Cyprus national football team
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|Association||Cyprus Football Association (CFA)
Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου
|Head coach||Pambos Christodoulou|
|Most caps||Ioannis Okkas (106)|
|Top scorer||Michalis Konstantinou (32)|
|Home stadium||GSP Stadium, Nicosia|
|FIFA ranking||122 3|
|Highest FIFA ranking||43 (September 2010)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||135 (September 2012)|
|Highest Elo ranking||69 (22 March 2000)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||141 (March 1992)|
Israel 3–1 Cyprus
(Tel-Aviv, Israel; July 30, 1949)
Cyprus 1–1 Israel
(Nicosia, Cyprus; November 13, 1960)
| Cyprus 5–0 Andorra
(Limassol, Cyprus; November 15, 2000)
| West Germany 12–0 Cyprus
(Essen, West Germany; May 21, 1969)
The Cyprus national football team (Greek: εθνική ομάδα ποδοσφαίρου Κύπρου) represents Cyprus in association football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Pambos Christodoulou. They have never reached the finals of either the European Championships or the World Cup.
- 1 History
- 2 Kit
- 3 Home stadium
- 4 Total results and records
- 5 FIFA World Cup record
- 6 European Championship record
- 7 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 8 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
- 9 Current squad
- 10 Past managers
- 11 Player records
- 12 Notable results
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Their first match was a friendly on 23 July 1949, against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Tel Aviv which ended in a 3–3 draw, one year after becoming a member of the world governing body FIFA. Seven days later the team had its first international game, a 3–1 defeat against Israel in the same city. In November 1960, following independence from British rule, Cyprus drew its first post-independence official match 1–1 against Israel, as part of the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament. Cyprus' first international victory was a 3–1 win against Greece on 27 November 1963 in a friendly. On 17 February 1968 Cyprus recorded their first competitive win, beating Switzerland 2–1 in a European Championship qualifying match in Nicosia.
In 1974, the national team enjoyed one of their most famous victories when they beat a Northern Ireland side 1–0 in Nicosia. On 12 February 1983, as part of the Euro 1984 qualifiers, Cyprus held world champions Italy to a 1–1 draw in Nicosia, followed a month later by the same result against Czechoslovakia. Four years later, in Euro 1988 qualification, Cyprus recorded their first ever point achieved in an away match, against Poland. In 1989 they drew 1–1 with France in World Cup qualifying match. Despite a number of triumphs on home soil, Cyprus had to wait until 1992 to record their first away win, a 2–0 victory against the Faroe Islands.
Results in qualifying tournaments have also improved considerably in recent times. In the qualifying stages for the 1996 UEFA European Championship, Cyprus drew 1–1 with holders Denmark. Four years later, they missed out on a place in the 2000 European Football Championship by a solitary point, 3–2 victories against Spain and Israel and a 4–0 defeat of San Marino contributing to the team finishing on 12 points, just one point behind Israel who qualified for the Euro 2000 play-offs.
On 15 November 2000, Cyprus scored their biggest win in history by beating Andorra in Limassol 5–0 in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 7 October 2006, as part of the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Cyprus caused a major upset by beating the Republic of Ireland 5–2 at home, with Michalis Konstantinou and Constantinos Charalambides each scoring two goals and Alexandros Garpozis one goal. On 15 November 2006, they caused another surprise by holding the World Cup semi-finalists Germany to a 1–1 draw at home. On 13 October 2007, they beat Wales 3–1 in Nicosia. On 17 October 2007, Cyprus came close to a historic away victory in Dublin against the Republic of Ireland, but the hosts equalised in the last minute of the game, and the match ended 1–1. On 3 September 2010, as part of the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Cyprus claimed a historic result against Portugal after drawing 4–4 in Guimarães.
On 7 October 2006, a new kit was made by Diadora. It outlines a map of Cyprus in amber from the shoulder to the sleeve, with a green line running down the middle to indicate the division of the island. This kit was used for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, and was replaced by a kit made by Adidas for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.
Cyprus currently plays home matches at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. Home matches had previously been staged at different stadiums all around the country. Until 1974 Cyprus used either the old GSP Stadium in central Nicosia, or the GSE stadium in Famagusta. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, some matches were played at Tsirion Stadium in Limassol and the Makario Stadium in Nicosia. In 1999, the building of the New GSP Stadium in Nicosia provided a new home for the national team but in 2008 a change of sponsorship forced home fixtures for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification to be played at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. However, Cyprus returned to the GSP Stadium for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying round matches.
Total results and records
As of 5 March 2014.
|FIFA World Cup qualification||104||12||12||80||78||281|
|European Championship qualification||94||12||14||68||67||251|
FIFA World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930||Did Not Enter|
|1962||Did Not Qualify|
|2018||To Be Determined|
European Championship record
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960||Did Not Enter|
|1968||Did Not Qualify|
|2016||To Be Determined|
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Results and fixtures
A meeting was held in Zurich, Switzerland on 22 November 2011 to determine the schedule. The delegates failed to reach agreement on the fixtures, which were then determined by a random draw at the conclusion of the meeting.
7 September 2012
|Albania||3 – 1||Cyprus|
|Konstantinou 35' (o.g.)
