- Sport in Greece
Greecehas risen to prominence in a number of sporting areas in recent decades. Football in particular has seen a rapid transformation, with the Greek national football team winning the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship. Other sports, such as basketball, are also rising to prominence.
Greece's national side are the reigning champions of the
UEFA European Football Championship, having won EURO 2004. The Greek Super League, comprising 16 teams, is the highest domestic football league. Currently, the League is dominated by Olympiacos F.C., who have won 36 championships, Panathinaikos (19) and AEK Athens (11). Panathinaikos has seen the most success in European competitions, making it to the European Cup final in 1970-71.
Basketballin Greece has a long history and tradition (Greece was one of the eight founding members of FIBAin 1932), but only came into prominence in the mid-eighties. Since 1986, the national team has a constant presence in international tournaments and the U21, U19 and youth squads have won a host of medals in European and world competitions. Basketball became extremely popular in Greece after the achievements of the Greek national team in Eurobasket 1987, when they won the gold medal and the first international title for a Greek national team ever. They also won it in 2005 in Belgrade. As of after the 2008 Summer Olympics, Greece is ranked number 4 in the world. The women's team has had minor success, as they have a few players in the WNBA, and are ranked at number 18 in the world.
Weightliftinghas been another successful sport for Greece, with the national team regularly winning gold medals in the Olympics.
ailing and boat trips
Greece has two bordering seas; the
Aegean Seaand Mediterranean Sea, so it not surprising that cruising is a popular sport. There are many cruising charters available. Gulets are traditional motor yachts and gulet holidays are becoming increasingly popular with tourists from around the world.
Mediterranean and Aegean coasts are the best places to dive. It is also possible to dive to shipwrecks (with special permission of local authorities) in areas around Greece.
The bays around the many Greek islands and peninsulas have ideal wind conditions for windsurfing.
Fishing cannot be done without a license even if you're an amateur. You must apply to have one by submitting some id cards and paying a fee. Details concerning fishing zones, the minimum sizes of fish that can be caught, and the numbers of fish that can be caught per person, can be obtained from the Department of Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Especially Aegean and Mediterranean seas are rich fishing areas.
Greece is often considered as an international powerhouse in both mens and womens
water polo. In international competitions, Greece occasionally places in the top 3, and usually places in the top 8. In 2004, the Greece women's national water polo teamwon the silver medal in the Athens Olympics.
Super League Greece
Hellenic Football Federation
Greece national football team
Greece national basketball team
Greece at the 2004 Summer Olympics
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