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ARE THE GREEKS THE SLEEPING GIANTS ?

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.

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.

Is 2020 the year whereby the Greeks make history - first things first, they need to qualify for Olympics. That would be a given with the talent they have in their ranks.

Good Luck Greece.


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