2011–12 APOEL F.C. season

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APOEL
2011–12 season
Chairman Cyprus Phivos Erotokritou
Manager SerbiaGreece Ivan Jovanović
Stadium GSP Stadium, Nicosia
Cypriot First Division 2nd
Cypriot Cup 2nd round
LTV Super Cup Winners
Champions League Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Argentina Esteban Solari (11)
All:
Argentina Esteban Solari (13)
Highest home attendance 22,701 vs France Olympique Lyonnais00(7 March 2012)
Lowest home attendance 1,837 vs Cyprus Akritas Chlorakas
(11 January 2012)
Average home league attendance 12,126 (all competitions)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2011–12 season was APOEL's 72nd season in the Cypriot First Division and 84th year in existence as a football club.

Season review[edit]

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

The first training session for the season took place on 8 June 2011 at GSP Stadium. On 19 June 2011, the team flew to Obertraun in Austria to perform the main stage of their pre-season training. APOEL returned to Cyprus on 2 July 2011. During the pre-season training stage in Austria, APOEL participated in Salzburg Airport Cup and played in total four friendly matches.

Domestic Competitions[edit]

Laiki Bank League[edit]

APOEL completed the regular season of the 2011–12 Cypriot First Division having 17 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses, scoring 39 goals and conceding 13 goals. So, APOEL entered championship play-offs from the third place with 56 points, four points behind leaders AEL Limassol (60 points) and one point behind second placed Omonia (57 points).

In the first championship play-off match, APOEL won Omonia by 2–1, with a last-minute winner from Gustavo Manduca and moved up to the second place, only two points behind leaders AEL Limassol who in the same day drew 1–1 at Anorthosis. In the second play-off match, APOEL suffered a 2–1 home loss from Anorthosis and leaders AEL Limassol (who at the same day won Omonia by 2–0) gained a five-points advantage. In the next play-off match, Ivan Tričkovski's last-minute winner helped APOEL beat AEL Limassol 1–0 at home, to reduce AEL's lead to just two points. Another match between AEL Limassol and APOEL followed one week later, but the two teams drew 0–0 in Limassol and AEL remained two points clear of APOEL, with only two matches remaining. On 5 May 2012, APOEL lost from Omonia at home by 2–1 and at the same day AEL Limassol crowned champions by beating Anorthosis 1–0 at Limassol. In the last match of the season, APOEL won Anorthosis at Larnaca by 2–1 and secured the second place in the league.

LTV Super Cup[edit]

On 7 August 2011, APOEL won the 2011 Cypriot Super Cup by beating Omonia 1–0 in the GSP Stadium. The winner came from Christos Kontis in the 81st minute.

Cypriot Cup[edit]

In the first round of the 2011–12 Cypriot Cup, APOEL eliminated Akritas Chlorakas by winning 9–1 in a knock-out match which was held at GSP Stadium. In the last 16 of the Cup, APOEL faced up AEL Limassol in a two-legged tie and lost 0–1 on aggregate. In the first match at GSP Stadium, APOEL lost 0–1 from a Patrick Vouho's goal in the 40th minute. On the return leg, APOEL was held to a 0–0 draw, and so eliminated very early from the competition.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

APOEL fans celebrating at GSP Stadium after eliminating Wisła Kraków in the play-off round of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League.

The team won the Cypriot championship last season and as such entered the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round. A successful campaign saw them through to the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stages by eliminating Skënderbeu Korçë (6–0 agg.), Slovan Bratislava (2–0 agg.) and Wisła Kraków (3–2 agg.). APOEL drawn in Group G, alongside F.C. Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit St. Petersburg.

