2009–10 Cypriot First Division

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Marfin Laiki League
Season 2009–10
Champions Omonoia
20th title
Relegated Aris
Nea Salamis
APEP
Champions League Omonoia
Europa League APOEL
Anorthosis
Apollon
Matches played 218
Goals scored 569 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer José Semedo (22 goals)
Joeano (22 goals)
Biggest home win APOEL 5–0 Aris
Biggest away win Enosis 0-4 Omonia
Highest scoring Ermis 5-3 Aris

Cypriot First Division 2009–10 will be the 72nd season of the Cypriot top-level football league. It started on 29 August 2009. APOEL were the defending champions.

Competition modus[edit]

Fourteen teams will participate in the competition. Eleven of them have also competed in the 2008–09 season while the remaining three teams were promoted from the Second Division.

Each team will play against every other team twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 26 matches. After these matches, the two teams with the worst records will be relegated to the Second Division. The remaining twelve teams will be divided into three groups of four teams each.

The teams ranked first through fourth will play out the champion and the participants for the European competitions. Teams ranked ninth through 12th will determine the third relegated club, while the remaining four teams will play a placement round. Every team plays twice against its group opponents. Regular season records are carried over without any modifications.

Team changes from 2009–10[edit]

Relegated to Second Division 2009–10:

Promoted from Second Division 2009–10:

Overview[edit]

Stadiums and Locations[edit]

Due to the ongoing Cypriot separation, several clubs originally located in the Turkish occupied part of the island play in the unoccupied part. Further, not all home grounds fulfil the requirements for Cypriot top-level football. Thus, the map depicts the current home ground of each team and not its original location.

Locations of home grounds for teams in Cypriot First Division 2009–10
Team Location Venue Capacity
AEL Limassol Limassol Tsirion Stadium 13,331
AEP Paphos Paphos Pafiako Stadium 10,000
Anorthosis Larnaca Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium 10,003
APEP Pitsilia Limassol Tsirion Stadium 13,331
APOEL Nicosia GSP Stadium 22,859
Apollon Limassol Limassol Tsirion Stadium 13,331
APOP Kinyras Peyias Peyia Peyia Municipal Stadium 3,828
Aris Limassol Limassol Tsirion Stadium 13,331
Doxa Katokopia Nicosia Makario Stadium 16,000
Enosis Neon Paralimni Paralimni Tasos Markou Stadium 5,800
Ermis Aradippou Achna Dasaki Stadium 7,000
Ethnikos Achna Achna Dasaki Stadium 7,000
Nea Salamis Famagusta Larnaca Ammochostos Stadium 5,500
Omonia Nicosia GSP Stadium 22,859

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Club Head coach Team Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
AEL Limassol Czech Republic Dušan Uhrin, Jr. Bosnia and Herzegovina Dušan Kerkez Mass Sinergatiko Tamieftirio Lemesou
AEP Paphos Cyprus Demetris Ioannou Cyprus Giorgos Georgiou Puma Sinergatiko Tamieftirio Paphou
Anorthosis Cyprus Nikos Nicolaou Greece Nikos Katsavakis Puma Betfair
APEP Pitsilia Cyprus Stephen Constantine Cyprus Giorgos Constanti Legea KKCG
APOEL Serbia Ivan Jovanović Cyprus Marinos Satsias Puma MTN
Apollon Limassol Serbia Slobodan Krčmarević Argentina Gastón Sangoy Lotto Columbia
APOP Kinyras Peyias Cyprus Giorgos Polyviou Greece Theodoros Galanis Puma PrimeTel
Aris Limassol Cyprus Tasos Kyriakou Cyprus Giorgos Vasiliou Kappa John Theodorou Developers Ltd
Doxa Katokopia Cyprus Charalambos Christodoulou Cyprus Kyriacos Polykarpou Puma Cytanet
Enosis Neon Paralimni Republic of Macedonia Čedomir Janevski Cyprus Demos Goumenos Lotto Entegro Cyprus Ltd
Ermis Aradippou Serbia Dusan Mitošević Cyprus Lambros Lambrou Legea Raquel
Ethnikos Achna Serbia Svetozar Šapurić Cyprus Christos Poyiatzis Nike Famagusta Developers
Nea Salamis Famagusta Israel Nir Klinger Cyprus Liasos Louka Puma CytaVision
Omonia Greece Takis Lemonis Cyprus Elias Charalambous Lotto Ocean Tankers

Managerial changes[edit]

The following list represents every head coach change for any team during the season (1 July 2009 – 30 June 2010).

