PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Lokomotiv is a Bulgarian professional association football club based in Plovdiv, that competes in the country's primary football competition, the First League. Lokomotiv's home ground is the homonymous Lokomotiv Stadium situated in the Lauta park of the city, with a capacity of 10,000 spectators. Established in 1926, in the 2003–04 season of the A Group, Lokomotiv became champions of Bulgaria, finishing the season with three points more than the second-ranked, Levski Sofia. Lokomotiv Plovdiv have won one Bulgarian Supercup and one Cup of the Soviet Army in 1983; the club's biggest success in Europe is reaching the third round of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1965, after losing to the Italian Juventus F. C. in a play-off match. Description of the club's history requires attention to the reorganisations that the team has undergone since its creation and how the members and fans of the team have reacted to these changes; the political environment in Bulgaria during the communist period between 1944-1989 has led to some forced changes in the nature of sporting clubs throughout the country as to follow "the Soviet model".
In the case of PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv, these changes have led to the merger of two teams, that are different in nature, leading to misinterpretations of the history of the teams. This said, a special approach is needed towards the history of the early years of the contemporary football club of Lokomotiv Plovdiv. In order to understand the origin of the contemporary team with its official full name and supporters, the examination of Lokomotiv's history has to be undertaken in two major "branches" - one defined by its followers and recognisable features, the other by its functional characteristic and funding as a labour union team; these branches can be defined as that of Sportclub Plovdiv, of club of the railway workers. In the spring of 1922 the sport club Karadzha is founded administratively by the consolidation of some casual football teams in one of the districts of the city of Plovdiv so that the players can compete in the Championship of Plovdiv. Two years in 1924, the sport club Atletik is formed in the same district of Plovdiv as Karadzha.
On 26 July 1926 the two sport clubs from the same district and Atletik, unite to form the team of Sportclub. The football club chooses white and red as the colours of their kits and their crest, the year of establishment 1926 is added several years the crest. Nowadays, Lokomotiv Plovdiv still uses the same colours for their kits and crest, while the full name of the team shows that the year the club assumes itself to be established is the year Sportclub was founded. Sportclub had its home grounds in the city centre. However, after the disastrous earthquake in South Bulgaria in 1928, the team donates their field to people who lost their homes so that they can build new ones where the club's grounds were; because of that, from 1928 Sportclub did not have their own football field for more than two decades. As a football team, in the years after Sportclub was created it competed in the Championship of Plovdiv. In the early years of Bulgarian football there is no national football league and championships held on a regional level throughout a calendar year are the most prestigious tournaments across the country.
Sportclub participates in the second division of the Championship of Plovdiv until 1933 when the team finishes first in the second division and is promoted to Plovdiv's top tier as of 1934. In 1936 Sportclub becomes the Champion of Plovdiv for the first time. In 1938 the team joined the National Football Division - the countrywide football league formed a year earlier that included Bulgaria's top ten teams. However, after only three seasons in 1940 the tournament is disbanded because of the Bulgaria's participation in World War II. By that time the club had changed its name to Plovdivski Sportclub since several other teams in the country had Sportclub in their name. During the years of WW2, the team participates in several other tournaments including the Tsar's Cup considered Bulgaria's most prestigious knock-out tournament at the time and a predecessor of the current domestic cup tournament. In the Tsar's Cup the team reaches the finals twice - in 1940 and in 1942. Since its establishment in 1926 up to the beginning of the communist rule in Bulgaria in 1944 Sportclub has become one of the best performing teams in the country with a constant participation in the final phases of the most prestigious tournaments.
