2013–14 APOEL F.C. season

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APOEL
2013–14 season
Chairman Cyprus Phivos Erotokritou
(Until 4 December 2013)
Cyprus Prodromos Petrides
(From 4 December 2013)
Manager Portugal Paulo Sérgio
(Until 4 October 2013)
Greece Giorgos Donis
(From 11 October 2013)
Stadium GSP Stadium, Nicosia
Cypriot First Division Champions
Cypriot Cup Winners
LTV Super Cup Winners
UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
UEFA Europa League Group stage
Top goalscorer League:
Brazil Gustavo Manduca (13)
All:
Brazil Gustavo Manduca (16)
Highest home attendance 18,959 vs Belgium Zulte Waregem
(29 August 2013 – UEFA Europa League)
Lowest home attendance 3,246 vs Cyprus Alki Larnaca
(19 February 2014 – Cypriot Cup)
Average home league attendance 8,520 (all competitions)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2013–14 season was APOEL's 74th season in the Cypriot First Division and 86th year in existence as a football club.

Season review[edit]

The historical domestic treble[edit]

APOEL completed a historical domestic treble during the 2013–14 season, winning all the titles in Cyprus, the League, the Cup and the Super Cup.

Head coach and chairman changes during season[edit]

Head coach change: On 4 October 2013, a day after the home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, the club announced the termination of Paulo Sérgio's contract, due to a disappointing run of results domestically and abroad.[1][2] Paulo Sérgio was replaced by Greek coach Giorgos Donis, who (on 11 October 2013) signed a contract until the end of the 2013–14 season.[3]

Chairman change: Phivos Erotokritou, the chairman of APOEL since November 2008, resigned and on 4 December 2013 he was replaced by Prodromos Petrides, who had served again as chairman of APOEL from 2001 to 2006.[4]

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

The first training session for the season took place on 21 June 2013 at APOEL's training centre. On 6 July 2013, the team flew to Obertraun in Austria to perform the main stage of their pre-season training and returned to Cyprus on 20 July 2013.[5] During the pre-season training stage in Austria, APOEL played six friendly matches against FK Baumit Jablonec (1–2 loss), SC Paderborn 07 (0–2 loss), FC Zbrojovka Brno (1–1 draw), FC Slovácko (2–2 draw), PAOK (0–1 loss) and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (0–3 loss). After its return to Cyprus, the team played one more friendly match against Doxa Katokopias at GSP Stadium on 23 July 2013, in a match which APOEL won by 2–1.

LTV Super Cup[edit]

On 17 August 2013, APOEL beat Apollon Limassol 1–0 at GSP Stadium to lift Cypriot Super Cup. Paulo Sérgio's men picked up their first silverware of the season thanks to a 35th minute goal from Portuguese defender Mário Sérgio.[6]

