The Spanish team have a real final en route to the World Cup in Qatar at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, where they have never lost, although in the history between the two teams there are worrying precedents for the Reds.
The record of the eleven clashes is clearly in favor of the Spanish team, which lost only one match, in Zaragoza, and won seven. But the defeat, during the qualifying phase for the European Championship 2004 in Portugal, by 0-1, with a goal from Stylianos Giannakopoulos, ended up leading the team led by Iñaki Sáez to the playoffs, from which they finally emerged victorious against Norway.
The draw for the final phase again pitted Spaniards and Greeks in the same group. The 1-1 draw at Porto’s Bessa stadium ended up being deadly for La Roja, who failed to advance to the next round after losing in the last match against Portugal. The team coached by the German Otto Rehaggel, on the other hand, qualified and unexpectedly found themselves crowned continental champions.
The current Qatar World Cup qualifying round has started for Spain and Greece at Nuevo Los Cármenes in Granada. The Hellenes looked like scapegoats for Luis Enrique Martínez’s side, all the more so when Álvaro Morata brought down the wall in the 33rd minute.
But, on the other hand, they managed to put the Spanish team to sleep, they ended up with a strange penalty that Tassos Bakasetas converted, before the hour of the match, and drew the one who caused the deficit with which Luis Enrique’s men are facing this “final” and which forces them to win if they want to reach the last game of the phase against Sweden with a chance to finish at the top of the group and avoid the dangerous barrage .
La historia de los enfrentamientos entre las dos selecciones began a 28 de octubre de 1970 en el estadio zaragozano de La Romareda, with the team led by Ladislao Kubala impuso por 2-1 y el encargado de abrir el marcador fue Luis Aragonés a los 22 minutes. The unfortunate Enrique Castro ‘Quini’, who made his debut as an absolute international, extended the count to 69 and Yutsos closed the result shortly after the end.
A year and a half later, on April 12, 1972, Spain’s first visit to Greece took place at the Kaftantzoglio stadium in Thessaloniki, where Kubala’s team drew 0-0.
The following two matches were already official, qualifying for the 1974 World Cup in Germany, resolved each time by a Spanish victory.
On January 17, 1973, Spain resolved their visit to the Alexandras Stadium in Athens with a 2-3 victory thanks to goals from Valencians Oscar Rubén Valdez, who scored twice, and Pepe Claramunt, while just over A month later, the La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga hosted another Spanish victory (3-1) in which Claramunt scored again, in addition to Juan Cruz Sol and debutant Roberto Martínez.
After winning 3-1 in a friendly match played at El Molinón de Gijón on September 24, 1986, with goals from Julio Salinas, Francisco and Víctor, they met again in the Euro 2004 qualifiers, where, after that Spain started with victory at the Apostolos Nikolaidis in Piraeus by 0-2 with goals from Raúl González and Juan Carlos Valerón, was the bad surprise of La Romareda, which was also Sáez’s first defeat on the national team bench.
Again an unapproachable tangle of struggle and a goal from Angelos Charisteas that balanced Fernando Morientes condemned Spain to an unfavorable result (1-1) in the group round of the European Championship proper.
However, Rehhagel’s team failed to maintain the level and in the next friendly match on August 22, 2007 at the Toumba stadium in Thessaloniki, the “resurgent” Roja, already managed by Luis Aragonés, found their way back to victory ( 2-3) with a goal from Carlos Marchena and a brace from David Silva.
In the final phase of the European Championship, they met again, on June 16, 2088, at the Wals Siezenheim in Salzburg. Spain had already secured their qualification for the quarter-finals. Luis Aragonés has changed the whole eleven. The Hispanic team noticed it early on, conceding a goal from Charisteas late in the first half.
But in the second half Rubén de la Red (m.61) and Dani Güiza (m.87) sealed the pass as group leaders on their way to the European crown signed with Fernando Torres’ goal in the final against Spain. Germany and the start of the national team’s golden stage in which he added the 2020 World Cup in South Africa and the 2012 European Championship.
Now Spain are playing against Greece again, who also have little chance of reaching the playoffs. The twelfth duel between the two teams is of paramount importance.
Greece, absent from Russia 2018, does not want to give up early. Spain haven’t missed a World Cup since Germany 1974 and don’t want to risk it in the playoffs, which on the other hand are secured as runners-up in the Nations League. The objective is to win this game and against Sweden in Seville to seal their twelfth consecutive final phase.
Clashes between Spain and Greece:
28.10.70 Spain 2 – Greece 1 Friendly La Romareda, Zaragoza
12.04.72 Greece 0 – Spain 0 Friendly Kaztantzioglou, Thessaloniki
17.01.73 Greece 2 – Spain 3 Qual. Alexandras World Cup, Athens
21.01.73 Spain 3 – Greece 1 Qual. La Rosaleda World Cup, Malaga
24.09.86 Spain 3 – Greece 1 Friendly El Molinón, Gijón
07.09.02 Greece 0 – Spain 2 Qual. A. Nikolaidis European Championship, Athens
06.07.03 Spain 0 – Greece 1 Qual. European Championship La Romareda, Zaragoza
16.06.04 Greece 1 – Spain 1 European Championship Bessa, Porto
22.08.07 Greece 2 – Spain 3 Friendly Toumba, Thessaloniki
18.06.08 Greece 1 – Spain 2 Wals-Siezenheim European Championship, Salzburg
25.03.21 Spain 1 – Greece 1 Qual. World Cup Los Carmenes, Granada
JGEP GF GC balance sheet
Spain 11 7 3 1 20 11
Greece 11 1 3 7 11 20.