By 1944 the team is the biggest in the region of Plovdiv in terms of members, has a dedicated following with its fans setting records for the period in attendance of football matches. In the mid-1930s the labour union of the railway workers and sailors establishes several cultural and sporting organisations across the country; the railway workers established their sports club in Plovdiv as well, since the city is one of the major travel centres in the country. On 13 June 1935 the club ZSK Plovdiv was founded, abbreviated from Zheleznicharski Sporten Klub Plovdiv meaning the sporting club of the railway workers in Plovdiv; the first years of the team are difficult as its performance does not bring about such glory as some of the other teams of the city like Sportclub or Botev Plovdiv. The club is accepted as a member of the national sport federation a whole three years after its creation. In the early 1940s the team betters their performance and in 1944 wins the Championship of Plovdiv. In an economical aspect the railway club contributes to the development of sports in the region of Plovdiv, making large inputs for the improvement of sporting conditions in the
Ionikos Football Club known as Ionikos Nikaias, is a professional football club based in Nikaia, Greece competing in Football League 2, the Greek third division. From 1989 to 2007 Ionikos spent 16 out of 18 seasons in Greek Super League. During that span Ionikos finished as high as 5th-place in the league, was a finalist in the Greek Cup, participated in the UEFA Cup; the club's colours are white. Ionikos was established in 1965, from a merger of local clubs Nikaia Sports Union and Aris Piraeus, with Alex Meraklidis as new club's first president; the club's early years were not easy, with the support of its fans, Ionikos improved through the 1970s and 1980s and reached the top division in 1989. The club's first promotion to the top flight was accompanied by unexpected problems—Dimitris Melissanidis withdrew as chairman, the club needed 50 million drachmas to participate in the championship. Businessman Nikolaos Kanellakis stepped forward to provide the needed sum and become the club's new chairman.
Kanellakis' arrival would be the beginning of the club's greatest era—from the 1989 promotion, Ionikos would spend 16 of the next 18 seasons in the Greek top flight, up until 2007, during that time the team would finish as high as 5th-place in the league, reach a Greek Cup Final, compete in the UEFA Cup. Ionikos' UEFA Cup appearance came in the 1999–00 season—the opposition was French side Nantes, Ionikos lost both home and away matches, 1–3 and 0–1, respectively. Ionikos reached the Greek Cup Final that same season, where they came up against traditional power AEK, despite a valiant Ionikos effort, AEK won the match, 3–0. On 21 April 2004 Ionikos experienced the most tragic moment of his history, when Nikolaos Kanellakis, the club's chairman for 14 years, died. Hundreds of Ionikos supporters—as well as other sports fans—attended Kanellakis' funeral, where the flag of Ionikos covered the coffin of the late chairman. Nikolaos' son Christos took his father's place as chairman. Ionikos' long run in the top flight ended in the 2006–07 season, when the team finished in 16th-place in the Super League and was relegated back to Beta Ethniki.
Ionikos has spent the last two seasons in Beta Ethniki, finishing 5th and 4th place as the club tries to rejoin the top flight. Ionikos plays its home matches at Neapolis Public Stadium, located in a suburb of Piraeus; the stadium was completed in 1965, had its latest redevelopment in 2000. It has a seating capacity of 4,999, but record attendance is 6,565 for a match against Olympiacos F. C. in 1990. Ionikos' organized supporters gather in Gate 3 at Neapoli Stadium. While Ionikos was competing in the lower divisions there were two main supporters' groups—the Association of Ionikos Nikaias Supporters and the Fan Club of Agios Georgios. On Ionikos's promotion to the top division the Association of Ionikos Nikaias Supporters Rangers Club was formed—or Rangers Club, for short—with headquarters in Elefterias Square in Korydallos. Before Ionikos's first match in the top flight the Rangers Club organised a parade of 2,000 supporters from outside Rangers' headquarters to Stavros Mavrothalassitis Stadium, where Ionikos played its first three home matches of the 1989–90 season.
