Greece National Team

Greece has produced few world-class players and has developed since the second half of the 20th century. Mimis Domazos, who led Panathnaikos to the European Cup finalist and Giorgos Sideris are its first international-class stars in the 1960s. Vassilis Hatzipanagis, who won Greece UEFA Jubilee awards, played for them just a game because FIFA didn’t allow him to do more due to his appearance in USSR U-21. The 2000s saw a high increment of Greek player’s quality and gradually export to play in top European leagues such as Georgatos, Dellas, Karagounis, etc. The manager is exceptionally selected, Otto Rehagel is one of the only two foreign managers in this series as he became the greatest personality in history of Greece football.


Greece





Location     :  Southeastern Europe
European Championship Participation : 4 Times (1980, 2004, 2008, 2012)
World Cup Participation :  2 Times (1994, 2010)
Achievement  :  2004 European Championship Winner
Most Caps  : Theodoros Zagorakis  (120 Games)          
Top Scorer : Nikos Anastopoulos (29 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Mimis Domazos






All-Time Greek Squad



1. Nikos Sarganis

Date Of Birth  : 15 January 1954
Position  :   Goalkeeper
Height   :   184 cm
Major Club  :  Olympiacos, Panathinaikos
Caps  :  58 Games
Club Honours  :  5 Times Greek Championship
4 Times Greek Cup, 2004 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours, World Cup Participation :  None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Bronze


2. Stratos Apostolakis

Date Of Birth  : 17 May 1964
Position :  Center-Back/ Right-Back/ Defensive Midfielder
Height  : 176 cm
Major Club  :  Panathinaikos
Caps :  96 Games
World Cup Participation :  1994 (2 Game)
Club Honours : 5 Times Greek Championship
5 Times Greek Cup
International Honours  :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Bronze
3. Grigoris Georgatos

Date Of Birth :  31 October 1972
Position :  Left-Wing-Back
Height  : 187 cm
Major Club  :  Olympiacos
Caps  :  35 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  :  7 Times Greek Championship
3 Times Greek Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   1 Time Greek Footballer of The Year
Class  : Prince Bronze


4. Traianos Dellas

Date Of Birth  : 31 January 1976
Position  :  Center-Back
Height  : 196 cm
Major Club  :  AEK Athens, AS Roma
Caps  :  53 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  : 1 Time Greek Cup
International Honours  :  2004 UEFA Euro Winner
Individual Achievement  :   2004 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class  : Prince Bronze



5. Stelios Manolas

Date Of Birth  : 13 July 1960
Position  :  Center-Back
Height  :  188 cm
Major Club  :  AEK Athens
Caps  :  71 Games
World Cup Participation  :  1994 (1 Game)
Club Honours   :  4 Times Greek Championship
3 Times Greek Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  : Prince Silver
6. Theodoros Zagorakis

Date Of Birth  : 27 October 1971
Position  : Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height  : 178 cm, Caps : 120 Games
Major Club  :  PAOK Salonika, AEK Athens
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours  : 1 Time Greek Cup
1 Time English League Cup
International Honours  :  2004 UEFA Euro Winner
Individual Achievement :  2004 UEFA Euro Best Player
Class  : Prince Bronze


7. Georgios Delikaris

Date Of Birth  : 22 July 1951
Position :  Playmaker/ Left-Winger
Height : 176 cm, Caps  : 32 Games
Major Club  : Olympiacos
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  : 3 Times Greek Championship
3 Times Greek Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement :  Olympiacos Greatest Player Ever
Class  : Prince Silver


8. Mimis Domazos

Date Of Birth  : 22 January 1942
Position  :  Playmaker
Height :  168 cm, Caps  :  50 Games
Major Club  :  Panathinaikos
World Cup Participation :  None
Club Honours : 10 Times Greek Championship
3 Times Greek Cup, 1971 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement :  Panathinaikos Greatest Player Ever
Class  : Prince Silver


