Cypriot Cup

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This article is about the Cypriot men's domestic club Cup. For the women's international tournament, see Cyprus Cup.
Cypriot Cup
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Founded 1934; 80 years ago (1934)
Region Cyprus Cyprus (Cyprus Football Association)
Number of teams 30
Current champions APOEL (20th title)
Most successful club(s) APOEL (20 titles)
Television broadcasters CytaVision
PrimeTel
2013–14 Cypriot Cup

The Cypriot Cup (Greek: Κύπελλο Κύπρου) or Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup[1] is the main cup competition in Cypriot football, run by the Cyprus Football Association. It began in 1934, the same season with the Cypriot Championship. It is the second most important competition for Cypriot club teams. The sponsor of the competition is Coca Cola.

Format[edit]

The competition was traditionally a pure knockout tournament. All ties were two-legged, except the final which was in a single match. In case of a tie, extra time was played and if the extra time was tie, there was a repeated final.

2002−03 until 2005−06 Format[edit]

However, the format of the competition changed radically in the season 2002/03 and until 2006 the format had a lot of similarities with the UEFA Champions League. That caused difficulties for weak teams to make the surprise. The competition currently consists of the first three knock out rounds, one stage of group competition (where teams play each other in the style of "home-and-away" or "regular season" competition), and then three rounds of knock-out finals.

All knock-out ties are two-legged, with each team hosting one match. The team which scores the greater aggregate number of goals qualifies for the next round. The away goals rule applies. Extra time and penalty kicks are used to determine the winner, if necessary. An exception are the final and the first two rounds which are a single match played.

54 teams competing Cyprus FA championships from First until Fourth Division are playing in the competition, with all First Division teams receiving a bye until at least on round three. In the first round, the 40 teams playing in low divisions, are paired off to play each other in a single-match playoff in round one. The winners proceed to the second stage, and they paired off again under the same rules.

In the third round, the second round winners are joined by the six teams that finished between 9th and 11th position in the previous season's First Division, and the tree promoted teams to the First Division from the Second one. The third round is played in two-legs, home and away.

Round four in the Cypriot Cup is a league system, where the top eight teams from last season's First Division and the other eight winning teams from round two are placed into four groups of four. The four top First Division teams are top seeded and cannot be placed into the same group. The same with the teams which were between 5th and 8th in the ranking are in second top seeded and cannot play each other, rather than one team of the top seeded and two from the third round winners. All teams play each other two, home and away, with the top two teams in each group proceeding to the quarter finals, from where the Cup becomes a standard knockout competition, played in two legs and one leg for the final. The top teams of the group can not be paired, same for the teams that were in the same group.

Changes in 2006[edit]

Cyprus Football Association changed again in 2006 the formation of the cup by removing the groups from the round of 16 to the quarter finals. At the round of 16, every team which was among the 8 first teams in the Cypriot First Division, are drawn to play a winner team of the Third Round. There are no seeded and unseeded team in the Group Round or in the round after anymore.

Changes in 2008[edit]

Cyprus Football Association once again changed the formation of the cup. CFA decided to create two cup tournaments, the amateur cup tournament in which the teams from the third and fourth divisions (total 28 teams) participated and also the professional cup tournament in which the teams from the first and second divisions participated. The semi-finalists of the last season's cup tournament qualified directly to the round of 16. Both Cups consisted of five stages:

  • Round of 28 - Single-leg knock-out match
  • Round of 16 - Two-legged knock-out matches
  • Quarter-finals - Two-legged knock-out matches
  • Semi-finals - Two-legged knock-out matches
  • Final - Single match in a neutral stadium

Changes in 2013[edit]

Cyprus Football Association made some minor changes again in 2013, because of the Cypriot Second Division split to B1 and B2 leagues. CFA maintained the two cup tournaments, the amateur cup tournament in which the teams from the third and fourth divisions participate, but they increased the teams in the professional cup tournament in which the teams from the first and second participate, from 28 to 30. Also, the Cup winner and the finalist of the last season's cup tournament qualify directly to the round of 16. The Cypriot Cup consists of five stages:

  • Round of 30 - Single-leg knock-out match
  • Round of 16 - Two-legged knock-out matches
  • Quarter-finals - Two-legged knock-out matches
  • Semi-finals - Two-legged knock-out matches
  • Final - Single match in a neutral stadium

Finals[edit]