On 13 September 2011, APOEL hosted Zenit St. Petersburg in GSP Stadium and secured its first ever victory in the UEFA Champions League group stage proper with a 2–1 comeback victory against the Russian side. Konstantin Zyryanov put Zenit ahead in the 63rd minute but APOEL was rewarded for its attacking play 10 minutes later when Gustavo Manduca pounced on a loose ball in the box and slotted the ball into the Zenit net. The winner came two minutes later when Brazilian striker Aílton evaded the Zenit defense and shot into the far corner past goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev. In its second match in the group, APOEL held Shakhtar Donetsk to a 1–1 draw at the Donbass Arena and stayed in first place in the group. APOEL took the lead when the striker Ivan Tričkovski finished off a counterattack in the 61st minute. Shakhtar equalised three minutes later when Jádson scored. Another away match followed against F.C. Porto and APOEL drew 1–1 at Dragão to extend its unbeaten start and keep them on the top of Group G. Brazilian forward Hulk put F.C. Porto ahead after 13 minutes with a curving free-kick from distance and APOEL levelled six minutes later when Aílton received the ball close to the Porto area, dribbled past Fernando and sent a diagonal shot that gave the goalkeeper Helton no chance to block. However, on the last minute of added time APOEL could have won the match, but substitute Aldo Adorno was denied the winner by a block from Helton. On 1 November 2011, APOEL hosted F.C. Porto in GSP Stadium and Gustavo Manduca's last-minute winner meant APOEL remained unbeaten at the top of Group G, securing at least a place in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League knockout phase. On 42nd minute, Aílton was tripped by Eliaquim Mangala and the referee immediately signaled a penalty. The Brazilian striker stepped up and sent Helton the wrong way, scoring his third goal in the competition. On the 89th minute F.C. Porto won a penalty and Hulk made no mistake from the spot, equalizing for the visitors. It looked like the Portuguese side had salvaged a draw, but in the 90th minute Constantinos Charalambides fired in an accurate cross and found Gustavo Manduca in the box, whose left-footed strike from close range sealed the win for APOEL.

On 23 November 2011, APOEL made history and became the first Cypriot team to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League by holding Zenit St. Petersburg to a 0–0 draw in Petrovsky Stadium.[2] APOEL eventually reached the last 16 as a group winner, despite losing its unbeaten record after a 0–2 home defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk on the final match day. Luiz Adriano (who had in the first half a penalty saved by Urko Pardo) and Yevhen Seleznyov scored second-half goals for Shakhtar to win its first group stage match that season, but APOEL stayed top of Group G after Zenit St. Petersburg drew 0–0 at F.C. Porto.

In its first participation to the UEFA Champions League last 16, APOEL drawn against French side Olympique Lyonnais. The first leg was held at Stade de Gerland on 14 February 2012, in front of over 5,000 travelling APOEL supporters. Lyon overcame APOEL's tight defense with a second-half goal by Alexandre Lacazette and secured a slender advantage by winning 1–0. In the second leg which was held at GSP Stadium on 7 March 2012, Gustavo Manduca's ninth-minute opener levelled the tie 1–1 on aggregate. After 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time the game remained 1–0 for APOEL and went to a penalty shoot-out. On the penalty shoot-out, Dionisis Chiotis made two saves by diving to his left to block penalties from Alexandre Lacazette and Michel Bastos, while APOEL converted all four of its own spot kicks and won 4–3, reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

APOEL has been drawn to face Spanish giants Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. In the first leg which was held at GSP Stadium on 27 March 2012, APOEL stood well for 74 minutes, but Real Madrid ran out 3–0 winners thanks to late goals from Karim Benzema (74', 90') and Kaká (82'). In the return leg which was held at Santiago Bernabéu on 4 April 2012, Real Madrid took a 2–0 lead in the first half by Cristiano Ronaldo's (26') and Kaká's (37') goals. Gustavo Manduca scored a goal for APOEL in the 67th minute after an excellent through ball from Aílton, but Ronaldo scored his second goal with a free-kick in the 75th minute to make it 3–1 for Real Madrid. Substitute José Callejón scored in the 80th minute but two minutes later APOEL won a penalty after Hamit Altıntop brought down Aldo Adorno and Esteban Solari beat Iker Casillas from the spot to make it 4–2. Finally, another goal scored by Ángel Di María in the 84th minute and Real Madrid won by 5–2, reaching the semi-finals with an aggregate score of 8–2 and giving an end to APOEL's impressive run in the competition.