11 September 2012
|Cyprus||1 – 0||Iceland|
|Makrides 57'||Report||Ottesen 86'|
12 October 2012
|Slovenia||2 – 1||Cyprus|
|Matavž 38', 61'||Report||Aloneftis 83'|
16 October 2012
|Cyprus||1 – 3||Norway|
|Aloneftis 42'||Report||Hangeland 44'
Elyounoussi 81' (pen.)
23 March 2013
|Cyprus||0 – 0||Switzerland|
8 June 2013
|Switzerland||1 – 0||Cyprus|
6 September 2013
10 September 2013
11 October 2013
15 October 2013
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
Results and fixtures
The fixtures were released by UEFA the same day as the draw, which was held on 23 February 2014 in Nice. Times are CET/CEST, as listed by UEFA: UTC+1 for matches on 27–28 March 2015 and all matches in November, and UTC+2 for matches on 29 March 2015 and all matches in June, September and October (local times are in parentheses).
The following players have also been called up to the Cyprus squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
As of 5 March 2014.
Most capped players
See here for top goal scorers per country.
|November 27, 1963||Friendly||Nicosia, Cyprus||Greece||3 – 1|
|February 17, 1968||UEFA EURO 1968 qualifying||Nicosia, Cyprus||Switzerland||2 – 1|
|February 14, 1973||1974 FIFA World Cup qualification||Nicosia, Cyprus||Northern Ireland||1 – 0|
|May 13, 1979||UEFA EURO 1980 qualifying||Limassol, Cyprus||Romania||1 – 1|
|February 12, 1983||UEFA EURO 1984 qualifying||Limassol, Cyprus||Italy||1 – 1|
|March 27, 1983||UEFA EURO 1984 qualifying||Nicosia, Cyprus||Czechoslovakia||1 – 1|
|April 12, 1987||UEFA EURO 1988 qualifying||Gdansk, Poland||Poland||0 – 0|
|October 22, 1988||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification||Nicosia, Cyprus||France||1 – 1|
|March 24, 1993||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification||Limassol, Cyprus||Czechoslovakia||1 – 1|
|March 29, 1995||UEFA EURO 1996 qualifying||Limassol, Cyprus||Denmark||1 – 1|
|November 15, 1995||UEFA EURO 1996 qualifying||Limassol, Cyprus||Belgium||1 – 1|
|November 10, 1996||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification||Limassol, Cyprus||Israel||2 – 0|
|March 29, 1997||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification||Paralimni, Cyprus||Russia||1 – 1|
|September 5, 1998||UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying||Larnaca, Cyprus||Spain||3 – 2|
|September 5, 1999||UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying||Limassol, Cyprus||Israel||3 – 2|
|February 6, 2000||Friendly||Nicosia, Cyprus||Romania||3 – 2|
|November 15, 2000||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification||Limassol, Cyprus||Andorra||5 – 0|
|February 28, 2001||Friendly||Larnaca, Cyprus||Ukraine||4 – 3|
|November 14, 2001||Friendly||Athens, Greece||Greece||1 – 2|
|October 11, 2003||UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying||Limassol, Cyprus||Slovenia||2 – 2|
|August 18, 2004||Friendly||Limassol, Cyprus||Albania||2 – 1|
|October 7, 2006||UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying||Nicosia, Cyprus||Republic of Ireland||5 – 2|
|November 15, 2006||UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying||Nicosia, Cyprus||Germany||1 – 1|
|October 13, 2007||UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying||Nicosia, Cyprus||Wales||3 – 1|
|October 17, 2007||UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying||Dublin, Ireland||Republic of Ireland||1 – 1|
|February 6, 2008||Friendly||Nicosia, Cyprus||Ukraine||1 – 1|
|October 11, 2008||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification||Tbilisi, Georgia||Georgia||1 – 1|
|February 11, 2009||Friendly||Nicosia, Cyprus||Slovakia||3 – 2|
|March 28, 2009||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification||Larnaca, Cyprus||Georgia||2 – 1|
|September 9, 2009||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification||Podgorica, Montenegro||Montenegro||1 – 1|
|October 11, 2009||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification||Larnaca, Cyprus||Bulgaria||4 – 1|
|September 3, 2010||UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying||Guimarães, Portugal||Portugal||4 – 4|
|February 29, 2012||Friendly||Larnaca, Cyprus||Serbia||0 – 0|
|March 23, 2013||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification||Nicosia, Cyprus||Switzerland||0 – 0|
- "Νέος Ομοσπονδιακός ο Πάμπος Χριστοδούλου". CFA. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- "Έβαλε υπογραφή και άρχισε δουλειά ο Πάμπος Χριστοδούλου". CFA. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- "Po žrebu najprej s Švico in Norveško" [After the draw - first Switzerland and Norway] (in Slovenian). nzs.si. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
- "Qualifying fixtures". UEFA.com.
- Cyprus Football Association - Εθνική Ανδρών: Προπονητές
- RSSSF - Cyprus National Team Coaches
- RSSSF archive of results 1949-
- RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
- RSSSF archive of coaches 1929-
- Cyprus national football team
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