2012–13 APOEL F.C. season

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APOEL
2012–13 season
Chairman Cyprus Phivos Erotokritou
Manager SerbiaGreece Ivan Jovanović
Stadium GSP Stadium, Nicosia
Cypriot First Division Champions
Cypriot Cup Second round
UEFA Europa League Play-off round
Top goalscorer League:
Paraguay Aldo Adorno (13)
All:
Paraguay Aldo Adorno (15)
Highest home attendance 20,337 vs Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku
(30 August 2012 – UEFA Europa League)
Lowest home attendance 2,917 vs Cyprus Chalkanoras
(31 October 2012 – Cypriot Cup)
Average home league attendance 10,436 (all competitions)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2012–13 season was APOEL's 73rd season in the Cypriot First Division and 85th 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 11 June 2012 at APOEL's training centre. On 23 June 2012, the team flew to Obertraun in Austria to perform the main stage of their pre-season training and returned to Cyprus on 7 July 2012.[1] During the pre-season training stage in Austria, APOEL played four friendly matches against Blau-Weiss Linz, MFK Košice, SK Sturm Graz and SV Ried. APOEL lost 1–2 by Blau-Weiss Linz, drew 1–1 with SK Sturm Graz and won MFK Košice by 2–0 and SV Ried by 3–2.

Cypriot First Division[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On 3 September 2012, APOEL opened their competitive season with a 0–5 win at the Tasos Markou Stadium against Enosis Neon Paralimni. Aldo Adorno scored a hat-trick, while Gustavo Manduca and Constantinos Charalambides scored two more goals for APOEL. On 16 September 2012, APOEL hosted Doxa Katokopias at GSP Stadium, in a match which was played behind closed doors. APOEL won 3–1, with Aldo Adorno scoring twice and Efstathios Aloneftis adding another one to the scoreline. On 22 September 2012, APOEL won 1–3 Alki at Larnaca, with Mario Budimir, Gustavo Manduca and Aldo Adorno scoring one goal each. On 30 September 2012, APOEL beat Apollon Limassol 1–0 at home, with Aldo Adorno scoring the winning goal in the 79th minute. On 7 October 2012, Omonia hosted APOEL at GSP Stadium in a match which ended in a goalless draw. On 22 October 2012, APOEL won Olympiakos Nicosia at home by 4–0, with two goals from Nuno Morais and one goal from Aldo Adorno and Gustavo Manduca. On 27 October 2012, APOEL beat Nea Salamina at Ammochostos Stadium by 0–3. Hélio Pinto opened the score in the first half and Efstathios Aloneftis who came on as a substitute scored twice in the second half. On 5 November 2012, APOEL's impressive run continued by winning Ayia Napa 4–1 at home, with a hat-trick from Aldo Adorno and a goal from Gustavo Manduca. On 11 November 2012, Aritz Borda's goal gave APOEL a narrow 0–1 win over Ethnikos Achna at Dasaki Stadium. On 18 November 2012, APOEL suffered its first league defeat after losing 1–2 at home to AEK Larnaca and fell out of first place for the first time during the season. Albert Serrán opened the score in the first half and Hélio Pinto equalised early in the second half before Jason Demetriou score the winner for AEK. On 26 November 2012, APOEL beat reigning champions AEL Limassol by 1–3 at Tsirion Stadium and became the first team which won AEL this season. Hélio Pinto opened the scoring in the 4th minute and AEL equalised ten minutes later but Gustavo Manduca in the 23rd minute gave APOEL the lead again. Despite APOEL was playing with ten players for almost 30 minutes after Aritz Borda was shown the red card in the 64th minute, Constantinos Charalambides scored a third goal ten minutes before the end to give APOEL a very important victory. On 2 December 2012, APOEL beat AEP Paphos by 0–2 at Pafiako Stadium, with two goals scored from Gustavo Manduca and Selim Benachour. On 8 December 2012, APOEL suffered its second league defeat, losing 0-1 at home to Anorthosis and remained in second place, four points behind leaders Anorthosis. On 15 December 2012, Aldo Adorno's goal in the 76th minute gave APOEL a narrow 1–0 home win over Enosis Neon Paralimni. On 22 December 2012, APOEL won 0–3 at Doxa Katokopias, with Gustavo Manduca scoring twice in the first half and Aldo Adorno scoring another one in the second half. On 6 January 2013, APOEL drew 1–1 with Alki Larnaca at home, with a last-minute equalising goal from Mário Sérgio. On 14 January 2013, APOEL faced Apollon Limassol at Tsirion Stadium and won by 1–2 with a last-minute winner. Apollon took the lead in the first half, but Selim Benachour's early equaliser in the second half and Hélio Pinto's free-kick winner in the 12th minute of added time secured an important victory for APOEL. On 19 January 2013, APOEL drew 1–1 against eternal rivals Omonia, with Hélio Pinto opening the score early in the first half and Omonia equalising after one hour of play. On 27 January 2013, Gustavo Manduca scored twice in the second half and helped APOEL to beat Olympiakos Nicosia by 0–2 at GSP Stadium. On 2 February 2013, APOEL got a 2–0 home victory against Nea Salamina, in a behind closed doors match. Nektarios Alexandrou opened the scoreline in the first half and Dudu Biton scored on his debut just five minutes after being subbed in the 85th minute. On 11 February 2013, APOEL record its third consecutive 2–0 league win – this time over Ayia Napa at Tasos Markou Stadium – by two goals of Aritz Borda and Dudu Biton. On 27 February 2013, APOEL faced Ethnikos Achna at home in a behind closed doors match and won by 1–0 with an early second half goal from Dudu Biton. On 3 March 2013, APOEL beat AEK Larnaca by 0–1 at GSZ Stadium, with Mikkel Beckmann netting the game's only goal with long-range effort in the 75th minute. So, after 23rd matchweek results, APOEL was only one point behind leaders Anorthosis. On 9 March 2013, Nektarios Alexandrou scored twice to lead APOEL to 2–0 home victory over AEL Limassol and APOEL moved up to first place after four months. On 17 March 2013, APOEL demolished AEP Paphos 6–0 at home, recording seven consecutive wins without conceding a goal and opened up a three point gap over the second placed team Anorthosis. Mário Sérgio and Mikkel Beckmann scored APOEL's first two goals, while Dudu Biton and Constantinos Charalambides each scored twice for the final 6–0 victory for APOEL. On 31 March 2013, APOEL achieved the most important victory (so far) in the season by beating the second placed team Anorthosis 0–2 at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium and opened up a six point gap from its rivals. Dudu Biton gave his team the lead after 68 minutes of play and Nuno Morais secured APOEL's victory 12 minutes later with a long range effort.

