Team Greece 2016 Epitomises Spirit of Homeless World Cup

The Richard Ishmail Fair Play Award went to this year’s most popular team, the women’s Greek squad, for embracing the spirit of the tournament in every one of their matches. The squad came 2nd in the Women’s Plate, and reached 10th place in the overall competition.

The men’s team have attended the Homeless World Cup since 2007; Glasgow was the women’s squad’s first appearance. The men finished in 43rd place and competed for the Men’s Quaich.

The Greek teams are comprised of socially excluded men and women. The Greek programme selects the squad from among regular participants, with a focus on those who show the best attitude and would benefit most from the experience. Many of the players are vendors for the street paper Shedia.

Greece goalkeeper Styliani Mavridou picked up the second FIFPro award for fair play. “We are all together here, one family,” explained the keeper.


Team Greece 2016 (Men’s)

No. Name Role
Christos Alefantis Manager
Alexandros Kaiafas Coach
Ioannis Kotsos Coach
15 Lampis Dimoulas Player
10 Pasxalis Karakostas Player
9 Stylianos Koutsouris Player
7 Theocharis Kolitsi Player
1 Panteleimon Spiliopoulos Player
17 Kosmas Nikitas Player
14 Leftherios Synacheris Player
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Team Greece 2016 (Women’s)

Name Role
Ioannis Zindrilis Manager
Styliani Mavridou Player
Krystallo-Olga Zografou Player
Magdalini Vasilikou Player
Efterpi Ioannidou Player

The Greek Homeless Football Team was set up in in 2006 and made its debut appearance at the 2007 Homeless World Cup. Diogenes NGO was founded in 2010 to coordinate the “Kick out Poverty” project as well as other activities aimed at supporting socially excluded people, and to continue the work of the Greek Homeless Football Team.