9. Thomas Mavros

Date Of Birth  : 31 May 1954
Height  :  176 cm, Position :  Forward, Left-Winger
Major Club :  Panionios, AEK Athens
Caps :  36 Games (11 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  None
Professional Scores Record  : 281 Goals/ 590 Games
Club Honours : 2 Times Greek League, 2 Times Greek Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :   4 Times Greek League Top Scorer
Greek League All-Time Top Scorer
AEK Athens Greatest Player Ever
Class  : Prince Bronze

10. Vassilis Hatzipanagis

Date Of Birth  : 26 October 1954
Position : Left-Winger/Attacking Midfielder
Height  : 178 cm
Major Club  :  Iraklis
Caps  : 1 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  : 1 Time Greek Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : Greek League Greatest Player Ever
UEFA Jubilee Award (Greece)
Class : Prince Silver


11. Giorgos Sideris

Date Of Birth  : 1938
Position :  Forward
Height  :  180 cm
Major Club  :  Atromitos
Caps  :  28 Games (14 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  None
Professional Scores Record : 262 Goals/ 355 Games
Club Honours  :  1 Time Greek Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement : 3 Times Greek League Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver


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12. Antonios Nikopolidis

Date Of Birth  : 14 January 1971
Position  : Goalkeeper
Height  :  187 cm
Major Club  :  Panathinaikos, Olympiacos
Caps  : 90 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  : 10 Times Greek Championship
9 Times Greek Cup
International Honours  : 2004 UEFA Euro Winner
Individual Achievement  :  2004 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class  : Prince Bronze


13. Giourkas Seitaridis 

Date Of Birth  : 4 June 1981
Position  :   Right-Back
Height  :  185 cm
Major Club  :  Panathinaikos, Atletico Madrid
Caps   :  72 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  : 1 Time Greek Championship
1 Time Greek Cup
2004 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours  :  2004 UEFA Euro  Winner
Individual Achievement  :  2004 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class  : Prince Bronze

14. Konstantinos Iosifidis

Date Of Birth  : 14 January 1952
Position :  Left-Wing-Back
Height  :  175 cm
Major Club  :  PAOK Salonika
Caps : 51 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  : 2 Times Greek Championship
2 Times Greek Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Bronze


15. Nikos Dabizas

Date Of Birth  : 3 August 1973
Position :  Center-Back
Height  :  188 cm
Major Club  : Olympicos, Newcastle United, Larissa
Caps  :  70 Games
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  : 2 Times Greek Championship
1 Time Greek Cup
International Honours  :  2004 UEFA Euro Winner
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Bronze


16. Ioanis Kalitzakis

Date Of Birth  : 10 February 1966
Position  :  Sweeper
Height   :  188 cm
Major Club  :  Panathinaikos
Caps  :  72 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1994 (3 Games)
Club Honours  :  4 Times Greek Championship
7 Times Greek Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Bronze


17. Giorgos Karagounis

Date Of Birth  : 6 March 1977
Position  :  Central Holding Midfielder
Height   :  176 cm
Major Club  :  Panathinaikos
Caps  :  90 Games
World Cup Participation  :  2010
Club Honours  :  1 Time Greek Championship
1 Times Copa Italia
International Honours  :   2004 European Championship Winner
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Bronze


18. Giorgos Koudas

Date Of Birth  :  23 November 1946
Position :  Playmaker
Height  : 180 cm
Major Club   :  PAOK Salonika
Caps  :  43 Games
World Cup Participation  :   None          
Club Honours  : 1 Time Greek Championship
2 Times Greek Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement :  PAOK Greatest Player Ever
 Class  : Prince Bronze


19. Dimitris Saravakos

Date Of Birth  :  26 July 1961
Height  : 174 cm, Position  :  Deep-Lying Forward
Major Club  :  Panionios, Panathinaikos
Caps  : 78 Games (22 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1994 (1 Game)
Professional Scores Record :  181 Goals/ 433 Games
Club Honours  : 3 Times Greek Championship
8 Times Greek Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement :  1 Time Greek League Top Scorer
1988 UEFA Cup Top Scorer
Class  : Prince Silver


