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.
|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||89 2 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||43 (September 2010)|
|Lowest||142 (June 2014)|
|Current||102 3 (27 March 2019)|
|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)
Cyprus 5–0 San Marino
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 21 March 2019)
| 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 berth 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.
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. Their qualification run would include an impressive 3-2 home victory over Bosnia.
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 2020 qualifyingEdit
|1||Belgium||2||2||0||0||5||1||+4||6||Qualify for final tournament||—||3–1||8 Jun||19 Nov||11 Jun||10 Oct|
|2||Russia||2||1||0||1||5||3||+2||3[a]||16 Nov||—||9 Sep||11 Jun||10 Oct||8 Jun|
|3||Kazakhstan||2||1||0||1||3||4||−1||3[a]||13 Oct||0–4||—||10 Oct||3–0||11 Jun|
|4||Cyprus||2||1||0||1||5||2||+3||3[a]||0–2||13 Oct||6 Sep||—||16 Nov||5–0|
|5||Scotland (X)||2||1||0||1||2||3||−1||3[a]||9 Sep||6 Sep||19 Nov||8 Jun||—||13 Oct|
|6||San Marino||2||0||0||2||0||7||−7||0||6 Sep||19 Nov||16 Nov||9 Sep||0–2||—|
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(X) Assured of at least play-offs.
- Head-to-head points: Russia 3, Kazakhstan 3, Cyprus 0, Scotland 0. Head-to-head goal difference: Russia 4, Kazakhstan –1, Cyprus 0, Scotland –3.
The fixtures were released by UEFA the same day as the draw, which was held on 2 December 2018 in Dublin. Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).
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 2] 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||Antonis Georgallides||30 January 1982||66||0||Olympiakos Nicosia||v. Slovenia, 16 October 2018|
|GK||Andreas Christodoulou||26 March 1997||0||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Norway, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Valentinos Sielis||1 March 1990||16||1||Gangwon FC||v. Norway, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Marios Antoniades||14 May 1990||15||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Jordan, 20 May 2018|
|DF||Fanos Katelaris||26 August 1996||8||1||Omonia||v. Jordan, 20 May 2018|
|DF||Charis Kyriakou||15 October 1989||8||0||AEL Limassol||v. Jordan, 20 May 2018|
|DF||Stelios Demetriou||4 October 1990||1||0||Macclesfield Town||v. Jordan, 20 May 2018|
|DF||Andreas Karo||9 September 1996||0||0||Pafos FC||v. Norway, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Vincent Laban||9 September 1984||28||3||Free agent||v. Norway, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Chambos Kyriakou INJ||9 February 1995||20||0||Apollon Limassol||v. Norway, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Giorgos Economides||10 April 1990||12||0||Anorthosis Famagusta||v. Norway, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Gerasimos Fylaktou||24 July 1991||4||0||Ermis Aradippou||v. Norway, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Vasilios Papafotis||10 August 1995||2||0||Doxa Katokopias||v. Norway, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Dimitris Froxylias||28 June 1993||2||0||Haringey Borough||v. Jordan, 20 May 2018|
|FW||Demetris Christofi||28 September 1988||52||8||Omonia||v. Slovenia, 16 October 2018|
|FW||Onisiforos Roushias||15 July 1992||8||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Norway, 19 November 2018|
|FW||Panagiotis Zachariou||26 February 1996||2||1||Pafos FC||v. Norway, 19 November 2018|
|FW||Marios Elia||19 May 1996||1||0||Alki Oroklini||v. Jordan, 20 May 2018|
Head to head recordsEdit
As of 24 March 2019.
|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
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
- uefa.com (13 October 2015). "Bosnia and Herzegovina in play-offs, Cyprus out". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Qualifiers - Europe". FIFA.com.
- "Cyprus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Football Match Summary - August 31, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- "UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying schedule: all the fixtures". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
- "European Qualifiers 2018–20: Group stage fixture list" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
- "Fixture List – 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition" (PDF). UEFA.com.
- "Η κλήση της Εθνικής Ανδρών για τους αγώνες με Σαν Μαρίνο και Βέλγιο". www.cfa.com.cy (in Greek). Cyprus Football Association. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
- "Cyprus Football Association – Εθνική Ανδρών: Προπονητές".
- "Cyprus National Team Coaches". www.rsssf.com.
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