Cypriot First Division[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On 2 September 2013, APOEL opened their competitive season with a 3–0 win at GSP Stadium against Enosis Neon Paralimni. Vinícius opened the scoring in the 58th minute, while Constantinos Charalambides and João Guilherme scored two late goals, both from direct free kicks. On 14 September 2013, APOEL suffered its first league defeat after losing 1–2 at AEL Limassol. Edwin Ouon and Orlando Sá scored two first half goals for AEL and APOEL scored in the 57th minute, when Diego Gaúcho put the ball into his own net after a cross from Esmaël Gonçalves. On 23 September 2013, APOEL drew 1–1 at home against AEK Larnaca. Nestoras Mitidis put the visitors in front in the 39th minute and Efstathios Aloneftis scored the equaliser for APOEL with a stunning solo effort in the 56th minute. On 28 September 2013, APOEL beat Nea Salamina by 1–0 at Ammochostos Stadium, with Mário Sérgio netting the game's only goal in the 45th minute, after trying a weak shot from the right side of the box that tricked Salamina's goalkeeper Srđan Blažić. On 7 October 2013, APOEL won Aris Limassol 1–0 at home under caretaker coach Yiannos Ioannou, with Nuno Morais scoring the only goal of the match in the 13th minute. On 19 October 2013, APOEL lost 0–2 against Ermis Aradippou at Ammochostos Stadium, in Giorgos Donis debut as APOEL coach. Henrique scored the first goal for Ermis in the 81st minute by illegally using his right hand and the same player made it 2–0 from a penalty kick in the injury time. On 28 October 2013, APOEL earned three valuable points after beating Anorthosis 1–0 at GSP Stadium, thanks to a 52nd minute goal by João Guilherme. On 2 November 2013, APOEL's disappointing run continued as the champions were defeated 0–2 by Apollon Limassol at Tsirion Stadium, thanks to Fotios Papoulis and Marcos Gullón second half goals. After this defeat APOEL dropped to the 6th place, eight points behind leaders Apollon Limassol. On 11 November 2013, APOEL easily beat last-placed Alki Larnaca 3–0 at home behind closed doors, with two goals from Mario Budimir and an own goal from Alki's player Constantinos Laifis. On 23 November 2013, APOEL drew 1–1 with Doxa Katokopias at Makario Stadium. Ricardo Fernandes put Doxa ahead after 41 minutes and Gustavo Manduca equalised for APOEL with a penalty in the 67th minute. On 2 December 2013, APOEL recorded their biggest win (by that time) in the season, beating AEK Kouklia 5–0 at home. Esmaël Gonçalves scored a hat-trick, while Gustavo Manduca and Constantinos Charalambides added a goal apiece in APOEL's victory. On 2 December 2013, APOEL beat Ethnikos Achna 2–0 at Dasaki Stadium, thanks to a goal from the penalty spot by Gustavo Manduca and a late goal from Cillian Sheridan. On 16 December 2013, APOEL beat Omonia 2–0 in Nicosia's derby and climbed up to fourth place. Gustavo Manduca opened the proceedings nine minutes after the interval with his fourth goal of the season, while Nuno Morais set up the final score 15 minutes from time after an individual effort. After this match APOEL were fourth with 26 points, only four points behind the leaders duo AEL and Apollon. On 22 December 2013, APOEL sealed their fourth consecutive league win by beating Enosis Neon Paralimni 3–0 at Tasos Markou Stadium. Efstathios Aloneftis got APOEL on the board just four minutes into the match and Marcelo Oliveira scored another one early in the second half, while Vinícius made it 0–3, in APOEL's final match of the year 2013. On 4 January 2014, APOEL drew 2–2 at home against AEL Limassol and remained four points five points off the top. Monteiro opened the scoring for AEL after only six minutes, but Efstathios Aloneftis and Gustavo Manduca struck twice in the space of three minutes to give APOEL the lead, before Orlando Sá equalise for AEL in the 34th minute. On 11 January 2014, APOEL drew their second league game in a row as they were held 1–1 by AEK Larnaca at GSZ Stadium and dropped to the 4th place, six points behind leaders AEL Limassol. Joan Tomás scored from the rebound after his penalty was saved by Urko Pardo in the 29th minute and two minutes later Constantinos Charalambides equalised for APOEL with a close-range effort, after Mário Sérgio's pass. On 19 January 2014, APOEL beat Nea Salamina 3–1 at home, in a match which was played behind closed doors. Gustavo Manduca opened the scoring with a direct free kick in the 29th minute and six minutes later César Santin scored his first official goal for APOEL to made it 2–0. Selim Benachour scored again for APOEL three minutes after the interval, while Hélio Roque just pulled one goal back for Nea Salamina in the 63rd minute. On 25 January 2014, APOEL came back from one down to beat Aris Limassol 3–1 at Tsirion Stadium. Mihai Dina gave Aris Limassol the lead in the 21st minute, but APOEL turned the match with a goal from Gustavo Manduca in the 43rd minute and an own goal from Maximiliano Oliva one minute later, before Vinícius score a third goal for APOEL in the 73rd minute. On 1 February 2014, APOEL ended Ermis Aradippou's 17-match unbeaten run with 3–0 win at GSP Stadium. Efstathios Aloneftis opened the scoring in the 35th minute and Tomás De Vincenti scored his first two official goals for APOEL in the 55th and 60th minute to made the final score 3–0. On 5 February 2014, APOEL continued their impressive form with a well deserved 2–1 win over Anorthosis at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium and coupled with the unexpected draw of leaders AEL Limassol closed the gap at the top to four points. Tomás De Vincenti gave APOEL the lead in the 18th minute from the penalty spot and Roberto Colautti managed to equalise for Anorthosis in the 76th minute, but five minutes later Cillian Sheridan scored from close range to give his team an important win. On 9 February 2014, APOEL achieved an important 2–1 victory over Apollon Limassol at home and climbed up to second place. Gastón Sangoy gave Apollon the lead after just 11 minutes, but Tomás De Vincenti struck twice in the second half, first with a penalty in the 67th minute and seven minutes with an amazing shot from an incredibly difficult angle. On 15 February 2014, APOEL achieved an easy 3–1 win over last-placed Alki Larnaca at GSZ Stadium. Nuno Morais put APOEL ahead after 20 minutes, while Kaká and César Santin scored in the second half to made it 3–0, before Demetris Kyprianou score Alki's only goal five minutes before the end. On 22 February 2014, APOEL trashed Doxa Katokopias 5–1 at home and closed the gap at the top to one point only. Efstathios Aloneftis notched a hat-trick and Brazilian forward Gustavo Manduca scored the other two, while Doxa's consolation goal came from a powerful 40-yard shot from Nilson Antonio. On 9 March 2014, APOEL continued their impressive form with a 6–1 thrashing of AEK Kouklia at Pafiako Stadium. Within 25 minutes the game was all but over as a brace from Tomás De Vincenti, a Gustavo Manduca penalty and a red card for AEK Kouklia's Pantelis Pitsillos gave APOEL a 3–0 lead. AEK Kouklia managed to reduce the deficit through Alexandros Garpozis before the break but APOEL proved too strong as Nektarios Alexandrou and substitute César Santin with a couple completed the rout. On 15 March 2014, APOEL extended their winning streak to nine games with a 2–0 win over Ethnikos Achna at GSP Stadium. Gustavo Manduca opened the scoring with a direct free kick in the 17th minute and nine minutes later César Santin scored from close range after Nektarios Alexandrou's cross to made it 2–0 for APOEL. On 19 March 2014, APOEL were held to a goalless draw by Omonia at GSP Stadium and dropped to the third place, three points behind leaders AEL Limassol.