Two years the supporters' club offices moved to Neapolis, in 1996 to Nikaia, before returning to Neapolis in 1999. A second branch was established in Nikaia in 2004. Ionikos fans have a rivalry with the fans of the other topic club of Nikaia, Proodeftiki F. C.. Ionikos fans have rivalries too with other nearby clubs, Egaleo F. C. Atromitos F. C. and Kallithea F. C.. The football matches between Ionikos F. C. and Proodeftiki F. C. are called «The Derby of Kokkinia» or «The Derby of Nikaia». As of 22 January 2019Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. For all Ionikos players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Ionikos F. C. players. Ionikos managers from 1992. Greek Cup Runners-up: 1999–00Piraeus Cup Winners: 1978Beta Ethniki Winners: 1993–94Delta Ethniki Winners: 2012–13UEFA Cup First round: 1999–00 Since 1965–66: 16 seasons in Super League Greece 24 seasons in Beta Ethniki 6 seasons in Gamma Ethniki 2 seasons in Delta Ethniki 4 seasons in A' Piraeus Last Update 19 Μay 2009 First participation: 1989–90 Total participations: 16 Wins: 151 Draws: 139 Losses: 212 Goals Scored: 552 Goals Conceded: 727 Record Win: Ionikos 5–0 OFI Crete in 1997–98 Record Loss: AEK Athens 6–0 Ionikos in 1995–96, Olympiacos 6–0 Ionikos in 2002–03 First participation: 1965–66 Total participations: 23 Wins: 299 Draws: 224 Losses: 259 Goals Scored: 925 Goals Conceded: 849 Record Win: Ionikos 8–0 Bizani in 1966–67, Ionikos 8–0 Anagennisi Artas in 1974–75 Record Loss: Vyzas 7–0 Ionikos in 1971–72 The emblem of the club is a resting star and its colors are blue and white.
Original & Alternative strips & colours Former Managers Oleg Blokhin, Oleg has been one of the most important manager in the club's history Jacek Gmoch, Jacek has been one of the most important manager in the club's history because with him, Ionikos FC participants in 1999-00. Official website Rangers – Supporters' club site Neapolis Public Stadium at stadia.gr
A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards; some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders; the number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation. Most managers assign at least one midfielder to disrupt the opposing team's attacks, while others may be tasked with creating goals, or have equal responsibilities between attack and defence. Midfielders are the players who travel the greatest distance during a match; because midfielders arguably have the most possession during a game they are among the fittest players on the pitch. Central or centre midfielders are players whose role is divided equally between attack and defence and to dominate the play around the centre of the pitch.
These players will try to pass the ball to the team's attacking midfielders and forwards and may help their team's attacks by making runs into the opposition's penalty area and attempting shots on goal themselves. When the opposing team has the ball, a central midfielder may drop back to protect the goal or move forward and press the opposition ball-carrier to recover the ball. A centre midfielder defending their goal will move in front of their centre-backs in order to block long shots by the opposition and track opposition midfielders making runs towards the goal; the 4–3–3 and 4–5–1 formations each use three central midfielders. The 4−4−2 formation may use two central midfielders, in the 4–2–3–1 formation one of the two deeper midfielders may be a central midfielder; the term box-to-box midfielder refers to central midfielders who are hard-working and who have good all-round abilities, which makes them skilled at both defending and attacking. These players can therefore track back to their own box to make tackles and block shots and run to the opponents' box to try to score.
The change of trends and the deviation from the standard 4–4–2 formation to the 4–2–3–1 formation imposed restrictions on the typical box-to-box midfielders of the 80s, as teams' two midfield roles were now divided into "holders" or "creators". Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Radja Nainggolan. Left and right midfielders have a role balanced between attack and defence, similar to that of central midfielders, but they are positioned closer to the touchlines of the pitch, they may be asked to cross the ball into the opponents' penalty area to make scoring chances for their teammates, when defending they may put pressure on opponents who are trying to cross. Common modern formations that include left and right midfielders are the 4−4−2, the 4−4−1−1, the 4–2–3–1 and the 4−5−1 formations. Jonathan Wilson describes the development of the 4−4−2 formation: "…the winger became a wide midfielder, a shuttler, somebody who might be expected to cross a ball but was meant to put in a defensive shift."