Current squad[edit]

Last Update: 19 January 2012[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Cyprus GK Panos Constantinou
3 Portugal DF Paulo Jorge
4 Brazil DF Kaká (on loan from Hertha BSC)
6 Brazil DF Marcelo Oliveira
7 Greece DF Savvas Poursaitides
8 Brazil FW Aílton
9 Argentina FW Esteban Solari
10 Cyprus MF Constantinos Charalambides
11 Republic of Macedonia FW Ivan Tričkovski
12 Cyprus MF Emilios Panayiotou
15 Cyprus DF Marios Antoniades
17 Cyprus MF Marinos Satsias (captain)
19 Cyprus DF Marios Elia
20 Paraguay MF Aldo Adorno
No. Position Player
21 Brazil MF Gustavo Manduca
22 Greece GK Dionisis Chiotis
23 Portugal MF Hélio Pinto
25 Cyprus DF Andreas Christofides
26 Portugal MF Nuno Morais
27 Cyprus MF Evgenios Antoniou
29 Cyprus MF Nektarios Alexandrou
31 Portugal MF Hélder Sousa
77 Cyprus MF Athos Solomou
78 Spain GK Urko Pardo
81 Brazil MF Marcinho
88 Cyprus GK Tasos Kissas
98 Brazil DF William Boaventura

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2011.
Also, see List of Cypriot football transfers winter 2011–12.

International players[edit]

Foreign players[edit]

Squad Changes[edit]

In:

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
20 RW  PAR Adorno 29 EU Apollon Limassol Transfer Green tickY Summer 2013 Free apoelfc.com.cy
6 CB  BRA Oliveira 29 Non-EU Atromitos Greece Transfer Green tickY Summer 2013 Free apoelfc.com.cy
5 DM  BIH Jahić 29 EU AEK Athens Greece Transfer Green tickY Summer 2013 Free apoelfc.com.cy
78 GK  ESP Pardo 28 EU Rapid București Romania Transfer Green tickY Summer 2013 Free sigmalive.com
4 CB  BRA Kaká 30 Non-EU Hertha BSC Germany Loan → Summer 2012 €250K herthabsc.de
14 AM  TUN Belaid 23 EU Hull City England Transfer Green tickY Summer 2013 Free sigmalive.com
31 AM  POR Hélder Sousa 34 EU Olympiakos Nicosia Transfer Green tickY Winter 2013 €90K apoelfc.com.cy

Total expenditure: Decrease €340K

Out:

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
8 CF  POL Sikora 31 EU Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała Poland End of contract Red XN Summer Free ts.podbeskidzie.pl
60 GK  CYP Ioannou 20 EU Doxa Katokopias Mutual consent Red XN Summer Free kerkida.net
14 CB  NED Broerse 32 EU Excelsior Netherlands End of contract Red XN Summer Free joostbroerse.nl
30 CF  SRB Mirosavljević 33 Non-EU Olympiakos Nicosia End of contract Red XN Summer Free olympiakos.com.cy
33 DM  CYP Michael 34 EU Enosis Neon Paralimni End of contract Red XN Summer Free enpfc.com
5 CB  MKD Grnčarov 28 Non-EU Lierse Belgium End of contract Red XN Summer Free lierse.com
6 DM  CYP Kyriakou 24 EU Anagennisi Dherynia End of contract Red XN Summer Free anagennisis1920.net
18 LW  CYP Vasiliou 20 EU Doxa Katokopias Loan → Summer Free
24 CB  GRE Kontis 36 EU Retirement Retirement Hammer (Last Stone First End) Summer apoel.net
14 AM  TUN Belaid 24 EU 1. FC Union Berlin Germany Contract termination Red XN Winter Free fc-union-berlin.de
5 DM  BIH Jahić 30 EU Karabükspor Turkey Transfer Green tickY Winter €300K kardemirkarabukspor.org.tr

Total income: Increase €300K

Last updated: 31 January 2012

Club[edit]

Other information[edit]

Chairman Cyprus Phivos Erotokritou
Ground (capacity and dimensions) GSP Stadium (22,859 / 105x68 m)

Source: apoelfc.com.cy

Squad stats[edit]

