Overview

Team profile

Greece

After a 10-year absence, Greece are back in the World League and can boast a best result of joint-fifth back in 2004. Now 56th in the FIVB rankings, coach Sotiris Drikos's team are the second-lowest ranked side in the tournament but will take some confidence from home advantage when week two of their Group 3 Pool G fixtures is played in Thessaloniki towards the end of June. They have missed the last two editions of the World Championship, although they competed in the previous four, finishing sixth on home soil in 1994 and seventh in 2002. They were runners-up in last year's European League, losing to Montenegro in the gold medal match.

 
The Greece team have featured at one Olympic Games, the 2004 edition in Athens, where they finished joint-fifth. In their last appearance at the European Championship in 2009 they ended in eighth place. The team formed in 1952 but their first official match was not played until 1967 when they lost to Turkey in the Mediterranean Games. In 1986 they qualified for the World Championship for the first time and took 13th place in Paris. A memorable year for the team was 1987 when they won bronze at the European Championship, their biggest success to date.

Coach

Drikos Sotirios

Drikos Sotirios

Sotiris Drikos served as an assistant coach of Greece's national team from 2011 to 2013 before his appointment as head coach in 2013. He then oversaw Greece's men's team silver medal performance in the 2014 European League. Before their appearance at the 2015 World League, Greece had not featured in the tournament since 2005. Drikos, from Piraeus, has also spent time coaching multiple Greek club teams, winning two Greek Cups and one national championship in the process. Drikos, who completed specialised schooling in sports coaching, has written several articles on the subject, which have been published in international journals.

Staff

  • Team Manager Kallimanis Vasileios
  • Assistant coach Delikostas Konstantinos
  • Doctor Chantes Michail
  • Physiotherapist Papageorgiou Nikolaos

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
China
6 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 14 18 9 2.000 608 568 1.070
2
Greece
6 4 2 1 0 3 2 0 0 11 16 12 1.333 616 589 1.045
3
Slovakia
6 2 4 1 1 0 4 0 0 10 14 13 1.076 575 566 1.015
4
Mexico
6 0 6 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 4 18 0.222 451 527 0.855

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