Cyprus national football team
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The Cyprus national football team (Greek: Εθνική ομάδα ποδοσφαίρου της Κύπρου) represents Cyprus in association football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Ran Ben Shimon. They have never reached the finals of either the European Championship or the World Cup.
|Association||Cyprus Football Association (CFA)
Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου
|Head coach||Ran Ben Shimon|
|Most caps||Ioannis Okkas (106)|
|Top scorer||Michalis Konstantinou (32)|
|Home stadium||GSP Stadium, Nicosia|
|Current||86 (17 May 2018)|
|Highest||43 (September 2010)|
|Lowest||142 (June 2014)|
|Current||105 (6 May 2018)|
|Highest||69 (22 March 2000)|
|Lowest||141 (March 1992)|
Israel 3–1 Cyprus
(Tel-Aviv, Israel; 30 July 1949)
Cyprus 1–1 Israel
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 13 November 1960)
| Cyprus 5–0 Andorra
(Limassol, Cyprus; 15 November 2000)
Cyprus 5–0 Andorra
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 16 November 2014)
| West Germany 12–0 Cyprus
(Essen, West Germany; 21 May 1969)
The team's first match took place on 23 July 1949, one year after becoming a member of the world governing body FIFA: a friendly against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Tel Aviv, ending in a 3–3 draw. Seven days later, the team had its first international game: a 3–1 defeat against Israel in the same city.
In November 1960, following independence from British rule, Cyprus drew its first post-independence official match 1–1 against Israel, as part of the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament. Cyprus' first international victory was a 3–1 win against Greece on 27 November 1963 in a friendly. On 17 February 1968, Cyprus recorded their first competitive win, beating Switzerland 2–1 in a European Championship qualifying match in Old GSP Stadium in Nicosia.
In 1974, the national team enjoyed one of their most famous victories when they beat Northern Ireland 1–0 in Nicosia. On 12 February 1983, as part of the Euro 1984 qualifiers, Cyprus held world champions Italy to a 1–1 draw in Tsirio Stadium in Limassol, followed a month later by the same result against Czechoslovakia. Four years later, in the Euro 1988 qualification, Cyprus recorded their first ever point achieved in an away match, against Poland. In 1989 they drew 1–1 with France in the World Cup qualifying match. Despite a number of triumphs on home soil, Cyprus had to wait until 1992 to record their first away win: a 2–0 victory against the Faroe Islands.
Results in qualifying tournaments have also improved considerably in recent times. In the qualifying stages for the 1996 UEFA European Championship, Cyprus drew 1–1 with holders Denmark. Four years later, they missed out on a place in the 2000 European Football Championship despite 3–2 victories against both Spain and Israel and a 4–0 win over San Marino.
On 15 November 2000, Cyprus scored their biggest win in history by beating Andorra in Limassol 5–0 in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 7 October 2006, as part of the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Cyprus caused a major upset by beating the Republic of Ireland 5–2 in New GSP Stadium in Nicosia, with Michalis Konstantinou and Constantinos Charalambides each scoring two goals and Alexandros Garpozis one goal. Just one month later, on 15 November 2006, they caused another surprise by holding the World Cup semi-finalists Germany to a 1–1 draw at home. On 13 October 2007, they beat Wales 3–1 in Nicosia. On 17 October 2007, Cyprus came close to a historic away victory in Dublin against the Republic of Ireland, but the hosts equalised in the last minute of the game, and the match ended 1–1. On 3 September 2010, as part of the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Cyprus claimed a historic result against Portugal after drawing 4–4 in Guimarães.
During the Euro 2016 qualifying, Cyprus national football team managed by Pambos Christodoulou claimed one of their most historic victories by defeating 2014 World Cup participant Bosnia with 2–1 in Zenica. In the last group match, the team faced Bosnia needing a victory to finish in 3rd and rely on Belgium to beat Israel in Brussels. As fate would have it, the Bosnians won the reverse 3–2 and qualified to play-offs at the expense of the home team, who at one point took a 2–1 lead during first half and for number of minutes held onto 3rd spot and a birth in the play-offs for a first time in history, as Belgium, a soon to be World number 1 side, were comfortably beating Israel at home.
On 7 October 2006, a new kit was made by Diadora. It outlines a map of Cyprus in amber from the shoulder to the sleeve, with a green line running down the middle to indicate the division of the island. This kit was used for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, and was replaced by a kit made by Adidas for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. For 2018 Macron will replace Adidas as part of the UEFA's Kit Assistance Scheme programme.
Cyprus currently plays home matches at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. Home matches had previously been staged at different stadiums all around the country. Until 1974 Cyprus used either the old GSP Stadium in central Nicosia, or the GSE stadium in Famagusta. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, some matches were played at Tsirion Stadium in Limassol and the Makario Stadium in Nicosia. In 1999, the building of the New GSP Stadium in Nicosia provided a new home for the national team but in 2008 a change of sponsorship forced home fixtures for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification to be played at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. However, Cyprus returned to the GSP Stadium for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying round matches.