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Nea Salamina Cyprus Michalis Hadjipieris Mutual Consent April 24, 2009 Hungary Attila Supka April 24, 2009
Anorthosis FC Cyprus Michalis Pamboris Mutual Consent May 7, 2009 Germany Ernst Middendorp May 7, 2009
Aris Limassol Cyprus Akis Agiomamitis Sacked May 17, 2009 Cyprus Marios Constantinou May 17, 2009
AEL Limassol Romania Mihai Stoichiţă Sacked May 19, 2009 Israel Nir Klinger May 23, 2009
APEP Pitsilia Netherlands Willy Scheepers Mutual Consent May 26, 2009 Switzerland Marc Hodel May 26, 2009
AEP Paphos Israel Nir Klinger Mutual Consent May 23, 2009 Israel Eyal Lahman June 9, 2009
Enosis Neon Paralimni Cyprus Antonis Kleftis & Adamos Adamou Mutual Consent June 10, 2009 Republic of Macedonia Čedomir Janevski June 10, 2009
Ethnikos Achna Belgium Stéphane Demol End of Contract May 9, 2009 Cyprus Panicos Orphanides June 11, 2009
Anorthosis FC Germany Ernst Middendorp Sacked July 24, 2009 Serbia Slavoljub Muslin August 7, 2009
APEP Pitsilia Switzerland Marc Hodel Sacked August 24, 2009 Cyprus Nikos Andronikou September 3, 2009
AEP Paphos Israel Eyal Lahman Sacked September 6, 2009 Cyprus Tasos Kyriakou September 8, 2009
Ethnikos Achna Cyprus Panicos Orphanides Resigned September 27, 2009 Serbia Svetozar Šapurić September 29, 2009
Ermis Aradippou Cyprus Yiannos Stavrinou Sacked September 27, 2009 Serbia Dusan Mitošević September 30, 2009
Nea Salamina Hungary Attila Supka Sacked November 1, 2009 Serbia Mirko Mihic November 2, 2009
APEP Pitsilia Cyprus Nikos Andronikou Mutual Consent December 8, 2009 Cyprus Venizelos Tsiambazis December 9, 2009
Nea Salamina Serbia Mirko Mihic Mutual Consent December 21, 2009 Cyprus Louis Stefanis December 22, 2009
AEL Limassol Israel Nir Klinger Mutual Consent December 28, 2009 Czech Republic Dušan Uhrin, Jr. December 30, 2009
Nea Salamina Cyprus Louis Stefanis Mutual Consent December 30, 2009 Israel Nir Klinger December 30, 2009
APEP Pitsilia Cyprus Venizelos Tsiambazis Mutual Consent January 5, 2010 Cyprus Stephen Constantine January 5, 2010
Aris Limassol Cyprus Marios Constantinou Mutual Consent January 18, 2010 Belgium Stéphane Demol January 20, 2010
Apollon Limassol Germany Thomas von Heesen Mutual Consent January 28, 2010 Serbia Slobodan Krčmarević February 2, 2010
AEP Paphos Cyprus Tasos Kyriakou Sacked February 1, 2010 Greece Savvas Kofidis February 3, 2010
Anorthosis FC Serbia Slavoljub Muslin Sacked February 18, 2010 Cyprus Nikos Nicolaou February 18, 2010
Aris Limassol Belgium Stéphane Demol Sacked March 21, 2010 Cyprus Tasos Kyriakou March 21, 2010
AEP Paphos Greece Savvas Kofidis Sacked March 28, 2010 Cyprus Demetris Ioannou March 29, 2010

First round[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Omonia Nicosia 26 19 5 2 52 21 +31 62 Qualification to Second Round, Group A
2 Anorthosis Famagusta 26 18 4 4 45 20 +25 58
3 Apollon Limassol 26 17 6 3 43 15 +28 57
4 APOEL 26 16 7 3 46 18 +28 55
5 AEL Limassol 26 14 3 9 32 22 +10 45 Qualification to Second Round, Group B
6 APOP Kinyras 26 10 4 12 40 44 −4 34
7 Ethnikos Achna 26 8 7 11 23 31 −8 31
8 Enosis Neon Paralimni 26 7 8 11 29 35 −6 29 ENP 2–0 ERM
ERM 1–0 ENP
9 Ermis Aradippou 26 7 8 11 31 34 −3 29 Qualification to Second Round, Group C
10 Doxa Katokopias 26 6 8 12 25 37 −12 26 AEP 1–2 DOX
DOX 2–2 AEP
11 AEP Paphos 26 6 8 12 27 40 −13 26
12 Aris Limassol 26 4 8 14 26 47 −21 20
13 Nea Salamis Famagusta (R) 26 2 8 16 19 45 −26 14 Relegation to Cypriot Second Division
14 APEP (R) 26 4 4 18 25 54 −29 0101

