The Hellenic Football Federation reserved a special surprise for the 18th anniversary of the Greek National Team for winning the Euro 2004 by posting a video with Otto Rehhagel wishing and singing happy birthday.
On the official channel of the Hellenic National Team on YouTube, a video with the then coach and pioneer of Greece’s greatest football success, Otto Rehhagel, shows him singing “Happy Birthday Greece” for the 18th anniversary since the 2004 Portugal epic.
With him at the end of the video, Giorgos Karagounis and Takis Fyssas appear, who also give their own wishes for the anniversary of the greatest success of Greek sports.
Exactly 18 years have passed since July 4, 2004, when the Greek National Team brought the whole country to the streets, completing the magical journey on the courts of Portugal by winning the Euro.
The calendar read July 4, 2004. Thodoris Zagorakis together with the rest of the children were lifting the trophy and Greece was in heaven! The unrepeatable course in the Portuguese fields was completed with an epic!
This was the conquest of Euro 2004 by the Greek National Team exactly 18 years ago today.
All of Greece took to the streets to celebrate a sensational success that had never happened before. Our national team was European Champion, winning the final in Portugal with 1-0, with Otto Rehhagel’s players winning!
A journey that had started on June 12, again against Portugal in the opening match of the competition, but in Dragao, Porto. No one could have imagined that the 2-1 winning debut for the blue and white would be the beginning of this beautiful fairy tale.
However, the National team believed it and with the 1-1 against Spain and the… sweet defeat with 2-1 against Russia, they qualified for the Final 8.
Knocking out France 1-0 and then the Czech Republic by the same score line in the semi-finals, the legendary achievement was now one game away from becoming a reality.
The clock ticked into the 57th minute in Da Luz’s final. Basinas executes the corner, Charisteas in the heart of the Portuguese area rises in the air and with a strong header sends the ball into the net, sending all of Greece into ecstasy.
This is a moment that will remain forever in all gold letters in history. The final whistle brought tears of joy.
On the playing field from the players, the technical team and the people of the mission, on the blue and white platform of the Lisbon stadium, in every corner of Greece and the Greek diaspora.
The saga was a fact! Greece was European champion!