Total Cypriot First Division Cypriot Cup LTV Super Cup UEFA Champions League
Country
N
P
Name
GS
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
 CYP 1 GK Constantinou
 POR 3 CB Paulo Jorge 33 33 2931 1 9 18 1551 1 7 1 90 14 1290 2
 BRA 4 CB Kaká 22 25 2025 2 20 1588 1 1 90 4 347 1
 BIH 5 DM Jahić 9 22 1019 7 11 671 5 1 90 1 10 258 1
 BRA 6 CB Oliveira 33 34 2931 1 9 21 1808 1 5 3 270 2 1 90 9 763 2
 GRE 7 RB Poursaitides 35 36 3077 1 8 19 1543 1 3 2 180 1 1 90 14 1264 4
 BRA 8 CF Aílton 27 36 2513 11 3 21 1422 4 1 1 25 14 1066 7 2
 ARG 9 CF Solari 20 46 1987 13 7 31 1393 11 4 2 107 1 1 90 12 397 2 2
 CYP 10 RM Charalambides 32 49 2944 8 7 30 1723 7 4 3 46 1 79 15 1096 1 3
 MKD 11 CF Tričkovski 33 41 3024 7 2 24 1825 6 3 152 1 11 13 1036 1 2
 CYP 12 AM Panayiotou
 TUN 14 AM Belaid 4 9 425 1 1 8 395 1 1 1 30
 CYP 15 LB Antoniades
 CYP 17 DM Satsias 1 11 192 2 7 126 1 1 45 1 1 2 20 1
 CYP 19 RB Elia 3 6 343 1 1 5 298 1 1 45 1
 PAR 20 RW Adorno 16 31 1375 4 1 20 818 1 3 251 3 1 89 7 217 1
 BRA 21 LM Manduca 36 40 2808 12 8 1 23 1614 4 2 2 137 2 1 15 1057 6 5 1
 GRE 22 GK Chiotis 31 31 2782 -23 1 16 1440 -12 1 2 180 -2 1 90 12 1072 -9
 POR 23 CM Pinto 42 50 3736 1 6 32 2355 1 2 3 158 1 1 11 14 1212 3
 GRE 24 CB Kontis 9 9 810 1 1 2 180 1 1 90 1 6 540
 CYP 25 CB Christofides
 POR 26 DM Morais 477 48 4160 4 11 1 28 2330 1 6 1 3 270 2 2 1 90 1 16 1470 1 2
 CYP 27 CM Antoniou
 CYP 29 LB Alexandrou 23 38 2238 1 5 26 1730 1 2 3 201 1 1 90 8 217 2
 POR 31 AM Hélder Sousa 12 17 1108 1 2 13 824 1 2 1 73 3 211
 CYP 77 RB Solomou 18 22 1670 1 2 16 1284 1 2 1 90 5 296
 ESP 78 GK Pardo 19 20 1748 -14 1 14 1260 -6 1 1 90 5 398 -8
 BRA 81 AM Marcinho 34 40 3001 3 4 25 2009 2 2 3 245 1 1 79 11 668 2
 CYP 88 GK Kissas 2 2 180 -1 2 180 -1
 BRA 98 LB Boaventura 32 32 2868 2 8 16 1403 1 7 3 270 1 13 1195 1

Last updated: 13 May 2012
Source: Match reports in competitive matches, apoelfc.com.cy
Ordered by start team, game starts and position on pitch (from back right to front left)
0 shown as blank
Country: when 2 flags, 1st flag = country that plays for internationally, 2nd flag = country of birth; N = number on jersey; P = Position; Name = Name on jersey (for more extended name, pause the mouse pointer on the name); GS = Game Started; A = Appearances.

Top scorers[edit]

R Player Position League Cup Super Cup Champ. League Total
1 Argentina Solari CF 11 0 0 2 13
2 Brazil Manduca LW 4 2 0 6 12
3 Brazil Aílton CF 4 0 0 7 11
4 Cyprus Charalambides RW 7 0 0 1 8
5 Republic of Macedonia Tričkovski RW 6 0 0 1 7
6 Portugal Morais DM 1 2 0 1 4
Paraguay Adorno RW 0 3 0 1 4
8 Brazil Marcinho AM 2 1 0 0 3
9 Brazil Boaventura LB 1 1 0 0 2
10 Brazil Oliveira CB 1 0 0 0 1
Cyprus Elia RB 1 0 0 0 1
Tunisia Belaid AM 1 0 0 0 1
Portugal Pinto CM 1 0 0 0 1
Cyprus Solomou RB 1 0 0 0 1
Cyprus Alexandrou LB 1 0 0 0 1
Greece Poursaitides RB 1 0 0 0 1
Portugal Paulo Jorge CB 1 0 0 0 1
Portugal Hélder Sousa AM 1 0 0 0 1
Greece Kontis CB 0 0 1 0 1
Own goals 1 0 0 1 2
TOTAL 46 9 1 20 76