Notable examples of wide midfielders are Ryan Giggs. The historic position of wing-half was given to midfielders, it became obsolete as wide players with defensive duties have tended to become more a part of the defence as full-backs. Defensive midfielders are midfield players; these players may defend a zone in front of their team's defence, or man mark specific opposition attackers. Defensive midfielders may move to the full-back or centre-back positions if those players move forward to join in an attack. Sergio Busquets described his attitude: "The coach knows that I am an obedient player who likes to help out and if I have to run to the wing to cover someone's position, great." A good defensive midfielder needs good positional awareness, anticipation of opponent's play, tackling, interceptions and great stamina and strength. A holding or deep-lying midfielder stays close to their team's defence, while other midfielders may move forward to attack; the holding midfielder may have responsibilities when their team has the ball.
This player will make short and simple passes to more attacking members of their team but may try some more difficult passes depending on the team's strategy. Marcelo Bielsa is considered as a pioneer for the use of a holding midfielder in defence; this position may be seen in the 4 -- 2 -- 3 -- 4 -- 4 -- 2 diamond formations. A defensive midfielder, or "destroyer", a playmaker, or "creator", were fielded alongside each other as a team's two holding central midfielders; the destroyer was responsible for making tackles, regaining possession, distributing the ball to the creator, while the creator was responsible for retaining possession and keeping the ball moving with long passes out to the flanks, in the manner of a more old-fashioned deep-lying playmaker or "regista". Early examples of a destroyer are Nobby Stiles, Herbert Wimmer, Marco Tardelli, while examples include Claude Makélélé and Javier Mascherano, although several of these players possessed qualities of other types of midfielders, were therefore not confined to a single role.
Early examples of a creator would be Gérson, Glenn Hoddle, Sunday Oliseh, while more recent examples Xabi Alonso, Michael Carrick. The latest and third type of holding midfielder developed as a box-to-box midfielder, or "carrier", neither destructive nor creative, capable of winning b
PFC CSKA Sofia
CSKA is a Bulgarian professional association football club based in Sofia and competing in the country's premier football competition, the First League. CSKA is an abbreviation for Central Sports Club of the Army. Established on 5 May 1948, CSKA's roots date back to an army officers' club founded in 1923; the club has won a record 20 Bulgarian Cups. Internationally, CSKA are the only Bulgarian club to have reached the semi-finals of the European Cup, which they have done twice, they have reached the semi-final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup once. CSKA's home colors are red and white and its home ground is the Bulgarian Army Stadium; the club's biggest rivals are Levski Sofia and matches between the two sides are known as "The Eternal Derby of Bulgaria". In October 1923, football clubs Athletic Sofia and Slava Sofia merged to form AS-23, short for Officer's Sports Club Athletic Slava 1923, under the patronage of the Ministry of War, which provided the equipment. In 1931, AS-23 won their first Bulgarian championship and The Tsar's Cup, followed by another Tsar's Cup in 1941.
The club's stadium was named Athletic Park and was situated where the Bulgarian Army Stadium now resides. On 9 November 1944, with the support of Mihail Mihaylov, an accountant at the Ministry of War and a patron of Shipka Sofia, a unifying agreement was signed, merging AS-23, Spartak to form Chavdar Sofia. Gen. Vladimir Stoychev from AS-23, who at the time was fighting on the front in World War II, was appointed as the new club's chairman. Lawyer Ivan Bashev, a future Bulgarian foreign minister, was appointed club secretary and the person in charge of football. With the help of Mihail Mihaylov again, in February 1948, Chavdar became the departmental club of the Central House of the Troops and took on the name of CDV. Looking for ways to stop the club's decline, CDV's administrators sought to merge it with another club. In May 1948, an agreement was reached between CDV and Septemvri Sofia for uniting the clubs under the name "Septemvri pri CDV"; the contract was signed on 5 May 1948, considered the club's date of foundation.
