Introducing teams, men: Greece

01/08/2020

Group D – Greece

  • Greece has yet to win a big tournament, let alone a medal at the Europeans. Their quest started in 1970 with a 10th place finish, then after a spell in Group B they returned to the elite in 1985 (8th). Became regular participants since 1989 (11th). At home they had a breakthrough performance in 1991 (6th) and repeated that in 1993. They reached the semis twice, in 1999 and four years ago in Belgrade but finished 4th on both occasions. The last time they were 5th in Barcelona – it is an interesting fact that they scored the most goals during the fortnight, 85. Beforehand they came 6th in 2006, 2012, 2014, 7th in 1997, 2001, 8th in 2003, 9th in 1995, 2010, 11th in 2008.
  • The Greeks tasted more success on the world stage: in Kazan 2015 they had a great run and ended up on the podium, with bronze medals around their necks, tying their best ever result from 2005. They made the semis in Budapest 2017 but this time they finished 4th after losing to Serbia in their last match (they also came 4th in 2003 – interestingly, they lost the semis three times against Hungary, in 2003, 2005 and 2017). Last summer they dropped to the 7th place, after losing a nailbiting quarter-final 7-6 to eventual champion Italy.
  • At the Olympics they had a 4th place from the home Games in 2004. Their next best performance was a 6th place in 1996 and in Rio 2016.
  • Got a silver from the 1997 World Cup and two bronzes from the World League (2004, 2006). Their recent ranks, beside the Kazan bronze: Olympics, 2008: 7th, 2012: 9th, 2016: 6th. World Champs: 2013: 6th, 2015: 3rd, 2017: 4th, 2019: 7th (missed the cut for 2009 and 2011).
  • All-time stats for the Greeks at the Europeans: 123 matches, 49 wins, 11 draws, 63 losses. Goals: 1023-997. Greece is to earn its 50th win in history in Budapest.