaris (1996-07-25) 25 July 1996 (age 22) 15 0   Panathinaikos
12 1GK Antonis Stergiakis (1999-03-16) 16 March 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Slavia Sofia
13 1GK Marios Siampanis (1999-09-28) 28 September 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Olympiacos

2 2DF Manolis Saliakas (Captain) (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 22) 15 3   Olympiacos
4 2DF Triantafyllos Pasalidis (1996-07-19) 19 July 1996 (age 22) 12 0   Asteras Tripolis
5 2DF Dimitris Nikolaou (1998-08-13) 13 August 1998 (age 20) 10 0   Empoli
15 2DF Pantelis Hatzidiakos (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 22) 8 0   AZ
16 2DF Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Panathinaikos
17 2DF Giorgos Kyriakopoulos (1996-02-05) 5 February 1996 (age 23) 7 1   Asteras Tripolis
21 2DF Giannis Masouras (1996-08-24) 24 August 1996 (age 22) 3 0   Olympiacos
23 2DF Fanis Mavrommatis (1997-01-16) 16 January 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Panathinaikos

6 3MF Zisis Karachalios (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 23) 19 1   Levadiakos
7 3MF Giannis Bouzoukis (1998-03-27) 27 March 1998 (age 21) 5 1   Panathinaikos
8 3MF Kostas Galanopoulos (1997-12-28) 28 December 1997 (age 21) 14 2   AEK Athens
11 3MF Tasos Chatzigiovanis (1997-05-31) 31 May 1997 (age 22) 12 1   Panathinaikos
14 3MF Thanasis Androutsos (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 22) 14 6   Olympiacos
20 3MF Paschalis Staikos (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Panathinaikos

3 4FW Efthymis Koulouris (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 23) 18 7   Toulouse
9 4FW Kostas Kotsopoulos (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 22) 8 1   Atromitos
10 4FW Lazaros Lamprou (1997-12-19) 19 December 1997 (age 21) 12 1   PAOK
18 4FW Dimitris Limnios (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 21) 11 2   PAOK
19 4FW Argyris Kampetsis (1999-05-06) 6 May 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Panathinaikos
22 4FW Panagiotis Moraitis (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 22) 3 1   Panachaiki

Recent call-upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nikos Kousiadis (1997-05-20) 20 May 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Panetolikos v.   Slovenia, 29 May 2018
GK Lefteris Astras (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Apollon Smyrnis v.   San Marino, 22 March 2018
GK Christos Theodorakis (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 22) 4 0   Atromitos v.   Moldova, 4 September 2017

DF Kostas Tsimikas (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 23) 17 2   Olympiacos v.   Austria, 16 November 2018
DF Panagiotis Deligiannidis (1996-08-29) 29 August 1996 (age 22) 8 0   OFI v.   Czech Republic, 10 September 2018
DF Stefanos Evangelou (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 21) 7 0   Panionios v.   Slovenia, 29 May 2018
DF Alexandros Katranis (1998-05-04) 4 May 1998 (age 21) 5 1   Atromitos v.   Slovenia, 29 May 2018
DF Konstantinos Mavropanos INJ (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 21) 4 0   Arsenal v.   Slovenia, 29 May 2018
DF Stratos Svarnas (1997-11-11) 11 November 1997 (age 21) 2 0   AEK Athens v.   Slovenia, 29 May 2018

MF Giorgos Manthatis INJ (1997-05-11) 11 May 1997 (age 22) 13 3   Olympiacos v.   Belarus, 15 October 2018
MF Stathis Vasiloudis (1996-02-23) 23 February 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Panetolikos v.   Slovenia, 29 May 2018
MF Spyros Natsos (1998-06-09) 9 June 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Atromitos v.   Slovenia, 29 May 2018
MF Nemanja Milojević (1998-02-23) 23 February 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Vojvodina v.   San Marino, 22 March 2018
MF Petros Orphanides (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 (age 23) 10 0   Xanthi v.   Croatia, 13 November 2017

FW Nikos Vergos (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 (age 23) 13 4   Panathinaikos v.   Belarus, 15 October 2018
FW Vasilios Fasidis (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Xanthi v.   Slovenia, 29 May 2018
FW Dimitris Melikiotis (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 23) 7 1   Veria v.   Croatia, 13 November 2017
Notes
  • Players in italics are still active at international level.
  • INJ = Not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • PRE = Not part of the current squad but present in a preliminary list.

Former squadsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Greece U-21 current squad at the HFF's website" (in Greek). epo.gr.

External linksEdit