Play-offs[edit]

On 23 March 2014, in its first Championship play-off match, APOEL maintained the pressure on AEL Limassol with a slender 2–1 win over Ermis Aradippou at Ammochostos Stadium. Tomás De Vincenti opened the score when he converted a 42nd minute penalty and Efstathios Aloneftis headed in the second two minutes from the end, after an excellent cross by César Santin. An own goal from Kaká in the added time ensured a nervy finish for APOEL, which climbed up to second place, three points off the top. On 29 March 2014, in one of their best performances this season, APOEL thrashed Apollon Limassol 3–0 at GSP Stadium. Gustavo Manduca opened the score midway through the first half, while Cillian Sheridan doubled the score with a superb solo effort before Vinícius finish off a great APOEL move in the last minute. On 5 April 2014, APOEL were held to a goalless draw by Omonia at GSP Stadium and remained three points behind leaders AEL Limassol, which they also drew against Apollon. On 13 April 2014, APOEL got hard-earned 1–0 win over Anorthosis at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, breaking the deadlock through Vinícius in the 73rd minute. On 22 April 2014, APOEL thrashed AEL Limassol 3–0 at GSP Stadium and climbed to the top of the league table, level on points with AEL. APOEL got off to a great start when Efstathios Aloneftis crossed the ball and Nuno Morais headed past AEL keeper Karim Fegrouche in the fifth minute. Four minutes before half time Tiago Gomes released Constantinos Charalambides on the right side and his cross was headed past Fegrouche by César Santin. The icing on the cake came late on in the game when APOEL’s midfielder Nuno Morais ran clear and set Gustavo Manduca up for an easy third goal. On 26 April 2014, APOEL’s 23-match unbeaten run ended by Ermis Aradippou which won 2–1 at GSP Stadium and forced APOEL to their first home defeat of the season. Marco Tagbajumi gave Ermis the lead early in the second half, with APOEL unable to break down a resolute Ermis rearguard until the 80th minute when defender Marios Antoniades equalised from close range, but five minutes from time Dragan Žarković netted the winner. On 3 May 2014, APOEL were beaten 1–2 at Tsirion Stadium by Apollon Limassol and remained to the second place, six points off the top. Despite taking an early lead through Nuno Morais and seemingly in control of the game, APOEL collapsed for a second consecutive game and conceded two goals in each half by Apollon's striker Abraham Gneki Guié. On 7 May 2014, APOEL managed to defeat their bitter rivals Omonia 2–1 at home and closed the gap at the top to three points, taking advantage of AEL Limassol's 0–1 defeat by Apollon. Tomás De Vincenti opened the scoring for APOEL with a direct free kick in the 23rd minute, but fifteen minutes later Alípio equalised with the same way. The winning goal came from Aldo Adorno in the 76th minute, two minutes after he had come on as a substitute. On 11 May 2014, APOEL trashed Anorthosis 8–1 at home and after AEL's win the champion would be decided on the last day. Brazilian defender Kaká opened the score in the fifth minute and when Anorthosis defender Demetris Economou was sent off for tripping Irish forward Cillian Sheridan in the penalty area it was all over. Tomás De Vincenti grabbed a hat-trick, Kaká a brace with João Guilherme, Cillian Sheridan and Mário Sérgio also getting on the scoreboard, while Nuno Morais put the ball into his own net to score Anorthosis' only goal. On 17 May 2014, AEL Limassol hosted APOEL at Tsirion Stadium in the title decider match of the First Division. Unfortunately, the referee suspended the match just six minutes into the second half (when the score was still at 0–0), when firecrackers thrown by AEL fans, hit and injured APOEL's Brazilian defender Kaká, who was put on stretchers and rushed to hospital.[7] After Cyprus Football Association's decision the match was replayed on 31 May 2014, behind closed doors at the neutral Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. APOEL, who needed to win their league-deciding replay in order to pip AEL's charges on head-to-head record, scored through Cillian Sheridan on the brink of half-time and won their second consecutive league title, in one of the most hotly contested championships in recent years.[8] Simultaneously, APOEL completed a historical domestic treble, winning all the season's titles in Cyprus, the League, the Cup and the Super Cup. However, on 6 June 2014, the Cyprus Football Association’s (CFA) disciplinary committee – acting as an appeals board – unanimously cancelled on the CFA council’s decision to repeat the May 17 championship final between AEL and APOEL, awarding the match to APOEL with a 0–3 score.[9]

Cypriot Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

In the first round of the Cypriot Cup, APOEL were drawn to play a single knock-out match against Cypriot B2 Division side Digenis Oroklinis. The match was held on 19 December 2013, and APOEL needed extra time to beat Digenis Oroklinis 4–2 on the artificial turf of the Oroklini Municipal Stadium. Marios Elia opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a penalty kick and Andreas Parpas equalised for Digenis with a direct free kick in the 50th minute. Two minutes later, Cillian Sheridan put APOEL in front but Pantelis Tavrou equaliser in the 74th minute took the match to extra time. During the extra 30 minutes, APOEL were better side and struck twice with a header from Cillian Sheridan in the 104th minute and with a penalty kick from Gustavo Manduca seven minutes before the end.