Play–offs[edit]

On 6 April 2013, APOEL suffered its first defeat after an eight straight wins run, losing 3–0 at Omonia in the first Championship play-off match. The same time Anorthosis also lost 0–3 at home by AEK Larnaca and so APOEL remained at top with a six point gap from the second place. On 13 April 2013, APOEL hosted Anorthosis and maintained their six-point advantage thanks to a 0–0 draw at GSP Stadium. On 21 April 2013, APOEL beat AEK Larnaca 0–1 at GSZ Stadium, thanks to Mário Sérgio's direct free-kick in the 63rd minute and opened up an eight point gap over the second placed team Anorthosis who drew 0–0 against Omonia. On 27 April 2013, APOEL lost 0–1 at home to AEK Larnaca, but one day later Anorthosis also lost 4–0 at Omonia and APOEL were eventually crowned champions for the 22nd time in their history after a very difficult and harsh season. On 12 May 2013, APOEL celebrated their 22nd Championship title in style with an impressive 4–3 win over their arch rivals Omonia and ensured coach Ivan Jovanović’s last home game was a memorable one. Efstathios Aloneftis scored his first goal against his former club, Mario Budimir and Nuno Morais also got on the score sheet, before Gustavo Manduca scoring the winner in the 83rd minute after converting a penalty. At the end of the match, Marinos Satsias, Constantinos Charalambidis and Ivan Jovanović lifted all together the Championship trophy in front of 16,000 fans to officially crown APOEL as the Cypriot First Division champions for the season. On 18 May 2013, APOEL lost at Anorthosis by 2–1, while Gustavo Manduca scored his 12th league goal, in APOEL's last match of the season.