The club's played its first official match on 19 May 1948 against Slavia Sofia at Yunak Stadium, a 1–1 draw. Septemvri pri CDV eliminated Aprilov and Spartak Varna en route to the final, where it faced Levski Sofia, losing 1–2 in the first leg; the decisive second match occurred on 9 September 1948. Septemvri pri CDV's lineup consisted of: Stefan Gerenski, Borislav Futekov, Manol Manolov, Dimitar Cvetkov, Nikola Aleksiev, Nako Chakmakov, Dimitar Milanov, Stoyne Minev, Stefan Bozhkov, Nikola Bozhilov and Kiril Bogdanov; the score was 3–3 on aggregate, as Septemvri pri CDV led 2–1 near the end of regulation time, when a last-minute goal by Nako Chakmakov gave the club its first title. In 1950, the word "Narodna" was added to the name of the Central House of the Troops, changing it to Central House of the People's Troops, or C. D. N. V. for short effectively changing the club's name. The following two years, C. D. N. V. won two consecutive titles. In 1951, the Army club clinched their first double. In 1953, the club was again renamed by the authorities, this time to Otbor na Sofiyskiya Garnizon, most of the key players were illegally transferred out.
The title was lost undeservedly. The following year, the club was renamed to CDNA, the years between 1954 and 1962 marked one of the most successful periods for the Reds, who won nine consecutive titles and, in 1956, took part in the second installment of the newly created European Cup competition. In 1962, CDNA was united with DSO Cherveno Zname to form CSKA Cherveno Zname; the Central House of the People's Troops ceased its affiliation with the club, taken over by the Ministry of People's Defense. CSKA finished third after Botev Plovdiv in the 1962 -- 63 season; the following season, CSKA had its worst performance in the Bulgarian championship to date, finishing 11th in the final table, only three points from relegation. This led to the sacking of legendary coach Krum Milev after 16 years. CSKA did not recapture the title until 1966. However, during the 1966–67 season, CSKA recorded its first major international achievement after reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup for the first time, where they faced Italian giants Internazionale.
After two hard-fought 1–1 draws, a third decisive match was played, which CSKA lost 0–1. The next two seasons were unmemorable for the Army Men, as they finished in fifth and second place respectively. In 1968, CSKA underwent another merger, joining with Septemvri Sofia and taking the name CSKA Septemvriysko Zname; the club clinched the title in 1969 with the help of the recent acquisition of Petar Zhekov, who would go on to become the top Bulgarian goalscorer of all time – a record he still holds today. The 1970s are considered the period when CSKA made its name on the European stage; the club began the decade modestly, claiming second place domestically and reaching the round of 16 in 1970–71 European Cup Winners' Cup, where they fell to English side Chelsea 0–2 on aggregate. However, from 1971 to 1973, CSKA won three consecutive titles and delivered one of the biggest surprises in European football when it eliminated reigning three-time European champion Ajax – considered the finest team of all-time – 2–1 on aggregate
The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are or located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members. UEFA represents the national football associations of Europe, runs nation and club competitions including the UEFA European Championship, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, controls the prize money and media rights to those competitions. Henri Delaunay was Ebbe Schwartz the first president; the current president is Aleksander Čeferin, a former Football Association of Slovenia president, elected as UEFA's seventh president at the 12th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens in September 2016, automatically became a vice-president of the world body FIFA. UEFA was founded on 15 June 1954 in Basel, Switzerland after consultation between the Italian and Belgian associations.
The European football union began with 25 members. Until 1959 the main headquarters were located in Paris, in Bern. In 1995, UEFA headquarters were transferred to Switzerland. UEFA membership coincides for the most part with recognition as a sovereign country in Europe, although there are some exceptions; some states are not members. Some UEFA members are not sovereign states, but form part of a larger recognised sovereign state in the context of international law; these include Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Faroe Islands, Kosovo, however in the context of these countries government functions concerning sport tend to be carried at the territorial level coterminous with the UEFA member entity. Some UEFA members are transcontinental states and others are considered part of Europe both culturally and politically. Countries, members of the Asian Football Confederation were admitted to the European football association Israel and Kazakhstan. Additionally some UEFA member associations allow teams from outside their association's main territory to take part in their "domestic" competition.