Second round[edit]

APOEL were drawn to face AEL Limassol in a two-leg match-up for the second round of the Cypriot Cup. On 8 January 2014, in the first leg of their Cypriot Cup second round clash, APOEL secured a narrow 1–0 advantage over AEL Limassol at GSP Stadium after Irish striker Cillian Sheridan scored from close range in the 40th minute.

On 22 January 2014, APOEL recorded another 1–0 win over AEL Limassol at Tsirion Stadium for an aggregate 2–0 victory over last season’s beaten finalists in the second round of the Cypriot Cup. Gustavo Manduca scored the only goal of the game in the 64th minute, converting Tomás De Vincenti’s cross, to secure APOEL's progression into the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2009–10 season, also getting revenge over AEL Limassol who knocked them out at this stage of the competition in the last two seasons.

Quarter-finals[edit]

APOEL were drawn to face Alki Larnaca in a two-leg match-up for the quarter-finals of the Cypriot Cup. In the first-leg match which was held on 12 February 2014, Giorgos Donis decided to rest many first-team players and as a result APOEL were held to a goalless draw by Alki at GSZ Stadium.

On 19 February 2014, APOEL easily beat Alki Larnaca 3–0 at GSP Stadium and qualified for the Cypriot Cup semi-finals for the first time in four years. After a goalless first half, APOEL made the breakthrough in the 46th minute with a goal from Constantinos Charalambides. Twenty minutes later, Gustavo Manduca scored another one for APOEL, while Constantinos Charalambides struck again with a beautiful long shot sixteen minutes before the end.

Semi-finals[edit]

APOEL were drawn to face Doxa Katokopias in a two-leg match-up for the semi-finals of the Cypriot Cup. On 2 April 2014, in first leg semi-final tie, APOEL all but booked their place in the final with a resounding 4–1 home win over Doxa Katokopias. Nektarios Alexandrou opened the scoring with a close range effort in the 20th minute, but Doxa equalised in the 62nd minute after Diogo Ramos headed the ball past APOEL's keeper. Marcelo Oliveira fired APOEL back into the lead a couple of minutes later and then Constantinos Charalambides bagged a brace to give APOEL a 4–1 win that would be enough to send them into the Cup final.

On 9 April 2014, despite fielding a team based only on reserve players, APOEL easily beat Doxa Katokopias 4–0 at Makario Stadium and reached the Cup final, with Christos Pipinis, a brace from Aldo Adorno and César Santin getting the goals.

Final[edit]

On 21 May 2014, APOEL won their 20th Cypriot Cup following a comfortable 2–0 win over Ermis Aradippou at GSP Stadium.[10][11] The club had not won the trophy since the 2007–08 season but the first half goals from Tomás De Vincenti and Cillian Sheridan ensured that the cup would be going back to APOEL after a six-year absence.

It did not take long for Giorgos Donis’ side to get the breakthrough. After some patient build-up play from APOEL, Tomás De Vincenti was played through and the Argentine showed great composure to give his side the lead after just six minutes. APOEL continued to dominate the game and on 28 minutes they doubled their lead. Tomás De Vincenti was involved again, laying the ball off to Tiago Gomes who shook off pressure from Ermis defence before playing the ball across goal with Cillian Sheridan on hand for an easy finish to give APOEL a significant lead. Ermis put up a good fight but were ultimately outplayed by a team with far more experience in the big matches.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

The team won the Cypriot league last season and as such entered the third qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League. APOEL were drawn against Slovenian side NK Maribor. In the first leg, APOEL drew 1–1 with Maribor at GSP Stadium. APOEL took the lead in the 21st minute, when Nuno Morais found Esmaël Gonçalves in the penalty area and the Portuguese striker took the ball on his chest, turned quickly and rifled the ball home past Jasmin Handanovič in Maribor's goal. Maribor equalised in the 64th minute, after Marcos Tavares managed to connect with Mitja Viler's cross, beating Urko Pardo in goal. In the second leg, APOEL took the initiative from the first whistle and maintained a 60% ball possession at Ljudski vrt, but they only managed a goalless draw against Maribor and eliminated on away goals rule after a 1–1 aggregate score.

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Play-off round[edit]

After being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, APOEL dropped down into the UEFA Europa League play-off round, and drawn against Belgian side Zulte Waregem. The first leg was held at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels and ended in a 1–1 draw. Zulte Waregem took the lead midway into the first half when Thorgan Hazard and assisted defender Junior Malanda to beat Urko Pardo in APOEL's goal. Nektarios Alexandrou lofted the ball over the keeper to score the equaliser in the 88th minute, after receiving a long pass from APOEL's goalkeeper Urko Pardo. In the second leg, APOEL lost 1–2 at GSP Stadium. Zulte Waregem broke the deadlock after only 12 minutes when Habib Habibou slotted the ball home. Seven minutes into the second half, João Guilherme made a low cross across the goal and Efstathios Aloneftis used his quickness to get ahead of his marker and tap the ball in from the close range to equalise for APOEL. When it looked that the game was destined to go into the extra time Franck Berrier made a run down the right flank and crossed the ball into the area where Jens Naessens managed to connect and beat Urko Pardo in APOEL's goal. Belgians went through 3–2 on aggregate.