Cypriot Cup[edit]

On 31 October 2012, APOEL beat Chalkanoras by 8–1 at GSP Stadium and qualified for the second round of the 2012–13 Cypriot Cup. Both Constantinos Charalambides and Esteban Solari scored a hat-trick, while Selim Benachour and Mário Sérgio scored two more goals for APOEL. In the sceond round, APOEL drawn against AEL Limassol. In the first leg match which was held on 9 January 2013, APOEL won 0–2 at Tsirion Stadium with a goal from Michael Klukowski and an own goal from Edmar. In the second leg which was held at GSP Stadium on 23 January 2013, APOEL took the lead in the 2nd minute of the match but AEL surprisingly managed to score three goals to make it 1–3 and qualified for the quarter-finals on away goals rule after a 3–3 aggregate.

UEFA Europa League[edit]

The team finished 2nd in the Cypriot First Division last season and as such entered the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, drawing with Slovak club FK Senica. APOEL qualified for the next round by winning 2–0 (Aílton, Nektarios Alexandrou) at home and 1–0 (Hélio Pinto) at Senica. In the third qualifying round APOEL faced Aalesunds FK from Norway and qualified for the play-offs by winning 2–1 (Mário Sérgio, Efstathios Aloneftis) at home and 1–0 (Aldo Adorno) at Ålesund. In the play-offs APOEL eliminated from Neftchi Baku by drawing 1–1 (Selim Benachour) at Baku and losing 1–3 (Selim Benachour) unexpectedly at home.

Current squad[edit]

Last Update: January 29, 2013[2]

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
5 Canada DF Michael Klukowski
6 Brazil DF Marcelo Oliveira
7 Croatia FW Mario Budimir
10 Cyprus MF Constantinos Charalambides (vice-captain)
11 Cyprus MF Nektarios Alexandrou
12 Paraguay FW Aldo Adorno
15 Cyprus DF Marios Antoniades
16 Israel FW Dudu Biton (on loan from Standard Liège)
17 Cyprus MF Marinos Satsias (captain)
18 Tunisia MF Selim Benachour
19 Cyprus DF Marios Elia
20 Greece MF Alexandros Tziolis (on loan from AS Monaco)
21 Brazil MF Gustavo Manduca
22 Greece GK Dionisis Chiotis
No. Position Player
23 Portugal MF Hélio Pinto
25 Cyprus DF Andreas Christofides
26 Portugal MF Nuno Morais
27 Spain DF Aritz Borda
28 Portugal DF Mário Sérgio
30 Angola DF Francisco Zuela
32 Cyprus FW Kyriakos Vasiliou
33 Cyprus FW Pantelis Vasiliou
40 Cyprus MF Markos Charalambous
46 Cyprus FW Efstathios Aloneftis
55 Greece DF Christos Karipidis
77 Cyprus MF Athos Solomou
78 Spain GK Urko Pardo
88 Cyprus GK Tasos Kissas
90 Denmark MF Mikkel Beckmann

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2012.
Also, see List of Cypriot football transfers winter 2012–13.

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Cyprus MF Emilios Panayiotou (at Olympiakos Nicosia)

International players[edit]

Foreign players[edit]

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Squad Changes[edit]

In:

