Cyprus national football team

The Cyprus national football team (Greek: Εθνική ομάδα ποδοσφαίρου της Κύπρου) represents Cyprus in international 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 Temur Ketsbaia.

Cyprus
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationCyprus Football Association (CFA)
{Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachTemur Ketsbaia
CaptainKostakis Artymatas
Most capsIoannis Okkas (103)
Top scorerMichalis Konstantinou (32)
Home stadiumGSP Stadium, Nicosia
FIFA codeCYP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 107 Decrease 2 (23 June 2022)[1]
Highest43 (September 2010)
Lowest142 (June 2014)
First international
Unofficial:
 Israel 3–1 Cyprus 
(Tel Aviv, Israel; 30 July 1949)
Official:
 Cyprus 1–1 Israel 
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 13 November 1960)
Biggest win
 Cyprus 5–0 Andorra 
(Limassol, Cyprus; 15 November 2000)
 Cyprus 5–0 Andorra 
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 16 November 2014)
 Cyprus 5–0 San Marino 
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 21 March 2019)
Biggest defeat
 West Germany 12–0 Cyprus 
(Essen, West Germany; 21 May 1969)

HistoryEdit

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 UEFA Euro 2000 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 at GSP Stadium in Nicosia, with Michalis Konstantinou and Constantinos Charalambidis each scoring two goals and Alexandros Garpozis finishing off the match. Just one month later, on 15 November 2006, they caused another surprise by holding the previous World Cup's hosts 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 4–4 draw against Portugal in Guimarães.

During the Euro 2016 qualification phase, Cyprus, managed by Pambos Christodoulou, claimed one of their most historic victories by defeating 2014 World Cup participant Bosnia 2–1 in Zenica. In the last group match, the team faced Bosnia, needing a victory to finish 3rd and rely on Belgium to beat Israel in Brussels. As fate would have it, the Bosnians won the reverse leg 3–2 and qualified to the play-offs at the expense of the home team, who at one point took a 2–1 lead during the first half and for a number of minutes held onto 3rd place and a berth in the play-offs for the first time in history, as Belgium, a soon to be world number 1 side, were comfortably beating Israel at home.[3]

Cyprus would finish behind Estonia and ahead of Gibraltar to place 5th of 6 teams in Group H in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[4] Their qualification run would include an impressive 3–2 home victory over Bosnia.[5]

In the Euro 2020 qualifiers, Cyprus beat San Marino 5-0 but they lost to Belgium and Scotland. Even though they beat Kazakhstan 1–2 away from home, they lost their last three games and finished 4th out of 6 teams in the group, just ahead of Kazakhstan and San Marino.

The 2020–21 UEFA Nations League was a big disappointment for Cyprus. They lost theif first three games against Montenegro 0–2, Azerbaijan 0–1 and Luxembourg 2–0 and drew with and Azerbaijan 0–0 in the fourth game. Even though they beat Luxembourg 2–1 at home, they were crushed 4–0 by Montenegro in their last game and finished last in their group. This meant that they had to face Estonia in the relegation play-offs. They defeated Estonia 2–0 on aggregate, with goals from Marinos Tzionis and Pieros Sotiriou.

KitEdit

On 7 October 2006, Diadora unveiled Cyprus' new kit. 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 controversial kit was used for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying phase. Then, Adidas made Cyprus' kits for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification phases. In 2018, Macron replaced Adidas as part of UEFA's Kit Assistance Scheme.

Kit provider Period
  Lotto 0000–2000
  Errea 2000–2002
  Umbro 2002–2006
  Diadora 2006–2008
  Adidas 2008–2018
  Macron 2018–2022
  Errea 2022–present

Home stadiumEdit

Cyprus currently play their home matches at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia or the AEK Arena in Larnaca. 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 the 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 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification phase to be played at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca. However, Cyprus returned to the GSP Stadium for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying phase.

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2021Edit

1 September 2021 World Cup qualifier Malta   3–0   Cyprus Ta' Qali, Malta
20:45 UTC+2
  • Attard   44', 54'
  • J. Mbong   46'
Report Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 2,686
Referee: Fabio Maresca (Italy)
4 September 2021 World Cup qualifier Cyprus   0–2   Russia Nicosia, Cyprus
16:00 Report
Stadium: GSP Stadium
Attendance: 1,645
Referee: Alejandro Hernández (Spain)
7 September 2021 World Cup qualifier Slovakia   2–0   Cyprus Bratislava, Slovakia
20:45
Report Stadium: Tehelné pole
Attendance: 6,762
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
8 October 2021 World Cup qualifier Cyprus   0–3   Croatia Larnaca, Cyprus
21:45 Report
Stadium: AEK Arena
Attendance: 2,333
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
11 October 2021 World Cup qualifier Cyprus   2–2   Malta Larnaca, Cyprus
19:00
Report
Stadium: AEK Arena
Attendance: 1,405
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)
11 November 2021 World Cup qualifier Russia   6–0   Cyprus Saint Petersburg, Russia
19:00
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Attendance: 10,108
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
14 November 2021 World Cup qualifier Slovenia   2–1   Cyprus Ljubljana, Slovenia
16:00
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Stožice Stadium
Attendance: 5,117
Referee: Sergey Ivanov (Russia)