Group stage[edit]

APOEL's 2013–14 UEFA Europa League starting line-up that managed to beat Bordeaux 2–1 at home and secured its first ever victory in the UEFA Europa League group stages.[12][13]

Despite losing to Zulte Waregem in the play-off round, APOEL reinstated in Europa League replacing the Turkish side Fenerbahçe who were banned because of the match-fixing case related to the 2010–11 Süper Lig title.[14] APOEL were selected by a random drawing among all the losing teams from the play-off round.[15] APOEL drawn in Group F, alongside Bordeaux, Eintracht Frankfurt and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

APOEL began their group stage adventure with a goalless draw at Bloomfield Stadium against Maccabi Tel Aviv on 19 September 2013. Urko Pardo was the hero of the night after saving Barak Itzhaki's 95th-minute penalty, helping APOEL to escape the Israeli city with an important and hard-earned point. On 3 October 2013, APOEL were beaten 0–3 at GSP Stadium by German side Eintracht Frankfurt in their second group stage match. APOEL skipper Nektarios Alexandrou scored an own goal to open proceedings in the 27th minute, while Srđan Lakić and Sebastian Jung added a goal apiece in the second half to seal the win. A day after the home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, the club announced the termination of Paulo Sérgio's contract, due to a disappointing run of results domestically and abroad.[1][2] On 24 October 2013, in their third group stage match, APOEL were stunned by a last-minute Bordeaux winner, as they went down to a 2–1 defeat at Stade Chaban-Delmas in France. Bordeaux broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute when Ludovic Sané rose at the far post to glance in Grégory Sertic's corner from the right. APOEL managed to score an equaliser in the last minute of the first half, when Efstathios Aloneftis ran down the left flank and delivered a great ball for Esmaël Gonçalves to turn in at the far post. Unfortunately, Brazilian defender Henrique set up the final score when he headed home Diego Rolán's free kick right in the last minute of the match and APOEL found themselves bottom of Group F with only one point from three matches. On 7 November 2013, APOEL defeated French side Bordeaux 2–1 at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium for the fourth matchday of the competition and secured its first ever victory in the UEFA Europa League group stages. Nektarios Alexandrou unleashed a devastating blow from distance after 13 minutes, meeting Mário Sérgio's tapped free-kick with a thunderous effort that clipped the post on the way in. Bordeaux reacted well, levelling through Ludovic Sané just before the interval, and the game was blown wide open soon after the restart when Mario Budimir and Landry N'Guémo were sent off after tangling in the 50th minute. Nuno Morais made it 2–1 in the 55th minute, and APOEL thereafter kept up the pressure, but Cédric Carrasso made some brilliant saves to save his team from embarrassment. So, APOEL climbed to third place in Group F with four points, three points behind Maccabi Tel Aviv and five points behind leaders Eintracht Frankfurt, while Bordeaux were rock bottom with three points overall. On 28 November 2013, APOEL were held to a goalless draw by Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv in the fifth round of Europa’s Group F at GSP Stadium and remained in third place with five points, three points behind second-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv. APOEL’s Europa League adventure was concluded at Commerzbank-Arena with a 2–0 loss to Group F winners Eintracht Frankfurt on 12 December 2013. They needed a win to have any chance of progress, but after the interval Stephan Schröck and Constant Djakpa struck to end APOEL’s international hopes for the rest of the season. Eintracht completed the group stage of the competition on top of the Group F standings with 15 points, Maccabi Tel Aviv ended second with 11 points, APOEL ended in third place with five points, while Bordeaux were at the bottom with just three points.

Current squad[edit]

Last Update: 29 January 2014[16]

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

No. Position Player
3 Brazil DF João Guilherme
4 Cyprus MF Kostakis Artymatas
6 Brazil DF Marcelo Oliveira
8 Portugal MF Tiago Gomes
9 Republic of Ireland FW Cillian Sheridan
10 Cyprus MF Constantinos Charalambides (vice-captain)
11 Cyprus MF Nektarios Alexandrou
12 Paraguay FW Aldo Adorno
14 Greece DF Christos Pipinis
15 Cyprus DF Marios Antoniades
16 Brazil MF Vinícius
17 Cyprus MF Marinos Satsias (captain)
18 Tunisia MF Selim Benachour
19 Cyprus DF Marios Elia
20 Cyprus FW Pieros Sotiriou
No. Position Player
21 Brazil MF Gustavo Manduca
22 Greece GK Dionisis Chiotis
26 Portugal MF Nuno Morais
27 Spain DF Aritz Borda
28 Portugal DF Mário Sérgio
30 Argentina MF Tomás De Vincenti (on loan from Olympiacos)
31 Cyprus MF Vasilios Papafotis
46 Cyprus FW Efstathios Aloneftis
70 Brazil FW César Santin
73 Brazil DF Kaká
77 Cyprus MF Athos Solomou
78 Spain GK Urko Pardo
88 Cyprus GK Tasos Kissas
95 Cyprus MF Christos Djamas
96 Greece GK Konstantinos Vasilevski

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2013.
Also, see List of Cypriot football transfers winter 2013–14.