Total results and recordsEdit
As of 9 June 2017.
|FIFA World Cup qualification||110||14||13||83||83||290|
|European Championship qualification||104||16||14||74||83||268|
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||2||7|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
European Championship recordEdit
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960||Did Not Enter|
|1968||Did Not Qualify|
|2020||To Be Determined|
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifyingEdit
|1||Belgium||10||7||2||1||24||5||+19||23||Qualify for final tournament||—||0–0||3–1||3–1||5–0||6–0|
|3||Bosnia and Herzegovina||10||5||2||3||17||12||+5||17||Advance to play-offs||1–1||2–0||—||3–1||1–2||3–0|
The fixtures were released by UEFA the same day as the draw, which was held on 23 February 2014 in Nice. Times are CET/CEST, as listed by UEFA: UTC+1 for matches on 27–28 March 2015 and all matches in November, and UTC+2 for matches on 29 and 31 March 2015 and all matches in June, September and October (local times are in parentheses).
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1–2||Cyprus|
|Ibišević 6'||Report||Christofi 45', 73'|
|Makrides 67'||Report||Damari 38'
Ben Haim 45'
Efrem 31', 42', 60'
Christofi 87' (pen.)
|Fellaini 21', 66'
|Júnior 2' (o.g.)||Report||Mitidis 13', 45', 53'|
|Bitton 76'||Report||Dossa Júnior 58'
2018 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit
|1||Belgium||10||9||1||0||43||6||+37||28||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||1–1||4–0||8–1||4–0||9–0|
|2||Greece||10||5||4||1||17||6||+11||19||Advance to second round||1–2||—||1–1||0–0||2–0||4–0|
|3||Bosnia and Herzegovina||10||5||2||3||24||13||+11||17||3–4||0–0||—||5–0||2–0||5–0|
The match schedule was released by UEFA on 26 July 2015, the day after the draw was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).
|Lukaku 13', 61'
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2–0||Cyprus|
|Džeko 70', 81'||Report (FIFA)
|L. Casciaro 51'|
|Hernandez 30'||Report (FIFA)
|R. Chipolina 10' (o.g.)
Pieros Sotiriou 87'
|Cyprus||3–2||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Käit 90+2'||Report (FIFA)
The following players have also been called up to the Cyprus squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Neofytos Michael||16 December 1993||0||0||Aris Limassol||v. Armenia, 13 November 2017|
|GK||Constantinos Panagi||8 October 1994||11||0||Omonia||v. Belgium, 10 October 2017 INJ|
|DF||Dossa Júnior||27 August 1986||23||1||AEL Limassol||v. Montenegro, 23 March 2018|
|DF||Constantinos Laifis||19 May 1993||20||2||Standard Liège||v. Montenegro, 23 March 2018|
|DF||Nicholas Ioannou||10 November 1995||2||0||APOEL||v. Montenegro, 23 March 2018|
|DF||Marios Stylianou||23 October 1993||6||0||Apollon Limassol||v. Armenia, 13 November 2017|
|DF||Nektarios Alexandrou||19 December 1983||39||0||APOEL||v. Belgium, 10 October 2017|
|DF||Marios Demetriou||25 December 1992||0||0||Omonia||v. Estonia, 3 September 2017|
|DF||Kypros Christoforou||22 February 1994||1||0||Aris Limassol||v. Serbia, 25 May 2017|
|MF||Chambos Kyriakou||9 February 1995||15||0||Estoril Praia||v. Montenegro, 23 March 2018|
|MF||Georgios Efrem||5 July 1989||37||3||APOEL||v. Armenia, 13 November 2017|
|MF||Andreas Avraam||6 June 1987||36||5||AEL Limassol||v. Armenia, 13 November 2017|
|MF||Grigoris Kastanos||30 January 1998||14||0||Zulte Waregem||v. Armenia, 13 November 2017|
|MF||Marios Nicolaou||4 October 1983||55||1||AEL Limassol||v. Belgium, 10 October 2017|
|MF||Nikos Englezou||7 November 1993||4||0||Aris Limassol||v. Portugal, 2 June 2017|
|FW||Pieros Sotiriou||13 January 1993||28||5||Copenhagen||v. Montenegro, 23 March 2018|
|FW||Minas Antoniou||22 February 1994||1||0||APOEL||v. Montenegro, 23 March 2018|
|FW||Nestoras Mitidis||1 June 1991||31||5||Kerkyra||v. Armenia, 13 November 2017|
|FW||Andreas Makris||27 November 1995||16||0||APOEL||v. Belgium, 10 October 2017|
Head to head recordsEdit
As of 23 March 2018.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||2||0||2|
|Republic of Ireland||10||1||1||8|
|Ran Ben Shimon||2017–|
As of 10 October 2017.
Most capped playersEdit
- uefa.com (13 October 2015). "Bosnia and Herzegovina in play-offs, Cyprus out". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Qualifying fixtures" (PDF). UEFA.com.
- "Fixture List – 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition" (PDF). UEFA.com.
- "Η κλήση της Εθνικής Ανδρών για το φιλικό με την Ιορδανία" (in Greek). 10 May 2018.
- Cyprus Football Association – Εθνική Ανδρών: Προπονητές
- RSSSF – Cyprus National Team Coaches
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