20. Demis Nikolaidis

Date Of Birth  : 17 September 1973
Position :  Fast Striker
Height  : 175 cm
Major Club  :  AEK Athens
Caps  :  54 Games (17 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  None
Professional Scores Record : 221 Goals/ 368 Games
Club Honours  : 3 Times Greek Cup
International Honours  : 2004 UEFA Euro Winner
Individual Achievement : 1 Time Greek League Top Scorer
3 Times Greek Player of The Year
Class  : Prince Bronze

21. Antonis Antonaidis

Date Of Birth  :  25 May 1946
Height : 187 cm, Position  :  Target Striker
Major Club :   Panathinaikos
Caps  :  21 Games (6 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   None
Professional Scores Record  : 197 Goals/ 251 Games
Club Honours  : 6 Times Greek Championship
3 Times Greek Cup, 1971 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : Greek League All-Time Most Top Scorer (5 )
Greek League All-Time Highest Scorer in a Single Season
1971 European Cup Top Scorer
Class  : Prince Bronze

22. Mimis Papaioannou

Date Of Birth  :  25 November 1942
Position  :  Target Striker
Height  : Unknown
Major Club  : AEK Athens
Caps  :  61 Games (21 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  None
Professional Scores Record  : 234 Goals/ 483 Games
Club Honours  : 5 Times Greek League, 3 Times Greek Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  2 Times Greek League Top Scorer
Class : Prince Bronze



Manager 

Otto Rehagel

Year Of Birth :  9 August 1938
Major Team :  Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern, Greece
Major Achievement :  3 Times Bundesliga Champions
3 Times DFB-Pokal
1992 UEFA Cup Winners’Cup
2004 European Championship Winner
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Individual Achievement : 2004 Greek Personality of The Year
2004 IFFHS World Best National Team Coach of The Year
2005 Federal Cross of Merit
Class  :  Queen Silver



Conclusion of Squad

GK : Nikos Sarganis, Antonios Nikopolidis
DF : Grigoris Georgatos, Giourkas Seitaridis, Konstantinos Iosifidis, Traianos Dellas, Nikos Dabizas, Stratos Apostolakis, Giannis Kalitzakis, Stelios Manolas
MF : Theodoros Zagorakis, Giorgos Koudas, Giorgos Karagounis  Giorgos Delikaris, Mimis Domazos, Vassilis Hatzipanagis (Captain)
FW : Dimitris Saravakos, Giorgos Sideris,Thomas Mavrov, Mimis Papaioannou, Antonis Antonaidis, Demis Nikolaidis

Manager : Otto Rehagel


Formation XI (4-3-1-2)




Explanation of Formation

The team strategy is ultra-defensive counter-attack. Sarganis is selected as the best Greek keeper ever. Georgatos is assigned as a left-wing-back, would extremely speed to the left-wing area. Apostolakis stands a right full-back, Manolas has a role of sweeper juts behind the first wall Dellas. In midfield line, Zakorakis who won EURO 2004 player of the tournament would act as a destroyer as well as directing central midfield area. Hatzipanakis would take semi-left-side attacking position to get advanced by his dribbling while Delikaris would get the same task on the right. Domazos is a heart of the creativity of the team. The front-line has no target striker, forwards like Mavros and Sideris are a du-o coordinator and would take withdrawn to deeper position under the defensive tactic.


Olympic Stadium of Athens







Start Year :  1982 (Renovated In 2004)
City : Athens
Capacity :  71,030 Seats
Field Dimension :  105x68m








Statistics


By Decade
By Class
By Club
1950s :  -
1960s :  5
1970s :  3
1980s :  4
1990s :  7
2000s :  3

King : -
Queen : -
Prince : 22

Panathinaikos : 8
AEK Athens : 5
Olympiacos  : 4
PAOK : 3
Iraklis : 1
Atromitos : 1




The Greatest Greek Footballers of All-Time

1. Mimis Domazos
2. Vassilis Hatzipanagis
3. Giorgos Delikaris
4. Giorgos Sideris
5. Stelios Manolas


8 comments:

  1. Anonymous18/4/15

    sarganis's height is 184cm.