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 Alki Larnaca)
Cyprus DF Andreas Christofides (at Alki Larnaca)
Cyprus MF Markos Charalambous (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
CM  CYP Panayiotou 20 EU Olympiakos Nicosia Loan Return → Summer 2014
20 CF  CYP Sotiriou 20 EU Olympiakos Nicosia Transfer Green tickY Summer 2017 €70K apoelfc.com.cy
3 CB  BRA Guilherme 27 Non-EU Marítimo Portugal Transfer Green tickY Summer 2015 Free apoelfc.com.cy
8 CM  POR Tiago Gomes 27 EU Blackpool England Transfer Green tickY Summer 2015 Free apoelfc.com.cy
4 DM  CYP Artymatas 20 EU Enosis Neon Paralimni Transfer Green tickY Summer 2017 €120K apoelfc.com.cy
25 LB  BRA Christian 24 Non-EU Grêmio Anápolis Brazil Loan → Summer 2014 Undisclosed apoelfc.com.cy
9 CF  IRL Sheridan 24 EU Kilmarnock Scotland Transfer Green tickY Summer 2014 Undisclosed apoelfc.com.cy
23 CF  POR Gonçalves 22 EU Rio Ave Portugal Loan → Summer 2014 Undisclosed apoelfc.com.cy
16 CM  BRA Vinícius 27 Non-EU Braga Portugal Transfer Green tickY Summer 2015 Free apoelfc.com.cy
55 LB  POR Cabral 29 EU Académica Portugal Transfer Green tickY Summer 2014 Free apoelfc.com.cy
70 CF  BRA Santin 32 Non-EU Copenhagen Denmark Transfer Green tickY Winter 2015 €50K apoelfc.com.cy
14 LB  GRE Pipinis 29 EU Asteras Tripoli Greece Transfer Green tickY Winter 2015 Free apoelfc.com.cy
30 AM  ARG De Vincenti 24 EU Olympiacos Greece Loan → Winter 2014 Free apoelfc.com.cy
73 CB  BRA Kaká 32 Non-EU Deportivo La Coruña Spain Transfer Green tickY Winter 2015 Free apoelfc.com.cy

Total expenditure: Decrease €240K

Out:

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
CB  CYP Christofides 20 EU Alki Larnaca Loan → Summer Free kerkida.net
CM  CYP Panayiotou 20 EU Alki Larnaca Loan → Summer Free 24sports.com.cy
16 CF  ISR Biton 25 Non-EU Standard Liège Belgium Loan return → Summer sigmalive.com
20 DM  GRE Tziolis 28 EU Monaco France Loan return → Summer sigmalive.com
1 GK  CYP Constantinou 27 EU Aris Limassol End of contract Red XN Summer Free kerkida.net
23 CM  POR Pinto 29 EU Legia Warsaw Poland End of contract Red XN Summer Free apoelfc.com.cy
55 CB  GRE Karipidis 30 EU Apollon Limassol Mutual consent Red XN Summer Free apoelfc.com.cy
55 RW  DEN Beckmann 29 EU IF Elfsborg Sweden Mutual consent Red XN Summer Free apoelfc.com.cy
30 CB  ANG Zuela 29 EU Apollon Smyrni Greece Mutual consent Red XN Summer Free apoelfc.com.cy
5 LB  CAN Klukowski 32 EU Free agent Contract termination Red XN Summer Free apoelfc.com.cy
40 AM  CYP Charalambous 20 EU Olympiakos Nicosia Loan → Summer Free sentragoal.com.cy
23 CF  POR Gonçalves 22 EU Rio Ave Portugal Mutual consent Red XN
Loan return →
Winter apoelfc.com.cy
7 CF  CRO Budimir 27 EU Panetolikos Greece Mutual consent Red XN Winter Free apoelfc.com.cy
25 LB  BRA Christian 25 Non-EU Grêmio Anápolis Brazil Mutual consent Red XN
Loan return →
Winter apoelfc.com.cy
55 LB  POR Cabral 29 EU Free agent Mutual consent Red XN Winter Free apoelfc.com.cy

Total income: Increase €0

Last updated: 29 January 2014

Club[edit]

Other information[edit]

