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Greece
Nickname(s) Ethniki (National)
Galanolefki (Sky blue-white)
Piratiko (Pirate Ship)
Association Hellenic Football Federation (HFF)
(Ελληνική Ποδοσφαιρική Ομοσπονδία – ΕΠΟ)
Confederation UEFA
Head coach Angelos Anastasiadis
Captain Vasilis Torosidis
Most caps Giorgos Karagounis (139)
Top scorer Nikos Anastopoulos (29)
Home stadium Olympic Stadium "Spyros Louis"
FIFA code GRE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 45 Decrease 2 (7 February 2019)
Highest 8 (April 2008, October 2011)
Lowest 66 (September 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 55 Decrease 6 (3 March 2019)
Highest 7 (August 2004)
Lowest 78 (May 1963, November 1963)
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
Appearances 3 (first in 1994)
Best result Round of 16, 2014
European Championship
Appearances 4 (first in 1980)
Best result Champions, 2004
Olympic Games
Appearances 3 (first in 1920)
Best result Group Stage, 2004
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2005)
Best result Group stage, 2005
Greece national football team (2010-11-17)
Greece national football team (2010-11-17)

Greece national football team is the national football team of Greece. They became European champions in only their second participation in the tournament in 2004. Their best result in the World Cup was in the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they made it to the Round of 16.

Most appearances

As of 29 March 2016      Players who are still active.

Georgios Karagounis 2010
Giorgos Karagounis is the most capped player in the history of the national team with 139 caps.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Giorgos Karagounis 1999–2014 139 10
2 Theodoros Zagorakis 1994–2007 120 3
3 Kostas Katsouranis 2003–2015 116 10
4 Angelos Basinas 1999–2009 100 7
5 Stratos Apostolakis 1986–1998 96 5
6 Antonios Nikopolidis 1999–2008 90 0
7 Angelos Charisteas 2001–2011 88 25
8 Dimitris Salpingidis 2005– 82 13
9 Giorgos Samaras 2006– 81 9
Vasilis Torosidis 2007– 81 7

Top scorers

As of 29 March 2016      Players who are still active.

# Name Career Goals Caps Average
1 Nikos Anastopoulos 1977–1988 29 74 0.392
2 Angelos Charisteas 2001–2011 25 88 0.284
3 Theofanis Gekas 2005–2014 24 78 0.308
4 Dimitris Saravakos 1982–1994 22 78 0.282
5 Mimis Papaioannou 1963–1980 21 61 0.328
6 Nikos Machlas 1993–2002 18 61 0.295
7 Demis Nikolaidis 1995–2004 17 54 0.315
8 Panagiotis Tsalouchidis 1987–1995 16 76 0.211
9 Giorgos Sideris 1958–1970 14 28 0.500
10 Nikos Liberopoulos 1996–2012 13 76 0.171
Dimitris Salpingidis 2005– 13 82 0.159

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