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
Qualified teams for Group A will play for one spot for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League and two spots for the UEFA Europa League, one for the second and one for the first qualifying round.
A spot in the third qualifying round of UEFA Europa League will be awarded to the winners of the Cypriot Cup 2009–10.
Qualified teams for Group C will play for one additional relegation spot.
Points gained in the First Round will be taken over into the Second Round groups.
1APEP were deducted six points because their players walked off the pitch before the end of a match against Ethnikos to protest the officiating.[1][2]
(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[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AEL AEP ANO APEP APOE APOL APOP ARI DOX ENP ERM ETH NSL OMO
AEL Limassol 3–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–0
AEP Paphos 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–1 1–2 3–2 1–3 1–2 2–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–3
Anorthosis Famagusta 1–0 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–3
APEP 0–1 3–3 0–2 1–4 0–4 2–3 2–1 0–0 1–2 3–3 0–33 2–1 1–1
APOEL 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 5–0 3–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–2
Apollon Limassol 0–2 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 4–1 0–1
APOP Kinyras 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–2 4–3 1–3 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–3
Aris Limassol 0–0 2–1 0–3 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–4 1–1 2–2 0–0 3–1 0–1
Doxa Katokopias 1–0 2–2 2–3 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–4
Enosis Neon Paralimni 1–2 5–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–3 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–4
Ermis Aradippou 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–3 5–3 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2
Ethnikos Achna 1–4 1–2 1–3 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1
Nea Salamis Famagusta 1–3 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–32 0–1 1–2 3–2 0–1 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–2
Omonia Nicosia 4–0 3–2 1–1 4–3 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–1

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match was awarded to APOEL by 3–0 after it was abandoned in the 76th minute due to a pitch invasion by Salamis' fans.[3]
3The match was awarded to Ethnikos by 3–0 because APEP's players walked off the pitch to protest the officiating.[1][2]
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Omonia Nicosia (C) 32 22 8 2 60 25 +35 74 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 APOEL 32 19 8 5 53 24 +29 65 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Anorthosis Famagusta 32 19 7 6 51 27 +24 64 2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 Apollon Limassol 32 17 9 6 47 23 +24 60 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1

Source:[citation needed]
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
1Apollon Limassol qualified for the third qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after winning the 2009–10 Cypriot Cup.
(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[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ANO APOE APOL OMO
Anorthosis Famagusta 1–1 2–0 2–4
APOEL 1–0 3–2 0–1
Apollon Limassol 0–0 1–2 0–0
Omonia Nicosia 1–1 1–0 1–1

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group B[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
5 AEL Limassol 32 18 4 10 50 33 +17 58
6 Enosis Neon Paralimni 32 10 10 12 40 42 −2 40
7 Ethnikos Achna 32 10 8 14 34 42 −8 38
8 APOP Kinyras 32 11 4 17 50 65 −15 37

Source:[citation needed]
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[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AEL APOP ENP ETH
AEL Limassol 4–2 2–2 1–0
APOP Kinyras 2–5 1–2 3–2
Enosis Neon Paralimni 1–3 4–0 1–1
Ethnikos Achna 4–3 4–2 0–1

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group C[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
9 Ermis Aradippou 32 12 8 12 43 38 +5 44
10 AEP Paphos 32 9 9 14 39 50 −11 36
11 Doxa Katokopias 32 9 8 15 36 46 −10 35
12 Aris Limassol (R) 32 4 9 19 30 63 −33 21 Relegation to Cypriot Second Division

Source:[citation needed]
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[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AEP ARI DOX ERM
AEP Paphos 3–2 4–1 3–0
Aris Limassol 2–2 0–2 0–2
Doxa Katokopias 4–0 3–0 1–4
Ermis Aradippou 1–0 4–0 1–0

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Including matches played on 8 May 2010; Source: CFA official website

22 goals
13 goals
11 goals
10 goals

European competitions[edit]

2009-10 UEFA Champions League[edit]

Faroe Islands EB/Streymur - APOEL W (0–2, 0–3) 0–5 on aggregate
APOEL W - Serbia Partizan (2–0, 0–1) 2–1 on aggregate
Denmark Copenhagen - APOEL W (1–0, 1–3) 2–3 on aggregate

(Note: Cypriot club scores are always listed first)

APOEL
England Chelsea (0–1, 2–2)
Portugal Porto (0–1, 1–2)
Spain Atlético Madrid (1–1, 0–0)

2009-10 UEFA Europa League[edit]

Anorthosis W - Luxembourg Käerjéng (5–0, 2–1) 7–1 on aggregate
Anorthosis L - Montenegro Petrovac (2–1, 1–3 (aet)) 3–4 on aggregate
Omonia W - Faroe Islands HB (4–0, 4–1) 8–1 on aggregate
Romania Vaslui - Omonia L (2–0, 1–1) 3–1 on aggregate
Austria Rapid Wien - APOP L (2–1, 2–2 (aet)) 4–3 on aggregate

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]