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.
|Nickname(s)||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 |
Greece 6–0 Latvia
| Hungary 7–0 Greece |
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1988)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1988, 1998|
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.
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).
As of 26 March 2019
|UEFA U-21 Championship||214||97||41||76|
|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||Play-Off for Final Tournament|
- 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.
|10 September 2018 2019 Euro U-21 Qualification||Czech Republic||1–2||Greece||Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic|
||Report||Stadium: Stadion Střelnice|
Referee: Christian Dingert (Germany)
|12 September 2018 2019 Euro U-21 Qualification||Croatia||2–0||Greece||Pula, Croatia|
|Report||Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina|
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)
|15 September 2018 2019 Euro U-21 Qualification||Greece||2–0||Belarus||Athens, Greece|
|Report||Stadium: Peristeri Stadium|
Referee: Nejc Kajtazovic (Slovenia)
|16 November 2018 2019 Euro U-21 Qualification Play-offs||Greece||0–1||Austria||Thessaloniki, Greece|
||Stadium: Toumba Stadium|
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
|20 November 2018 2019 Euro U-21 Qualification Play-offs||Austria||1–0||Greece||Sankt Pölten, Austria|
|Report||Stadium: NV Arena|
|22 March 2019 Friendly||Slovakia||4–3||Greece||Žilina, Slovakia|
|18:00 (UTC+2)||Stadium: Štadión pod Dubňom|
|26 March 2019 Friendly||Greece||1–1||Montenegro||Athens, Greece|
||Stadium: Georgios Kamaras Stadium|
|6 June 2019 Friendly||Greece||3–0||Georgia||Athens, Greece|
|18:45 (UTC+2)||Stadium: Georgios Kamaras Stadium|
|10 June 2019 2021 Euro U-21 Qualification||Greece||5–0||San Marino||Athens, Greece|
|16:00 (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Peristeri Stadium|
Referee: Dumitri Muntean (Moldova)
Euro 2021 Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit
2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit
|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
|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||—|
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–||32||15||5||12||46.9|| 2017 European Championship – Failed to qualify |
2019 European Championship – Play-offs
Last updated: Austria vs Georgia, 10 June 2019. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.
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.
Caps and goals updated as of 20 November 2018. Names in bold denote players who have been capped for the senior team.
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||20 May 1997||1||0||Panetolikos||v. Slovenia, 29 May 2018|
|GK||Lefteris Astras||14 February 1997||3||0||Apollon Smyrnis||v. San Marino, 22 March 2018|
|GK||Christos Theodorakis||17 September 1996||4||0||Atromitos||v. Moldova, 4 September 2017|
|DF||Kostas Tsimikas||12 May 1996||17||2||Olympiacos||v. Austria, 16 November 2018|
|DF||Panagiotis Deligiannidis||29 August 1996||8||0||OFI||v. Czech Republic, 10 September 2018|
|DF||Stefanos Evangelou||12 May 1998||7||0||Panionios||v. Slovenia, 29 May 2018|
|DF||Alexandros Katranis||4 May 1998||5||1||Atromitos||v. Slovenia, 29 May 2018|
|DF||Konstantinos Mavropanos INJ||11 December 1997||4||0||Arsenal||v. Slovenia, 29 May 2018|
|DF||Stratos Svarnas||11 November 1997||2||0||AEK Athens||v. Slovenia, 29 May 2018|
|MF||Giorgos Manthatis INJ||11 May 1997||13||3||Olympiacos||v. Belarus, 15 October 2018|
|MF||Stathis Vasiloudis||23 February 1996||4||0||Panetolikos||v. Slovenia, 29 May 2018|
|MF||Spyros Natsos||9 June 1998||3||0||Atromitos||v. Slovenia, 29 May 2018|
|MF||Nemanja Milojević||23 February 1998||0||0||Vojvodina||v. San Marino, 22 March 2018|
|MF||Petros Orphanides||23 March 1996||10||0||Xanthi||v. Croatia, 13 November 2017|
|FW||Nikos Vergos||13 January 1996||13||4||Panathinaikos||v. Belarus, 15 October 2018|
|FW||Vasilios Fasidis||22 June 1996||3||0||Xanthi||v. Slovenia, 29 May 2018|
|FW||Dimitris Melikiotis||10 July 1996||7||1||Veria||v. Croatia, 13 November 2017|
- "Greece U-21 current squad at the HFF's website" (in Greek). epo.gr.