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