Last updated: 13 May 2012
Source: Match reports in Competitive matches

Captains[edit]

  1. Cyprus Marinos Satsias
  2. Cyprus Constantinos Charalambides
  3. Cyprus Marios Elia
  4. Portugal Hélio Pinto

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Mid-season friendlies[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Marfin Laiki League 2nd 29 August 2011 12 May 2012
UEFA Champions League 2nd qualifying Quarter-finals 13 July 2011 4 April 2012
Cypriot Cup 1st round 2nd round 11 January 2012 23 February 2012
LTV Super Cup Final Winner 7 August 2011

Last updated: 6 May 2012
Source: Competitions

Laiki Bank League[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 AEL Limassol 26 18 6 2 33 7 +26 60 Qualification to Second round, Group A
2 Omonia Nicosia 26 17 6 3 47 16 +31 57
3 APOEL 26 17 5 4 39 13 +26 56
4 Anorthosis Famagusta 26 15 7 4 30 12 +18 52

Updated to games played on 25 March 2012.
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
32 20 6 6 46 19 +27 66 10 3 3 20 8 +12 10 3 3 26 11 +15

Last updated: 12 May 2012.
Source: UEFA

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
Ground A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A
Result D W W W W L W D L W W W W W L D W W D W L W W W W D W L W D L W
Position 6 4 1 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 3 4 4 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2

Last updated: 12 May 2012.
Source: apoelfc.com.cy
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Play-offs Table[edit]

The first 12 teams are divided into 3 groups. Points are carried over from the first round.

Group A[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 AEL Limassol (C) 32 20 8 4 37 10 +27 68 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 APOEL 32 20 6 6 46 19 +27 66 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round APOE: 7pts
OMO: 4pts
3 Omonia Nicosia 32 20 6 6 56 23 +33 66 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
4 Anorthosis Famagusta 32 17 8 7 36 21 +15 59 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1

Updated to games played on 12 May 2012.
Source: soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
1The 2011–12 Cypriot Cup winners, Omonia, qualified for the third qualifying round of UEFA Europa League. Since they finished third, the fourth-placed team of the league also qualified for the Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Matches[edit]

Kick-off times are in EET.

Regular season[edit]

Play-offs[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Qualifying phase[edit]

Second qualifying round[edit]

APOEL won 6–0 on aggregate.

Third qualifying round[edit]

APOEL won 2–0 on aggregate.

Play-off round[edit]

APOEL won 3–2 on aggregate.

Group stage[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winner and runner-up advance to the round of 16.
Third-placed team enter the UEFA Europa League at the round of 32.
Fourth-placed team is eliminated from all European competitions.
Group G standings and fixtures[edit]
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Cyprus APOEL 6 2 3 1 6 6 0 9
Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 6 2 3 1 7 5 +2 9
Portugal Porto 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 1 2 3 6 8 −2 5
  APO POR SKD ZSP
APOEL 2−1 0−2 2−1
Porto 1−1 2−1 0−0
Shakhtar Donetsk 1−1 0−2 2−2
Zenit St. Petersburg 0−0 3−1 1−0
Matches[edit]

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

1–1 on aggregate. APOEL won 4–3 on penalties.

Quarter-finals[edit]

Real Madrid won 8–2 on aggregate.

LTV Super Cup[edit]

Main article: LTV Super Cup

APOEL won the 2011 Cypriot Super Cup (12th title).

Cypriot Cup[edit]

Main article: 2011–12 Cypriot Cup

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

AEL Limassol won 1–0 on aggregate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lyon stunned as APOEL fairy tale continues". UEFA. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  2. ^ "APOEL boss Ivan Jovanovic ecstatic after qualifying". ESPN soccernet. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  3. ^ "APOEL Roster". APOEL FC. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-18.