Chairman Cyprus Phivos Erotokritou (Until 4 December 2013)
Cyprus Prodromos Petrides (From 4 December 2013)
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 Champions League / 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
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
 BRA 3 CB Guilherme 40 41 3640 3 12 28 2440 3 8 4 390 1 1 90 1 8 720 2
 CYP 4 DM Artymatas 9 15 776 2 9 362 1 5 324 1 1 90
 BRA 6 CB Oliveira 45 46 4052 2 17 31 2702 1 11 5 450 1 1 1 90 9 810 5
 CRO 7 CF Budimir 4 13 482 2 2 1 6 233 2 1 1 120 1 1 5 128 1 1
 POR 8 CM Tiago Gomes 18 27 1701 1 15 912 1 4 306 1 83 7 400
 IRL 9 CF Sheridan 21 39 2067 9 1 26 1180 5 1 7 517 4 1 90 5 280
 CYP 10 RM Charalambides 37 48 3220 7 4 32 2189 3 1 7 505 4 1 9 526 2
 CYP 11 LM Alexandrou 23 39 2183 4 4 22 1302 1 2 7 356 1 1 1 23 9 502 2 1
 PAR 12 RW Adorno 5 144 3 4 111 1 1 33 2
 GRE 14 LB Pipinis 12 14 867 1 4 1 10 536 3 1 4 331 1 1
 CYP 15 LB Antoniades 19 19 1484 1 6 16 1270 1 4 2 150 2 1 64
 BRA 16 CM Vinícius 43 48 3632 5 9 32 2590 5 7 7 460 1 7 8 575 2
 CYP 17 DM Satsias 1 5 107 4 17 1 90
 TUN 18 AM Benachour 15 28 1474 1 2 19 943 1 1 3 271 1 89 5 171 1
 CYP 19 RB Elia 2 3 239 1 1 1 29 2 210 1 1
 CYP 20 CF Sotiriou 3 9 382 1 5 211 4 171 1
 BRA 21 LW Manduca 33 42 2770 16 6 29 2024 13 3 6 304 3 1 1 90 6 352 2
 GRE 22 GK Chiotis 10 10 900 -4 1 2 180 -1 7 630 -1 1 1 90 -2
 POR 23 CF Gonçalves 13 17 1173 5 2 1 10 655 3 1 67 6 451 2 2 1
 BRA 25 LB Christian 11 13 1007 3 4 276 1 1 80 1 1 90 7 561 1
 POR 26 DM Morais 49 52 4387 6 8 34 2925 5 6 7 517 1 1 90 10 855 1 1
 ESP 27 CB Borda 17 20 1506 4 1 11 752 3 1 4 304 5 450 1
 POR 28 RB Mário Sérgio 49 49 4381 3 6 35 3121 2 5 4 360 1 90 1 1 9 810
 ARG 30 AM De Vincenti 18 20 1399 13 6 16 1105 12 6 4 294 1
 CYP 31 RM Papafotis 3 98 2 39 1 59
 CYP 46 LW Aloneftis 34 42 3076 9 3 30 2262 8 2 3 185 1 9 629 1
 POR 55 LB Cabral 10 11 864 1 7 590 1 4 274
 BRA 70 CF Santin 8 24 1078 7 1 20 921 6 1 4 157 1
 BRA 73 CB Kaká 9 10 816 3 6 456 3 4 360
 CYP 77 RB Solomou 7 12 699 2 4 195 1 5 367 3 137 1
 ESP 78 GK Pardo 44 44 3960 -34 2 34 3060 -24 1 1 90 9 810 -10 1
 CYP 88 GK Kissas 1 1 120 -2 1 120 -2
 CYP 95 DM Djamas
 GRE 96 GK Vasilevski

Last updated: 31 May 2014
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 Europe1 Total
1 Brazil Manduca LW 13 3 0 0 16
2 Argentina De Vincenti AM 12 1 0 0 13
3 Cyprus Aloneftis LW 8 0 0 1 9
Republic of Ireland Sheridan CF 5 4 0 0 9
5 Brazil Santin CF 6 1 0 0 7
Cyprus Charalambides RM 3 4 0 0 7
7 Portugal Morais DM 5 0 0 1 6
8 Brazil Vinícius CM 5 0 0 0 5
Portugal Gonçalves CF 3 0 0 2 5
10 Cyprus Alexandrou LM 1 1 0 2 4
11 Brazil Kaká CB 3 0 0 0 3
Brazil Guilherme CB 3 0 0 0 3
Portugal Mário Sérgio RB 2 0 1 0 3
Paraguay Adorno RW 1 2 0 0 3
15 Croatia Budimir CF 2 0 0 0 2
Brazil Oliveira CB 1 1 0 0 2
17 Tunisia Benachour AM 1 0 0 0 1
Cyprus Antoniades LB 1 0 0 0 1
Greece Pipinis LB 0 1 0 0 1
Cyprus Elia RB 0 1 0 0 1
Own goals 3 0 0 0 3
TOTAL 78 19 1 6 104

Last updated: 31 May 2014
1Included both UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions.
Source: Match reports in Competitive matches, apoelfc.com.cy

Captains[edit]

  1. Cyprus Marinos Satsias
  2. Cyprus Constantinos Charalambides
  3. Cyprus Nektarios Alexandrou
  4. Portugal Nuno Morais

