Cyprus national under-21 football team

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Cyprus Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Εθνική Ελπίδων
("National team of Hopes")
Association Cyprus Football Association
Head coach Cyprus Savvas Paraskeva
Captain Emilios Panayiotou
Most caps Marios Antoniades (16)
Top scorer
First colours
Second colours

The Cyprus national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team for Cyprus and like the senior team, is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association.

The team drew their first official match 0-0 in 1978 at home to Spain in a qualifying match for the 1980 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. They then drew 0-0 with the trophy holders Yugoslavia, also at home. They lost both away games though. And finished last in the group of three teams, with two points from four games, and so did not qualify for the Finals.

In the qualifying stages for the 1982 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, Cyprus made history when they defeated France 2-1 in Cyprus as it was the countries first ever official victory at National or Under-21 football level. The scorer of the Cypriot goals was Islington born Kikis Kyriacou of Olympiakos-Nicosia whose promising career was brought to a premature end following a horrific leg injury.

In the qualifying stages for the 1992 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, the team beat Greece 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Sweden who went on to reach the Final. Cyprus finished last in their qualifying group with three points, the same number as Greece.

The Under 21 team made gradual improvements and in September 1999, in a qualifying match for the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, drew 1-1 in Spain, the eventual winners of the competition. The team finished fourth out of five teams in their qualifying group, ahead of Austria.

The qualifying stages for the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship provided the greatest achievement for the Cyprus under-21 national team to date, when they finished second in Qualification Group One, with 15 points, winning five of their eight matches. France won the group with 22 points, seven points ahead of Cyprus.

In 2004, Cyprus joined the European Union, and Cypriot teams took advantage of the Bosman rule bringing in foreign players. This has meant that young Cypriot players are now not as common in the Cypriot First Division and is therefore also having an adverse effect on the under-21 national team.

Cyprus National Team Competition Record[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA U-21 Championship 104 20 12 72 88 211

European Championship record Under-21[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification match against Belgium U21 on 25 March 2013. Selection of 14 March 2013:[1]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Zannetos Mytidis (1992-03-20) March 20, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
1GK Giorgos Loizou (1992-02-25) February 25, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Cyprus AEZ Zakakiou
1GK Constantinos Panagi (1994-10-08) October 8, 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia
2DF Demetris Moulazimis (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni
2DF Andreas Christofides (1992-10-14) October 14, 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Cyprus APOEL
2DF Demetris Economou (1992-11-10) November 10, 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
2DF Nikos Englezou (1993-07-11) July 11, 1993 (age 21) 3 1 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
2DF Andreas Kyriacou (1994-02-05) February 5, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol
2DF Kyriacos Krasas (1992-11-23) November 23, 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Cyprus Anagennisi Dherynia
2DF Ioannis Efstathiou (1993-12-14) December 14, 1993 (age 20) 3 0 Cyprus AEZ Zakakiou
2DF Andreas Themistokleous (1994-03-01) March 1, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus APOEL
2DF Christos Djamas (1995-09-06) September 6, 1995 (age 18) 0 0 Cyprus APOEL
2DF Anthony Furlonge (1993-12-03) December 3, 1993 (age 20) 0 0 England Stevenage
3MF Adamos Andreou (1994-12-18) December 18, 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
3MF Costas Artymatas (1993-04-15) April 15, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni
3MF Zacharias Theodorou (1993-07-07) July 7, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
3MF Constantinos Laifis (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
3MF Christoforos Charalambous (1992-07-09) July 9, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Cyprus AC Omonia
3MF Charalambos Kyriacou (1995-02-09) February 9, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
3MF Marios Charalambous (1992-01-24) January 24, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Cyprus Ermis Aradippou
3MF Marios Stylianou (1993-10-23) October 23, 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
3MF Emilios Panayiotou (1992-09-22) September 22, 1992 (age 21) 8 0 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia
3MF Markos Charalambous (1993-01-11) January 11, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Cyprus APOEL
4FW Christos Andreou (1994-08-12) August 12, 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Czech Republic 1. FC Slovácko
4FW Alex Konstantinou (1992-04-11) April 11, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
4FW Theodosis Kyprou (1992-02-14) February 14, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Cyprus Chalkanoras Idaliou
4FW Pieros Sotiriou (1993-01-13) January 13, 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia

Recent Callups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kyriacos Ioannou (1990-08-10) August 10, 1990 (age 23) 8 0 Cyprus PAEEK v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
GK Giorgos Papadopoulos (1991-04-24) April 24, 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Cyprus Ermis Aradippou v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
DF Lambros Fylaktou (1991-06-16) June 16, 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Cyprus AEP Paphos v.  Belarus, 7 October 2011
DF Constantinos Kastanas (1993-03-06) March 6, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
DF Valentinos Sielis (1990-03-01) March 1, 1990 (age 24) 8 2 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta v.  Germany, 15 November 2011
DF Sotiris Finiris (1991-09-07) September 7, 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Cyprus PAEEK v.  San Marino, 29 February 2012
DF Nicolas Killas (1991-02-08) February 8, 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Cyprus AEK Kouklia v.  San Marino, 29 February 2012
DF Marios Antoniades (1990-05-14) May 14, 1990 (age 24) 16 0 Cyprus APOEL v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
DF Ioannis Savva (1991-08-18) August 18, 1991 (age 22) 1 0 Cyprus AEP Paphos v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
DF Stelios Demetriou (1990-10-04) October 4, 1990 (age 23) 9 1 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
MF Angelos Perikleous (1990-01-05) January 5, 1990 (age 24) 10 0 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
MF Giorgos Economides (1990-04-10) April 10, 1990 (age 24) 12 0 Cyprus PAEEK v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
MF Andreas Alcibiades (1991-09-19) September 19, 1991 (age 22) 7 1 Cyprus PAEEK v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
MF Gerasimos Fylaktou (1991-07-24) July 24, 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Cyprus Alki Larnaca v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
MF Ioannis Chadjivasilis (1990-04-26) April 26, 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Cyprus Aris Limassol v.  Germany, 9 August 2011
MF Rafael Yiangoudakis (1990-08-03) August 3, 1990 (age 23) 6 0 Cyprus N & S v.  Germany, 15 November 2011
MF Demetris Kyprianou (1993-02-02) February 2, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
MF Adamos Hadjigeorgiou (1992-09-18) September 18, 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Cyprus Anagennisi Dherynia v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10 October 2011
FW Stamatis Pantos (1990-03-22) March 22, 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Cyprus AEK Kouklia v.  Germany, 9 August 2011
FW Nestoras Mitidis (1991-06-01) June 1, 1991 (age 23) 6 4 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Belarus, 15 August 2012
FW Achilleas Vasiliou (1991-04-08) April 8, 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Cyprus APOEL v.  Germany, 15 November 2011
FW Marcos Michael (1991-06-13) June 13, 1991 (age 23) 1 3 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia v.  San Marino, 29 March 2011
FW Charalambos Demosthenous (1990-04-16) April 16, 1990 (age 24) 3 1 Cyprus AEP Paphos v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
FW Andreas Pittaras (1990-08-03) August 3, 1990 (age 23) 10 3 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna v.  Greece, 10 September 2012
FW Onisiforos Roushias (1992-07-15) July 15, 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Greece, 10 September 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cyprus squad". Cyprus FA. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 

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