AS Monaco, for example, takes part in the French League. F. C. participate in the English League. Derry City, situated in Northern Ireland, plays in the Republic of Ireland-based League of Ireland and the 7 native Liechtensteinian teams play in the Swiss Leagues. Saarland Football Union, joined Football Association of West Germany Football Association of East Germany, joined Football Association of West Germany as German Football Association Football Federation of the Soviet Union. Four other successor republics formed their own football organisations. Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro. Montenegro, which exited the union, created the Football Association of Montenegro, it competed as FR Yugoslavia until 2003 when the country changed its name to Montenegro. Football Association of Czechoslovakia, became Football Association of the Czech Republic and Slovak Football Association with the Football Association of the Czech Republic acknowledged as its direct successor. Lithuania, in 1990 sanctions were imposed due to secession of Lithuanian Football Federation from the Football Federation of Soviet Union Yugoslavia, in 1992-1998 sanctions were imposed due to the Bosnian War Italy, in 1974-1975 sanctions were imposed against SS Lazio due to its fans, Italy was restricted from the European Cup to which Lazio qualified England, in 1985-1991 sanctions were imposed against English association football clubs due to the Heysel Stadium disaster by suspending their participation in continental competitions for five years Netherlands, in 1991-1992 sanctions were imposed against AFC Ajax due to its fans, the Netherlands were restricted from the European Cup to which Ajax qualified Albania, in 1967 special sanctions were imposed against 1966–67 Albanian Superliga due to its political background 1968–69 the Warsaw Pact demonstrated political protest and imposed sanctions on clubs of its members in continental competitions (included E
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champions of the strongest UEFA national associations. Introduced in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, more known as the European Cup, it was a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each national championship; the competition took on its current name in 1992, adding a round-robin group stage and allowing multiple entrants from certain countries. It has since been expanded, while most of Europe's national leagues can still only enter their champion, the strongest leagues now provide up to five teams. Clubs that finish next-in-line in their national league, having not qualified for the Champions League, are eligible for the second-tier UEFA Europa League competition.
In its present format, the Champions League begins in late June with four knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The 6 surviving teams enter the group stage; the 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams and play each other in a double round-robin system. The eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match in May; the winner of the Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup. The competition has been won by 22 clubs. Real Madrid is the most successful club in the tournament's history, having won it 13 times, including its first five seasons. Real Madrid are the reigning champions. Spanish clubs have the highest number of victories, followed by Italy. England has the largest number of winning teams, with five clubs having won the title; the first pan-European tournament was the Challenge Cup, a competition between clubs in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Mitropa Cup, a competition modelled after the Challenge Cup, was created in 1927, an idea of Austrian Hugo Meisl, played between Central European clubs.
In 1930, the Coupe des Nations, the first attempt to create a cup for national champion clubs of Europe, was played and organised by Swiss club Servette. Held in Geneva, it brought together ten champions from across the continent; the tournament was won by Újpest of Hungary. Latin European nations came together to form the Latin Cup in 1949. After receiving reports from his journalists over the successful Campeonato Sudamericano de Campeones of 1948, Gabriel Hanot, editor of L'Équipe, began proposing the creation of a continent-wide tournament. After Stan Cullis declared Wolverhampton Wanderers "Champions of the World" following a successful run of friendlies in the 1950s, in particular a 3–2 friendly victory against Budapest Honvéd, Hanot managed to convince UEFA to put into practice such a tournament, it was conceived in Paris in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs' Cup. The first edition of the European Cup took place during the 1955–56 season. Sixteen teams participated: Milan, AGF Aarhus, Djurgården, Gwardia Warszawa, Partizan, PSV Eindhoven, Rapid Wien, Real Madrid, Rot-Weiss Essen, Saarbrücken, Sporting CP, Stade de Reims, Vörös Lobogó.