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 2 September 2013 31 May 2014
UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying 3rd qualifying 31 July 2013 6 August 2013
UEFA Europa League Play-off round Group stage 22 August 2013 12 December 2013
Cypriot Cup 1st round Winner 19 December 2013 21 May 2014
LTV Super Cup Final Winner 17 August 2013

Last updated: 31 May 2014
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 AEL Limassol 26 19 5 2 48 16 +32 62 Qualification to Championship group
2 Apollon Limassol 26 19 2 5 47 19 +28 59 APOL 2–0 APOE
APOE 2–1 APOL
3 APOEL 26 18 5 3 56 18 +38 59
4 Ermis Aradippou 26 15 7 4 44 28 +16 52
5 Omonia Nicosia 26 13 8 5 45 22 +23 47
6 Anorthosis Famagusta 26 11 5 10 46 36 +10 38

Updated to games played on 19 March 2014.
Source: CFA, 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
36 25 6 5 78 25 +53 81 15 2 1 50 10 +40 10 4 4 28 15 +13

Last updated: 31 May 2014.
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 33 34 35 36
Ground 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 A H A A H H A H H A
Result W L D W W L W L W D W W W W D D W W W W W W W W W D W W D W W L L W W W
Position 1 6 6 5 5 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 1

Last updated: 31 May 2014.
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 two groups. Points are carried over from the regular season.

Championship group[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 APOEL (C) 36 25 6 5 80 25 +55 81 2014–15 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round APOEL 3–0 AEL, APOEL 2–2 AEL
AEL 0–3 APOEL, AEL 2–1 APOEL
2 AEL Limassol 36 25 6 5 68 29 +39 81
3 Apollon Limassol 36 24 5 7 66 29 +37 77 2014–15 UEFA Europa League play-off round 1
4 Ermis Aradippou 36 18 8 10 55 54 +1 62 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
5 Omonia Nicosia 36 16 11 9 59 37 +22 59 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
6 Anorthosis Famagusta 36 12 6 18 57 64 −7 42

Updated to games played on 31 May 2014.
Source: CFA, 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
1Since cup winners APOEL qualified for the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League and the runners-up Ermis finished top-four, all of the Europa League spots revert into league positions.
(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]

Third qualifying round[edit]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Qualifying phase[edit]

Play-off round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Note: Despite losing to Zulte Waregem in the play-off round, APOEL reinstated in Europa League replacing the Turkish side Fenerbahçe who were banned because of the match-fixing case related to the 2010–11 Süper Lig title.[14] APOEL were selected by a random drawing among all the losing teams from the play-off round.[15]

Group F standings and fixtures[edit]
Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 32
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 6 5 0 1 13 4 +9 15
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 3 2 1 7 5 +2 11
Cyprus APOEL 6 1 2 3 3 8 −5 5
France Bordeaux 6 1 0 5 4 10 −6 3
  APO BOR EIN MAC
APOEL 2–1 0–3 0–0
Bordeaux 2–1 0–1 1–2
Eintracht Frankfurt 2–0 3–0 2–0
Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–0 1–0 4–2
Matches[edit]

LTV Super Cup[edit]

Main article: LTV Super Cup

APOEL won the 2013 Cypriot Super Cup (13th title).

Cypriot Cup[edit]

Main article: 2013–14 Cypriot Cup

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

APOEL won the 2013–14 Cypriot Cup (20th title).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 17th May 2014 match was abandoned (at 0–0) after 52 minutes, when firecrackers thrown by AEL fans, hit and injured APOEL's player Kaká.[7] The match was replayed behind closed doors at a neutral stadium on 31 May 2014 and APOEL achieved to win their second consecutive league title after beating AEL Limassol by 1–0.[8] However, on 6 June 2014, the Cyprus Football Association’s (CFA) disciplinary committee – acting as an appeals board – unanimously cancelled on the CFA council’s decision to repeat the May 17 championship final, awarding APOEL a 3–0 win.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ανακοίνωση [Announcement] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Paulo Sérgio makes way at APOEL". UEFA. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Υπέγραψε ο Δώνης [Donis signed a contract] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Δελτίο Τύπου - Ανακοίνωση [Press release - Announcement] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Έναρξη Προετοιμασίας 2013 – 2014 (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  6. ^ ΑΠΟΕΛ - Απόλλωνας 1-0 [APOEL - Apollon 1-0] (in Greek). CFA. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "APOEL Nicosia vs AEL Limassol title decider abandoned due to Kaka's head injury from missile attack will be replayed". dailymail.co.uk. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Sheridan strike hands APOEL Cypriot title". UEFA. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "APOEL are champions… again!". cyprus-mail.com. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  10. ^ ΕΡΜΗΣ ΑΡΑΔΙΠΠΟΥ 0-2 ΑΠΟΕΛ (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Το ΑΠΟΕΛ κατέκτησε το Κύπελλο Coca - Cola" (in Greek). CFA. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Alexandrou rocket helps APOEL achieve lift-off". UEFA. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "APOEL vs. Bordeaux 2 - 1". soccerway. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Draw to decide Fenerbahçe replacements". UEFA. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "APOEL reinstated in UEFA Europa League". UEFA.com. 30 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Squad 2013–14". APOEL FC. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.