2022Edit

24 March 2022 (2022-03-24) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League play-outs 1st Leg Estonia   0–0   Cyprus Tallinn, Estonia
Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
Attendance: 5,366
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League play-outs 2nd Leg Cyprus   2–0
(2–0 agg.)
  Estonia Larnaca, Cyprus
19:00
Report Stadium: AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis
Attendance: 2,464
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
2 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Cyprus   0–2   Kosovo Larnaca, Cyprus
20:45 Report
Stadium: AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis
Attendance: 1,550
Referee: Jérôme Brisard (France)
5 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Cyprus   0–0   Northern Ireland Larnaca, Cyprus
18:00 Report Stadium: AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis
Attendance: 1,663
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
9 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Greece   3–0   Cyprus Volos, Greece
18:00
Report Stadium: Panthessaliko Stadium
Attendance: 12,418
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
12 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Northern Ireland   2–2   Cyprus Belfast, Northern Ireland
14:00 BST
Report
Stadium: Windsor Park
Attendance: 16,454
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Spain)
24 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League Cyprus   v   Greece Larnaca, Cyprus
14:00 Report Stadium: AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis
27 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League Kosovo   v   Cyprus Pristina, Kosovo
14:00 Report Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium

Coaching staffEdit

Manager   Nikos Kostenoglou
Assistant Manager   Panagiotis Egomitis
Assistant Manager   Kyriakos Petrides
Goalkeeping Coach   Nikos Konstantinidis
Physical Trainer   Pavlos Keenan
Match Analyst   Charalampos Mitsotakis

Coaching historyEdit

As of 15 June 2021.[6][7]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Andreas Christodoulou (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 25) 0 0   Ethnikos Achna
1GK Neofytos Michael (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 28) 13 0   APOEL
1GK Ioakeim Toumbas (1999-02-19) 19 February 1999 (age 23) 0 0   AEK Larnaca

2DF Marios Antoniades (1990-05-14) 14 May 1990 (age 32) 20 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
2DF Pavlos Correa (1998-07-14) 14 July 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
2DF Nicholas Ioannou (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 (age 26) 36 2   Como
2DF Fanos Katelaris (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 25) 14 1   Apollon Limassol
2DF Konstantinos Laifis (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 29) 45 3   Standard Liège
2DF Andreas Filiotis (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 27) 1 0   Apollon Limassol

2DF Nikolas Panayiotou (2000-05-12) 12 May 2000 (age 22) 1 0   Omonia
3MF Minas Antoniou (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 28) 13 0   AEL Limassol
3MF Kostakis Artymatas (1993-04-15) 15 April 1993 (age 29) 58 1   Anorthosis Famagusta
3MF Andreas Avraam (1987-06-06) 6 June 1987 (age 35) 48 5   Anorthosis Famagusta
3MF Alex Gogić (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 28) 11 0   Hibernian
3MF Michalis Ioannou (2000-06-30) 30 June 2000 (age 22) 3 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
3MF Grigoris Kastanos (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 24) 45 3   Salernitana
3MF Chambos Kyriakou (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 27) 45 0   Apollon Limassol
3MF Fotios Papoulis (1985-01-22) 22 January 1985 (age 37) 27 3   Omonia
3MF Giannis Satsias (2002-12-28) 28 December 2002 (age 19) 0 0   APOEL
3MF Matija Špoljarić (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 25) 13 0   Aris Limassol

4FW Demetris Christofi (1988-09-28) 28 September 1988 (age 33) 62 8   Anorthosis Famagusta
4FW Andronikos Kakoullis (2001-05-03) 3 May 2001 (age 21) 8 1   Omonia
4FW Loizos Loizou (2003-07-18) 18 July 2003 (age 18) 16 1   Omonia
4FW Ioannis Pittas (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 25) 25 1   Apollon Limassol
4FW Pieros Sotiriou (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 29) 54 12   Ludogorets Razgrad
4FW Marinos Tzionis (2001-07-06) 6 July 2001 (age 21) 15 1   Sporting Kansas City