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
28 RB Portugal Mário Sérgio 30 EU Metalurh Donetsk Ukraine Transfer Green tickY Summer 2014 Free apoelfc.com.cy
30 CB Angola Zuela 28 EU Kuban Krasnodar Russia Transfer Green tickY Summer 2014 Free apoelfc.com.cy
46 LW Cyprus Aloneftis 29 EU Omonia Nicosia Transfer Green tickY Summer 2015 Free apoelfc.com.cy
27 CB Spain Borda 27 EU Recreativo Spain Transfer Green tickY Summer 2014 €70K apoelfc.com.cy
18 AM Tunisia Benachour 30 EU Marítimo Portugal Transfer Green tickY Summer 2014 Free apoelfc.com.cy
7 CF Croatia Budimir 26 Non-EU Ergotelis Greece Transfer Green tickY Summer 2014 Free apoelfc.com.cy
5 LB Canada Klukowski 31 EU Manisaspor Turkey Transfer Green tickY Summer 2014 Free apoelfc.com.cy
55 CB Greece Karipidis 29 EU Omonia Nicosia Transfer Green tickY Summer 2014 Free apoelfc.com.cy
20 DM Greece Tziolis 27 EU Monaco France Loan → Summer 2013 Free apoelfc.com.cy
90 RW Denmark Beckmann 29 EU FC Nordsjælland Denmark Transfer Green tickY Winter 2015 €200K apoelfc.com.cy
16 CF Israel Biton 24 Non-EU Standard Liège Belgium Loan → Winter 2013 Free apoelfc.com.cy

Total expenditure: Decrease €270K

Out:

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
3 CB Portugal Paulo Jorge 31 EU Anorthosis Famagusta End of contract Red XN Summer Free anorthosis.com
4 CB Brazil Kaká 31 Non-EU Hertha BSC Germany Loan return → Summer Free kerkida.net
98 LB Brazil Boaventura 32 Non-EU Anorthosis Famagusta End of contract Red XN Summer Free anorthosis.com
81 AM Brazil Marcinho 31 EU Levski Sofia Bulgaria End of contract Red XN Summer Free levski.bg
7 RB Greece Poursaitides 35 EU Retirement Retirement Hammer (Last Stone First End) Summer apoel.net
11 RW Republic of Macedonia Tričkovski 25 Non-EU Club Brugge Belgium Transfer Green tickY Summer €1.2M clubbrugge.be
12 AM Cyprus Panayiotou 19 EU Olympiakos Nicosia Loan → Summer Free 24sports.com.cy
8 CF Brazil Aílton 28 Non-EU Terek Grozny Russia Transfer Green tickY Summer €2.2M apoelfc.com.cy
9 CF Argentina Solari 32 EU Apollon Limassol Mutual consent Red XN Winter Free apoelfc.com.cy
31 DM Portugal Hélder Sousa 35 EU Trofense Portugal Mutual consent Red XN Winter Free apoelfc.com.cy

Total income: Increase €3.4M

Last updated: January 29, 2013

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 UEFA Europa 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
Cyprus 1 GK Constantinou
Canada 5 LB Klukowski 18 19 1563 1 4 16 1339 2 2 161 1 2 1 63
Brazil 6 CB Oliveira 11 13 1003 4 12 1002 4 1 1
Croatia 7 CF Budimir 14 29 1336 2 3 24 1104 2 2 1 13 4 219 1
Brazil 8 CF Aílton 2 2 180 1 2 180 1
Argentina 9 CF Solari 1 4 136 3 3 46 1 90 3
Cyprus 10 RM Charalambides 25 37 2148 7 3 28 1545 4 2 3 225 3 1 6 378
Cyprus 11 LB Alexandrou 26 32 2416 4 5 24 1774 3 4 2 102 6 540 1 1
Paraguay 12 RW Adorno 17 23 1426 15 1 17 1154 13 1 90 1 5 182 1 1
Cyprus 15 LB Antoniades 7 9 649 2 6 379 1 3 270 1
Israel 16 CF Biton 7 13 665 6 1 13 665 6 1
Cyprus 17 DM Satsias 3 25 3 25
Tunisia 18 AM Benachour 18 28 1593 5 2 19 953 2 1 3 212 1 6 428 2 1
Cyprus 19 RB Elia 3 3 268 1 2 178 1 1 90
Greece 20 DM Tziolis 27 33 2492 5 30 2222 5 3 270
Brazil 21 LM Manduca 38 39 3178 12 2 32 2616 12 2 2 123 5 439
Greece 22 GK Chiotis 14 14 1244 -13 2 1 5 434 -4 1 1 3 270 -4 1 6 540 -5
Portugal 23 CM Pinto 31 36 2813 6 4 29 2185 5 3 1 90 6 538 1 1
Cyprus 25 CB Christofides
Portugal 26 DM Morais 34 36 3150 4 7 28 2430 4 7 2 180 6 540
Spain 27 CB Borda 32 32 2818 2 4 1 24 2098 2 2 1 2 180 6 540 2
Portugal 28 RB Mário Sérgio 31 32 2796 5 6 24 2126 3 4 2 130 1 1 6 540 1 1
Angola 30 CB Zuela 9 11 810 2 6 360 1 5 450 1
Portugal 31 AM Hélder Sousa 3 11 306 2 4 104 1 1 90 6 112 1
Cyprus 32 CF K. Vasiliou
Cyprus 33 RW P. Vasiliou
Cyprus 40 AM Charalambous 2 47 1 45 1 2
Cyprus 46 LW Aloneftis 19 32 1922 5 2 23 1489 4 1 3 186 6 247 1 1
Greece 55 CB Karipidis 17 18 1465 1 18 1465 1
Cyprus 77 RB Solomou 12 20 1056 4 16 902 4 3 152 1 2
Spain 78 GK Pardo 27 27 2430 -14 2 1 27 2430 -14 2 1
Cyprus 88 GK Kissas 1 16 -1 1 16 -1
Denmark 90 RW Beckmann 7 12 597 2 12 597 2

