Greece–Turkey football rivalry

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Greece–Turkey football rivalry
Teams Greece
First meetingGreece 1–3 Turkey
(23 April 1948)
Latest meetingTurkey 2–1 Greece
(30 May 2019)
Next meetingTBD
Meetings total14
Most wins Turkey (8)
Largest victory Greece 1–4 Turkey
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
(24 March 2007)

Greco–Turkish football rivalry is one of Europe's major rivalries between two national teams, Greece and Turkey.


Greece and Turkey have a long standing tensions throughout the history.

The Ottoman Empire conquered Greece at 1453, and throughout its history, Greeks were treated unequal by Turkish Ottoman Government. It had led to the Greek War of Independence at 1821, overthrowing the Ottoman rule and became the first Balkan and European nation to set free themselves from the Turks.[1][2] By that time, the Greek identity was soon strengthened and a number of conflicts occurred between Turkey and Greece existed from 1830s onward.

In 1919, with the collapse of the Ottoman state, Greece attempted to conquered Western Turkey in their accordance to the Megali Idea, which both the Greeks and Turks caused atrocities on each other territories. Greece ended up defeated by the Turks and were expelled back to Greece;[3] however efforts from Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Eleftherios Venizelos helped establish the official relations between Greece and Turkey.[4] The grievance however, returned with the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, as Turkey divided Northern Cyprus, a majority Turkish-populated region, from majority Greek-populated Cyprus.[5]

Due to historical grievances, Greece and Turkey have a heated rivalry, though less violence than Greece or Turkey's other rivalries. Both teams are also described as "punching above their weights", due to its successes despite lack of competitive history in football.

List of matches[edit]

Number Date Location Competition Game Results Home scorers Away scorers
1 23 April 1948 Greece Athens Friendly Greece – Turkey 1–3 Kleanthis Vikelidis Goal -' Fikret Kırcan Goal 9'
Lefter Küçükandonyadis Goal 20'
Şükrü Gülesin Goal 74'
2 27 November 1948 Turkey Istanbul Turkey – Greece 2–1 Reha Eken Goal 3'19' Haralambos Filaktos Goal -'
3 16 May 1949 Greece Athens Mediterranean Cup Greece – Turkey 1–2 Nilton Markopoulos Goal -' Gündüz Kılıç Goal 33'
Bülent Esel Goal 44'
4 29 February 1952 Greece – Turkey 3–1 Georgios Darivas Goal -'-'-' Şevket Yorulmaz Goal -'
5 16 May 1952 Turkey Istanbul Turkey – Greece 0–1 Ilias Papageorgiou Goal -'
6 24 September 1987 Syria Latakia Mediterranean Games Turkey – Greece 1–0 (a.e.t.) Orhan Görsen Goal 94'
7 21 September 1988 Turkey Istanbul Friendly Turkey – Greece 3–1 Tanju Çolak Goal 9' (pen.)
Oğuz Çetin Goal 41'
Rıdvan Dilmen Goal 68'
Nikos Anastopoulos Goal 39'
8 29 March 1989 Greece Athens Friendly Greece – Turkey 0–1 Rıdvan Dilmen Goal 38'
9 8 September 2004 Greece Piraeus 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Greece – Turkey 0–0
10 4 June 2005 Turkey Istanbul Turkey – Greece 0–0
11 24 March 2007 Greece Athens UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Greece – Turkey 1–4 Sotiris Kyrgiakos Goal 5' Tuncay Goal 27'
Gökhan Ünal Goal 55'
Tümer Metin Goal 70'
Gökdeniz Karadeniz Goal 81'
12 17 October 2007 Turkey Istanbul Turkey – Greece 0–1 Ioannis Amanatidis Goal 79'
13 17 November 2015 Friendly Turkey – Greece 0–0
14 30 May 2019 Turkey Antalya Turkey – Greece 2–1 Cengiz Ünder Goal 11'
Kenan Karaman Goal 17'
Dimitris Kourbelis Goal 90+3'

See also[edit]