Aris Limassol F.C.

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Aris Limassol
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Full name Άρης Λεμεσού
Aris Limassol
Nickname(s) Ελαφρα Ταξιαρχια (Light Brigade)
Founded 1930; 84 years ago (1930)
Ground Tsirion Stadium,
Limassol, Cyprus
Ground Capacity 13,331
Chairman Cyprus Filippos Simillidis
Manager Netherlands Ton Caanen
League Cypriot First Division
2012–13 Second Division, 1st (Promoted)

Aris Limassol (Greek: Άρης Λεμεσού) is a Greek Cypriot football club based in Lemesos. The club's colours are green and white, its home is the Tsirion Stadium. The team often finds itself in relegation zone because it doesn't have enough funds to buy players and improve the team.[citation needed]

History[edit]

One of the founder members of Cyprus Football Association, and was around between 5th and 7th position in the 1930s. During the 1940s, the team didn't compete in the Cypriot First Division, however they returned in the Cypriot Championship in 1954 and they were the first team to be relegated to the Second Division after finishing last in the table. The following season they became Champions in the Second Division and returned to be relegated again. Returning to the First Division, where after a good appearance in the First Division, they gained the fourth position.

Being one of the weakest teams in the First Division during the 1960s, they were finally relegated in 1969–70 as 12th and remained for two seasons in the Second Division. The situation changed for Aris between 1975 and 1980 when the team won again the fourth position in 1976–77 and 1978–79. Two years after winning the fourth position, in 1981 the team were relegated again after finishing last (14th) but returned as runners up the following season and finished 5th in 1985–86.

The greatest success of the club was in 1989 when the team qualified to the Cyprus Cup final, where they were beaten by AEL Limassol 2–3. The following season, in 1989–90, the club signed the Ukrainian Oleg Blokhin, the 1975 European Footballer of the Year, and helped them to win for another time the fourth position, which was the club's greatest position. After the end of the season, Blokhin ended his career playing for Aris Limassol.

After the relegation in 1992/93, the team won the following season for third time the Second Division Championship. Since 1996/97, when the club was in Cypriot First Division, the team was then every year relegated to the Cypriot Second Division and the following year was promoted to the Cypriot First Division. That situation ended in 2006–07, when the team finished 8th in the championship and managed to remain in the Cypriot First Division. Aris was relegated to the Cypriot Second Division in 2008–2009, the team finished in 2nd place and played in the Cypriot First Division in 2009–2010 but has been relegated again. In 2009–2010 it reached the Cyprus Cup semi-final. In the next season 2010-2012 the club was again promoted but finished 3rd from bottom in the 2011-12 season and was yet again relegated. In 2013-2013 Aris won the Cypriot Second Division and was again promoted to the Cypriot First Division.

Aris has a smaller number of fans than other Limassol clubs, but these are very committed to their club. As a resuly, they are often referred to as "the 300 of Leonidas", in reference to the famous 300 Spartan soldiers that stopped the Persian army at Thermopylae.

Although the football team forms the centre of sporting activity for Aris, the club has over the years maintained teams in other sports including basketball, table tennis and chess. The Aris chess team dominated Cypriot chess during the 1980s.

Additionally, the Aris choir was established in 1938 by the famous conductor and composer Solon Michaelides who remained its conductor until 1956 to undertake the direction of the National Orchestra of Salonica, Greece. In 1962, the choir made a new start under the direction of Marinos Mitellas and remains one of the best known Hellenic choirs performing in Cyprus, Greece and internationally.

Current squad[edit]

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 Rafaellos Christoforou
3 Brazil DF Douglas Reis
4 Cyprus DF Kypros Christoforou
5 Netherlands MF Tom Daemen
6 Cyprus MF Panos Theodorou
7 Cyprus MF Menelaos Aristeidou
8 Cape Verde MF Edson
11 Cyprus MF Panayiotis Constantinou
12 Cyprus MF Sergios Panayiotou
13 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Dušan Kerkez (Captain)
15 Cyprus DF Stavros Hadjikyriacos
20 Cyprus MF Christos Charalampous (Vice-captain)
No. Position Player
21 Italy DF Davide Grassi (Vice-captain)
29 Hungary GK Zoltán Kovács
30 Brazil FW Thuram (on loan from Atlético-PR)
33 Argentina DF Maximiliano Oliva
36 Cyprus MF Andreas Ermogenous
39 Nigeria FW Emmanuel Okoye
59 Cyprus FW Ioannis Rafael Tornaritis
77 Finland FW Juha Hakola
83 Brazil MF Eduardo Pincelli
87 Sweden MF Christer Youssef
89 Cyprus GK Panos Constantinou
99 Cyprus FW Charalambos Pittakas

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2013.

Selected former players[edit]

Titles[edit]

Managers[edit]

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