Last updated: May 18, 2013
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 Europa League Total
1 Paraguay Adorno RW 13 1 1 15
2 Brazil Manduca LM 12 0 0 12
3 Cyprus Charalambides RM 4 3 0 7
4 Israel Biton CF 6 0 0 6
Portugal Hélio Pinto CM 5 0 1 6
6 Cyprus Aloneftis LW 4 0 1 5
Portugal Mário Sérgio RB 3 1 1 5
Tunisia Benachour AM 2 1 2 5
9 Portugal Morais DM 4 0 0 4
Cyprus Alexandrou LB 3 0 1 4
11 Argentina Solari CF 0 3 0 3
12 Denmark Beckmann RW 2 0 0 2
Spain Borda CB 2 0 0 2
Croatia Budimir CF 2 0 0 2
15 Canada Klukowski LB 0 1 0 1
Brazil Aílton CF 0 0 1 1
Own goals 0 1 0 1
TOTAL 62 11 8 81

Last updated: May 18, 2013
Source: Match reports in Competitive matches, apoelfc.com.cy

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
Cypriot First Division 1st 3 September 2012 18 May 2013
UEFA Europa League 2nd qualifying Play-off round 19 July 2012 30 August 2012
Cypriot Cup 1st round 2nd round 31 October 2012 23 January 2013

Last updated: May 18, 2013
Source: Competitions

Cypriot First Division[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 APOEL 26 21 3 2 56 10 +46 66 Qualification to Second round, Group A
2 Anorthosis Famagusta 26 18 6 2 57 21 +36 60
3 AEK Larnaca 26 17 4 5 50 21 +29 55
4 Omonia Nicosia 26 16 5 5 51 22 +29 53

Updated to games played on March 31, 2013.
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 23 4 5 62 19 +43 73 10 3 3 31 11 +20 13 1 2 31 8 +23

Last updated: May 18, 2013.
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 A H H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A H H A
Result W W W W D W W W W L W W L W W D W D W W W W W W W W L D W L W L
Position 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Last updated: May 18, 2013.
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 regular season.

Group A[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 APOEL (C) 32 23 4 5 62 19 +43 73 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Anorthosis Famagusta 32 20 8 4 60 29 +31 68 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Omonia Nicosia 32 20 6 6 66 27 +39 66
4 AEK Larnaca 32 19 4 9 55 28 +27 61

Updated to games played on May 18, 2013.
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.

Matches[edit]

Kick-off times are in EET.

Regular season[edit]

Play-offs[edit]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Qualifying phase[edit]

Second qualifying round[edit]
Third qualifying round[edit]
Play-off round[edit]

Cypriot Cup[edit]

Main article: 2012–13 Cypriot Cup

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ΕΝΑΡΞΗ ΠΡΟΕΤΟΙΜΑΣΙΑΣ 2012-2013 (in Greek). APOEL FC. 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  2. ^ "APOEL Roster". APOEL FC. 2012-06-08. Retrieved 2012-06-08.