Greece national football team

Greece
Nickname(s)Piratiko (The Pirate Ship)
Ethniki (The National)
Galanolefki (The Sky Blues and whites)
AssociationHellenic Football Federation (HFF)
(Ελληνική Ποδοσφαιρική Ομοσπονδία – ΕΠΟ)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJohn van't Schip
CaptainTasos Bakasetas
Most capsGiorgos Karagounis (139)
Top scorerNikos Anastopoulos (29)
Home stadiumOlympic Stadium of Athens
FIFA codeGRE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 46 2 (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest8[2] (April 2008, October 2011)
Lowest66 (September 1998)
First international
 Greece 1–4 Italy 
(Athens, Greece; 7 April 1929)
Biggest win
 Greece 8–0 Syria 
(Athens, Greece; 25 November 1949)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 11–1 Greece 
(Budapest, Hungary; 25 March 1938)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1994)
Best resultRound of 16 (2014)
European Championship
Appearances4 (first in 1980)
Best resultChampions (2004)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2005)
Best resultGroup stage (2005)

The Greece national football team (Greek: Εθνική Ελλάδας, Ethniki Elladas) represents Greece in men's international football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece play most of their home matches in or near Athens, either in Athens at the Olympic Stadium in the Marousi section of the city or in the port city of Piraeus at the Karaiskakis Stadium just outside Athens. Greece is one of only ten national teams to have been crowned UEFA European Champions.

Greece had been mostly a small name in international football, and only from 1980s that experienced the first taste of football achievement, made their first appearance in a major tournament at UEFA Euro 1980 and although they did not make it through the group stage, their qualification to the then eight-team tournament gave them a position in the top eight European football nations that year. Greece did not qualify for another major tournament until the 1994 FIFA World Cup and after an undefeated qualifying campaign, they produced a poor performance in the final tournament, losing all three group matches without scoring. Up until 2004, Greece had been mostly a much weaker team in the European football scene.

UEFA Euro 2004 marked a high point in Greece's football history when they were crowned European champions in only their second participation in the tournament. Dismissed as rank outsiders before the tournament, the team defeated some of the favourites in the competition including defending European champions France and hosts Portugal. During the tournament, Greece defeated the hosts in both the opening game of the tournament and again in the final. Their triumph earned them a place in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.

In the decade after the 2004 victory, Greece qualified for the final tournaments of all but one major competitions entered, reaching the quarter-finals at the UEFA Euro 2012 and the round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. During that period, they occupied a place in the top 20 of the FIFA World Rankings for all but four months, and reached an all-time high of eighth in the world from April to June 2008, as well as in October 2011.