The list of finals:[2]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1934–35 Trast AC 0–0, 1–0 (replay) APOEL
1935–36 Trast AC 4–1 Lefkoşa Türk Spor Kulübü
1936–37 APOEL 2–1 Trast AC
1937–38 Trast AC 2–1 AEL Limassol
1938–39 AEL Limassol 3–1 APOEL
1939–40 AEL Limassol 3–1 Pezoporikos Larnaca
1940–41 APOEL 2–1 AEL Limassol
1941–44 Competition was not held due the World War II
1944–45 EPA Larnaca 3–1 APOEL
1945–46 EPA Larnaca 2–1 APOEL
1946–47 APOEL 4–1 Anorthosis
1947–48 AEL Limassol 2–0 APOEL
1948–49 Anorthosis 3–0 APOEL
1949–50 EPA Larnaca 2–1 Anorthosis
1950–51 APOEL 7–0 EPA Larnaca
1951–52 Çetinkaya Türk 4–1 Pezoporikos Larnaca
1952–53 EPA Larnaca 2–1 Çetinkaya Türk
1953–54 Çetinkaya Türk 2–1 Pezoporikos Larnaca
1954–55 EPA Larnaca 2–1 Pezoporikos Larnaca
1955–58 Competition was not held
1958–59 Anorthosis 1–0 AEL Limassol
1959–61 Competition was not held
1961–62 Anorthosis 5–2 Olympiakos Nicosia
1962–63 APOEL 2–2, 1–0 (replay) Anorthosis
1963–64 Anorthosis 3–0 APOEL
1964–65 Omonia 5–1 Apollon Limassol
1965–66 Apollon Limassol 4–2 Nea Salamina
1966–67 Apollon Limassol 1–0 Alki Larnaca
1967–68 APOEL 2–1 EPA Larnaca
1968–69 APOEL 1–0 Omonia
1969–70 Pezoporikos Larnaca 2–1 Alki Larnaca
1970–71 Anorthosis 1–1 (aet), 1–0 (aet) (replay) Omonia
1971–72 Omonia 3–1 (aet) Pezoporikos Larnaca
1972–73 APOEL 1–0 Pezoporikos Larnaca
1973–74 Omonia 2–0 Enosis Neon Paralimni
1974–75 Anorthosis 3–2 Enosis Neon Paralimni
1975–76 APOEL 6–0 Alki Larnaca
1976–77 Olympiakos Nicosia 2–0 Alki Larnaca
1977–78 APOEL 3–0 Olympiakos Nicosia
1978–79 APOEL 1–0 (aet) AEL Limassol
1979–80 Omonia 3–1 Alki Larnaca
1980–81 Omonia 1–1 (aet), 3–0 (replay) Enosis Neon Paralimni
1981–82 Omonia 2–2 (aet), 4–1 (replay) Apollon Limassol
1982–83 Omonia 2–1 Enosis Neon Paralimni
1983–84 APOEL 3–1 (aet) Pezoporikos Larnaca
1984–85 AEL Limassol 1–0 EPA Larnaca
1985–86 Apollon Limassol 2–0 APOEL
1986–87 AEL Limassol 1–0 Apollon Limassol
1987–88 Omonia 2–1 AEL Limassol
1988–89 AEL Limassol 3–2 (aet) Aris Limassol
1989–90 Nea Salamina 3–2 Omonia
1990–91 Omonia 1–0 Olympiakos Nicosia
1991–92 Apollon Limassol 1–0 Omonia
1992–93 APOEL 4–1 Apollon Limassol
1993–94 Omonia 1–0 (aet) Anorthosis
1994–95 APOEL 4–2 Apollon Limassol
1995–96 APOEL 2–0 (aet) AEK Larnaca
1996–97 APOEL 2–0 Omonia
1997–98 Anorthosis 3–1 Apollon Limassol
1998–99 APOEL 2–0 Anorthosis
1999–00 Omonia 4–2 APOEL
2000–01 Apollon Limassol 1–0 Nea Salamina
2001–02 Anorthosis 1–0 Ethnikos Achna
2002–03 Anorthosis 0–0 (aet, 5–3 pen) AEL Limassol
2003–04 AEK Larnaca 2–1 AEL Limassol
2004–05 Omonia 2–0 Digenis Morphou
2005–06 APOEL 3–2 (aet) AEK Larnaca
2006–07 Anorthosis 3–2 Omonia
2007–08 APOEL 2–0 Anorthosis
2008–09 APOP Kinyras 2–0 AEL Limassol
2009–10 Apollon Limassol 2–1 APOEL
2010–11 Omonia 1–1 (aet, 4–3 pen) Apollon Limassol
2011–12 Omonia 1–0 AEL Limassol
2012–13 Apollon Limassol 2–1 (aet) AEL Limassol
2013–14 APOEL 2–0 Ermis Aradippou

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
APOEL 20 10 1937, 1941, 1947, 1951, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2014
Omonia 14 6 1965, 1972, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2012
Anorthosis 10 6 1949, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1971, 1975, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007
Apollon Limassol 7 7 1966, 1967, 1986, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2013
AEL Limassol 6 10 1939, 1940, 1948, 1985, 1987, 1989
EPA Larnaca 5 3 1945, 1946, 1950, 1953, 1955
Trast AC 3 1 1935, 1936, 1938
Çetinkaya Türk 2 1 1952, 1954
Pezoporikos Larnaca 1 7 1970
Olympiakos Nicosia 1 3 1977
Nea Salamina 1 2 1990
AEK Larnaca 1 2 2004
APOP Kinyras 1 0 2009
Alki Larnaca 0 5
Enosis Neon Paralimni 0 4
Aris Limassol 0 1
Digenis Morphou 0 1
Ermis Aradippou 0 1
Ethnikos Achna 0 1
Lefkoşa Türk Spor Kulübü 0 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cyprus Coca Cola Cup". 
  2. ^ "Cyprus - List of Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 

External links[edit]