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  2. Anonymous31/1/16

    GREECE all-time XI (vote "Contra.gr" (Live Sport Magazine), 2013): 4-3-3

    GK - 1.Antonios Nikopolidis, 2.Nikos Sarganis, 3.Takis Ikonomopoulos.
    RB - 1.Vasilis Torosidis, 2.Ioannis Kyrastas, 3.Giourkas Seitaridis.
    CB - 1.Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 2.Traianos Dellas, 3.Anthimos Kapsis.
    CB - 1.Stelios Manolas, 2.Kyriakos Papadopoulos, 3.Aristidis Kamaras.
    LB - 1.Grigoris Georgatos, 2.Michalis Kasapis, 3.Takis Fyssas.
    DMF - 1.Theodoros Zagorakis, 2.Takis Loukanidis, 3.Kostas Katsouranis.
    CMF - 1.Jorgos Karagunis, 2.Konstantinos Kouis, 3.Stavros Sarafis.
    AMF - 1.Mimis Domazos, 2.Vassilios Tsiartas, 3.Giorgos Koudas.
    RFW/W - 1.Dimitris Saravakos, 2.Maik Galakos, 3.Georgios Georgiadis.
    CFW/STR - 1.Thomas Mavros, 2.Konstantinos Mitroglou, 3.Nikos Anastopoulos.
    LFW/W - 1.Stelios Giannakopoulos, 2.Georgios Samaras, 3.Kostas Davourlis.

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  3. Anonymous31/1/16

    Top 10 Greece (1954-2003, Vote for "UEFA Jubilee Awards"):

    1.Vasilis Hatzipanagis - 4104 pts
    2.Mimis Domazos - 1982
    3.Mimis Papaioannou - 817
    4.Georgios Delikaris - 526
    5.Giorgos Koudas - 486
    6.Dimitris Saravakos - 318
    7.Nikos Anastopoulos - 156
    8.Thomas Mavros - 102
    9.Giorgos Sideris - 101
    10.Takis Loukanidis - 74

    Note: it was before EURO-2004!

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  4. Anonymous1/2/16

    All-stars team D1 Greece by decade (This list was published in connection with the fiftieth anniversary of the Greek League, 1959-2009):

    1960s: Takis Ikonomopoulos - Ioanis Gaitatzis, Aristidis Kamaras, Takis Loukanidis, Kostas Polychroniou - Nikos Gioutsos, Mimis Domazos, Andreas Papaemmanouil, Thanasis Saravakos - Kostas Nestoridis, Giorgos Sideris.

    1970s: Panagiotis Kelesidis - Ioannis Gounaris, Konstantinos Iosifidis, Anthimos Kapsis, Lakis Nikolaou - Christos Ardizoglou, Georgios Delikaris, Giorgos Koudas, Mimis Papaioannou - Thomas Mavros, Dušan Bajević (YUG).

    1980s: Nikos Sarganis - Nikos Vamvakoulas, Nikos Karoulias, Ioannis Kyrastas, Georgios Mitsibonas - Dinos Kouis, Lakis Papaioannou, Juan Ramón Rocha (ARG), Vasilis Hatzipanagis - Nikos Anastopoulos, Dimitris Saravakos.

    1990s: Józef Wandzik (POL) - Stratos Apostolakis, Grigoris Georgatos, Ioannis Kalitzakis, Stelios Manolas - Vassilis Karapialis, Savvas Kofidis, Toni Savevski (MAC), Vassilios Tsiartas - Alexis Alexandris, Krzysztof Warzycha (POL).

    2000s: Antonios Nikopolidis - Paraskevas Antzas, Michalis Kapsis, Nikos Dabizas, René Henriksen (DEN) - Theodoros Zagorakis, Jorgos Karagunis, Rivaldo (BRA), Predrag Đorđević (SER) - Giovanni Silva de Oliveira (BRA), Demis Nikolaidis.

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    1. I'm amazed. How come you find all of these rare evidences ? I guess you're a historical collector ?

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    2. Anonymous1/2/16

      I have historic university education. Football history is my hobby. I liked your site. So I decided to help you with information.

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  5. Anonymous7/10/16

    Nikopolidids- he won the UEFA EURO 2004 being an integral part

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  6. Anonymous7/10/16

    Nikopolidis a sub?

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