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Demetris Demetriou (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 23) 7 0   Apollon Limassol v.   Estonia, 29 March 2022

DF Andreas Karo (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 25) 12 0   APOEL v.   Estonia, 29 March 2022
DF Paris Psaltis (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 (age 25) 8 0   Omonia v.   Estonia, 29 March 2022
DF Stelios Andreou (2002-07-24) 24 July 2002 (age 19) 5 0   Charleroi v.   Estonia, 29 March 2022
DF Constantinos Soteriou (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 26) 10 0   AEL Limassol v.   Estonia, 29 March 2022
DF Marios Demetriou (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 29) 3 0   PAEEK v.   Slovenia, 14 November 2021
DF Thomas Ioannou (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 26) 5 0   Ethnikos Achna v.   Malta, 11 October 2021
DF Ioannis Kousoulos (1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 (age 26) 27 4   Omonia v.   Ukraine, 7 June 2021
DF Thomas Nikolaou (2001-10-22) 22 October 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Nea Salamis Famagusta v.   Ukraine, 7 June 2021
DF Christos Shelis (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 22) 4 0   Volos v.   Slovakia, 24 March 2021

MF Rafail Mamas (2001-03-04) 4 March 2001 (age 21) 1 0   AEK Larnaca v.   Estonia, 29 March 2022

FW Marios Elia (1996-05-19) May 19, 1996 (age 26) 8 1   Ethnikos Achna FC v.   Slovenia, 14 November 2021
FW Panagiotis Zachariou (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 26) 9 1   Omonia v.   Slovakia, 7 September 2021
FW Onisiforos Roushias (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 29) 9 0   Anorthosis Famagusta v.   Slovakia, 7 September 2021

  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from international football.
  • SUS Suspended

Player recordsEdit

As of 7 September 2021[9]
Players in bold are still active with Cyprus.

Competitive RecordEdit

All-time recordEdit

As of 30 March 2021.
Competition Played Won Draw Lost GF GA
FIFA World Cup qualification 122 16 15 91 90 311
European Championship qualification 114 19 15 80 98 288
Friendly matches 129 35 32 62 134 194
UEFA Nations League 12 2 3 7 7 19
TOTAL 377 72 65 239 329 812

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

 
2012 Cyprus national football team in Bulgaria.
FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 7
  1966 4 0 0 4 0 19
  1970 6 0 0 6 2 35
  1974 6 1 0 5 1 14
  1978 6 0 0 6 3 24
  1982 8 0 0 8 4 29
  1986 6 0 0 6 3 18
  1990 8 0 1 7 6 20
  1994 10 2 1 7 8 18
  1998 8 3 1 4 10 15
    2002 10 2 2 6 13 31
  2006 10 1 1 8 8 20
  2010 10 2 3 5 14 16
  2014 10 1 2 7 4 15
  2018 10 3 1 6 9 18
  2022 10 1 2 7 4 21
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 124 16 15 93 91 320

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
  1960 Did not enter Did not enter
  1964
  1968 Did not qualify 6 1 0 5 3 25
  1972 6 0 0 6 2 26
  1976 6 0 0 6 0 16
  1980 6 0 1 5 2 19
  1984 8 0 2 6 4 21
  1988 8 0 1 7 3 16
  1992 8 0 0 8 2 25
  1996 10 1 4 5 6 20
    2000 8 4 0 4 12 21
  2004 8 2 2 4 9 18
    2008 12 4 2 6 17 24
    2012 8 0 2 6 7 20
  2016 10 4 0 6 16 17
  2020 10 3 1 6 13 17
  2024 To be determined To be determined
Total - - - - - - - 114 19 15 80 96 285

UEFA Nations League recordEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R Rank
  2018–19 C 3 6 1 2 3 5 9   36th
  2020–21 C 1 8 2 2 4 4 10   46th
  2022–23 C 2 To be determined
Total 14 3 4 7 9 19 36th

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 30 March 2021.

  Positive record   Neutral record   Negative record

ReferencesEdit

Notes
Citation
  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 23 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  3. ^ uefa.com (13 October 2015). "Bosnia and Herzegovina in play-offs, Cyprus out". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Qualifiers - Europe". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on September 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "Cyprus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Football Match Summary - August 31, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ "Cyprus Football Association – Εθνική Ανδρών: Προπονητές". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  7. ^ "Cyprus National Team Coaches". www.rsssf.com.
  8. ^ "Σε ρυθμούς προετοιμασίας η Εθνική Ανδρών" (in Greek). Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου. 27 May 2022. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  9. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Cyprus - Record International Players". RSSSF.

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