The first European Cup match took place on 4 September 1955, ended in a 3–3 draw between Sporting CP and Partizan. The first goal in European Cup history was scored by João Baptista Martins of Sporting CP; the inaugural final took place at the Parc des Princes between Stade de Real Madrid. The Spanish squad came back from behind to win 4–3 thanks to goals from Alfredo Di Stéfano and Marquitos, as well as two goals from Héctor Rial. Real Madrid defended the trophy next season in their home stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu, against Fiorentina. After a scoreless first half, Real Madrid scored twice in six minutes to defeat the Italians. In 1958, Milan failed to capitalise after going ahead on the scoreline twice, only for Real Madrid to equalise; the final held in Heysel Stadium went to extra time where Francisco Gento scored the game-winning goal to allow Real Madrid to retain the title for the third consecutive season. In a rematch of the first final, Real Madrid faced Stade Reims at the Neckarstadion for the 1958–59 season final winning 2–0.
West German side Eintracht Frankfurt became the first non-Latin team to reach the European Cup final. The 1959–60 season finale still holds the record for the most goals scored, with Real Madrid beating Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 in Hampden Park, courtesy of four goals by Ferenc Puskás and a hat-trick by Alfredo Di Stéfano; this was a record that still stands today. Real Madrid's reign ended in the 1960–61 season when bitter rivals Barcelona dethroned them in the first round. Barcelona themselves, would be defeated in the final by Portuguese side Benfica 3–2 at Wankdorf Stadium. Reinforced by Eusébio, Benfica defeated Real Madrid 5–3 at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam and kept the title for a second, consecutive season. Benfica wanted to repeat Real Madrid's successful run of the 1950s after reaching the showpiece event of the 1962–63 European Cup, but a brace from Brazilian-Italian José Altafini at the Wembley Stadi
Greece national under-21 football team
The Greece national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Greece and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years; the under-21 competition rules insist that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, so technically it is up to an U-23 competition. To be eligible for the Greece National Team, all the football players must hold Hellenic nationality and comply with the provisions of Article 15 of the regulations governing the Application of FIFA Statutes. A list of 35 football players must be submitted to the UEFA administration 30 days before the European Under-21 Football Championship opening match. Only 22 of the 35 players listed are authorised to take part in the final tournament and 3 of them must be goalkeepers; as long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U-21s, senior side and again for the U-21s, as Sotiris Ninis has done recently.
It is possible to play more than one country at youth level or different at youth level and different at senior level. But a football player can represent only the senior national team. In existence are national teams for Under-20s, Under-19s and Under-17s. Greece has a women's national team; the first time that Greece's national team of hopes were formed was in 1968, with the aim of participating in the first Balkan Youth Championship that took place at the Kaftanzoglio Stadium in Thessaloniki. In their maiden match she played with the corresponding team in Turkey and it was a draw without goals; the first eleven were the following: Tourkomenis, B. Intzoglou, Kyriazis, Karafeskos, Sarafis, K. Papaioannou, Kritikopoulos. In the following years, Greece won twice the Balkan Youth Championship, they fought twice in the final of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship; as of 26 March 2019 Balkan Youth ChampionshipWinners: 1969, 1971 The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
The following table provides a summary of the complete record of each Greek manager including their results regarding European Under-21 Championship. Key: Pld–games played, W–games won, D–games drawn. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only. Players born in on or after 1 January 1996 are eligible for the next UEFA European Under-21 Championship; the following players were named in the squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Austria, to be played on 16 and 20 November 2018. Caps and goals updated as of 20 November 2018. Names in bold denote players who have been capped for the senior team; the following players have been called up to the Greece under-21 squad and remain eligible. NotesPlayers in italics are still active at international level. INJ = Not part of the current squad due to injury. PRE present in a preliminary list. 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Greece 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Greece 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Greece Greece national football team Greece national under-23 football team Greece national under-20 football team Greece national under-19 football team Greece national under-17 football team Greece U-21 at HFF Greece U-21 at UEFA UEFA European U-21 Championship at uefa.com