‘We hear nonsense about Greece only defending at Euro 2004, but we beat holders France playing good football – their names meant nothing to us’: Greek legend reflects on their HUGE European Championship title, 20 years on

Greece players celebrate their Euro 2004 final win against Portugal in July 2004.
Greece players celebrate their Euro 2004 final win against Portugal in July 2004. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Greece’s Euro 2004 win remains the biggest shock in the competition’s history.

Listed by the bookies as a 150-1 shot to win the tournament and never having won a single match at a major competition, Otto Rehhagel’s men stunned the footballing world when they progressed to the final, where they saw off hosts Portugal 1-0.

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Joe Mewis

For more than a decade Joe Mewis has worked in football journalism as a reporter and editor, with stints at Mirror Football and LeedsLive among others. He is the author of four football history books that include times on Leeds United and the England national team.

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