1996–97 Cypriot First Division

The 1996–97 Cypriot First Division was the 58th season of the Cypriot top-level football league. Anorthosis won their 8th title.

Cypriot First Division
Season1996–97
ChampionsAnorthosis
(8th title)
RelegatedAris
Olympiakos
APEP
Champions LeagueAnorthosis (1st qualifying round)
UEFA CupApollon (1st qualifying round)
Cup Winners' CupAPOEL (qualifying round; via Cypriot Cup)
Intertoto CupNea Salamis (group stage)
Matches played182
Goals scored564 (3.1 per match)
Top goalscorerMichalis Konstantinou
(17 goals)[1]

FormatEdit

Fourteen teams participated in the 1996–97 Cypriot First Division. All teams played against each other twice, once at their home and once away. The team with the most points at the end of the season crowned champions. The last three teams were relegated to the 1997–98 Cypriot Second Division.

The champions ensured their participation in the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League and the runners-up in the 1997–98 UEFA Cup.

The teams had to declare their interest to participate in the 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup before the end of the championship. At the end of the championship, the higher placed team among the interested ones participated in the Intertoto Cup (if they had not secured their participation in any other UEFA competition).

Point systemEdit

Teams received three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss.

Changes from previous seasonEdit

AEL Limassol, Evagoras Paphos and Omonia Aradippou were relegated from previous season and played in the 1996–97 Cypriot Second Division. They were replaced by the first three teams of the 1995–96 Cypriot Second Division, APOP Paphos. APEP and Anagennisi Deryneia.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Venue
ΑΕΚ GSZ Stadium
Alki GSZ Stadium
Anagennisi Anagennisi Football Ground
Anorthosis Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium
APEP Kyperounda Municipal Stadium
APOEL Makario Stadium
Apollon Tsirion Stadium
APOP Pafiako Stadium
Aris Tsirion Stadium
Ethnikos Dasaki Stadium
Enosis Paralimni Municipal Stadium
Nea Salamina Ammochostos Stadium
Olympiakos Makario Stadium
Omonia Makario Stadium

League standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Anorthosis (C) 26 20 5 1 58 14 +44 65 Qualification for Champions League first qualifying round
2 Apollon 26 16 4 6 43 22 +21 52 Qualification for UEFA Cup first qualifying round
3 Omonia 26 14 4 8 39 30 +9 46
4 AEK 26 11 8 7 49 37 +12 41
5 APOEL 26 12 4 10 57 43 +14 40 Qualification for Cup Winners' Cup qualifying round
6 Ethnikos 26 11 4 11 48 36 +12 37
7 Enosis Neon Paralimni 26 9 8 9 48 48 0 35
8 Nea Salamis 26 8 10 8 42 36 +6 34 Qualification for Intertoto Cup group stage
9 Anagennisi 26 9 5 12 27 42 −15 32
10 APOP 26 9 4 13 29 44 −15 31
11 Alki 26 8 6 12 41 49 −8 30
12 Aris (R) 26 7 7 12 33 41 −8 28 Relegation to Cypriot Second Division
13 Olympiakos (R) 26 8 3 15 28 47 −19 27
14 APEP (R) 26 3 2 21 22 75 −53 11
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) Points, 2) Goal differences, 3) Goals for.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AEK ALK ANG ANR APE APN APL APP ARD ETH ENP NSL OLY OMO
AEK 3–0 1–1 0–1 4–0 1–2 3–3 2–2 4–1 4–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 3–2
Alki 0–2 2–2 0–0 0–2 2–5 1–0 1–3 2–0 2–3 1–0 3–3 3–2 2–4
Anagennisi 2–2 0–0 1–4 3–2 1–0 2–3 1–0 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–2
Anorthosi 2–0 2–1 2–0 5–1 1–0 0–0 5–0 1–1 1–0 5–2 2–0 4–0 2–1
APEP 4–2 1–4 0–1 0–3 2–1 1–3 2–3 1–2 0–9 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–2
APOEL 2–3 1–5 0–1 2–4 6–1 3–0 5–4 3–0 2–1 3–3 3–1 5–0 2–2
Apollon 0–0 5–1 4–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–3 4–0 2–0
APOP 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 3–2 0–2 3–0 0–3 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0
Aris 2–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–4 0–2 4–2 1–2
Ethnikos 3–1 1–5 5–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–3 4–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–1
Enosis 1–2 3–0 2–1 0–5 6–0 2–3 1–0 2–2 3–3 1–2 3–3 1–0 0–2
Nea Salamis 2–3 1–1 3–1 1–1 6–0 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–1
Olympiakos 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–3 2–0 1–2 0–0 3–1 1–4 2–1 3–4 1–1 1–2
Omonia 1–1 3–2 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 0–2 0–0
Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cyprus - List of Topscorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 2015-06-25. Archived from the original on 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2015-08-05.

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