The ELF Cup (Equality, Liberty, Fraternity) was an international football tournament organised by the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation (KTFF), a member of the NF-Board. It was played only once in 2006. Among the participants were NF-Board teams, and FIFA member teams from the Asian Football Confederation.

ELF Cup
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Official Logo
Tournament details
Host countryNorth Cyprus
Dates19 November – 25 November
Teams8
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Northern Cyprus (1st title)
Runners-up Crimean Tatars
Third place Kyrgyzstan
Fourth place Zanzibar
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored62 (3.88 per match)
Top scorer(s)Northern Cyprus Ertaç Taşkıran
(6 goals)

ELF Cup 2006Edit

The 2006 ELF Cup took place in the North Cyprus between November 19 and 25. Initially announced for non-FIFA teams only, the 2006 tournament also found places for three teams from the Asian Football Confederation - Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. However, under pressure from FIFA, Afghanistan withdrew from the tournament. [1]

ControversyEdit

Initially, it was announced that the North Cyprus were to hold the inaugural VIVA World Cup tournament, organised by the NF-Board as a bi-annual competition for the best non-FIFA nations. However, a dispute between the NF-Board and a new regime at the KTFF led to the tournament being taken away and granted to Occitania. The NF-Board claimed that the new government of the North Cyprus insisted on restricting which nations could and could not take part. The KTFF, however, claimed that the NF-Board made unreasonable financial demands.[2]

In response, the KTFF announced that the ELF Cup would be held at the same time as the VIVA World Cup, and have promised to pay travelling expenses to the participants, which has attracted some NF-Board members. The KTFF hope that the tournament will bring North Cyprus further into the international arena.[3]

CompetitorsEdit

ResultsEdit

The eight participants were drawn into two groups of four, with the top two from each group progressing to the knockout stage. For details of the squads, see 2006 ELF Cup Squads.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Kyrgyzstan 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6
  Zanzibar 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
  Greenland 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
  Găgăuzia 3 0 1 2 2 9 –7 1

Găgăuzia  0–2  Greenland
Kristian Sandgreen   33'
Niklas Kreutzmann   68' (pen.)
Referee: Fahim Dayı (TRNC)

Kyrgyzstan  0–1  Zanzibar
Suleiman Kassim Suleiman   9'
Referee: Aziz Dayı (TRNC)

Găgăuzia  1–6  Kyrgyzstan
Marcov   31' Jenish Mamatov   14', 37'
Dilshat Kadyrov   19'
Mihail Sundeev   65', 90'
Ulan Ryskulov   75'

Greenland  1–1  Zanzibar
Pelle Mortensen   78' Omar   62'

Greenland  0–1  Kyrgyzstan
Vadim Kondratkov   24'
Referee: Cevdet Mertkaya (TRNC)

Găgăuzia  1–1  Zanzibar
Denis Ceavdari   79' Muhammed Seif Muhammed   76'
Referee: Alkın Gedikoğlu (TRNC)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Northern Cyprus 3 3 0 0 20 1 +19 9
  Crimean Tatars 3 2 0 1 3 6 –3 6
  Tajikistan 3 1 0 2 5 7 –2 3
  Tibet 3 0 0 3 0 14 –14 0

Tibet  0–3  Tajikistan
Daler Aknazarov   59', 67'
Firdavs Faizullaev   65'
Referee: Abdullah Özsusuzlu (TRNC)

Crimean Tatars  0–5  Northern Cyprus
Hamis Çakır   16'
Ertaç Taşkıran   45'
Rizvan Ablitarov   65' (o.g.)
Kemal Uçaner   78'
Ekrem Keleşzade   87'
Referee: Mehmet Malek (TRNC)

Tibet  0–1  Crimean Tatars
Arsen Ablâmetov   41' (pen.)
Referee: Ulus Sediral (TRNC)

Northern Cyprus  5–1  Tajikistan
Derviş Kolcu   34', 54'
Kemal Uçaner   65', 90+1'
Coşkun Ulusoy   71'
Daler Aknazarov   12'
Referee: Serkan Şimşek (TRNC)

Tajikistan  1–2  Crimean Tatars
Sergey Almukhamedov   45' İrfan Ametov   36'
Halil Hayredinov   87'

Northern Cyprus  10–0  Tibet
Hamis Çakır   13', 30', 37'
Ediz Çukurovalı   14', 24', 43'
Sabri Selden   17', 29'
Atkun Arıkbuka   54'
Yasin Kansu   77'

Semi-FinalsEdit

Kyrgyzstan  2–3 (a.e.t.)  Crimean Tatars
Mihail Sundeev   90+2'
Arsen Mustafayev   102'
Ruslan Emiratlı   18'
Arsen Ablâmetov   94' (pen.)
Marlen Akimov   97'
Referee: Mehmet Özbilgehan (TRNC)

Northern Cyprus  5–0  Zanzibar
Ertaç Taşkıran   24', 34', 47', 83'
Coşkun Ulusoy   59'
Referee: Savaş Tilki (TRNC)

3rd Place PlayoffEdit

Kyrgyzstan  2–2
(7–6 PSO)
  Zanzibar
Jenish Mamatov   55'
Ulan Riskulov   65'
Muhammed Seif Muhammed   28', 47'

FinalEdit

Northern Cyprus  3–1  Crimean Tatars
Hamis Çakır   1'
Hasan Sapsızoğlu   46'
Ertaç Taşkıran   55'
Marlen Akimov   90+3'

2006 ELF Cup Winners
 
North Cyprus
First Title

Golden TeamEdit

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

  Hasan Piro

  Teller Mortensen
  Eller Aknazarov
  Hüseyin Amcaoğlu
  Serhan Önet

  Ulan Riskulov
  Hamis Çakır
  Derviş Kolcu
  Sale Juma

  Ertaç Taşkıran
  Muhammed Seyf Muhammed

ScorersEdit

TriviaEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Afghanistan has withdrawn from the tournament". Official ELF Cup website. Retrieved November 14, 2006.
  2. ^ Steve Menary (October 2006). "Worlds apart". World Soccer Magazine. p. 105.
  3. ^ "The alternative World Cup". BBC Online. November 7, 2006. Retrieved November 7, 2006.

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